Candidates begin to announce intent in South Fulton

South Fulton residents are starting to announce their political ambitions, weeks after residents voted to form a new city.

Rafer Johnson, a former candidate for State House, has been involved in previous efforts to form a new city. He announced Monday that he is running for mayor of the new city.

Elections will be held in March.

In his announcement, Johnson said the city’s first mayor needs to be a “visionary” who will “seek guidance from and lead the people.”

Other hopefuls are expected to announce their interest in running at a Tuesday forum at Cliftondale Church in College Park. There, state rep. LaDawn Jones, D-Atlanta, will host a conversation about the city’s formation that included an invitation for prospective candidates to introduce themselves.

The forum will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 4095 Stonewall Tell Rd.

“The opportunity before this community is tremendous,” Jones wrote. “We need dedicated, direct, transparent, accessible, knowledgeable, financially sound, non-messy, non-petty, reliable, accountable, and sincere leaders. Let’s pick them together!”