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Four Stonecrest District 2 candidates offer voters varied backgrounds

Jennifer Ffrench-Parker | 3/10/2017, 6 a.m.
Businessman Plez Joyner, program manager Rob Turner, and teachers Alexis Morris and Dr. Gretchen Torbert want to see a vibrant ...
Businessman Plez Joyner, program manager Rob Turner, and teachers Alexis Morris and Dr. Gretchen Jones-Torbert want to see a vibrant city of Stonecrest, but are they are coming to it from different places.

Businessman Plez Joyner, program manager Rob Turner, and teachers Alexis Morris and Dr. Gretchen Jones-Torbert want to see a vibrant city of Stonecrest, but are they are coming to it from different places.

The four, who are vying for Post 2 council seat, are among 20 candidates seeking to be the new city’s first elected officials in the March 21 special election

The Post 2 winner will serve until Dec. 31, 2019 before running for a full four-year term.

Joyner, who joined the Stonecrest cityhood movement in 2014, reminded voters at a forum that it took seven years to create the city. He said he was immediately attracted to the promise of self determination for residents.

“This just didn’t happen overnight, he said at a Feb. 11 forum at Stonecrest Library.“This has been a labor of love – a love for our community, a love for our neighborhoods, a love for our children, a love for our city and everything that it encompasses.”

Joyner, who has lived in the city for 17 years, said he has the vision, business acumen and leadership skills to help move Stonecrest forward. He said he is running for city council because he believe a small city government is best suited to deliver services that address the needs of citizens

“I am the only candidate who is ready to serve on day one,” he said. “I’ve been preparing to run the City of Stonecrest before there was a Stonecrest.

Joyner, a Georgia Tech graduate who runs Joyner Global Consulting, said Stonecrest is going to be like a multi-million business.

“We need someone who is really focus and know how to run a business,” he said at the Feb. 27 CrossRoadsNews/FAPC Forum. “We need somebody who is knows how to attract those type of business to this area and nurture and grow them.”

A long-time community worker, Joyner who is president of the Lionshead Homeowners Association, said he is running for the council to make sure the government is set up as well as the city’s charter and framework they created.

He wants to build a brand for Stonecrest, bring economic development to the city and take advantage of the economic opportunity already in the city.

Because he grew up in a town as small as District 2, Joyner also wants to build the same kind of cohesiveness among the city’s neighborhoods.

“We can foster the community by working to break down barriers between our subdivisions and being more neighborly,’ he said. “When I was growing up if we got into trouble. Miss Jackson down the street would call our parents and tell them we were acting up. Those are kinds of things we want to build, where we all feel as one and think that Stonecrest is something special.”

Alexis Morris

Morris, who has lived in Stonecrest for 10 years, is an Atlanta Public School teacher, and a lawyer. She also co-owns a construction business with her husband. Her platform is about bringing trust, transparency, education and balance to the new city.