Beyah, who won a December runoff election against former Griffin Board of Commissioners member Rodney McCord for the District Six commission seat but whose election was vacated by Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson in January, came before the commissioners during the citizen comments section of the meeting.
“I would like to commend you all, the commissioners, for doing an outstanding job (and) rising to the occasion one district short,” he said.
However, he said residents of District Six are concerned with their lack of representation. He told the tale of a constituent named James who told him how he voted how he was supposed to vote and saw Beyah sworn in but is now upset with his lack of representation. Beyah told him to be patient.
“I have been patient,” Beyah said. “But I won’t be patient anymore.”
Beyah said he won the election the American way and should be seated. He said the commission’s votes were not legal, since they were made with one commissioner absent, and he is currently consulting his legal options.
He again praised the commissioners for the work they did. He also praised Spalding County Election Supervisor Terry Colling for her “outstanding job” and said he had no problem with her.
Rev. Clay Padgett of Crown Center Church spoke after Beyah. He said he wanted to invite the commissioners to a meeting Thursday evening at the Griffin Regional Welcome Center where they could network with local pastors and residents.
“This will be a great opportunity for us to come together,” he said.
The meeting, which had been scheduled already by Griffin Mayor Cynthia Reid Ward, will take place at 6 p.m.