Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright was surprised Monday night at the monthly City Council meeting to see a few friends in the audience from the Clayton County government and court system. He was even more surprised later to learn they were in attendance to help honor and thank him for his years of service as an elected official and community leader.
It was city resident and Lovejoy High School volunteer Gloria Davis who came up with the idea, and then she rallied City staffers to help pull off the surprise presentation. Davis presented Cartwright with a huge thank-you card as well as a plaque honoring his mayoral service. Third District County Commissioner Felicia Franklin Warner, District Attorney Tasha Mosley and Superior Court Judge Katie Powers each gave short addresses speaking to Cartwright’s service, especially to the local schools. They also thanked him personally for his political and economic development advice and leadership.
Cartwright and his staff are known for celebrating other people for their contributions to Lovejoy and the wider Clayton County community. He deflected the praise on this occasion to his fellow Council members and City personnel but thanked the room for the accolade. He said his office couldn’t do as much for the wider community if not for the foundational support he receives from the Council.
Cartwright also thanked the community for its support, noting that all five Lovejoy elected officials have run opposed for reelection twice in a row now (2015 and 2019). He said this upcoming term through 2023 will be his final one before moving into retirement, which he said would include restaurant ownership. He said he would decorate his future office with the plaque and other Lovejoy memorabilia to help him remember the people he has enjoyed serving here.