STONECREST, GA— Stonecrest District 3 Councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble announced on Feb. 10 that she will vacate her seat on the City Council to run for mayor of the city as soon as the special election is called.
Cobble was joined by supporters at the former Sears building at the Mall at Stonecrest for the 6:30 p.m. announcement. The audience represented a cross-section of the community including state lawmakers, DeKalb County elected officials, city of Stonecrest officials and residents, her pastor, friends and family members including her husband and son.
“After much thought, deliberation, prayer—much prayer—and with the support of my family—I have decided to run to be Stoncrest’s next mayor,” said Cobble. “The future of our city rests in the critical work that lies ahead in rebuilding and reforming Stonecrest. Continuity between both branches of government will be the stronghold that reinstates confidence throughout our community. Under my leadership, the mayor’s office will work in lockstep with the City Council to advance one unified agenda that will make our city that one we can all be proud of. Restoring hope to our residents and resetting the level of expectation for our business community helps us move the city forward together. We accomplish this by working with our professional city manager to bolster sustainable policies, processes, standards and principles throughout all lines of business that our city provides…”
The City Council has not yet set a date for the special election to fill the seat held by former mayor Jason Lary, who resigned from office on Jan. 5 amid a federal fraud case. A special election must be held because there is more than 12 months left on Lary’s vacated term, which ends in 2023.
Cobble said she intends to serve as the District 3 council member until the City Council sets the date of the special election and qualifying period is scheduled. She said she did not think her her vacated seat on the City Council would appear on the same ballot as the special election for mayor but that information must be confirmed by officials.
Cobble, who has served since the city was incorporated five years ago, was the youngest person elected to the council in 2017. She was overwhelmingly re-elected for a second term on Nov. 3, 2021, earning 64.91 percent (592 votes). At 36 years old, Cobble remains the youngest member on the City Council.
Cobble holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Albany State University, where she served as Student Government Association President during her senior year. She also holds a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Government and Nonprofit Management from DeVry University. Cobble has earned various certifications from the State of Georgia in procurement and fiscal management. She has worked in State government for 10 years through the Departments of Human Resources, Community Health, Public Health and Audits and Accounts.
Cobble is a member of the Albany State University National Alumni Association, ASU DeKalb Alumni Chapter, DeKalb Chapter of the NAACP as well a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Professionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the National
Photo: Jazzmin Cobble is pictured with her husband, David, and their 10-year-old son, Mason. Photo by Glenn L. Morgan