The 65-year-old cop and Marine veteran gave a reporter her "phone number" Monday morning as she waited in line at the Gwinnett County elections office. She boasted about her flowing blonde locks and sinewy 5-foot-6 frame (she has neither), and took input from friends before describing her "measurements" in further detail.
Then she got serious.
Susan B. Anthony was beaten and bloodied for her right, as a woman, to vote, Stephens said. And the "current mayhem" in presidential politics drove her to show up Monday, Georgia's first day of early voting.
"It's time for a female," the Snellville resident said, "and Trump's a damn bully."
By the time Gwinnett County's Lawrenceville elections office opened for voting at 8 a.m. Monday, well over 100 people had joined the queue outside. By 8:30 a.m., the crowd had eclipsed 400, elections director Lynn Ledford estimated.
The quiet, murmuring mass of soon-to-be voters snaked deep into the parking lot. Nearly 1,200 Gwinnettians had voted by late afternoon.
"We were expecting a crowd," Ledford said, "but we were not expecting this."
Before taking over the AJC's morning newsletter, Tyler Estep worked as a reporter covering DeKalb County, its government and its people. A Gwinnett County native and University of Georgia graduate, he has been with the AJC since 2015. He previously covered his home county and served stints on the paper's hyperlocal and breaking news teams.