Incumbent school board members win in Coweta as Ferguson and Crane headed for run-off

Incumbent school board members win in Coweta as Ferguson and Crane headed for run-off

Voter turn-out was light in Coweta County for the May 24 elections. East Coweta and Fayette residents elected a new District 72 representative while the District 3 Congressional race resulted in a run-off election in July. The contest for the District 3 Congressional seat held by Lynn Westmoreland will result in a run-off between state […]

4 runoffs emerge from Fayette primary voting; incumbents see mixed results

4 runoffs emerge from Fayette primary voting; incumbents see mixed results

Fayette’s Pace comes in 3rd in congressional race; in a rarity, a sitting superior court judge falls Primary winners: Oddo, Ognio, Maxwell, Hollowell, Anderson, Crawford, Ballard, Babb, Jackson Facing runoffs: Crane and Ferguson, Coker and Hayes, Yates and Mathiak, Bazemore and Pritchett   The May 24 ballot was packed with the largest number of candidates […]

UPDATED 12:40 a.m. — Oddo, Ognio retain commission posts

UPDATED 12:40 a.m. — Oddo, Ognio retain commission posts

Crane to meet Ferguson in District 3 congressional runoff; incumbents Barlow, Key, Hankinson go down to defeat UPDATED 12:40 a.m. — Final, complete Fayette vote tallies, all precincts plus early voting included in the numbers below. In Fayette-only Republican races, incumbent Fayette County Commission Chairman Charles Oddo out-distanced four other challengers — including two former […]

Congressional candidates unite against IRS, tax code

Congressional candidates unite against IRS, tax code

Takeaways from District 3 forum • ANDERS — ‘What you see is what you get’; no political experience but will bring leadership. • CRANE — ‘Our values are under assault’; we keep sending ‘the wrong people’; ‘the difference lies in what happens when you’re in the crucible, when you’re under pressure, when the question is […]

BoE forum focus: Leadership, discipline, redistricting

BoE forum focus: Leadership, discipline, redistricting

Takeaways from the Republican Primary Board of Education forum • Key: In best of times, worst of times, worked to ‘live within our means,’ restored reserve fund, gave teachers raises, lowered class sizes • Hollowell: Provide fresh leadership for schools, stop falling behind in ‘attractive’ programs • Anderson: Fix broken redistricting process, support principals to […]

4 at-large candidates fire at Chairman Oddo

4 at-large candidates fire at Chairman Oddo

Takeaways from District 5 forum • Clifton to Oddo: You’re indecisive, disloyal Republican • Haddix: I stopped TDK Extension, complained to EPD about county water • McCarty: Lamented district voting lawsuit outcome, cautioned about regionalism • McHugh: As ‘un-politician,’ understands real behind-the-scenes reasons for decisions • Oddo: Governed by Golden Rule as fiscal conservative Republican […]

Ognio, Hearn trade budget criticisms in District 2 forum

Ognio, Hearn trade budget criticisms in District 2 forum

Takeaways from District 2 forum • Incumbent Ognio: Road upkeep, public safety should be top priorities, blamed Hearn for leaving county budget in ‘tremendous stress’ • Former Commissioner Hearn: Blamed Ognio for deficit budget, ‘spot zoning’ for Pinewood Studios Republican candidates for the District 2 seat on the Fayette County Commission faced-off at an April […]

Fayette Democratic delegates prepare to nominate Hillary Clinton at convention

Fayette Democratic delegates prepare to nominate Hillary Clinton at convention

Three Fayette County residents will serve as delegates for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia. Georgia Democrats on April 18 met across the state to elect 67 Congressional District-level delegates. The three Fayette County Democratic Committee members elected include Leonard Presberg and Letitia “Tish” Naghise in the 13th Congressional District […]

Candidates for superior court judge, commission report campaign funds

Candidates for superior court judge, commission report campaign funds

With less than a month to go before the primary elections, it’s getting easier to see which candidates are investing in themselves and how relatively cheap county commission races are this year. Voters will decide on two non-partisan superior court judges this election. Another superior court judge, Fletcher Sams, faces no opposition. The marquee judge […]

Commission ponders stop to politicking at meetings

Commission ponders stop to politicking at meetings

Campaigning at Fayette County Board of Commissioners meetings will likely be curtailed in the very near future. After the subject came up at the last regular meeting April 14, the board put it on the agenda for last Friday’s retreat. That discussion revealed that a county policy already in place addresses the issue somewhat. For […]