Politics

Few contested Coweta races coming July 31

State Rep. Matt Ramsey (Dist. 72), at right, looks on as Senoia Tea Party Patriots coordinator Joe Cannin presents outgoing Dist. 71 state Rep. Billy Horne (left) with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts during the past eight years. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Only a handful of contested races in Coweta County will dot the political landscape in the July 31 primary election. Among those are races for the District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, a seat on the Coweta County Superior Court and the District 3 Congressional seat.

Dist. 3 Congressman Lynn Westmoreland in the Republican primary will face Milner Realtor and former Lamar County Commission Chairman Kent Kingsley and Jonesboro resident and small business owner “Chip” Flanegan. No one in the Democratic Party qualified for the seat. Read More»

Tyrone Mayor Dial to host June 5 ‘wireside chat’ on TSPLOST

Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial.

It is being billed as a venue inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats during World War II. A conference call pertaining to the July 31 vote on the Regional Transportation (TSPLOST) plan is being branded as a “Wireside Chat” and will be held for Fayette County residents on June 5 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The conference call will be hosted by Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial, who also serves as Fayette County’s mayoral representative to the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission. Read More»

8 GOP candidates, 1 Democrat, qualify for 3 County Commission seats

Incumbent Horgan opposed by newcomer and CPA Oddo, incumbent Hearn faces businessman Ognio and homemaker Stopford, open Post 2 gets businessman Barlow, attorney Sheila Huddleston and former Commissioner Jack Smith Read More»

Judge: At-large voting still good for July 31 primary

Voting rights lawsuit will proceed, but federal judge says NAACP-BoE settlement in favor of district voting has no support in case law

A federal judge has rebuffed a legal maneuver that would have led to district voting for the upcoming Fayette County Board of Education elections. He also said that the NAACP’s settlement with the school board has no foundation in case law. Read More»

Fayette County Commission qualifying starts May 30

When the smoke clears on noon Friday, Fayette voters will have a clear picture of who will run for the three posts on the Fayette County Commission that will be up for grabs this year.

Qualifying for the posts begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. and ends at noon Friday. It was delayed a week to wait for the final word from the U.S. Justice Department on the new five-district map adopted by the commission in February. Read More»

Final qualifying tally: Smola drops out, Smith party-switches, Babb vs. Hannah

Qualifying has ended and there are several local races destined to see competition in July 31 primary. Those include the Fayette County Board of Education Post 1 and Post 2 races and the contests for sheriff, tax commissioner and magistrate judge. Also seeing competition is U.S. Rep Lynn Westmoreland.
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NAACP: Enforce district vote for July 31 primary

Federal judge asked to enforce original school board settlement and to require district voting for 3 posts Read More»

4 on PTC Council want Haddix to repay city $10K for libel case

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker (L) and Mayor Don Haddix (R). File photo.

When Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix directed the city attorney to write letters seeking to cover his legal bills covered from a personal libel lawsuit, he did not make his fellow council members aware of the requests, according to City Councilman Eric Imker.

In a letter seeking to have the $9,969.40 in legal bills repaid to the city, Imker contends the city should not be on the hook for the funds. The letter, dated May 25, was authored by City Attorney Ted Meeker at Imker’s direction in part because council agreed by consensus May 17 to attempt to recoup the funds. Read More»

Haddix keeps lawsuit pact under wraps

Mayor says he will release document but won't say when

Peachtree City taxpayers paid $10,000, without city council approval, to provide a legal defense for Mayor Don Haddix in a libel lawsuit filed last year after Haddix claimed in an email that former Mayor Harold Logsdon was “part drunk” at council meetings. Read More»

Smola won’t run, Smith switches to Democrat for BoE race

Sheriff Hannah faces rematch with former Deputy Babb, Tax Commissioner Wingo gets competition Read More»