Qualifying ends in Fayette with lots of choices on tap

Due to withdrawal of opponent, Presberg now unopposed for BoE Post 5

The local election scene will be a lively one in Fayette County for the Republican party in particular, as there will be a four-way race for the Post 4 board of education seat being vacated by Dr Bob Todd.

Qualifying ended at noon Friday for candidates seeking the two board of education and county commission seats that are up for grabs.

BoE post 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg is the presumptive winner for that seat, as his only competition on the Democratic ticket withdrew his candidacy and no Republican qualified for the post. Which means that in the new majority-minority district created by a federal judge to allow the election of a black candidate, there is no black candidate for Post 5 residents to elect.

The post 4 BoE Republican race will feature Jane Owens, Diane Basham, John Kimbell and Mindy Fredrickson. The winner will face Democratic challenger Ogechi Oparah in the November general election. Oparah is unopposed in the primary.

Complicating the BoE makeup is the fact that BoE member Mary Kay Bacallao qualified to run in a crowded field for state school superintendent, meaning she is expected to resign from her post. The remaining four board members will choose a replacement for her vacant seat in the coming weeks, as such vacancies are filled by the board members themselves and not voters, according to state law.

The majority-minority 5th district will have a race for the county commission seat, as incumbent Allen McCarty will face a challenge from Tyrone resident Pota Coston, who narrowly missed being elected to the Tyrone Town Council in November.

Meanwhile, former Peachtree City mayors Harold Logsdon and Don Haddix have signed up to take on Post 3 County Commissioner Steve Brown on the Republican ticket.

Also unopposed for office is incumbent Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards, who drew no challengers in the non-partisan race.

At the state level, seven Republicans are seeking the 16th District Senate seat being vacated by Tyrone resident Ronnie Chance. Local homebuilder Bob Barnard, attorney David Studdard, project manager Erik Manning, pilot Gil Williams, attorney James Clifton, insurance agent Marty Harbin and attorney Bill Johnston have qualified for the seat. No Democrats qualified for the post.

Incumbents District 64 Democrat Virgil Fludd and District 63 Democrat Ronnie Mabra are unopposed, as are District 72 Republican Matt Ramsey and District 73 Republican John Yates.

A name familiar to some residents has qualified to oppose sitting Attorney General Sam Olens. Jonesboro attorney Greg Hecht represented a portion of Fayette County a number of years ago and qualified as a Democrat.

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Why is everyone talking about post 5 for school board? Presburg is unopposed. The real race is apparently in post 4. 4 Republicans in the primary should make for a lively race. What do we know about these people vying for this seat?

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Why indeed, jkimnop. Because of the NAACP lawsuit

Post 4 will be news in November when the black on white thing happens. Be patient as your time will come.

Reason for the Pressberg discussion is that he is unelected and unopposed in a district that was created specifically to elect a black person to the school board. The fact that they (whoever "they" is in the black community) could not come up with a viable black candidate is newsworthy or at least a subject for debate.

What is your take on no black candidate in District 5? They all love Pressberg and were just kidding about the lawsuit? Or nobody actually cares enough to run? Take a guess.

Hope that answers your question and look forward to hearing from you again in Nov.

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Dean Dunton qualified for Post 5 last Friday.
Edit: Nevermind, I see the followup article now.

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BoE post 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg is the presumptive winner for that seat, as his only competition on the Democratic ticket withdrew his candidacy and no Republican qualified for the post. Which means that in the new majority-minority district created by a federal judge to allow the election of a black candidate, there is no black candidate for Post 5 residents to elect.

I think some become confused between electing a 'black' candidate' - and a candidate of a community's choice.

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No confusion here. The NAACP suit said "Black"

The suit and the judge's ruling specifically said the goal was to elect a black person to the school board and county commission. No confusion about that. If they wanted to go the community choice route, leaving things alone would have accomplished that.

So instead they disenfranchise 4/5 of the voters and can't even find opposition to an appointed board member? Seems to me the basic premise of the lawsuit - that blacks were prevented from being elected - is seriously flawed and that's reason to appeal the decision and go back to the way we were. Lot's of much adoo ending in nothing.

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Mr. Presberg will continue to represent his district, and the voters in the other 4 districts will not have an opportunity to unseat him because he may not represent 'their' views. Fear of 'black' helped to show others that there just may still be a fear of 'skin color' in FC. . . . But not in Mr. Presberg's district.

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There's no fear of skin color; it is fear of bad leadership

You are spinning the fact that the lawsuit was clearly about skin color into some dopey statement about Pressburg representing the "views" of District 5 votes. We don't actually know what his "views" are since he has never had to stand up to the scrutiny of an election. He was appointed and he makes speeches to small groups and runs the BOC meetings.

Pressburg or his "views" never came until the NAACP apologists had to face the fact that after all the hoolpa of the lawsuit, no candidate with the preferred skin color could be bothered to step forward. Embarrassing isn't it?

Things will be much more interesting in the District 5 County commission race where the black lady can win because she can consolidate the anti-incumbent vote with the female vote and the black vote and the incumbent just has the old white guy business vote. A no-brainer when half the voters are black, half are female and 2/3 won't vote. But her being elected is just the beginning. Watch her govern and look for signs she is pandering to her district. Heck, even if the white guy wins, look at his pandering instead. No good is coming out of this district voting thing unless you just embrace shallow symbolism.

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Preach it mudcat

I'm guessing that when Presburg wins, that district will still not have had the opportunity to elect their “candidate of their choice”. Would the NAACP be equally celebratory if a Hispanic or Asian "minority" won the seat since their lawsuit was intended to strengthen the vote of "minority" voters?

100% Farce.

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100% Farce.

IMO - You're 100% blind! The District is keeping the candidate of their choice! And they're not viewed as 'racist'. Hmmmmm.
Now that's a win-win!!

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You are correct Mudcat. The NAACP said black. But I felt all along that the democrats were using the NAACP to get a predominately democratic district in this bastion of republican supremacy. They did accomplish that. The NAACP just thought they were representing the blacks.

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Right you are G35, one of the self-centered dopes that brought the lawsuit with the NAACP said precisely that in the AJC this AM. He allowed that Pressburg, a Dem, did not have any opposition because his political philosophy was in lockstep with that of people that live in that district. The whole article made us in Fayette look like a bunch of fools giving up our right to vote for all commissioners for nothing more than a mild dose of white man's guilt while giving the Dems a larger role in county politics. So stupid.

Is it the correct time to point out that Pressburg was not elected, instead he was appointed and elevated to chairman by 2 free-spending female libs. Thank God they are gone.

If appealing this whole thing remains an option, we should go for it and use the lack of blacks actually running as evidence of how stupid this district voting thing is. Nothing more than feel-good liberalism with no responsibility for follow up.

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The Blacks

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He allowed that Pressburg, a Dem, did not have any opposition because his political philosophy was in lockstep with that of people that live in that district. The whole article made us in Fayette look like a bunch of fools giving up our right to vote for all commissioners for nothing more than a mild dose of white man's guilt while giving the Dems a larger role in county politics. So stupid.

Political philosophy: in our country, according to the words in and interpretation of our Constitution, should be color blind. Not yet, but we're getting there! In our country, because one does not entertain the same political philosophy does not mean he should be denied a seat at the table. The only 'right' given up was the right to deny a seat at the table. Residents of FC will still have a majority Republican voice. One district may have an ex- mayor as a representative! Interesting! Common sense plus "white man's fear/guilt" will allow a minority/majority district to choose their own representative. Now I guess you'll go after the other 'Black' in the running. The state is watching! Congratulations Mr. Presberg! There are some who may think that FC residents look like fools - most think that FC represents America and allows all citizens the right to have their view represented. Mr. Presberg's skin color has very little to do with his contribution on the BOE. He and our Board work for all of the resident children in FC. The 'black' community in FC has no desire to get rid of a leader who is doing the job! Right to vote - includes right to have input as to who represents your vote. As I predicted, the 'black' residents and the NAACP have no desire to unseat Mr. Presberg because of the color of his skin. His actions and words do not express fear of 'The Blacks'

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Davids mom]. [quote wrote:

The 'black' community in FC has no desire to get rid of a leader who is doing the job! Right to vote - includes right to have input as to who represents your vote. As I predicted, the 'black' residents and the NAACP have no desire to unseat Mr. Presberg because of the color of his skin. His actions and words do not express fear of 'The Blacks'

I seem to remember this:

In a July 29 court filing, the NAACP argues that if a new district map allowed incumbents to be part of the majority-minority fifth district, those incumbents would have “a material advantage” on election day.

“Placing an incumbent in the remedial district will essentially reward a member of the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education who was elected under a method of election that has been found to violate federal law, thereby providing plaintiffs a less than complete remedy,” NAACP attorneys wrote in the July 29 brief.

So if the NAACP had their way Mr. Presberg would not have been the "choice" of the district.

Honestly, I don't think anybody in the new 5th district wanted to run except the incumbent. Come November, let's see how many will care to vote.

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Yes indeed, Cy, yes indeed

DM's BS about Pressberg is not believable at all.

He's an unelected incumbent. Go figure.

Or maybe the lack of black candidates is a protest over how the anti-incumbent demand by the NAACP was rejected by the dopey judge.

Hey! That's it, a protest. Let's march. Where is my sign?
"No incumbents in the remedial district!"
"It is not an incumbent, it is a choice"
"Vote for the Jew, its important"
"Got skin in the game"

Ok, nothing really good there, but it was worth a try.

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The Blacks

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Mr. Presberg

Wasn't he appointed? Do you live in the District? I don't - but I'm sure there are those in the District who are planning for the November election. The point? It will be their choice - not the rest of FC. It looks like in the District - from some of the comments in this discussion - that may not be such a bad idea. Has one Democrat on the Fayetteville City Council denigrated Fayetteville? Will one Democrat on a governing board in FC ruin the county? One incompetent leader in any community is harmful - so it is incumbent on voters to make sure the leader they vote for is competent to represent them. Has this always been the case in FC? I think the voters in District 5 are as capable as voters in the other four Districts. I may be wrong. We'll see.

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Appointment

Yes DM, he was appointed under convoluted and unusual circumstances. Now he will be elected, he is not opposed, is he?

He's a freethinker,

free·think·er
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noun: freethinker; plural noun: freethinkers; noun: free-thinker; plural noun: free-thinkers
1. a person who rejects accepted opinions, esp. those concerning religious belief.

For more on freethinking read this link.

http://208.76.81.177/articles/05-21-2013/boe%E2%80%99s-presberg-slams-pr...

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Free thinker - leader

The members of the BOE have been able to continue to serve all children and educators under his collaborative leadership. What will really change? In November, the District just may re-elect him - maybe not. It will be their choice - they will have a voice at the table. The sad reality, IMO, is that this governing board has in general done a good job in maintaining one of the outstanding school districts in this state. . .and there are those who for some reason want to interject politics into their responsibility. Do you consider yourself a 'free thinker;?

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DM - Absolutely

But not exactly in the same way, how about you? You open to logical and rational ideas DM? Are you a "free thinker"?

Here's one, if government wasn't involved in education, there would be no possibility of politics in education. Don't you agree?

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NO. :-)

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No?

You're not a free thinker?
You're not logical or rational?
You don't agree with the statement concerning politics/education?

Or no to all those things?

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gov·ern·ment [guhv-ern-muh nt, ‐er-muh nt] Show IPA
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1.
the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
2.
the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed: monarchical government; episcopal government.
3.
the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.; administration.
4.
a branch or service of the supreme authority of a state or nation, taken as representing the whole: a dam built by the government.
5.
a.
the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time: The prime minister has formed a new government.
b.
the parliament along with the cabinet: The government has fallen

You and I have discussed ‘government’ at length. We do not, IMO, agree on the role of government. I doubt that we will. ☺

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So glad Diane Basham will be running for BOE. This county could not have a board member more dedicated to both student success and fiscal responsibility than this candidate.