Haddix out as runoff set for PTC mayor’s seat

Top voter-getter Vanessa Fleisch in a pre-election photo from her website.

The job isn’t over for Peachtree City voters, who will need to choose between Vanessa Fleisch or Harold Logsdon to be their next mayor in a runoff election Dec. 3 since no one in the five-candidate field got more than 50 percent of the vote.

Countywide, voters sent a proposed two-year sales tax packing with 57.2 percent of voters saying “no” to the levy, which would have given the county more than $16 million for stormwater projects in the unincorporated area. The sales tax also would have funded road and cart path maintenance for Peachtree City to the tune of $1.5 million a year, money that will need to be found elsewhere.

Voters in Peachtree City settled three council races, bringing back Post 3 councilwoman Kim Learnard and choosing newbies Mike King in Post 2 and Terry Ernst in Post 4.

Learnard’s race was the most fascinating because it pitted her against Cathy Haddix —  the wife of current Mayor Don Haddix, who himself was seeking re-election. Mrs. Haddix only got 13.2 percent of the vote, but she came in with 588 votes, double that of her husband, who came in last with 238 votes behind Ryan Jolly’s 361 votes and the 957 from George Dienhart which was good for third place.

Haddix didn’t just have to fight with his four challengers during the election, but he also suffered the wrath of a committee designed solely to make sure he wasn’t re-elected, a bizarre turn in city politics.
As for the remaining candidates in the race, Fleisch brought in the most votes with 1,849, good for 39.2 percent of the voters while Logsdon marshaled 1,291 in favor, a 27.4 percent showing.

King, who will take the unexpired two-plus year term left vacant by the resignation of Dienhart, is expected to be sworn in by the Nov. 19 council meeting. It couldn’t happen for the Nov. 7 meeting because the election results had not yet been certified.

Ernst will take office Jan. 1 filling the seat Fleisch is leaving in her bid for the mayor’s seat.

In other election results, county voters approved allowing sales by the drink on Sundays for businesses in unincorporated Fayette County. The initiative, which affects only a few businesses, passed with 65 percent approval.

Below, runnerup Harold Logsdon in a pre-election photo from his website.

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personal integrity

It's what I think I see besides just a pretty face.

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I am pulling for Vanessa Fleisch

Harold Logsdon who got into a nasty and very public lawsuit at taxpayer expense with the current mayor and that is not a return to civility. He also limited public comment at council meetings.

The fact he lied on his campaign postcard mailers does not say much for him either.

If you want someone who can take luxury all-expense paid junkets to Asia from companies that received local tax breaks, then Logsdon is your guy.

On the waving issue, it was Dan Lakly who started it but Chris Edwards perfected the practice. I have to admit that I enjoy the waving as there are a lot of nice people out there who warmly wave back.

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Mr. Brown - Please explain why you are pulling for her

Mr. Brown:

We believe your original recommendation for mayor, Mr. Dienhart, posted a blog (below) that claims that Ms. Fleisch is not well liked by city employees, and fellow councilmen believe she is a control freak that does not work well with others.

The city endured this type of behavior from the outgoing mayor for 4 years. If we are to believe this blog, what makes you think the residents of the city want to endure another 4 years with a control freak who doesn't get along with folks in city hall?

http://ptcelection.blogspot.com/2013/06/vanessa-fleisch.html

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The nastiness comes out from the anonymous bloggers

We have built an excellent rapport with the cities and I believe Vanessa Fleisch is the best person to enhance the relationship between the city and the county. You are certainly entitled to disagree if you wish.

Harold Logsdon's non-factual postcard mailer does not do him much good. He restricted public speech at meetings, went on tax break recipient luxury junkets to Asia and did everything the developers wanted him to do. He is a dirty political campaigner.

Let the voters decide.

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City and County stuff? Yes, you are correct Steverino

You (the county) will interact much better with the BHL (Vanessa) at the city than you would with the grey haired, allegedly part drunk, dignified, older and more mature man that beat you like a drum in your failed (19%) reelection bid for PTC mayor back whenever it happened. Most, if not all voters think your petty political and personal grievances have no place in our lives, so shut the F up. Ok ? I think you are getting personally involved in a political race in which you do not belong and are not welcomed and that is really inappropriate. Back off white bread and go to bed.

You seem jealous about the junket to China where Logsdon got Sany Corp. to relocate here? Ok, mighty fine. Got a ticket here for you to China to interact with with production people there and the business people back home here. Business people, you may ask. These are people that are in business and have to make payrolls and create a profit for their stockholders while fending off stupid regulations from the government and then pay extremely high taxes from their temporary profits. You know anything about that Brown Clown? No, I didn't think so .Go run for Congress - you'd be perfect.

Oh yea, the ticket to China is one way.

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Can't believe the newspaper allows such foul language!!!

Robert W. Morgan should be totally ashamed!!! Your crude language says a lot about you.

I read Steve Brown's posts and then I read the garbage mouths posts and it's easy to pick out the whining low lifers. There's plenty of mean spirited haters in these blogs!!! Steve Brown ain't the jealous one you sad crybabies.

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What a hypocrite you are, when you were campaigning for your boys, no lie was too much, half truth and innuendo, no problem. Now suddenly you break out all self righteous, decrying dirty politics, and for the umpteenth time whining about the anonymous bloggers. You are the epitome of nastiness and I find it hilarious that you have the gall to complain about someone else. Keep it up Steve, I enjoy the humor.

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Mr. Brown

Anonymous bloggers? If Mr. Dienhart didn't have something to do with posting the anonymous blog I found, I will be a monkeys uncle. Your buddy even commented on it. Coincidence?

I don't agree or disagree who will be the best mayor for the city. I'm undecided at this time, but will ask staff direct about their dealings with both.

I'm still trying to determine her leadership skills. Rechecking her voting record on line and reviewing meeting minutes will be my next inquiry.

Is she the best because she'll put up with more? Or you think you can manipulate her easier?

Let's concentrate on county government and your campaign promises.

http://fayettecountyissuesteaparty.org/Archives/Steve-Brown-campaign/Vis...

Care to provide feedback on #'s 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7? Those were important to me and the reason I vote for you.

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Yea, the Educational Impact Study he required of Pinewood

and the Senior Homestead Exemption - I thought we have had that for years, a 2-step exemption, 1 for age, the second for income.

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Come on Husband, that's an easy question to answer

Being a control freak and not getting along with others was not invented by Haddix (he just took it to an art form), it was invented by none other than Steve Brown when he was mayor. Remember BRAWN?

Even if George's accusations against his former opponent and fellow councilperson are true, she can't be anywhere near as bad as both Haddix and Brown were as mayor. She will be a breath of lilac scented, springtime fresh air in city hall. If she bothers those pesky employees they just need to sue for gender discrimination - now the guys can have a shot at the $300,000 prize.

And no one has ever accused her of being part drunk at meetings. So that even makes her better than Logsdon - allegedly.

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The Brown Clown Endorsment

If The Brown Clown is a'fer her, than I'm a'gin her. Nuff said.

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Fleisch: Brown. Gee thanks Steve, now go away

I don't need an endorsement from someone like you. Just hold back and shut up. I will be fine without your stupid endorsement. Just shut up and go away until your next election challenge in your new PTC district.

With no love,
Vanessa

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On that same district point

Brown will be in a mostly Peachtree City district for his next election and we all know that is problematic. But how about we play Guess his Opponent.

And remember, it is just an election to select a county commissioner, not chairman - they still select their own chairman using the voter-free, good old boy system. So with that in mind, I'd like to see Harold step up and run against Brown (once again) and watch the fur fly. That image alone is reason enough to vote for Vanessa next week, so Harold is available next year.

But if that doesn't work out for some reason, I can see another ex-mayor taking a shot at it. He can start now to build up his 225 voter base. And Jack Smith can easily come back with a "Do you miss me yet/" campaign. A long shot, but an intriguing one - Bob Lenox. More realistically, George Deinhart and some rookies will be there.

If Kim Learnard or Mike King can run for county commission without resigning city council, they would make good Brown opponents.

Lot's of fun choices.

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Logsdon solved problems, had a correct vision for PTC

Harold Logsdon is an honorable, proven, capable leader who has earned his way in the world.

Junkets? Have you looked at the companies providing and creating jobs in PTC? Why not visit them and attract more essential investment?

And, as chairman of the county commission, calling someone a liar in print is despicable and quite frankly, stupid.

Haddix called him a name or two, and that didn't work out very well either.

This post only points to your amateurish sense of leadership that quite frankly, makes Fayette County a laughingstock in Atlanta area politics.

I will give you credit, though. Somehow, you've managed to hoodwink voters more than once, which only fuels your incredibly inflated ego.

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Was Logsdon involved in the tennis center/bank fiasco?

Didn't that fiasco cost us mucho, mucho dinero to pay off? Problem solving?

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Litigious Logsdon

If elected, I expect Logsdon's first suit will be against Haddix to reclaim the cost that he and Haddix caused us to bear.

Steve

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Blame Donnie

Donnie Darko fired the first shot Citizen_Steve with his stupid email. I don't blame Logsdon at all for filing the suit. The real crime though was Donnie fleecing the taxpayers for $12,000 due to what was obviously a personal matter....regardless of what GIRMA said. But that's okay...karma is a beyatch. Bye bye Donnie!

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Both of weak character

Please feel plenty free to disagree with me, but a man who sues someone because they called him a disparaging name in my book is a person of weak personal character. And I would not vote for Logsdon because of his weak character *.

* This statement, along with the preceding and following statements are solely of the opinion of one and only one Citizen Steve, are in no way intended to be defamatory and may or not be actual factual statements, and may or may not contain elements of truth, but not necessarily the type of truth that can be "handled" by those mentioned or unmentioned in the preceding or following statements, or the editors and employees of The Citizen, or the readership at large, or persons living or perished, or those living who may perish in the future. No animals were harmed in the production of this comment.

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Ssidenative

Obviously the ethics group that just awarded him an accommodation, doesn't read local papers.

Don't mind him, he's just jealous, he hasn't yet received an invite to London to tour Pinewoods home office.

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Campaign Finance Report

I'm undecided in the mayors race. Since you are backing Ms. Fleisch, I started to do some homework. I started with:

http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Campaign/Campaign_ByName.aspx

In her expenditures, she shows an awful lot of small service charges. To me, that indicates that she may be late in paying her bills or she lacks the negotiation skills to get firms to waiver silly fees. Paying bills and negotiation are important skills to have as mayor, don't you think?

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husband: huh?

Those are PayPal service charges. Pay Pal takes a cut of any money sent to an account holder for using their service, and, no, that's not negotiable. That's why she has several $100 donations and also several matching $3.20 service charges from PayPal. Obviously, these donations were sent by PayPal and PayPal took their cut.

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Logical

I have never used pay pal, so I guess that's logical.

Its good to know too, since as a donor to a candidate or charity, I would want my full donation to be put to good use and not used for fees. Thank you for the lesson. I will stick to the old fashioned checks or bank pay direct to accounts.

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Waving

As a commuter, I just shake my head at anyone who thinks my vote is predicated on someone waving at traffic with a smile on their face. I'm more apt to wave or stop and drop some cash for a homeless person than a someone about to cause an accident.

Perhaps it works with those who are not informed and prefer a pretty face or a personal wave from a busy street?

Is your endorcement of Ms. Fleisch coming from resident Brown, Commissioner Brown, or both?

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Really?

You have once again voiced public comments that are beneath the level of office you hold, Mr. Brown. It's well past the time for you to mature as a politician and learn the meaning of decorum. It's not just about whether you speak the truth, but how you speak it.

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Ok, girls and boys. Pick a mayor

You want the Big Hair Lady that is standing too close to the polling place while she is campaigning or do you want the former mayor to come back for a second try at greatness? He is the one standing on the highway grinning like he just had a huge, satisfying Haddix.

I will go with the lady. Hope you do as well.

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I'm Curious mudkitty

Are you "for" The Big Hair Lady or "against" Harold? I will admit my support for Harold is mainly "against" The Big Hair Lady. She seems like a nice enough person but her record as a councilperson is pretty blank. No initiatives that I can find except for a couple of rec issues. Never seemed to be prepared at the meetings and always quick to vote to take up a matter later. For his faults and he does have 'em at least Harold seems to exhibit some leadership skills that I have not seen with The Big Hair Lady. imho

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Mudcat - Let's

Let's see vote for the guy that's a traffic hazard on 74 south, or the lady that seems to have her act together. Hope she doesn't end up on the side of the road waving, Mr. Brown started that practice I think. Hmmm.....

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mudcat is always for the lady

Her default position is that women are smarter than men and she will frequently mock decisions men have made by saying "Can you even imagine a woman doing something so stupid?" And she does that at neighborhood gatherings, not just on here.

Thank God Cathy Haddix was running against a woman, otherwise mudcat would be hungup on her gender bias and supported the mayor's pumpkin.

I think Victoria gets my vote.

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That was Dan Lakly that started the waving thing

I really miss him. He was a good representative no matter where he served. Abrasive sometimes - as is Chris Christie when people started in on irrelevant nonsense. Dan was one of the good ones.

That does not mean I like the guys and sometimes the girls hanging out on the side of the highway. It is dangerous and I can't imagine voting for someone just because I saw them waving at me - as if that somehow qualifies them to balance our budget and supervise out police chief - or even the fire chief.

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Mudcat - Mr. Lakly

Yes, I met him just about three months before he died. He was quite a guy based on what I heard from him.

I didn't realize that he started it all, but I suppose that traffic was just a little different than it is now.

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WILL WORK FOR VOTES.....

I remember pulling up by the square in Fayetteville and there would stand Dan. Holding his VOTE DAN LAKLY SIGN.... And then he would flip it over with a grin and it would read...... WILL WORK FOR VOTES.

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I Miss Dan Lakly......

He was right on when it came to most politicians and issues. And one of the few who would stand his ground against knife wielding trash politicians and their nefarious agendas. Would love to swap him with Wastemoreland.

Cheers to PTC for getting rid of that coniving troll as mayor. Too bad the remaining choices are icky.....

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