Politics

Fayette completes major stormwater repair project

Excessive flooding on Brittany Way (shown above) necessitated repair work that included the installation of a box culvert. Photo/Submitted.

County officials have announced the recent completion of the first critical stormwater infrastructure project financed by new stormwater utility funds. Read More»

Election 2014 — First African-American elected to Fayette County Commission

Fayette County Commissioner-elect Pota Coston of Tyrone. File photo.

Veteran teacher turns back 23-year-old challenger for District 4 Board of Education seat; incumbent BoE member Presberg wins first election

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Fayette County election returns

UPDATED 10:43 p.m. — Coston becomes first African-American elected to Fayette County Commission; Basham, Presberg win BoE posts

All precincts reporting including 1,400 absentee ballots

Post 5, Fayette County Commission (9 of 9 precincts reporting)

Allen McCarty (R) — 33% (2803)
Pota Coston (D) — 67% (5741)

Fayette BoE, District 4 (12 of 12 precincts reporting)

Diane Basham (R) — 64% (5498)
Ogechi Oparah (D) — 36% (3145)

Fayette BoE, District 5 (9 of 9 precincts reporting)
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More than 8,000 have voted in Coweta

Election day is around the corner and Coweta County voters on Nov. 4 will have their say on a number of statewide races.

County elections supervisor said nearly 8,000 voters had cast ballots during early voting by early Thursday afternoon.

Coweta voters in the southwest portion of the county will decide on the Ga. House Dist. 132 race featuring Gene King (R) and Bob Trammell (D).

Among the statewide races are the U.S. Senate race between David Perdue (R), Michelle Nunn (D) and Libertarian Amanda Swafford. Read More»

BoE rivals disagree on the urgency of innovation grant

(L-R) Ogechi Oparah and Diane Basham. Photos/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County School Board in an Oct. 20 split vote said “No” to an immediate application for a $1.2 million state grant that, if received, might have established a local Center of Innovation at the former Fayetteville Intermediate School (FIS) to help prepare students for employment in the health sciences and digital media/animation fields.

District 4 school board candidates Ogechi Oparah (Democrat), 23, and Diane Basham (Republican), 66, were asked to have their say on the issue. Read More»

Fayette early voting extends through Friday

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Election Day is next week and the time for advanced voting will end Oct. 31. With those deadlines looming, it is time for Fayette County voters to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments. Read More»

Some local officials nervous before Wednesday ARC vote

Today is the day that the Atlanta Regional Commission is scheduled to vote on proposed changes in its bylaws that have raised concerns among numerous local government leaders, including some in Fayette County.

The regular ARC board meeting is at 1 p.m. at the commission’s office in downtown Atlanta.

The primary issue is a possible consolidation of power within the ARC board chairman’s position, allowing him or her unprecedented authority in the selection of committee members and other key matters. Read More»

Here’s how and where you can vote early before Election Day

Sample Fayette County General Election ballot from the county Elections Board website.

Advanced voting is here and Fayette County residents get to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments.

New this year are the local races for the Fayette County Board of Education in Districts 4 and 5 and the Fayette County Commission race in District 5.

Advanced voting for the Nov. 4 election runs from Oct. 13-31 at the elections office at the government complex in Fayetteville and from Oct. 20-30 at the Peachtree City Library and Tyrone Town Hall.

Voters from all districts can vote at any of the advanced voting locations. Read More»

For county, McCarty, Coston spar about district voting

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (L-R) Pota Coston and incumbent Allen McCarty wait for instructions on electronic voting during a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Transportation, voting methods, and the need to make Fayette County as attractive as possible to both business leaders and young people dominated a political forum where candidates vying for the District 5 county commission seat spoke on Saturday.

“This election is about the future of Fayette County,” said Pota Coston, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Commissioner Allen McCarty.

“Many of us moved here because of the quality of life,” she said, adding that the campaign is about ways to grow the economy while protecting and increasing home values in Fayette County. Read More»

BoE forum topics: Age, race, technology integration

District 4 Board of Education candidates (L-R) Diane Basham and Ogechi Oparah and District 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg use smart phones to cast their votes in a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Race and age played key roles in a political forum Saturday when a young black candidate for the Fayette County Board of Education asked voters to make history by electing her while a veteran white teacher stressed her experience in the classroom. Read More»

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