Politics

Longtime F’ville councilmen Dell and White to bow out

Fayetteville Councilman Larry Dell at a February 2013 council meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Two long-time Fayetteville councilmen are calling it quits, with qualifying deadline for three posts on the Fayetteville City Council less than a week away.

Post 3 Councilman Walt White announced last week that he will not be seeking re-election and Councilman Larry Dell said he will not be seeking re-election for his Post 4 seat.

However, incumbent Councilman Paul Oddo will be seeking re-election for his Post 5 seat.

White’s decision not to run again will effectively bring to a conclusion nearly a quarter-century serving on the City Council. Read More»

F’ville Council conflicted about voting for SPLOST

Fayetteville City Councilman Walt White at a council meeting in February 2013. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville City Councilman Walt White voted in favor of a $9.2 million city list of projects to be funded by a proposed penny sales tax, but said he hopes the measure fails at the ballot box.

As he had done at previous meetings, White questioned the wisdom of participating in the November initiative because he considered it a tax on Fayetteville citizens and because the city would not receive its share of the proceeds unless a project list was provided. Read More»

King in the race for PTC Post 2, Bloom out of running for council

Mike King, candidate for Post 2, Peachtree City Council. Photo/Special.

There has been a shake-up in the field of candidates seeking seats on the Peachtree City Council this November.

Vietnam veteran and retiree Michael L. “Mike” King has announced he will seek the Post 2 spot that is being vacated in mid-term by Councilman George Dienhart.

Dienhart is bowing out to make a run for mayor, thus whoever wins the Post 2 seat will serve the two years and a few days remaining in that term. Read More»

County liquor by the drink goes on Nov. ballot

In addition to voting on the proposed countywide infrastructure sales tax this November, residents of unincorporated Fayette County will also weigh in on Sunday sales of alcohol for on-premises consumption.

Last year, voters approved Sunday package sales of alcohol for the county. But on-premises alcohol sales for consumption was not part of that referendum, interim County Attorney Dennis Davenport informed the Fayette County Commission Thursday night. Read More»

Dienhart resigns to make it 4 open seats on PTC Council

George Dienhart from a photo he supplied this spring.

Peachtree City Councilman George Dienhart has tendered his formal resignation from office, setting the stage for his mayoral bid in the November general election.

Because that will leave Dienhart’s Post 2 seat on council vacant, the city council on Thursday authorized a special election for the Post 2 election to be conducted at the same time as the general election.

That means voters will have a chance to fill Dienhart’s Post 2 seat at the same time they are casting ballots for the regularly scheduled election for the mayor’s post and the Post 3 and Post 4 council seats. Read More»

Judge to seek legislators’ redistricting experts for map

NAACP President suggests county ‘conspiracy’ to discriminate against black residents by ignoring pleas for district voting Read More»

2 challengers step up in F’ville

At least two of the incumbents on the Fayetteville City Council will face a challenger in the November election. Qualifying for the three seats up for election will be held Aug. 26-28.

The terms of Post 3 Councilman Walt White, Post 4 Councilman Larry Dell and Post 5 Councilman Paul Oddo will expire at the end of the year.

Of the three incumbents, only Oddo has announced that he will run for re-election.

To date there is one challenger for White’s Post 3 seat in 53-year-old aviation safety inspector Scott Stacy, who previously announced that he will challenge White in November. Read More»

FSS responds to federal budget cuts for seniors

Fayette Senior Services (FSS) has announced its participation in the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services “Paper Plate Campaign” to raise money for and awareness of senior meal programs after the U.S. government sequester cut funding for these programs across the country last month.

Over $41,000 in Older American Act (OAA) funding has been cut from the annual operating budget of FSS and these funds will be taken directly from services that provide meals to seniors, including both their Meals On Wheels and Congregate Meals programs, FSS representatives said. Read More»

PTC Councilwoman Learnard announces re-election bid for Post 3 seat

Current Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard has announced she will seek reelection to her Post 3 seat this November.

In her announcement, Learnard said she is proud of how council has worked to address significant budget issues while also authorizing bond funding to “repair and restore facilities citywide.”

A 14-year resident, Learnard said she is proud of having a track record of meeting often with local residents, city staff and elected officials at the city, county and state level. Read More»

Free-for-all in PTC election? 5 in for mayor’s slot, 4 seats open

As the calendar turns to August, the political season will begin to heat up in Peachtree City as candidates have to enter the race during the qualifying period Aug. 26-30. Read More»

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