Politics

PTC Council splits, but OKs new pay raise

(L-R) PTC Council members Mike King, Mayor Vanessa Fleisch, Terry Ernst, Kim Learnard, and Eric Imker. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Peachtree City employees at the Oct. 2 council meeting got what they wanted. The council on a 3-2 vote adopted the provisions of the recent classification and compensation study at a cost of more than $900,000. Read More»

Power struggle at ARC: Board delays controversial vote

A move to adopt proposed bylaw changes by the Atlanta Regional Commission board that has raised the ire of some Fayette County leaders was postponed for a month. Read More»

Fayette Elections Board: NO Sunday voting here

Shutterstock early voting sign.

No action was taken by the Fayette County Board of Elections on a request by Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) to have polls open on Sunday, Oct. 26, for early voting.

Board members Addison Lester, Darryl Hicks and Chairman Marilyn Watts discussed the request at the Sept. 23 meeting, heard from a number of citizens who attended the meeting and reached a consensus that they did not have enough information to reach a decision on Fludd’s request. Read More»

Brown warns about unelected bosses in ARC’s ‘regionalism’

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. File photo.

Concerns about the potential unchecked power of regional governmental organizations have sparked no small amount of discussion among elected officials and Read More»

A personal moment with the former First Lady

A personal moment with the former First Lady

Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter spoke at a luncheon held by the Fayette County Democratic Women on Aug. 23. Carter, right, takes a moment to speak with Fayette resident Karen Harris. Photo/Sheila Pace.

Basham takes GOP nomination for BoE Post 4

Diane Basham in an April photo.

In Fayette County’s first county-level runoff under the newly mandated district voting, Republican Diane Basham ran away from her opponent Jane Owens Tuesday, winning the Post 4 Board of Education nomination by 20 points.

Basham locked in her victory from the first batch of ballots.

With all 12 of the 12 precincts in the Post 4 voting district counted, Basham had 1,419 votes (60%), while Owens wound up with 938 (40%).

Basham, 65, is a 30-year resident of Fayette County who recently retired after 27 years teaching in the Fayette County School System. Read More»

Marty Harbin is Fayette’s next state senator

GOP candidate Marty Harbin announces his runoff victory to supporters Tuesday night. Photo/Vern Darley.

Harbin overpowers David Studdard by 2,894 votes out of over 15,000 cast

First-time office-seeker Marty Harbin of Tyrone has won the open District 16 state Senate seat now Read More»

Results of July 22 runoff election

FINAL UPDATE 9:22 p.m. — Marty Harbin will be the next state senator for the 16th District

With all four counties reporting final counts in the Georgia Senate District 16 Republican runoff, Tyrone resident and Fayetteville insurance broker Marty Harbin has convincingly beaten Fayetteville attorney David Studdard.

Harbin beat Studdard in Fayette, Spalding, Lamar and Pike counties 8,957 (59.6%) to 6,063 (40.3%).
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Ga. Senate District 16 Republican runoff candidate Marty Harbin responds to questions from The Citizen

Marty Harbin.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the Georgia State Senate, District 16 nomination is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Republican runoff candidates Marty Harbin and David Studdard to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate Marty Harbin.

1. What are your spending priorities for state government? Do they require a tax hike or a tax decrease and explain your justification.
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Ga. Senate District 16 Republican runoff candidate David Studdard responds to questions from The Citizen

David Studdard.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the Georgia State Senate, District 16 nomination is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Republican runoff candidates Marty Harbin and David Studdard to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate David Studdard.

1. What are your spending priorities for state government? Do they require a tax hike or a tax decrease and explain your justification?
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