Politics

PTC’s mayor hit with ethics complaint

Former Mayor Harold Logsdon (L) and current Mayor Don Haddix. File photos.

A Peachtree City resident has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor Don Haddix for using city funds to settle a libel lawsuit filed over a statement made about former Mayor Harold Logsdon in an email Haddix sent to a city employee.

Steve Thaxton, who has publicly asked Haddix at a council meeting to repay the $9,969 in legal fees, filed the complaint Monday alleging that Haddix committed several ethics violations regarding the matter. Read More»

Sen. Chance backs regional transit ‘oversight’ council

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone). File photo.

With $3.6 billion in transit money off the table with the failed regional T-SPLOST, state government officials will now turn their eyes toward legislation that would create a regional transit agency for metro Atlanta.

While Fayette County has no transit operations here, there are concerns the county could perhaps be lumped into a regional transit agency, and possibly on the hook for partially funding such an endeavor. Read More»

Election aftermath — New sheriff, runoffs for 2 commission races, T-SPLOST a bust

Advance voting’s paper trail — Elections employees at county headquarters work on the paper printouts from advance voting machines after polls closed on Election Day July 31. Photo/John Munford.

Last week’s primary election is over, with at least one new member elected to the Fayette County commission and to the school board, along with a new county sheriff as Barry Babb unseated incumbent lawman Wayne Hannah. [Editor Cal Beverly opines on "What it all means" here.]

But it’s not over: local voters still have to settle three runoff races on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Read More»

Voters hit the polls in Fayette, Coweta races

Though they are counties in two separate regional commissions and judicial circuits, Coweta and Fayette voters did have a couple of primary races on common. Those included the race for the District 3 Congressional seat and the race for the District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Beyond those races there were plenty of others for voters’ consideration, especially in Fayette County. Read More»

Fayette primary winners and losers have their say

The July 31 primary ended with clear winners in some races, while others will face runoff elections later this month. A number of the candidates were contacted for their thoughts on their campaigns and the results of the election. The comments of those responding thus far are included below. Read More»

Coweta final unofficial results of July 31 primary election

Coweta 28 of 28 precincts reporting

Ga. House D-71
Darryl Marmon, 2,014 votes (27.70%)
Robert Stokely, 5,258 votes (72.30%)

Superior Court, Coweta Circuit
Kevin McMurry, 8,639 votes (48.96%)
Emory Palmer, 8,990 votes (50.95%)

T-SPLOST in Coweta
Yes, 22.55%
No, 77.45%

Coweta Sunday alcohol by the drink
Yes, 62.61%
No, 37.39%

Fayette BoE to set goals for school closures, redistricting at Aug. 6 called meeting

Fayette COunty School Superintendent Jeff Bearden. File photo.

Most people who keep up with the happenings of the Fayette County School System know that the closure of up to five schools is currently under at least theoretical consideration. But there are a number of parameters that will be determined before the Fayette County Board of Education tackles the issue.

To that end, a called meeting will be held on Aug. 6 to discuss those parameters and give direction to the committee that will be charged with doing the research that will help the board reach a decision on the closure issue. Read More»

Democrat BoE Chairman Presberg stands with Republican Hollowell campaigner

Democrat BoE Chairman Presberg stands with Republican Hollowell campaigner

The Fayette County political tradition of street-corner campaigning got a new participant Tuesday morning and maybe the start of a new tradition: Cross-party politicking. Leonard Presberg, appointed chairman of the Fayette County Board of Education and a declared Democrat, stands with a supporter of Post 1 Republican school board candidate Scott Hollowell at the busy intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway. Hollowell was running for the open seat being vacated by Janet Smola in the Republican Primary. Photo/Special.

BoE Chairman Presberg stands with Hollowell campaigner

BoE Chairman Presberg stands with Hollowell campaigner

The Fayette County political tradition of street-corner campaigning got a new participant Tuesday morning and maybe the start of a new tradition: Cross-party politicking. Leonard Presberg, appointed chairman of the Fayette County Board of Education and a declared Democrat, stands with a sign-carrying supporter of Post 1 Republican school board candidate Scott Hollowell at the busy intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway. Hollowell is running for the open seat being vacated by Janet Smola in the Republican Primary today. Photo/Special.

Sheriff race lags far behind judge, magistrate race fund-raising

In the fund-raising department, the race for Fayette County Sheriff is almost a dead heat. Read More»

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