Judge reverses himself: District voting not a done deal after all

Judge rescinds NAACP/Fayette BoE consent decree, orders new hearing for May 3

In an unusual case of high level legal backpedaling that throws at least four Fayette County Board of Education elections into disarray, a federal district judge last week in effect said, “Oops, let’s have a do-over.”

Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., in the April 18 order vacated his own ruling from February that effectively ended at-large voting for school board posts in Fayette County and set a new hearing for May 3. Read More»

Brown wants Elections Board’s Watts ouster, Watts cries foul

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown wants to remove Marilyn Watts as the Republican Party-appointed representative to the Fayette County Board of Elections.

Details of the complaint were kept mum at a Tuesday meeting of the Fayette County Republican Party’s executive committee. But Watts said Tuesday that Brown’s complaint is the same he aired recently: that she shouldn’t have worked for the Newt Gingrich campaign after she was appointed to the elections board earlier this year. Read More»

Commissioner Brown denies NAACP ties

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown, a former member of the Fayette County branch of the National Association of the Advancement for Colored People, says he informally dissolved his membership “years ago” over the group’s stance on district voting. Read More»

Commission qualifying dates to be delayed for map OK?

There is a chance that qualifying for the three seats on the Fayette County Commission will be delayed beyond the May 23-25 qualifying period. Read More»

Party fracas: Where does Fayette GOP chairman really live?

Where the chairman of the Fayette County Republican Party lives has become a flash point in an intra-party squabble. Read More»

ARC makes pitch about regional transportation sales tax

A proposed $8.5 billion 10-year regional transportation sales tax for the Atlanta area, including Fayette County, would address a number of bottlenecks that have made Atlanta’s traffic problem a negative mark for companies wishing to locate here, a representative of the Atlanta Regional Commission told the Fayette County Commission last week.

Some local residents were skeptical about the purported benefits. Read More»

Coweta assist. solicitor to run for top job

Coweta County Assistant Solicitor Sandra Wisenbaker has announced that she will run for the office of Solicitor General of Coweta County currently held by Robert Stokely. Stokely recently announced that he will be running for the District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

“Having worked in the Coweta Solicitor’s Office for the past nine years I believe I am the most qualified person to take over this job once Robert Stokely’s term ends later this year. I am an experienced trial attorney who has prosecuted countless cases,” Wisenbaker said. Read More»

Time crunch as Fayette map awaits OK

If redrawn district map isn’t fast-tracked by Justice Dept., it can’t be used in July primaries

A big question mark hangs over three Fayette County Commission elections this year, including the shapes and sizes of the districts and whether current qualifying dates will hold. Read More»

Copeland to seek District 63 House post

T.J. Copeland at a news conference last week. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville native and Fulton County school teacher T.J. Copeland has thrown his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate to fill the new District 63 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. The district includes portions of Fayette, Clayton and south Fulton counties.

A former Fayette resident, Copeland said what he brings to the table and to the voters is someone who has spent time on the ground in the communities he wants to continue to serve in the House. Read More»

Judge OKs new Fayette Commission map

5-district plan may be in place for July election

The new five-district map for the upcoming Fayette County Commission election might be back in play after all. A federal court judge signed a consent order Tuesday that gives the county another shot at having five population-balanced districts in place for the May qualifying period. Read More»

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