Politics

Coweta voters OK another 6 years of SPLOST, 53 to 47%

More than 26 percent of Coweta County voters went to the polls Tuesday and most of them cast a vote on the extension of the local 1-cent sales tax (SPOLOST). That vote showed nearly 53 percent favored continuing the tax for another six years for a variety of county and municipal projects.

Election results from the 28 precincts tallied 15,520 SPLOST votes cast out of total of 71,046 registered voters. Of those, 7,998 votes (52.81 percent) were in favor of the extension while 7,522 (47.19 percent) were opposed.

The six-year extension carries a maximum collection ceiling of $120 million. Read More»

Gingrich tops Coweta vote, Romney comes in second

When it comes to which Republican candidate was the favorite in Tuesday’s Presidential Preference Primary Coweta County voters mirrored those from around Georgia, giving Newt Gingrich a solid win with nearly 52 percent of the vote.

Gingrich ended the evening with 7,828 votes (51.96 percent) compared to 3,171 (21.61 percent) for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum taking 2,902 (19.97 percent) votes while 901 votes (5.86 percent) went to Ron Paul. The five remaining candidates on the ballot each got fewer than 25 votes. Read More»

Gingrich takes Fayette handily

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, shown several weeks ago in an appearance in Peachtree City, has handily won Fayette County and has a healthy lead statewide as of 9:18 p.m.

UPDATE 9:38 p.m. With all the precincts in, Newt Gingrich has taken Fayette County with 45.86 percent of the vote.

Mitt Romney took second place 5,283 votes (28.26 percent) while Rick Santorum took third with 3,698 votes (19.78 percent). Ron Paul came in fourth with 1,045 votes (5.59 percent).

The results will be officially certified Friday at 5 p.m.

Presidential choice, Coweta SPLOST vote coming Tuesday

The time for Coweta County residents to have their say on their choice in the Presidential Preference Primary is almost here. Voters on March 6 will also determine if they want to extend the county’s current 1-cent sales tax (SPLOST). Up for a six-year continuation, the initiative carries a maximum collection ceiling totaling $120 million. Read More»

Barlow to challenge for Frady’s commission position

Tyrone resident David Barlow has announced he will seek the Post 2 seat on the Fayette County Commission currently held by veteran politician Herb Frady.

Frady for his part said he has not decided whether he will run for re-election.

There’s no arguing that Barlow and Frady are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, as Barlow sides with the vision of current commissioners Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. Read More»

Ognio will run for Post 3 commission seat held by Hearn

Local businessman Randy Ognio has decided to run for the Post 3 seat on the Fayette County Commission currently held by Lee Hearn. Read More»

Steele unloads on Haddix

Former long-time Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele was no stranger to voicing an opinion when it came to city business. Now out of office, Steele said he feels free to comment on issues that he considered to be off limits while he was in office. With that, a letter to the editor in this week’s edition has Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix in Steele’s sights. Read More»

Rep. Westmoreland faces challenge from the right in Kent Kingsley

Kent Kingsley

It looks like District 3 U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland will have some competition in the July primary. He will be facing Milner Realtor and former Lamar County Commissioner Kent Kingsley, who is a proponent of issues such as a balanced budget amendment, the Fair Tax, ending earmarks and term limits.

Kingsley said that, if elected, he will not be part of the permanent political class playing their fiddles while Rome burns.
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4 BoE posts to be decided by district vote

Federal judge signs off on NAACP lawsuit settlement; first elections to be in July

UPDATED for print, Feb. 28, 2011 — Get ready for district voting in the upcoming Fayette County Board of Education races.

The signature by a federal judge late last week settled the lawsuit once and for all and paved the way for a new type of election process.

Seats held by school board members Terri Smith, Marion Key and Janet Smola are all up for a vote this year. And so is the one held by District 5 board member Leonard Presberg, though the particulars of that election have not been established.
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Young and younger elect delegates

Young and younger elect delegates

A recent meeting of the Fayette County Republican Party to elect delegates to the upcoming local convention saw the meeting room at the Fayette Family Church crowded with participants earlier this month. Among those was a number of decidedly younger people ready to get involved in the political process. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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