Politics

In 3-2 vote, Tyrone Mayor Dial to replace Steele on ARC

Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial. File photo from November 2011.

The defeat of former Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele in November’s election insured that Fayette County’s cities would have a new representative sitting on the board of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

And with a split 3-2 vote Monday from Fayette’s five mayors, new Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial was elected to the position over Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix.

Voting for Dial were Brooks Mayor Dan Langford Jr., Gary Laggis of Woolsey and Dial himself. Voting for Haddix were new Fayetteville mayor Greg Clifton and Haddix himself.
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Change to district voting may make recall of officials problematic

The switch to district voting by the Fayette County Board of Education will deprive voters of their current ability to participate in the removal of any local elected official from office via a recall procedure.

Under current Georgia law, a registered voter must live in the district for the office in which that official is seated to sign a recall petition.

So under the new district voting scheme, the only way a voter can participate in a recall effort is if he or she lives in the same district as the board member who is the subject of the recall petition. Read More»

Regime change on F'ville Council as mayor, 2 new councilmen are sworn in

The main event at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will come before the meeting ever begins with the swearing-in of Greg Clifton as mayor along with new council members Ed Johnson and Mickey Edwards. As for the meeting itself, many of the items pertain to council appointments and will be tabled. As for the swearing-in, it will begin at 6:20 p.m. in the council chambers. Read More»

Tyrone voting location changes to library

Tyrone residents accustomed to using the Tyrone First Baptist Church as their voting location will begin using the Tyrone library instead beginning in 2012. The Tyrone Town Council on Dec. 15 voted unanimously to move the location to the library after a complaint was filed with the state questioning whether a sign placed on the church during the Nov. 8 election that encouraged citizens to vote against the alcohol referendum might have violated state law. Read More»

Fayette to revive TDK extension?

County may seek to condemn parcel despite easement offered by city

Peachtree City stands to lose its only control over the most controversial road project in city history, which was halted in 2007 over concerns that it would flood Ga. Highway 74 south with traffic from Coweta County.

The Citizen has learned that the Fayette County Commission is considering the extreme tactic of condemning a city-owned tract that directly abuts county-owned land containing the previously identified road path for the extension of TDK Boulevard into Coweta County.

The city and county have been in a protracted negotiation over an easement that would allow the county to build a road on the 1.7-acre city parcel, ostensibly to provide access to Read More»

Crane named to Senate Banking Committee

District 28 Senator Mike Crane (R-Newnan).

It did not take State Sen. Mike Crane (R-Newnan) to start getting involved in the action under the Gold Dome. The new Dist. 28 Senator on Dec. 19 was named secretary of the Senate Banking Committee for the 2011-2012 term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

Crane will also serve on the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Economic Development Committee. He will also hold a vote on the Senate Finance Committee. Read More»

Haddix, Logsdon settle for a ‘sorry’

Mayor apologizes for email saying ex-mayor came to meetings ‘part drunk’

Perhaps it is appropriate that in the season of “peace on earth, good will toward men” that Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix and former Mayor Harold Logsdon have reached a settlement in their libel lawsuit Read More»

Santa gets some political help

Santa gets some political help

Who is that bearded guy? Santa Claus came to downtown Fayetteville recently to help the Fayette County Republican Party and their efforts to wrap Christmas presents for area residents. Closer scrutiny of the jolly old elf revealed that it wasn’t Santa at all, but rather Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty who said he had received a call from Santa asking that he stand in for him. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Crane wins Seabaugh’s Senate seat in Coweta

District 28 Senator-elect Mike Crane.

The votes are in and Mike Crane has been elected to fill the Dist. 28 state Senate seat vacated by Mitch Seabaugh. Crane received 60.4 percent of the vote in defeating Duke Blackburn in the Dec. 6 runoff election.

Voters from Coweta, Carroll, Heard and Troup counties had their say, giving Crane 5,381 votes compared to 3,521 from Blackburn. That translates into a 60.4 percent approval for Crane and 39.6 percent for Blackburn. Read More»

Westmoreland endorses Gingrich for GOP nomination

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. File photo.

Third District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a former Fayette County resident, has endorsed Newt Gingrich for president.

“Newt is a true conservative and a proven leader who has focused his campaign on the issues, presenting real solutions to the problems facing our country today,” Congressman Westmoreland said. “He is uniting conservatives across the country and I believe he is the best man to defeat President Obama. I’m proud to put my support behind Newt and look forward to helping him win back the White House.” Read More»

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