Politics

In F’ville campaign funds, Steele leads the race

When it comes to spending money for political campaigns in Fayetteville, Mayor Ken Steele tops the list with Post 2 City County candidate Mickey Edwards a close second and Post 1 candidate Edward Johnson a more distant third. Read More»

F’ville candidates for 2011 have their say at forum

The auditorium at Harvest Christian Community Church in Fayetteville was packed with nearly 200 people Oct. 18 to hear the six candidates for mayor and two council seats square off in a forum sponsored by the Fayette County Local Issues Tea Party. Read More»

Steele: ‘I won’t campaign for T-SPLOST’

If a regional transportation sales tax passes in a July 2012 referendum, Fayette County is expected to chip in $190 million over 10 years. Read More»

Regional sales tax transportation project list for Fayette now must face voters

Now that the project list for a proposed transportation sales tax is complete, voters have quite a bit to chew on between now and July 2012.

But the sales pitch is only just beginning, for those favoring the tax, and for those who vow to oppose it.

Last week the project list received unanimous approval, and elected officials on the 21-member roundtable lauded the fact that they were able to agree on the list. Read More»

No political crimes here

No political crimes here

There were no laws broken, only a group of well-dressed dudes and ladies like Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah (R) and Vicki Turner at the Fayette County Republican Western Masquerade held Oct. 15 at the former Resurrection Clothing store on Ga. Highway 85 South. Dinner and line dancing highlighted the evening’s fund-raising activities. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Tyrone candidates for mayor, council have their say at forum

Nearly 200 people packed the Tyrone Depot on Oct. 11 to hear from the six candidates running for three town council seats in the Nov. 8 election. A sampling of the large number of questions asked is provided below. The forum also featured a straw poll showing a razor thin preference in all races.

Candidates for mayor included marketer Derrick L. Jackson and Post 1 Councilman Eric Dial. Post 1 candidates included bookkeeper Linda Howard and volunteer Tammy Proctor. And the candidates for the Post 2 seat included career consultant Pota Coston and small business owner Ryan Housley. Read More»

MacDuff extension makes transportation sales tax list

Will the public vote for the sales tax?

If a region-wide transportation sales tax passes next year, some Peachtree City commuters may rejoice.

The list of projects for sales tax funding was adopted Thursday, and a last-minute bid to add the extension of MacDuff Parkway was unanimously approved. Read More»

10 qualify for Seabaugh’s Senate seat

It did not take long for a very large handful of people to qualify for the seat vacated recently by state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh. The qualifying period that ended Oct. 13 showed nine Coweta County residents and one from Carroll County vying for the seat in the non-partisan special election to be held Nov. 8.

Those qualifying by press time Oct. 13 included:

-Cynthia C. Bennett, Non-partisan, 55, educator, of Newnan

-Duke Blackburn, Republican, 61, retired law enforcement officer, of Newnan

-Matthew Brass, Republican, 33, small business owner, of Newnan Read More»

Candidates pitch positions at Chamber of Commerce gathering

The Rev. Ed Johnson (L) and Mickey Edwards (R) are running for Post 1 and Post 2 in the election in Fayetteville. Johnson is running against incumbent Wilson Price and Edwards is running against first-time candidate Cathy Cochran. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Candidates in the upcoming elections for Fayetteville, Tyrone, and Peachtree City had an opportunity to introduce themselves at a meeting held by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. It was held at the chamber’s office in the old courthouse building.

Fifteen candidates are running in the three municipalities and only Fayetteville mayoral candidate Greg Clifton and Peachtree City candidates Steve Allen and George Dienhart were no-shows at the Chamber event. Read More»

Fayette GOP opposes T-SPLOST mass transit projects

Half the proposed $6 billion to be raised from the 2012 10-county regional transportation sales tax referendum will be wasted on mass transit projects “not in the general interest,” charges the Fayette County Republican Party.

Only rail and bus projects that pay their own way from construction to operation costs will get local Republican support, the Executive Board of the Fayette GOP said in a news release last week. Read More»

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