Politics

F’ville mayor Steele to face rare challenge in November election

While the political rhetoric has been ongoing in Peachtree City for a while now in advance of the November election, things may be about to get spicy in Fayetteville too.

For the first time in recent memory, Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele will face a challenger: computer salesman Greg Clifton.

Qualifying for various council seats ended last week, setting the stage for the fall political season. Read More»

4 sign up for 2 posts in PTC Council elections, while 3 Tyrone races draw 6 contenders

The races are on in Peachtree City and Tyrone. Two contenders have qualified for each of two council seats in Peachtree City, and a whopping six candidates have qualified for three seats on the Tyrone Council, including the mayor’s post. Read More»

Qualifiers throw their names in the hat for Coweta local races

It will not be long before voters have their say when it comes to local elections. Those qualifying by press time on Sept. 1 included mayoral and council candidates in Senoia, Sharpsburg and Palmetto.

Senoia voters in November will decide on two council positions. As of press time on Sept. 1 there were four people who had qualified for the two seats currently held by Maurice Grover and Bobby Graham.

Qualifiers include Grover, Graham, retired Col. Don Rehman and IBM technical support staff Harry Ramos.

Voting in Senoia is at-large with the top two vote-getters winning the seats. Read More»

With redistricting maps now law, Fayette delegation swings to GOP majority

It’s official: Fayette County’s legislative delegation in the Georgia House of Representatives will feature a majority Republican vote for the first time since Democrat Roy Barnes was governor, three governors ago.

That’s thanks to the new House and Senate district maps adopted by the legislature and signed last week by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Previously, Fayette’s delegation in the House had a Democratic majority between Rep. Virgil Fludd, who has a sizable chunk of northwest Fayette, and two other Democrats who had relatively small footprints here. Read More»

UPDATED — Regional SPLOST vote still to be next summer

UPDATED for print, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 — Despite the wishes of Gov. Nathan Deal, the referendum on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent regional transportation sales tax will not be moved to a November vote.

Instead the referendum will stay on the July primary ballot, which may give an edge to the prospects of defeating the tax. The November vote stood to have drawn more Democrats who might favor the tax. Read More»

Qualifying so far: 5 in F’ville, 4 in Tyrone, 0 in PTC

It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for municipal candidates in three Fayette cities this week. To be on the ballot this fall, candidates in Fayetteville, Tyrone and Peachtree City have to file official paperwork and pay qualifying fees this week. Read More»

PTC’s Imker to run again; 2nd candidate announces for seat Sturbaum is vacating

With qualifying for two seats on the Peachtree City Council starting Monday at 8:30 a.m., the question on the minds of political observers is: “Who’s in?” Read More»

New Ga. House map brings changes to Coweta

Gov. Nathan Deal on Aug. 24 signed off on Georgia’s redistricting maps and, contingent of approval by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Coweta County will see some changes in the districts for the House of Representatives, with a portion of east Coweta going to Dist. 72 Rep. Matt Ramsey and a small part of Peachtree City going to Dist. 71 Rep. Billy Horne. Read More»

Transportation sales tax vote won't move to Nov.

Gov. Deal abandons switch after Tea Party cries foul; vote set for July 2012 primary

The referendum on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent regional transportation sales tax will stay right where it is on the calendar: on the July primary.

Gov. Nathan Deal has abandoned an attempt to convince the legislature to move the vote to the general election in November.

In a news release, Deal said he still believes the vote should be moved “to allow as many taxpayers as possible to participate in this important decision.” But he has relented on his request due to the lengthy amount of time it would take to win consensus on the matter. Read More»

New map shrinks footprint of 13th district

Would keep Tyrone, Fayetteville intact, not split as original map proposed

Under a new congressional district map passed today by a legislative committee, Fayette County won’t have as much of a footprint in the 13th district currently held by Democrat U.S. Rep. David Scott.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, told The Citizen today that the latest map gives Scott’s district about 15 percent of Fayette’s population. In contrast, the first version of the map had put about 35 percent of Fayette County in the U.S. 13th district. Read More»

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