Politics

Rep. Lewis: ‘Need NAACP now more than at any time’

Receiving honors at the Fayette County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet held Oct. 29 at the Wyndham in Peachtree City were (L-R) Fayette County School System Deputy Superintendent Fred Oliver; Omega Psi Phi President Tommy Ambrose; Congressman John Lewis; Julia H. Wrightt; Wayne Kendall; and Fayette County High School student Nicholas Britt. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The house was packed Oct. 29 at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center as the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP held its 14th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. Front and center for the occasion was keynote speaker Congressman John Lewis.

This year’s banquet theme was “Standing on the Legacy of our Past, Forging an Understanding for the Future.”

Fayette NAACP Branch President John Jones said Lewis is dedicated to the highest ethical standards and moral principles which have won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. Read More»

Candidate slates not related to voting district lawsuit, says NAACP

(L-R) Tyrone Council mayoral candidate Derrick Jackson, Tyrone Council Post 2 candidate Pota Coston and Fayetteville Post 1 candidate Edward Johnson. Photo composite/Ben Nelms.

Three candidates in three council races in Fayetteville and Tyrone are black, the most minority candidates in local elections in Fayette history. The Fayetteville candidate, pastor Ed Johnson, is the past president of the Fayette chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Is this coincidental or does this unprecedented slate have anything to do with the NAACP’s district voting lawsuit against Fayette County?

The Fayette County attorney who filed the voting rights lawsuit — Wayne Kendall — says, “No,” there’s no connection. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Don’t worry about paying for MARTA

Rep. Matt Ramsey at the podium in the Georgia House of Representatives. Photo/File.

Gov. Nathan Deal has created a “Transit Governance Task Force” to develop a legislative proposal for consideration by the legislature next January.

And that has some Fayette residents nervous they might be forced to pay a transit tax in the future, even though there currently is no transit service here.

But Fayette County state Representative Matt Ramsey said there isn’t any support in the legislature, outside of DeKalb and Fulton counties, for expanding the penny sales tax for MARTA. Read More»

PTC candidates mostly self-funded

All three candidates running for Peachtree City Council have sought little fiscal support from residents.

Although each has put in their own money, George Dienhart was the only one to report contributions from others.

Both Post 1 candidates have elected to use just their own money instead. Imker has donated to his own campaign for the $180 qualifying fee and $25 for a “vendor table.” Likewise, Allen has donated $396.90 to his own campaign to cover qualifying fee and also purchase campaign signs. Read More»

Dienhart endorses Allen for PTC council seat

New councilman blames incumbent Imker for ‘council discord’

This much is sure: George Dienhart, running unopposed, will have a seat on the Peachtree City Council starting Jan. 1.The question remains as to who will win the other council race: sitting Post 1 councilman Eric Imker or challenger Steve Allen. Read More»

Voting starts Monday at PTC, Tyrone libraries

Voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone can cast ballots at their respective libraries all next week.

The polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 4.

Fayetteville voters may continue to cast their ballots during the same hours at the county’s elections office at the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville.

No voting will occur on Monday, Nov. 7, and voters waiting until election day Nov. 8 must cast their ballots at their regular polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Read More»

Candidates face the public in PTC forum

City Council Post 1 candidate Stephen Allen (L) chats with opponent Eric Imker, the incumbent, during the forum moderated Monday night by the Peachtree City Rotary Club. Photo/John Munford.

For the first time this election season, Peachtree City voters were treated Monday night to a side-by-side comparison of the two candidates seeking the Post 1 City Council seat.

Newcomer Steve Allen, who works in information technology services and incumbent Eric Imker, who is retired, answered a number of pointed questions from the audience about city government operations, cost cutting and more.

Allen said, if elected to office, he wants to have his performance measured on the effect on home values, quality of life and enhancement of the city’s village retail centers. Read More»

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»

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