Politics

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»

Two announce intent to fill Seabaugh’s Senate seat

The vacancy for the District 28 Senate seat that came with Sen. Mitch Seabaugh’s transition on Oct. 3 as Georgia Deputy State Treasurer led to the announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal that a non-partisan special election to fill the seat will be held Nov. 8. The announcement quickly resulted in Coweta residents Matt Brass and Duke C. Blackburn, Jr. stating their intention to run for the seat.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp Oct. 3 announced receipt of Gov. Deal’s Writ of Election setting Nov. 8 as the date for the special election to fill the vacancy in State Senate District 28. Read More»

Fayette school board to appoint volunteer to fill Post 5

Want to serve on the Fayette County Board of Education for the next three years?

Drop off a résumé by Halloween. One catch: You have to live in the Post 5 geographic area.

The need to fill the seat of Fayette County Board of Education Post 5 member Sam Tolbert — who passed away in September — will be accomplished in the coming days by soliciting information from interested citizens who live in the Post 5 area. The new board member will be appointed by a majority vote of the four remaining board members and will serve through the full unexpired term that extends through the end of 2014. Read More»

F’ville Council candidates to debate Oct. 16 at Harvest Community Church

Six candidates will compete for three Fayetteville elected offices on Nov. 8. Fayetteville citizens can meet the candidates and hear their visions for the future of Fayetteville at a candidate debate on Oct. 18 at The Harvest Community Christian Church.

The church is located at 383 Fayette Place (North Glynn St), Fayetteville, in the old movie theater behind the yellow-front Mexican restaurant.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a meet and greet with the candidates and the debate will begin at 7 p.m. Read More»

Rotary PTC candidates forum changed again

The Peachtree City Rotary Club has rescheduled its “Meet the Candidates” forum for Monday, Oct. 24 from 7-9 p.m.

The event is being moved to The Gathering Place senior citizen center as well, organizers said. Previous forums have been hosted at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center.

The candidate forum, a place for the community to ask questions of those running for city council, has been a long-standing tradition of the Rotary Club. Read More»

Coweta's Seabaugh named new deputy state treasurer

Republican State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg will be trading in his politician's wares for those of a prominent state employee. Read More»