Politics

Ramsey appointed House GOP whip

Rep. Matt Ramsey speaks to crowd at a 2013 Memorial Day ceremony in Peachtree City. File photo.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, has been named the Republican majority whip for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Ramsey, who lives in Peachtree City, represents west Fayette County and part of east Coweta County. He said he was thankful for the support he got from House members and he looks forward to working hard to make sure legislators have the information they need to make decisions. Read More»

Senoia candidate forum Oct. 17

The three candidates featured in the Senoia mayor’s race in November will face each other in a forum to be held Oct. 17.

The mayor’s seat will be the only contested municipal race in November. Qualifying for the seat were incumbent Councilman Larry Owens, retiree Don Rehman business owner and Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman. Read More»

2 candidate forums slated in Oct.

Two candidate forums have been scheduled to help the public sift through campaign issues ahead of the Nov. 5 municipal elections in Peachtree City and Tyrone.

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City will hold its traditional candidate forum Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Peachtree Wyndham Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.

And a diverse group of political forces is joining together to host Peachtree City and Tyrone candidates Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville. Read More»

Anti-Haddix group campaigns to block mayor’s reelection

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix.

Their motto might be, “Anybody but Haddix.”

Several Peachtree City residents are organizing a formal group to challenge the reelection candidacy of Mayor Don Haddix along with his wife, Cathy, who is seeking election to the Post 3 seat on the City Council. Read More»

Fayette OKs SPLOST list; next stop, voters

Environmentalist Dennis Chase addresses commission at Aug. 29 hearing. Photo/John Munford.

The Fayette County Commission has formally approved a list of 181 stormwater projects for funding with a potential countywide 1 percent sales tax for two years that will be up for voter consideration in November.

County resident and environmentalist Dennis Chase was the only person to speak during the public hearing at the Sept. 5 commission meeting. Chase said without detailed plans from the county that would allow him to evaluate the projects appropriately, he would not support the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Read More»

Judge may draw his own Fayette voting district map

A federal judge has selected the state’s reapportionment office and staff to serve as the court’s technical advisor as he mulls over several proposed new district maps to be used in future elections for members of the Fayette County Commission and the county Board of Education. Read More»

Coston, Matthews will face off for Tyrone Council seat

Pota Coston is challenging incumbent Ken Matthews for the Post 3 Tyrone Council seat. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Voters in Tyrone will see only one contested race in the November election. The race for the Post 3 seat on the Tyrone Town Council will have incumbent Ken Matthews facing off against challenger Pota Coston.

The qualifying period for the Post 3 and 4 seats of the Tyrone Town Council ended Friday afternoon with Matthews and Coston qualifying for the Post 3 seat held by Matthews.
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Mayoral hopeful Rehman ordered to pay Senoia’s court fees

Coweta County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon ruled Thursday that Senoia resident and mayoral candidate Don Rehman will have to pay more than $7,000 in attorney’s fees and litigation costs incurred by the city in a failed lawsuit brought by Rehman earlier this year.

Rehman in May lost a lawsuit against the Senoia City Council over his interpretation of a city ordinance dealing with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Read More»

No contests in Fayetteville, so city election canceled

Fayetteville Councilman-elect Jim Williams. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Qualifying has ended in Fayetteville, and there are no contested races for the three open City Council posts.

As a result, the city election is canceled, according to Fayette County Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer.

Perhaps the most noteworthy thing to come out of the qualifying period is that longtime Councilmen Walt White and Larry Dell will not be seeking re-election.
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In a first, mayor, wife both on PTC ballot

UPDATED for print — In an unprecedented development sure to liven up the November election in Peachtree City, the wife of current mayor Don Haddix qualified at the last minute Friday to oppose one of her husband’s most frequent critics on the City Council.

Cathy Haddix, 60, is seeking the Post 3 seat currently held by Councilwoman Kim Learnard, who is seeking re-election. Read More»