Senoia council seats retained, Palmetto sees regime change

The Nov. 8 elections in Senoia and Palmetto represented opposite ends of the political spectrum when it came to the fate of incumbents and challengers. In the two Senoia at-large City Council races incumbents Maurice Grover and Bobby Graham were re-elected. And in Palmetto Mayor John Miller was defeated by former Mayor Clark Boddie, while in the at-large races for three council seats the outcome saw incumbent Leon Sumlin retaining his seat and challengers Patty O’Hara Willey and Larry Parrott picking up the other two. Read More»

Blackburn, Crane to face-off in Dec. 6 Senate runoff election

The numbers in the nine-way race to fill the unexpired term of state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (Dist. 28) are in and the top two vote-getters on Nov. 8 were Newnan residents Duke Blackburn and Mike Crane. The two will face off in a runoff election on Dec. 6.

Blackburn received 2,718 votes, or 26.28 percent of the total while Crane ended the night with 2,095 votes, or 20.25 percent. Both men qualified on the Republican ticket. Read More»

Senoia leaves library board

The board of directors of the Coweta County Library System voted unanimously Oct. 21 to approve a request by Senoia that the city’s five-year Joint Operating Agreement be terminated two years early. The decision also means that the city will no longer be required to contribute $20,000 per year for the city library’s maintenance and operation costs. Read More»

Which one will the BoE choose?

Fayetteville attorney Emory Wilkerson at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. Photo/John Munford.

7 hopefuls seek appointment to Post 5 seat on Board of Education, including 1 who is suing the board

Seven private citizens auditioned Monday night for a spot on the Fayette County Board of Education.

The four judges — the remaining elected members of the school board — could make their choice as early as the Nov. 14 meeting.

One unusual element: One of the aspiring volunteers — Emory Wilkerson, a seeker of local elective offices several times in the past decade — is suing the same board in federal court. Read More»

BoE candidate Wilkerson has tried for elective office in both political parties

Attorney Emory Wilkerson of Fayetteville — who is seeking appointment to the open Post 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education — is a familiar name on both Republican and Democrat election ballots for the past decade.

Wilkerson has run three times as a Republican and most recently as a Democrat — and he lost all four times.

In 2002, Wilkerson ran as a Republican for the 34th district seat in the Georgia Senate, but he lost to challenger Valencia Seay by more than 6,351 votes. Read More»

BoE candidate puts board on spot with question about lawsuit

he Nov. 7 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education was a time for the board to hear from the seven candidates vying for the appointment to fill the vacant Post 5 seat. But perhaps as interesting as the presentations from the applicants was a question by one about the board’s opinion on the possible end of countywide voting for the school board. Read More»

Fayetteville Council approves bigger turn lanes near roundabout

The Fayetteville City Council on Nov. 3 voted unanimously to enhance the turn lanes from Grady Avenue onto Ga. Highway 85 South to accommodate the flow of traffic that has been enhanced with the completion of the roundabout.

The project includes a new right turn lane and a longer left turn lane on Grady Avenue as it approaches Hwy. 85 South from the direction of the roundabout located a short distance to the west at Grady and Beauregard Boulevard. Read More»

PTC voters give Imker a 4-year term, approve Sunday retail alcohol sales

Peachtree City Council Post 1 winner Eric Imker. Photo/File.

Incumbent Post 1 Councilman Eric Imker Tuesday easily turned back a challenge from political first-timer Steve Allen to win a four-year term on the Peachtree City Council.

Imker’s tally was 2,039 votes (58 percent) to Allen’s 1,468 (42 percent).

Imker was running for a full term after having won a special election two years ago to fill the unexpired term of then-Councilman Don Haddix, who resigned to run for mayor.

George Dienhart locked up the unopposed Post 2 slot on council. Read More»

Tyrone elects new mayor, 2 council members, OKs Sunday alcohol sales

Tyrone Mayor-elect Eric Dial. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Energized Tyrone voters in a 39 percent turnout for an off-year election Tuesday promoted Councilman Eric Dial to the open slot of mayor and installed two newcomers on the Town Council Dial overwhelmed first-time challenger Derrick Jackson by more than 2-to-1 to step into the mayor’s office being vacated by Don Rehwaldt, who chose not to run for reelection. Dial received 1,204 votes (70 percent) to Jackson’s 523 (30 percent). First-timer Linda M. Howard defeated Tammy Proctor 892 (55 percent) to 726 (45 percent) for the open Post 1 spot. Read More»

NEWS ANALYSIS — Challengers sweep F’ville races; longtime Mayor Steele loses to political newcomer

Fayetteville Mayor-elect Greg Clifton. Photo/Ben Nelms.

NEWS ANALYSIS — A continuing wave of voter unrest Tuesday night brought a sea change to previously placid Fayetteville politics as three challengers swept two incumbents out of office and defeated an establishment-anointed first-timer for an open slot on the City Council.

In the process, voters ended the political career of veteran Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele, ousted incumbent Wilson Price and thwarted Mainstreet Fayetteville board member Cathy Cochran’s effort to win an open seat on the council. Read More»