Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 3, 2015

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 3, 2015

The Stars and Stripes first flew in battle on September 3, 1776 at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware.

A fleet of 22 French ships arrived off the coast of Savannah on September 3, 1779 to help wrest control of the city from the British.

On September 3, 1862, the writ of habeas corpus was suspended in Atlanta and within five miles of its border by the Confederate government. Two years later, September 3, 1864, General William T. Sherman would occupy Atlanta.

The Georgia General Assembly expelled 25 of 29 African-American members from the State House on September 3, 1868, arguing that Georgia’s constitution did not allow them to hold office.

Anne Frank, age 15, and seven other Jews who were hiding together in Amsterdam were the last Dutch prisoners transported to Auschwitz on September 3, 1944.

Having received the Democratic nomination for President, Jimmy Carter began the General Election with an address from his front porch in Plains, Georgia on September 3, 1976.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

United States Senator Johnny Isakson will visit Fort Benning this afternoon.

Fort Benning is the second military post on Isakson’s list as he visits four installations in Georgia over two days. The visit includes a briefing with the command staff, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and the 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Reps. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., will accompany Isakson, R-Ga., during the visit.

Isakson voiced concerns about military cuts not only at Fort Benning but other Georgia posts on July 8, a day before the same numbers were announced by the Army. The cuts are part of the U.S. Department of Defense plans to reduce the Army to 450,000 soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017.

In addition to the military personnel, officials have said that cuts to the civilian employees may come sometime this fall. Across the Army, officials have said about 17,000 civilian positions will be eliminated.

The Ranger School at Benning is going fully coed, as the Army announced the leadership training course will be opened to women.

Earlier this week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment William H. Mills of Blakely County as state court judge in Early County.

Nominations for three new seats on the Georgia Court of Appeals closed this week. Nominees who submit full application packets will be interviewed and the Judicial Nominating Commission will send a list to Gov. Deal.

State Senator Michael Williams (R-Forsyth County) will serve on the Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the Senate and the House during the 2016 legislative session to address any tax reform legislation,” he said.

The committee will be made up of appointed members from both chambers of the legislature. Its main objective is to draft legislation relating to tax reform and introduce it during next year’s General Assembly.

“I’m proud to appoint Sen. Williams to the [committee] and look forward to thoroughly evaluating their findings,” Cagle said in a statement. “[He] has been a leader on these issues, and I’m thankful he’s lending his time and expertise to the important work this committee will perform.”

Two Cumming City Council seats will see contested elections, while the incumbent is the only candidate in the third.

While incumbent Lewis Ledbetter will not face opposition for the Post 3 seat he has held since 1971, the Post 4 and 5 races drew six and two candidates, respectively.

The Post 5 contest features Linda Ledbetter and Julie Tressler, both of whom ran unsuccessfully in the June special election to fill the unexpired Post 1 term of Rupert Sexton, who retired. Chuck Welch won the seat and took office in July.

For Post 4, the six-candidate field includes John Crowe, Christopher Light, Guy McBrayer, Dana Sexton, Marcus “Jack” Shoemake and Avery Stone. Sexton is the wife of Rupert Sexton.

In Canton, incumbent Mayor Gene Hobgood faces former City Council member Pat Tanner.

Ward 2 incumbent Jack Goodwin qualified for re-election Tuesday and will face opposition from residents Jeff Adams and John Clark, City Clerk Susan Stanton said.

Incumbent Farris Yawn will face opposition from resident Jim Busi in his re-election bid. Yawn and Busi faced off in the 2014 race to fill the then-vacant Ward 3 seat.

The only candidate to qualify for the Ward 1 seat was former Councilwoman JoEllen Wilson. The seat is now held by Hooky Huffman, who did not qualify for re-election.

Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn will not run for reelection, creating an open seat election.

Vaughn, who had said she would run, instead threw her support behind Councilman Chris Wizner, who entered the race the same day. Councilman Al Thurman and Alison Feliciano, a local business owner, have also signed up to run for mayor.

Gwinnett County will undoubtedly host the craziest election this year, as City Council Member Tom Witts (sane) has qualified to run against incumbent Mayor Kelly Kautz. Qualifying continues through Friday.

The City of Attapulgus, GA has the lowest qualifying fees I’ve seen – $30 to run for Mayor and $18 for City Council. Climax, GA is a close second with candidates ponying up $20 to run for City Council.

The expected tab for administering next year’s elections will be $6.5 million for Gwinnett County. This is but one of the tidbits that Curt Yeomans of the Gwinnett Daily Post gleaned from the 2016 county budget proposal.

Walker County, Georgia has a mixed bag for November elections. LaFayette will not hold elections as only the incumbents qualified while Rossville has only non-incumbents on the ballot for City Council.

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