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Jack Kingston endorses Eddie DeLoach in Runoff for Mayor of Savannah


Via Facebook:

 Savannah has an important election coming up on December 1st. I’m supporting my friend Eddie DeLoach in this runoff election for Mayor.
I’ve worked with Eddie when he was a County Commissioner and as a businessman. He is a dedicated, thoughtful leader who is not afraid to make tough decisions. If Eddie disagrees with you, he’ll tell you upfront; and if he tells you he’s going to do something, take it to the bank that it’s going to get done.

Savannah has had over 11,000 “shots fired” incidents this year, with an average of 16 shots per incident. We’ve had 39 murders. That’s why addressing crime is Eddie’s number one issue. But he can’t do it without your vote.

Elections during the holidays are always difficult, but you can vote early before Thanksgiving from Nov 23 – 25. A runoff election during the holiday season means we’ll probably see low turnout, making every vote that much more important. Eddie needs you. Please vote early Nov 23-25, or on Election Day Dec 1.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 13, 2015

President George Washington returned to the City of Washington on November 13, 1789, ending the first Presidential tour.

On the same day, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his friend Jean-Baptiste LeRoy, in which he said,

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

General Sherman’s army prepared for the March to the Sea on November 14, 1864. The March to the Sea began on November 15, 1964.

The planned route for the 17th Corps was to march from White Hall to Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson, Monticello, and Gordon and encountered Confederate regiments from Kentucky at the Battle of Stockbridge. To the west, one or two Kentucky regiments engaged the 15th Corps in another skirmish.  [E]arlier that morning, Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum had led the 20th Corps eastward out of Atlanta with instructions to follow the Georgia Railroad eastward to Decatur, Lithonia, Covington, and Madison, tearing up the railroad along the way.

With three of his four columns on the road, Gen. Sherman remained in Atlanta with the 14th corps to oversee the destruction of anything with possible military value to the Confederacy. The next day, they would then proceed east on the road to Lithonia, then in a southeastern direction to Milledgeville, where the 20th and 14th corps would reunite in seven days.

On November 13, 1865, the United States government issued the first Gold Certificates.

The Georgia General Assembly adopted a resolution against ratifying the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution on November 13, 1866.

In deciding not to ratify the 14th Amendment, the General Assembly adopted a committee report explaining that: “1. If Georgia is not a State composing part of the Federal Government known as the Government of the United States, amendments to the Constitution of the United States are not properly before this body. 2. If Georgia is a State composing part of the Federal Government … , these these amendments are not proposed according to the requirements of the Federal Constitution, and are proposed in such a manner as to forbid the legislature from discussing the merits of the amendments without an implied surrender of the rights of the State.”

Excavation began for a new Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on the site of the former City Hall/Fulton County Courthouse on November 13, 1884.

Walt Disney released “Fantasia” on November 13, 1940.

Georgia Governor and Constitutional Commission Chair Ellis Arnall moved that a home rule provision be included in the new draft of the state Constitution and his motion passed 8-7 on November 13, 1944.

On November 14, 1944, the Constitutional Convention working on a revised document for Georgia reversed its position on home rule that had been adopted the previous day on the motion of Governor Ellis Arnall

On November 13, 1956, the United States Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a law requiring segregation on buses in Montgomery, Alabama.

Ronald Reagan announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States on November 13, 1979.

“The people have not created this disaster in our economy; the federal government has. It has overspent, overestimated, and over regulated. It has failed to deliver services within the revenues it should be allowed to raise from taxes. In the thirty-four years since the end of World War II, it has spent 448 billion dollars more than it has collection in taxes – 448 billion dollars of printing press money, which has made every dollar you earn worth less and less. At the same time, the federal government has cynically told us that high taxes on business will in some way “solve” the problem and allow the average taxpayer to pay less. Well, business is not a taxpayer it is a tax collector. Business has to pass its tax burden on to the customer as part of the cost of doing business. You and I pay the taxes imposed on business every time we go to the store. Only people pay taxes and it is political demagoguery or economic illiteracy to try and tell us otherwise.”

“The key to restoring the health of the economy lies in cutting taxes. At the same time, we need to get the waste out of federal spending. This does not mean sacrificing essential services, nor do we need to destroy the system of benefits which flow to the poor, the elderly, the sick and the handicapped. We have long since committed ourselves, as a people, to help those among us who cannot take care of themselves. But the federal government has proven to be the costliest and most inefficient provider of such help we could possibly have.”

“I believe this nation hungers for a spiritual revival; hungers to once again see honor placed above political expediency; to see government once again the protector of our liberties, not the distributor of gifts and privilege. Government should uphold and not undermine those institutions which are custodians of the very values upon which civilization is founded—religion, education and, above all, family. Government cannot be clergyman, teacher and parent. It is our servant, beholden to us.”

“We who are privileged to be Americans have had a rendezvous with destiny since the moment in 1630 when John Winthrop, standing on the deck of the tiny Arbella off the coast of Massachusetts, told the little band of pilgrims, “We shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 13, 1982 in Washington, DC.

On November 13, 2006, groundbreaking began for a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Three astronauts with connections to Georgia – Eric Boe, Robert Kimbrough, and Sandra Magnus – were aboard the space shuttle Endeavor when it lifted off on November 14, 2008.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Our prayers and condolences go out to Sen. Josh McKoon and his family on the passing of his mother, Sharon McKoon. The service will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1 PM at Trinity Methodist Church in Phenix City, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. McKoon asked that donations be made to PAWS Humane in Columbus, GA.

A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill for reckless conduct after he shot a friend earlier this year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 13, 2015


Shorty is a little 5-year old, 30-pound Terrier/Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from DeKalb County Animal Services for half-off his normal adoption fee this month. For $47.50 ($40 if you’re 55 or older), your new best friend comes with his shots, microchip,etc. The shelter writes about Shorty,

It doesn’t get much cuter than little Shorty! This 30 pound pittie mix has short little legs and a personality for the books. He is a sweet little low rider that loves everyone he meets. He greets everyone with kisses and all the love he can muster. Come meet Shorty today, he is a wonderful pup!


Bo is a Bassador – a 3-year old, 50-pound Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA. He is friendly and loving and gets along with other dogs.



Baxter is a Beagle/Basset Hound mix who is a little less than a year old and weighs 45 pounds. Baxter is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, GA. He is friendly and playful with people and other dogs.



Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 12, 2015

General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered the destruction of railroad and telegraph lines between Atlanta and Northwest Georgia on November 12, 1864. Sherman also burned the railroad bridge over the Chattahoochee, cutting his own supply line from Chattanooga.

In what looks to me like a surprisingly progressive move for the 19th century, Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation on November 12, 1889 opening the University of Georgia to white women.

On November 12, 1918, Atlanta held a victory parade to celebrate the Armistice with Germany.

On November 12, 1944, the Atlanta Constitution released a poll of Georgia legislators indicating that most wanted more local rule for cities and counties in the new Constitution being drafted.

President Jimmy Carter ordered an end to oil imports from Iran on November 12, 1979.

Tim Berners-Lee published a Proposal for a HyperText Project, laying the foundation for the World Wide Web, on November 12, 1990.

HyperText is a way to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will. Potentially, HyperText provides a single user-interface to many large classes of stored information such as reports, notes, data-bases, computer documentation and on-line systems help.

A program which provides access to the hypertext world we call a browser. A hypertext page has pieces of text which refer to other texts. Such references are highlighted and can be selected with a mouse. When you select a reference, the browser presents you with the text which is referenced.

The texts are linked together in a way that one can go from one concept to another to find the information one wants. The network of links is called a web.

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Marco Rubio will be in Atlanta, likely it’ll actually be Historic Brookhaven, in December to collect checks.

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution fact-checked Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, and summed it up with the headline, “PSC’s Echols on target with comments about power and Georgia rivers.”

MARTA continues to move forward with a tax increase proposal, perhaps emboldened by the legislature’s move on the gas tax this year.

A plan to expand MARTA with funds from an additional half-cent sales tax in Fulton and DeKalb is getting more and more attention from Georgia lawmakers, although not all that attention is positive.

“I’m for it,” said prominent Republican Sen. Brandon Beach of Alpharetta at a gathering of state transportation industry leaders, corporations and lawmakers on Tuesday. “I’m for the voters being able to decide if they want that half-penny to go towards transit expansion. I think transit is going to become more and more important, especially with economic development.”

Beach and Sullivan both noted that 2016 is an election year, meaning the issue could mean the issue gets bumped to 2017 if MARTA doesn’t get traction quickly after the session starts in January. Capitol-watchers agree the next session is likely to be a short one. And other issues like education reform and casino gambling loom large.

Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, said that he believes the bill will face serious opposition from the DeKalb and Fulton delegations.

“You have this sense by a lot of us that we’ve been paying one penny for how long, and don’t tell me everybody doesn’t benefit from MARTA,” Millar said. “Some of us think if we’re going to have a regional transportation system, let’s let regional people pay for it.”

I agree 100% with Senator Millar – as a DeKalb County resident, I’ve more than paid my fair share for MARTA – let’s have some other folks chip in.

A third deepwater port for Georgia at St. Mary’s could be in the planning stages, as a private company has applied for a zoning change to begin preparation for portside development.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams will hear an appeal of the state’s denial of a request to exercise eminent domain for construction of the Palmetto Pipeline in Coastal Georgia.

Kessel Stelling of Columbus has been elected Chair of the Georgia Board of Regents, with the term beginning January 1, 2016. The Board of Regents also approved the merger of Albany State University and Darton State College.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 12, 2015


Sissy is a 10-year old, 75-pound mixed breed female dog and she is the sweetest, most lovable teddy bear! She loves hanging outside on the front porch or the deck. She also loves putting her head on your lap and going to sleep, or will roll over for a full on belly rub. Although slightly older, glucosamine treats take care of any arthritis she may have. Sissy gets along great with other dogs and kids; big or small, and seems to be tolerant of cats (at least at adoption events). Sissy doesn’t need to be crated, and while she does love lounging on the couch, would do best in a home without stairs.

Sissy is available for adoption for a reduced fee of $50 during November from Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA.

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Number 2015-10-202 (above) and 2015-10-201 (below) are 1-year old male Labrador Retriever (maybe Hound) mix dogs who came into the shelter together and are best friends. They could be adopted separately, but it would be very nice to keep this bonded pair together forever. They are available for adoption from Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, GA.

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Dave Baker takes the reins at Faith & Freedom Coalition Georgia


The Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Georgia organization has named former Public Service Commissioner Dave Baker as Executive Director. From the release:Continue Reading..


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 11, 2015

The first twenty-three cadets at Virginia Military Institute began their service on November 11, 1839.

On November 11, 1918, word reached Georgia that an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending World War One. Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsery declared a state holiday. Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I, was first celebrated on November 11, 1919 and is celebrated on November 11th every year.

In 1938, Congress recognized November 11th as Armistice Day, making it a legal holiday, and in 1954, at the urging of veterans, Congress renamed the holiday “Veterans Day.”

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated on November 11, 1921.

On Armistice Day, in the presence of President Harding and other government, military, and international dignitaries, the unknown soldier was buried with highest honors beside the Memorial Amphitheater. As the soldier was lowered to his final resting place, a two-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below his coffin so that he might rest forever atop the earth on which he died.

The Tomb of the Unknowns is considered the most hallowed grave at Arlington Cemetery, America’s most sacred military cemetery. The tombstone itself, designed by sculptor Thomas Hudson Jones, was not completed until 1932, when it was unveiled bearing the description “Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.” The World War I unknown was later joined by the unidentified remains of soldiers from America’s other major 20th century wars and the tomb was put under permanent guard by special military sentinels.

On November 11, 1942, the draft age was lowered to 18 and raised to 37. At the time, African-Americans were excluded from the draft over concerns about a racially-diverse military.

In 1945, the idea was put forth to expand Armistice Day to honor all veterans and in 1954, Congress made the change to “Veterans Day” official.

The “General Lee” first left the ground, using a ramp to clear a police car, during filming of “The Dukes of Hazzard” on November 11, 1978.

Ronald Reagan became the first President of the United States to address the Japanese Diet in Tokyo on November 11, 1983.

On November 11, 1988, the Georgia Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in front of the Sloppy Floyd state government building across the street from the Georgia State Capitol.

On November 11, 1997, a monument to Georgia’s World War I veterans was dedicated, also in front of the Sloppy Floyd building.

Two years ago today, on November 11, 2013, the Atlanta Braves announced they would move from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County.

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Georgia State Representative John P. Yates is the last World War II veteran to serve in our state legislature, and he can often be found giving short history lessons to students touring the Capitol, according to Kristina Torres of the AJC.

His office sits on the second floor of the state Capitol just off the center rotunda, a prime spot given its proximity to the governor’s office. On busy days, when school tours pack into the building, state Rep. John P. Yates will quietly slip into the hall, wave at a teacher and then gather her students around him.

Sometimes, he’ll just talk. For a man from Spalding County who started his life with just 11 grades of schooling, education is one of his passions. Other times, he’ll gather them around his desk and show them what he likes to call “my museum” — the framed war medals, honoring resolutions and personal photos of an airplane and handsome young U.S. Army officer lining the walls.

And in a storied building where political giants including former Democratic House Speaker Tom Murphy could boast of their service during the war (Murphy was in the Pacific in the Navy), none still work under the Gold Dome except for Yates — a Griffin Republican who turns 94 on Thanksgiving Day.

“He tells these stories of flying over German tanks and dropping these 5-gallon tanks of gas on them and getting away before they could fire on him,” said state Sen. Ed Harbison, D-Columbus, a Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who has spent hours happily ensconced in Yates’ green office chairs swapping stories.

It’s a great article, worth reading in its entirety.

United States Senator Johnny Isakson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement:Continue Reading..


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 11, 2015

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Patriot Paws is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises, trains, and provides service dogs at no cost to veterans and others who need a helping paw.

You can donate online in honor or memory of the veteran in your life or mail a check to:

Patriot Paws
254 Ranch Trail
Rockwall, TX 75032

Every Veterans Day, Mrs. GaPundit makes a donation to Patriot Paws in member of her Grandfather, and she highly recommends the organization.


General is an adult male Hound and Pointer mix who was found roaming around by animal control. He’s a little shy, but loving. He needs an understanding new owner! Handsome, unique markings and 1-2 years old. General is available for adoption from Bainbridge – Decatur County Humane Society in Bainbridge, GA.


Major is a young male Labrador Retriever and Terrier mix, about a year-and-a-half old who lost his home when his owner was dying from leukemia and could no longer care for her dogs. The rescue group took in Major and his five siblings, and they are now available for adoption from Furever After Rescue in Macon, GA. It appears that Major does not have a problem with cats.


Lieutenant Dan is a young tri-pawed Hound & Terrier Mix, about one year old and weighing 45 pounds. Lt. Dan is a happy fella who looooooves people and gets along well with other dogs. Lt. Dan is looking for an active home that can give him the exercise he requires and training he needs to be the ultimate dog. Lt. Dan is housebroken, and ready to work his way in to his new family’s hearts! Lieutenant Dan is available for adoption from the Society of Humane Friends of GA Inc. in Lawrenceville, GA.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for November 10, 2015

For November, LifeLine is waiving 50% of the adoption fees for all dogs 25 pounds of more and all cats at its Fulton and DeKalb County shelters.
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Regg is a young male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (half-price) at Fulton County Animal Services.


Scout is a 2-year old Labrador Retriever mix male who is available for adoption (half-price) at Fulton County Animal Services.

Hey everyone, my name is Scout and I am quite the lovable fella! I have been at the shelter for a few months and have not let it make me too sad. I am ready for my own home though and am hoping you will come meet me today! I love to play and cuddle. I am so cheerful and love both people and dogs. I have been caught spooning my kennel mates pretty regularly :). Come meet me today and see what a good boy I am!


Mona (above, right) is a young and small female Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption (half-price) at Fulton County Animal Services.

This is what her foster family has to say about her in the home:

Mona is taking her time coming out of her shell. She lives with 4 dogs, and seems to like them, or at least takes their lead. I have a dog door, and she has never had any accidents from day 1. She has yet to do any playing, bit we have seen her wag her tail. She mostly lays in a dog bed in the corner of the living room. She is crate trained, but we let her sleep free in the living room. She allows me to pick her up and force her to snuggle in my lap, but she still get up, since she prefers to do her own thing. This past week she has laid right next to my smallest dog. I have cats (seperated from my dogs), but she hasn”t seen them yet. She really doesn”t venture around the house. She sticks to the living room, kitchen, and backyard.. her choice.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 10, 2015

Today we celebrate the birth of the United States Marine Corps, which traces its lineage to the Continental Marines, formed by a resolution adopted by the Second Continental Congress on November 10, 1775. Here, former Georgia Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller tells of his decision to join the Marine Corps and the change it made in his life.

A monument to Nancy Hart was dedicated in Hartwell, in Hart County, Georgia, on November 10, 1931. Hart was an active Patriot in the American Revolution.

On November 10, 1934, two years after his election as President, FDR made his 28th trip to Georgia.

United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Moultrie) was born on November 10, 1943. Chambliss was elected to Congress in 1994 as part of the “Republican Revolution” led by Newt Gingrich.

The iron ore freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sunk in a winter storm on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.

Former State School Superintendent Linda Schrenko was indicted by federal prosecutors on November 10, 2004 on eighteen counts.

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Meagan Hanson for House2

Local attorney Meagan Hanson announced her campaign for the Republican nomination in House District 80 in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs.

“Over the past few years, House District 80 has experienced incredible growth and transformation. Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Chamblee have each seen home values increase, local businesses succeed, and families choose this community to raise their children.

“Maintaining these advancements presents serious challenges – especially with prevalent corruption in county governance. Ensuring that our community and our state continue to move in the right direction should be our first priority. To do this, our community needs an effective, principled leader who shares our community’s values and will champion our causes. This is why I am excited to announce my candidacy to represent House District 80.

“In the State House, I will work every day protect what we have built in our community. I will work with my colleagues to find solutions to our transportation challenges, fight to keep taxes low, foster successful schools for our children, and hold county governments accountable,” said Hanson.

Meagan Hanson is an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle. In 2014, James Magazine listed her as one of Georgia’s most influential attorneys.

As a homeowner and active community leader in Brookhaven, Hanson was deeply involved in the grassroots effort for the Brookhaven cityhood movement as a board member for BrookhavenYES.

Hanson is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, where her service earned her the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.

As a Republican leader, Hanson is the immediate past chair of the Georgia Young Republicans, having served three years as Chair. She was awarded the Georgia Young Republicans’ 2015 Woman of the Year.

Hanson is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. She and her husband, David, also an Atlanta attorney, are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and live in Brookhaven with their two chocolate labs, Beau and Lucy.

Politics and Elections Across Georgia

Initial election results from DeKalb County were incomplete, as some votes were not included, according to the AJC.

DeKalb elections officials added 41 votes countywide Monday that they had overlooked when they certified the election three days ago, changing the vote count in the LaVista Hills cityhood referendum that’s already under investigation by state officials.

The margin of defeat for LaVista Hills grew as a result, with the city effort falling short by 139 votes instead of 136 votes. The previously uncounted votes were all on provisional ballots, which are cast when there are questions about a voter’s eligibility.

Elections Director Maxine Daniels said the votes weren’t misplaced or lost, but election officials neglected to include them in Friday’s vote tabulation.

“We were aware of them — they just weren’t in that tabulation,” Daniels said. “I can’t even explain how it happened. … I take responsibility for it as the director. There were a lot of things happening and we didn’t follow our procedures and get it right.”

Also having problems running elections was Chatham County, according to the Savannah Morning News.

“There were allegations of campaigning within 150 feet of the polls, there were questions about newly approved district lines, and there were lots and lots of questions of county residents who don’t live in municipalities who wanted to vote for the mayor, or council or the pool or whatever,” he said. “We responded to those questions we received, and we were able to resolve most of those concerns.”

Left unresolved at the close of Election Day, however, were the allegations of unlawful campaigning activity at eight precincts in the city of Savannah last week.

Speaking on behalf of a group of citizens, John McMasters, a former Chatham County commissioner, asked the Elections Board to specify who is responsible for ensuring that Georgia code is not violated during elections, its procedures when someone alleges such a violation and whether the board would commit to filing charges against anyone suspected of violating the law.

The Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity ranked Georgia 24th among the states for ethics and transparency laws, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

A national advocacy group has awarded Georgia a D-minus for laws dealing with campaign finance, government ethics and openness in an assessment released today.

I don’t think that a D-minus is a fair assessment,” said Stefan Ritter, the executive secretary of the Georgia Government Trans­parency Commission and Cam­paign Finance Commis­sion. “I don’t know what that means if you’re not grading on a curve.”

Rep. Joe Wilkinson, an Atlanta Repub­lican who has headed the House Ethics Com­mit­tee for the past 11 years, said a review of the previous report card found that Georgia was graded lower than other states that had substantially identical laws.

“The report in 2012, I think, was fraudulent,” he said.

That report came in the middle of a legislative election that made ethics an issue.
Both political parties polled their voters during a primary and found overwhelming support for limits on lobbyists’ gifts to public officials.

The next year, the General Assembly enacted a $75 cap. It also required candidates and lobbyists to file reports more frequently while boosting fines if they don’t.

Don’t look for an endorsement from former Carrollton Mayor Fred O’Neal in the December 1 runoff, as his employment terms prohibit it.

The City of Ellijay will continue election season to fill two seats on City Council after filling three seats last week.

With the election only 3 people obtained sufficient votes to obtain a spot on the Council. These three candidates were:

David Westmoreland (Incumbent) with 189 votes.
Al Fuller (Incumbent) with 167 votes.
Ruth Caudell (Incumbent) with 155 votes.

This means that three of the five seats have been filled. Now, what happens next?

There will be a run-off on December 1st. No need to worry though, all citizens of Ellijay are allowed to vote again in the run-off. This election will fill the final 2 seats of the council and will include the next four highest voted candidates:

Lynelle Reece Stewart with 142 votes.
Katie Lancey (Incumbent) with 136 votes.
William Jerry Baxter with 130 votes.
Roy “Smitty” Smith with 129 votes.

Ellijay appears to have goofy non-standard elections, and I’ll try to unravel it before tomorrow’s edition.

Allen Brown and Charles Frasier will be on the ballot in the runoff election for Mayor of Hinesville after no candidate secured a majority vote.

A tie vote in another jurisdiction with goofy non-standard elections puts Willie Morgan and Charlie Fish, Jr., each of whom earned 77 votes, in a runoff for the second contested City Council seat in Flovilla, GA.

Because all of the Flovilla council seats are at-large posts, when there are two seats to fill, the top two vote-getters win. James C. Hosford, who has previously held office on the council, picked up the most votes Nov. 3 — 88 — and won one of the seats outright.

But Morgan and Fish tied for the second-highest total, setting up an unusual runoff.

Butts County Elections Director Avery Smith, whose office certified the results of the Nov. 3 election on Nov. 4, said it was the first time she can recall a tie in a local city election in her 39 years of elections work.

The aptly-surnamed Jack Smith will serve as the next Mayor of Smithville, GA, after a provisional ballot was disqualified, handing him the majority of votes and the Mayor’s gavel.

Joe McGoogan died from a heart attack two days after winning his election to Clermont Town Council.