While Carolyn Cosby claimed Wednesday her name will be on the Nov. 4 ballot to run against County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, elections officials confirmed that Cosby will not be a candidate unless her nomination petition is verified.
Cosby, a former T.E.A. Party leader attempting to run as an independent candidate, brought attorney Channing Ruskell on board Wednesday, who sent a letter to Board of Elections Chairman Randy Gravely.
In Ruskell’s letter, he said Cosby’s nomination petition should have been verified by now, claiming that interim Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil did not treat Cosby equally because she is “a woman and former local Tea Party leader.”
Stancil said Cosby was “absolutely not” treated differently because she was a woman or because of her political affiliation, adding “that is simply untrue.”
Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. “Patsy” Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.
The Morgan County school board member defeated Newton County’s Aaron Brooks in the Republican runoff by a margin of 108 votes. Belton, unofficially, tallied 2,885 votes, while Brooks, unofficially, had 2,777.
“I want to congratulate Aaron Brooks,” Belton said. “He had a fantastic race, and I think he has a great political future in front of him.”
The two Republicans were attempting to fill the seat voided by Doug Holt, who held the house seat for 10 years, before announcing his retirement.
FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County’s election supervisor attributed the 16 percent voter turnout for Tuesday’s state primary runoff election to the efforts local politicians made to get to know constituents.
“The candidates got out and pushed people to go out and vote,” said Barbara Luth, adding turnout that high for a runoff is unusual.
According to Luth, voters encountered no delays at the polls Tuesday. All the voting machines functioned properly, and lines were not long at any of the 16 precincts.
“As soon as [voters] got their cards encoded, they were at the machines,” Luth said. “Nobody had to wait.”
The early voting period may have helped. Nearly 5,200 people cast ballots early either by mail or in person between June 30 and July 18.
Two local races highlighted the Republican ballot — District 27 state Senate and Forsyth County solicitor general.
SOUTHWEST FORSYTH — Wes Cantrell won the July 22 Republican primary runoff election against Meagan Biello to represent District 22 in the state House of Representatives, carrying the vote in Forsyth County as well as districtwide.
Because no Democrats are seeking the position, Cantrell clinched the election and will begin his two-year term in January.
To make the runoff, he and Biello beat out Sam Moore, who has held the office since February.
Commissioners voted 4-1, with Bob Ott opposed, to put a six-year special purpose local option sales tax before voters in November.
Several changes were made late Tuesday night to the list of projects to be funded by the SPLOST, which is expected to raise $750 million over its duration. Among the changes were a removal of a $72.5 million dollar project for intersection and pedestrian improvements along Cobb Parkway from the “tier two” section of the list, a move suggested by Chairman Tim Lee.
The $72.5 million line item was one of several in the SPLOST project list cited by critics as being connected to a controversial bus rapid transit project.
Initially, the BRT project was on the SPLOST list, but after receiving public comment on the issue, the commissioners decided to remove the project from the list. Lee reiterated the BRT absence from the list during the meeting.
AUGUSTA, GA – 12th District Congressional Nominee Rick W. Allen, today, suggested that Congressman John Barrow join Rick for a series of debates across the district. The debates would be held in Augusta, Dublin, Statesboro, Vidalia and at Georgia Public Broadcasting for statewide availability via television.
A Libertarian hoping to run against Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) in the November general election will not get his name on the ballot, after officials said more than 98 percent of the pages in his petition had to be disqualified.
Secretary of State’s office spokesman Jared Thomas confirmed Wednesday that Jeff Amason’s nomination petition failed, after 225 of 228 pages of the petition were disqualified due to a violation of Georgia law.
“Mr. Amason’s wife served as a notary on many of the pages of the petition. She also served as a circulator of the petition and signed the petition,” Thomas said. “Georgia law provides that ‘no notary public may sign the petition as an elector or serve as a circulator of any petition which he or she notarized.’”
Thomas added, along with Amason’s wife, “another person who notarized the petition served as circulator and also signed the petition.”
“The law states that any pages notarized by a person who also circulated and/or signed the petition have to be disqualified,” Thomas said. “Out of 228 pages, all but three had to be disqualified.”
In a tight race that came down to the wire for the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Post 4 seat, Woodstock Planning Commissioner Scott Gordon received 49 votes more than his opponent Larry Singleton to win the general primary runoff Tuesday, according to the unofficial results.
Gordon, 48, overcame Singleton’s touted experience as a former commissioner to win the seat by 50.63 percent, receiving 1,901 out of 3,755 total votes. Singleton received 1,854 votes, just over 49 percent. Gordon will replace present Commissioner Jason Nelms in January once he’s sworn in.
ith 22,633 active registered voters in Cherokee County eligible to vote in the House District 22 race, a total of 4,835 people made it to the polls in the county to cast their votes for a new state representative, a more than 21 percent voter turnout.
With three counties represented by District 22, including Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton, a total of 6,253 ballots were counted as of press time in the state House election, with all votes in for Cherokee. One precinct in Fulton had not reported, but those results would not affect the outcome of the race.
Voters chose Cantrell, 52, of Woodstock, as their new representative for House District 22, over challenger Meagan Biello, 32, of Ball Ground, in the Tuesday election.
“It feels great, it’s such sense of relief,” Cantrell said after all the ballots were counted. “We worked hard.”
State Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia) was defeated in the May Republican primary election, after taking the least amount of votes between the three candidates.
Cantrell said he plans to learn a lot over the next few months, before taking his seat in the House.
“Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be spending time with many of the state representatives and state senators, trying to learn the ropes, talk to them about legislative ideas I have and how realistic some of these things are that I would like to see happen. And how we can build a coalition of folks to get some things done that I think are important,” Cantrell said.
Unofficial runoff results show Martin secured 53 percent of the vote to Mike Beaudreau’s 47 percent.
Martin and former Gwinnett County Commissioner Beaudreau edged out long-time State Sen. Don Balfour in the May primary to earn spots in the runoff. Martin will now face Democrat Timothy Swiney in the November general election.
As for his objective heading into the fall, Martin said nothing has changed.
“We’re still going to work to restore trust in state government,” he said. “That’s still my goal. I’m going to work hard, do the right things for the right reasons and try to make people proud.”