Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 13, 2012


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 13, 2012

“26447” and “26456” are dogs whose lives are in peril; both are in the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, their hold times are up, and they suffer from the dreaded “black dog syndrome,” in which black dogs appear to be adopted at a lower rate than others. Both are friendly, and 26447 is more playful, being a younger dog. 26447 is male and is described as a lab mix, while 26456 is female and called a border collie by the shelter, but I think she looks more like a flat-coated retriever.

Call the Shelter for more information 770-339-3200 or visit Gwinnett County Animal Control at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Early and advance voting starts today and runs through Friday for the August 21st runoff elections. Contact your county elections office if you have questions about the runoffs, or consult the SOS website for advance voting details for your county. To check your voter registration or see a sample runoff ballot, visit the SOS website and use the MVP tool.

Pro-tip: if you cast a provisional ballot for any reason, make sure to follow-up within the time limit to ensure your vote counts. In Floyd County, 10 of 52 provisional voters did not return with the required documents to have their votes counted.

Walker County elections officials will be working the August 21 primary election runoff because of a close Republican primary in the race for House District 1.

“We thought we were out of it,” Elections Supervisor Barbara Berry said. But [John] Deffenbaugh’s 2,501 votes weren’t enough to knock off [Alan] Painter, who trailed with 2,398.

Catoosa’s only contest is the Republican race for sheriff between Larry Black, who had 3,808 primary votes, and Gary Sisk, who came in second with 1,956 votes.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press write about runoffs elsewhere in northwest Georgia:

• Chattooga County: Incumbent Democratic Sheriff John Everett, who got 1,300 votes, will face Democratic challenger Mark Schrader, who received 2,039 votes.

• Dade County: Six races will be on runoff ballots: Judge of Probate Court nonpartisan candidates Kerri Carter and David Duvall Jr.; Republican sheriff candidates Patrick Cannon and Ray Cross; Republican Clerk of Superior Court candidates Carolyn Lane and Kathy Page; Republican District 3 Board of Education candidates Ronnie Page and John Warren; Republican District 5 Board of Education candidates Careyee Bell and David Powell; and Georgia House of Representatives District 1 Republicans Alan Painter and John Deffenbaugh.

• Walker County: Ballots will go to Republican and nonpartisan voters in precincts that belong to Georgia House of Representatives District 1, including all or portions of Center Post, Lookut Mountain, Chattanooga Valley, Fairyland, Fairview and Rossville.

• Whitfield County: Republican race for Clerk of Superior Court: Melica Kendrick and Susan Miller; nonpartisan race for Magistrate: Kay Cope vs. Jerry Leonard.

Early voting starts today and runs through Friday in every county except Dade, which hadn’t received its ballots Friday. Dade officials hoped to start early voting on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Macon Telegraph has coverage of middle Georgia runoff elections.

Bibb County Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr said people who cast a vote July 31 can’t change parties in the Aug. 21 races.

“Whatever party they chose July 31, they can’t alter that in the runoff,” Carr said. People who did not vote July 31 can vote in either party Aug. 21.

Rick Allen and John House both hope to become the Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes much of Bibb County and all of Crawford, Peach, Macon and Dooly counties.

Republican voters in the 12th Congressional District also need to pick a nominee against U.S. Rep. John Barrow. The contenders are Lee Anderson and another candidate named Rick Allen.

Democratic voters also have to pick a Democratic nominee for state Senate District 26, where David Lucas is challenging incumbent Miriam Paris. The winner will face Republican Bobby Gale in a district that includes all or part of Bibb, Hancock, Jones, Twiggs, Washington and Wilcox counties.

Democrats in House District 139 will also have to pick a de facto winner from Patty Bentley and Thomas Coogle to represent an area that includes the southern part of Peach County as well as Dooly, Macon and Taylor counties.

Carroll County has two runoff elections:

the county commission chairman race, with incumbent Bill Chappell and challenger Marty Smith; and the County Board of Education, District 1, race with incumbent Bernice B. Brooks and Rob Cleveland.

Walter Jones writes that several Georgia families have multiple members appointed to boards by Governor Nathan Deal. The most interesting example, and one that disproves any conspiracy theory is this one:

• Joe Rogers is on the ports authority, while his wife, Frances, is on the lottery board.

And Joe Rogers’s only contribution in the last four years was $3,600 to Deal’s opponent, Karen Handel.

No one interviewed could point to an instance of any appointee making a direct profit financially from their service on a board. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t skepticism.

Comments ( 1 )
  • ReidWilborn says:

    I think the more important passage was this one:

    “State law no longer requires appointees to file personal financial disclosures with the state ethics commission, so it’s difficult to spot potential conflicts.”