District 1 Northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham’s surprise decision last week not to seek a fourth term amounts to a belated, unexpected Christmas gift to former Chairman Bill Byrne and an unintended lump of coal for Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee.
Byrne had already been eyeing a run against Goreham and her exit leaves him as by far the best-known figure in what could soon be a crowded field seeking to succeed her. And Goreham’s pending departure will leave Lee without the commissioner who had become his strongest and most dependable ally on the five-person board.
Not only that: A successful Byrne run for Goreham’s seat would catapult Byrne into prime position to run against Lee again for chairman in 2016. Byrne clawed his way into a runoff against Lee in the 2014 chairman’s race and came within 1,200 votes (out of 27,300 cast) of winning.
BYRNE is the best-known of those seeking to succeed Goreham, but is not the only one. Retired Marietta Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshall Scott Tucker has announced he will run in the GOP Primary as well. Tucker has lived in Cobb for nearly 50 years and retired from the city last month after nearly 30 years on the job.
“I was responsible for being a bridge between local businesses and county, city, state, and federal officials to help businesses comply with code and keep things moving forward. That is the kind of cooperative, pro-business spirit we need on the county commission,” said Tucker.
The former Cobb Chamber “Firefighter of the Year” now owns a small steel fabricating business and a small real estate company. He and wife, Cindy, live in Kennesaw with their three children, the oldest of whom, Logan, just went to work as a Cobb firefighter. His other two children attend Mount Paran Christian School, where Tucker serves as a volunteer wrestling coach.