Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 4, 2015


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 4, 2015

Alexander Stephens was sworn-in as Governor of Georgia on November 4, 1882; Stephens had earlier been elected Vice-President of the Confederate States of America.

Howard Carter found an entrance to the tomb of King Tutankhamen on November 4, 1922.

Georgia Governor Richard B. Russell, Jr. campaigned on behalf of Democratic candidate for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

On November 4, 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan was elected President, winning 489 electoral votes to 49 for incumbent Jimmy Carter.

Note on the electoral map in that clip, states that Reagan won were colored blue, and Georgia was a red state, going for Jimmy Carter.

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President, becoming the first African-American elected to the position.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

We’ll start in my home town of Brookhaven, where the third mayor in three years will take office after John Ernst won with more than 85% of the vote and Linley Jone, who was appointed earlier this year to District 1 City Council won her own term with more than 80%.

Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman was reelected.

In Dunwoody, Mayor Mike Davis was defeated by former City Council Member Denis Shortal.

The DeKalb County Ethics Reform ballot question was passed with more than 90% of votes in favor.

Tucker incorporation passed with 73.92% in favor, while LaVista Hills incorporation failed, losing by 136 votes out of 13,714 cast, less than 1%.

Gwinnett County voters passed the E-SPLOST by nearly 3:1 margin.

In Augusta, the SPLOST passed with 61.5% voting in favor.

Columbia County Commission District 3 will see a runoff on December 1 between Gary Richardson with 38% and Greg Grzybowski, who carried 22%.

House District 122, vacated by the retirement of former Rep. Ben Harbin also will see a December 1 runoff, between Jodi Lott (41%) and Mack Taylor (30%).

Republican JaNice Van Ness took 37% of votes cast and Democrat Tonya Anderson carried 26% to earn slots in the December 1 runoff for State Senate District 43.

The House District 92 election will not produce a runoff, but should merit a recount, as vote returns show Democrat Sherri Washington with 706 votes and Democrat Doreen Carter with 703.

More than 64% of Bartow County voters approved of the E-SPLOST extension for five years beginning after the current E-SPLOST expires in 2017.

Seventy-five percent of Bibb County voters cast their ballots in favor of the E-SPLOST.

Perhaps the biggest news of the night came from Savannah, where incumbent Mayor Edna Jackson was limited to 44% and faces former County Commissioner Eddie DeLoach (42%) in a runoff on December 1, 2015.

DeLoach said that he was feeling good about his chances in the runoff, citing the total vote accumulated by him and the other two challengers.

“I think 60 percent of the people said they were looking for change,” he said. “I think with everybody else we can give them some change.”

Jackson could not be reached for comment in time for publication.

DeLoach hit Jackson hard with criticism for the increase in violent crime that he claimed she and the council took too long to acknowledge and try to address. He also said the city lacked a plan for the future.

Heidi Cruz to Tour Georgia

Heidi Cruz, wife of Senator Ted Cruz appears to be embarking on her own tour of Georgia.

Cobb GOP Headquarters
799 Roswell St, Marietta GA 30060
550 Trackside
550 N Clayton St, Lawrenceville GA 30046
We’ve also seen Facebook mentions of events with Heidi Cruz in Middle and South Georgia and will bring you all the details as we gather them.
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