Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 10, 2016

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for November 10, 2016

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.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Senator Johnny Isakson was reelected without a runoff, but several other elections will go into extra innings.

Judy B. Neal and Regina Lewis-Ward head to a special runoff election for Mayor of Stockbridge.

Neal garnered 3,088 votes, or 31.94 percent, while Lewis-Ward earned 3,760 votes, or 38.9 percent. As of 10:30 p.m. 10,450 votes were cast from a pool of 14,304 registered voters.

The mayor will be decided in the Dec. 6 runoff election since none of the four candidates earned 50 percent plus one vote to claim victory.

Other opponents in the race include Alphonso Thomas who earned 1,731 votes or 17.91 percent. Partha Chakraborty trailed with 1,018 votes or 10.53 percent of votes cast.

DeKalb County Commission Super District 7 also heads to a runoff election in December.

With all but absentee-by-mail votes counted, Adams and Mangham had received the most votes for DeKalb Super District 7, which represents about 350,000 residents in the eastern half of the county. The district includes Doraville, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Pine Lake and unincorporated areas.

Because neither candidate received more than half of votes case, a runoff will be held Dec. 6.

Whoever wins the runoff will take the seat previously occupied by Commissioner Stan Watson, who resigned in March to make an unsuccessful run for county tax commissioner.

In another DeKalb Commission race, Democrat Steve Bradshaw defeated Republican Willie Willis to represent District 4, which covers about 145,000 people in the Stone Mountain area.

Berrien County Interim Sheriff Ray Paulk won the special election to finish the current term but is in a runoff election against Frank Swanson for a full term.

Paulk beat out two other candidates in a special election to stay in office through the end of the year, finishing former Sheriff Anthony Heath’s term. Heath left office after pleading guilty to civil rights violations for beating two suspects.

“A candidate must have 50 percent plus one of the votes to take the election,” said Melanie Ray, Elections Supervisor.

In the general election vote, Paulk pulled in just under 49 percent of the vote in a four-man race. “Ray Paulk and Frank Swanson took the top two percentages. So they will both be in a runoff,” said Ray.

Paulk and Swanson will face off in December to see who will serve a full term as Berrien County Sheriff. “In the end, I was banking on a runoff and that’s what we were dealt with,” said Swanson.

WABE spoke to one of Trump’s most prominent Georgia supporters about what the Presidential election means for Georgia.

Trump’s win “sends a signal” to the state Legislature, said Republican state Sen. Michael Williams of Cumming. He called himself the first Republican official in Georgia to endorse the now president-elect.

“I think the discussions that we have are going to dramatically change based on the leadership that we see from Donald Trump,” Williams said.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining three ways the state might use federal money to get health care for people who are poor or disabled.

“I think that talk needs to kind of just be shelved until we see what President-elect Donald Trump does with Obamacare,” Williams said.

Sen. David Perdue, one of the first Georgia Republicans and senators to support Trump, may have the most to gain.

“Americans sent a strong message,” Perdue said, using language similar to what he might have used during his own 2014 campaign. “I hope the political class in Washington will learn the right lessons from this latest election.”

Georgia Republicans helped deliver Peach State electoral votes for Trump by putting boots on the ground statewide.

At a final pre-election rally on Monday, Georgia GOP chair John Padgett scoffed at a report that Democrats made more than 420,000 calls and knocked on nearly 100,000 doors. He wasn’t the only one. We quickly received numbers from Trump operatives showing their volunteers made contact with nearly 2 million voters. And they said they staked a nearly 100,000 vote advantage in absentee ballots and early voting. It showed on Tuesday, when Trump won the state by about 250,000 votes.

Jefferson Riley, the Mayor of Mansfield, GA got himself into hot water with an old joke.

A mayor outside Atlanta says he was wasn’t serious when he posted on social media telling his followers to remember that Democrats should vote on Wednesday.

“Remember the voting days: Republicans vote on Tuesday, 11/8 and Democrats vote on Wednesday, 11/9,” Jefferson Riley, the mayor of Mansfield, Ga., wrote on his personal Facebook page on Tuesday.

Social media users were quick to criticize the mayor for the post, which widely circulated via screenshots even after Riley deleted it. Some also defended the mayor.

Riley, who in 2014 became mayor of the small city about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta, called the post a joke in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“People take things so seriously. You can’t joke about anything anymore — especially on social media,” he told the newspaper.

Columbus voters overwhelmingly rejected the “tax freeze thaw” championed by Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

With 23 of 26 precincts and 56 percent of the early vote counted, the referendum to thaw the freeze is losing by about a 61-39 percent spread. No votes total 27,515 while Yes votes total 17,325.

Supporters and opponents of the referendum to thaw the freeze have disagreed on whether the new law would be constitutional and what would happen if it were tossed out by the courts. Supporters said the city would just revert to the tax freeze. Opponents say the freeze would have been repealed, so all homestead property would go into the fair market system, instantly lifting the freeze completely.

They have also disagreed about the potential impact on the city’s second Local Option Sales Tax, the OLOST. Opponents have said that because the initial legislation allowing the OLOST referendum had the freeze as an enabling requirement, if the freeze went away, so would the OLOST and its $30 million in revenue annually. Supporters say that is not the case, because the freeze would remain on the books forever, even though eventually, no property in the county would qualify to be under it.

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