Politics

Some local officials nervous before Wednesday ARC vote

Today is the day that the Atlanta Regional Commission is scheduled to vote on proposed changes in its bylaws that have raised concerns among numerous local government leaders, including some in Fayette County.

The regular ARC board meeting is at 1 p.m. at the commission’s office in downtown Atlanta.

The primary issue is a possible consolidation of power within the ARC board chairman’s position, allowing him or her unprecedented authority in the selection of committee members and other key matters. Read More»

Here’s how and where you can vote early before Election Day

Sample Fayette County General Election ballot from the county Elections Board website.

Advanced voting is here and Fayette County residents get to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments.

New this year are the local races for the Fayette County Board of Education in Districts 4 and 5 and the Fayette County Commission race in District 5.

Advanced voting for the Nov. 4 election runs from Oct. 13-31 at the elections office at the government complex in Fayetteville and from Oct. 20-30 at the Peachtree City Library and Tyrone Town Hall.

Voters from all districts can vote at any of the advanced voting locations. Read More»

For county, McCarty, Coston spar about district voting

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (L-R) Pota Coston and incumbent Allen McCarty wait for instructions on electronic voting during a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Transportation, voting methods, and the need to make Fayette County as attractive as possible to both business leaders and young people dominated a political forum where candidates vying for the District 5 county commission seat spoke on Saturday.

“This election is about the future of Fayette County,” said Pota Coston, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Commissioner Allen McCarty.

“Many of us moved here because of the quality of life,” she said, adding that the campaign is about ways to grow the economy while protecting and increasing home values in Fayette County. Read More»

BoE forum topics: Age, race, technology integration

District 4 Board of Education candidates (L-R) Diane Basham and Ogechi Oparah and District 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg use smart phones to cast their votes in a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Race and age played key roles in a political forum Saturday when a young black candidate for the Fayette County Board of Education asked voters to make history by electing her while a veteran white teacher stressed her experience in the classroom. Read More»

PTC Council splits, but OKs new pay raise

(L-R) PTC Council members Mike King, Mayor Vanessa Fleisch, Terry Ernst, Kim Learnard, and Eric Imker. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Peachtree City employees at the Oct. 2 council meeting got what they wanted. The council on a 3-2 vote adopted the provisions of the recent classification and compensation study at a cost of more than $900,000. Read More»

Power struggle at ARC: Board delays controversial vote

A move to adopt proposed bylaw changes by the Atlanta Regional Commission board that has raised the ire of some Fayette County leaders was postponed for a month. Read More»

Fayette Elections Board: NO Sunday voting here

Shutterstock early voting sign.

No action was taken by the Fayette County Board of Elections on a request by Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) to have polls open on Sunday, Oct. 26, for early voting.

Board members Addison Lester, Darryl Hicks and Chairman Marilyn Watts discussed the request at the Sept. 23 meeting, heard from a number of citizens who attended the meeting and reached a consensus that they did not have enough information to reach a decision on Fludd’s request. Read More»

Brown warns about unelected bosses in ARC’s ‘regionalism’

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. File photo.

Concerns about the potential unchecked power of regional governmental organizations have sparked no small amount of discussion among elected officials and Read More»

A personal moment with the former First Lady

A personal moment with the former First Lady

Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter spoke at a luncheon held by the Fayette County Democratic Women on Aug. 23. Carter, right, takes a moment to speak with Fayette resident Karen Harris. Photo/Sheila Pace.

Basham takes GOP nomination for BoE Post 4

Diane Basham in an April photo.

In Fayette County’s first county-level runoff under the newly mandated district voting, Republican Diane Basham ran away from her opponent Jane Owens Tuesday, winning the Post 4 Board of Education nomination by 20 points.

Basham locked in her victory from the first batch of ballots.

With all 12 of the 12 precincts in the Post 4 voting district counted, Basham had 1,419 votes (60%), while Owens wound up with 938 (40%).

Basham, 65, is a 30-year resident of Fayette County who recently retired after 27 years teaching in the Fayette County School System. Read More»

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