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New map means confusion for some candidates, voters

Members and supporters of and attorneys for the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP pose outside the federal courthouse Feb. 18.

NAACP hails judge’s decision as ‘historic win-win’; new map creates district to ensure a minority candidate will be elected in Fayette

The switch to district voting for Fayette County Commission and Board of Education elections will prevent about 60 percent of Fayette voters from casting ballots in four local races during the May primary and the November general election. Read More»

Brown wants term limits for commission

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in a January 2014 photo.

The Fayette County Commission will vote Thursday on a recommendation to apply term limits to existing and future commissioners.

The restrictions would limit commissioners to serving no more than two consecutive four-year terms. Proposed by Commission Chairman Steve Brown, the restrictions would be made retroactive to those holding office since 2011, which would include Brown and fellow commissioner Allen McCarty. Read More»

Qualifying opens for local, regional political posts

Qualifying starts Monday for local and regional offices in the primary and general elections that will be held later this year.

Interested candidates must qualify with their respective party, not at the county’s elections office.

The Fayette County Republican Party will be open at its headquarters at 174 N. Glynn Street in Fayetteville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For information call 770-716-1545. Read More»

Tyrone Tea Party activist tosses hat in ring for District 16 Senate race

Marty Harbin. Photo/submitted.

Republican businessman and Tea party activist Marty Harbin announced Feb. 21 his candidacy for Georgia State Senate in the 16th district.

Harbin promised to fight for less government, more personal responsibility, and a better Georgia.

Current Senator Ronnie Chance announced his retirement last week after 10 years in the legislature.

“Ronnie is a good friend and I honor him for giving many years of his life to public service,” said Harbin. “In light of Ronnie’s retirement, I would be honored to represent the voters of the 16th district in the state Senate.” Read More»

Rep. Ramsey sets reelection bid

Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City says he wants to serve another term in the Georgia General Assembly. Read More»

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

New map with majority-minority 5th District will be used for upcoming elections; NAACP calls it "historic win-win" for all citizens

Tuesday afternoon, district voting became the law of the land in Fayette County by decree of a U.S. District Judge, replacing the county’s at-large voting format with a new process that will allow residents to vote for just one of the five members on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

Under at-large voting, struck down by the court, Fayette voters had the luxury of casting a ballot for all five members on each governing body. Read More»

New Fayette district voting map is proposed

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. The pdf was provided by Fayette County. That pdf — which may be magnified — is attached as a file to this story.

Timing a concern as qualifying starts March 3 for two county commission posts and two school board seats

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education, crucial to enacting district voting here, has been proposed by a U.S. District Judge.

The new map is necessary to comply with the May decision of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten which declared the county’s former at-large voting system violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

[View that pdf by clicking on the "attachment" below.] Read More»

Republicans honor MLK, Jr.

Republicans honor MLK, Jr.

Tyrone Jones, first vice chair of the Fayette County Republican Party, gave remarks Monday at a reception the party threw to recognize the civil rights efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. immediately following the parade and ceremony hosted by the Fayette County Chapter of the NAACP. Jones said he remembered learning about Dr. King as a child, and he underlined King’s belief that our nation is not separated based on party-centric political beliefs, but moreso that “We are all children of God,” regardless of race, creed or color. Read More»

Fayette to foot lawyer bill for Watts against GOP

County OKs defense for elections board member

The Fayette County Commission has authorized paying for the legal defense of a member of the county’s board of elections, whom the Republican Party is attempting to remove from office.

The lawsuit against Marilyn Watts was filed by the Fayette County Republican Party, which appointed Watts to the election board several years ago after the previous county commission dismissed her as the commission’s appointee. Read More»

Behind the scenes in ‘spat’ – Why did Barlow, Oddo retreat?

Fayette County commissioners Chuck Oddo (L) and Steve Brown at the Jan. 9, 2014 meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Brown reappointed chairman, Oddo renamed vice chair; apologies all around

An hour prior to the Jan. 9 Fayette County Commission meeting, fellow commissioners Steve Brown and David Barlow brought their feuding to a halt.

The two men sat down and talked out their differences, they said.

“He offered me what I felt was a heartfelt apology,” Barlow said. “We talked I’d guess about 15 minutes about things, and I accepted it and was good with it, and I said ‘I have no reason not to support you because that’s what I said I would do.’”
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