Fayette Board of Education Republican Post 4 candidate Jane Owens responds to questions from The Citizen

BoE Post 4 Republican runoff candidate Jane Owens. File photo.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Jane Owens and Diane Basham to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate Jane Owens.
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Harbin, Studdard hone positions in July 22 runoff

Both men seeking the District 16 state senate seat agree that the budget needs to be scrutinized for cuts, but they would approach cuts in different ways.

Marty Harbin of Tyrone is encouraging a look at privatization of services and a review of state social welfare programs to “provide an incentive ... to use such programs as a stepping stone to move beyond dependency on government.”

David Studdard of Fayetteville meanwhile wants a statewide assessment of discretionary spending in particular so it can be “subject to the most intense scrutiny by law makers and citizens alike. Read More»

Early voting underway in F’ville

Voters make choices in early voting in Peachtree City for the May primary. File Photo.

State Senate, school board races up for grabs

If you’re antsy to pull your touch-screen trigger finger, early voting began this week for the upcoming July 22 primary runoff election.

Early birds can hit the polls at the county’s elections office at 140 Stonewall Avenue in downtown Fayetteville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 18. Also, the week of July 14-18 polls will also be open at the Peachtree City Library and Tyrone Town Hall from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day. Read More»

Jane Owens sets goals in GOP runoff for BoE Post 4

Post 4 BoE candidate Jane Owens. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Voters in the July 22 runoff for the District 4 Fayette County Board of Education seat will choose between Diane Basham and Jane Owens. The Citizen asked the two candidates to provide their thoughts on the issues they believe are pertinent in the July runoff election and how they would run their campaign. Basham’s comments were provided last week. This week it is Owens who was given the opportunity to have her say.

Owens, who came in third in the primary, entered the runoff race after second place vote-getter John Kimbell withdrew last week due to what he called a “job-related matter.” Read More»

BoE Post 4 GOP frontrunner Basham lays out vision

GOP runoff candidate Diane Basham. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Voters in the May 20 primary for the District 4 Fayette County Board of Education seat put Diane Basham in first place followed by John Kimbell in second place. The Citizen asked the two candidates to provide their thoughts on the issues they believe are pertinent in the July runoff election and how they would run their campaign.

Basham responded but Kimbell said he has withdrawn from the race. If determined to be official, the runoff will feature Basham and third place vote-getter Jane Owens. Read More»

In District 16 senate race, Harbin, Studdard say difference is experience

GOP senatorial candidates David Studdard and Marty Harbin. Photos/Contributed.

On July 22, south Fayette voters will have two choices to make for the next state senator for the 16th District to replace the retiring Ronnie Chance. Read More»

Kimbell pulls out of runoff for BoE

The Fayette County Elections Board worked to sign the election results following the election last week. From left are elections board members Marilyn Watts and Daryl Hicks, Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer and Elections Board Member Addison Lester. Photo/John Munford.

Numbers show McCarty faces fierce challenge in District 5

Fayette County voters answered some questions but left the future unclear for a number of would-be politicians during the May 20 primary election.

In a big surprise, the second-place finisher in the District 4 Board of Education Republican race has withdrawn from the runoff. Read More»

In Fayette, Brown wins; runoff election July 22 for Senate seat

Incumbent Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown won re-election Tuesday, avoiding a runoff despite a three-man field for the District 3 seat.

This was the only chance most Peachtree City residents will have to elect a county commissioner with the advent of district voting, which scraps the at-large format that allowed all county residents to cast votes for all five members of the county commission and the board of education. Read More»

Brown wins his PTC district; Harbin, Studdard in runoff for Ga. Senate

Confounding his vocal critics, Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in Tuesday Republican voting overpowered two former mayors of Peachtree City to win the Post 3 slot without a runoff with a 52 percent total.

Brown has no Democrat opposition in November, so he is assured of another four years on the commission.
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2014 primary election results

2014 primary election results

Steve Brown held off two opponents to win re-election to the Fayette County Commission, as all nine precincts have reported and he had a 321 vote spread with 52.6 percent of the District 3 vote over fellow former mayors Harold Logsdon and Don Haddix.

There will be a runoff for the Post 4 Republican primary as none of the four candidates won a majority of the votes. Diane Basham led with 948 votes at 38.79 percent followed by John Kimbell in second with 882 votes (36.09 percent). They will meet in the July runoff as Jane Owens finished with 360 votes and Mindy Fredrikson got 254 votes. Read More»