Politics

Rep. Ramsey: Legislative session will be ‘quick’

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, in the well of the House of Representatives. Photo from his website.

The Georgia Legislature is about to kick off its annual 40-day session, and the theme may turn out to be “efficiency and expediency.”

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, said the big chore as always will be to shore up the state’s budget expenses between the year-end supplemental budget and the coming fiscal year’s budget. But looming shortly in the distance is the prospect of politicking, specifically a much earlier qualification deadline in March to run for office. Read More»

Is this the next Fayette Commission chairman?

Commissioner Charles Oddo in an August 2013 meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Steve Brown’s position in play as critics challenge his leadership

If Commissioner David Barlow can get another vote next week, Commissioner Charles Oddo (in photo at right) will take the chairmanship from Commissioner Steve Brown. Read More»

PTC to swear in new mayor, council members Jan. 2

Peachtree City’s new mayor and new councilmember will be sworn into office Jan. 2 at what is expected to be a very brief meeting of the new city council. Read More»

Another appointed BoE member in Fayette’s future

As of next spring, two of the five members of the Board of Education will never have faced the voters of Fayette County for the posts they hold.

That’s because for the second time in just over two years, the board will have a mid-term vacancy, Read More»

PTC certifies election results; Fleisch is officially mayor-elect

The election results confirming Vanessa Fleisch won the runoff for the mayor’s seat were formally approved by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

Fleisch won with 72 percent of the vote over challenger and former Mayor Harold Logsdon. The two were runoff opponents because none of the five candidates in the field got more than 50 percent of the vote as required to win election.

In January, Fleisch will move two chairs over on the council dais and a bit more into the spotlight as she is sworn in to start her four-year term. Read More»

Rep. Westmoreland supports bipartisan budget deal

U.S. Rep.Lynn Westmoreland. May 2013 file photo.

A new federal budget that would stave off a potential government shutdown early next year has won the support of local Congressman Lynn Westmoreland as it passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

While as of press time Tuesday the bill faces an unknown outcome in the Democrat-controlled Senate, Westmoreland said last week that the bipartisan budget deal brokered between the Republican and Democratic party leaders “is a step in the right direction.” Read More»

After holding office for 1 year, Bacallao to run for state school superintendent

Mary Kay Bacallao. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao has announced that she will resign her Post 2 seat in March to run for the soon-to-be open post of Georgia state school superintendent.

Bacallao made the announcement at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Ga. House Republican Caucus. The announcement came as Bacallao was participating on a panel debating the Common Core standards where, as is customary, she opposed the standards. Read More»

Giving workers Dec. 23 off to cost Fayette $131,480

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson.

County and PTC offices to be closed; F’ville, Tyrone will stay open to public

Fayette County’s plan next week to add an extra paid holiday to the employees’ usual 10 will cost taxpayers $131,480, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson.
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Budget crunch looms for new PTC mayor

Mayor-elect Vanessa Fleisch. Photo/John Munford.

Last week’s runoff election for the mayor’s post in Peachtree City ended with current Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch wrapping up the win with 72 percent of the vote over challenger and former Mayor Harold Logsdon.

Fleisch earlier on election day had arranged to meet with city staff the next day on the offhand chance she might win, and thus her unofficial work as mayor had begun.

Fleisch will be the city’s first female mayor. The city has not yet certified the election results and Fleisch won’t be installed as mayor until Jan. 1. Read More»

Mayor-elect Fleisch looks to ‘new day’ for PTC

Peachtree City mayor-elect Vanessa Fleisch celebrated with supporters at Grazing Here Tuesday night. Photo/Special.

With a resounding 72 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff election, Vanessa Fleisch will become Peachtree City’s first woman mayor on Jan. 1.

Fleisch handily beat challenger and former mayor Harold Logsdon, who made it into the runoff with the second-most votes in the field of five candidates to force the runoff.

A jubilant Fleisch was all smiles and hugs with campaign supporters at what turned out to be her victory party Tuesday. That evening, she revealed that she already had made plans to have meetings with city staff members on Wednesday on the chance she might win. Read More»

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