Politics

Coston, Matthews will face off for Tyrone Council seat

Pota Coston is challenging incumbent Ken Matthews for the Post 3 Tyrone Council seat. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Voters in Tyrone will see only one contested race in the November election. The race for the Post 3 seat on the Tyrone Town Council will have incumbent Ken Matthews facing off against challenger Pota Coston.

The qualifying period for the Post 3 and 4 seats of the Tyrone Town Council ended Friday afternoon with Matthews and Coston qualifying for the Post 3 seat held by Matthews.
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Mayoral hopeful Rehman ordered to pay Senoia’s court fees

Coweta County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon ruled Thursday that Senoia resident and mayoral candidate Don Rehman will have to pay more than $7,000 in attorney’s fees and litigation costs incurred by the city in a failed lawsuit brought by Rehman earlier this year.

Rehman in May lost a lawsuit against the Senoia City Council over his interpretation of a city ordinance dealing with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Read More»

No contests in Fayetteville, so city election canceled

Fayetteville Councilman-elect Jim Williams. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Qualifying has ended in Fayetteville, and there are no contested races for the three open City Council posts.

As a result, the city election is canceled, according to Fayette County Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer.

Perhaps the most noteworthy thing to come out of the qualifying period is that longtime Councilmen Walt White and Larry Dell will not be seeking re-election.
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In a first, mayor, wife both on PTC ballot

UPDATED for print — In an unprecedented development sure to liven up the November election in Peachtree City, the wife of current mayor Don Haddix qualified at the last minute Friday to oppose one of her husband’s most frequent critics on the City Council.

Cathy Haddix, 60, is seeking the Post 3 seat currently held by Councilwoman Kim Learnard, who is seeking re-election. Read More»

3 qualify in PTC, 3 in Fayetteville

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, only three souls had officially taken the plunge and filed paperwork to seek elected office in Peachtree City.

And it’s already shaping up with a race for the Post 2 seat on the City Council.

Shayne Robinson, who chairs the city’s recreation and special events commission and is active with the city’s BMX program, has filed paperwork seeking the Post 2 seat along with Vietnam veteran Mike King. Both filed their qualification paperwork and fee on Monday. Read More»

NAACP asks judge for special 5th district vote

Plaintiffs seeking a special election this November to apply district voting to the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education are asking a federal judge to order the county’s elections director to provide dates and deadlines so such a special election could be accomplished. Read More»

Commissioners to hold public hearing Thurs. on SPLOST vote

The Fayette County Commission Thursday night will conduct a public hearing on the proposed two-year Core Infrastructure sales tax that will be up for voters’ consideration in November.

If the tax is approved, the county plans to spend its $16.8 million take on stormwater improvement projects in the unincorporated county. Also if voters approve the tax, property owners in the unincorporated county will not be charged the annual stormwater fee for the next four years, county officials have said. Read More»

Longtime F’ville councilmen Dell and White to bow out

Fayetteville Councilman Larry Dell at a February 2013 council meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Two long-time Fayetteville councilmen are calling it quits, with qualifying deadline for three posts on the Fayetteville City Council less than a week away.

Post 3 Councilman Walt White announced last week that he will not be seeking re-election and Councilman Larry Dell said he will not be seeking re-election for his Post 4 seat.

However, incumbent Councilman Paul Oddo will be seeking re-election for his Post 5 seat.

White’s decision not to run again will effectively bring to a conclusion nearly a quarter-century serving on the City Council. Read More»

F’ville Council conflicted about voting for SPLOST

Fayetteville City Councilman Walt White at a council meeting in February 2013. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville City Councilman Walt White voted in favor of a $9.2 million city list of projects to be funded by a proposed penny sales tax, but said he hopes the measure fails at the ballot box.

As he had done at previous meetings, White questioned the wisdom of participating in the November initiative because he considered it a tax on Fayetteville citizens and because the city would not receive its share of the proceeds unless a project list was provided. Read More»

King in the race for PTC Post 2, Bloom out of running for council

Mike King, candidate for Post 2, Peachtree City Council. Photo/Special.

There has been a shake-up in the field of candidates seeking seats on the Peachtree City Council this November.

Vietnam veteran and retiree Michael L. “Mike” King has announced he will seek the Post 2 spot that is being vacated in mid-term by Councilman George Dienhart.

Dienhart is bowing out to make a run for mayor, thus whoever wins the Post 2 seat will serve the two years and a few days remaining in that term. Read More»