Politics

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»

Marty Harbin is Fayette’s next state senator

GOP candidate Marty Harbin announces his runoff victory to supporters Tuesday night. Photo/Vern Darley.

Harbin overpowers David Studdard by 2,894 votes out of over 15,000 cast

First-time office-seeker Marty Harbin of Tyrone has won the open District 16 state Senate seat now Read More»

Results of July 22 runoff election

FINAL UPDATE 9:22 p.m. — Marty Harbin will be the next state senator for the 16th District

With all four counties reporting final counts in the Georgia Senate District 16 Republican runoff, Tyrone resident and Fayetteville insurance broker Marty Harbin has convincingly beaten Fayetteville attorney David Studdard.

Harbin beat Studdard in Fayette, Spalding, Lamar and Pike counties 8,957 (59.6%) to 6,063 (40.3%).
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Ga. Senate District 16 Republican runoff candidate Marty Harbin responds to questions from The Citizen

Marty Harbin.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the Georgia State Senate, District 16 nomination is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Republican runoff candidates Marty Harbin and David Studdard 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 Marty Harbin.

1. What are your spending priorities for state government? Do they require a tax hike or a tax decrease and explain your justification.
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Ga. Senate District 16 Republican runoff candidate David Studdard responds to questions from The Citizen

David Studdard.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the Georgia State Senate, District 16 nomination is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Republican runoff candidates Marty Harbin and David Studdard 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 David Studdard.

1. What are your spending priorities for state government? Do they require a tax hike or a tax decrease and explain your justification?
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Fayette Board of Education Republican runoff Post 4 candidate Diane Basham responds to questions from The Citizen

Fayette Board of Education Post 4 Republican runoff candidate Diane Basham. 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 Diane Basham.
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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»