Politics

Brown plans to seek chairmanship of commission in Jan.

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. File photo from July 2013.

The current chairman of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners has said that he would like to continue in that role next year if his fellow board members would allow it.

Maybe that will happen, maybe it won’t. None of the four people whose votes Steve Brown would need to stay on as chairman are hinting about what direction they will go when the decision is made at the first meeting in January.

When asked last week, Randy Ognio was succinct in his response: “There is just over a month until everyone will know.” Read More»

Barlow apologizes for tirade against ‘Demoncrats’

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow in a file photo from January 2014.

Fayette County Republican Commissioner David Barlow says, “I was wrong,” and issued an apology Nov. 19 for his remarks at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Fayette County Commission where, among other comments, he decried the current treatment of conservative Christians by liberal “Demoncrats.”

After a firestorm of criticism from both parties, Barlow said:
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Fayette BoE hosts local legislators

Fayette BoE hosts local legislators

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 14 hosted the annual legislative luncheon. Among those attending the event were, from left, board member Leonard Presberg, Rep. Matt Ramsey, board Chair Marion Key, board members Dan Colwell and Barry Marchman, board member-elect Diane Basham, Rep. John Yates and Superintendent Jody Barrow. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette milestones in Election 2014

(L) Pota Coston; (R) Diane Basham.

First Democrat in a generation, first-ever African American wins first district election to Fayette County Commission Read More»

Ramsey reelected House whip

Rep. Matt Ramsey (R) receives congratulations upon being reelected House majority whip. Photo/Ga. House of Rep.

ATLANTA – The House Republican Caucus met Nov. 10 and reelected its key leaders, including House Majority Whip Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City).

“I am incredibly honored to be elected to serve as the Majority Caucus Whip,” said Ramsey, a Peachtree City attorney. “I look forward to working with the men and women of the House Republican Caucus to move our agenda forward over the next two years for the benefit of the citizens of Georgia.” Read More»

Brown: ARC may face court over changes to its bylaws

While it was not as he had hoped, Fayette County Board of Commissioners Chairman Steve Brown noted that the efforts he and others made to get changes to proposed Atlanta Regional Commission rules were not in vain.

“We did get some changes in the system,” Brown said a few days after the Oct. 22 vote to approve the proposed new bylaws. Brown is a member of the ARC board by virtue of his election position. Read More»

Coweta follows state with its election results

Coweta voters had their say in the 2014 elections and in doing so mirrored voters statewide in the races where Republican David Perdue was elected to the U.S. Senate and Gov. Nathan Deal won another term.

Coweta voters gave overwhelming support to Perdue who took nearly 70 percent of the ballots. Democrat MIchelle Nunn took 27.45 percent of Coweta votes.

Statewide, Perdue took the state with 52.94 percent of the vote compared to 45.15 percent for Nunn.

Perdue was among a number of Republican candidates who won their races to give the U.S. Senate a Republican majority. Read More»

Fayette completes major stormwater repair project

Excessive flooding on Brittany Way (shown above) necessitated repair work that included the installation of a box culvert. Photo/Submitted.

County officials have announced the recent completion of the first critical stormwater infrastructure project financed by new stormwater utility funds. Read More»

Election 2014 — First African-American elected to Fayette County Commission

Fayette County Commissioner-elect Pota Coston of Tyrone. File photo.

Veteran teacher turns back 23-year-old challenger for District 4 Board of Education seat; incumbent BoE member Presberg wins first election

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Fayette County election returns

UPDATED 10:43 p.m. — Coston becomes first African-American elected to Fayette County Commission; Basham, Presberg win BoE posts

All precincts reporting including 1,400 absentee ballots

Post 5, Fayette County Commission (9 of 9 precincts reporting)

Allen McCarty (R) — 33% (2803)
Pota Coston (D) — 67% (5741)

Fayette BoE, District 4 (12 of 12 precincts reporting)

Diane Basham (R) — 64% (5498)
Ogechi Oparah (D) — 36% (3145)

Fayette BoE, District 5 (9 of 9 precincts reporting)
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