Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Williams, Mattison and Gebbia also win. Replay Patch's live election day blog.
J. Max Davis became the new city of Brookhaven's first mayor in history on Tuesday night. Davis defeated Sandy Murray in the mayoral runoff, 66 percent to 34 percent, in a race in which Patch projected the winner at 8:09 pm. In Brookhaven's three city council runoffs, Rebecca Chase Williams won the District 1 seat, defeating Kevin Fitzpatrick 66 percent to 34 percent. In District 3, Bates Mattison defeated Kevin Quirk by the evening's smallest margin, 53 percent to 47 percent. And in District 4, Joe Gebbia soundly defeated Karen Lord to win the seat, 81 percent to 19 percent. They join District 2's Jim Eyre to complete Brookhaven's city council. Patch featured a live blog from 7 am on Tuesday morning, until the final election results …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Some people want to create a city out of DeKalb County's unincorporated land.
State senators from DeKalb County will meet this week to talk about possibly forming a "City of DeKalb." The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 in room 450 at the State Capitol, CrossroadNews.com reported. A City of DeKalb has been talked about for decades but the idea has gained new urgency because more cities are forming in DeKalb County, like Brookhaven. Those cities reduce the county government's property tax revenue. In the CrossRoads.com article, county officials said:
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Boedeker conceded defeat Tuesday, complimenting his opponent on a well-run campaign.
Chris Boedeker conceded defeat in an unorthodox race for House District 81, which covers Brookhaven, Tucker and North Druid Hills. Rep. Scott Holcomb seemed to prevail with 8,700 votes and 56 percent of the vote; Boedeker received 6,824 votes and 44 percent of the votes, according to an unofficial tally by DeKalb County elections. The vote total doesn’t include mailed-in absentee votes. The race included mudslinging, including House Democrats accusing Boedeker of suggesting Holcomb used illegal drugs. Incumbent Holcomb didn’t return phone calls election night. Boedeker conceded “mistakes” he made in his time running for any office. “I don’t want to get into specifics,” he said. “Yeah, we wanted a focused message.” Holcomb wasn't as vague …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The constitutional amendment grants the state authority to approve charter schools, whether local school boards want them or not.
Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. With all counties fully reporting, the hotly contested amendment had support of 58.5 percent of voters. See selected county results below. It was an emotionally charged issue that in some ways united Georgians across political and demographic lines. A Peach Pundit poll from late October had found "no significant difference [in support] based on whether a voter is a Republican or a Democrat, a male or a female, or based on race." Camille Cottrell, an Emory University instructor and card-carrying Democrat, is an example of the …
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, according to projections.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, according to network projections. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the…
Voters in Georgia on Tuesday cast their ballot for Mitt Romney, giving him the state's 16 Electoral votes, according to early results.
In a move that fell in line with expectations, Mitt Romney was projected to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Barack Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Republican candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Georgia and spent more time visiting the Peach State to raise money. The state has been a Republican stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in Georgia state, which has had a higher than average unemployment rate. Turnout was strong in Georgia and early voting was almost as popular this year as four years ago. …
Tuesday's ballot includes a Georgia constitutional amendment to re-establish a state commission to approve charter schools. Your job is to decide if that's a good idea.
There aren't a lot of statewide issues on the ballot Nov. 6, but one has the potential to affect Sandy Springs schools, parents and children throughout Georgia. It's Amendment 1, and the ballot will say it "Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options." The question voters will answer yes or no to is, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" So what does a yes vote mean? If the amendment passes, the state will create a commission that can approve charter schools in local communities, even if local school boards oppose them. Supporters of the amendment believe this is …
National Weather Service is calling for rain throughout the day. Bring your hats.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Alright, this shouldn't matter, but here it is. We started out cold and rainy this morning. That's not neccessarily good for the Dunwoody polls, which had 45-minute wait times this morning at several polling places. Some braved the weather early and experienced much shorter lines. Here's the bad news, and again it shouldn't matter. The National Weather Service is calling for a 75 percent chance of showers this afternoon with that number lightening to 20 percent as the eveening draws out. Either way, go vote. But we just want to let you know to bring your hat. And your rain gear. It could make all the difference in your comfort.
Charter school amendment appears headed for win.
UPATE 5:50 pm If you are in line to vote at 7 pm, you will get to vote even though the polls close then. Tens of thousands of Fulton County voters have already cast ballots today. Turnout is especially high for today’s General Election, as it is in most Presidential election years. It's too early to know how this year compares to 2008. In the evening after traditional work hours, peak turnout is anticipated, and tens of thousands of additional voters could exercise their right to vote. Fulton County elections officials released a statement advising that voters who are in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote under Georgia law. As provided by Georgia law, voters who are over age 75 or who have a disability are eligible to ask to move ahead …
Scott Holcomb had a prominent Democrat step down so he could run for the seat. Meanwhile, Chris Boedecker flashed a few bare-knuckled tactics to win.
Update: 10:32; Race could be out for Boedecker. Boedecker 45 percent vs. 55 percent for Holcomb with 55 percent. Update: 9:35 p.m;Race tightens a bit. Boedecker 43.5 perecent vs. 56.4 for Holcomb. 9,695 votes counted. Still a wide margin. 60 percent is a whooping Update: 9:00 p.m.; In the state House 81 race, Holcomb leads Boedeker 57% to 43% with 5 of 16 precincts in that race reporting.Holcomb looking good. Our reporter at DeKalb election central reporting that in-person absentee votes for House District 81: 6,020 votes total; Boedeker, 2,626 votes and 43.6 percent; Holcomb, 3,389 votes and 56.30 percent. Tucker, North Druid Hills and Brookhaven’s hotly contested legislative election started in a unorthodox manner. Georgia's …