A vote that may change the face of Peachtree City

Tomorow many of us will step into our assigned voting precinct and we will help to decide the future of Peachtree City. Two seats are to be filled and I'd first like to thank those that have served and dedicated their time to this great city.

While each of us will come to our decision on whom we wish to vote for, I hope that all have taken the time to research, to listen, to read what these candidates all stand for, and in some cases; who they stand with.

I don't take an election lightly, my candidates of choice have won some, and they've lost some, but for each one I voted for, I took a little time to learn about them.

For this election, some have convinced me to vote for them, some have done nothing to convince me at all, and others have turned my vote against them.

Of the candidates for Post 1, Don Haddix has in my opinion; tried the election mantra of Steve Brown. Write a post a day and hopefully those undecided will simply see a name they recognize and choose him. Don Haddix, while I'm sure he is a good man, simply slams the door on any and all development. In doing that, the future for the residents of Peachtree City simply means either a loss of quality of lifestyle or paying significantly higher taxes. We have a lifestyle here that demands a significant cost to the city. Our choices are selective and controlled growth that brings additional revenue to the city or the existing businesses and residents pay higher taxes. Under Mr. Haddix's plans, we'll be paying higher taxes.

With many of the smaller businesses struggling now to make ends meet, I can only see Mr. Haddix as a vote of No from me.

Mike Harman, who has offered his time to this community via his time with W.A.S.A. or the Water and Sewer Authority and should be commended for that. If you review his selection by the existing council, I found it suspicious that he seemed to have gotten exactly the same votes from Councilman Stephen Boone and Mayor Logsdon. Not only once, but in both votes. That scares me into a power triangle that may reshape this city into nothing of what it once was. While Mr. Harman may be a good candidate, the possible association with Mr. Boone and Mayor Logsdon worries me.

That leaves me with Mr. Thomas O'Toole. While I've not had the pleasure of meeting Mr. O'Toole, I have to believe that much of what he stands for sounds to be in the best interest of ALL Peachtree City residents, and not the select few. So Mr. O'Toole, you'll have my vote tomorrow at the election.

For Post 2, we have four candidates. One, Mr. King I cannot support. An old adage in keeping friends is to not discuss religion or politics. Mr. King admits he is friends with Councilman Boone and Mayor Logsdon, and that they play golf together and might run into each other at Y-Knot's. While I don't discount that Mr. King can think for himself, once again, I see again this triangle of power. For the above reasons, I cannot support Mr. King.

Mr. Hollums and Mr. Sturbaum have done nothing to convince me to vote for them.

Of all the candidates, for Post 1 or for Post 2, Dar Thompson is the only one that has at least put ideas or concepts on the table. Ways of generating revenue for the city without placing an undue burden on the existing taxpayers or businesses. I've seen others run on the "vote for me, I know the Mayor" mentality and that is what scares me of them. Dar Thompson I believe will listen to what the residents want and will think independently of the others. What this city needs isn't another "Yes" man, we need an independent thinker. We need someone that can bring a business sense to local government, yet work diligently to help keep our lifestyle as we are accustomed.

So Mr. Thompson, you'll get my vote tomorrow.

I realize these are my opinions, many will disagree, I hope many will agree, but at the very least, before you cast your vote, make sure who you're voting for and where they stand and whom with.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 9:36pm.

dkinser, you dismiss Don Haddix because, "In doing that, the future for the residents of Peachtree City simply means either a loss of quality of lifestyle or paying significantly higher taxes."

Then you do a flip flop and support Dar Thompson.

To quote Dar Thompson, "getting the TDK Blvd extension built will be one of my highest priorities".

What just happened to your stance on "loss of quality of lifestyle"?

Do you support thousands of additional commuters from another county that contribute NOTHING to the taxes? Dar Thompson does.

Only a fool would think that TDK won't eventually get built but do we have to have it as one of our highest priorities? I think not.

Dar Thompson wants to use city owned property as "leverage" when dealing with developers. I wonder why he hasn't considered using our laws and ordinances as leverage instead.

I get the impression that Dar Thompson would sell his mother if he could make a buck from the deal. Is that the kind of person you want deciding PTC's future? I don't!

Submitted by dkinser on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 10:36pm.

I learned a long time ago only a crazy person argues with a crazy person, so I'll not argue with you, but I will make a comment or two.

You sling accusations and dredge up 2 year old rhetoric regarding TDK Boulevard, that nearly all in the city supported up until the changes occured across the county line.

As I recall, nearly all that ran 2 years ago supported it. Find someone besides Coweta County and the developer today that does. So find another stone to overturn.

You obviously have an axe to grind with Mr. Thompson, but that does not change my opinion. I've met him, interviewed him prior to the last election and I support him in his endeavors to help the city. Vote tomorrow as you see fit, but your rant will not change my stance and I believe that most that live in this community can see through your bitterness.

Dana Kinser

Submitted by Nitpickers on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 8:15am.

PTC doesn't have to EVER connect to Coweta County at TDK if they choose not to do so! We do however always give in to developers due to the people we elect.
I will also say that I have never known an exercise place )gym) whose owner wasn't "funny." Maybe they are now more legitimate? I do know they like "traffic," Fayette or Coweta!
Also, errors in judgement years ago about TDK when we didn't have a four lane here, doesn't make TDK right for today!
Do we want a "planned community" or not?
Or, do we want a "big City?"

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 12:08am.

"You sling accusations and dredge up 2 year old rhetoric regarding TDK Boulevard, that nearly all in the city supported up until the changes occurred across the county line."

Two years ago? It was on his WEB page as of 10/13/2007. At least try and pretend that you keep up to date.

What his page used to say as of 10/13/2007.

He took his "TDK.html page off his WEB site" as I knew he would but before he did I copied it to the post above.

Google "Dar Thompson" + TDK and it will be the first link you get.

Tell me I don't know a crook when I see one!

As far as an ax to grind you're correct. I despise would-be politicians that hide things from those they wish to fool.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 7:55am.

Dar sounds worse than harold. We already have 2 problem kids to get rid of, we don't need another.

Submitted by johenry on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 11:27pm.

Look, nobody can research an issue like bad_ptc. The fact you have to call him "crazy" because he disagrees with you says a lot.

And no everyone wasn't for TDK. Steve Brown said in several of the election forums that he opposed TDK. Bob Lenox wrote nasty things about Steve in the newspaper for not supporting TDK.

I think it's too bad Steve wouldn't run in this election. He took a lot of beatings over TDK and the developement authority crooks that he didn't deserve.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 6:15am.

If he can talk his wife into another expensive campaign, he'll run in the special election for Dan Lakly's seat and will probably win since the turnout will be very, very low.

Submitted by Nitpickers on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 8:32am.

Oh, I hope so. We so badly need him.

Submitted by Thomas O-Toole on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 8:05pm.

I appreciate your support. I do hope to represent all of Peachtree City and my main purpose for runnning is to protect what makes Peachtree City unique. Over the past few months of campaigning I have talked to numerous people and groups. My goal was to speak with everyone but I know realistically in the short 2 and 1/2 months which is the election cycle that would improbable. I will be out at all the polling places tomorrow(of course only one at a time) and hope to see you out there. If you see me there please stop and introduce yourself. It would be my pleasure to meet you.
Thomas J. O'Toole, Jr.
Peachtree City Council Post 1 Candidate
Vote November 6

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 9:48pm.

No offense guy, but it's against the law for you to be crusing the polling places as a candidate. Go look at the red signs with the big black letters.

Vote Republican

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 10:11pm.

But I doubt he means the way he comes across here. At least I would hope not.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 7:41pm.

two candidates. Seems like a good idea to me.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 9:46pm.

What is all the bad blood between you and Steve Brown anyway? I think Git brought this up around the first of the year.

Both your views are similar, so what gives?

Vote Republican

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 10:06pm.

In my opinion, what he says and claims to be in favor of doesn't at all jibe with the way he voted while in office.

Maybe he's changed, maybe not.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 10:12pm.

not really sure what you are talking about, BUT whatever bothers you about Steve Brown, I hope it doesn't cause you to vote for Dar Thompson like blazing2006 and mudcat. That's ridiculous.

Got to bed so I can vote before work.

Vote Republican

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 9:54am.

I haven't voted yet today. I can't warm up to Haddix and his isolationist ways.

As far as what I'm talking about re Brown...mainly his openly boasting about supporting TDK while he was Mayor and now claiming he knew all along it was BAD for PTC and never was in favor. Everyone knows that now, with what Coweta planned just over the line. I was at more than a few Mayor Forums where he spoke in favor of TDK just two years ago.

He often talks of how the Current Council is selling us out with drastic zoning changes to the City, while about 3 years ago he was the ONLY vote for the 24 hour Walgreens in what was a major zoning change at the intersection of 54/Peachtree Parkway.

Like I said maybe he changed, but until he comes clean with his talk, he'll get no support or free passes from me.

Submitted by blazing2006 on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 7:17pm.

Nicely explained.

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Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 8:41pm.

I got off the Harmon bus last week and have donated to O'Toole and will certainly vote for him and Dar Thompson. Good luck guys!

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