Ramsey wins House 72nd seat

Thu, 12/20/2007 - 5:26pm
By: The Citizen

‘Ready to get to work’ on water, tax issues

Peachtree City attorney Matt Ramsey is ready to hit the ground running, fresh off his win Tuesday night in the four-person race for the 72nd District seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Ramsey said Wednesday afternoon that after enjoying the victory he’s ready to get to work. Although he doesn’t yet know what committees he’ll be serving on, Ramsey said he’s looking forward to making sure Fayette County’s interests are protected in the new comprehensive Georgia water plan that will be considered by the legislature.

Ramsey got 53.4 percent of the vote, besting second place finisher and former Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown who got 24.6 percent. Rounding out the field were air freight business owner Kevin Madden with 15.8 percent and publicist Heidi Becker Vaisvil with 6.1 percent. Just 11.1 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the special election.

Ramsey will fill the unexpired term of Rep. Dan Lakly, who died unexpectedly last month. The 72nd District seat will be up for election again in November.

Ramsey said he wants to work right away on economic issues that affect Georgia families, individuals and businesses. Part of that is finding a way to reduce the state tax burden, and that will depend on reducing state spending, Ramsey said.

Another priority of Ramsey’s is monitoring local legislation to fight an attempt to change Fayette County’s elections process for the county commission. Last year Rep. Dan Lakly fought hard to defeat a bill introduced by other legislators that would have created five geographic districts, allowing voters to vote for only the “seat” represented by the boundaries of that particular district.

Currently commissioners are elected at-large, meaning that each county resident gets to vote on all commission seats. Proponents of the at-large system argue it allows better representation because residents have a say on all five seats on the board.

Proponents of district voting, however, say it clears up the governmental process for constituents, who then have only one person to hold responsible for government-related issues instead of all five commissioners.

“I will stand up and fight it,” Ramsey said of any legislative proposal to change Fayette’s commission to a district voting scheme.

Brown was a proponent of district voting and said he wanted to bring the issue to a vote on a referendum of Fayette voters so they could decide the issue.

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Submitted by tonto707 on Fri, 12/21/2007 - 4:53pm.

Congratulations!! Job well done. Ignore the negative bloggers who do nothing but bellyache. That's the only contribution they make to serving the public.

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Fri, 12/21/2007 - 9:45am.

(1) Yes, lawyers can get elected.
(2) Elections can still be bought.
(3) Steve Brown still has dedicated supporters (but not enough).
(4) Just boasting of being a Democrat won’t get many votes.
(5) Party switchers are disliked by those they left and seldom embraced by the new group they join.

Submitted by Jones on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 7:36pm.

You're going to give it to us. Please be gentle.

Harold Logsdon is a bumbling boob, but you're a smart young guy, so we expect you can get things like TDK accomplished.

Submitted by John Deaux on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 9:06pm.

Can you please use your wisdom you have acquired over time to teach all of these people how not to be sore losers and name callers? I am sure that your organization could host a manners and politeness day for those that continue to name call and whine.

Merry Christmas to All

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Submitted by DanTennant on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 9:17am.

Congratulations Matt on a job well done, and especially for staying positive and factual throughout the campaign. You worked extremely hard, you surrounded yourself with many good people, and I know you will do a great job serving the people of Fayette County.

And despite Cal's efforts to link you negatively to Doug Warner, this election was also a repudiation of unfair, inaccurate and defaming commentary of one of the truly most honorable and distinguished members of our community. Mr. Doug Warner.

Those that voted were mostly the "super voters" who never miss an election and who know the extra value of their vote in a special election. They are an educated and highly informed bunch who know how to separate fact from fiction and know how to put into office those who have integrity, honor, conviction and a high standard of ethics.

It was an amazing effort in five highly energized weeks, and I wish you well in your service to our community.

Submitted by Doug on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 1:50pm.

I mean congrats to Matt Ramsey and all, but when you start calling Doug "development authority scandal" Warner and honorable and distingushed member of the community, you've crossed the line. Tennant comes off looking like a brown noser.

Do you think Ramsey would have pulled this one out without money from the guys like Warner? I don't.

Oh, I forgot to say NUK's comments below are poor, but what we expect from him.

Congrats again to Matt Ramsey.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 2:27pm.

Spirit of the Christmas and all:_)

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Submitted by other_side_trax on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 1:36pm.

The fiction and defaming commentary in these comments, blogs, free speech, and letters to the editor was getting so deep, it could have solved our water crisis. Some folks believe that if they repeat a lie often enough, it will become the truth.

Representative Ramsey . . . has a nice ring to it. Congratulations Matt. Well done.

To all of the Brownies. Time for a change in strategy. Your current one ain't workin so well . . . Yet, off in the distance, I believe I hear the anti-Logsdon/Boone machine cranking up again.

The sad part is, it probably won't be long til we start hearing similar nonsense and scurrilous accusations again. I say less than 48 hours. Any bets?

From the other side of the tracks

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Submitted by Sniffles on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 6:29am.

Congratulation Mr. Ramsey on your victory.

I suspect that very soon you will be faced with a very difficult decision: to improve the quality of life of your constituents or improve the bank account balances of your financial backers.

I pray that you will make the right choice, Anakin.

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Submitted by JGF9148 on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 9:24am.

Clouded his future is........

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Submitted by pentapenguin on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 11:21pm.

Congrats Mr. Ramsey on winning the race. Smiling

Submitted by madprof on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 10:52pm.

Dan Lakly was a "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" type of guy. It's really sad that he will be replaced by a slick lawyer beholden to the developer-types who bought the seat for him. It feels more and more like Sandy Springs here in PTC. The way things are going, it will no doubt look just like Sandy Springs before much longer.

Submitted by kitty2u on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 1:17pm.

Please enlighten us with the actual names of the developer types who bought the seat for Matt Ramsey. Otherwise, you don't know what or who you are talking about.

Be nice, Kitty2U

Submitted by veni vidi vici ... on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 11:14pm.

Sorry, you are dead wrong. Ramsey won because he is a good Republican and the real Republicans of Fayette County got out and worked for him. They went door to door, telephoned, and put up signs. They saw thru Heidi's sudden conversion and the phony Brown. The only honest Democrat in the race was Madden. Just what developer types do you mean? I looked at his disclosures and did not recognize a single one. The local and district Republican party members were solid behind Ramsey. The people that have worked so hard to make this such a great place did not want to risk backing anyone but Ramsey. The Republican Party is still very strong in the county and will continue to be. Ramsey will make a good State Rep.

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Submitted by other_side_trax on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 7:19am.

You are right on target. "Local and district Republican party members were solid behind Ramsey." Ramsey will make a good state rep.

Even though Brown lost by a wide margin (over two to one, as predicted by MANY), I'm sure we'll still be hearing lots more of Brown's sour grapes style of journalism in the future. But what this community really needs is more volunteers and fewer professional critics (letter to the editor writers). The voice of the people has been heard.

From the other side of the tracks

Submitted by flightplan on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 10:22am.

Give me a break. Everyone knows that Ramsey won because of cash. He flooded homes with 4 or 5 direct mail pieces, automated phone calls, paid phone callers, etc. That's OK. He didn't break any rules. Lots of elections are bought and paid for. But when you outspend your opponents by 40,000x (or whatever the final tally will be), you should win by a landslide. I wouldn't call getting 53% a landslide victory. Congratulations on the win but you shouldn't be doing a sack dance. Obviously lots of people (superior thinking super voters per Mr. Tennant) chose someone else over Ramsey. And don't insult my intelligence by saying that the "real Republicans" or better yet "the Fayette County Republican Party",which has no influence in this community, made this happen. When you see bankers, lawyers and developers all rallying around a candidate, something smells. I have nothing against Matt Ramsey. I'm sure he's a good guy and nice family man. I wish him the best of luck. I'm not a sour grapes blogger. I'm just a very concerned 20 year resident of PTC who has seen this community decline rapidly in the past few years and am worried that it's only going to get worse. It is my opinion that Ramsey's campaign is all about TDK. Period. I would love to be proven wrong. If Ramsey fights against TDK because that is what his constituents want - then I'll be the first to say I was wrong and should not have been suspicious. BUT, if TDK gets built against the wishes of the local community, if our PTC Council does not have the authority to stop TDK because Mr. Ramsey has passed some legislation (or however that works) that allows the state to force it down our throats (Logsdon can say oh gosh, there wasn't anything I could do), all of you pro-Ramsey bloggers can thank yourselves for destroying what once was a great place to live - and allowing all the land owners in East Coweta to retire in Tahiti and live happily ever after.

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Submitted by other_side_trax on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 10:44am.

More nonsense from the ranks of the seriously delusional. 53% is huge, especially when there are FOUR candidates in the race. 53% is a LANDSLIDE when your nearest competitor only gets 24% of the vote and out paces you by MORE THAN TWO to ONE. It's not only a landslide, it's an all out WHOOOPPIN!

All I can say is . . . Thank God its over and there isn't going to be a run-off.

From the other side of the tracks

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Submitted by DanTennant on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 10:39am.

Flight, at least you open the door to the possibility that Ramsey won because he's a decent, hardworking guy, good family man, etc. Remember, banks don't vote, very few developers exist to vote, and while most lawyers do, they don't make up a very big percent of the electorate. Ordinary people, and in this case, informed and interested people, sent Matt to Atlanta.

Ramsey won because he appealed to most people---"the folks" as O'Reilly would say. Winning 53%+ in a a four person race is unheardof in politics. That, my friend, is strong. And he competed against some tough challengers. Matt's messages resonated with the voters, who are quite tired of acrimony in local politics.

The election was not about TDK, trust me. People have far more important things on their mind when they send someone to represent them in the statehouse. Like abortion, for example. Like resolving the water situation. Like minimizing our tax burden. That's a tad more important than TDK, wouldn't you say?

I urge you to give Matt the benefit of the doubt. I think he will do a fine job representing all of us.

Submitted by John M on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 10:48pm.

Dan has always been a strong TDK supporter. He contributed to Ramsey's campaign too.

Ramsey took money from all of the fuzzy people.

Hey, what's with the UGA logo?

"I'm NOT John Munford"

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Submitted by Bruiser on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 9:21pm.

The election is over...Now the real job begins. We're counting on you to be a great representative for us in "The House".


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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 9:12pm.

Congratulations Mr. Ramsey.


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Submitted by The Best of PTC on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 9:00pm.

I know you'll represent all of us in 72 well. Proud to call you my state rep. Best of luck.

Kevin O'Neill

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 8:42pm.

I think this was further evidence that Steve Brown is very unpopular and unelectable with the majority of voters, the somewhat silent majority that doesn't blog or pummel the Free Speech section of the paper every week with tirades.

Ramsey is indeed an unknown as he hasn't held office, but Brown is a definite known and the people who have voted the last two elections he was in have made it very clear they want no part of him again.

One thing known for certain about ramsey is that he's a Repub all the way, and I think that helped him a lot in this race, more than campaign money or signs or blogger posts. The Fayette Repub party is very strong and that support is big.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 9:49am.

"I think this was further evidence that Steve Brown is very unpopular and unelectable with the majority of voters, the somewhat silent majority that doesn't blog or pummel the Free Speech section of the paper every week with tirades."

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Submitted by Cyclist on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 8:51pm.

There is still a part of Fayette County that lies in the 77th district that is in need of representation. Perhaps Steve?

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 8:34pm.

Congratulations on your victory.

I never tell lies about people on my blog.
Especially if I think the truth will do more damage. Cool

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 8:14pm.

Thanks Cal & Company

I never tell lies about people on my blog.
Especially if I think the truth will do more damage. Cool

Submitted by veni vidi vici ... on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 11:31pm.

Good job, Munford. You must have an in with the elections office.

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Submitted by John Munford on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 12:58pm.

You could say I was actually IN the elections office. The folks at the board of elections are cool and realize the value of informing the people as quickly as possible.

On another subject, what do you think we'll need to do to increase voter turnout? I'll post a blog on the subject shortly ...

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