3 sign up to run for sheriff; 2 BoE posts also to be contested

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 3:43pm
By: John Munford

Qualifying for county and state public offices continues through Friday at noon this week, but by 2 p.m. Tuesday just a few races have drawn opposition for the Republican Party.

A Democratic Party official said none have qualified so far and it’s likely that no Democrats will seek local office this election season.

For the Republicans, three have qualified to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sheriff Randall Johnson: Barry Babb, Wayne Hannah and David Simmons.

The probate judgeship being vacated by retiring judge Martha Stephenson has drawn two challengers so far: Steve Kiser and Jim Whitlock.

Two newcomers are seeking seats on the board of education, as Dave Houston will face incumbent Janet Smola for the Post 1 seat and Mary Kay Bacallao will face incumbent Terri Smith for the Post 2 seat. So far Marion Key is the only person to qualify for the Post 3 seat for which she is the incumbent.

On the county commission, so far the only race for the Republicans is for the Post 3 seat as incumbent Peter Pfeifer is being challenged by former Peachtree City Councilman Stuart Kourajian. Running unopposed so far are Robert Horgan in Post 1 and Herb Frady in Post 2.

Also running unopposed so far is District Attorney Scott Ballard.

All but one of Fayette’s incumbent state legislators has filed their qualification paperwork, as District 74 Democrat Roberta Abdul-Salaam, D-Riverdale, was the only holdout. Already signed up are Reps. Virgil Fludd, R-Tyrone, District 66; Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, District 72; John Yates, R-Griffin, District 73; and Darryl Jordan, D-Riverdale, District 77.

Sens. Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone and Valencia Seay, R-Riverdale, have also qualified for their respective seats, officials reported.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 5:50pm.

Is this the Whitlock who owns the Whitlock building on 54W in Fayetteville?

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 4:37pm.

Mindar for Sheriff is apparently hearing a lot of support from Old Fayette. The concern out there is that Hannah doesn't have the backbone to do the job and cut the chord from Randall.

Submitted by 30YearResident on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 2:41pm.

Reason I ask, is that it's illegal to post campaign signs on the right of way. I just drove down Crosstown and there are Steve Kiser signs every 100 feet and right there on the right-of-way.
He knows better, and he should instruct his workers better.
How can we vote for someone to be a judge that ignores this basic rule? Especially the number of times Mr. Kiser has run (and lost) for political office.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 4:31pm.

Reportedly Steve Kiser is the back up probate judge and Judge Martha Stevenson is grooming him as a replacement. The signs are probably just a case of an overzealous teenager. Some many other candidates do the same thing.

Submitted by thenatural on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 5:36pm.

The biggest offender of the sign regulations is Scott Ballard. Followed closely by Wingo, and just this weekend, Lee Hearn. Funny thing is Ballard signs can stay in the right of way forever and they will not be picked up. Guess these limitations are selectively enforced.

Submitted by sageadvice on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 5:53pm.

Do we have to go through this every time we have any election?

None of these politicians are going to fine or pull any other politician's signs!

Even the cops aren't interested---their boss runs also!

You are wasting your time, and I am tired of hearing about it.

Go ask the sheriff, personally, to do something about it---I'm not wasting my time doing it!

Submitted by thenatural on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 7:44am.


Sorry to waste your "valuable" time. If your tired of hearing about it, don't read it!

Sign stealing and/or destruction is a time honored "sport" around here.

Unfortunately, there are people who think that signs have a significant impact on voters and therefore they remove their opponents signs on a regular basis(or pay kids to do it).

As far as the cities are concerned, they pick up 100's of signs during the course of an election cycle. BTW, the code enforcement in the county is done by the Marshal's office, not the sheriff. In the cities it is typically the public works people who go around and pick up signs.

Nobody likes the signs, but it is a necessary evil, when it comes to elections. Deal with it.

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Submitted by TonyF on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 8:44am.

blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind.
do this, don't do that, can't you read the signs?

O wad some Power the giftie gie us,To see oursels as ithers see us!
(R. Burns)
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
(E. M. Cioran)

Submitted by g8trgrl on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 8:18pm.

Thank goodness 2 people have stepped up to run against the incumbents!!I hope everyone will think about the change needed at the Board of Education. I don't know anything about the challengers, but they have to be better than what we have!

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:15pm.

Elmer Fudd a Republican ?

Submitted by AllKnowing on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:28pm.

Elmer Fludd is certainly not a Republican. He is the most rabid Democrat of all around here. Always the trickster. The Republican Party would not have him.

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Submitted by yardman5508 on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:24pm.

he would be as qualified as anyone else currently in the races. Keep the faith.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

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