PTC mayor won’t seek 2nd term

Fri, 05/01/2009 - 4:10pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon has conceded that he will not seek a second term as mayor.

But Friday morning he was still coy about his future plans, saying he would make an announcement this morning at the breakfast meeting of the Fayette County Republican Party in Fayetteville about his future political plans.

Logsdon said he has enjoyed his time as mayor.

“I plan to spend the balance of this year enjoying our 50th anniversary celebration and getting this budget in order,” Logsdon said.

Logsdon also said he was looking forward “to not being encumbered by the reelection process.”

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Submitted by dar thompson on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 9:25am.

i'm sure there will be other's who will throw their name in the hat for mayor. there are at least ten people who contribute to the blogs, on a consistant basis, who claim to be smarter than anyone who is running for office. so i'm sure you will see their name on a ballot.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 9:33pm.


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Submitted by Hoosier Fan on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 7:26pm.

I think it is no coincidence that Mayor Logsdon made his announcement the same day David Souter made his decision public. Is Harold moving to Washington???

Just a little Friday evening humor...

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 6:33pm.

So Mayor Harold, who never took a dime from developers while in office yet slavishly did their bidding better than any trained poodle could have done, is movin' on up to run for State Insurance Commissioner.

Mere idle speculation here on my part, but I'd wager a significant amount of my Snifflefortune that the truly big campaign contributions will be from those who have benefitted the most under Mayor Logsden's neglect.

An ugly chapter in Peachtree City history draws to a close....

Submitted by Ellie Mae on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 8:11am.

Not State Insurance Commissioner. I love how John Oxendine WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE. Mayor Otis can not do that. He has proven that so thoroughly that we have to make sure that the people of Georgia are not inflicted with the plight that we have had since he was elected! I have spare time to get the word out. Does any one else have some spare time?

Submitted by Dondol on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 9:39am.

I'll have a good time showing the people of Georgia how far into the pockets of the developers that has Otis crawled. Everyone needs to get a big round set of jail house keys and start jingling them. Then they'll know just who our Mayor Otis Campbell is! Otis, you need to back to your old days and start climbing poles! You're Toast!

Obama's weapon of Choice!

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 6:38pm.

the Citizen's competitor is waging a campaign to get spineless councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett to run for mayor...

Oh the humanity.....

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 5:43am.

She would win either handily if she grabs the moral high ground and comes out strongly and publicly against Caligulla Hill. Timing is perfect. That would give her control of the city and even the role of kingmaker as she could endorse candidates to replace Boone and Haddix - and herself if she ran for mayor.

Stunning power play that would leave Haddix in the dust.

All based upon a simple no vote and a strong show of support for the city's land use plan. Just be vocal about it and get some press coverage. That gives her a platform, some principles and gets her out from Harold's shadow. How hard is that?

Submitted by Spyglass on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 8:14am.

with your opinion, but I do.

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Submitted by borntorun on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 4:55pm.

I agree, Morgan and Spyglass. And while I don't agree with everything Cyndi has voted for, I don't think it would be the worst thing to happen.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 6:30am.

I'm on board with this scenario as well. I will take it to Cyndi this week as I don't think she reads these blogs. She does care about the land use plan and the history of the city and knows what a special place this is. We could do far worse than having her as mayor - well in fact we already have with the last 2.

It is stunning that we could possibly have 4 new faces up there on city council in 7 short months.

Submitted by Dondol on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 10:19am.

"She does care about the land use plan and the history of the city and knows what a special place this is".
OK, now that I have stopped laughing I have to say that from what Cindi has shown anybody with a heartbeat is that she cares about what the Developers think and Want, Period!
Sorry to disagree with you Mrs. Lenox

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Submitted by Doug on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:02am.

As many times as she has screwed us, no way.

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Submitted by borntorun on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 7:39am.

Again, while I don't necessarily agree with all of Cyndi's decisions, she is at least intelligent and gives serious thought to the issues.

In addition to Haddix's refusal to answer questions, his writing and responses are loaded with fractured sentences and misspelled words which indicates to me he may not be the brightest guy in the world. And that's fine except I don't want that kind of person as our mayor.

I find it interesting that on his website there is no mention of his work and education history. Does anyone know if he graduated from high school or college? And where did he work?

Look, I am no fan of rampant development (and no Don, I am not a developer nor do I have any family connections to developers) but the fact is these decisions are often made within the context of the law. And sometimes that means the developer has a right to do his thing regardless of what I may want. The key is to control it as much as possible and often that means compromise...not consistent "no" which will only result in unnecessary lawsuits the City will not win.

Submitted by Dondol on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 10:27am.

"In addition to Haddix's refusal to answer questions, his writing and responses are loaded with fractured sentences and misspelled words which indicates to me he may not be the brightest guy in the world. And that's fine except I don't want that kind of person as our mayor".
Given the statement above, I have to ask, did you vote for our current Mayor Harold (Otis Campbell) Logsdon. I have to ask this because he is defiantly 6 bulbs short of a dozen (not to bright).

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Submitted by borntorun on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 3:44pm.

Huh?? Sorry my friend, but what does your opinion of Logsdon have to do with my statement regarding Haddix? Are you saying that we just elected a not so bright mayor so it's okay to elect another one?

Submitted by Dondol on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 9:41am.

Nothing personal here, just asking a question. Its just that what I'm reading here looks an awful like the same type of smear comments/questions that were put forth by the Developer crowd in the last election when they didn't like the way Steve Brown was looking out for the Citizens and not them. It got so bad that a neighbor of mine that her husband works for the city, came and ask us to vote for ol Harold because Steve Brown was going to fire everybody if he was re-elected. After the election it came to light that it had been just that, A Smear campaign. Mind you, I'm not pointing fingers here, just asking a question.

Obama's weapon of Choice!

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Submitted by borntorun on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 10:10am.

Nothing personal here either, Dondol. Let me again reiterate I have no connections to any developers or anything remotely associated with development. I just want the best candidate for mayor to win.

As for the last election, I heard a political talking head say that more often than not, people vote against a candidate more than they vote for the other candidate. I think that's true as evidenced with Brown vs. Logsdon. Same in the last presidential election.

Nothing personal with my opposition to Haddix either as I don't know the man personally. However, red flags always go up whenever a candidate like Haddix espouses rhetoric like he does in public but practices another position in private (Walmart). Plus, I would like to know more about his background....did he graduate from high did he work....what did he do in his career to warrant being mayor? His reluctance to post this information on his campaign site is odd. Plus his comments seem so shallow that I don't think he really understands the issues as much as he thinks he does.

As I said previously, I don't agree with Cyndi on 100% of everything but I think she is intelligent enough to know that sometimes compromise is the appropriate route. Not always what we want but a fact.

Look, we all wish PTC was the quaint little village it was back in the day but it just ain't so. However, I travel all over the south in my job and PTC is still far and away the best community I've come across. You can't stop progress or development but you can try to control it. Folks like Haddix who say we can just say no to every development will ultimately keep the city in courts defending baseless decisions and wasting precious tax money.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 8:53am.

may surface. And as far as agreeing with someone, if you agreed all the time, more than likely something is wrong. Smiling

I really think Don cares for PTC. I'm not sure this (these blogs) is the best place for him to be for the future of his campaign. It's a no win situation in my opinion. But I've been wrong before.

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Submitted by borntorun on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 3:56pm.

Spyglass, I don't doubt that Haddix in his own small way of thinking cares about PTC. I just don't think he has the intelligence or ability to govern and guide the city through some upcoming tough issues facing PTC the next couple of years. If I knew something about his background (education, work history, etc) I may have a change of mind. (Weird that nothing is on his website.) But reading his comments here and listening to him at City Council meetings, I don't think he has good grasp on the issues and his comments seem very shallow. And we already know about his principles with the Walmart situation. Sorry to be harsh and nothing personal, but that's my opinion of his ability to be our next mayor.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 7:23am.

do you honestly think the voting citizens of PTC would be willing to overlook the atrocities that Cyndy voted for over the last three years if she only votes no on this one proposal?

To be honest, I would be amazed if vast majority of the citizenry even knew what the Caligulla Hill's development is about. I would be presently shocked if they actually had an informed opinion on the subject.

Like I said, people may be dumb but they're not stupid.

It would take an act of God for people to forgive Cyndy's past indiscretions’. Especially if I'm out there constantly reminding them of how Cyndy has voted over the last three years.

So yes Cyndy, go ahead and run. Many of my neighbors/friends and I will have a great time attending your rallies and ripping you to shreds each time you open your mouth.

Just remember we’ll be rolling out “Cyndy’s Greatest Hits”, starting with “BIG BOX’s” and “Traffic Lights”, before you decide if you really want to get tarred and feathered in public.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 6:42am.

We also have voters who are::
-gender biased
-race biased
-age biased
-vote for the best individual - no bias whatsoever (this is a very small group in reality, but it is the one that most people claim they are in. They are lying)
-name recognition or "I met him/her once" or "He/she goes to my church"
-influenced by yard signs

People who blog here are not large enough or united enough to be considered their own group - sorry.

No doubt one could state that these groups are just different degrees of dumb or stupid, but back to Cyndy and her election chances you have to understand who will actually vote in November and what little she has to do to get votes. This has nothing to do with common sense or who would do the best job - it is simply getting elected.

Of all of the above groups, most won't vote at all. Of those that do, gender-based, anti-incumbent and influenced by yard signs will have enough power to make a difference.

Yes bad, she was a patsy on traffic and other votes, and you and I and 12 other people know that but just think about the 3 groups.

1. She will suffer a little from the anti-incumbents, but not much if she runs for mayor because the anti-incumbents can't vote against Logsdon, they have to vote for Haddix or Plunkett. It will be split, but Haddix has been much too out front with his early bird campaign, so it is slight advantage Plunkett among this group.

2. Gender biased -clear advantage Plunkett

3. Influenced by yard signs - remans to be seen, but that's what a good campaign manager does.

Now, all of that is contingent upon her coming out with a strong anti-developer voice that declares the land use plan to be sacred. And to do it now and vote down this stupid Caligulla Hills project. It is her job to tell people how bad it is and get some visibility at the same time.

Of course the alternative is to do nothing, vote yes with Harold and Boone and then she loses her council seat by the hand of the same 3 groups - the anti-incumbent will lead that charge.

Submitted by Ellie Mae on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 8:20am.

Since she wouldn't win, it would eliminate another PTC problem. I'm all in!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 5:55am.

That's Scott Bradshaw and he'll go against Boone. No one else is a viable candidate, although a couple will get elected because of all the vacancies.

I'll predict the new lineup right here.
Mayor Cyndi Plunkett (provided she does the right thing as outlined before) beating Haddix by a bunch of votes - that means over 100 in a PTC off-year election.

New Councilpeople-
Scott Bradshaw over Boone - not even close
Steve Brown - yes he will, yes he can
1 unknown, but a Plunkett person all the way. Maybe the little Realtor, if she's smart she'll ride Cyndi's coattails instead of challenging her. If not her, maybe Shelby with the youth vote (what youth vote, you ask? That is a problem)

Doug Sturnbaum will be there no matter what.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 5:43pm.

“to be encumbered by any election process” ever again.

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