Two surprises enter PTC post 1 race

Fri, 09/25/2009 - 2:20pm
By: John Munford

The qualifying period may have been shortened, but that didn’t stunt the field of candidates who will vie for the Post 1 seat on the Peachtree City Council.

Qualifying ran from Monday morning to noon Wednesday, netting three newly-announced newcomers, a previously unannounced candidate and a local businessman going for his third local election.

As expected, business consultant Shelby Barker, homemaker Beth Pullias and retiree Eric Imker filed qualifying papers. A fourth resident, David Craig, also qualified for office, as did local gym owner Dar Thompson, who unsuccessfully ran for the mayor’s post in 2005 and a council seat in 2007.

The Post 1 election will be held at the same time as the Nov. 3 election for the other council seats up for grabs along with the mayor’s position. That creates a unique opportunity for Peachtree City residents to end up with four rookies on its five-member council.

The winner of the election will be installed to fill the remaining two years on the term of the Post 1 seat that was vacated by Don Haddix several weeks ago when he qualified to run for mayor. Haddix will face off against political newcomer Scott Rowland and fellow council member Cyndi Plunkett, who didn’t have to resign from her council seat because her term ends Dec. 31.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 11:03am.

You can trust Dar as far as you can throw him.

Bad_ptc always does a great job pulling the past quotes. Oh yeah, Dar got a whopping 17% of the vote in the last mayor's race. So why he's picking on Steve Brown, no one knows.

The quote below came off of Dar's web site when he ran for mayor. Bad old Steve Brown was putting the brakes on TDK and Dar just didn't like it at all.

Dear Peachtree City Citizen(s),

TDK Boulevard along with annexation will be my top priorities.

On January 1, 2002, when Steve Brown took office as Mayor, Peachtree City had already spent nearly $400,000 to design and engineer the extension of TDK Blvd into Coweta County. This represented the culmination of years of effort and the road was ready to build. The Coweta County commission, The Fayette County Commission, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the retailers in Braelinn Village and all the industries in the Industrial Park deemed this project as the most important local road project in Fayette County.

Four years later not a shovel of dirt has been turned in Fayette County towards the completion of this vital project. Worse, FAA regulations have changed since then necessitating extensive revisions to the design and engineering and the acquisition of additional right-of-way. Peachtree City and Fayette County signed a contract under which the County will pay for construction of the road and the City will pay for design, engineering and right-of-way. Therefore, Peachtree City taxpayers will be forced to spend hundreds of thousands of unnecessary dollars.

Mr. Brown has stymied this project for four years. This has crippled our industrial recruiting efforts and the lack of this long-planned relief valve has led to the unbearable, intolerable-and largely unnecessary-traffic conditions on Highway 54 West during its widening. If Mr. Brown is reelected you can be sure that four years from now this road will still not be built.

We should not have to continue to tolerate the economic damage this delay is doing to our community. As Mayor, getting the TDK Blvd extension built will be one of my highest priorities. I will meet as quickly as possible with all the relevant parties, find the best and most economical solution to the problems that have been created, and get the project moving forward to completion. We have funding available and it is time for us to start meeting our obligations and fulfilling our responsibilities as a City.


Dar Thompson
Mayoral Candidate

Well, THANK YOU STEVE BROWN! Hope you take the losing dive again Dar.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Sat, 09/26/2009 - 12:11am.

Hi Dar, remember me?

When Mr. Brown was the sitting mayor, he as an incumbent, running for re-election in 2005, received only 22 percent of the vote. This is not unlike the CEO of a company being voted out by over 78 percent of its stockholders. Can you imagine that scenario?

As a matter of fact, the sports complex which Mr. Brown so diligently criticized and opposed was a bond referendum issue in the previous election and received over 5,200 more votes than Mr. Brown received in his bid for re-election.

The sports fields were defeated with 71 percent of voters casting ‘no’ ballots.

When Mr. Thompson was running for mayor in 2007, he received only 17 percent of the vote. This is not unlike a community voting down a hostel takeover by over 83% of its stockholders. Can you imagine that scenario?

Winners: Hovey-King, Haddix, Rehwaldt, Young and Dial; King and Sturbaum in runoff in PTC

Looser: Dar Thompson with only 17% of the vote
Tue, 11/06/2007 - 10:13pm
By: The Citizen

“Also-rans were Dar Thompson and Mark Hollums.

Post 2 (Runoff election necessary between King and Sturbaum on Tuesday, Dec. 4):
Mark Hollums 506 16.96%
Mike King 1,019 34.15%
Doug Sturbaum 929 31.13%
Dar Thompson 522 17.49%

Looser: Dar Thompson’s Sports Complex with only 28% of the vote

Question 1 (Multi-purpose fields at baseball soccer complex)
Yes: 885 28.75%
No: 2,193 71.25%

Additional ANTI “DAR” Information

Dar, you and Plunkett can expect to be bent over and grabbing ankles when I'm done with you.

I've deliberately stayed off the blogs lately as they have digressed to something lower than mud; but no more.

I'm soooooooooo tired of you and your kind thinking that the best way to leverage PTC is to raise taxes, sell resources and tell the citizens that you know how the world works better then we do.

When you and Plunkett finally wrestle that enormous harpoon out of your collective posteriors, you’ll both finally come to know that your political carriers are OVER!

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Sat, 09/26/2009 - 10:01am.

Yeah he lost the first two pretty hard; but the third time is the charm.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 7:42pm.

PTC Candidates--- how many are Carol Fritz intellectually understaffed candidates who babble blah, blah, blah and then cave in to these disastrous high density nightmares and financial debacles. And how many are empty suit opportunists like Harold Logsdon or Jim Pace who come in the front door of the civic club and go out the back door, glad handing and then disappearing? Not impressed by any yet.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Sun, 09/27/2009 - 6:48am.

With over 10 rookie candidates running for 4 PTC offices, several "Carol Fritzs" are likely to emerge. Chances are you'll never know until after they have been elected.

Your only chance is to come to the Rotary forum and ask them highly detailed technical questions and listen carefully to their answers.

This brings back memories of a fringe candidate in one of the recent city elections who was asked something and he said "I haven't studied that yet since I don't want to waste the time learning about something I don't need to know in case I'm not elected" or words to that effect. We have never heard from him again.

Chances are good that one or more of the plethora of candidates will be like our hapless friend from the past. Pay attention. We don't need people like that in office.

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 6:44pm.

Runoff between Beth and Dar.

I'm voting for the pretty one.

Submitted by ddodge on Sat, 09/26/2009 - 6:08am.

but I am not running!!!

Submitted by jevank on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 3:30pm.

...NOT. Spyglass, can I ask him about his big, fat lie now?

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