Advanced voting in general election begins Oct. 15

Election 2018, News, Politics

Brian Kemp

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Advanced voting for the 2018 General Election begins next week and Georgia is the home of one of the most intriguing – and expensive — gubernatorial races in the nation.

Pollsters say the race is neck and neck. On Sept. 6, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll had it 45 percent for Republican Brian Kemp, 45 percent for Democrat Stacey Abrams, 2 percent for independent Ted Metz and 7.5 percent undecided.

Stacey Abrams

Folks who make a living analyzing political races say the Democrats had the momentum and that anger over President Donald Trump’s policies was driving increased voter registration on the left. But that was before the bitterly divisive hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Infuriated by the “guilty until proven innocent,” sexual assault accusations of the liberal left, Republicans have seized the momentum and can be expected to turnout in record numbers to support Kemp.

Health insurance is a key policy difference between the two leading candidates. Abrams supports Medicaid expansion. Kemp says it would bankrupt the state.

Kemp carries the endorsement of President Donald Trump into the election. Abrams is the darling of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, Democrats who hope to change the color of Georgia from red to blue.

Advanced voting will be held Monday through Friday from Oct 15 through November 2 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Voters may also cast a ballot on Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. All advanced voting in Dawson County will take place at the Board of Elections Office, 96 Academy office in Dawsonville.

For questions about your voting location and/or status, call 706-344-3640.

The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., when all precincts will be open.

A large number of candidates will appear on the ballot, but are running unopposed. They include State Senator Steve Gooch, State Representative Kevin Tanner, Northeast Judicial District Attorney Lee Darragh, County Commissioner District 1 Sharon R. Fausett, County Commissioner-elect District 3 Tim Satterfield, Board of Education At-Large William S. Wade, Board of Education District 3 Karen Armstrong.

In addition to choosing political candidates, voters will have an opportunity to vote on five proposed Constitutional amendments and two statewide referendums.

 DAWSON COUNTY BALLOT

Governor

Brian Kemp (R ) Stacey Abrams(D) Ted Met (I)

Lieutenant. Gov.

Geoff Duncan (R) Sarah Riggs Amico (D)

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R ) John Barrow (D)

Attorney General

Chris Carr (R ) Charlie Bailey (D)

Agriculture Commissioner

Gary Black (R ) Fred Swann (D)

Insurance Commissioner

Jim Beck (R ) Janice Laws (D ) Donnie Foster (I)

State School Superintendent

Richard Woods (R )  Otha Thornton, Jr. (D)

Labor Commissioner

Mark Butler (R ) Richard Keatley

U.S. House of Representatives 9th District

Doug Collins (R ) Josh McCall (D)

State Representatives 7th District

David Ralston (R ) Rick Day (D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The single-county TSPLOST is gaining popularity among voters across Georgia

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Georgia voters rejected a regional transportation special purpose local option sales tax (TSPLOST) in May. Understandably. The idea of someone living in one county paying for road improvements several counties away did not appeal to most voters.

But a “single-county TSPLOST” where residents of one county invest in paving or widening roads, repairing unsafe bridges or patching potholes in their own county via a one-percent sales tax is gaining popularity among Georgia voters.

Voters in Athens-Clarke, Banks, Bryan, Bulloch, Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Fulton, Haralson, Putnam, Seminole, Walker and Ware have already approved a single-county TSPLOST this year.

Five more (Baldwin, Carroll, Habersham, Lee and Miller) will ask their voters to decide the issue during the November election. Lumpkin, Dougherty, Coweta, McIntosh, Morgan, Newton and Worth counties are planning to bring the issue to a referendum in March.

Why has the single-county TSPLOST succeeded where the regional TSPLOST failed?

Kathleen Bowen, legislative associate with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia explained:  “I would say the single-county TSPLOST efforts have been successful because the local elected officials (working with their citizens) have been able to articulate what the transportation needs are and that all of the funds raised would stay in their own county to fund transportation projects.”

Something else that seems to appeal to voters is that the single-county TSPLOST can only be collected for five years, compared to the regional TSPLOST that can continue for 10 years.

Dawson County Manager David Headley said Dawson County could benefit from a single-county TSPLOST.

“It’s especially important for a small county like Dawson with limited funds to absorb the amount of cost it will take to make major transportation improvements,” he said. “This could help us fast track some much needed transportation projects that we could do on our own that will prepare us for the growth headed our way.”

Headley says there have been some informal talks between city and county staffers regarding the single-county TSPLOST. “There has also been discussion with State Rep. Kevin Tanner about the possibility of Georgia Department of Transportation participation,” he said.

City and county officials would need to work out an intergovernmental agreement, draft a list of roads projects and hold public awareness meetings to gain public buy-in before bringing it to the voters in a referendum for their final approval.

If approved by voters, the funding mechanism could help solve major road issues that have long festered in the county such as Shoal Creek Road widening/replacement and Lumpkin Campground Road widening.

More talks between city and county staff are planned for Sept. 19.

But the citizens will have the final say about making the investment to improve the roads in Dawson County.

 

 

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Sen. Gooch, Rep. Tanner will be waiting tables at Celebrity Waiter Breakfast fundraiser Friday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Public service will take on a whole new meaning at the 10th annual Celebrity Waiter Breakfast Friday morning at Longhorn Steakhouse on Ga. 400.

State Senator Steve Gooch, State Rep Kevin Tanner, Sheriff Jeff Johnson and a host of county commissioners and school board members as well as members of the Dawson County High School Drama Department will serve breakfast with a smile starting at 7:30 a.m.

It’s all for a good cause. The event is a fundraiser to support Dawson County Family Connection in its work recruiting foster families, offering child sexual abuse prevention, training and bringing awareness to the community of the negative consequences of substance abuse and addiction has on families and children.

 

Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance by calling 706-265-1981 or by email at rbliss@dawsonfamilyconnection.org.

Family Connection Coordinator Nancy Stites said, “We are a non-profit and this is our only fundraiser. The proceeds help to support the work that we do and to bring awareness to the organization.”

 

 

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GDOT officials answer questions about roundabout planned for Dawson Forest Rd. and State Route 9

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Those who attended the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) public information session at Riverview Elementary School Tuesday came away with a better understanding of the purpose of the proposed double roundabouts at the intersection of State Route 9 and Dawson Forest Road.

GDOT officials were on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions. They also handed out packets that contained a comment card so additional comments could submitted.

Those who could not attend the meeting can still provide comments online until May 30 at www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Public/PublicOutreach. Additionally, questions can be directed to Heidi Schneider at HSchneider@dit,ga.gov   or by calling 68-518-3677.

GDOT officials say the purpose of the project is to enhance traffic operations and reduce crash frequency. It is based on a feasibility study that determined two, single-lane roundabouts are the most favorable intersection control alternative.

The total length of the project is approximately six tenths of a mile. The two roundabouts will be constructed independent of each other. They would consist of 140-foot diameter, 20-foot circulating lane, a 15-foot wide truck apron and 70-foot diameter center island. Curb and gutter would be installed along the outside of the roundabouts with a mountable curb along the inside for the truck apron.

The project is approximately one-quarter mile from Riverview Elementary and 700-feet from Dawson County Fire Station 7.

Northeast District Communications Director Katie Strickland said the project will be let in July 2019 and is expected to take 18-24 months to complete.

County Commissioners Julie Nix attended the meeting and said she enthusiastically supports the project.

“I’m excited about it. This will make it so much safer for everyone. Riverview was built in 2010 and we started hearing from parents of students in 2011 about how dangerous that intersection is. It has taken a long time to move it forward, but when (State Rep.) Kevin Tanner was elected, he was able to get the project fast tracked.”

Fire Chief/EMA Director Danny Thompson said he supports the project but does have some concern about the congestion that could be created in front of the fire station in the morning when school buses and parents are dropping off students at Riverview and in the afternoon when they pick them up.

 

 

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State Rep. Kevin Tanner easily wins re-election

Election 2018

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – There were no surprises in Tuesday’s general primary election in Dawson County. District 9 State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawson) easily beat back a challenge from Forsyth County’s Mark Hajduk, winning 80.88 percent of the votes (1,929) to Hajduk’s 456 votes.

Tanner’s victory was widely anticipated. He is the highly respected former Dawson County Manager, as well as a former firefighter and chief deputy for the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. He also had a sizable geographic advantage because 90 percent of the voting population resides in Dawson County.

County Commissioner Sharon Fausett

Former Deputy Fire Chief Tim Satterfield and District 3 County Commissioner Sharon Fausett can now take a deep breath and wait to take the oath of office in January. Neither Satterfield, who will replace Jimmy Hamby on the Board of Commissioners, nor Fausett had a primary challenger.

At-large Board of Education member William S. Wade will also return to that post. Wade was unopposed.

District 3 Board of Education member Karen Armstrong defeated her primary challenger, Joe Stapp, winning 1,825 votes to 786.

School Board member Karen Armstrong

House Speaker David Ralston defeated Margaret Williamson 5,750 to 2,009 in the race for Georgia House District 7.

District 51 State Senator Steve Gooch did not have a primary opponent.

In the up ballot, statewide elections that drew most of the voters to the polls, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp will face a runoff. In a five-candidate field, Cagle won by a slight margin over Kemp by receiving 39 percent of the votes (227,170 total votes) to Kemp’s 26 percent or 150,051 total votes.

The winner of that race will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the November General election. Abrams easily defeated her rival Stacey Evans, winning 76 percent of the vote statewide.

There will also be a runoff in the Lieutenant Governor’s race where David Shafer fell just shy of a clear win. Shafer pulled in a majority of the votes, 256,230, but it was not enough to avoid a runoff with Geoff Duncan in July. Duncan received 27 percent of the votes (140,741).

The winner of that runoff will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico in November. Amico pulled in 56 percent of the votes (245,325) defeating opponent Triana James who received 44 percent.

Campaigns have not ended for Brad Raffensperger or David Belle Isle as they will also face off in a November runoff for secretary of state. Raffensperger received 35 percent of the votes (178,502), moving him into top position. Belle Isle received 29 percent or 145,915 total votes.

Democrat John Barrow will face the winner of that runoff in November. Barrow was able to make a clean win with 52 percent over challengers Dee Dawkins-Haigler and Rakeim Hadley.

 

 

 

 

 

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Early voting begins today for May 22 primary

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Karen Armstrong

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Today marks the beginning of the three-week early voting period for Georgia’s May 22 primary. Voters in many counties can vote for governor, U.S. Congress and the state legislature.

In Dawson County, polls will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. until May 18. There will also be one Saturday voting day May 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Voters can choose from five Republican candidates for governor or two Democrats. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, state Senator Michael Williams, former state Senator Hunter Hill and Clay Tippins are the Republican candidates.

State Representatives Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans are the Democrats campaining for the state’s top office.

There are two local races for Dawson County voters to weigh in on. District 9 state Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), who is seeking his fourth term in the state legislature, is being challenged by Mark Hajduk (R-Cumming).

There is also an important race for Dawson County Board of Education where incumbent Chairperson Karen Armstrong is being challenged by Joe Stapp.

Joe Stapp

 

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Candidate Qualifying Begins Monday in Dawsonville

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –It’s qualifying week for political hopefuls in Dawson County and all across Georgia.

Election Superintendent Glenda Ferguson said incumbents and newcomers seeking public office must officially declare their candidacy between Monday, March 7 and Friday, March 11. Qualifying will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Friday when qualifying ends at noon.

Dist. 4 County Commissioner Julie Nix will seek a fifth term in office but two familiar faces will be leaving the Board of Commissioners. After 12 years in office, Commission Chairman Mike Berg said he will not seek reelection. and Dist. 2 Commissioner James Swafford, who served two terms, has announced he is stepping down also.

The county will also lose a veteran law enforcement officer in Billy Carlisle, who is retiring after 18-years of service as Sheriff. Jeff Johnson, Tony Wooten, Frank Sosebee and Jeff Perry have announced they will campaign for the open position.

Other county offices up for election this year include: Clerk of Court, Coroner, Surveyor, Magistrate Judge and Probate Judge. Both State Senator Steve Gooch, who represents the 51st District, and State Rep. Kevin Tanner who represents Dist. 9 are also up for reelection.

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