Dawson Elections Chief Pleased with Early Turnout

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DAWSONVILLE — With the May 24th General Primary election day fast approaching, Director of Elections and Registration Glenda Ferguson and her staff have been kept busy during the advanced voting period.

“So far, as of 9 a.m. Friday, 990 ballots have been cast for an average of about 100 per day,” Ferguson said. “I always want to see more, but I’ve been very pleased with the turnout so far. ”

Ferguson said in 2012, about 40 percent of the county’s 15,800 voters waited until election day to cast a ballot. If that percentage holds true this year, total turnout could approach 8,000.

Among the key races to be decided are Dawson County Sheriff where Tony Wooten, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Perry and Frank Sosebee are the candidates.

Voters must also decide who will fill the Ninth District Congressional seat currently held by Doug Collins. Collins is facing a serious challenge from former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun, Lanier Tea Party Patriots founder Mike Scupin, White County educator Roger Fitzpatrick and retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine.

At the state level, District 51 State Senator Steve Gooch of Dahlonega is being challenged by John Williamson, co-founder of the Gilmer County Tea Party.

Locally, voters must fill two vacant seats on the Board of Commissioners after Chairman Mike Berg and District 2 Commissioner James Swafford decided not to run again.

Bill Thurmond and Peter J. Hill will compete for the Chairman’s seat and Chris Gaines and Tim Davis are the candidates in District 2. In District 4, incumbent Julie Nix has drawn a challenge from Heather Hulsebus, former Chairwoman of the Dawson County Republican Party.

The Tax Commissioner race features four candidates, Andi Henson Juliette, Karin McKee, Johnny Glass and Nicole Stewart.

No Democrats have qualified in any of the races, so the winner of the General Primary will take office in January.

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Advanced Voting Begins Monday in Dawson County

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — After months of political campaigns, voters will have a chance to vote for their favorite federal, state and local candidates when advanced voting begins Monday (May 2) in Dawson County in the May 24 General Primary.

Advance voting runs through May 20 (Mon. – Fri.). All advanced voting takes place at the Dawson County Board of Elections Office, 96 Academy Avenue, Dawsonville.

At stake at the federal level is the Ninth District Congressional seat where incumbent Republican Congressman Doug Collins has come under fire from conservatives for his support of President Obama’s Omnibus bill and former House Speaker John Boehner. The challengers are former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun, Lanier Tea Party Patriots founder Mike Scupin, White County educator Roger Fitzpatrick and retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine.

At the state level, District 51 State Senator Steve Gooch of Dahlonega faces a strong challenge from John Williamson, co-founder of the Gilmer County Tea Party.

Locally, voters must fill two vacant seats on the Board of Commissioners after Chairman Mike Berg and District 2 Commissioner James Swafford decided not to run again. Bill Thurmond and Peter J. Hill will compete for the Chairman’s seat and Chris Gaines and Tim Davis are the candidates in District 2. In District 4, incumbent Julie Nix has drawn a challenge from Heather Hulsebus, former Chairwoman of the Dawson County Republican Party.

There is also a four-way race to replace retiring Sheriff Billy Carlisle and all four candidates have many years of experience in law enforcement. The candidates are Frank Sosebee, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Perry and Tony Wooten.

The Tax Commissioner race also features four candidates, Andi Henson Juliette, Karin McKee, Johnny Glass and Nicole Stewart.

No Democrats have qualified in any of the races, so the winner of the General Primary will take office in January.

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Tuesday is Deadline to Register for May Primary

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — Much is at stake in state and local elections May 24 but you can’t vote if you’re not registered and the last day to register is Tuesday, April 26.

One of the most important races is in the 9th District where incumbent U.S. Congressman Doug Collins of Gainesville has come under fire from conservatives for his support of President Obama’s Omnibus bill. His challengers include former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun, Lanier Tea Party Patriots founder Mike Scupin, White County educator Roger Fitzpatrick and retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine.

State Senator Steve Gooch of Dahlonega is running for reelection in the 51st District and has drawn a challenger in John Williamson, co-founder of the Gilmer County Tea Party.

There are two vacant seats on the Board of Commissioners after Chairman Mike Berg and District 2 Commissioner James Swafford decided not to run again. Bill Thurmond and Peter J. Hill will compete for the Chairman’s seat and Chris Gaines and Tim Davis are the candidates in District 2. In District 4, incumbent Julie Nix has drawn a challenge from Heather Hulsebus, former Chairwoman of the Dawson County Republican Party.

There is also a four-way race to replace retiring Sheriff Billy Carlisle and all four candidates have many years of experience in law enforcement. The candidates are Frank Sosebee, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Perry and Tony Wooten.

The Tax Commissioner race also features four candidates, Andi Henson Juliette, Karin McKee, Johnny Glass and Nicole Stewart.

Advance voting begins Monday, May 2 and runs through May 20 (Mon. – Fri.). All advanced voting takes place at the Dawson County Board of Elections Office 96 Academy Avenue, Dawsonville.

No Democrats have qualified in any of the races, so the winner of the General Primary will take office in January.

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Sheriff Candidate Frank Sosebee

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Fetch Your News will attempt to present a profile of each candidate running for public office in Dawson County in order to provide voters with the information they need to make an informed choice. Each of the candidates will be contacted and offered a chance to respond prior to the May 24 election.
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Frank Sosebee says if he’s elected as Dawson County Sheriff, his No. 1 priority will be to protect the children.

“Right now not all our schools are protected,” he said. “One of the first things I will do is to put a school resource officer (SRO) in every school.”

Sosebee is a graduate of Columbus State University Command College and will soon earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt College. He has 32 years of law enforcement experience, including 20 years of supervisory and budgeting experience. He currently oversees 102 employees and nine divisions for the Georgia Department of Corrections in Hall County.

“I’m the training coordinator for all departments,” he said. “I have a very well-rounded experience. I have more than 3,000 training hours and, this year, I have focused on domestic terrorism.”

Dawson County expects tremendous growth in the next 5-10 years and with growth comes crime.

To meet that challenge, Sosebee said that increasing the street patrol will be another top priority. “We have to be more visible, especially along the 400 corridor,” he said. “If we need to add staff, I will sit down and discuss it with commissioners, but I believe the department is top heavy now and we can meet manpower needs by reorganizing the entire department at no added cost to taxpayers.”

Sosebee said he has already achieved one goal. “I’ve been working with Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch to form a drug intervention unit so both counties can work together to stop drugs.”

Sheriff’s Candidates Square off at Forum

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — With just 8 weeks left before the May 24 Republican Primary, Dawson County residents had another opportunity to evaluate the candidates for sheriff during Tuesday night’s forum at Dawson County Middle School.
The four — Jeff Johnson, Tony Wooten, Jeff Perry and Frank Sosebee — are all veteran law enforcement officers with many years experience. Sheriff Billy Carlisle has announced that he will retire at the end of the year, following 18 years as the county’s top cop.
Candidates agreed on many issues, like the importance of retaining good officers, community policing and fiscal responsibility.
Asked to cite their top priorities as sheriff, Johnson pointed to the need to prevent the flow of drugs into Dawson County. Sosebee said retention of good officers is critical. Perry said the next sheriff will have to address a staff shortage and Wooten cited crime prevention and pointed out that the county burglary rate had dropped by 36 percent in three years.
Sosebee, Perry and Johnson also agreed with a bill passed in the Georia legislature this year that would prevent civil forfeiture of property until after a suspect has been convicted of a crime. Wooten disagreed stating there is a strong system in place to protect the property of those who are found not guilty. “

Watch the Dawson County Sheriff Forum, Sponsored by Dawson County Republican Party, Foothills Republican Women, Dawson County TEA Party

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Dawson County Republican Party, Dawson County Tea Party and the Foothills Republican Women presents Dawson Sheriff forum March 29th. Below is the video of the Sheriff Forum.

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Tony Wooton

Tony Wooten

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Frank Sosebee

Frank Sosebee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Sheriff Candidate Forum

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Dawson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Sheriff candidate forum 3/17/2016. The candidates are listed below.

 

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Frank Sosebee

Frank Sosebee

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Dawson Sheriff Candidate Tony Wooton

Tony Wooten

Sheriff’s Candidates Debate in Dawson Co.

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County will lose a wealth of crime fighting experience when highly respected Sheriff Billy Carlisle retires after 18 years as the county’s top cop at the end of the year. But residents can take comfort in the fact that four outstanding and highly experienced officers have stepped forward to campaign to become Carlisle’s replacement.

The four, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Perry, Frank Sosebee and Tony Wooten, presented their credentials and laid out their vision for the future during Thursday’s candidate forum sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

Major Johnson, has 23 years of law enforcement experience with supervisory experience in internal affairs, detention, patrol and courts.

Perry is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of North Georgia. He retired January 1, 2015 with 30 years service.  The last 18 years of his career he was a Chief Parole Officer in charge of seven counties in northwest Georgia.

Frank Sosebee has worked in law enforcement for 32 years including stints at Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and the Hall County Correctional Institute where he is currently the chief of security. His responsibilities include training, hiring, background checks and internal affairs investigations.

Captain Tony Wooten has worked in the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years. His experience includes managing the patrol division, investigations, public information, 911 communication, community policing, school resource officers, warrants and court services divisions.

All four were asked a series of questions, including what experience they had in managing a budget as large as the Sheriff’s Office $7.2 million budget.

Sosebee said he helped to manage a $4.9 million detention center budget in Hall County and that he would focus extensively on the budget if he is elected. But, he added, the county will need more officers and investigators. Crime, he said, is coming in from outside the county and we’ve got to reduce crime. “We need to have more community involvement. We need to involve our business owners and we all need to walk hand in hand.”

Wooten said he is a conservative. “I’m not going to ask you for your money until I spend all my money,” he said. “Until I’m sure I have utilized all our resources, I’m not going to ask for more. It may get to the point where I have to go to the commissioners but not until I’m sure I’ve done everything I can.”

Johnson said he has managed the detention center budget. “It’s the single largest budgetary component of the sheriff’s budget. Every day we’re finding ways to save the county money. When I took over in 2007, we were paid roughly $400,000 a year. Today it’s about $305,000. We’ve saved the county about $100,000 a year. If we get to the point we need to have an increase, I believe the people should have a say so.”

Perry said he would implement results based budgeting. “If we don’t get results from something we’re funding then we won’t fund it anymore,” he said. He added that he once managed three offices and had to make a tough decision to close the offices and let people work from home and take their cars home. “We were able to return $2 million to the general fuund,” he said.

Bearden, Sosebee Wrap Up Qualifying in Dawson Co.

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Qualifying closed Friday in Dawson County with two more candidates tossing their hats in the ring. Incumbent Ted Bearden qualified to run for County Coroner and Frank Sosebee became the fourth candidate to qualify to run for Sheriff.
Ted Bearden Coroner

Sheriff Candidate

Tony Wooten
Jeff Perry

Jeff Johnson

Frank Sosebee

School Board Dist. 1

Doris Cook

School Board District 2 Candidate
Elaine Wilson

School Board Dist. 4

Roger Slaton
Tax Commissioner Candidate
Johnny Glass

Karin McKee

Tony Stewart

Probate Judge Candidate

Jennifer Burt

County Commissioner Dist. 2 Candidate
Chris Gaines

Tim Davis

County Commissioner Dist. 4

Heather Hulsebus

Julie Hughes Nix
Magistrate Judge Candidate
Lisa Thurmond
County Commission Chairman Candidate
Billy Thurmond

Peter Hill

Tax Commissioner Candidate

Andi Henson Juliette

Coroner

Ted Bearden

 

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.

Sosebee Announces Run for Dawson Sheriff

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Frank Sosebee is a candidate seeking the Office of Sheriff in Dawson County. Sheriff Billy Carlisle is retiring after serving five terms.

Frank is a 32-year law enforcement professional who has a broad range of experience. In 1983 he began his career with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and transferred to Dawson County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He currently serves as the Chief of Security at the Hall County Correctional Institute.

He has working experience in all facets of law enforcement and the Georgia Department of
Corrections. He will graduate from Reinhardt University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal
Justice and pursue his Masters in Public Administration. He attended Columbus State
University Command College, the National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence training
in Aurora, Colorado, and has over 20 years of Executive, Management and Supervisory
experience.

Frank has a New Vision and New Direction approach to lead the Sheriff’s Office into the future. He has taken numerous advanced training courses to include Accident Reconstruction, Drug Recognition Expert, Criminal Investigations, Terminal Agency Coordinator, Domestic Terrorism, Gang Investigation, Domestic Violence and has acquired over 3000 training hours. Frank is affiliated with the Republican Party, Women’s Foothill Republican Party, Etowah Masonic Lodge, and numerous other professional organizations across Georgia.

He has been honored to coach baseball and basketball from t-ball up to the junior American Legion baseball team at Post 247 in Dawsonville. Over the past 20 years he has worked with children and young adults. He has mentored the youth at the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, coordinated numerous fund raisers for children, coordinated fund raisers for Relay for Life, and helped organize gifts for those children that are in need at Christmas.

What is most gratifying, he said, is to see how these young men and women have matured and now they are reaching out to our youth. This is in itself, a blessing. I’m not seeking the Office of Sheriff for personal gain, or to have power, this election is about our community, the officers who serve with pride and dignity, our senior citizens, business owners, and especially our children who are the future of our great community.

I have a vision for the future, I have the right experience, I’ve prepared myself for 32 years to become the Sheriff, a person who cares about the community he serves and protects. I have always worked hand in hand with my employees exhibiting a strong work ethic and the willingness to do what is right.

My top priority is to assign an officer to all our schools, currently we have schools without an assigned SRO leaving our children and teachers in harm’s way. My vision is to retain our employees who are leaving for higher pay and benefits, establish a drug suppression unit to fight the major drug problem we have, unite with surrounding counties by creating a joint criminal apprehension unit to fight burglary, thefts, and other criminal activity in our county and
work toward a reentry program for our county offenders.

I have plans of implementing new programs for our youth to young adults, create a senior citizens police academy, police academy for grades 9 through 12, advanced defensive driving training for our young adults, and design an avenue for our children to text information to our 911 center of drugs, gangs and bullying in our school systems.

We must prepare for such an attack. By uniting and working collectively together with all viable resources in our county we can provide safety for our children and teachers. I am asking for your prayers, support and vote as the next Sheriff of Dawson County. Please contact me at, ww.teamsosebee2016.com or teamsosebee2016@gmail.com or contact me at 678-682-5953.

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