Around Town: For three Cobb couples, July 31 primaries are a family affair
by Otis Brumby, Joe Kirby, Bill Kinney, and Around Town Columnists
June 12, 2012 12:00 AM | 8386 views | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WHILE HAVING ONE PERSON in a family running for elected office must be difficult, in Cobb there are at least three couples — the Pearlbergs, the Morgans and the Golicks — with both partners’ names on the July 31 ballot.

Van Pearlberg, longtime Cobb assistant district attorney, is seeking to replace the retiring Judge Dorothy Robinson on the Cobb Superior Court bench. Van is in a three-person race against state court Judge Roland Castellanos and Juvenile Court Judge Greg Poole. In the meantime, Van’s wife, Patti, is seeking to fill out Van’s term on the Marietta City Council, a seat he vacated to run for the judgeship. Patti Pearlberg is in the nonpartisan special election against Andy Morris for that Ward 4 seat on city council.

Then there are the Morgans. Alisha Thomas Morgan will seek to keep her seat in the State House amid a Democratic primary challenge from Anne Taylor. The district is in south Cobb, and the July 31 primary will decide the winner because no Republican qualified to run in that race. Alisha’s husband, David, has two primary challengers as he tries to remain on the Cobb School Board representing southwest Cobb. He’ll be listed third on the ballot, behind Bobby Allen and Karyn Harrison, since candidates are listed in alphabetical order. As with Mrs. Morgan’s race, the Democratic primary will decide who holds the southwest Cobb seat on the school board, though with a three-person race, a runoff could be necessary.

The pressure is off for State Rep. Rich Golick, a Smyrna Republican, and Maria Golick, an incumbent Cobb State Court judge. Neither has opposition, which we suspect will make dinnertime on July 31 a lot less tense than in the Pearlberg and Morgan households.

Early voting begins July 9 at the Cobb Elections Office on Whitlock Avenue.


THE COBB REPUBLICAN WOMENS’ CLUB will kick off a series of three candidate forums tonight at the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at 100 Cherokee St., in Marietta. The forums are slated for 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday night and June 19 and will be televised on Cobb Channel 23.

Invited to tonight’s event were 11th District congressional candidates Phil Gingrey (I), Michael Opitz and William Llop and 13th District candidate S. Malik; 6th District state Senate candidates Josh Belinfante, Drew Ellenberg and Hunter Hill; Post 5 Cobb school board candidates David Banks (I), Lisa Hanson and Stephanie Henry and Post 7 candidates Larry Darnell, Heather Ryan and Brad Wheeler; and for the state Public Service Commission, District 3 candidates Chuck Eaton (I) and Matt Reid and District 5 candidates Stan Wise (I) and Pam Davidson.

Invited to Thursday’s event are state Rep. candidates Judy Manning (I) and Charles Gregory of District 34; Sam Teasley of District 37; Don Parsons (I) and JoEllen Smith of District 44; John Carson (I) and Martin Hawley of District 46; Matt Dollar (I), Nick Johnson and Cynthia Rozzo of District 45; and Phil Daniell of District 41.

Also invited that night are State Court Judge candidates Larry Burke, Gene Clark, Marsha Lake and Joyette Holmes; and Superior Court clerk candidates Joan Davis, Rebecca Keaton and John Skelton.

Participants will not be asking each other questions or answering questions from the audience, reports Barbara Hickey on behalf of the CCRWC. The group will present its forum for Cobb Commission chair candidates a week from tonight at the same location.


POLITICS: Hylton Dupree and Russ King will co-host a campaign reception in support of Cobb Superior Court candidate Greg Poole from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Marietta Educational Garden Center on Kennesaw Avenue. … Rhubarb Jones will be master of ceremonies at Thursday’s 5-9 p.m. barbecue for Cobb Commission Chair candidate Bill Byrne at the home of Jim and Melanie Carroll in Marietta.

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon will host a meet-and-greet from 5 to 8 p.m. June 19 for state Senate District 6 candidate Belinfante at Howard’s Deli on Concord Road in Smyrna. …

A “Backyard Meet & Greet” for district attorney candidate Vic Reynolds will feature The Whitetop Mountain String Band at the home of retired Cobb Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Doc Gross, 100 Trail Road in Marietta. The event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 23.


MARIETTA CITY COUNCILMAN GRIF CHALFANT is expected to be appointed to the seven-member Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, a wholesale water provider. Two seats are opening up as the terms of Bacon and former Marietta City Councilman Pearlberg expire on Aug. 14.

The Smyrna and Marietta city councils each appoint one member to the board who can either be an elected official or a citizen.

On Monday, the Marietta City Council voted 5-0-1, with Philip Goldstein abstaining, to put Chalfant’s appointment on the agenda for Wednesday’s Council meeting.

Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee and Paulding Board of Commissioners Chairman David Austin are appointed by virtue of their office. Three other board members are appointed by the Cobb Legislative Delegation. They are Donald Mabry, former Cobb Commission Chairman Earl Smith and Charlie Crowder.

The chairman of the Water Authority is elected annually by the other board members and is paid $500 a month. The other members are paid $400.


MORE POLITICS: State Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell) will host a meet-and-greet June 27 for candidates for the District 4 seat representing southwest Cobb on the County Commission and the Post 3 seat on the Cobb school board. Each candidate will make three-minute opening remarks, followed by casual conversation among the guests and candidates. Invited commission candidates are Lisa Cupid, Monica DeLancy, Ruth Negron, Dr. Michael Rhett, Connie Taylor and incumbent Woody Thompson. Invited BOE candidates are Bobby Allen, Karyn Harrison and incumbent David Morgan. The event will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Ron Anderson Rec Center, 3820 Macedonia Road in Powder Springs.


CONGRATULATIONS to Marietta attorney Bill Gentry of Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan & Schnatmeier, who was installed June 2 on the board of governors of The Georgia Bar Association.


BOOK BEAT: Retired KSU VP Dr. Jim Fleming has written a second novel, “Final Finalist.” Like his first (“Broken Borders”), it’s heavy on the cloak-and-dagger stuff. A former CIA operative is recruited for a covert mission to stop a plot against the U.S., with a plot that leads him through perilous rain forests in Central America. For more, go to


WILLIAM WINDSOR, who was “all talk, no action” on his announced plans to qualify as a candidate to run for Tom Price’s Sixth District congressional seat, now says he is running as an independent write-in against Price. But he has other business to attend to first. He sent out a release Monday inviting the press and public to join him for a bon-voyage lunch Thursday at Dickey’s Barbeque in east Cobb.

“After lunch at 2 p.m., I depart on a 143-day road trip to all 50 state capitals and DC filming a documentary (Lawless America) that will expose government and judicial corruption and the absolute necessity for legal reform in America,” he wrote. “We will film over 1,000 victims and a host of experts. Among my many stops will be the offices of ‘60 Minutes’ where I will demand to see some honchos to find out why they ignore the corruption and have allowed us to have our constitutional rights stolen by corrupt judges.”

Windsor said he will be back in town three days before the election.

“Since I will be out of town until three days before the election, I will not have any time to campaign, and I am not accepting a dime in campaign donations,” he said. “I assure you that, if elected, I will likely be the only honest member of Congress.”

“I am firmly committed to seeing that every corrupt judge and elected official in Georgia is exposed, indicted, arrested, convicted, imprisoned, impeached and disgraced. In my opinion, this means most elected government officials in Fulton and Cobb County, and every judge in the state.”

BTW, Windsor warns those who come to his lunch to “BYOLM (Bring Your Own Lunch Money).” That’s OK. We’re LOL.
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Rid of the Morgans
June 13, 2012
The Morgans have done nothing but place the blame game. They are unethical and it is time to go!They just want to line their own pockets.
Old Marietta watcher
June 12, 2012
It is with great interest that I have watched Gene Clark and his campaign for the state court.

Mr. Gene Clark has recently been attending all of the GOP breakfasts with great vigor, talking about what a loyal Republican he has been.

After all, he was elected as Republican in the early 90's, when the tide was turning in favor of the GOP.

However, a little snafu hit Gene Clark when he admitted, at the breakfast, that he gave $5,000 to Roy Barnes campaign to defeat Nathan Deal for Governor two years ago.

I guess Clark thought his 5K donation was made equal by another $5,000 donation he also made to Mr. Deal.

The only thing stranger would be for Gene Clark to now seek an endorsement from ol' Roy.

Just saying, it does not look like Gene knows which animal he should hook his wagon to, the Republican's elephant or Roy's backyard bull.

Proud Democrat
June 16, 2012
I am not why this is such a big deal. Mr. Clark obviously understands how crazy the Republican Party has become and now supports the party of reason and compassion. Welcome aboard, Mr. Clark we look forward to another enlightened voice joining our cause. You are a great addition to the Democrat Party.

p.s. I bet our meetings are a lot more fun than than the stuffy ones the Republicans have anyway.
June 17, 2012
Who cares about Gene Clark's donations? Are you trying to say if he donates to a democrat he must be a democrat?

It's common practice for firms and small practices to ask and even require their attorneys to donate to all candidates in any given race. It's most common in court-specific races, but can occur in any race.

I don't see what the other two candidates in that race have ever done. Gene has been a loyal Republican for decades.

Judicial seats are non partisan anyway, so donating to Dem and Repub candidates is appropriate.
June 12, 2012
I noticed where part of South Cobb in Smyrna was named for former Judge Ken Nix. Didn't he resign/retire after he was accused of sexual harassment by several female co-workers? And, now they name a road after him...who was responsible for this decision?
June 15, 2012
Shhhhh, they thought we forgot all about that.
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