Commissioner won’t seek re-election after serving three terms
by Nikki Wiley
December 27, 2013 11:33 PM | 5721 views | 4 4 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham, announced Friday she will not seek re-election to her post. She’s seen here at her town hall Nov. 21 with commission chairman Tim Lee discussing her support of the Atlanta Braves’ move to the Cumberland area. <br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham, announced Friday she will not seek re-election to her post. She’s seen here at her town hall Nov. 21 with commission chairman Tim Lee discussing her support of the Atlanta Braves’ move to the Cumberland area.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Eleven-year county commissioner Helen Goreham plans to retire from the Cobb Board of Commissioners after her third term expires at the end of 2014.

Goreham, who represents northwest Cobb and has served on the commission since 2002, said in a letter to the editor to be published in Sunday’s MDJ that she will not run for re-election in November 2014.

“I believe that most of the folks who placed me in office are pleased with the value system that I’ve established,” Goreham writes in the letter. “With that being said, new challenges loom for District 1 and it will be an opportune time to bring in a new face with a new perspective.”

She did not respond to phone calls Friday afternoon seeking elaboration on her letter, which was emailed to the MDJ at 2:45 p.m.

Tim Lee, the chairman of the Board of Commissioners and a frequent political ally of Goreham’s, also could not be reached for comment before press time Friday.

Goreham’s online blog said she has fought against “overly aggressive development” in west Cobb.

Her district is not as intensely developed as other areas of the county, although it has seen extensive retail and residential development since Goreham took office in 2002. She said she fought to get the type of development that was desired by her fellow west Cobb residents.

Goreham’s springboard into politics came as a member of Homeowners Opposed to Powerline Encroachment for Cobb County, which challenged Georgia Power Co.’s plans to erect high-voltage metal power lines through west Cobb.

She was also president of People Looking After Neighborhoods, a west Cobb group that pushes for responsible development.

Keli Gambrill, current president of PLAN, is critical of

Goreham.

She said Goreham’s time on the commission isn’t representative of PLAN, and Goreham “hasn’t been quite in touch with the homeowners” in recent years.

“While she did come from PLAN, which is a homeowner-based group, something changed and it pretty much changed after her second election,” Gambrill said. “We kind of noticed a change and it was kind of like she wasn’t homeowner-

friendly.”

There’s support for Gambrill to make a bid for the seat, she said, but she hasn’t decided yet if she’ll run. She said she is uncomfortable with the way the current board operates.

Bill Byrne, who challenged Lee for the chairmanship in 2012, is also said to be considering a run for the District 1 seat, as are others.

Goreham was considered a friend of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

She was an ardent supporter of using $300 million in public money to build a new baseball stadium in Cobb for the Atlanta Braves and she has supported Lee’s plan to bring a $1.1 billion bus rapid transit system to Cobb running from Kennesaw State University to midtown Atlanta, both positions supported by the chamber.

Goreham has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration.

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kennesaw2006
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December 29, 2013
Ms. Goreham does an excellent job for Cobb. Hate to see her go. Focus was on doing the right things for Cobb's future, not bowing down to a handful of haters that object to any signs of progress for Cobb.
redrooster65
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December 28, 2013
GOOD RIDDANCE!! she knew she would not win re-election. She has forgotten homeowners and went with big money. What a loser and hypocrite--wish she would leave now!!
jagdonald
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December 28, 2013
Helen Goreham is not my favorite but has accomplished keeping West Cobb zoning along Dallas Hwy to a minimum. We don't have apartment complexes which would ruin the feel of the nieghborhood. I do give her credit for that and hope whomever runs to take her spot keeps it residential!
LibinCobb
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December 28, 2013
Does she have a nice job waiting for her with the Braves or the developer?
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