3 challengers to run for chairman post
by Geoff Folsom
May 24, 2012 12:59 AM | 5712 views | 10 10 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The first day of qualifying brought few surprises Wednesday.

Cobb GOP Chairman Joe Dendy said retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce, former Chairman Bill Byrne and retired business executive Larry Savage all turned in their paperwork with the party to face off for Cobb Commission chairman in the July 31 primary. Incumbent Tim Lee was the only announced candidate for his position not to file Wednesday.

The winner will face off against the winner of the Democrat’s primary, assuming any candidates run.

Two filed to run in the Democratic Primary to represent southwest Cobb on the county’s Board of Commissioners, Cobb Democratic Chairwoman Melissa Pike said. Dr. Michael Rhett and Lisa Cupid will run for the seat currently held by District 4 Commissioner Woody Thompson, who has yet to announce if he will run again.

Republican incumbent southeast Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott is the only person to file so far in District 2.

Cobb will have a contested race for sheriff in November: Incumbent Neil Warren filed for re-election, and Democrat Gregory Gilstrapalso submitted his paperwork as well.

Two school board members will be challenged so far. Incumbent David Banks will face Republican challenges in District 5 from Stephanie Henry and Lisa Hanson.

Meanwhile, Heather Ryan and Larry Darnell, both Republicans, filed to run for the District 7 seat currently held by Alison Bartlett.

Republican Randy Scamihorn is the only person to file so far for the District 1 school board seat, currently held by Lynnda Eagle.

Democrat Karyn Harrison filed to run for the District 3 seat on the Cobb School Board, currently held by David Morgan.

Incumbents State Court Clerk Diane Webb, Probate Court Judge Kelli Wolk, Chief Magistrate Judge Frank Cox and Tax Commissioner Gail Downing, all Republicans, were the only people to file in their races Wednesday.

The race to replace retiring Cobb District Attorney Pat Head has two candidates, both Republicans, according the state Secretary of State’s website. Vic Reynolds and Cindi Yeagar both filed on the first day of qualifying.

Among the candidates to file for Cobb Superior Court judge positions, which are non-partisan, were incumbent Judge Reuben Green and challenger Nathan Wade.

The only other contested race so far is between Van Pearlberg and Greg Poole who are running to replace the retiring Judge Dorothy Robinson.

Other Superior Court incumbents to file Wednesday include Judge Mary Staley, Judge Adele Grubbs, Judge Lark Ingram, Judge Tain Kell and Judge Steve Schuster.

Non-partisan races do not have primaries. Instead, they will be decided July 31.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) filed to run for re-election Wednesday, while Robert Montigel of Alpharetta will run as a Democrat for the same District 6 seat.

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) will have a Republican Primary opponent in Michael Opitz, also of Marietta, in the District 11 House race.

Rep. David Scott (D-Riverdale) is the only person to file so far in the District 13 race, which includes parts of Cobb.

At the state legislative level, incumbent Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) was the only Democrat to file for the District 6 seat. Josh Belinfante, Drew Ellenburg and Hunter Hill, all Atlanta Republicans, also filed Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) will be challenged by Brandon Beach of Alpharetta in the Republican Primary for District 21.

Those unopposed so far include Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) in District 33 and Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) in District 37.

Those to file for state House races so far include:

n District 19: Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Braddock (R-Powder Springs).

n District 23: Alan Shinall (R-Acworth), Dean Sheridan (R-Woodstock).

n District 34: Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta)

n District 35: Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth).

n District 36: Rep. Earl Ehrart (R-Powder Springs).

n District 37: Rep. Sam Teasley (R-Marietta).

n District 38: Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell).

n District 39: Anne Taylor (D-Mableton).

n District 40: Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna).

n District 41: Diana Eckles (D-Marietta).

n District 42: Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna).

n District 43: Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb).

n District 44: Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb).

n District 45: Rep. Matt Dollar (R-Marietta).

n District 46: Rep. John Carson (R-east Cobb), Martin L. Hawley (R-Woodstock).

n District 53: Rep. Sheila Jones (D-Atlanta, Jason Esteves (D-Atlanta), Robert Patillo, (D-Atlanta).

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May 25, 2012
Someone please run against Ott...someone...anyone...PLEEEEEESE
May 25, 2012
Ott's the only commissioner who has half an idea about what he is in office for

The fact that he doesn't bow to the Chamber and the Cumberland CID on every issue like Tim "Pucker Lips" Lee is enough for me to support him.
May 24, 2012
Tim Lee did not file today?

I guess his handlers at the Chamber and the Cumberland CID haven't given him permission yet.

Dear Editor:
May 24, 2012
Republicans would likely welcome Mr. Wilkerson to the party, yet it's unknown if he's made a public declaration. Pray tell!

Has he made the switch? Or, is a rare MDJ correction forthcoming?
May 24, 2012
If you are for local control of your schools and not State interference you might consider voting against Chip Rogers and consider Brandon Beach. Chip should think about joining his names sake, Chipper Jones in retirement.
May 24, 2012
Go Chip - Go; Go Away That Is!

Before thinking of supporting Chippy, be sure to see who financially supports his campaign. He has a large war chest by virtue of generous donors who he is beholden, including for profit charter school management companies.

In this Mr. Rogers' neighborhood, neighborhood schools are considered bad.

May 25, 2012
I am no Chip Rogers fan but Brandon Beach? You have got to be kidding.

Other than the fact that he can barely string two sentences together that make sense, because he is in some kind of artificially induced or congenitally caused stupor

He is a major part of the problem of the problem we have with a dysfunctional Georgia Department of Transportation.
May 24, 2012
May 24, 2012
I was hoping someone was running against Earl Earhart...anything in the works? I consider myself a fiscally conservative/socially moderate active voter who votes both Republican and Libertarian, and I cannot bring myself to vote for Earl again.
May 24, 2012
I feel your pain
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