The second day of qualifying for the July 31 General Primary Election also saw state Rep. Matt Dollar (R-east Cobb) pick up opposition from Cynthia Rozzo, a Republican who publishes the East Cobber magazine.
Dollar is also being challenged by business owner and Republican Nick Johnson of Marietta.
Democrat Diana Eckles of Marietta has signed up to run for Rep. Johnson’s seat.
State Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb) is being challenged by JoEllen Smith of Marietta in the Republican primary, while state Rep. John Carson (R-east Cobb) also picked up a challenger in the form of Martin Hawley of Woodstock, a Republican minister.
State Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta) is being challenged by Charles Gregory of Kennesaw, a Republican who works in information technology and services.
And state Rep. Sheila Jones (D-South Cobb) has two challengers, both Atlanta Democrats, Robert Patillo and Jason Esteves.
State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) hasn’t yet qualified, but when she does — the deadline is today — she will face Anne Taylor of Mableton, a Democrat and real estate broker.
Some state representatives haven’t drawn competition as of yet, among them Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), Sam Teasley (R-Marietta), David Wilkerson (D-Austell) and Rich Golick (R-Smyrna), Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna), and Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb)
Redistricting drew a new lawmaker’s district into south Cobb, that of state Rep. Roger Bruce, an Atlanta Democrat, who also remains unchallenged.
Redistricting changed Cobb’s five senators to six. Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) was drawn out of Cobb, while the district represented by Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) was drawn into Cobb from the north.
Loudermilk faces no opposition to date. Redistricting also drew the district represented by Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) into south Cobb.
Tate is being challenged by Reginald Crossley of Atlanta, a Democrat who lists his occupation as program director/youth commissioner.
State Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) had his District 6 expanded into Buckhead. While he faces no primary challengers, three Republicans are in the race to date. They are Josh Belinfante of Sandy Springs, who served as Gov. Sonny Perdue’s chief executive counsel and whose great uncle was former Cobb County Chairman Ernest Barrett; Drew Ellenburg of Atlanta, who is in the wholesale furniture business; and retired Army Ranger Hunter Hill of Vinings, director of security for SecurAmerica.
Facing no current opposition are state Sens. Lindsey Tippins (R-west Cobb), Judson Hill (R-east Cobb) and Steve Thompson (D-Marietta).
Republican Randy Scamihorn, a retired Daniell Middle School vice principal, has qualified to run for Eagle’s west Cobb seat on the school board.
On the other side of the county, school board member David Banks faces two Republican challengers for the east Cobb post.
One is Lisa Hanson of Roswell, a former sales and marketing executive who worked in the cable television industry for The Weather Channel and Showtime Networks and who has served as a substitute teacher in the Cobb School District. Hanson has children at Lassiter High and the University of Georgia.
A second is Stephanie Henry of Roswell, who has children at Hightower, Pope, KSU and Georgia Southern University.
Cobb school board member Alison Bartlett, a Democrat, qualified for reelection and is being challenged by two Republicans. One is Heather Ryan of Acworth, owner of Southryan’s Surgical Group (a medical recruiting company) who has children at Harrison High and Lost Mountain Middle.
Another is electrician Larry Darnell of Powder Springs, whose late father Jack Darnell represented the Osborne High area on the board for 12 years in the 1960s and ’70s.
Cobb school board member David Morgan of Austell qualified for reelection and is being challenged by Karyn Harrison of Mableton and Bobby Allen of Powder Springs, both Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) has picked up opposition from Robert Montigel, a Democrat and small business owner.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) faces two Republican challengers. One is William Llop of Sandy Springs, a CPA. Another is Michael Opitz of Marietta, founder of the Madison Forum.
And U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-south Cobb) faces no challengers at present.
Cobb Superior Court
Cobb Superior Court judges who qualified without opposition thus far are Adele Grubbs, Lark Ingram, Tain Kell, Stephen Schuster and Mary Staley.
Three are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Superior Court Judge Dorothy Robinson. They are Roland Castellanos, a state court judge; former Marietta City Councilman Van Pearlberg, a senior assistant district attorney; and Greg Poole, a juvenile court judge.
And Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green is being challenged by attorney Nathan Wade.
County Commission, other offices
Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee qualified for re-election on Thursday and faces three Republican opponents: former county chairman Bill Byrne, retired businessman Larry Savage and retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce.
There are four Democrats who have qualified to run for the seat held by county commissioner Woody Thompson, who has not yet qualified for reelection. They are Michael Rhett of Marietta, Lisa Cupid of Austell, Connie Taylor of Powder Springs, and Ruth Negron of Powder Springs.
Commissioner Bob Ott of southeast Cobb, a Republican, is the only one to qualify in his race.
Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise of Marietta, a Republican, is being challenged by Republican Pam Davidson of Douglasville, an energy consultant.
Running for clerk of the Superior Court are attorney John Skelton of Powder Springs and Rebecca Keaton of Kennesaw. Keaton appears to be the establishment favorite, listing such endorsements as David Connell, Rob Garcia, Randall Bentley, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, Tricia Pridemore, and state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), just to name a few.
Without challengers at present are State Court Clerk Diane Webb of Powder Springs, Probate Court Judge Kelli Wolk of Smyrna, Chief Magistrate Judge Frank Cox, Tax Commissioner Gail Downing and County Surveyor Donald Perryman
County Sheriff Neil Warren faces opposition from Democrat Gregory Gilstrap of Austell.
Vying to replace retiring Cobb District Attorney Pat Head are two Marietta attorneys who are Republicans, Vic Reynolds and Cindi Yeager.