Two decide not to seek re-election
by Jon Gillooly
May 25, 2012 12:38 AM | 7435 views | 15 15 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Education and Georgia House of Representatives will see at least one new member each with Thursday’s announcement that board member Lynnda Eagle and state Rep. Terry Johnson (D-Marietta) would not be seeking re-election.

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.

Georgia Senate

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).

Cobb Board

of Education

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.
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May 28, 2012
MDJ, Can we hear more about those running against our incombants?
eCobb Dad of 3
May 26, 2012
I'm so glad to see David Banks is being challenged. If this Stephanie Henry is the one I know from years past she is a top notch woman and would be a huge upgrade from Mr. Banks! You go girl!
Cindi 4 DA
May 25, 2012
Cindi Yeager is the ONLY choice for DA!
May 25, 2012
I am getting a kick out of seeing Tim Lee's campaign signs here and there.

The campaign slogan is:

Serious Leadership

It should be:

Leadership. Seriously?
School Funding
May 25, 2012
At least raise the senior exemption eligibility age to 70. While seniors often claim to be on a fixed income the younger generations are experiencing declining incomes. Seniors in general have more disposable income than young families with children. And these same younger workers are paying Social Security and Medicare taxes.
John in East Cobb
May 25, 2012
I totally agree with West Cobb about taxing families, not property.

I also agree that we should not re-elect anyone until we get some problems solved.

May 25, 2012
I guess Tax and Spend Lee got permission from his handlers at the Chamber and CID to run again.

I am sure they will be laundering money through their organizations to make sure their ever obedient "yes" man stays in office.
Kennesaw voter
May 25, 2012
With a FEW exceptions, no INCUMBENTS should be re-elected this July. Their report cards are filled with F's.

dust me off
May 25, 2012
Thats a start.
May 25, 2012
Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee qualified for re-election on Thursday.

Vote for Marine Col. Mike Boyce.

Once a Marine, always a Marine.

We can not survive with another 4 years of TAX AND SPEND (Tiney Tim Lee).

Byrned out
May 25, 2012
Byrne was also a retired Marine. At least, that's what he told us. And as we recall - not very impressive.
Rid of the regulars
May 25, 2012
We all need to be diligent about voting this election year. I am tired of the good old boy system, and we need serious people with solutions, not bandaids for the issues we are facing in Georgia. We need to stop the senior exemptions for school taxes during this time when teachers are being let go. We need to fund education in Georgia, not allow these politicians to state we need Charter Schools who are for profit and lining the politicians pockets. Get rid of David Morgan on CCSB and his wife Alicia Morgan who blame the teachers inctead of the parents who are the problem! Stop pork spending and fund programs!
May 25, 2012
Leave the senior exemption in place. Most seniors live on a very limited income after paying school taxes for up to 40 or 50 years. Instead think of a way to tax families. Some homes have more than one family living in it. There are homes with 15 to 20 people living in them. Most of them are not paying any taxes at all, because they work for cash. Their children eat free at school and get free medical care. Shame on you for wanting to make seniors lose their homes to tax liens. Do you want them to live on the streets? Think of new ways to tax the parents that have children in the system! Tax families...not homeowners.
May 25, 2012
It really burns me up when solitions like yours always have to include the senior school tax exemption. I know a lot of you think we seniors are on Easy Street. For your information, taken out of our SS checks before we ever see it is the medicare tax and the Part D payments. On top of that it is abslutely crucial that anyone on Medicare have a secondary coverage policy which is not cheap. We also have to pay the same for food, gas, utilities amd property tax (other than the school tax) as everyone elses. On a very limited income which has only increased once in the past 3 years and by the time the medicare premium was increased, most cleared about $5 a week, you now advocate that their proeprty tax should go up hundreds of dollars. I'll bet your parents are really proud of you. Again, as someone else asked, where is your outrage at the illegals who are killing our school and medical system who seem to be entitled to everything at no charge, without a contribution. Where is your outrage at the IRS and probably the state also who allow illegals to use false ID to file tax returns and get refunds of billions of dollars for dependents who don't and never have lived in this ountry. There is plenty of places out there to get more revenue into the black hole called government budgets - so quite your constant harping about the little break seniors get.
May 25, 2012
Hey Rid, tell you what , I have NO kids..none, zilch , zero, get my drift? I don't want to pay taxes to schools either. Tell me what am I getting for my taxes? Kids who can't read? A state that is 47th in education? REALLY Please don't tell me it will benefit me..Atlanta has Fortune 500 companies her and SHOW ME the Native Georgians who are at the top? NONE...what I like about Georgia educational system is they are training my future grass cutters and grunt laborers
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