Running the Show: Who’s managing mayor runs in Marietta?
by Joe Kirby, Otis A. Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett, - Around Town Columnists
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MARIETTA Mayor Steve Tumlin is “keeping it in the family,” so to speak, when it comes to managing his re-election campaign. Rather than hiring a professional campaign manager, Tumlin’s campaign is being co-chaired by his son, Steve “Ty” Tumlin III, and his son-in-law and law partner, Ryan Patrick. Meanwhile, his daughter and tax-preparer partner, Jamie Patrick, is serving as his campaign co-treasurer along with the mayor’s son Sig Tumlin, a CPA.

Added the mayor to Around Town, “And my wife, Jean Alice, is our driving force.”


SPEAKING of “driving forces” and generating power, Mayor Tumlin was elected to a two-year term on the board of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia at its annual meeting last week.

Tumlin was nominated by Councilman Johnny Sinclair, who as the mayor’s appointee to the city Board of Lights and Waterworks becomes the city’s voting delegate at MEAG. Sinclair reportedly stressed Tumlin’s commitment to government transparency in his nomination remarks.

MEAG is a consortium of 49 nonprofit city power systems like the BLW, with Marietta the biggest city of the 49.


MEANWHILE, mayoral candidate Charles Levinson, Tumlin’s only announced opponent, has hired Al Turnell, managing partner of Southeastern Campaign Group, to helm his race. Turnell’s firm has managed numerous contests for state House and he is the vice president/finance for the Young Democrats of Georgia.

Levinson says he had planned to take part in Saturday’s SCLC/Cobb Immigrant Alliance march and vigil from the Cobb Civic Center to Marietta Square protesting the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, which was postponed by heavy rains. Levinson says he plans to march in this Saturday’s rescheduled march.

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COBB District Attorney Vic Reynolds and Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Mike Carlson are teaching a session this morning at the Georgia Gang Investigators Association in Savannah.

Meanwhile, several other prosecutors from the Cobb District Attorney’s Office are among those teaching seminars at the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council summer conference this week at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

On Monday, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Saliba taught a morning session on confidential informants, and Assistant District Attorneys Daniel Quinn and Theresa Schiefer led a capital litigation session.

Today Grady Moore, a senior assistant district attorney, is helping lead a session on accountability courts. And Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring will help present a session on case law updates on Wednesday morning.

POLITICS: Georgia House Speaker David Ralston has appointed state Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb) to the four-member Joint Federal and State Funded Health Care Financing Programs Overview Committee. Cooper chairs the House Health & Human Services Committee. …11th District Congressional candidate Ed Lindsey has a fundraiser slated for Aug. 5 at Tommy’s Barber Shop in the OK Café shopping center on West Paces Ferry Road. RSVP to Patti Peach at (770) 850-0165 for the 6:30-8 p.m. event. …

Congratulations to Kennesaw State University professor Dr. Kerwin Swint, recently named interim chair of its Department of Political Science. Swint is a KSU alum and author of two well-received books: “Mudslingers” (about political corruption) and “The King Whisperers: The Power Behind the Throne, From Rasputin to Rove,” which was just released in Poland. He’s also been a guest commentator on FOX, CNN and NPR and a guest on “The View.”


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PEOPLE: The 1963 Marietta Pony League World Series Team will celebrate its 50th year reunion at 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at 836 Lookingglass Lane in Marietta.

The team was managed by Jack Whatley, coached by Ken Turner and featured players Larry Hill, Tommy Holland, Timmy Sears, Ben Butterworth, Dwight Copeland, Eddie Cook, Ricky Evatt, Larry Keener, Dave Hunter, Gregg Hartsook, Larry Bannister, Steve Norris, Danny Smallwood and Ronnie Cheshire.


THE 11ALIVE TODAY MORNING SHOW team — anchors Ted Hall, Elle Duncan and Chesley McNeil — will be broadcasting from Glover Park in Marietta Square from 5 to 7 a.m. on Friday.


THE MARIETTA CITY COUNCIL has reappointed banker Ron Francis to chair the Marietta Redevelopment Corp. for another one-year term, with Terry Lee getting another term as vice chair.


CONGRATULATIONS to John and Barbara Kimmich of Kennesaw, whose son Adam’s promotion to Army lieutenant colonel was formally recognized by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey in his Washington office July 9.

Kimmich is an Iraqi War veteran and currently is an operations officer at U.S. Special Operations Command.


WITH OBAMACARE having more of its share of teething problems, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce will host a health care summit from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Among the scheduled speakers is Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, an outspoken opponent of the new health care law. For more info, contact Sue Leithead at sleithead@cobbchamber .org or (770) 859-2326.

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COLLARD BOILIN’?: The Cobb Sheriff’s Corn Boilin’ has been a fixture of the political season in Cobb for decades now. But are changes in store?

This year’s version of the annual non-partisan event attracted well over 1,000 to Jim Miller Park at the North Georgia Fairgrounds for heapin’ helpins of corn and hoecakes.

The Corn Boilin’s attraction has always been the opportunity to mix and mingle with politicians and voters of all stripes just a week or two before the mid-July primaries, which dramatically thin the heard of political aspirants every other year.

But next year’s primary date is scheduled for June 3, thanks to a recent ruling by federal Judge Steve Jones in a suit brought against Georgia by President Obama’s Department of Justice, which asserted that the state’s runoff periods are too short for those in the military and Georgians living overseas to return absentee ballots.

So unless the state appeals, next year’s primary will take place three weeks before summer even starts — and when corn is barely starting to come in season.

So what will Sheriff Neil Warren do? Stick to the traditional mid-summer date even though many possible attendees will have seen their political hopes dashed by then? Or move it to June 2 or late May? An earlier date also might have a dramatic impact on the event’s menu — and name.

The corn chomped on by those at the Boilin’ has always been homegrown. But finding sufficient Cobb-grown corn that early in the season might prove problematic.

One possibility — not a happy one — would be to import corn from south Georgia, or even worse, frozen corn from god knows where.

Or the sheriff could tinker with the menu and employ other Georgia foodstuffs that usually are in season by then. Perhaps have a “Cantaloupe Cuttin’” instead of a ‘Corn Boilin’.”

No? Well how about “The Cobb Sheriff’s Collard Boilin’?” Let’s hope not!


STORK REPORT: From Marietta attorney Justin O’Dell: “Since everyone is obsessing over the new arrival in England, I would like to suggest the royal family dust off some historical names (all real kings of England): King Egbert, King Aethelbald, King Ethelred the Unready (love that one), King Harold Harefoot, or King Canute.

“The last guy is also spelled Cnut, which could be modernized to an urban feel of ‘Lil’ C-nut.’”

Hopefully the Royals are reading Around Town this morning …

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