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Incumbents Win Big, Local Candidates Defeated

A quick recap of last night's elections that impact Snellville.

1.  TSPLOST: A big no.  Across the Atlanta area the measure was voted down. 

2.  Board of Commissioners, District 3:  Mike Beaudreau, the incumbent, will be in a runoff with Tommy Hunter.  

3.  State Senate District 9: Balfour, also the incumbent, won over Snellville's Travis Bowden and Lilburn's Steve Ramey.  

4.  House District 93:  Dar'Shun Kendrick, who formerly represented District 94, won this race. 

5.  House District 94:  Karen Bennett won this race.  It was her first campaign.  

6.  State Senate 55:  Incumbent Gloria Butler won against Snellville resident and high school counselor Mark Williams. 

For a full list of election results, visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website.  

Questions or opinions?  Tell us in the comments.   

MWTW August 04, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Thanks Marian. I agree. Politicians need to work together whether they like each other or not. Like I said, keep the disagreements out of the media. Incidentally, my comments were directed with all Snellville politicians in mind, not just the Council and Mayor. There are many, past and present, that are very active and have much influence. Some of their behind the scenes activities should be brought to a close. It's simply not in the best interests of the City. Thanks for the details above. It fills in some holes. Your point seems to be the same as mine; put the squabbling aside and get to the task of improving our city. Keep the disagreements away from the public eye.
Marian Copeland August 05, 2012 at 04:27 AM
MWTW, I knew we were on the same page! Now it is time to acknowledge the problem. Witts and Jerry worked togethr when it counted. What I see now is that Kautz works with no one, unless she can claim victory! That is very unfortunate, but as I see it, exactly what is going on. At this point it would appear that Witts, Howard, and Emanuel are sitting back and waiting for the inevitable train wreck. Then they will take the City in the direction that they feel Bender, Oberholtzer, Warren, and Witts started in 2009. Which, by anyone's account, was successful and prosperous. As for the former politicians and their destructive influence, Who do you think they are? I would assume you speak about Kautz. I know for certain that Witts, howard, and Emanual have only known each other for a couple of years, and I don't think Krause knew any of them. I don't see any ole school history there. Do you? i'M just looking at what I see, that doesn't mean I'm right. Marian MARIAN
MWTW August 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Yes Marian. Please don't read too much into my statements and don't align me with either side. I have friends on both. As I have said before, I have not attacked anyone and will not. Both sides are getting or creating too much media attention. I cannot offer names due to friendhships or business affiliations. Plus, I would be guilty of what I would like to see stopped. I simply am growing tired of seeing our city's reputation being slandered by the media. An interesting sidenote is that politicians believe that, "there's no such thing as bad publicity". Look at last week's election reasults; particularly at the huge percentage of incumbants that were pushed through the primary. A couple of them have had horrible publicity yet the "name recognition" by under-educated voters almost guarantees their re-election. Just a thought, but if people want Kaust to lose the election next time, maybe they should re-think giving her all this free publicity. It's a fact that 95% of the public simply look for names they recognize on the ballot and then vote for them. The more people complain publicly about an official, the higher the name recognition, and the higher the percentage of re-election!
Melinda Franklin August 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I'd like to clarify one point in this debate. Kelly Kautz WAS the only one elected in the last city election. The mayoral campaign was the only one WITH a choice so I'd say she was elected, they other's were simply names on the ballot. I'd like to suggest that THEY try to make efforts to reconcile our city council before someone chooses to run against them. I was HIGHLY offended by the fact that they attempted to run on a group ballot and yet they still didn't take note that Barbara was defeated! What does that say about them? Do they not understand that any of them could have been defeated just as easily if someone had been running against them?
MWTW August 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Interesting point. Thanks.

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