Sunday, November 13, 2011
Your weekly look back with Snellville Patch.
It's been quite a week in Snellville. November 6: Every 15 Minutes ... On this day, we captured the sad story of a man who committed suicide earlier this year, but we also illustrated a family looking to make a difference because of it. November 7: As a Family Faces Eviction, Occupy Atlanta Shows Support in Gwinnett Occupy Atlanta hikes it to Snellville to support a local family. Who knew the social movement would make it to the suburbs? New London Theatre Pushing Forward After a call for help, New London Theatre continues to be in action, at least, for now. November 8: Unofficial Election Results: Kautz is Mayor, Sunday Alcohol Sales Pass See the unofficial election results, and video of Kelly Kautz learning she won the mayor's seat. …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Kelly Kautz wins with 52 percent of the vote after a contentious campaign.
That Kelly Kautz was elected as Snellville's first female mayor was kind of lost on the night. She and Barbara Bender had run a hotly contested -- often contentious -- race for the city's top spot. Right up until the last moments, and even after the unofficial results were announced in Snellville's City Hall, tensions were high. At one point Tom Witts, a councilman and Bender supporter, got into a verbal confrontation with D. Warren Auld, a local attorney and supporter for Kautz. Later, Dave Emanuel, another Bender supporter, could be heard calling Auld "a sleaze." When Rita Sabbagh, a vocal Kautz supporter, tried talking to Bender -- to thank her for her service, Sabbagh said -- the candidate threw up her hands in opposition, telling …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Kelly Kautz pushes pass Barbara Bender to win the hotly contested mayor's seat in Snellville. Sunday alcohol sales also gets nod.
Here are the unofficial results for the two major Snellville elections: the mayor's race and Sunday package alcohol sales. Total Votes: 2,847 votes (both elections) Mayor's Race, with 2,802 votes total: Sunday Package Alcohol Sales, with 2,792 votes total: Check back with Patch tomorrow for a full report, including comments from candidates, photos and E-SPLOST.
Candidates for mayor were in good spirits Tuesday afternoon.
By 12:30 more than 850 people had come through Snellville City Hall to cast their ballots in elections for mayor and Sunday alcohol sales. And, about that many had already voted in advance of the election, according to poll officials. With more than 1,600 votes cast by lunchtime, this municipal election is shaping up to bring out more citizens than the 2007 mayoral race between Jerry Oberholtzer and Bruce Garraway. In that election, some 2,183 people voted for mayor, with just 19 votes separating the two candidates. This time around, Kelly Kautz and Barbara Bender are vying for the top spot. Each with devoted supporters, ideas for progress for Snellville and a history of work on the city council. After dealing with a few campaign issues in…
Snellville voters head to the polls on three critical issues that will affect the future.
Today is Election Day. Voters in Snellville and throughout Gwinnett County will head to the polls to decide critical issues involving leadership, education and retail. (Read our story on Election Day here, including quotes from candidates, supporters and turnout.) In Snellville, voters will decide between attorney Kelly Kautz and Barbara Bender, a certified public accountant, for the position of mayor. Three open seats for city council already have been decided, with Dave Emanuel, Diane Krause and Bobby Howard running in uncontested races. In addition, citizens will decide whether Sunday package alcohol sales come to Snellville. It is one of handful of municipalities in Gwinnett County, including nearby Loganville, that will be voting on …
Monday, November 7, 2011
How far will we go to defend our leaders?
Once upon a time, there was a king. The king lived in a castle - separate, revered. He ruled with absolute power, including in his role as husband. His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was a staunch Catholic, as was the rest of the world during Henry the Eighth's time. Public sentiment were changing, though, as men branded as heretics took it upon themselves to study the Scriptures and decipher the meaning themselves. When Henry wanted to divorce his wife for another woman, his church refused. So he created a new church, for Anne. At his whim, the nation was torn upside down. Civil war broke out, while churches were destroyed and monks were disbanded, sometimes killed. The citizens of England were Henry's pawns, and as the king changed …
Sean Murphy shares his thoughts on the education SPLOST vote tomorrow.
Monday, November 7, 2011
The water tower may be gone but the motto lives on: Gwinnett Is Great. Home to 1,500 high tech companies, 830 manufacturers and 579 internationally based businesses, Gwinnett County is an economic powerhouse. Why? Most will point to a well educated workforce, thanks to our top performing public schools. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is one of the state’s leaders in test scores and graduation rates; last year it was named the best urban public school district in the country. In Gwinnett County, education is a top priority for parents and the community as a whole. A well educated labor force attracts businesses, creates jobs and prepares children for the future. On November 8, county ballots will ask voters whether to renew …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Barbara Bender has now been endorsed by several more Snellville leaders.
Barbara Bender's mayoral campaign got the boost of several more endorsements in the past week. Outgoing Councilman Tod Warner, Councilman Tom Witts, and incoming council members: Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Dave Emanuel have all endorsed Bender for the next mayor of Snellville, according to press releases from her campaign. In addition, campaign officials also say she has been endorsed by Former State Rep. Melvin Everson, who now leads the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, and a former Snellville city attorney, Mike Byrne. Bender is running against Kelly Kautz to be Snellville's first female mayor. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Early voting closes Friday, November 4. (Editor's Note: In the interest of transparency, we …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
If you want to vote early, voting ends Friday, November 4.
Early voting in Snellville ends today, November 4. Early voting runs through today, ending at 5 p.m. for the 2011 November elections. Citizens may now request absentee ballots, as well. There will be a general election to vote in new council members and a special election to vote on an alcohol sales referendum. Although council seats have been decided, there is still a mayoral race between Barbara Bender and Kelly Kautz. Because no one is running against the three council candidates -- Dave Emanuel for Post 1, Diane Krause for Post 2 and Bobby Howard for Post 4, will be sworn in accordingly. Their first council meeting will be November 14. Tod Warner, who is stepping down from Post 2, and the Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, whose term comes to an…
Sunday, October 30, 2011
It's been a busy week!
Time to look back with Snellville Patch. Hope it's been a good week for you all. October 23: Bites Nearby: El Torero Mexican Restaurant If you're looking for a place to go eat, don't forget to try our weekly selections. October 24: Who's Contributing to the Snellville Mayoral Race? Here's a story that got a lot of hits this week. People always have something to say about campaign contributions. October 25: Outgoing City Council Bids Farewell Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and Councilman Tod Warner said their final remarks at the last meeting before the newbies come in. (It's election time, or didn't you know.) There will be three new council members and a new mayor. I will be very busy that night. That's all I'm saying. October 26: Wednesday's …