Category: Politics

Candidates confirm for Dunwoody forum

Residents are invited to hear from candidates competing in key state and congressional races at a forum sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. The forum is Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. and will be at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road. The forum is slated to allow for 30 minutes for each race with a meet-and-greet with candidates at 3:30 p.m. Those attending: State Senate District 40: State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and challenger Sally Harrell. State House District 79: Mike Wilensky and Ken Wright 6th Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Karen Handel Handel challenger, Democrat Lucy McBath,...

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6th Congressional District candidates’ Sandy Springs appearances are canceled

Planned appearances by the 6th Congressional District candidates at Sandy Springs’ Temple Emanu-El have been canceled. Democratic candidate Lucy McBath was to appear on Oct. 22 and Republican incumbent was to appear on Oct. 29, with both engaging in question-and-answer sessions. Temple Emanu-El said in a press release that Handel canceled due to a “scheduling conflict,” and that the temple then canceled McBath’s appearance as well “in fairness.” Both candidates have been invited to attend an Oct. 21 forum hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, but neither has yet committed to appear, according to the DHA. For the Reporter...

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‘Georgia Gang’ debates governor race at Chamber event

Two hosts of Fox 5 TV’s weekly political talk show “The Georgia Gang” predicted moderate and women voters to be key to winning the race for governor during an Oct. 9 Sandy Springs event. Hosts Tharon Johnson and Phil Kent also discussed key issues, including transportation and crime, and made predictions for the next legislative session. Johnson is a Democratic consultant who has advised U.S. Rep. John Lewis, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Kent is a Republican who publishes the InsiderAdvantage and JAMES political magazines. They spoke at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber...

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6th Congressional District candidates to appear in separate Q&A events

Update: The candidate appearances have been canceled. The candidates vying for the local 6th Congressional District seat in the Nov. 6 election will appear separately at two question-and-answer events this month at Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs. Republican incumbent Karen Handel is facing a challenge from Democrat Lucy McBath in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives seat, which represents parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, as well as other parts of north Fulton and Cobb counties. At Temple Emanu-El, McBath will appear Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., and Handel will appear Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m....

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Dunwoody Homeowners Association hosting Oct. 21 candidate forum

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is hosting a candidate forum on Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. The forum is open to the public and will be held at the Dunwoody High School auditorium, 5035 Vermack Road. Candidates from the following races have been invited and the order of appearance at the forum: State Senate District 40 at 2 p.m. State House District 79 at 2:30 p.m. 6th Congressional District at 3 p.m. Meet and greet at 3:30 p.m. The final list of participating candidates will be posted Oct. 19. Questions for the candidates can be submitted by clicking...

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Dunwoody Library picked as early voting site

Early voting in Dunwoody will be held at the Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, beginning Oct. 15 and lasting three weeks. Hours are: Monday – Friday, Oct. 15 – Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Saturday Oct. 27 from  noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information on DeKalb County elections including a link to the sample ballot, click...

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Community Survey: Divided politics make for eager voters

Turnout for the November election could be high, if the voters follow the lead of respondents to a Reporter Newspapers community survey. About six in 10 of the 200 respondents said they are more likely to vote in the November election than in past elections. And more than a third of the people who responded that they weren’t more likely to vote this time said that was only because they vote in every election anyway. The survey was conducted by 1Q.com via cellphones to residents in Reporter Newspapers communities. The results are not scientific. Why do so many plan...

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Sexism is a problem in politics, elected officials say

Sexism is a problem in politics that should be confronted and changed, some local elected officials and former candidates said at a forum held by The Galloway School. One of the attendees, recently elected state Sen. Jen Jordan, said she did not expect sexism to be so prevalent in the General Assembly. “One of the things that surprised me about the state Senate is that it’s really like 1950 there,” she said in a video recording of the forum posted by the school. The Oct. 1 “All Politics is Local” forum featured elected officials who are alumni of the...

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Brookhaven parks bond heads to Nov. 6 ballot with support, skepticism

An organized effort to urge potential voters to approve Brookhaven’s $40 million parks bond referendum is ramping up as the Nov. 6 election nears, but a swell of opposition is also forming. A “Yes for Brookhaven Parks Bond” group formed several weeks ago. It is headed up by former Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams and J.D. Clockadale, president of the Brookhaven Police Foundation. Williams said the group has so far raised approximately $20,000 from individual donors. Money is being used for yard signs that can be seen popping up along major roads and at busy intersections. The money is also...

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Voters Guide: State House races

The Nov. 6 election will decide several state House races in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The Reporter Newspapers asked candidates in those races about themselves and their policies, as well as their positions on public transit and the state income tax. For their answers, click their name or photo below. For our guide to local U.S. Congressional races, click here. For our guide to local state Senate races, click here. House District 40 (Buckhead) Democrat Erick Allen and Republican Matt Bentley are competing to replace retiring Republican incumbent Rich Golick in the House District 40 seat.  ...

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Voters Guide: State Senate races

The Nov. 6 election will decide several state Senate races in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The Reporter Newspapers asked candidates in those races about themselves and their policies, as well as their positions on public transit and the state income tax. For their answers, click their name or photo below. For our guide to local U.S. Congressional races, click here. For our guide to local state House races, click here. Senate District 6 (Buckhead/Sandy Springs) Republican Leah Aldridge is challenging Democratic incumbent Jen Jordan in Senate District 6. It is a partial rematch of last year’s special...

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Voters Guide: U.S. Congressional races

The Nov. 6 election will decide the races for two local Congressional seats: the 6th District, representing parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs; and the 11th District, representing part of Buckhead. The Reporter Newspapers asked candidates in those races about themselves and their policies. For their answers, click their name or photo below. For our guide to local state Senate races, click here. For our guide to local state House races, click here. 6th Congressional District Republican incumbent Karen Handel and Democratic challenger Lucy McBath are competing for the 6th Congressional District seat. McBath did not provide Voters...

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