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Paulding voters choose nominees for county, state seats today
by Tom Spigolon
May 19, 2014 10:28 PM | 2410 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding’s 80,000 registered voters will have the chance to cast ballots for candidates on all levels of government today, May 20, at 14 regular polling locations during party primary and nonpartisan general elections.

Voters will select political party nominees for county commission posts 2, 3 and 4, with transparency in government economic development efforts the apparent main issue dividing commission candidates.

The issue stems from a company proposing passenger flights at Silver Comet Field airport as part of an overall area development initiative. The plan was not made public for almost a year after agreements with the company were approved.

Opponents maintain the county’s economic recruitment process should be more transparent regardless of the outcome because public money is being used. Proponents have noted negotiations with private companies typically must be done in private to recruit job-producing industries.

On opposing Facebook pages, commercialization supporters have endorsed Democrat George “Pat” Hughes in Post 2; and Republicans Herb Haynes and Richard Manous in Post 3; and David Barnett in Post 4. Those in opposition have endorsed Republican Todd Pownall and Democrat Patti Smith in Post 2; and Republicans Vernon Collett in Post 3 and Tony Crowe in Post 4.

Also on Tuesday’s ballot, voters will select party nominees for county school board districts 2, 5 and 6; state Senate districts 30 and 31; state House districts 17, 19, 66 and 67; and Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.

They will join fellow Georgians in selecting party nominees for U.S. Senate; governor; lieutenant governor; secretary of state; commissioners of agriculture, insurance and labor; and state school superintendent.

Voters also will be asked Tuesday to renew the current 1-percent special purpose local option sales tax for education through 2021.

The sales tax extension will be for five years, from 2016 to 2021, and generate an estimated $87.6 million.

Almost half will go to debt service with the remainder funding school heating and air conditioning upgrades, technology improvements and additions to Shelton Elementary and North Paulding High schools.

The Paulding Neighbor will be reporting election results as they come in after polls close at 7 p.m. at

Contested races in Paulding today include:

14th Congressional District Republican primary:

- Tom Graves (incumbent),;

- Ken Herron,

Winner will be unopposed in November general election.

District 30 State Senate Republican primary:

- Mike Dugan (incumbent),;

- Bill Hembree,

Winner will face Democrat James Nixon in November general election.

District 17 State House Republican primary:

- Howard Maxwell (incumbent);

- David Bond,

Winner will be unopposed in November general election.

Post 4 Paulding County Commission Republican primary:

- David Barnett (incumbent), Facebook page Elect David Barnett;

- Tony Crowe,

Winner will be unopposed in November general election.

Post 3 Paulding County Commission Republican primary:

- Vernon Collett,;

- Herb Haynes,;

- Richard Manous,

Winner will be unopposed in November general election.

Post 2 Paulding County Commission Democratic primary:

- George Patton “Pat” Hughes;

- Patti Smith,

Winner will face Republican incumbent Todd Pownall and independent candidate Mike Pope in November.

District 5 Paulding County School Board Republican primary:

- Earl Cosgrove;

- Sammy McClure (incumbent).

Winner will be unopposed in November general election.

Editor’s note: Not all voters will see all listed candidates on their ballots. Go to for more information.

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