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Crowe, Collett win seats on Paulding County Commission
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From left, election clerk Helen Smith hands a voter card to Bobbie Lee of Dallas, who is on the elections board, during recent early voting.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal From left, election clerk Helen Smith hands a voter card to Bobbie Lee of Dallas, who is on the elections board, during recent early voting.
Two candidates opposing airport commercialization and supporting greater transparency in county dealings easily won election to Paulding County Commission Tuesday.

A third candidate allied to their causes awaited a November vote which could give them a majority on the commission.

Airport commercialization opponent Tony Crowe easily defeated incumbent David Barnett for the Post 4 seat on the commission.

Crowe, who lost to Barnett for the same commission seat in 2010 and lost a bid for commission chairman in 2012, defeated Barnett 59 percent to 41 percent today for Commission Post 4.

Vernon Collett, a former Paulding Republican Party chairman, easily defeated Herb Haynes and former school board member Richard Manous for the commission's Post 3 seat. Collett won with 61 percent of the vote to Haynes' and Manous' 19 percent each. Collett avoided a potential runoff in the three-person race.

Collett will succeed Tommie Graham, who did not seek re-election.

Crowe said "anyone who had the pulse of this county knew" he and Collett would win because of their stands on how the county dealt with proposed passenger service at the airport. A company announced it would seek the passenger flights after keeping the deal secret for almost a year after signing a contract to operate at Silver Comet Field.

"I knew the county was ready for this," he said.

Outspoken airport opponent Patti Smith easily won the Democratic nomination for the Post 2 seat over George "Pat" Hughes. Smith will face incumbent Republican Todd Pownall, also a commercialization opponent, who was unopposed today, and independent candidate Mike Pope in November.

However, incumbent District 17 State Rep. Howard Maxwell, R-Dallas, easily turned back a challenge from GOP opponent David Bond. Maxwell won with 62 percent of the vote with all seven precincts reporting. Bond had been vocal in his opposition to airport commercialization, while Maxwell supported it.

Meanwhile, voters chose to renew the 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax for schools by a 52 to 48 percent margin.

Only 14 percent of Paulding's registered voters cast ballots.

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