2018 Georgia Election Results from Pickens County
Brian Kemp (R) – 11,326
Stacey Abrams (D) – 1,899
Ted Metz (L) – 130
Geoff Duncan (R) – 10,946
Sarah Riggs Amico (D) – 1,958
Secretary of State:
Brad Raffensperger (R) – 10,928
John Barrow (D) – 1,995
Smythe DuVal (L) – 238
Jim Beck (R) – 10,910
Janice Laws (D) – 1,835
Donnie Foster (L) – 350
State School Superintendent:
Otha Thornton (D) – 1,782
Richard Woods (R) – 11,292
Gary Black (R) – 11,232
Fred Swan (D) -1,806
Mark Butler (R) – 11,151
Richard Keatley (D) – 1,850
State House District 11:
Rick Jasperse (R) – 11,377
Lee Shiver (D) – 1,782
State Senate District 54:
Chuck Payne (R) – 4,268
Michael Morgan (D) – 553
Geoff Duncan is lying about David Shafer. Every day, he is pushing a new lie to try and deceive Georgia Republicans. Don’t be fooled — Duncan will say and do anything to get elected. See below why we can’t trust a liar like Geoff Duncan.
The newspaper headline in the Duncan advertisement (“Candidate accused of conspiracy in CEO’s ouster”) refers to a lawsuit filed against another candidate, former gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins.
Shafer is not named as a defendant or accused of wrongdoing in the Tippins lawsuit. In fact, David Shafer has never been named as defendant in any lawsuit.
Duncan lies by accusing David Shafer of not paying taxes.
Shafer’s tax dispute was resolved in his favor and the tax lien issued against him was marked “issued in error and withdrawn.”
David Shafer was completely exonerated by a two month, bipartisan ethics investigation.
Shafer cooperated fully. He sat for two interviews and produced 10 years of email and telephone records.
The independent counsel hired by the Ethics Committee to investigate the complaint determined that the allegations had been “fabricated” and were “politically motivated.”
Duncan falsely accuses Shafer of getting rich as a State Senator.
David Shafer has worked his entire life. He opened his first bank account at age 8 with money saved from mowing lawns. He worked as a church janitor at age 13 and a restaurant busboy at age 16. He worked his way through college as a department store sales clerk. After college, he earned his real estate license and invested in real estate and he has invested in and started numerous businesses. Shafer is proud of his business success.
Georgia Can’t Trust A Liar Like Geoff Duncan.
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2018 Pickens County Election Results
Pickens County Commissioner Post 1
Jerry Barnes (R) – 877 votes at 47.59%
Bart Connelly (R) – 431 votes at 23.39%
Amberle Godfrey (R) – 535 votes at 29.03%
Board of Education Post 2
Joeta Youngblood – 3,192 votes at 100.0%
Board of Education Post 3
Tucker Green – 2,626 votes at 65.36%
Byron Long – 1,392 votes at 34.64%
Board of Education Post 5
Steven Smith – 3,224 votes at 100.0%
Jasper City Council
Kirk Raffield – 272 votes at 50.94%
Doug Patterson – 262 votes at 49.06
2018 Georgia Primary Election Results
Casey Cagle (R) – 1,760 votes at 41.17%
Hunter Hill (R) – 569 votes at 13.31%
Brian Kemp (R) – 1,244 votes at 29.10%
Clay Tippins (R) – 507 votes at 11.86%
Michael Williams (R) – 195 votes at 4.56%
Stacey Abrams (D) – 330 votes at 55.93%
Stacey Evans (D) – 260 votes at 44.07%
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATES:
Geoff Duncan (R) – 738 votes at 18.98%
Rick Jeffares (R) – 1,484 votes at 38.17%
David Shafer (R) – 1,666 votes at 42.85%
Sarah Riggs Amico (D) – 392 votes at 73.0%
Triana Arnold James (D) – 145 votes at 27.0%
SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATES:
David Belle Isle (R) – 1,087 votes at 30.14%
Buzz Brockway (R) – 466 votes at 12.92%
Josh McKoon (R) – 618 votes at 17.13%
Brad Raffensperger (R) – 1,436 votes at 39.81%
John Barrow (D) – 321 votes at 59.12%
Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D) – 161 votes at 29.65%
R.J. Hadley (D) – 61 votes at 11.23%
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES:
Jim Beck (R) – 2,153 votes at 58.92%
Jay Florence (R) – 769 votes at 21.05%
Tracy Jordan (R) – 732 votes at 20.03%
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES:
District 3 –
Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,201 votes at 100.0%
Lindy Miller (D) – 360 votes at 69.63%
John Noel (D) – 80 votes at 15.47%
Johnny White (D) – 77 votes at 14.89%
District 5 –
John Hitchins III (R) – 1,721 votes at 47.42%
Tricia Pridemore (R) – 1,908 votes at 52.58%
Dawn Randolph (D) – 355 votes at 69.74%
Doug Stoner (D) – 154 votes at 30.26%
WASHINGTON—Today the House of Representatives did not vote on the American Health Care Act as part of Republicans’ comprehensive health care reform plan. Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, is an attorney and Air Force Reserve chaplain representing one of the most conservative districts in the nation. Collins has issued the following statement in response:
“I am proud to have stood with President Trump to repeal and replace the law that has hurt American families and replaced their freedom with federal mandates. Yet I find myself frustrated and grieved that so many Republicans refused to act according to their professed principles.
Because I am convinced that human life and dignity deserve fierce protection under the law, I am unable to understand how many of my colleagues allowed political myopia to prevent them from supporting the opportunity to defund America’s largest abortion peddler. Because of the decisions of a few members, we remain mired in a health system that is able neither to care for our neighbors nor to protect unborn Americans.”
Trump wins! Donald J. Trump wins the Election and is our President Elect of the United States of America! Make America Great Again!
Pickens County Board of Education Chairman Mike Cowart and State Representative Chris Coomer led presentations concerning Governor Deal’s proposed Amendment 1 creating Opportunity School Districts to help some 130 failing schools in Georgia. There has to be a constitutional amendment because the legislation gives control of local schools to the state rather than elected school boards.
State Representative Chris Coomer, from Cartersville, and Mike Cowart, Chairman of the Pickens County Board of Education, led a discussion about Governor Deal’s Opportunity School District known as Amendment 1 on the November 8, ballot.
At issue is Governor Deal’s Constitutional Amendment to address some 130 failing schools with 68,000 students. These “F” schools are defined as scoring below 60 on the Georgia Department of Education’s accountability measure (CCRPI) for three consecutive years.
The top three counties with failing schools include: Dekalb 28, Atlanta Public 22 and Richmond 19. Some 60% of all Georgia students qualify for free and reduced lunches with 35% of those students living in poverty.
The reason for an Amendment to the Georgia’s constitution is that the Opportunity School District replaces local control with a state takeover. Article VII, Education under Section V Local School Systems states, “each school system shall be under the management and control of a board of education, the members of which shall be elected as provided by law.”
In proposing and pushing the legislation Governor Deal has stated, “we have a moral duty to do everything we can to help these children. When we talk about helping failing schools, we are talking about rescuing children”
Coomer addressed several myths that have circulated concerning Amendment 1. “The state is not going to come in and take over a school without community support and involvement. The Opportunity School District would have it’s administrative leadership appointed by the Governor but local business persons, parents and community leaders would be part of the process”.
Also, he pointed to Tennessee and New Orleans with similar programs where student’s scores have increased. In New Orleans nearly 65% of African-American males are graduating as compared to 60.2% across Louisiana.
An OSD would remain under the Governor’s supervision for five consecutive years or if it performed above “F” for three years it could be removed. The legislation says no more than 20 schools per year or no more than 100 eligible schools at any given time.
Pickens County Board of Education Chairman Mike Cowart informed the group that the Pickens Board of Education joined with Dawson, Cherokee, Forsyth and more in passing a resolution against the proposed resolution.
Cowart said, “we see no need in the Amendment. Last year our Board of Education signed the State Department of Education’s Strategic Waiver Contract stating we would increase test scores 3 out of five years.” All Boards of Education had to decide between the Strategic Waiver or being a Charter School..
He continued, “each of our schools have an Advisory Council composed of an administrator, teacher, business or community leader and parents. Much of what is in Amendment 1 we are already doing.”
In a recent AJC story Governor Deal told about his dad Noah Deal being booted out of a south Georgia teaching job. “My family has experienced when politics becomes a dominant factor in education,” stated Deal. He continued, “we have relegated the authority to these local school boards forever and the result is exactly what we are up against now.”
Both Deal’s parents and wife were educators and his commitment to education may be seen in noticing 55% of all state dollars in FY 2016 budget is spent on education. He has spent more of the state’s general funds budget K-12 than any governor in the past 50 years and increased QBE funding by 21%.
For more information visit Georgia.gov>opportunityschooldistrict and local Board’s resolution link at www.pickenscountyschools.org. The Rotary Club of Jasper meets Wednesday noon for fellowship and service to the community and the world. The meetings are open to learn more Jasper Rotary
by: Max Caylor
Dear City of Jasper Voters:
First and foremost I would like to say “Thank you!” for the outpouring of support I have received since qualifying to run for Jasper City Council. It is very humbling to know how many trusting friends I have developed here since moving to Jasper in 1995 that know I will do the right thing.
What a great place Jasper has been to live, work and raise my family. It is my hope to use my past experiences to improve our already wonderful quality of life. I have heard from city workers, business owners, retirees, educators, and many, many former patients whom know what I stand for. Thanks!
We are already fortunate to live in an area where the quality of life is unsurpassable, and we need to keep it that way. But at the same time we have challenges facing us that will make the difference in our future, and in our children’s ability to someday thrive here. While appreciating all of our achievements, like world class healthcare and business corridor growth, it is time for us to closely assess our current situation as it pertains to our resources and infrastructure, and plan accordingly. It is also time to decide what kind of community we want to be, identify the type and amount of future growth we want and our resources can support, and plan and act to achieve those goals. The business world calls that a strategic plan, which should be an involved process requiring input from a lot of stakeholders, including the citizens! Call it a look forward if you wish!
While doing this, we also need to preserve our history, both downtown and in the county, as there is far little of it left. Having so much available land makes one wonder when historic buildings are displaced by large and small retail alike; like when our last one room school house is replaced with a one room storage building. This goes far beyond the most recent plan to destroy a historic Cherokee structure for what I believe is our fifth Dollar General Store. Our little historic crossroads town can be a bustling area if we make the right choices and commitments!
My plan in office is to assess the current state of our dear city, help to develop a plan for the future and through hard work, moral values, integrity, honesty and transparency, help get us there. I need your vote! In exchange, I pledge access and a voice to make things the way we want and need them here in Jasper and Pickens County. The future is bright!
If you have any questions for me, believe it or not, I am on Facebook, Facebook ~ Sonny Proctor, M.D. and I’ll do my best to get back to you!
Sonny Proctor, M.D.