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Monday-Nov. 3: Advance voting begins, continues through Nov. 3.There will also be a special weekend early voting on Oct. 28-29. Early voting locations:
- Floyd Administration Building, Oct. 16-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
- Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
- Garden Lakes Baptist Church, Oct. 16-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
- Rome Civic Center, Oct. 30-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Oct. 17: The Rome TEA Party will host its monthly Lunch Bunch meeting, noon-1 p.m., at Fuddruckers. Join us for food, fellowship and an important Floyd discussion on fiscal responsibility. The program will feature a panel and audience discussion on the 2017 SPLOST and might be entitled “Reduce your Taxes, Vote NO on SPLOST.” Join us early to order from the menu. The public is invited and for more information contact Mike Morton 706-346-3400.
Oct. 24: Floyd County Republican Party sponsors a City Commission candidates’ forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Rome Civic Center. All six candidates invited; independent panel to pose questions.
Oct. 26: Political forum for Rome Board of Education candidates conducted by Rev. Terrell Shield, several other ministers and the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority. The question-and-answer session is from 5:30 until 7 p.m. in the authority’s gymnasium at 560 N. Division St. The format of the Forum is as follows: 5 p.m.: Audience arrives and fills out a card asking one or two questions; 5:30, welcome from Rev. Terrell Shields; 5:35, candidates’ opening remarks, two minutes each; then questions will be read by a local minister; 6:45, candidates’ closing remarks, two minutes each. 7 p.m., adjourn.
Nov. 7: Election Day.
The Nov. 7 ballot: Candidate and tax proposals
The 2017 special tax vote extension: The pros and cons on the special tax that would fund projects throughout the county as well as in the cities of Rome and Cave Spring. Now posted at Special Tax
The 2017 education tax extension: A closer look at projects both the Floyd County and city of Rome school systems would fund with the extended tax. No posted at Education Tax.
Rome Board of Education: 15 candidate profiles, Q&As on education tax, school system’s direction, technology.Among the items on the ballot on Nov. 7 will be all seven seats for the Rome City Board of Education. Hometown Headlines offers interviews with the record 15 candidates on the ballot. Click Rome School Board
Rome City Commission candidate profiles and their answers to our questions on special taxes, tax allocation districts, economic development and their achievements or goals. There are three Rome City Commission seats on the Nov. 7 ballot from Ward Two; they are the seats held by Wendy Davis, Jamie Doss and Sue Lee. All three are running for re-election and face challengers Bill Kerestes, Randy Quick and Monica Sheppard. Click City Commission
Campaign finance reports: You’ll find the updated reports for the City Commission and School Board candidates here
Georgia Highlands College’s Community Watch program has shared interviews with the six Rome City Commission candidates for three seats on Ward Two performed by Dr. Jonathan Hershey, Dean, Humanities Division and GHC alumnus Greg Shropshire. The shows currently are running on GHTV Comcast Channel 4 as well. Look for interviews with the 15 school board candidates soon. The links:
- Randy Quick and Monica Sheppard
- Jamie Doss
- Wendy David and Bill Kerestes
- Incumbent Sue Lee was not able to attend the taping as she is recovering from a broken foot.
Below please find the sample ballots for the Rome City Commission, Rome School Board and countywide government and education tax extension proposals. The ballots were taken from the elections office’s home page. Click here for more.