Category Archives: Politics

Your Two Cents: Push begins from all sides on $125 million government, education sales tax extensions on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Your Two Cents: Push begins from all sides on $125 million government, education sales tax extensions on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Update from WRGA:  The governments of Cave Spring, Floyd County and Rome have blessed the $63.8 million SPLOST package to go before voters in two months. From Tuesday morning: Traditionally, campaign season used to begin Labor Day weekend. So much for tradition, especially as two special tax extensions — one for government, one for the… Read more

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Campaign watch: Can a nonpartisan City Commission race keep it that way? Guldenschuh’s big stage in September. Campaign calendar.

Campaign watch: Can a nonpartisan City Commission race keep it that way? Guldenschuh’s big stage in September. Campaign calendar.

Campaign Watch is an occasional report from Hometown Headlines leading up to the Nov. 7 election. Party lines? The candidates for the Rome City Commission do not declare party allegiance. That’s not to say you know who’s what way before the first vote is cast. And in a county where 70 percent of the vote… Read more

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Wetherington the second candidate to declare bid for opening on superior court bench; look for more in coming weeks.

Wetherington the second candidate to declare bid for opening on superior court bench; look for more in coming weeks.

  From Hometown: The race to replace retiring Chief Superior Court Judge Tami Colston is months away but challengers are lining up. Assistant District Attorney Kay Ann Wetherington has announced plans to seek the seat in the May primary. In July, Rome attorney Emily Matson announced her candidacy. More are expected as 11 people submitted applications… Read more

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Busy ballot for Rome: With qualifying over, 15 seeking seven School Board seats, six in race for three City Commission posts.

Busy ballot for Rome: With qualifying over, 15 seeking seven School Board seats, six in race for three City Commission posts.

    Rome’s registered voters have a busy fall ahead, learning the names and backgrounds of a whopping 15 city School Board candidates as well as six City Commission hopefuls. City Clerk Joe Smith says qualifying ended at 4:30 p.m. Friday and all candidates are certified. He’ll check to ensure residency but other than that,… Read more

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Will Byington, appointed to the Rome School Board almost a year ago, seeks full term in November.

Will Byington, appointed to the Rome School Board almost a year ago, seeks full term in November.

    Media release: Driven by a desire to equip students to live meaningful and impactful lives, Will Byington announces his candidacy for Rome City School Board. “I believe the future vitality of our community will be largely determined by how successful we are in preparing our students to be skilled, competent and responsible adults,… Read more

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Rome City Commissioner Jamie Doss, currently serving as mayor, seeks new term.

Rome City Commissioner Jamie Doss, currently serving as mayor, seeks new term.

Veteran Rome City Commissioner Jamie Doss, also serving as Rome’s mayor, will see a new term in November. That means all three commissioners up for re-election are running including Wendy Davis and Sue Lee. All represent Ward Two. Media release from Jamie Doss: After much thought and prayer, I have decided to seek re-election to the… Read more

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Berry Professor Eric McDowell to run for one of the seven seats on the Rome Board of Education.

Berry Professor Eric McDowell to run for one of the seven seats on the Rome Board of Education.

  From Hometown: The “race of the year” is gaining another hopeful. Eric McDowell, a Berry College professor and community volunteer, says he’ll qualify this week to seek one of seven seats on the Rome Board of Education. Qualifying starts Monday. Media release: Berry mathematics professor Eric McDowell is announcing his intention to run for… Read more

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Jim O’Hara, local sports journalist and communications consultant, to run for Rome Board of Education. Richard Dixon to seek re-election.

Jim O’Hara, local sports journalist and communications consultant, to run for Rome Board of Education. Richard Dixon to seek re-election.

From Hometown: With qualifying beginning on Monday, another candidate has announced plans to seek one of seven seats on the Rome Board of Education. Jim O’Hara, local sports journalist and former Sports Editor at Rome News-Tribune, plans to qualify to run next week. In addition, current Rome BOE member Dr. Richard Dixon, a local veterinarian, has announced… Read more

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Politics: New AJC Report takes a look at money spent in re-election campaigns for Georgia Congressmen. Graves spent over $777,000 in his campaign with little opposition.

Politics: New AJC Report takes a look at money spent in re-election campaigns for Georgia Congressmen. Graves spent over $777,000 in his campaign with little opposition.

  According to a new AJC political report, Georgia’s U.S. House members faced only token opposition at the ballot box last year, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the way they spent campaign money. The state’s 13 incumbent representatives, including U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-14), collectively spent more than $12.9 million in the two… Read more

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State representative: ‘Create a state commission on historic monuments’ with recommendations going to governor, General Assembly.

State representative: ‘Create a state commission on historic monuments’ with recommendations going to governor, General Assembly.

  Media release: State Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Lithonia) on Friday announced plans to introduce legislation that would create a state commission on historic monuments during the 2018 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. “The recent events in Charlottesville, Va., have spurred on calls for the removal of historical monuments and artifacts that honor a… Read more

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Jill Fisher, veteran school volunteer and PTO president, to run for Rome Board of Education.

Jill Fisher, veteran school volunteer and PTO president, to run for Rome Board of Education.

  From Hometown: We’ve said it before — the race for the Rome City Board of Education will be the one to watch this November. As qualifying starts Monday, we’re seeing more candidates declare their intent to run, including the latest, Jill Fisher, an active volunteer in the school system and mother of three students… Read more

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Dr. David Ehrler – a longtime school psychologist, husband of a teacher and father of an elementary student — joins Rome Board of Education race.

Dr. David Ehrler – a longtime school psychologist, husband of a teacher and father of an elementary student — joins Rome Board of Education race.

From Hometown: The race for the seven seats on the Rome City Board of Education continues to grow. Dr. David Ehrler, with a long background in public education and the husband of a Rome High teacher and father of an East Central student, is joining the race. Media release: Dr. David Ehrler announced his intent today to… Read more

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John Uldrick to enter race for one of the seven seats on the Rome Board of Education.

John Uldrick to enter race for one of the seven seats on the Rome Board of Education.

From Hometown: With qualifying beginning on Monday, another candidate has announced plans to seek one of seven seats on the Rome Board of Education. John Uldrick, a youth minister at First Baptist Church, plans to qualify to run next week. Uldrick was among those considered for appointment to the board following the death of Judy… Read more

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