Pulliam to Run for White County School Board

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CLEVELAND, Ga. –Brock Pulliam has qualified to run for the District 2 seat on the White County Board of Education.

Pulliam, 46, is a 1988 graduate of North Hall High School and a salesman working for Gainesville Flooring. He was appointed as the interim Board of Education member in May to replace Roger Fiztpatrick who resigned to run for U.S. Congress against incumbent Congressman Doug Collins.

Pulliam’s wife Shanna teaches visually impaired students in the White County School System. The couple has three children in the system, one a senior, a ninth grader and the youngest is in kindergarten.

Pulliam said, ” I have a vested interest in education with three children in the school system. In addition to my wife being a teacher, my several family members are involved in education. My brother and sister-in-law teach.”

The school board is currently working on the new budget and Pulliam says it will be adopted next Thursday.

But now he’s seen first hand how difficult the budgeting process can be. “It’s hard since the value of the mil has declined. The recent senior exemptions have had a negative impact on revenue but the numbers look pretty good right now. My number one goal will be to be fiscally responsible and make sure we manage the taxpayer dollars in the most efficient way possible.”

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Bryson, Pulliam Qualify to Run for School Board

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Qualifying for the November election to fill the vacant seat on the White County Board of Education ended at noon today with two candidates qualified.

Gwinnett County Fire Investigator Charlie Bryson will campaign against Brock Pulliam, who is currently serving an interim position on the board.

The special election is non-partisan and will be held to fill the vacancy created when Roger Fitzpatrick resigned to run for U.S. Congress last May against Congressman Doug Collins. The winner will serve the remainder of the unexpired term that ends in December 2018.

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Qualifying for Board of Education Begins July 25

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Qualifying for the Nov. 8th special election to fill a vacancy on the White County Board of Education will begin one week from today.

The vacancy was created when Roger Fitzpatrick withdrew to run against 7th District Congressman Doug Collins. The winner will serve the remainder of the unexpired term that will end December 31st 2018.

Probate Court Judge Garrison Baker said qualifying will begin on Monday July 25th at 9 a.m. and run until Friday July 29th at noon.

Candidates must live in District two and be a resident of the county for 12 months prior to the election. Qualifying will take place at the office of the Election Superintendent in the White County Courthouse.

There will also be a special referendum vote to address three alcohol sales questions, including the sale of distilled spirits by the drink, Sunday sales of distilled spirits and Sunday sales of beer and wine between the hours of 12:30 P.M. and 11:30 P.M.

White County Board of Commissioners voted in May for the questions to be placed before to voters in the county.

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White County Election Results

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General Primary Election
May 24, 2016
100 Percent of Precincts Reporting

U.S. House 9th District
Doug Collins 50,332
Paul Broun 18,045
Roger Fitzpatrick 8,667
Mike Scupin 2,795
Bernie Fontaine 2,269
Sheriff
Neal Walden 2,790
Aaron Autry 1,459

County Commission, Dist. 4
Craig Bryant 671
Shawn Henderson 477

Board of Education Chair
Missy Jarrard 2,215
Kendyl Brock-Hunter 1,459

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9th District Congressional Candidates on FYN’s Candidate Day

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Mike Scupin, Roger Fitzpatrick, Paul Broun, Doug Collins, and Bernie Fontaine speak on FYN’s Candidate Day for the citizens on the eve of the election day.

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Advanced Voting Slow in White Co. Where Turnout is Less Than 5 Percent

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Advanced voter turnout is slow in White County but Chief Voter Registrar Lisa Manning says it is way ahead of where it was in 2012. But that’s only because there were no contested races in the 2012 General Primary. This year, there are three local races, including sheriff, county commission and school board.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, Chief Voter Registrar Lisa Manning said only 540 ballots had been cast or less than 5 percent of White County’s 13,415 active registered voters.

“The Sheriff’s race is the most heated race,” Manning said. “It’s the one that seems to be drawing the most interest.” Veteran Sheriff Neal Walden is being challenged by Aaron Autry

In the District 4 County Commission race, incumbent Craig Bryant will face Shawn Henderson. In the Board of Education race, incumbent Kendyl Brock Hunter is being challenged by Missy Jarrard.

There is also an election for Ninth District Congress where incumbent Doug Collins of Gainesville has angered many conservatives when he voted for President Barack Obama’s Omnibus bill and supported John Boehner for Speaker of the House. As a result, he has drawn four challengers in former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun, Lanier Tea Part Patriots founder Mike Scupin, White County educator Roger Fitzpatrick and retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine.

The lone state race on the ballot is for State Senate where incumbent Steve Gooch,who many consider an “establishment Republican,” is being challenged for re-election in the 51st District by John Williamson, co-founder of the Gilmer County Tea Party.

Advanced voting takes place at the Mauney Building, 1241 Helen Highway between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday voting will take place tomorrow.

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Fitzpatrick Impressive in Town Hall Meeting

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Roger Fitzpatrick, an ex-Marine and former White County administrator, appears to have established himself as the No. 1 contender for 9th District Congressman Doug Collins’ job with a strong performance during the AccessWDUN/Gainesville Times town hall meeting at Brenau Downtown Center last night.

Fitzpatrick demonstrated confidence, knowledge of the issues and likeability in responding to questions from a near-capacity crowd that showed its appreciation with loud and frequent applause for the Cleveland, Georgia native.

In addition to Fitzpatrick and Collins, the 90-minute event featured Lanier Tea Party Patriots founder Mike Scupin, retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine and former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun. The challengers took turns answering questions from attendees as well as tweets from WDUN Radio’s listening audience.

Fitzpatrick, who served nine years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 32 years as a White County teacher and administrator, said veterans would be better served by getting rid of the Veterans Administration and allowing private industry to fill that role. He also called for an end to the Department of Education, saying, “The federal government has no business in education.”

He borrowed a line from President Bill Clinton when asked what is the most important issue facing the nation. “It’s the economy stupid,” he said. But, he added that getting government out of the way so businesses can thrive was a close second.

An issue that has plagued Collins throughout the campaign and has him in deep trouble with voters in the ultra conservative 9th District has been his support for President Barack Obama’s Omnibus bill. The bill provides funding for Planned Parenthood, the Muslim refugee program, sanctuary cities and a foreign worker program that costs Americans jobs at a time of increasing concerns about terrorist threats against the United States.

When Collins tried to explain his vote, he was shouted down by angry voters and his response was drowned out until Fitzpatrick’s Marine training kicked in and he stepped forward to admonish the audience, saying, “Show some respect, please.” The intervention earned Fitzpatrick the crowd’s admiration.

Collins then continued, saying, “The facts are if you could have gotten Planned Parenthood out of the Omnibus bill you would have done it but you couldn’t. The way you get it done is through the reconciliation act or a bill which I had voted for prior to that.” But that explanation failed to sway his opponents.

Fitzpatrick said, “Anything that would violate the moral conscience of a decent individual or the original intent (of the Constitution), you cannot vote for.” He also pointed out that Planned Parenthood is now paying for transgender operations.

Scupin called Collis’ explanation the “Doug Collins Dog and Pony Show” and said, “It doesn’t just happen with Planned Parenthood. It happens with nearly every vote he makes up there. He’s against the Department of Education because of how it effects his wife when she teaches and yet he votes to fund it. This has got to stop. Either you’re for it or against it.”

Broun said, “I would not have voted for the Omnibus bill. I never have.”

Voters also wanted to know if the candidates would support presumptive Republican nominee for President Donald Trump.

Fontaine said, “Of course I support Donald Trump.”

Scupin said, “Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party and as such I definitely will support him. Donald Trump rose to the top of the Republican Party not because of Donald Trump but because of the Republican Party.Their failure to do the right thing when they had the opportunity is what gave him a path to this victory.”

Broun said, “The people have spoken. We need to have the people’s choice be the nominee of our party. I don’t want to see the establishment try to steal away the people’s choice.”

Collins seemed a bit more hesitant, saying, “If Trump is our nominee, I’ll support the nominee. But what about the values Donald Trump has. The question is where do you stand on conservative values? Will you be the standard bearer of our party’s values? The fact is that nobody in this room would be happy with Hillary Clinton in the White House. Nobody who would be happy with a socialist running the White House.

Fitzpatrick said, “I voted for Ted Cruz and would do so again but Donald Trump won the nomination and I will support the nominee. Whoever gets in there — and I sure do hope it’s Donald Trump — you’ve got to work with and if he stands up and does something I don’t like then he needs to be called out on it even if he is a Republican.”

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Advanced Voting Underway in White County

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Advanced voting for the May 24 General Primary started Monday in White County where voters must decide who will represent them in several federal, state and local offices.

Ninth District Congressman Doug Collins of Gainesville angered many conservatives when he voted for President Barack Obama’s Omnibus bill and supported John Boehner for Speaker of the House. As a result, he has drawn four challengers in former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun, Lanier Tea Part Patriots founder Mike Scupin, White County educator Roger Fitzpatrick and retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine.

State Senator Steve Gooch,who many consider an “establishment Repubican,” is being challenged for re-election in the 51st District by John Williamson, co-founder of the Gilmer County Tea Party.

Incumbent District 1 County Commissioner Terry Goodger will serve another four years after his only challenger, Ron Hood withdrew from the race for medical reasons. In the District 4 race, incumbent Craig Bryant will face Shawn Henderson.

Veteran Sheriff Neal Walden is being challenged by Aaron Autry and incumbent Board of Education Chairwoman Missy Jarrard is up against Kendyl Brock-Hunter.

Advanced voting takes place at the Mauney Building, 1241 Helen Highway between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will also be one day of Saturday voting on May 14.

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