White County votes go to Kemp, Raffensperger, Shafer; John Solmon elected to School Board

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – John Solomon has defeated incumbent Charlie Bryson to claim the District 2 seat on the White County Board of Education. Solomon received 2,019 votes to Bryson’s 1,649 in Tuesday’s primary runoff.

Solmon finished a distant second to Bryson in the May 22 primary with 989 votes to Bryson’s 1,560. But he turned the tables Tuesday and more than doubled that totalto claim a convincing victory.

White County proved to be Brian Kemp country as the Secretary of State easily defeated Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the Republican primary race for governor. Kemp received 2,520 votes to Cagle’s 1,322.

White Countians also gave David Shafer the nod for Lt. Governor. He defeated Geoff Duncan with 1,900 votes to Duncan’s 1,736.

Brad Raffensperger defeated  David Belle Isle 2,408 to 1,105 in the Secretary of State race and Democrat Sid Chapman beat Otha Thornton Jr. 66 to 41.

All results are unofficial until certified by the Elections Supervisor.

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Large voter turnout reported in White County so far

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County’s Chief Registrar Lisa Manning said Wednesday (July 18)  she is extremely happy with the large voter turnout during the advanced voting period which ends Friday at 5 p.m.

“Considering we lost two voting days due to the Fourth of July and the fact we had no Saturday voting this time, I’m excited. I don’t ever remember a time when a runoff election drew more voters than the primary election,” she said.

As of 3:30 Wednesday, 804 White County voters had cast their ballots in person compared to 1,009 who voted in the May primary. With two days left, it is likely the turnout for this runoff election will exceed the number who voted in the May primary.

“Here in White County, the governor’s race and the local school board race have drawn a lot of attention,” Manning added.

The governor’s race has been a no-holds-barred battle between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Both candidates have attracted last-minute endorsements with Cagle getting the endorsement of Gov. Nathan Deal and Kemp earning Hunter Hill’s endorsement.

The only local race on the ballot is for the White County School Board between incumbent Charlie Bryson and John Solmon.

The poll will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Election Day is Tuesday (July 24) when the poll will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

 

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Nine candidates vie for county offices in May 22 primary

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Mickey Cummings

CLEVELAND, Ga. — When the May 22 General Primary election arrives, White County voters will have to choose between two state representative candidates in District 8, three county commission candidates in District 2 and two school board candidates in District 2 and 4.

State Rep. Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger) is running for a second term in the General Assembly against Mickey Cummings, of Union County.

Gurtler is a pro-life, pro-gun incumbent who opposes subsidies and government interference in the free market. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution article reported that Gurtler was once threatened by Gov. Nathan Deal’s aide, Chris Riley, when Gurtler voted against the governor’s budget. Riley allegedly threatened to cut all funding for Gurtler’s district in retaliation.

State Rep. Matt Gurtler

Cummings earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia and a masters degree in agriculture education from Clemson. He served for more than 20 years as Union County’s Extension Agent. He led the effort to develop the Union County Farmers Market that has had a $1 million annual economic impact on the district. He said he is running because the district has been isolated by a lack of leadership on the part of the incumbent.

Incumbent District 2 County Commissioner Lyn Holcomb has two challengers, Mike Boswell and Ricky Farmer. Boswell said he would like to do a better job of promoting agri-tourism and upgrading the county infrastructure.

Farmer said he wants to make sure that any industry attracted to White County does not hurt the small businessman. “Industry is a great thing but we’re a county of mostly small businesses,” he said. “I want industries that will come in and help the small businessman.”

Incumbent Charlie Bryson has drawn a pair of challengers for his District 2 seat on the Board of Education in Carly Adam and John Solmon. Bryson is a fire investigator by profession. Solmon is a small business owner and a member of the Mossy Creek Elementary School Governing Council. Adam is an administrative assistant at Pioneer RESA.

There is an open District 4 seat on the Board of Education where freelance journalist Linda Erbele and Jeannette Gearing, a substitute teacher, are the candidates.

Erbele said she is strongly opposed to school vouchers. “Vouchers don’t help anyone but the people who can already afford private school,” she said. “I will advocate for White County Schools and against vouchers anyway that I can. My goal is simple – to have the best school system in the state as part of a thriving, dynamic community.”

Gearing comes from a family of educators. She has worked as a substitute teacher for eight years and served on several school councils. “I’m very proud of how far our school system has come,” she said. “It has made great strides.” One thing she would like to see is more school counselors. “I believe we need one for each grade,” she said. Gearing feels White County schools are safe and she has mixed feelings about guns in schools: “I like the fact that we have school resource officers in every school. I’m not sold on the idea of teachers with guns.”

 

 

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Nix will return to Board of Commissioners, Holcomb faces two challengers

Election 2018

Commissioner Edwin Nix

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Qualifying ended at noon today. The field is now set for the May 22 General Primary election.

District 2 County Commissioner Lyn Holcomb will have to defeat Mike Boswell, who lists his occupation as wastewater operator, and Ricky Farmer, the owner of a pet crematory, to serve another term on the Board of Commissioners.

District 3 Commissioner Edwin Nix, however, is unopposed and will return to the Board in January.

Charlie Bryson, a fire investigator, is the incumbent Board of Education member from District 2. Carly Adam, an administrative assistant, and John Solmon will challenge for that seat.

For a time, it appeared as though there would be no candidates in the District 4 Board of Education race, but on the final day of qualifying, two candidates stepped forward. Jeannette Gearing, a substitute teacher, and Linda Erbele, a freelance writer, qualified.

The state level race has incumbent District 9 State Representative Kevin Tanner (R) of Dawsonville pitted against Mark Hajduk (R) of Cumming.

 

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