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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Campaign Styles Vary In North Fulton City Races.

In Milton, swipes are common.

By DOUG NURSE , MARY MACDONALD The Atlantna Journal-ConstitutionPublished on: 11/01/07
Tuesday's municipal elections on the Northside could serve as a case study of contrasts.
In Johns Creek, the campaigning for two contested City Council posts is so low-key that people might be wondering if an election is being held.

In Milton, the campaigns for three seats have been vitriolic and bare-knuckled.
Alpharetta's sole contested race is somewhere in between. And Sandy Springs' one race has been gentle and polite.

Johns Creek has Post 2 up for grabs with incumbent Dan McCabe facing challenger Michael Barker, and Post 4 incumbent Ivan Figueroa taking on Stephen Becker.
"There are a few campaign signs out, but that's about it," said Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker. "There hasn't been any real campaigning to speak of. I'm not sure people even know there's an election."

Milton voters have been inundated with attack mail pieces and swirling e-mails filled with innuendo. Virtually all of the six candidates are claiming their opponents are misrepresenting their positions, and each campaign is clamoring to be heard over the din. Three candidates – Post 2 incumbent Julie Zahner Bailey, Post 4 challenger Burt Hewitt and Post 6 challenger Alan Tart – are aligned on one side, while Post 2 challenger Roger Santi, Post 4 incumbent Neal O'Brien and Post 6 incumbent Rick Mohrig are on the other.

"My mother taught me that if I can't say anything nice not to say anything at all," said Councilwoman Karen Thurman. "I'll be glad when it's over and we can concentrate on the business of the city."

In Alpharetta, the two candidates for Post 4 – incumbent Debbie Gibson and challenger Cheryl Oakes – have been jostling each other in mailings, Web sites and e-mails, but it hasn't been quite as harsh as Milton's races. "Between the candidates, it's been fairly civil," said City Councilman John Monson. "We've seen lots worse."

For the most part, the campaigns have been civil, and the races seem low-key.
Roswell, Sandy Springs and the tiny city of Mountain Park also have competitive municipal elections this year.

In Sandy Springs, four candidates are running for an unexpected opening on the City Council. At a candidate forum Sunday, sponsored by the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, candidates tackled questions on subjects ranging from the ongoing drought to a location for a dog park.

Development, and redevelopment, in and around existing neighborhoods seems to be the hot topic.

"The developers should take direction from the city; not the other way around," said one Sandy Springs candidate, Elizabeth Huffner.
The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

But we have one humorous neighbor [who was born and reared in the area] who has the right idea.

Sure, put up a sign in my yard.

Bailey, Santi, O'Brien, Hewitt, Mohrig, Tart,

He's got them all, [except AU-H2O].

He's retired from Fulton County so he knows insantiy when he sees it.

Ya gotta love it.

Anonymous said...

That has got to be a mis quote on Thermin, she hasn't said or been nice to anyone since she looked like the girl in Santi's adds.

Anonymous said...

My mother taught me not to vote for people who cared more about themselves and their political futures than the area I live in...

Do the villages across the nation a favor...send their idiots back...

Vote Bailey, Hewitt, and Tart!

Anonymous said...

The Vermin must have been absent the day they learned about telling the truth. Can't wait to vote her out of office in 2 years!

Anonymous said...

She is having a hard time right now because she is scared to death that her stooges won't be re elected and she will lose control. Then she will haveto play by the rules and work with others.

Want to bet she has a nervous breakdown if Rick or Neal don't get re elected?

JJ may not "like" her anymore!

Anonymous said...

Now the city cried with anger,
"Mount your horses! Draw your sword!"
And they killed their Milton-neighbors,
So they won their just reward.

Now they stood beside the treasure,
In Milton, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it...
"Peace on Earth" was all it said.



Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Bailey,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Anonymous said...

Or you could do it in the name of "Roger" and worship young girls in diapers?

Anonymous said...

Ms. Thurman forgot to tell us the rest of her mother's advice...."if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all....unless it's behind the person's back or you can get someone else to say it for you."

Anonymous said...

Cat fight! Rrrair! Hiss! Hiss!
Whatever! The Crazy bloggers have officially arrived!

Who is Dr. Suess with the poetry? Nice, too bad it sound like you copied it from someone else and changed the words. Hey Wordsworth, don't you want to sign your poetry?

Anonymous said...

Willis...who you calling crazy?

Anonymous said...

How come Santi doesn't know that the guy who's supporting him this year but ran against him last year, has a conservation use on his land...same as the Bailey family?

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight...if you support Santi, it's okay to dip into state benefits...but if you're a Bailey...it's not okay? Sorry, Mr. CPA, state-approved tax incentives don't work that way. Maybe you should take the year off and brush up on tax laws.

Anonymous said...

Who is this dude with the conservation use on his land.....GORDON HUNTER ???

Anonymous said...

Aw! Now you went and opened up that very dirty diaper secret! Word on the playground is that while Roger's been in the sandbox with Hunter, he missed yet another meeting!

Anonymous said...

"Campaign Styles Vary"

Me thinks not......

Everbody lies, lies, lies!

Ted Turner-"Lead, Follow or get out of the way.

Bailey-"Get out of my way, follow, The sewer is coming, the sewer isc coming"

Anonymous said...

And Cherokee's traffic from the 12,000 homes Santi approved in 2006 will be coming Milton's way, too!

Anonymous said...

Right, Roger Santi is directly responsible for all of the growth in Cherokee County,

They should call this"Moron Blog"

Anonymous said...

"Moron Blog"

Ever heard the phrase: "Takes one to know one".