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I went to my first Republican Party meeting on Saturday and had a great experience listening to the candidates for the various county commissioners. I was especially intrigued by the Post 2 race since that’s where I live. I received a good feel for the candidates from what 10 minutes will tell you. Adam Gregory impressed me. He is a local businessman who seems to have the best intentions for the economic improvement of Paulding County. I was told before I went that there was a "good ol boy" system and that he was considered a long shot. I did some looking on here and couldn't find a lot on him. It seems to be all Cochran and Pownall. From what he conveyed through his 10 minutes, the county would be short changing itself by not looking into Gregory. Smart business, good morals, and community involvement all make sense to me. He has some very interesting statistics that people need to hear. Hopefully his message will get out there. There was a video of the meeting that shows Post 2 and Post 3 candidates introducing themselves and expressing their qualifications, concerns, and ideas.

 

 

Pubby, what can we do to get the video of the meeting on here for all to see?

 

 

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I suspect there probably is a video of the introductions. I know that LPPT was there to get video for us but grabbed the 'wrong' memory card and ended up getting only the first five seconds of Todd Pownall's introduction ... and obviously missed all the others. If someone has a good copy, we'd be happy to get it and put it up.

 

we'll have a short report on the meeting in tomorrows news.

 

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I suspect there probably is a video of the introductions. I know that LPPT was there to get video for us but grabbed the 'wrong' memory card and ended up getting only the first five seconds of Todd Pownall's introduction ... and obviously missed all the others. If someone has a good copy, we'd be happy to get it and put it up.

 

we'll have a short report on the meeting in tomorrows news.

 

pubby

 

 

Good reporting. Professional.

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Gregory or Pownall ?

 

Either one could be a good choice. Both seem to have excellent ideas. I won't be voting for Cochran though.

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Go Paulding, I agree.

 

I actually placed my first post a few weeks ago about Gregory when I heard him speak out in the New GA area. I was very impressed. I have been talking to everyone about him and telling them my thoughts from a new persons perspective in the political arena. I recently got involved in politics after all the federal stuff started going crazy and most of the time do not vote in a primary, but I will for this guy.

 

I am like you, I am not here to shake any feathers, but he made me want to vote and clean Pauldings slate with something new and fresh. People need to see this guy speak and here what he has to say.

 

 

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Go Paulding, I agree.

 

I actually placed my first post a few weeks ago about Gregory when I heard him speak out in the New GA area. I was very impressed. I have been talking to everyone about him and telling them my thoughts from a new persons perspective in the political arena. I recently got involved in politics after all the federal stuff started going crazy and most of the time do not vote in a primary, but I will for this guy.

 

I am like you, I am not here to shake any feathers, but he made me want to vote and clean Pauldings slate with something new and fresh. People need to see this guy speak and here what he has to say.

 

I have and wasn't that impressed. Even had a chance to talk to him one-on-one and still did not get the feeling that he truely understood what he was getting into. Most of his promises he would not be able to keep just due the current laws.

 

And then he comes to the builder's assoc meeting to speak about "growth control"? Didn't win a lot of friends there! But wants to spend big money on business/industrial parks? Without a plan on where that money is coming from?

 

Sure, he is a new fresh face. But if he doesn't already know what needs to be fixed and how to do it, he's going to be worthless to this County for at least the first year. We don't have a year to train someone!

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I was planning on attending the meeting but I did not make it. Anyone know how many candidates showed? Did all of them speak?

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I have and wasn't that impressed. Even had a chance to talk to him one-on-one and still did not get the feeling that he truely understood what he was getting into. Most of his promises he would not be able to keep just due the current laws.

 

And then he comes to the builder's assoc meeting to speak about "growth control"? Didn't win a lot of friends there! But wants to spend big money on business/industrial parks? Without a plan on where that money is coming from?

 

Sure, he is a new fresh face. But if he doesn't already know what needs to be fixed and how to do it, he's going to be worthless to this County for at least the first year. We don't have a year to train someone!

 

 

I heard the builders association meeting was a bit interesting, with even a little taste of "women shouldn't be in leadership positions" thrown out by one of the candidates. I would like to have been "a fly on the wall" to get a feel of how those in attendance took those comments.

 

I've asked a few people about these candidates, and I thought an interesting proposition was made by one such person.

They also hear Adam speak and said it seemed he may make an excellent fit on Economic Development/Business board. I'm not sure what board groupe we have here in the county. Apparently Adam can entertain speaking to businesses and "selling" Paulding County. If so, maybe that would be a good fit.

 

I look forward to hearing all of these candidates at a later time. If the "males rule" mentality really did occur, it gives me more reason to look at the lady running in Post 2.

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Go Paulding, I agree.

 

I actually placed my first post a few weeks ago about Gregory when I heard him speak out in the New GA area. I was very impressed. I have been talking to everyone about him and telling them my thoughts from a new persons perspective in the political arena. I recently got involved in politics after all the federal stuff started going crazy and most of the time do not vote in a primary, but I will for this guy.

 

I am like you, I am not here to shake any feathers, but he made me want to vote and clean Pauldings slate with something new and fresh. People need to see this guy speak and here what he has to say.

 

I have also did a little checking on the candidates,And took the time to research some records of the prospective candidates in the Post 2 race.

 

 

I listened to the candidates speech at the Past Republician Meeting, And was amazed at how Gregory and Cochran attempted to distance themselves from the Previous Tax and spend Adminstration, That was defeated in the past election.

 

WOW just WOW how can a person be employed for eight years with the past Adminstration and not be considered a part of that adminstration's, policies,And the tax and spend that occured during those eight years.

 

Gregory, In his speech attempted to distance himself from the "Good ole boy's" network of the past, However, the proof is also a Matter of record, A review of Gregory's Campaign Contribution disclosure that he filed, Plainly shows that he received a campaign contribution from the "King" of the good ole boy's Himself.

 

Why be a hyprocrite??

 

My impression of both Adam and Beverly, They have been a part of the past adminstration, That has caused many problems that Paulding County faces today, And should be rejected by the voters.

 

Time to move Paulding County Forward. Not backward.

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Go Paulding, I agree.

 

I actually placed my first post a few weeks ago about Gregory when I heard him speak out in the New GA area. I was very impressed. I have been talking to everyone about him and telling them my thoughts from a new persons perspective in the political arena. I recently got involved in politics after all the federal stuff started going crazy and most of the time do not vote in a primary, but I will for this guy.

 

I am like you, I am not here to shake any feathers, but he made me want to vote and clean Pauldings slate with something new and fresh. People need to see this guy speak and here what he has to say.

 

 

 

I am having a difficult time understanding his position on the SPLOST renewals. From what I understand Adam is against the renewal. I wish he would come on P.com and discuss it.

 

Without the SPLOST there will be no road finished to where this Industrial Development is supposed to take place, not to mention how badly the Sheriff's Department and 911, plus Parks & Rec need the SPLOST to purchase the equipment they need to operate their departments and perform their jobs.

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I heard the builders association meeting was a bit interesting, with even a little taste of "women shouldn't be in leadership positions" thrown out by one of the candidates. I would like to have been "a fly on the wall" to get a feel of how those in attendance took those comments.

I've asked a few people about these candidates, and I thought an interesting proposition was made by one such person.

They also hear Adam speak and said it seemed he may make an excellent fit on Economic Development/Business board. I'm not sure what board groupe we have here in the county. Apparently Adam can entertain speaking to businesses and "selling" Paulding County. If so, maybe that would be a good fit.

 

I look forward to hearing all of these candidates at a later time. If the "males rule" mentality really did occur, it gives me more reason to look at the lady running in Post 2.

 

If someone said that, I missed it. Some of the candidates put me to sleep and I kinda zoned out when they started speaking about things they knew nothing about! One was just sad and has no place running for public office.

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I have also did a little checking on the candidates,And took the time to research some records of the prospective candidates in the Post 2 race.

 

 

I listened to the candidates speech at the Past Republician Meeting, And was amazed at how Gregory and Cochran attempted to distance themselves from the Previous Tax and spend Adminstration, That was defeated in the past election.

 

WOW just WOW how can a person be employed for eight years with the past Adminstration and not be considered a part of that adminstration's, policies,And the tax and spend that occured during those eight years.

 

Gregory, In his speech attempted to distance himself from the "Good ole boy's" network of the past, However, the proof is also a Matter of record, A review of Gregory's Campaign Contribution disclosure that he filed, Plainly shows that he received a campaign contribution from the "King" of the good ole boy's Himself.

 

Why be a hyprocrite??

 

My impression of both Adam and Beverly, They have been a part of the past adminstration, That has caused many problems that Paulding County faces today, And should be rejected by the voters.

 

Time to move Paulding County Forward. Not backward.

 

If that's how you feel about these 2 candidate, how do you feel about Todd Pownall? Do you know who's backing him? One good guess, it's the same local big business owner that back Jerry Shearin! I guess I should have kept the invitation I got last week to his big kick-off party at Charles Hardy's home. So much for a clean break!

 

Good luck in finding ANYONE who does not have a connection somewhere, somehow to the past!

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If that's how you feel about these 2 candidate, how do you feel about Todd Pownall? Do you know who's backing him? One good guess, it's the same local big business owner that back Jerry Shearin! I guess I should have kept the invitation I got last week to his big kick-off party at Charles Hardy's home. So much for a clean break!

 

Good luck in finding ANYONE who does not have a connection somewhere, somehow to the past!

I know Todd Pownall from the past Commission Chairman election where he single handed exposed the previous Adminstration of the under handed attempt to Raise our taxes.

 

Todd reall showed a lot that day, And persisted until the truth came out, that is the kind of person that I would like to see as a County Commissioner

 

Heck this is a matter of record, And can be found on YOU Tube, I admire him for standing up to the good ole boy nrtwork, His adminstration, And all of those that were a Part of it.

 

A review of the Campaign Contribution disclosure reveals that Todd Pawnall has not received campaign contributions from the Previous Commission Chairman, Or any of his Adminstration.

 

I found it a little ironic that some of the candidates are trying to distance themselves from the previous adminstration in their speeches, Yet accepted campaign donations from them.

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If that's how you feel about these 2 candidate, how do you feel about Todd Pownall? Do you know who's backing him? One good guess, it's the same local big business owner that back Jerry Shearin! I guess I should have kept the invitation I got last week to his big kick-off party at Charles Hardy's home. So much for a clean break!

 

Good luck in finding ANYONE who does not have a connection somewhere, somehow to the past!

 

Pownall and Shearin are pretty much on opposite sides of the fence.

 

If you are a Shearin fan, then you can feel good supporting Cochran, although Shearin has been a business partner of Gregory and I believe has already donated to him as well. I assume he is hedging his bets there supporting both of them.

 

 

Todd Pownall took on the Shearin machine personnally 2 years ago and I applaud him for it. Shearin belittled him and insulted him while he sat at his seat lying through his teeth about the back door tax increase Todd Pownall called him out on.

 

Don't get me wrong, we got the increase anyway the following year, with the public announcements and hearings Shearin and company were trying to get Richardson to help them get out of having to do. But none the less, Shearin did try to sneak it by us and got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. That year's bond servicing which came out of the general operating fund is what left the fund depleted the following year causing many of the austerity cuts across the county.

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I know Todd Pownall from the past Commission Chairman election where he single handed exposed the previous Adminstration of the under handed attempt to Raise our taxes.

 

Todd reall showed a lot that day, And persisted until the truth came out, that is the kind of person that I would like to see as a County Commissioner

 

Heck this is a matter of record, And can be found on YOU Tube, I admire him for standing up to the good ole boy nrtwork, His adminstration, And all of those that were a Part of it.

 

A review of the Campaign Contribution disclosure reveals that Todd Pawnall has not received campaign contributions from the Previous Commission Chairman, Or any of his Adminstration.

 

I found it a little ironic that some of the candidates are trying to distance themselves from the previous adminstration in their speeches, Yet accepted campaign donations from them.

 

I know all about that meeting, I was sitting right behind you when you taped it. Who said that he did it all "single handed"?

 

And I didn't say anyone from the past adminstration made a contribution, I said that the person backing the past admin's is also backing Todd Pownall.

 

If you haven't figured it out yet, NO ONE runs and wins office in this County (at least up till now) without someone in the shadows backing them. Some will say "in their back pocket". Don't look at the candidate, look at the money, use to be YOUR slogan if I'm not mistaken.

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If that's how you feel about these 2 candidate, how do you feel about Todd Pownall? Do you know who's backing him? One good guess, it's the same local big business owner that back Jerry Shearin! I guess I should have kept the invitation I got last week to his big kick-off party at Charles Hardy's home. So much for a clean break!

 

Good luck in finding ANYONE who does not have a connection somewhere, somehow to the past!

 

 

Well I'm offended! They didn't send me one. unsure.gif

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Pownall and Shearin are pretty much on opposite sides of the fence.

 

If you are a Shearin fan, then you can feel good supporting Cochran, although Shearin has been a business partner of Gregory and I believe has already donated to him as well. I assume he is hedging his bets there supporting both of them.

 

 

Todd Pownall took on the Shearin machine personnally 2 years ago and I applaud him for it. Shearin belittled him and insulted him while he sat at his seat lying through his teeth about the back door tax increase Todd Pownall called him out on.

 

Don't get me wrong, we got the increase anyway the following year, with the public announcements and hearings Shearin and company were trying to get Richardson to help them get out of having to do. But none the less, Shearin did try to sneak it by us and got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. That year's bond servicing which came out of the general operating fund is what left the fund depleted the following year causing many of the austerity cuts across the county.

 

What the heck does Shearin have to do with this election? NOTHING! He's not running, nor is he supporting anyone who is running that I know of. Get over it! He's gone!

 

If I were to support Beverly Cochran it's ONLY because I know she can do the job needed! I have personally known her for more the 15 years, she's been to my house and we have talked many times. We have worked together on community projects, many community projects over the years. She is a good friend! But I don't let friendship decide who I vote for, never have. It's all about who I feel can do the job the best!

 

I will make my decision based on the merits on hand at that time! I don't care who they worked for as an employee, I don't care who they are related to or did business with either! ALL I care about is who I THINK can do the best job for that position! I damn sure not going to listen to a bunch of grumpy old farts with an agenda!

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What the heck does Shearin have to do with this election? NOTHING! He's not running, nor is he supporting anyone who is running that I know of. Get over it! He's gone!

If I were to support Beverly Cochran it's ONLY because I know she can do the job needed! I have personally known her for more the 15 years, she's been to my house and we have talked many times. We have worked together on community projects, many community projects over the years. She is a good friend! But I don't let friendship decide who I vote for, never have. It's all about who I feel can do the job the best!

 

I will make my decision based on the merits on hand at that time! I don't care who they worked for as an employee, I don't care who they are related to or did business with either! ALL I care about is who I THINK can do the best job for that position! I damn sure not going to listen to a bunch of grumpy old farts with an agenda!

 

Oh yes he is,You really need to check the records before you make such a erronerous statement as cited above

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Folks this is a local election and the rumor mill is in full gear.

Most of these folks are making themselves available to the public with meet and greets in the coming weeks and months.

 

Bring these rumors and or proof to these meet and greets.

As I have said before these people are the ones that most directly effect your home and community life, you are entitled to ask them about anything you have heard and we all deserve to know as much as possible when we enter the voting booth.

 

Don't take anyones word for anything, find out for yourself.

Politics are a dirty game with winning being the only objective.

 

Please almost everyone running has a website with an email address and a number where they can be reached.

Generally they welcome the opportunity to answer any and all of your questions.

 

The point is don't take anyone's word. Confront everyone running before you make up your mind, I assume everyone is intelligent enough to do this.

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I have also did a little checking on the candidates,And took the time to research some records of the prospective candidates in the Post 2 race.

 

 

I listened to the candidates speech at the Past Republician Meeting, And was amazed at how Gregory and Cochran attempted to distance themselves from the Previous Tax and spend Adminstration, That was defeated in the past election.

 

WOW just WOW how can a person be employed for eight years with the past Adminstration and not be considered a part of that adminstration's, policies,And the tax and spend that occured during those eight years.

 

Gregory, In his speech attempted to distance himself from the "Good ole boy's" network of the past, However, the proof is also a Matter of record, A review of Gregory's Campaign Contribution disclosure that he filed, Plainly shows that he received a campaign contribution from the "King" of the good ole boy's Himself.

 

Why be a hyprocrite??

 

My impression of both Adam and Beverly, They have been a part of the past adminstration, That has caused many problems that Paulding County faces today, And should be rejected by the voters.

 

Time to move Paulding County Forward. Not backward.

Yeah, and you haven't shown anything concerning Beverly either. :rolleyes:

 

Oh yes he is,You really need to check the records before you make such a erronerous statement as cited above

And you need to back up your bs too. :rolleyes: 8)

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Oh yes he is,You really need to check the records before you make such a erronerous statement as cited above

 

Please Whitey, tell us all what Jerry Shearin has to do with this election? Please, share your wisdom with us.

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Well I'm offended! They didn't send me one. unsure.gif

 

:rofl: I'll save my next one just for you. lol If you really want one? I hate going to them, not my thang!

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What the heck does Shearin have to do with this election? NOTHING! He's not running, nor is he supporting anyone who is running that I know of. Get over it! He's gone!

 

If I were to support Beverly Cochran it's ONLY because I know she can do the job needed! I have personally known her for more the 15 years, she's been to my house and we have talked many times. We have worked together on community projects, many community projects over the years. She is a good friend! But I don't let friendship decide who I vote for, never have. It's all about who I feel can do the job the best!

 

I will make my decision based on the merits on hand at that time! I don't care who they worked for as an employee, I don't care who they are related to or did business with either! ALL I care about is who I THINK can do the best job for that position! I damn sure not going to listen to a bunch of grumpy old farts with an agenda!

 

Send me a pm please. If you believe Jerry Shearin is not still "dabbling" in Paulding politics, I have some nice ocean front property in Kansas for you to take a serious look at as well.

 

How about explaining Beverly's departure from the county payroll and what that cost the tax payers just because David Austin did not want to keep Jerry's Girl as his administrator ?

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How about explaining Beverly's departure from the county payroll and what that cost the tax payers just because David Austin did not want to keep Jerry's Girl as his administrator ?

 

Right or wrong, any incoming commissioner would have done that. I don't see how that reflects on her at all.

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Right or wrong, any incoming commissioner would have done that. I don't see how that reflects on her at all.

 

I agree. The new incoming BOC chairman should be able to choose his administratrive assistant.

 

From what I have been able to find out, Beverly threatened to sue the county for the loss of her job and received a rather nice "settelment" package when the dust settled.

 

 

Do you want her coming in as a somewhat premeditated protagonist on the BOC with an ax to grind? That should make a wonderful working relationship with her and the rest of the BPC......right ?

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I agree. The new incoming BOC chairman should be able to choose his administratrive assistant.

 

From what I have been able to find out, Beverly threatened to sue the county for the loss of her job and received a rather nice "settelment" package when the dust settled.

 

Do you want her coming in as a somewhat premeditated protagonist on the BOC with an ax to grind? That should make a wonderful working relationship with her and the rest of the BPC......right ?

 

I'd need to see proof. That's purely rumor from where I'm sitting.

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I'd need to see proof. That's purely rumor from where I'm sitting.

 

I am digging, but so far it may be buried. I am planning to ask for an open records request. I will be glad to post what I find.

 

IN the meantime, if she so chooses, Beverly Cochran could come on here and tell her side of the story if she wants to.

 

I do know there was a legal action "threatened" and an out of court settlement reached.

 

Beverly, do you want to comment prior to my open records request ?

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Folks this is a local election and the rumor mill is in full gear.

Most of these folks are making themselves available to the public with meet and greets in the coming weeks and months.

 

Bring these rumors and or proof to these meet and greets.

As I have said before these people are the ones that most directly effect your home and community life, you are entitled to ask them about anything you have heard and we all deserve to know as much as possible when we enter the voting booth.

 

Don't take anyones word for anything, find out for yourself.

Politics are a dirty game with winning being the only objective.

 

Please almost everyone running has a website with an email address and a number where they can be reached.

Generally they welcome the opportunity to answer any and all of your questions.

 

The point is don't take anyone's word. Confront everyone running before you make up your mind, I assume everyone is intelligent enough to do this.

LPPT

I have attempted to verify everything that I have posted as it relates to the local races.

What has prompted me to post about this commissioners race yesterday was the comments made at the Republican Party’s meeting this past weekend (you were there) and it is available for viewing on another local web site.

This is no rumor, It, is available for everyone to view, Much like you suggested in the above post.

More than once I have heard Beverly state that she was simply doing her job as an administrative Assistant of the, past administration and had no input into the decision making process.

Quite frankly I find this unbelievable, A person making a reportedly $65,000 per year certainly has more responsibility than some simple record keeping, or minutes preparation ETC. I think it is important that a person’s Ties to the past administration be out in the open, And up for discussion in an open forum like this, and should be considered when making a decision whom to vote for.

At this point, I will not comment on the allegation that Beverly Threatened to sue the County, or received a settlement for her services, since I have no proof, but I will research this matter.

Adam also attempted to distance himself from the good ole boys network himself, at this very same meeting, remember his opening comments??

Yes LPPT, It is a good idea to contact these candidates and ask them their positions on the issues facing our County. And to trust them that they are being honest in their statements, but it is also a good idea to VERIFY, Some of the things that are being said.

The County Commissioners have more direct impact on the well being of the citizens of this County Than any other elected official that you may come in contact with.

The Commissioners Can raise your taxes, Build a Airport, Approve zonings that overcrowd the school system, Deny funding for Public safety, Drag their feet on Sewer and water resources, And even build themselves a $ 65 million dollar Taj Mahal Without voter approval. We have all experienced this over the past several years. And we all know that some of the candidates running for this office were a part of this.

Rumor mill?????? Nope, just the facts, that can be easily reviewed by anyone, that takes the time to review the records located at the new Administration building, it is free, does not cost nothing but a little time.

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Let me start this by saying I have NOT read all the posts above and I'm just curious as to why I have NOT seen any signs on Adam Greggory but, one (1). I saw the sign at the corner of Harmony Rd and Mulberry Rock Rd, if I am not mistaken. I have yet to see another sign of his and we've have been just out riding around, and still haven't seen any signs other than that one. I'd like more info on this candidate.

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LPPT

I have attempted to verify everything that I have posted as it relates to the local races.

What has prompted me to post about this commissioners race yesterday was the comments made at the Republican Party’s meeting this past weekend (you were there) and it is available for viewing on another local web site.

This is no rumor, It, is available for everyone to view, Much like you suggested in the above post.

More than once I have heard Beverly state that she was simply doing her job as an administrative Assistant of the, past administration and had no input into the decision making process.

Quite frankly I find this unbelievable, A person making a reportedly $65,000 per year certainly has more responsibility than some simple record keeping, or minutes preparation ETC. I think it is important that a person’s Ties to the past administration be out in the open, And up for discussion in an open forum like this, and should be considered when making a decision whom to vote for.

At this point, I will not comment on the allegation that Beverly Threatened to sue the County, or received a settlement for her services, since I have no proof, but I will research this matter.

Adam also attempted to distance himself from the good ole boys network himself, at this very same meeting, remember his opening comments??

Yes LPPT, It is a good idea to contact these candidates and ask them their positions on the issues facing our County. And to trust them that they are being honest in their statements, but it is also a good idea to VERIFY, Some of the things that are being said.

The County Commissioners have more direct impact on the well being of the citizens of this County Than any other elected official that you may come in contact with.

The Commissioners Can raise your taxes, Build a Airport, Approve zonings that overcrowd the school system, Deny funding for Public safety, Drag their feet on Sewer and water resources, And even build themselves a $ 65 million dollar Taj Mahal Without voter approval. We have all experienced this over the past several years. And we all know that some of the candidates running for this office were a part of this.

Rumor mill?????? Nope, just the facts, that can be easily reviewed by anyone, that takes the time to review the records located at the new Administration building, it is free, does not cost nothing but a little time.

 

Whitey this was not directed specifically at you or anyone in this thread.

The rumor mill is heating up quickly, not just here but in the streets and on other sites.

We ask that you all help us to maintain some semblance of credibility when you post things on here.

 

If anyone needs assistance with posting documents I will be more than glad to help you.

We know their are personal motives and hidden agendas behind many rumors, many tie the candidates would not prove of how some supporters are behaving.

 

You are entitled to your opinion, I am just asking that you check for fire before you report the smoke on some of the things going around.

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Whitey this was not directed specifically at you or anyone in this thread.

The rumor mill is heating up quickly, not just here but in the streets and on other sites.

We ask that you all help us to maintain some semblance of credibility when you post things on here.

 

If anyone needs assistance with posting documents I will be more than glad to help you.

We know their are personal motives and hidden agendas behind many rumors, many tie the candidates would not prove of how some supporters are behaving.

 

You are entitled to your opinion, I am just asking that you check for fire before you report the smoke on some of the things going around.

LPPT I always try and post things that I have personally witnessed, Not what I have heard, I spent a couple of hours this week at the Adminstration Building pouring over documents on the various Candidates, And it was alarming to discover that a lot of Campaign dollars from outside the State of Georgia are pouring in for candidates in the Commissioners race.

 

Having said that, I also wirnessed the same thing from the previous adminstration, And we all know where that led us, And to put it in simple terms,I trust no one that was a part of the previous adminstration, And I certaintly trust no one that is being supported by elected officials of the previous adminstration.

 

Citizens need to be wary

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LPPT I always try and post things that I have personally witnessed, Not what I have heard, I spent a couple of hours this week at the Adminstration Building pouring over documents on the various Candidates, And it was alarming to discover that a lot of Campaign dollars from outside the State of Georgia are pouring in for candidates in the Commissioners race.

 

Having said that, I also wirnessed the same thing from the previous adminstration, And we all know where that led us, And to put it in simple terms,I trust no one that was a part of the previous adminstration, And I certaintly trust no one that is being supported by elected officials of the previous adminstration.

 

Citizens need to be wary

 

Wow! please let us know! I hope you made copies!

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I agree. The new incoming BOC chairman should be able to choose his administratrive assistant.

 

From what I have been able to find out, Beverly threatened to sue the county for the loss of her job and received a rather nice "settelment" package when the dust settled.

 

 

Do you want her coming in as a somewhat premeditated protagonist on the BOC with an ax to grind? That should make a wonderful working relationship with her and the rest of the BPC......right ?

And if that is true...what business do you have in this? You have ZERO. How do you know it was a "settlement" package? What if it was a retirement package? Huh? You are digging up non-sense. You are accusing based on your own opinions. :angry2:

 

Whitey this was not directed specifically at you or anyone in this thread.

The rumor mill is heating up quickly, not just here but in the streets and on other sites.

We ask that you all help us to maintain some semblance of credibility when you post things on here.

 

If anyone needs assistance with posting documents I will be more than glad to help you.

We know their are personal motives and hidden agendas behind many rumors, many tie the candidates would not prove of how some supporters are behaving.

 

You are entitled to your opinion, I am just asking that you check for fire before you report the smoke on some of the things going around.

They have zero evidence of anything. They are so ticked off at Jerry that anyone who used to work under his leadership, they are on a campaign

of smears. Pathetic it is.

 

Of course I am curious as to why all of this is not in the political forum. 8)

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do we really think the canidates are going to come on here and type? ive read all these post and it seems as some go to the meetings and some dont. the ones that dont keep saying the same things. PLEASE go to them meetings and ask them the questions...i can assure you they are not going to come on here and say anything.(unless they have a screen name and are going to toot there own horn)

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The question has been asked, why is this in the county wide news and not the political forum.

 

The political forum is for the near endless discussion about Obama and national politics.

 

Local politics, particularly with a local election looming, is local news.

 

BTW, the rules regarding personal attacks, etc. remain. Basically belittling other posters is certainly forbidden in the open forum.

 

Second, candidates, because they are asking your consent to be put on the county payroll (or state payroll) are subject to somewhat greater scrutiny.

 

To further clarify - and this just seems to be the example at hand - the 'rumor' that Beverly Cochran got a severance package is not a personal attack. Indeed, if a close friend were to congratulate one for something - say, getting such a severance package from the county - it wouldn't be considered an attack.

 

Indeed, whether she did or not, the jury is out. I will say that I had not heard that but rather what I heard was set up that she would be able to continue employment with the county by transferring to the District Attorney's office. I had not heard of any severance package for her at the time of her transfer to the DA's office or upon her losing that job through downsizing caused by the county's budget woes.

 

That said, it is plausible that she got one that was not reported at that time if for no other reason, Pat Crook, who had been county manager, got a contract paid up front for just under $50k - close to the maximum amount that the then commission chairman (Jerry Shearin) could write on his own authority. That also was not public knowledge and it did take a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain that information.

 

I will say that since she remained with the county after the transition to the new BOC I think she expected to remain as the official county clerk. That would mean that whatever severance there was - if any - came from the David Austin administration. Since I do believe her leaving that post was driven by the change at the polls, I would tend to think that if there were a severance package, it would have been reasonable and equitable and not particularly driven or influenced by the interests of the former commission chairman.

 

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And if that is true...what business do you have in this? You have ZERO. How do you know it was a "settlement" package? What if it was a retirement package? Huh? You are digging up non-sense. You are accusing based on your own opinions. :angry2:

 

 

They have zero evidence of anything. They are so ticked off at Jerry that anyone who used to work under his leadership, they are on a campaign

of smears. Pathetic it is.

 

Of course I am curious as to why all of this is not in the political forum. 8)

Do you have any idea what kind of a package it was, If their was one?

 

I am not ticked off at Jerry as you allege,fact is I am not trying to smear anyone, But rather attempting to let all citizens know all about all of the candidates running for the County Commissioners post.

 

Ithy you know from the past that all Local races are not moved to the political forum :D

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do we really think the canidates are going to come on here and type? ive read all these post and it seems as some go to the meetings and some dont. the ones that dont keep saying the same things. PLEASE go to them meetings and ask them the questions...i can assure you they are not going to come on here and say anything.(unless they have a screen name and are going to toot there own horn)

I can assure you that some have came into this forum,And responded to questions being asked, And some have had others to respond for them.

 

I see no difference responding here or in another open forum where anyone can ask a question as to their position on any of the issues. Heck anyone can design a web site and post what they want you to know.

 

 

If there is an open forum planned where the candidates can be questioned about their positions on the issues affecting our County, let me know, I will attend, Ask some of the hard questions, Tape the forum, And ask Pubby to play it on P.com. As far as I know no debate is scheduled????? Much less a debate with questions asked by the audience

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I can assure you that some have came into this forum,And responded to questions being asked, And some have had others to respond for them.

 

I see no difference responding here or in another open forum where anyone can ask a question as to their position on any of the issues. Heck anyone can design a web site and post what they want you to know.

 

 

If there is an open forum planned where the candidates can be questioned about their positions on the issues affecting our County, let me know, I will attend, Ask some of the hard questions, Tape the forum, And ask Pubby to play it on P.com. As far as I know no debate is scheduled????? Much less a debate with questions asked by the audience

 

There are some scheduled Whitey, I will have a banner running.

I have 2 candidate banners going up in the next week and some that need finalizing, they will contain the schedules of public events they will be attending.

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I have entered an Open Records Request/FOIA and will get with LPPT so we can post them as soon as they are in my hands.

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