43rd District Voters Trickle In
Northeast Cobb Patch and East Cobb Patch will have coverage of the election results and candidate reaction.
Voters didn't let rain deter them from casting a ballot today in the special election to fill the state House District 43 vacancy created by the July death of Rep. Bobby Franklin.
Fourteen precincts in Northeast Cobb and East Cobb opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. as voters choose among five candidates, all Republicans, as was Franklin.
Nancy Gresham, a polling officer at the Lassiter High school precinct, said 13 voters cast ballots before 11 a.m.
At the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church precinct, 61 voters cast ballots before 11 a.m., poll officer Steve Goff said.
According to Beth Kish, registration manager at the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration, 92 people voted early in person, and 146 cast ballots by mail. The district has 30,076 eligible registered voters.
“I was inspired to vote because we need a quality person who represents the majority in the seat,” Barbara S. said as she walked to the Pope High school precinct. “Franklin did not represent the majority of people’s views in the district.”
“The primary reason we voted in this election, although we vote in almost all, was concern over the light-rail system that seems to serve no purpose for anyone in Cobb County and absolutely has no use for those of us in Northeast Cobb,” Sandy Caldwell said. “Although all the candidates said they were against it, we were most impressed by one candidate more than the others based on how he presented himself.”
Most voters were tight-lipped about their reasons for voting.
“I give (Robert) Lamutt high marks as I looked into the matter personally, and he worked out his deal on past-due taxes and kept his property and his workers employed,” Bob Scarmazzo commented on Northeast Cobb Patch.
“Well, I'm not expecting any great results, but you never know what the good Lord has in store,” candidate Roy C. Barnes told Northeast Cobb Patch this afternoon.
Candidate Geraldine Wade plans to have a pizza party at home with supporters.
Candidate John Carson will be with his campaign team at O’Charley’s on Shallowford Road.
Robert LaMutt’s camp will hold court at Paradise Grille’s Mexican cantina in Northeast Cobb.
Don Hill also is in the race.
If no candidate earns a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote, the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff Oct. 18.
The winner will serve out the remainder of Franklin’s term, which expires at the end of 2012.
Return to Northeast Cobb Patch and East Cobb Patch for continuing coverage. The Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration expects results after 8 p.m.