Banks, Dollar Face Primary Challenges
A school board incumbent and three sitting state lawmakers are facing foes in the July 31 Republican primary.
Cobb Board of Education member David Banks will have two opponents in the July 31 Republican primary, as qualifying ended on Friday.
Banks, who has been a lightning rod on the school board for his stances on the school calendar controversy, represents the Lassiter, Pope and Sprayberry high school districts in East and Northeast Cobb.
Qualifying to run against him are Stephanie Henry, the parent of Pope and Hightower Trail Middle School students; and Lisa Hanson, who lives in the Lassiter district.
Banks is one of several East and Northeast Cobb office holders facing a GOP contest.
Three others are in the Georgia House, including Rep. Matt Dollar, who will be challenged by Cynthia Rozzo, the publisher of the EAST COBBER magazine, and software business owner Nick Johnson. Rozzo was named the 2011 East Cobb citizen of the year by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce's East Cobb Area Council.
State Rep. John Carson, elected last year to fill the unexpired term of the late Bobby Franklin, is being opposed by Martin Hawley of Woodstock in the GOP primary. Kennesaw sales rep Kevin Westphal is the lone Democrat to qualify.
The race that figures to get the most attention is for Cobb Commission chairman. Three of the four Republicans who have qualified, including incumbent Tim Lee, are from East Cobb.
East Cobb District 2 commissioner Bob Ott, who is completing his first term, is not facing a Republican opponent and also will be unopposed by a Democrat in the November general election.
Also unopposed are State Sen. Judson Hill of East and Northeast Cobb, a Republican majority leader; and State Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-East Cobb), the chairwoman of the House Health and Human Services Committee.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Republican who represents East and Northeast Cobb, has no GOP opponent. The Democrats filing are Robert Montigel, a Suwanee business owner, and Alpharetta business consultant Jeff Kazanow, who qualified on Friday, according to Alpharetta-Milton Patch.
More from The Marietta Daily Journal, including qualifying from elsewhere in Cobb, judicial elections and the race to succeed retiring Cobb District Attorney Pat Head.