Thursday, July 26, 2012
The final Cobb Commission Chairman candidates forum before the July 31 primary featured some heated sparring between the likely frontrunners.
The usual topics of taxes, transportation and immigration didn't dominate the final debate on Wednesday featuring the four candidates for Cobb Commission Chairman. With just six days remaining before Tuesday's Republican primary, the most explosive rhetoric centered on allegations by incumbent chairman Tim Lee that his chief opponent, former chairman Bill Byrne, made disparaging remarks about Cobb County when attempting to qualify to run for the Polk County Commission in 2008. Lee's campaign mailed out a flyer to Republican voters over the weekend quoting Byrne's testimony before the Polk County Board of Elections, which was examining his residency claims: "The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County. I want to make damn sure …
With the July 31 primary election less than a week away, the retired businessman and GOP contendor for Cobb County commission chairman responded by email to these questions on TSPLOST and more.
Retired East Cobb businessman Larry Savage is one of four Republicans running for Cobb commission chairman, the others being retired Marine Mike Boyce, former Cobb Chairman Bill Byrne, and incumbent Tim Lee. With no Democrats in the primaries, it appears the GOP winner will take office. Primary elections are Tuesday. What are the most important issues facing Cobb in the coming years? Expectations for government services have been built to an unrealistic level. Cobb government and political leadership seems to encourage people to believe that government can do anything it wants to do. We create plans for development and redevelopment that are very unlikely to produce results that will match the expectations that have been developed. We …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Find out what Cobb Chairman candidate Mike Boyce has to say about the most pressing issues in Cobb County.
Mike Boyce, a retired Marine and East Cobb resident, is seeking election as the next chairman of Cobb's Board of Commissioners. Patch caught up with him to find out where he stands on TSPLOST, what he thinks are the most pressing Cobb issues and what he plans to do about Cobb's budget.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tim Lee is seeking re-election as Cobb County's Commission Chairman.
Tim Lee, Cobb County's Commission Chairman since July 2010, is seeking re-election against three opponents in the July 31 Republican primary: Mike Boyce, Bill Byrne and Larry Savage. Lee is an East Cobb resident elected two years ago to fill the unexpired term of current Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens: What is something that you’ve accomplished as Cobb County Commission Chairman that you’re most proud of? The most significant thing that I’m proud of is that I was able to develop a budget that reduced spending, reduced the number of employees, was balanced, was fiscally responsible, was fiscally sustainable and as a result earned the affirmation of the three ratings agents as they reaffirmed our triple-triple-A rating. As you know the …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
With primary elections almost a month away, incumbent Tim Lee's opponents continued their criticisms of 2011's hike in property taxes, as well as the proposed transportation tax.
The three Republican challengers vying for Cobb commission chairman continued to blast incumbent Tim Lee at a forum Tuesday for 2011’s property tax increase, and offered firm opposition to the proposed transportation tax. One of the three, financial consultant Mike Boyce, led the attack on the current administration in his opening comments, saying cuts should override tax increases as the solution to financial woes. “I’ve spoken to businessmen across the county, and anyone who runs a business or their family budget knows that if you have a 10 percent shortfall, you find a way to cut back your expenses,” he said. “I’ve spoken to no one in this county who says what you do is go out and borrow money and have a stimulus program or raise the …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The three Republicans challenging Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee took issue with his stances on both at Wednesday's forum in East Cobb.
For the second time in as many days, the four Republicans running for Cobb Commission Chairman sounded off on what appears to be the most pressing issues during their two-month primary campaign -- property tax increases and the upcoming TSPLOST regional transportation referendum. In a Wednesday forum at the East Cobb Library sponsored by the East Cobb Civic Association, the three challengers to incumbent Tim Lee all took aim at his vote last year to raise the county millage rate. They also questioned his general support for the TSPLOST referendum, which is included on the July 31 primary ballot. Former chairman Bill Byrne, Mike Boyce and Larry Savage, who ran against Lee in 2010 in the Republican race to succeed Sam Olens, all said the …