Friday, June 3, 2011
Oconee County attorney stresses experience as a parent, business owner and veteran.
Leading up to the June 21 special election, Patch is profiling each of the candidates for the 113th District State House seat, which represents Oconee and part of Clarke County. Sarah Bell was profiled Tuesday, Dan Matthews on Wednesday and Chuck Williams on Thursday. The first thing you see in Alan Alexander's office is the pictures of his children, school photos, sports teams, and a few more candid shots. Alexander, an Oconee County attorney, is one of four candidates running to replace Hank Huckaby in a June 21 special election for the Georgia House of Representatives. For Alexander, running for office is a way of giving back to the community and its classrooms. "I've lived here a long time," he said, "and I've been able to take …
Monday, May 16, 2011
Candidates may qualify in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State in Atlanta through Wednesday at noon.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Qualifying is now underway for the June 21 special election to fill the Georgia House 113th District seat. As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Alan Alexander and Chuck Williams had paid the $400 fee and officially qualified. Last week Sarah Bell also announced her intention to qualify. Qualifying runs through noon on Wednesday, May 18. Though the special election is non-partisan, both Alexander and Williams have listed their political affiliations as Republican. Voters must be registered by May 23 in order to cast ballots. If you are unsure about your registration status or polling location, visit My Voter Page. Absentee ballots may be requested from the Oconee County Board of Elections Office until June 17 and must be returned to by the close of…
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The former bank president refuses to let the recession cloud his campaign.
Former North Georgia Bank President Charles "Chuck" Williams isn't letting his ties to the failed bank hold him back in his campaign to take Rep. Hank Huckaby's place as the man representing state House District 113. BankSouth purchased North Georgia Bank's two locations after its business was shut down by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in February. However, Williams said he doesn't believe the closure will be a blot on his record, as the bank did not fail due to any sort of mismanagement or malfeasance. "Community banks tend to reflect the underlying financial condition of their communities," said Williams, who maintains that the North Georgia Bank's closure is indicative of deeper economic problems plaguing the district. The …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
College educator Sarah Bell is the third candidate to throw her hat into the ring for the vacant House District 113 seat.
Gainesville State College adjunct professor Sarah Bell said Tuesday that she is vying for the House District 113 seat in Georgia. Rep. Hank Huckaby resigned in April to become the next chancellor of the University System of Georgia. "I think that the time is right," Bell said. "I've been encouraged by many friends and state leaders, and I plan to represent genuine conservative values." An American Red Cross volunteer for 22 years, Bell said service is important to her. "It's not about politics, it's about public service," she said. Bell said she sees a great need for improvement in the education system, and would like to see lower taxes and smaller government at every level. Bell has lived in Oconee county since 1991 and been a resident …