Best voter turnout: Avondale Estates, with 58.65 percent. Most support for Sunday sales: Clairemont East, with 92.48 percent.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Polling places are scheduled to be open until 7 p.m. Patch will bring you updates until the final ballot is counted.
When you turn on CNN or Fox News, you only hear about national politics and the 2012 race for the White House. In case you haven't been paying attention, today's election is strictly local. No Herman Cain. Residents will be voting for folks who live in Decatur or Avondale Estates and in referendums that directly affect your community. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you aren't sure about the location of your poll, check out the Secretary of State webpage to find out. This is how the races and referendums break down. Sunday Sales Education Sales Tax Decatur School Board Decatur City Commission Avondale Estates City Commission:
Monday, November 7, 2011
Voters will decide on Sunday sales, school sales tax, Decatur school board and Avondale Estates mayor and city commission.
Voters in Decatur and Avondale Estates can vote Tuesday, Nov. 8, on Sunday sales of alcohol, continuation of an education sales tax and whom they want to serve in local government. If you aren't sure about the location of your poll, check out the Secretary of State webpage to find out. To see sample ballots, go to the DeKalb County Elections Office webpage and click on Decatur or Avondale Estates. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make sure to bring some form of photo ID. The referendum on Sunday sales referendum, if it passes, would allow city commissioners in Decatur and Avondale Estates to decide if they want to allow the retail sale of alcohol on Sunday. Alcohol can currently be sold in bars and restaurants on Sunday. Voters…
Friday, November 4, 2011
On the ballot for Nov. 8: Sunday sales, school sales tax referendum, one Decatur School Board seat, Avondale Estates mayorship and two Avondale commission seats.
Today is the last day for early voting in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, elections. To vote early, a registered voter has to go in person to the DeKalb County Department Elections Office at 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300 in Decatur, 30032. The hours to vote are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voters in Decatur and Avondale Estates will be voting in two referendums: Sunday sales of alcohol and the education sales tax, also known as the education SPLOST (special local option sales tax). In Decatur, voters will be electing a new city school board member. Peg Bumgardner or Garrett Goebel will replace John Ahman, who currently represents District 1, Post B. He is not seeking re-election. All the other Decatur candidates are uncontested. That means these Decatur city…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
"Write, call or email The Department of Justice and let them know that these maps, deeply divide communities of interest, dilute local delegations and the process was neither open or transparent."
By Jan Selman Dear Friends, Neighbors, & Colleagues: Admittedly, redistricting is a wonkish subject, not very sexy, and really flying under the radar for most of us. It is, however, extremely important. Your ability to elect someone who represents you – for the next ten years until the next redistricting – is endangered by the new maps. How? By setting up districts that make it nigh impossible to have a real choice of candidates in the voting booth. There are also critical ethnic and gender manipulations with the new redistricting maps. Please take a minute and read the attachment. If you are in agreement, I'm asking you to do three easy things: 1) Forward this email to those in your address book that you think would be …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Do you want to keep paying a penny on the dollar for capital projects in the public schools?
Voters in Decatur and Avondale Estates will help decide Nov. 8 if a 1 percent education SPLOST (shorthand for special location option sales tax) will continue to be collected in DeKalb County. The SPLOST would benefit the school systems in Decatur, DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta, since all have schools within the DeKalb County borders. Everybody's in this together. If Decatur voters approve the SPLOST, but it's voted down countywide, none of the school systems get any SPLOST money. The SPLOST would start July 1, 2012, and last five years. The Decatur Schools project list says new SPLOST would be used to pay for school repairs, especially at Renfroe Middle; to make equipment purchases; and to acquire, possibly through lease-purchase…
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
"I don't think the question is whether or not we will reopen Westchester, but rather when and how," Garrett Goebel.
Garrett Goebel thinks rising enrollment and declining funding are major issues facing the board, would work to reduce the system's costs for technology, transportation, maintenance and operations, and would vote to raise school taxes if he thought "it is in the best interests of our students and the community." He faces Peg Bumgardner in the Nov. 8 election. Her answers to questions can also be found in Patch. Goebel, who ran unsuccessfully for school board two years ago, is a Software Developer in Research and Development for ScriptProUSA. He has a BA from James Madison College of Michigan State University, where he majored in International Relations with an additional major in German. Read Goebel's answers to questions posed by Patch: I …
"I am passionate about providing the best possible learning opportunities for all of our children," Peg Bumgardner said.
Decatur School Board Candidate Peg Bumgardner thinks Decatur schools need to improve communication, improve parental trust of teachers and staff, and thinks the board might need to raise taxes if the SPLOST referendum does not pass. She faces Garrett Goebel in the Nov. 8 election. His answers to these questions can also be found in Patch. Bumgardner's many volunteer jobs include directing Druid Hills Youth Sports and chairing the Renfroe Middle School Leadership Team. She was the 2008 Volunteer of the Year at Glennwood. A small business financial consultant, Bumgardner graduated as Salutatorian of Walker High School in DeKalb County in 1977, beginning her post-secondary education as a high school senior, completing a year at DeKalb …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Citizens ask about experience, plans for annexation.
Editor's note: Due to technical problems, Patch was unable to provide a live blog of the Tuesday night candidate forum. At Tuesday's candidate forum in Avondale Estates, a citizen asked incumbent Mayor Ed Rieker and his challenger, City Commissioner David Milliron, how they differed from one another. "I think the difference is one of leadership style and experience," said Rieker, who pointed out that he has started up four companies. "That requires the ability to build and lead teams." Milliron said he worked 20 years as a journalist and has developed the crucial skill of listening. "I'm vice president of a technology company," he said. "I have a vast amount of leadership skills." The question was crucial, because Rieker and Milliron didn…
The two candidates with the most votes will take office.
Two freshman are set to join Avondale Estates' Board of Commissioners, as four people are running for a pair of newly-open seats. All four candidates put downtown development somewhere in their top priorities. All of them also support annexing land along East College Avenue. The city would probably do well to have a dog park, all agree, though they differ on the location and how important it is. And they offer their own ideas on taxes, the environment, arts and more. Each Avondale voter can choose two candidates for the four-member board in the Nov. 8 vote. The mayor's race is on the same day. All serve four-year terms. City Commissioner Michael Payne is not seeing re-election and Commissioner David Milliron is running for mayor. Randy …