Tonight’s debate features the races for Cherokee County tax commissioner and sheriff.
Incumbent Sheriff Roger Garrison will face off with challenger David Waters.
Candidates for tax commissioner expected to be at the debate are incumbent Sonya Little, Kenny Phelps and Robert Wilkie.
Little, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term when Tax Commissioner David Fields resigned the post last year, is being endorsed by her former boss. Although she is now officially tax commissioner, she will not be listed as an incumbent on the ballot, according to Elections Supervisor Janet Munda.
The next debate will be Monday at the same place and time, with candidates for the School Board District 2 seat, Cherokee County Commission Post 2 and State House District 22 on the agenda for that evening.
CHARTER SCHOOL mom Kelly Marlow, who is running for the District 1 seat on the Cherokee County School Board, is planning a free event for families to meet the candidate Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the BridgeMill Park Pavilion at 1190 BridgeMill Ave., in Canton. There will be “bouncy fun for the kids, hot dogs, sweet treats, face painting and even an appearance from “Dennis the Magic Man.”
BARN DANCE: U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) is hosting what is being billed as the first Conservative Family Roundup and Barn Dance. The event is planned Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the barn at Rustix Manor in Woodstock, the spread owned by Steve Marcinko.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) are also expected to attend the event, which organizers say is a night of conservative politics and family fun.
The event is for residents of the new 11th Congressional District, which Gingrey now represents.
In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly created new Congressional maps as required every 10 years following a census. Under the new map, Cherokee County is now in the 11th Congressional District, along with Bartow County and parts of Cobb and Fulton counties.
Local bluegrass group Barbwire will perform live and there will be activities for kids of all ages, including an obstacle course, bounce houses and balloon animals. Barbecue will be served and a $25 donation is requested from those who attend.
THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION is gearing up for a fundraising event in the community when about 150 local business and community leaders will be hauled off to “jail” at the 2012 Canton/Woodstock Executive Lock-up.
A local MDA family will attend the event to speak with the participants and share their stories. The list of Lock-Up stars continues to build with top fundraisers so far including Fran Bragg of Crosslink Communications LLC, David Moody of ERA, and Charles Dickenson of Johnson Dickenson & Evans.
Participants (“jailbirds”) will attempt to raise “bail money,” which is donated to MDA to help fund groundbreaking research and provide services to local families dealing with neuromuscular diseases. With Canton/Woodstock community support, MDA hopes to raise $45,000 this year.
“Jailbirds” get their mug shots taken at the event and are transported to and from work in local police cars and luxury vehicles. Sgt. Stacey Bailey and the Canton Police Department will be helping to transport the “jailbirds.”
WXIA 11ALIVE is bringing its morning show to downtown Woodstock Friday morning.
On-air personalities Ted Hall, Karyn Greer and Donna Lowry will broadcast live from the auditorium at City Center on Main Street from 4:30 to 7 a.m.
They will spotlight local businesses and activities and share stories about the city’s residents and history during the live show. Residents are invited to come out and join the live audience.
“Around Cherokee” is compiled by Rebecca Johnston and the editorial staff of the Cherokee Tribune.