BoC chair candidates set sights on Nov.
by Jessicah Peters
August 02, 2014 12:09 AM | 3296 views | 7 7 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Now that a decision was reached on who will be on the ballot for the Cherokee County Commission chair seat, both candidates — Republican incumbent Buzz Ahrens and Independent contender Carolyn Cosby — are setting their sights on the Nov. 4 general election.

Cherokee County Election Board officials Thursday approved Cosby’s petition to run against Ahrens after she collected just 30 signatures more than the 5,982 she needed to have her name on the ballot.

Ahrens said Friday he has no plans to file an appeal against Cosby’s petition because he has not seen any details that might be considered a basis for an appeal.

“The elections office validated those signatures and voters will have to decide whether they want a true Republican conservative with business management experience, who has worked diligently to pull the county out of a recession, or an independent with no experience,” Ahrens said.

Georgia law states if a nomination petition is denied by an elections officer, it “may be reviewed within five days by the superior court of the county, if an application for an appeal to compel the granting of such petition is received.”

County Attorney Larry Ramsey said the Georgia law on nomination petitions only refers to lawsuits following denial of nomination petitions.

“Where a petition has been approved, I cannot speculate on whether anyone other than the petitioner could seek to appeal that decision,” Ramsey said.

Cosby did not attend the meeting called by the Board of Elections on Thursday but thanked her supporters in a release Friday.

“It worked out for me not to be there, but my supporters and my family was there,” she said Friday.

Cosby said she decided to run because she’s concerned about the county’s spending policies.

“This is about stopping the Washington style tax expense policies that are represented by my opponent. I think it’s a shame, an absolute shame, that our employee raises were an afterthought,” Cosby said. “The whole budget was built, then they decided to consider the employee raises. And this kind of financial planning under the leadership of Buzz Ahrens is what’s so disastrous in the county.”

The Board of Commissioners voted in July 4-1 to roll back the millage rate slightly and provide 10 percent salary increases for public safety employees. Ahrens was the sole vote against the plan because he said at the time he was unsure about dipping into the county’s reserves.

Cosby said the county has spent too much in other areas, forgetting about the importance of county employees.

“We’re spending everything for anybody who has a plan, but the employees are an afterthought. They’re the heart and soul of our program and provision of our services and we need to be taking care of them,” Cosby said. “The people of Cherokee County want a new chairman and a new direction. They want a chance to vote for a real conservative Republican.”

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Cherokee Proud
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August 03, 2014
Google "Carolyn Cosby" along with the word "ethics". From Maine to Florida to Georgia, this person leaves a wake of slimy, crooked politics. You would have to be an uninformed, head-in-the-sand fool to want THIS kind of change in our county. She reeks of unethical behavior and political wrong-doings.
anonymous
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August 02, 2014
Tribune PLEASE STOP USING THAT PICTURE OF HER!!! IT MUST BE FROM AT LEAST 30 YEARS AGO.

anonymous
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August 02, 2014
Cosby you are not a real conservative republican, if you were you should have run in the republican primary and not as an independent!

It's laughable that you are on the ballot! The good news is that we finally get to see you get a taste of your own medicine. The only difference is no one has to lie about you like you do to everyone else. The truth on you is as bad as it gets.
Mathew T Graves
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August 02, 2014
Absolutely! It is time for a change in Cherokee County Government and a change in spending policies.

Cast your ballot in November and be heard!
anonymous
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August 02, 2014
We have the second lowest taxes in the metro area and the 11th lowest in the state. We also have top ranked public safety and government services and a great quality of life.

Cosby is a train wreck and she would destroy this county but fortunately that will never happen because she doesn't stand a chance of winning especially now that the truth can be told about her now that she has made herself a public figure.
GA Voter
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August 02, 2014
Cosby worried about finances???

Read the facebook page Cosby Boondoggle and read about her million dollar home loans.

Her bankruptcy and her $4,700 per month mortgage payments to Citibank.

How did this unemployed person get those loans??

We hope the Trib will do some stories now that she is a 'politician'.

What is the status us the GA Atty Gen's investigation.

Where did the TEA party money go??

Inquiring minds want to know
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