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Three to seek Paulding commission seat Graham vacating
by Tom Spigolon
March 07, 2014 04:57 PM | 4843 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three Republicans will vie for the open Paulding Commission Post 3 seat and Post 2 Commissioner Todd Pownall will face a challenge from both Democratic and independent candidates in the November general election, according to a list of qualifiers for the positions finalized Friday.

Vernon Collett, Herb Haynes and Richard Manous qualified for the county commission Post 3 seat being vacated by Tommie Graham, who is not seeking re-election.

Graham, who had earlier said he would seek re-election, said his decision not to qualify was not based on any specific issue the commission was facing.

"It's just not the right thing to do at this time," Graham said.

Manous is a member of the Paulding County School Board. Collett, who recently resigned as Paulding County Republican Party chairman, lost a 2010 race for the same commission seat to Graham.

Pownall was the only Republican to qualify for the Post 2 seat. He will face independent candidate Mike Pope of Dallas, and the winner of the May 20 Democratic primary between Patti Smith and Pat Hughes, both of Dallas.

Smith, who lives near Silver Comet Field, and Pownall have been vocal critics of a plan for commercial airline service at the airport off Rockmart Highway.

In addition, Republicans Tony Crowe and incumbent David Barnett qualified for the Paulding County Commission Post 4 seat. Barnett defeated Crowe in a runoff for the seat in 2010.

In Georgia General Assembly races, District 17 State Rep. Howard Maxwell will face a challenge in the May 20 Republican primary from product manager David Bond of Dallas.

District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, will face former longtime Georgia House member Bill Hembree of Winston for the Republican nomination May 20.

Hembree, a Douglasville insurance agent, served nine full terms representing House District 67 from 1992 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2012. He lost a 2012 runoff to Dugan for the Senate seat representing parts of Carroll, Douglas and Paulding counties.

The winner will face Democrat James Harrison Nixon of Douglasville in the November general election.

District 66 State Rep. Kim Alexander, D-Hiram, will face Republican Bob Snelling of Douglasville in the November general election. In 2012, Alexander defeated Snelling, a former state House member, for the seat which represents a district that includes Paulding and Douglas counties.

District 19 State Rep. Paulette Braddock, R-Powder Springs, will face Democrat Sandra Fuller of Dallas in the November general election.

District 31 State Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, will face Democrat Charles L.R. Winter of Hiram in the November general election.

The only Paulding legislator who will be unopposed in either the primary or general election will be District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville.

Candidates who qualified for Paulding County local and state offices include:

County commission:

Post 2:


Todd Pownall, Dallas (I)


Patti Smith, Dallas


Mike Pope, Dallas

Post 3:


Herb Haynes, Hiram

Vernon Collett, Douglasville

Richard Manous, Hiram

Post 4:

David Barnett, Dallas (I)

Tony Crowe, Dallas

School board:

District 2:


Nick Chester, Powder Springs (I)

District 5:


Earl Cosgrove, Temple

Sammy McClure, Rockmart (I)

District 6:


Kim Curl, Acworth (I)

District attorney:


Dick Donovan (I)

Superior Court Judge:

James Osborne (I)

State House of Representatives:

District 17:


David Bond, Dallas

Howard Maxwell, Dallas (I)

District 19


Paulette Braddock, Powder Springs (I)


Sandra Fuller, Dallas

District 66:


Bob Snelling, Douglasville


Kim Alexander, Hiram (I)

District 67:


Micah Gravley, Douglasville (I)

State Senate:

District 30:


Mike Dugan, Carrollton (I)

Bill Hembree, Winston


James Harrison Nixon, Douglasville

District 31:


Bill Heath, Bremen (I)


Charles L.R. Winter, Hiram

I - incumbent

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