Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Incumbent Tim Lee received 40 percent of the vote; Bill Byrne was edging Mike Boyce for second place.
The bruising battle for Cobb Commission Chairman is far from over. Incumbent Tim Lee garnered nearly 40 percent of the vote in a four-candidate race for the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary. But it wasn't enough to prevent an Aug. 21 runoff. Complete results had not been tabulated by early Wednesday. But partial returns had Lee with 27,619 votes, or 39.9 percent. Former chairman Bill Byrne received 18,205 votes, or 26 percent, while first-time candidate Mike Boyce had 16,178 votes, or 23 percent. Larry Savage, who ran against Lee in 2010, collected 7,212 votes, or 10 percent. (For updated totals, visit the Georgia Secretary of State's elections website.) The winner of the runoff will be the next chairman, since no Democratic …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The final Cobb Commission Chairman candidates forum before the July 31 primary featured some heated sparring between the likely frontrunners.
The usual topics of taxes, transportation and immigration didn't dominate the final debate on Wednesday featuring the four candidates for Cobb Commission Chairman. With just six days remaining before Tuesday's Republican primary, the most explosive rhetoric centered on allegations by incumbent chairman Tim Lee that his chief opponent, former chairman Bill Byrne, made disparaging remarks about Cobb County when attempting to qualify to run for the Polk County Commission in 2008. Lee's campaign mailed out a flyer to Republican voters over the weekend quoting Byrne's testimony before the Polk County Board of Elections, which was examining his residency claims: "The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County. I want to make damn sure …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Find out what Cobb Chairman candidate Mike Boyce has to say about the most pressing issues in Cobb County.
Mike Boyce, a retired Marine, is seeking election as the next chairman of Cobb's Board of Commissioners. Patch caught up with him to find out where he stands on TSPLOST, what he thinks are the most pressing Cobb issues and what he plans to do about Cobb's budget. See Also:
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
With primary elections almost a month away, incumbent Tim Lee's opponents continued their criticisms of 2011's hike in property taxes, as well as the proposed transportation tax.
The three Republican challengers vying for Cobb commission chairman continued to blast incumbent Tim Lee at a forum Tuesday for 2011’s property tax increase, and offered firm opposition to the proposed transportation tax. One of the three, financial consultant Mike Boyce, led the attack on the current administration in his opening comments, saying cuts should override tax increases as the solution to financial woes. “I’ve spoken to businessmen across the county, and anyone who runs a business or their family budget knows that if you have a 10 percent shortfall, you find a way to cut back your expenses,” he said. “I’ve spoken to no one in this county who says what you do is go out and borrow money and have a stimulus program or raise the …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The three Republicans challenging Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee took issue with his stances on both at Wednesday's forum in East Cobb.
For the second time in as many days, the four Republicans running for Cobb Commission Chairman sounded off on what appears to be the most pressing issues during their two-month primary campaign -- property tax increases and the upcoming TSPLOST regional transportation referendum. In a Wednesday forum at the East Cobb Library sponsored by the East Cobb Civic Association, the three challengers to incumbent Tim Lee all took aim at his vote last year to raise the county millage rate. They also questioned his general support for the TSPLOST referendum, which is included on the July 31 primary ballot. Former chairman Bill Byrne, Mike Boyce and Larry Savage, who ran against Lee in 2010 in the Republican race to succeed Sam Olens, all said the …