Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Cobb Commission Chairman is denouncing his predecessor's anti-gay vote in the early 1990s.
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee won't debate his Aug. 21 Republican runoff opponent in his bid to keep his job. But Lee is spending the final days before his head-to-head electoral clash with Bill Byrne attacking him in other ways. After Byrne proposed a City of East Cobb last week, Lee has elected to step back in time, reminding voters of an anti-gay resolution the Cobb Commission passed in 1993 that cost the county an Atlanta Olympics volleyball venue at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Byrne, who was chairman from 1992-2002, voted for the resolution, which was a general condemnation of "the gay lifestyle." "The Olympics pulled volleyball out of Cobb County, and all that economic impact and all the positive things that could have been …
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 …
Wednesday, July 25, 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. Don't miss any of the news you care about. Subscribe to our free newsletter, "like" us on Facebookor follow us on Twitter!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tim Lee is seeking re-election as Cobb County's Commission Chairman.
Tim Lee, Cobb County's Commission Chairman since July 2010, is seeking re-election against three opponents in the July 31 Republican primary: Mike Boyce, Bill Byrne and Larry Savage. What is something that you’ve accomplished as Cobb County Commission Chairman that you’re most proud of? The most significant thing that I’m proud of is that I was able to develop a budget that reduced spending, reduced the number of employees, was balanced, was fiscally responsible, was fiscally sustainable and as a result earned the affirmation of the three ratings agents as they reaffirmed our triple-triple-A rating. As you know the triple-triple-A is a factor that helps the chairman’s interest rates, but it’s also an affirmation that our financial …
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's 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…