Cobb keeps Sheriff Warren
by Jon Gillooly
November 07, 2012 02:55 AM | 4535 views | 13 13 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheriff Neil Warren stands at the podium, with wife Penny and daughter Kim, at American Legion Post 29 in Marietta. Warren won 172,157 votes (59%) over Democrat Gregory Gilstrap, who received 117,320 votes (41%). <br> Photo by Emily Barnes
Sheriff Neil Warren stands at the podium, with wife Penny and daughter Kim, at American Legion Post 29 in Marietta. Warren won 172,157 votes (59%) over Democrat Gregory Gilstrap, who received 117,320 votes (41%).
Photo by Emily Barnes
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MARIETTA — Cobb voters easily returned Sheriff Neil Warren to office for four more years.

Warren won 172,157 votes (59%) over Democrat Gregory Gilstrap, who received 117,320 votes (41%).

This is the third time Gilstrap has challenged — and lost to — Warren.

Warren celebrated his win with friends and family at the American Legion Post 29 in Marietta.

Warren has been Cobb’s Sheriff since December 2003, when he was named interim sheriff after the retirement of longtime Sheriff Bill Hutson.

“I’m just as honored tonight as I was when Bill Hutson retired and I filled his spot last year. I’m just as honored tonight as I was then, and I still have the passion and the energy to serve the citizens of Cobb County,” Warren said.

Warren won election to full terms in 2004 and 2008. The Cobb Sheriff oversees a $67 million annual budget and nearly 800 employees.

“I’m just so blessed that I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many dedicated, fine men and women,” Warren said.

Warren and his wife, Penny, have two daughters. They attend Roswell Street Baptist Church.

In 2004, Warren won 66 percent of the vote to Gilstrap’s 34 percent. In 2008, a surge of Democrats brought to the polls by Barack Obama’s candidacy helped lift Gilstrap to 40 percent, still far short of Warren’s 60 percent.

Gilstrap, whose campaign website describes him as “the first African American to run and seek the office of Sheriff of Cobb County,” is an Atlanta native who lives in Austell.

Gilstrap, 50, is a grandfather of one who is married to Janie Gilstrap.

“Everyone has their season,” said Gilstrap, who watched the returns at the Doubletree Hotel off Windy Hill Road with the Cobb Democratic Party. “If you run for office or any type of sports, you have your season.”

Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, and Rich Pellegrino of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance, have been vocal in their criticism of Warren, particularly his using the 287(g) program, in which deputies at the jail have the training and authority to investigate an inmate’s immigration status and turn over to federal authorities anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Warren said he’s turned over about 10,000 inmates to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the 287(g) program since 2007.

Realtor Ed Hammock of Marietta said Warren’s use of the program is one of the reasons he admires the Sheriff.

“I particularly like the idea of him wanting to make sure we obey the law relative the immigration problem,” Hammock said. He dismissed Warren’s critics, saying, “You know, a thief always thinks he gets the bad end of the deal.”

Another Warren fan celebrating his win at the American Legion was Alice Summerour of Marietta, a member of the city’s Board of Lights and Water.

“I think he’s done an outstanding job, and he’s not afraid to take on immigration issues,” Summerour said. “He’s done a good job with the jail, the construction, and I think everybody with the department has a great reputation.”

Warren received high praise from Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin.

“He does a great job for our county,” Tumlin said. “He works well with the city. He’s a man of integrity. He runs a tight ship. He has a great staff, and we’re very lucky to have him.”

Warren’s campaign had $25,000 on hand as of Oct. 25, according to finance reports filed with the state ethics commission. Gilstrap’s report showed $37.35 on hand as of Oct. 25.
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Rich Pellegrino
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November 07, 2012
Sorry Sheriff Warren and your supporters...according to all the exit polls 65% of Americans who voted (which means many Republicans)favor granting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are already here

You, just like Bull Connor, Arpaio and other bullies with badges, are on the wrong side of history and will have a legacy of disgrace.
Mike Jones
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November 07, 2012
Do you want to know the scary part of this article? It's the fact that Gilstrap got 117,000 votes or 41% of the votes in Cobb County......
Rich Pellegrino
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November 07, 2012
Yes....and Gilstrap has never campaigned except for putting out a few signs...yet gets over 110k and 41%....shows Warren and the good ole boys club are on the way out...thank goodness!
VFP42
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November 07, 2012
Where is the MDJ's hard hitting investigative journalism on the recidivism rate of Warren's catch & release (via ICE) program? Ha. ha ha.

Why do we celebrate this guy who may well be hoodwinking us? "I turn the Gosh darn Illegals over to Immigration.. Problem solved vote for me."

But what happens to the so-called Illegals after that? Doesn't ICE just turn the vast majority of them lose? Is there ANY point to catch & release-to-ICE?

Don't the supposed Illegals walk in the front door of the ICE building in Warren's handcuffs and out the side door free like Willy before Warren can even pat himself on the back for another job well done (like a steak, of course: ruined to pointlessness)?

What are paying this guy to do? Wouldn't it cost less to send him to Minnesota to go ice fishing?

Come on, MDJ.. Tell us what happened with Warren's 10,000, and how much $$$$$$$$$$ each and every one of them costs us.

If each one costs ten bucks, Warren has spent a million on it. Where are the 10,000? I'll bet over 9,800 of them are still right here.
Pat H
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November 07, 2012
In a previous post, you blamed the Inmans' for the death of their only child because they were legally on the road when a drunken illegal crashed into them.

Shame on you.
East Cobb Joe
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November 07, 2012
The POINT is to make the "illegal's" living here in Cobb County know this is not where you want to settle. Because of this law many illegal's have left Cobb County altogether. Does this solve the problem? No, but in the end it keeps costs down. Less free health care, education costs and of course less pressure on law enforcement, fewer illegal's to prosecute.
Rich Pellegrino
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November 07, 2012
Ha, ha...at least someone sees through the political pandering while he is fleecing you and the county. And he used those same workers to build his jail...what hypocrites.
VFP42
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November 07, 2012
Sorry Pat H you are wrong as a flat tire and that's flat.

I blame our so-called transportation system on which we risk our lives daily.

If they'd been on a train, the young Inman would be alive today. If the drunk guy had been on a train, the young Inman would be alive today (unless of course he was in a Bush War or something like that).

The crash had nothing to do with immigration. That crash is manipulated by haters. Why do those haters pin the death on immigration, a totally irrelevant aspect of the situation?

Why not pin it on the fact that we have to drive everywhere? That is what kills us more than anything else, and it's what killed the young Inman.

Would the Inman society really be against licensing Illegal drivers if they were seriously concerned about that crash? Of course not. A driving license would be soemthing to lose if an Illegal had a license. A license an incentive to steer clear of trouble. A license means you are at least somewhat aware of the rules of the road and our traffic laws.

But no, the INman society just plain hates Illegals, so the Society fights against your and my safety on our roads. THey want Illegals to stay unlicensed just because they hate Illegals. Well, ultimately that throws more Dustins under the bus.

Maybe that's the real mission of that society: Contribute to more deaths on the roads by keeping Illegals unlicensed, because it makes for "good" anti-Illegal press when one crashes. That sounds about right for that crowd!

Don't fall for their lines, Pat.
VFP42
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November 07, 2012
East Cobb Joe, is discomforting people on the job description for the Sheriff's Department? Do we really want it to be? Supposing tax revenue is down and they decide to harass some extra tax revenue out of people by turning SUSPECTED tax evaders over to the IRS? Are you 100% sure about all your deductions? I bet you're not!

If you smile when it happens to "them," just make absolutely sure you keep smiling when it happens to YOU.
Pat H
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November 08, 2012
The Inmans were sober and on their way to the mountains to go fishing. Exactly how many countries have trains to the streams and lakes to accommodate a family going fishing?

You are an idiot. We have trains and busses but the drunken criminal aliens think they are entitled to do as they please.
mk- yeah!!
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November 07, 2012
Cobb County loves Sheriff Warren!!

1,000's of criminal illegal's sent packing!!

Now, if only we could rid our county (and cities) of the criminal politicians that feed off our hard earned taxes!!
Shf1
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November 07, 2012
Tell me about the politicians that benefit off of the backs of the hard working hispanics.
@shf1
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November 07, 2012
Do you mean Jerry Gonzalez and Rich Pellegrino? Just call them and ask how they benefit off the backs of illegal aliens.
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