Morgan keeps Solicitor Gen. seat with 62%
by Noreen Cochran
May 21, 2014 03:25 AM | 1996 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MARIETTA — Voters opted to keep Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan over fellow Republican Cindi Yeager in the role of handling a caseload of 100,000 criminal cases a year.

As of midnight, Morgan received 26,743 votes, or 62 percent of the 50,520 ballots cast, to Yeager’s 16,527 or 38 percent.

Morgan, 59, of Kennesaw, has been the Cobb Solicitor General for 16 years.

He has been elected four times.

Morgan and his wife, Sara, have two children.

He ran on a platform of fighting four crimes — marijuana possession, driving under the influence, theft and domestic violence.

Morgan was endorsed by the Cobb Fraternal Order of Police. He also had support from a long list of elected officials, including state Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna), state Sen. Judson Hill (R-east Cobb), former county chairman Earl Smith, Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, state Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb), state Rep. Don Parsons, Sheriff Neil Warren, Bob Weatherford, Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins, County Chairman Tim Lee, state Sen. Lindsey Tippins, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, Attorney General Sam Olens and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

He said his campaign gained momentum from his experience in the job.

“I’ve been the solicitor general since 1998 and a prosecutor since 1988. I have experience managing a large case load, a significant budget and a large base of employees,” Morgan said.

Finances and promotion were challenges, though, he said.

“Other than raising sufficient funds in the economic downturn, I think we’ve met all the challenges we had — raising funds and getting the word out,” Morgan said.

On whether his opponent ran a fair campaign, he hesitated.

“My mother told me never to say anything bad if don’t have something to say good,” Morgan said. “I felt like I ran a fair campaign.”

He watched the campaign returns with between 65 and 100 supporters at the dk Gallery on Marietta Square.

Morgan was an easy choice to keep in office, said former Georgia Republican Party Chairman Chuck Clay.

“To beat an incumbent, you have to have a reason to do so,” Clay said. “Barry has run an office that is people-oriented. He has had some serious cases. You also deal with a lot of regular citizens that require more of a reasoned and gentle touch. I think he strikes a balance between his background, education and leadership. It’s no criticism of Cindi; she’s a very, very successful prosecutor. I think Barry Morgan is ready for another term,” he said.

Yeager, 52, of west Cobb, is a criminal defense attorney in her own law firm.

A former Cobb County assistant district attorney and assistant solicitor general, she was head of the domestic violence and crimes against children units.  

She and her husband, Eric, a Cobb County police lieutenant, have three children.

Yeager said her campaign was boosted by “a strategic campaign plan implemented by a good team, and the ability to change.”

Yeager said her personal ethics were challenged.

“It’s been difficult to stay true to my standards. People will say they support you but the bottom line is always money. It’s hard to stay true to your principles,” she said.

Yeager said her opponent resorted to mudslinging, “calling me a liar publicly to my face about things he knows are true.

“He deliberately called me a liar knowing I’m not a liar. I have not called him a liar. Every fact I published came directly from the state court clerk’s office and open records from jury administration,” she said. “What I found out was worse than I expected.”

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Lenis Black
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May 21, 2014
I have known Barry Morgan since long before he became solicitor. I am thrilled at his re=election!
Steve Mashburn
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May 22, 2014
I have known Barry since I was 15 -- I am now 59.

We have been friends since high school.

I started to say there is not a better man in government, but the truth is -- there is not a better man any place.

I am very proud of him and proud to be his friend.

As for Cindi who claims every thing she said came from government records -- I say, what Mark Twain once said, statistics don't lie but liars use statistics. Be sure to include that quote in you next book.

Just Wait
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May 21, 2014
Cindi is the one who ran a dirty campaign. Belittling your opponent only speaks of your stature. And you probably shouldn't talk bad about the County Police. Remember,your husband works there.
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