Thayer’s name should not have been on ballot
August 02, 2014 10:05 PM | 1042 views | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I have read a great deal of material regarding the recent runoff elections and a great many opinions as to why the outcomes were as they were. However, nobody has yet to direct the question to the Board of Elections as to why Cobb school board candidate Susan Thayer’s name was on the ballot.

It has been shown several times, prior to and following the runoff, that Mrs. Thayer is ineligible to serve on the school board because it would violate the ethics code with relation to conflict of interest, due to her husband’s employment in a supervisory position by the school system.

There is nothing controversial, nor is there any for doubt about it. So, the question is, “Why was her name allowed on the ballot?” Are we to assume that her endorsements override and supersede the ethics code? If so, then why do we have an ethics code? In fact, why do we have laws and rules at all?

The director of elections was totally remiss in her duties when she ignored the fact that Mrs. Thayer was ineligible and allowed her name to appear on the ballot.

Further, Mrs. Thayer signed a sworn affidavit that she had read and understands the code. She is, therefore, guilty of perjury or fraud.

It is now incumbent on the voters in Post 2 to engage an attorney to file a suit to have the results of this runoff election dismissed.

Nettie Helen Stemm

Acworth

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baneeny
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August 03, 2014
There is nothing that prevents Ms. Thayer's name from appearing on the ballot. The Ethics Code section about relatives also being employed by the District governs School Board members upon their commission to the office, it does not prevent a person from being a candidate. She has not yet been elected to office. If she is in fact elected in November, someone would have to file suit and prove the case to a judge for her to be removed from office.
Rhett Writer
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August 04, 2014
Sorry, but I believe there is such a thing as "meeting the qualiications for the office, in order to run for the office."

If our laws are so lax as to allow someone, who is not qualified to serve, to run for and be elected to an office.....Oh, wait, we did that with the Presidency twice, didn't we?
Ben Twomey
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August 05, 2014
You are wrong. The code requires that persons preenting themselves for candidates shall sign an affidavit that they meet the requirements of the office, among other things. The affidavit also says they have read and understand the ethics code and the conflict of interest clause.

Therefore, Mrs. Thayer perjured herself when she signed the affidavit. She is not eleigible and she knew it.

Her name should not have been on the ballot since she is inelegible to serve.
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