Around Town: Chairwoman Angelucci? If so, ‘super’ may need to keep an eye over his shoulder
by Joe Kirby, Otis A. Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett, - Around Town Columnists
October 12, 2013 12:05 AM | 4075 views | 3 3 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kathleen Angelucci has the votes to be named 2014 chairwoman of the Cobb Board of Education, school board sources told Around Town this week.

Angelucci and fellow board members Tim Stultz and Scott Sweeney are up for re-election next year. The Republican primary is scheduled for July 15, although the General Assembly is expected to move that date to May 20 when it meets in January. The general election will be Nov. 4, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections.

Neither Angelucci nor Stultz and Sweeney have announced their intention to seek re-election. Some speculate Angelucci may call it quits after serving as chairwoman in 2014 when her term expires.

If Angelucci does in fact have the votes to become chairwoman, it would be a strong signal to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, whose contract runs through December 2014. He and Angelucci have been at odds on a string of issues from the Common Core State Standards to bidding out the board’s legal services.

The board may opt for new administrative leadership and the ideal start time would be summer 2014 to be in time for the upcoming school year. On the other side, Hinojosa, who is likely in the 4th quarter of his education career, may not want to fool with a board that dictates expectations that are opposite his views. Hinojosa may look for greener pastures and a less contentious way to finish his career

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The partners of Walton Communities and the Marietta Housing Authority will play host to a grand opening celebration of the Walton Renaissance on Henderson on Monday, Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Walton Renaissance on Henderson offers 150 apartment homes geared to residents ages 62 and over. This community, which has undergone a transformation over the last year of renovations and modernizations that include open floor plans, energy-efficient appliances and other luxury features, is now welcoming residents.

“Walton Renaissance on Henderson is an incredible community with a variety of amenities and beautifully landscaped grounds,” said David Knight, principal at Walton. “We look forward to welcoming residents both old and new back home.”

The project marks the latest collaboration between Walton, which owns properties across Georgia, and the Marietta Housing Authority. MHA financed the original construction, which was developed by a partnership that included longtime MDJ journalist Bill Kinney, for whom the Kinney Theater in the building is named.

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The 11th annual Cobb County Republican Women’s Club Veteran’s Celebration Brunch is Nov. 2. The social begins at 9 a.m. and the brunch at 10 a.m. The event will be at the Marietta Hilton Conference Center

The Master of Ceremonies is “Moby,” Atlanta Country Music.com’s “Person of the Year 2008.” Former Naval Aviator Shane Osborn is the keynote speaker. Reserve seats early as space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online at ccrwc.org or for more information, call 770-265-4949.

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Dumb and Dumber on the Square? No we are not referring to any local Cobb County residents but to the upcoming feature film titled “Dumb and Dumber To” that will be filming on the Marietta Square on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The movie sequel to Dumb and Dumber takes its characters across the country on a road trip and they will be filming a small driving scene on W. Park Square and S. Park Square near Marietta Pizza Company. Once this scene is filmed Monday morning, the remainder of the filming will be contained to Glover Park.

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Tuesday is the deadline for federal candidates to disclose third quarter fundraising numbers. However, some candidates have released ahead of next week’s deadline. Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston will report having raised more than $800,000 in the three-month period ending September 30. The quarterly report marks the third in which the Kingston campaign raised more than $800,000.

“The response to our campaign’s message of conservative leadership has been outstanding,” said Kingston. “By investing both energy and funds in our campaign, Georgians from across our state are helping us build the team and resources necessary to win. We will continue expanding our team and are deeply grateful for the trust so many have placed in our efforts.”

Kingston will report having nearly $2.9 million cash on hand in the report due October 15. The campaign received contributions from more than 1,400 individuals.

The only other Republican to release 3rd quarter fundraising results was David Perdue, brother of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Perdue raised $1.8 million dollars, according to his financial report. Of the $1.8 million, $500,000 was in a personal contribution to his campaign, $500,000 was a personal loan to his campaign and the remaining $800,000 was from individual contributions.

We are still waiting on fundraising reports from U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, or former Secretary of State Karen Handel, although the AP reported Friday that Gingrey will announce he has $2.5 million in cash on hand.

Rumors also persist that business woman Kelly Loeffler is still seriously considering entering the Republican primary in the coming weeks.

The big story may be on the Democratic side of race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Democrat Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, announced raising $1.7 million for the third quarter.

In an email Nunn wrote, “After tallying the data for the end of the third quarter, I’m proud to report that we not only met but also far exceeded our goals. Thanks to our strong grassroots-powered campaign and the investment of more than 6,700 donors, we raised over $1.7 million in just ten weeks!”

Political experts say Georgia is trending toward becoming a “purple state” meaning no longer red and heading toward blue. Some Republican and Democratic strategist believe that with a brutal Republican primary shaping up that the daughter of the last true Southern conservative Democrat from Georgia may have a legitimate shot at taking a prized Republican senate seat.

Other candidates have until Tuesday to make their fundraising disclosures, so stay tuned.

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Steven Fellows, 32, of Kennesaw, a small business owner and former executive director of the Fulton County GOP, has announced he will challenge state Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb) in next year’s Republican primary for a chance to represent District 44 in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Fellows operates his own business out of his home, Fellows Solutions, LLC, which services customer service and call center options for companies.

He and his wife, Renee Fellows, have one 11-year-old son.

Born in the Detroit suburbs, Fellows enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Warner Robins. In May, he earned a bachelor’s in political science from Kennesaw State University.

Fellows said he was motivated to run after hearing that the residents in his community feel like they haven’t been represented.

“They want to see power returned to the citizens over career politicians that are just dealing with professional influence peddlers and lobbyists down at the Capitol,” he said.

Fellows said he sees himself as neither a tea party nor a more traditional kind of Republican.

“I’m not sure if I’m getting the quote 100 percent correct, but I believe Reagan said that the 80 percent that unites us is far more important than the 20 percent that divides us, and within our party we have so much at stake with that 80, 95 percent whatever it is that we all agree on that if a candidate is really willing to work hard and go represent citizens about that common interest I think they can have a lot of success, and that’s really my game plan to represent the people in the 44th on those Republican ideals we all share and believe.”

Parsons could not be reached by press time.

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County Chairman Tim Lee wants you to re-elect state Rep. John Carson (R-northeast Cobb). Lee sent out an invitation this week on his “Lee for Cobb” email list inviting friends to an event supporting Carson at Williamson Bros. BBQ in Marietta from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19.

The requested contribution is $200.

“If you can consider it, I’d really appreciate any financial support for John Carson, either in person at this event with our friend Senator Isakson or online,” Lee writes. “Since being elected less than 2 years ago, John has been (an) effective pro-business legislator and helped negotiate legislation important to our community. In addition, he has 100 percent rating with both the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) and the Georgia Chamber. Please join me in supporting his re-election.”

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The partners of Walton Communities and the Marietta Housing Authority will play host to a grand opening celebration of the Walton Renaissance on Henderson on Monday, Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Walton Renaissance on Henderson offers 150 apartment homes geared to residents ages 62 and over.

This community, which has undergone a transformation over the last year of renovations and modernizations that include open floor plans, energy-efficient appliances and other luxury features, is now welcoming residents.

“Walton Renaissance on Henderson is an incredible community with a variety of amenities and beautifully landscaped grounds,” said David Knight, principal at Walton. “We look forward to welcoming residents both old and new back home.”

The project marks the latest collaboration between Walton, which owns properties across Georgia, and the Marietta Housing Authority. MHA financed the original construction, which was developed by a partnership that included longtime MDJ journalist Bill Kinney, for whom the Kinney Theater in the building is named.

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October 14, 2013
PLEASE NO! Is the Cobb County School Board not already a big enough laughing stock???? Angelucci as board chair will just mean Six Flags and Whitewater will have a say in how schools are to be run! She doesn't even respond to her consituents~much less be willing to listen with an open mind or learn the definition of the word compromise....say it ain't so!!!
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October 14, 2013
Isn't David Perdue Sonny's cousin?
Tubber Lowe
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October 13, 2013
She throws some good birthday parties but that's about it for K. Angelucci. We elect clowns to the school board and then wonder at their antics.
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