Cobb residents sound off on local, national races
by Ricky Leroux
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Kennesaw voters Libby Garrison and Sarah Cameron, pushing her son George 1, were in and out of the Northstar Church polls in a few minutes after casting their ballots in Tuesday's runoff election. By noon, only about 100 people had voted at the Kennesaw church. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Kennesaw voters Libby Garrison and Sarah Cameron, pushing her son George 1, were in and out of the Northstar Church polls in a few minutes after casting their ballots in Tuesday's runoff election. By noon, only about 100 people had voted at the Kennesaw church.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA — For many Cobb voters, the runoff election for the Republican nomination for Georgia’s Senate seat was the important race Tuesday, although the local races for the Cobb’s Board of Commissioners and Board of Education were also on their minds.

In the Senate race, Jack Kingston, a former U.S. Congressman from Savannah, faces David Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok.

Donna Everett, a nurse from Marietta, said the Senate race was critical because of the problems in Washington, D.C., specifically that Congress doesn’t make decisions. For those reasons, she said she chose David Perdue.

“He’s new blood, an outsider,” she said.

In the race for the District 1 commission seat between Bill Byrne and Bob Weatherford, Everett said she chose Weatherford, a former Acworth alderman, for the same reason.

“His opponent had previously served, and we just thought we wanted to try somebody new,” she said. “And (Weatherford) had some military experience, which was good.”

John Dunstan, a retired Marietta resident, said he voted for Perdue because of a recent endorsement.

“I was torn between Jack Kingston and David Perdue,” he said. “Jack Kingston’s been in office for a long time, and I know some people from Savannah that said he did a good job. Yesterday, Herman Cain endorsed David Perdue. That changed my mind. So I voted for him on Herman Cain’s endorsement.”

In the race for commissioner, Dunstan said he voted for Weatherford because he’s had enough of Byrne, the former Cobb chairman.

“I just think Bill Byrne is a professional politician … and he’s gone from county to county,” he said. “I don’t need his information anymore. I just don’t care for him and what he’s done.”

Bobbe Pharr, a retired Smyrna resident, said she voted for Perdue because she thinks he an outsider who has what it takes to “turn this country around.”

“I think Perdue is going to be different,” she said. “I think he’s going to really work for us and try to take this country back, try to do something about Obamacare and try to secure the future for our children. I’m really concerned about my children and grandchildren. Because this country is not what it was when I was little, when I raised my children.”

In the runoff election for Post 2 on the Board of Education, incumbent Tim Stultz faces challenger Susan Thayer, an education consultant.

Pharr voted for Stultz because she opposes the Common Core national standards.

“I feel like (Stultz is) a better choice,” she said. “I felt like (Thayer) was more for Common Core. I could be wrong, but I’m not real fond of the Common Core.”

Bruce LaBudde, also a retired Smyrna resident, said he chose Jack Kingston because of his experience as a U.S. representative.

“And I like his conservative views. I think he would represent the state of Georgia the best,” he said.

In the school board race, LaBudde said he voted for Thayer because Stultz was disappointing while in office.

“(Thayer) has the experience, and the incumbent performed poorly. I think she’ll do a great job.”

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