Early Voting, Sample Ballots, Voter Guides

April 28, 2014

Early voting for the May 20th primary election has started. For your convenience, I have prepared a list of the DeKalb and Fulton early voting locations closest to our community and the dates and times these locations will be available. At the bottom of this message, you will find links to helpful sample ballots and voter guides.

My next neighborhood “meet and greet” will be this Thursday, May 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Brickery, 6125 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30328. This event is free and open to the public. Thank you to Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, Councilman Gabriel Sterling, and Josh Belinfante for co-hosting the event.

The DeKalb County Republican Party will be hosting a forum for the candidates for DeKalb County Sheriff tomorrow, Tuesday, April 29, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road. This race is a special election that will appear on the primary ballots for both political parties.

DeKalb County Early Voting Locations & Times

DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032
Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 16
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tucker Recreation Center
4898 LaVista Road
Tucker, GA 30084
Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 16
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chamblee Civic Center
3540 Broad Street
Chamblee, GA 30341
Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fulton County Early Voting Locations & Times

North Fulton Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, Room 128
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Monday, April 28 – Saturday, May 3, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 5 – Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sandy Springs Library
395 Mount Vernon Highway
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Monday, May 5 – Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Helpful Voting Links

DeKalb County Republican Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Democratic Sample Ballot
DeKalb County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Republican Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 1 of 2
Fulton County Democratic Sample Ballot 2 of 2
Fulton County Nonpartisan Sample Ballot
Georgia Secretary of State “My Voter Page”
League of Women Voters/AJC Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Reporter Voter’s Guide
Sandy Springs Reporter Voter’s Guide
Brookhaven Post Voter’s Guide

Local Issues in the Legislature

April 22, 2014

Cross Keys Pages

This Wednesday, April 23, is the first of three neighborhood “meet and greet” events I will be holding across our community. This week’s event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1396 Tugaloo Drive in the Brookhaven Fields neighborhood. Click here for a full schedule of these events. Each “meet and greet” is free and open to the public.

This message is the second of a three-part series explaining legislation that was considered in the 2014 legislative session. This particular message concerns bills that pertain to our local community, except the bills I personally sponsored and passed. The first installment explained the bills I passed this year. Click here to read my first message.

Also of local interest, I had the privilege of hosting “Cross Keys Day at the Capitol” this year. A group of outstanding Cross Keys High School seniors served as my pages on one of the busiest days of the legislative session. Above is a photo of this excellent group of students. Because this year’s “Cross Keys Day at the Capitol” was a great success, I am going to repeat it every year.

Below is a summary of this year’s significant local bills. The hyperlinks will lead you to the full text and other details of each bill:

House Resolution 486 – The Georgia Constitution prohibits the creation of new city school systems. Existing city school systems such as Atlanta, Decatur and Marietta, are grandfathered to avoid this prohibition. HR 486 is constitutional amendment — requiring a two-thirds affirmative vote of the House and Senate — to enable the creation of independent municipal school systems in cities created on or after January 1, 2005. This would include Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. It also would allow cities adjacent to cities created on or after that date, such as Chamblee and Doraville, to have their own school systems. HR 486 also would permit any combination of these cities to form a unified independent school district. Thus, a school system could be created across Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Chamblee and Doraville. This proposal will be a multi-year project because it requires a supermajority in order to pass.

House Bill 905 and House Bill 906 – These bills would settle the Century Center annexation dispute between Chamblee and Brookhaven by “reannexing” Century Center into the City of Chamblee. In early 2013, the General Assembly passed a bill that would annex Century Center and the Dresden East Civic Association (DECA) neighborhoods into the City of Chamblee if the voters approved the annexation in a November 2013 referendum. Between the passage of the original bill and the referendum, a vote of the Brookhaven City Council was taken to annex Century Center into the City of Brookhaven. In November 2013, the annexation referendum passed with 61% of the vote. I supported these bills because they are important to keeping a promise that the General Assembly made to the voters who supported the Chamblee referendum. They are on the Governor’s desk.

House Bill 1065 – DeKalb County presently has a ten-year property tax assessment freeze that will expire in 2016. I was the main sponsor of HB 1065 which will make the assessment freeze a permanent measure. This bill requires a majority vote of the representatives and senators who represent portions of DeKalb County. It passed the House but fell short in the Senate. I plan to revive it in 2015.

Senate Bill 95 – I support abolition of DeKalb’s unique-in-Georgia, highly dysfunctional CEO form of government. Until we find the votes in the DeKalb legislative delegation to accomplish that goal, however, SB 95 would have made the CEO position a non-partisan office. Presently, the DeKalb CEO is a partisan office elected in the Democratic primary. By making it a non-partisan position, Republican voters would be empowered to play a role in the selection of the county’s chief administrator. The bill failed on the House floor because there is insufficient support for adding non-partisan offices in Georgia, except for judgeships.

Senate Bill 367 – Attorney General Sam Olens issued a written opinion that Interim CEO Lee May continues to represent District 5 (Southeast DeKalb) on the DeKalb County Commission in addition to his appointed position as Interim CEO, effectively leaving District 5 without representation. SB 367 contains a provision that was added as a House floor amendment to permit the remaining six members of the DeKalb County Commission to appoint a temporary commissioner to replace Lee May until he is no longer the Interim CEO or his current term on the county commission concludes, whichever is sooner.

House Bill 390 – This bill would have allowed DeKalb County to impose an additional penny sales tax for transportation purposes — increasing the sales tax from the current 7 cents to 8 cents — but only if each and every municipality within the county agreed to allow this sales tax to go to a referendum. I voted against this bill. It narrowly failed on the House floor.

House Bill 819 – This bill would have stopped Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand from personally profiting from the sale of property tax liens to a private company. The bill passed the House with my full support but never passed the Senate.

Lakeside and Tucker – Near the end of this year’s legislative session, a compromise was struck to enable these two proposals for new cities in Central DeKalb to move forward. Unfortunately, a legal technicality made it impossible to pass the compromise this year. Although the bills are taking a one-year lap, both proposals likely will receive legislative consideration next year.

“Meet & Greet” Events & Voter Registration Deadline

April 17, 2014

The deadline to register to vote in the May 20 primary election is Monday, April 21. If you have a valid Georgia driver’s license or identification card, voter registration is available online for the first time ever. You may register online at registertovote.sos.ga.gov.

I am pleased to announce three “Meet & Greet” campaign events across House District 80, which includes portions of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Sandy Springs. There will be an event near you. Please join us to discuss state and local issues. Many thanks to the gracious hosts of these events:

Meet & Greet in Brookhaven Fields
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Brookhaven Councilman Bates Mattison, Brookhaven Councilman Joe Gebbia, Shawn Keefe and John & Cynthia Garst
A joint event with State Senator Fran Millar
at the home of John & Cynthia Garst
1396 Tugaloo Drive
Brookhaven, GA 30319

Meet & Greet and Fundraiser in Sandy Springs
Thursday, May 1, 2014
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, Sandy Springs Councilman Gabriel Sterling and Josh Belinfante
The Brickery
6125 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Meet & Greet in Nancy Creek Heights
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Brookhaven Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams, Shannon Cameron and Holly & Michael Snow
A joint event with State Senator Fran Millar
at the home of Holly & Michael Snow
4041 Navajo Trail
Brookhaven, GA 30319

Yard Signs Available

April 3, 2014

Within the upcoming week, my campaign will be distributing yard signs for the 2014 primary election. The primary is being held earlier than usual this year, on May 20.

If you would like a yard sign, please send me an e-mail at [email protected] with your name and street address in the body of the message. We will deliver your sign in the upcoming week.

To determine whether you live in State House District 80, please click here to see a district map.

Thank you for your consideration.


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