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Canton Tea Party Activist To Challenge Ahrens For Commission Chair

Carolyn Cosby has launched a campaign to get 5,982 signatures so she can be placed on the ballot as an independent to challenge incumbent Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens.

Carolyn Cosby.
Carolyn Cosby.
Just when you thought the election season was over in Cherokee County, another candidate has stepped forward to run for political office. 

Former Canton Tea Party Chair Carolyn Cosby has announced her plans to garner enough signatures on a petition to be placed on the ballot as an independent to challenge incumbent Buzz Ahrens for the Cherokee County Commission chair seat.

"Now is the time to move Cherokee County forward," she said in a press release. "The people are ready to elect leadership we can trust and return Cherokee County to a sound financial footing." 

Cosby resigned her role as chair of the tea party so she can run for the seat.

Cosby said on Thursday she will need 5,982 signatures to turn into Cherokee County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda by noon July 8 to gain placement on the ballot. 

Cosby, who has been critical of the Cherokee County Commission after the failure of Ball Ground Recycling, said she's a "conservative Republican" who has served the party in various leadership capacities since the Ronald Reagan Era. 

"If the actions of Buzz Ahrens can be labeled and defined as 'conservative Republican' then we need major reform in the Republican ranks,” she added, noting she describes herself as a "classical conservative" whose values are in lock step with the national Republican Party platform. 

Ahrens defeated challenger Jackie Archer in the May 20 Republican primary. With no Democratic opposition, Ahrens was slated to cruise to victory. 

The incumbent county chair on Friday said the position he currently holds "is a high-level CEO management responsibility."

"This individual has no management experience," he said, referring to Cosby. 

Before coming to Cherokee County, Cosby, 62, was widely known for her anti-marriage equality campaigns in the state of Maine during the late 80s and early to mid 1990s. 

In 2012, she and her organization launched campaigns and backed candidates to unseat incumbent District 2 County Commission Jim Hubbard. The material Cosby circulated eventually was used as evidence against her in an ethic complaint filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission

Cosby was accused by former County Commissioner Karen Bosch of raising money to influence voters on which candidates to support in the July 31 primary. 

The case was eventually turned over to the Georgia Attorney General's Office for "probable case" where it remains undecided due to a lack of staff with the state ethics commission's office. 

Cosby said while she understand the window of time to garner the signatures is tight, she won't let that deter her from her goal of becoming the "real conservative" Cherokee County needs.
Georgia Voter May 31, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Y'all better pray that she won't be able to get enough signatures. This woman is serious bad news.
Debbie Harry May 31, 2014 at 08:15 PM
She's awful! Amazing that she thinks she is above the process that is the foundation of our country. The voters said no to Jackie Archer. That should be sufficient. Do NOT sign this petition!
ReasonableCitizen June 02, 2014 at 06:32 PM
-Frequent proponent of hate speech -Fled another state in disgrace -Multiple pending ethics violations -Despite the aforementioned she has the gall to accuse the innocent of wrongdoing Relinquish your crown Kelly Marlow. There is a new queen.
Mealy Man June 02, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Do any of you know what the people in Maine did to run her out of town? Can we do that? I look forward to signing the petition often as Sir Lipton Crazymouth.

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