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Canton-Sixes Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Canton and Cherokee County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Canton-Sixes Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about the hottest contests in Cherokee County. Here are a few of the races and issues to watch. Bookmark this page for updates.

School Board Vice Chairwoman  vs. : For the first time, voters will get to elect the chair of the Cherokee County Board of Education. Before Gov. Nathan Deal signed a controversial redistricting measure that created the elected chair position, school board members appointed a chair and vice chair. This will be a contest between two of the key players in the . 

: Gov. Nathan to sign House Bill 797, which will restore the state charter schools commission if voters approve House Resolution 1162. The constitutional amendment, which will be voted on in November, asks voters if the state should have full authority to approve and fund local charter schools. Cherokee school board members voted 4-2 during its April 19 meeting to endorse a , which they fear will take away from local districts. 

: Across metro Atlanta, supporters and opponents of a 10-year, 10-county transportation sales tax are blitzing voters with their messages. Though , the referendum has not been received well at .

Sen.  (R-Woodstock) vs. : One of the most powerful politicians in the state faces opposition from Brandon Beach, who represents Cherokee, Cobb and North Fulton on the State Transportation Board. Can Rogers, whose campaign has dealt with , survive the challenge?  

Sheriff vs. : Garrison's pursuit of a sixth term will be tough. One of his SWAT snipers fatally shot  during a , a decision that outraged some residents who wondered if the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office could have employed other negotiation tactics. And that same month, the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Waters, Garrison's opponent.

Post 2 Commissioner Jim Hubbard faces challenges from not one, but two people: attorney Channing Ruskell and Raymond Gunnin, who retired as the county's fire chief last year. Meanwhile, . Republicans Chris Hampton and Brian Poole are running for that seat.

Nicki Ayon July 10, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Not much of an election guide. How come none of these categories/people are included on the Democratic absentee/voting ballot? The only things in this article that are included there is the mention of transportation. Please answer my question & please advise if there is a comprehensive page/summary somewhere of every single category to be voted on from BOTH ballots & details about each candidate. Thank you.
Concerned For Cherokee July 10, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Cherokee County is primarily a Republican County. Therefore the candidates running are Republican. If any candidates were running in as a Democrat, they would be only on the Democratic Ballot. For this reason, this IS technically the General Election, because whoever wins this race will automatically win the seat since there isn't a Democratic Candidate running against them. Unfortunately, there isn't an unbiased page that I know of. I know who I'm voting for in a couple of races, but as far as the others, I'm having to research their websites or do what's always fun- read the tabloids! LOL. Best of luck! :)
Etowahwah July 18, 2012 at 02:53 PM
As evidenced by David Cannon's lame mention of his opponent's presidential voting preference, he is a bigot with biases. We need a Superior Court Judge that is unbiased in ALL situations! Shriver has my vote! Let's get these good ole' boys out of office so our community can move forward!
Change For Canton July 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Yes, this kind of behavior is pathetic. David Cannon must need a dictionary....nonpartisan, nonpartizan [ˌnɒnpɑːtɪˈzæn] adj. not partisan or aligned, esp not affiliated to, influenced by, or supporting any one political party Is the Salem?......are we hunting Democrats instead of witches?

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