Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The delegation on Monday shared with residents what bills they are supporting or introducing during the 2013 legislative session.
Cherokee County's legislative delegation on Monday was greeted with about 50 residents who filed into the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse in downtown Canton to hear what pieces of legislation they plan to champion. Lawmakers during the session, which is already halfway over, shared with the audience which bills they've endorsed, sponsored or introduced. The forum was hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party. State Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) was not able to attend the forum. State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) State Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) State Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) State Rep. …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Cherokee County Republican Party will host a forum Monday in Canton where lawmakers will discuss the 2013 legislative session.
Cherokee County's legislators in the Georgia General Assembly will gather Monday evening to discuss their bills and their vision for 2013 in a forum hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse at 100 North Street in downtown Canton. The forum will be held in the second floor courtroom. Members of the delegation who are slated to participate include State Senators Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville); State Representatives Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat), John Carson (R-Marietta), Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) and Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs). Legislators will discuss the bills they are backing and also …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The Canton resident will become the newest member of the Georgia House of Representatives once the Georgia General Assmebly's 2013 legislative session starts in January.
Political newcomer Mandi Ballinger of Canton will soon take office as the first state representative in the newly created Georgia House District 23. The district is new to Cherokee County and covers western Cherokee, ranging from the southwest portion up to north Canton and extending the northwest corner. Ballinger, 37, has a bachelor of business administration in finance from Kennesaw State University. She and husband Eric Ballinger have one son Henry, 6 and they attend St. Peter Chanel in Roswell. Ballinger discussed her plans for her new role with Patch. 1. Now that the dust has settled, how do you feel about starting this new position? I am excited to get to work. Everyone in the (state) house has been very welcoming to me a freshman…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Incumbent Tax Commissioner Sonya Little, State Rep. Ballinger defeat multiple opponents.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Two Cherokee County races with more than two candidates running averted runoffs Tuesday as the incumbents won a majority of the vote, according to returns. Incumbent Tax Commissioner Sonya Little, who has served as tax commissioner since David Fields resigned in February 2011, will stay on the job after defeating Kenny Phelps and Robert Wade Wilkie. Little received 20,576 votes, or 58.2% of the vote. Phelps finished with 8,480 voters, 24 percent of the total, and Wilkie had 6,283 or 17.18 percent. State Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) fended off three challengers. Ballinger garnered 4,090 votes or 52.46 percent of the vote. Alan Shinall finished second, with 2,031 or 26.5 percent of the vote. Dean Sheridan had 892 votes, 11.44 percent of …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Republican Troy Welker, who announced his run for the newly created District 23 House Seat in January, is now endorsing Alan Shinall.
Citing business demands, Republican Troy Welker on Saturday bowed out of the race for the newly created District 23 State House seat and endorsed former opponent Alan Shinall. Welker only announced his run for the seat, which takes in a large portion of Canton as well as the city of Waleska, on Jan. 30. “I entered this race because the other candidates at the time truly weren’t qualified to represent this seat and many still aren’t,” he said in a statement. “I have said since the beginning that we need a solid conservative with real world common sense business experience, and I was that guy.” But recent developments have forced him to invest more of his attention to his business, IPT Sink Company. “I feel my ability to devote the time …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Canton's Harold Welchel is the latest to announce his plans to run for the new House seat.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Find out what's coming up on Canton-Sixes Patch today and what you might have missed overnight.
1. Cherokee County legislators have submitted bills that would change the ways county commissioners and school board members are elected. The legislation also would draw the current school board chair and vice chair out of their districts. 2. Girl Scout cookie sales began over the weekend. Check here to find out where they're being sold in our area. 3. State Rep. Sean Jerguson, R-Woodstock, is proposing a bill that would allow Georgia residents to carry guns virtually anywhere. 4. Mandi Ballinger is seeking election to the newly-created District 23 seat in the state House of Representatives. 5. Partly cloudy skies are expected today with a high around 57 degrees. Tomorrow, look for that high to climb to 60 degrees. Don’t miss any of the …
Friday, February 17, 2012
The Canton Republican said she plans to run to represent the newly-created district.
Cherokee County resident Mandi Ballinger said she plans to run for House District 23, a seat that was created last year after reapportionment and is vacant. In a news release, Ballinger said that, if elected, she wants to reduce the size of government and make it more efficient. Ballinger also wants to eliminate the state income tax, which she said will make Georgia more attractive to new employers and could spur economic growth. "I've been heavily involved in our local community and will represent our citizens first, not the special interests," Ballinger said. "We deserve a representative who cares deeply about Cherokee County’s citizens, not just a political career." The only other person who has announced intentions to run for the seat …