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2018 Georgia Election Results for Fannin County
*These election results are unofficial until being certified by the Secretary of State’s office.
**The results for state seats in this article reflect the voters of Fannin County ONLY and do not reflect voting statewide. Statewide results can be viewed at :
Post 2 Commissioner:
Glenn Patterson (R) – 81.71% 9,014 Votes
Dixie Carter (D) – 18.17% 2,004 Votes
Board of Education:
Bobby Bearden (R) – 79.49% 8,676 Votes
Jeff DePaola (D) – 20.43% 2,230 Votes
Board of Education:
Mike Cole (R) – 82.13% 9,051 Votes
Susan DeMoura (D) – 17.66% 1,942 Votes
Georgia House Of Representatives District 7:
David Ralston (R) – 84.18% 9,250 Votes
Results by County:
Rick Day (D) – 15.61% 1,715 Votes
Results by County:
Brian Kemp (R) – 82.96% 9,292 Votes
Stacey Abrams (D) – 16.12% 1,806 Votes
Ted Metz (L) – 0.92% 103 Votes
Geoff Duncan (R) – 82.77% 8,867 Votes
Sarah Riggs Amico (D) – 17.20% 1,843 Votes
Secretary of State:
Brad Raffensperger (R) – 80.99% 8,908 Votes
John Barrow (D) – 17.39% 1,913 Votes
Smythe DuVal (L) – 1.62% 178 Votes
Jim Beck (R) – 81.51% 8,940 Votes
Janice Laws (D) – 16.17% 1,774 Votes
Donnie Foster (L) – 2.30% 252 Votes
State School Superintendent:
Otha Thornton (D) – 15.64% 1,714 Votes
Richard Woods (R) – 84.33% 9,244 Votes
Gary Black (R) – 83.58% 9,112 Votes
Fred Swan (D) – 16.39% 1,787 Votes
Mark Butler (R) – 83.26% 9,089 Votes
Richard Keatley (D) – 16.73% 1,826 Votes
U.S. Congress District 9:
Doug Collins (R) – 83.27% 9,186 Votes
Josh McCall (D) – 16.70% 1,842 Votes
- Graduate of Kennesaw State University
- 20 year career as a Computer programmer for Delta Air Lines
- Active member of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association
- Active member of Feed Fannin
- Past board member of the Boys & Girls Club
- Multi-year mentor to as-risk youth from Capitol Homes-Atlanta
- Currently an active broker with Mountain Place Realty in Blue Ridge
- Watch the interview below:
Jeff DePaola asks for your vote in the upcoming election for Fannin County School Board. Mr. DePaola shares his platform and his vision for the future of the Fannin County School System:
Q: What do you see as the board’s top priority ?
A: Maintaining and attracting quality educators to our system.
Q: What is your vision for education in this community?
A: Continue to increase the graduation rate from Fannin County High School and ultimately achieve our mission of 100%, which I believe is possible. I would work closely with the school system administration and the superintendent to identify creative opportunities to achieve this goal.
Q: How can you contribute to a successful achievement of this vision?
A: Achieve 100% graduation rate though more comprehensive mentoring and tutoring programs that reach more of our students starting early in their education experience and continuing through high school. Also, identify vocational programs that could be offered in Fannin County schools that target meaningful career paths for our student population who may not want to attend college after graduation.
Q: What kind of relationship should a district/the board have with its community? With its parents and families?
A: My campaign slogan is Opportunity Through Community so I intend to be a bridge between the school system needs and our growing Fannin County community. I believe we have an outstanding base of quality full and part-time residents that would be willing to participate in expanded education related mentoring and tutoring programs.
Also, with our business and higher education community expanding rapidly, there will be more opportunities for partnerships that will benefit our student population.
Jeff was born in Phoenix, AZ and graduated high school from Schaumburg, IL. He started with Delta Air Lines in Chicago shortly after high school in 1978 and transferred to Atlanta in 1982 to be trained as a mainframe computer programmer.
He put himself through school and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a business degree in 1988 after part time evening/weekend/summer classes while working full time at Delta. If you would like to contact Jeff DePaola with any questions he can be contacted at 404.550.4488 or email him at Email Jeff DePaola for Fannin School Board (click here)
Geoff Duncan is lying about David Shafer. Every day, he is pushing a new lie to try and deceive Georgia Republicans. Don’t be fooled — Duncan will say and do anything to get elected. See below why we can’t trust a liar like Geoff Duncan.
The newspaper headline in the Duncan advertisement (“Candidate accused of conspiracy in CEO’s ouster”) refers to a lawsuit filed against another candidate, former gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins.
Shafer is not named as a defendant or accused of wrongdoing in the Tippins lawsuit. In fact, David Shafer has never been named as defendant in any lawsuit.
Duncan lies by accusing David Shafer of not paying taxes.
Shafer’s tax dispute was resolved in his favor and the tax lien issued against him was marked “issued in error and withdrawn.”
David Shafer was completely exonerated by a two month, bipartisan ethics investigation.
Shafer cooperated fully. He sat for two interviews and produced 10 years of email and telephone records.
The independent counsel hired by the Ethics Committee to investigate the complaint determined that the allegations had been “fabricated” and were “politically motivated.”
Duncan falsely accuses Shafer of getting rich as a State Senator.
David Shafer has worked his entire life. He opened his first bank account at age 8 with money saved from mowing lawns. He worked as a church janitor at age 13 and a restaurant busboy at age 16. He worked his way through college as a department store sales clerk. After college, he earned his real estate license and invested in real estate and he has invested in and started numerous businesses. Shafer is proud of his business success.
Georgia Can’t Trust A Liar Like Geoff Duncan.
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Having lived in Gilmer County for nearly 40 years I consider it home. My husband John and I raised our 4 children here and now enjoy our reward – having 11 of our 15 grandchildren who live in the county.
I am a naturalized citizen who has embraced everything America – the Constitution, our natural God-given Rights, the Rule of Law, and our Flag.
I have had a full life; I studied Engineering, worked as a Health Care professional, studied Marketing & Business Administration, took time off to raise our children, and owned my own business.
We are retired now giving us time to volunteer in our community, do some traveling, and do our best to help safeguard the future of our State and Country.
First Baptist Church Ellijay has been our church home for 37 years. I am a member of the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce, Optimist Club, Gilmer County Republicans, Gilmer County Republican Women, and Georgia Federation of Republican Women.
I’m also a Master Gardener Volunteer putting in many hours at the Ellijay Farmers Market, because how best to use the freedom than to make things beautiful.
My Pro Life position is not one of political expedience like many politicians.
I helped found a crisis pregnancy center in Ellijay which has served young women for over 25 years, was on the board, supported it financially, and was a counselor. On Sanctity of Life Sunday I was on the sidewalk praying and waving signs.
It’s simple for me; you can’t have liberty without life.
My first involvement in politics goes back to 1994 as a volunteer in a congressional race and since that time I have worked on several campaigns. Most recent was as county campaign manager for Donald Trump.
As a regular visitor to the Georgia Capitol I keep informed on current legislation especially those that affect the taxpayers of our State House District 7.
It has been distressing to see bills passed that fail to meet our needs but only help big business or special interest groups, bills that increase our taxes, and bills that burden us with unfunded mandates, regulations, and growing number of fees that hurt our economy.
In retirement I have the luxury of being involved but the average North Georgian is busy with both spouses working, raising a family, taking care of elderly parents, or just trying to make time to spend time with their kids. – All with less money in their pocket.
We should be able to trust that our Representative is watching out for us, and that is something that we are currently lacking. I will be your watchman.
Under our current leadership, over the last 10 years, our annual state budget has grown from $15B to $26B.
In 2015 the largest tax increase in the history of Georgia was passed under HB 170. That’s $1 billion more dollars that is taken out of the private sector every year.
52% of our 2017-18 budget goes to Education – that’s $13B and yet we rank #34 in the nation in education. College tuition has gone up over 75% while state contributions have decreased.
Tuition for Technical Colleges has gone up 100%. Teacher pension plan (TRS) is severely in jeopardy with over $2B in unfunded liabilities and now a change in the pension plan is discouraging prospective teachers from entering into education – the result is less teachers and larger classroom size. How is this good for teachers and the kids??
Leadership tells us that Georgia is the #1 place to do business but professional assessments give Georgia a ranking of #17 in Economic Performance and #19 in Economic Outlook.
Key factors contributing to this ranking; a State Income Tax that we should abolish, Property Tax Burden, and the recent legislative Tax changes – excise tax hike on fuel, and increased burden on counties that did not vote for T-SPLOST.
In the 7th District almost 35% of our residents live at or below the poverty level, our annual household income is around $40,000, and our per capita salary in $11,000. All well below state and national averages.
High property taxes, increasing school taxes, fees, penalties, regulations, fuel taxes, and the increase in sales tax on used cars that was just passed – all reduce spendable income.
We need new leadership who isn’t out of touch with the everyday working men and women of Georgia, and really, who aren’t out of touch with reality.
It seems that big government only sees us as a way to get more money so they can give handouts to their buddies. We pay more taxes for gas while politicians wan tto exempt Delta from paying sales tax on jet fuel! Who do you think needs the tax break?
I’ve had enough of the good old boy system. We are already taxed and regulated more than enough.
We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the US. Outdoor recreation attracts mountain bikers, hikers, boaters, fishing enthusiasts, and more. Other attractions include all the new locally owned wineries in their beautiful settings in all three counties in the District, cabin rentals, and most recentlyfabulous wedding venues.
Local Chambers of Commerce work hard to bring in businesses with higher paying jobs and to attract tourists, as this industry is now the biggest contributor to our economy.
We can all work together to make our counties attractive to tourists, business, and families – without compromising our Conservative North GA values.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, limited government principles and a culture of hard work and what made the American economy great. Let’s just go back to that instead of subsidies and big government.
Significant tax cuts, getting rid of penalties imposed by recent legislation, lowering the corporate income tax rate, and reducing the cost that each wage earner pays for benefits received by illegal immigrants, an annual cost to the state of $2.4B for education, health care, justice and law enforcement, public assistance, and government services.
I also support a restructuring of the welfare system. Stronger requirements have worked in other States, why not here in Georgia.
I will work with the many like-minded members of the House and Senate to make changes that reflect our principles of Conservatism.
For years we have been promised “Conservative leadership”, “protection for our North Georgia values”, “Constitutional freedoms”, “protection for our Religious Freedom”, “support for our public schools and teachers”, “gun rights”, “good paying jobs”, a “crack down on illegal immigration”, a “stronger economy”, “fiscally conservative policies – less spending – lower taxes”, and the “end of state government benefits for those here illegally”.
These are all promises taken right off the campaign mailers sent out by my big government opponent. What has he delivered on?
Campaign promises are soon forgotten, our Constitution trampled on and despite overwhelming Republican control we still haven’t passed Constitutional Carry, meaningful tax reform, and the fight for Religious Freedom for all continues.
Billions of dollars are paid in benefits to illegals, and government keeps growing despite the promise to “downsize government”.
Out of control spending does not reflect “fiscally conservative principles” and the promise to “keep taxes low” turned into the biggest tax increase in the history of Georgia.
As I visit around the district I am struck by all the needs and concerns expressed to me – teen suicides and deaths from opioid overdose, the injustice of finding criminals have more rights than the victim, a shortage of affordable nursing homes, and the frustration of dealing with mental illness.
I have said from the very beginning of my campaign that I am not running AGAINST the establishment – I am running FOR the People of District 7, Fannin, Gilmer, and Dawson County.
I will work diligently to meet their needs and not those of a minority of special interest groups.
With our bloated budget and increased revenue thanks to a windfall as a result of President Trump’s federal tax cuts –surely we can do more to help the people of North Georgia instead of subsidizing Atlanta and their agenda.
The Primary election is May 22nd, and you can start early voting April 30th. I ask you for your vote so that, together, we can restore principled Conservative leadership to Georgia.
Margaret Williamson VoteWilliamson2018.com
I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when Irma came through Blue Ridge doing relatively little damage. But, what if it had lived up to all the dire predictions? Would the city have been ready?
We know that our emergency management team works hard to ensure readiness when needed. You may have seen them performing practice drills that encompass a variety of possible disaster situations. It is comforting to know we have a fine group of men and women at the ready when we need them.
But, is our city infrastructure ready for the next disaster? We have seen the flooding on Ada Street and on W. Main Street after it rains. One can only imagine the damage that would be done to property in the event of a major weather event. And how difficult would it be for our emergency responders to get to people in need if the roads are impassable?
If elected, one of my first priorities will be to address our outdated infrastructure. We need to know what, where, and why we are having these issues.
Once we have answered those questions, we move on to how we are going to remedy the situation. These are hard questions that will require hard answers, and elected officials that are willing to tackle these issues.
Our city is beautiful, indeed. We have lovely public spaces, a fine playground, a renovated train depot. Our newly completed downtown streetscape makes our city even more tourist friendly. All these are reasons that Blue Ridge is included in so many “best of” articles.
But, it won’t matter how beautiful our city looks if it is not built on a sound infrastructure. We must address this issue now, or pay the consequences later.
Your vote for me will be a vote for someone not afraid to tackle the tough issues!
The downtown Blue Ridge parking situation has been a hot topic over the last several months. In fact, this has been on the radar for almost four years now. As a member of City Council, I will take action in resolving this issue to ensure Blue Ridge has room to grow.
First, it is going to take all council members working together for this common goal to get any type of resolution. Recently there have been different options considered by the current council, however, no real progress in my opinion. Finding a “perfect” solution may be tough but there needs to be immediate attention paid toward finding both a short term and long-term solution.
Second, I have been doing some individual research in addition to reviewing the current data provided by the council.
From what I have found the first practical step is to make better use of our existing parking areas. To this effect, a hard look should be taken at the approximately 60 parking places which have been eliminated in the last 4 years. Maximizing your existing supply of parking is a great place to start but it will not be enough to accommodate growth in Blue Ridge.
Furthermore, parking can be increased by efficiently utilizing existing city-owned property. This utilization of no or low-cost property would be an economical and actionable solution for additional parking which would both save the city money mitigate the need for land acquisitions.
I promise to immediately take action by proceeding with a comprehensive parking plan. This parking plan as outlined above will provide relief to our downtown parking issues. I promise to work together with all council members and the mayor to support taking action through both short and long-term solutions. I humbly ask for your vote to serve the City of Blue Ridge and I pledge to never put any personal agenda or self-serving motive in front of what is best for my hometown.
WASHINGTON—Today the House of Representatives did not vote on the American Health Care Act as part of Republicans’ comprehensive health care reform plan. Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, is an attorney and Air Force Reserve chaplain representing one of the most conservative districts in the nation. Collins has issued the following statement in response:
“I am proud to have stood with President Trump to repeal and replace the law that has hurt American families and replaced their freedom with federal mandates. Yet I find myself frustrated and grieved that so many Republicans refused to act according to their professed principles.
Because I am convinced that human life and dignity deserve fierce protection under the law, I am unable to understand how many of my colleagues allowed political myopia to prevent them from supporting the opportunity to defund America’s largest abortion peddler. Because of the decisions of a few members, we remain mired in a health system that is able neither to care for our neighbors nor to protect unborn Americans.”