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Saturday Voting TODAY

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Fannin County Court House is open for Saturday voting today from 9 – 4:30 pm.  Fannin County Board of Elections says that approximately 4,000 people in Fannin County have already voted.  This is approximately 25% of Fannin’s registered voters, which is around 17,000.

If you haven’t received your voter registration card yet, you can always request a provisional ballot during early voting or at the polling precinct.  These ballots are reviewed and valid ballots are included in the official voting results which are published a few days after the election.  If you are unsure if you are registered, you can check at Georgia Secretary of State’s voter registration webpage.  You can not register to vote at poll locations.

The first week of early voting saw about 300 people per day.  The second week about 500 people per day.  Early voting continues next week – Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5 pm at Fannin County Court House.  Early voting ends on Friday, Nov. 4th.  The final day for voting is Tues. Nov. 8th.  All polling locations around the county will be open.

 Click here to view a sample ballot for Fannin County.

 

Below is the address of Fannin polling locations that are open for voting on Nov. 8th.

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Trump Announces New Communication Director In Georgia

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Trump campaign named Jennifer Hazelton communication director in Georgia. Hazelton contacted BKP at Fetch Your News to announce she can speak on behalf of the Trump campaign, answer questions, and set up interviews. ‪#‎trump2016‬ ‪#‎georgia‬ ‪#‎trumpcampaign‬ ‪#‎2016politics‬‪#‎makeamericagreatagain‬ ‪#‎fyntv‬ ‪#‎gmfto‬ ‪#‎fetchyournews‬

Chief Scearce Runs for Fannin Sheriff’s Office

Politics

I am a Fannin County native.  I grew up here, went to school here, and married my wife and raised my two children here.  I am a third generation Law Enforcement Officer following my grandfather, William T. (Boss) Mull, who served as Chief of Police in McCaysville , GA before being killed in the line of duty, and my father, W. W. Scearce, who served as a Law Enforcement Office in Dyer County, TN.

I have been in law enforcement for an impressive 35 years.  My career began in 1981 when I was Road Patrolman in McCaysville.  After serving in this capacity for seven years, my career moved me just over the GA/TN line to the Police Department of Copperhill, TN until an opportunity arose with the City of Blue Ridge Police Department.

In 1991, I accepted the position as Road Patrolman for Blue Ridge, GA.  There, I worked my way through the ranks until the following year when I was appointed Chief of Police of the City of Blue Ridge Police Department.  Since then, I have proudly been serving and protecting the citizens of Blue Ridge for nearly 24 years, longer than any other Chief in the city’s history!  Under my watch, the citizens of Blue Ridge feel safe with very low crime rate in the city and the 80%+ success rate the Police Department has at solving those crimes that do occur with arrests and convictions.  And, I plan to bring that same peace of mind to all Fannin County citizens if elected Sheriff.

To learn more about how I will build an effective department which serves all of Fannin County, check out my website at www.choosejohnny.com.

Becky Callihan Seeks Third Term as Coroner

Politics

My name is Becky Callihan. I have lived in this area all my life. I am married to Don Callihan. We have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. I am a Paramedic fire fighter for Fannin County.

I am running for Coroner in Fannin County. This will be my third term serving Fannin County as Coroner. I am so blessed to be able to do this job. It is a blessing to help families going throw the hardest thing in most people’s lives, the death of a loved one. I am honored to have several Pastors throughout Fannin County helping me help these families. I also have two Deputies that do an outstanding job.

The Coroner’s job is to do death investigations to determine the cause and manner of death. We work with local and state law enforcement as well as local Probate offices and funeral homes to ensure that the families receive their loved one’s death certificate in a timely manner.  Doctors in the state of Georgia can only sign a death certificate if it is a natural death; all other death certificates have to go through the Coroner’s office to be investigated and death certificate sign by the Coroner. To keep my certification, I am trained in death investigation and attend training every year.

I look forward to severing Fannin County for 4 more years and I pray that I can continue to serve Fannin County for many years to come. If you have any questions please call me at 706-851-0500. God bless.

Terry Bramlett Announces for Fourth Term on School Board

Politics

It has been an honor to serve on the Board of Education as an advocate for the children of Fannin County.  I am so proud of our students, faculty, and staff.  We are approaching a 94% graduation rate and our dual enrollment program with the University of North Georgia is opening new doors of opportunity.  As a property owner in Fannin County, I am keenly aware of our fiduciary responsibilities to the taxpayers and remain committed to a balanced budget and debt free operation.  Thank you for you continued support and do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.

Fannin’s Candidates for May 24th Primary

Election, Politics

Qualifying to be a candidate on Fannin County’s local primary election finished today, March 11th at noon.  Five positions have more than one candidate listed.

Four Republicans and one Democrat will run for Fannin County Sheriff.  Among the candidates are two police chiefs in Fannin County:  Larry Bennett of Maccaysville and Johnny Scearce of Blue Ridge.  Rusty Wittenburger is the Democratic candidate.  Incumbent Dane Kirby and Jack Taylor round out the field.  Since Wittenburger is the only Democratic candidate, he can advance to the November elections with just one vote.  Because there are four Republicans running, it is highly likely there will be a run-off in July.

In a surprise today, Marie Woody, Chief Land Development Officer for Fannin County will run against incumbent Shirley Sosebee for Tax Commissioner.  Woody has served Fannin County for 35 years in the Land Development office.  She believes that her current position and the fact that nearly all residents pass through her office have given her leadership and constituent experience.

Another surprising development is that the race for Probate Judge went from three potential candidate to only one, Scott Kiker.  Amanda Whatley, who was in the middle of qualifying on Friday at 11:45 am decided not to complete her paperwork.  Lynne Wagoner withdrew her candidacy on Friday.  Wagoner stated that she withdrew because she wanted to support Scott Kiker’s candidacy.

Currently, there are three candidates for Sandra Mercier’s seat on the Fannin County Board of Education.  Mercier decided not to run this year. The Chief Magistrate position also has three candidates:  Sherri Walker, Brian Jones and Denette Davis.

The other position with more than one candidate is Commission Chairman, with both Stan Helton and Bill Simonds qualifying.  For the complete list of candidates scroll to the bottom of the page.

Now, the candidate list will be sent to Kennesaw State University which prepares all the ballots, paper and electronic, for the state of Georgia.  Added to Fannin’s ballots will be the Georgia Senate and House District candidates and the US Senate and House candidates.  There will be two ballots to choose from in the May 24th primary, the Republican and the Democrat ballot.  Non-partisan candidates will appear on both ballots.   Voters going into the primaries must choose either a Republican or Democrat ballot.  This means that if a person wants to vote Republican locally and Democrat state-wide or vice-versa, the voter must choose which party ballot is most important to him or her.  It is not possible to vote one party locally and another party state-wide.  In the November General Election, though, candidates from all parties will be on the ballot

Each election, whether national, local, run-off or special costs $20,000 to $25,000 for Fannin County to conduct.  Fannin has 16,931 voters. Due to the importance of this election year, Fannin County Registration and Elections office expects very high turnout and thus a need for more poll workers.  If anyone would like to be a poll worker, please contact the Board of Registration and Elections at 706-632-7740.

 

Offices and Candidates

 Commission Chair:  incumbent Bill Simonds – R, Stan Helton – R

Commissioner Post 1:  incumbent Earl Johnson – R

Sheriff:  incumbent Dane Kirby – R, Larry Bennett – R, Johnny Scearce – R, Jack Taylor – R, Rusty Whittenburger –D

Clerk of Court – incumbent Dana Chastain – R

Tax Commissioner – incumbent Shirley Sosebee – R, Marie Woody – R

Chief Magistrate – incumbent Sherri Walker, Brian Jones, Denette Davis

Probate Judge – incumbent Scott Kiker

Coroner – incumbent Becky Callihan

Surveyor – incumbent Shelly Bishop

School Board Terry Bramlett Seat – Terry Bramlett

School Board Lewis DeWeese Seat – Lewis DeWeese

School Board to Succeed Sandra Mercier – Jeremy Davis, Chad Galloway, Junior Farmer

 

Brian Jones, Candidate for Magistrate Judge of Fannin County

Politics

My name is Brian Jones, and I am campaigning for the position of Magistrate Judge of Fannin County. I was born and raised in Fannin County. My parents are Ernest and Sarah “Jo” Jones of Epworth. My wife, Angela McDaris Jones, and I have been married for 19 years. She is a math teacher at Fannin County High School. I have two sons. Josh is 27 and Zack is 13. My grandson, Kyle, is 7.
I have had the pleasure of serving our community for most of my life. I began in the 80’s as a volunteer fire fighter and 1st Responder. I have been a dispatcher, jailor, Sheriff’s Deputy, and Assistant Chief of Police for McCaysville. I am currently a Sergeant for the Blue Ridge Police Department. I have worked there for over 7 years. I am a member of the McCay Lodge #423 in McCaysville.
I have worked for over 20 years in law enforcement. In that time I have developed a passion for protecting and improving our community. I believe that my outside experience in law enforcement would be a benefit, because I constantly work with people to resolve problems and enforce the law. I have had many interactions with the Court system and know how the Courts function. If elected I would run a professional, efficient office adjudicating cases in a timely manner according to the law. I believe in fairness, impartiality, and compassionate enforcement of the law. I know the importance of taking the time necessary to hear each matter and carefully consider how the law applies to the lives of those who would appear before me. Thank you for your support. Vote the people’s choice, vote Brian Jones. Your support is greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. voteforbrianjones@gmail.com

Danette Davis, Candidate for Chief Magistrate Judge of Fannin County

Politics

Danette Davis has announced her candidacy for Chief Magistrate Judge of Fannin County subject to the May 24, 2016, Non-Partisan Primary.
Davis has 18 years experience with the Magistrate Court of Fannin County.
Davis says this will be the first time since 1988 that a new Chief Magistrate Judge will be elected by the people of Fannin County. It was then that Judge Ronald L. Newton was first elected and he continued to hold the office until his tragic death in 2014.
The Magistrate Court system was established by the Georgia Legislature in 1983. Davis began serving as a Deputy Clerk when the first Magistrate Judge was in office in 1987. When Judge Newton took office in 1989, he appointed Davis to serve as Clerk of Magistrate Court. He later appointed Davis as an Associate Magistrate Judge in 2004.
Davis is 45 years old and resides in the Hardscrabble Road area of Mineral Bluff. She is the mother of one son, Kasch Brucker, age 8. Her parents are Windell and Inez Davis. She is the granddaughter of Margaret Davis and the late Lawrence Davis, and Carl and Lona Mull. Her siblings are Denise Roberts, Vincent, Vernon and Jeffery Davis.
Davis, says,

“If elected, I pledge to serve with impartiality, patience, incorruptibility, sympathy, and insight. I will work to inspire the confidence of Fannin County citizens through ability and a sense of justice.”

“Your help and your vote will be greatly appreciated,”

Davis said.

Dane Kirby seeking Re-Election as Sheriff of Fannin County

Election, Politics

I would like to take this opportunity to announce to the citizens of Fannin County that I will be seeking re-election as your Sheriff in the upcoming 2016 election. I began my first term as your Sheriff in January 2009 and from day 1 it has been my goal to satisfy the needs of Fannin County by providing accountability, quality and professionalism unsurpassed in the field of law enforcement with minimal financial burden to the taxpayers.

Early in my first term I started building a solid foundation to grow from and one of the first things I had to accomplish was to surround myself with dedicated individuals who have a true passion for making Fannin County a safer place to live. I am proud to say that I have met that goal and I am very fortunate to have highly qualified and dedicated officers that have my back on a daily basis. Today, almost 8 years later, I am very comfortable standing on the foundation that we’ve built, the state of our Sheriff’s office and the progress that we have made and continue to make.

As things continue to change, it will be even more important to have an experienced professional serving as your sheriff to deal appropriately with the challenges that we will face. I feel that my 25 years of experience in law enforcement with 7 of those years serving as your Sheriff make me even more capable to handle the tough situations and problems that will continue to surface. It is my privilege to serve the citizens of Fannin County and I can say without a doubt that working everyday as your Sheriff is the most gratifying and fulfilling experience I have ever had.

I am honored that you have placed your confidence in me and it is my hope that you will continue to support my efforts. Please feel free to contact me day or night with any questions or concerns you might have. My cell number is 706-633-8269. I would like to extend my appreciation to each one of you for your past support and ask for your continued support and vote in the General Primary Election to be held on May 24th 2016.

Respectfully,
Sheriff Dane Kirby

Fannin County’s March 1 Presidential Primary Ballots and Poll Locations

Election

Below is how the Presidential Preference Primary’s Ballot will appear for Georgia’s March 1st Primary.   Fannin County Board of Elections provided these sample ballots.

 

March 01, 2016 Democratic Ballot                          March 01, 2016 Republican Ballot

 

Fannin County’s voting precincts are as follows:

COLWELL – 4793 Hwy 2 Blue Ridge, GA. — Fire Station 6

FAIRPLAY – 6161 Murphy Hwy Mineral Bluff, GA. — Fire Station 10

FLINTHILL – 221 School House Rd. Epworth, GA. — Community Building

HEMPTOWN – 13320 Appalachian Hwy Morganton, GA. — Fire Station 8

HOTHOUSE – 860 Salem Rd. Mineral Bluff, GA. — Fire Station 14

MINERAL BLUFF – 8578 Lakewood Hwy Mineral Bluff, GA. — Fire Station 2

MOBILE – 4772 Mobile Rd. Blue Ridge, GA. — House

MORGANTON – 42 Lake Dr. Morganton, GA. — Community Room

NOONTOOTLA – 12520 Aska Rd. Blue Ridge, GA. — Fire Station 3

SKENIAH – 27298 Morganton Hwy (GA 60 South) Suches, GA. — Fire Station 9

SUGAR CREEK – 58 March Ln. Blue Ridge, GA. — Fire Station 12

TOCCOA – 440 West 1st St. Blue Ridge, GA. — Senior Center

 

You can register to vote several ways: at the library, at the Board of Elections office in the  courthouse or on-line registertovote.sos.ga.gov.  If you register at the library or courthouse, you need to bring your Driver’s License or state-issued ID.

The next election date in Fannin County is May 24th.  To vote in this election, you must register by April 26th.  The May 24th election is very importance in shaping the county government and its future direction since all county government elected positions are up for vote except  Post 2 Commissioner and two Board of Education seats.

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