Northeast Cobb Heads to the Polls on Tuesday
July 31 will be an important day in the history of Cobb County and the Metro Atlanta area.
The biggest issue on the ballot is the TSPLOST referendum, covered in local and state media extensively. If passed, the referendum would add a one cent sales tax to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements in the Metro Atlanta area. The proposed tax has been hotly debated over the last few months, with pro and anti TSPLOST groups making their opinions known.
Another statewide issue is House Resolution 1162, which would allow the state to override the decision of local school boards to reject charter schools in their jurisdiction. Tensions flared earlier this year, when the Smyrna Academy of Excellence was denied funding by the Cobb County School District. This resolution will be voted on in November; the question on today's ballot is non-binding and will appear for registered Democrats only.
Post 5 of the School Board is being contested by controversial incumbent David Banks and two opponents, one who has earned the endorsement of a Cobb teacher's group. Banks has been the lightning rod for the school calendar debates.
On the county level, the two big races are the chairmanship of the Cobb Board of Commissioners and the races for state and Congressional representatives.
In the state house, representatives Don Parsons, John Carson and Matt Dollar will have to defeat Republican challengers to retain their seats. Carson is running against Northeast Cobb's lone Democrat.
On the national level, Rep. Tom Price (R) faces no Republican challengers but will have a Democrat opponent to contend with to keep his newly-redrawn district.