Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Republican easily won a full term to represent District 46 in Northeast Cobb.
State Rep. John Carson easily won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives on Tuesday in the only contested legislative race in the East Cobb area in the general election. Carson, a Republican, easily defeated Democrat Kevin "Big Kev" Westphal for a full term representing District 46, which covers most of Northeast Cobb and portions of southern Cherokee. Unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State's office showed that Carson received 18,719 votes, or 73.4 percent, to 6,785 votes for Westphal, or 26.6 percent. Westphal was the only Democratic candidate to qualify for any state or local race in heavily Republican Northeast Cobb. Carson was first elected in a 2011 special election to succeed the late Rep. Bobby Franklin…
Friday, April 20, 2012
The House passed the zoning measure March 7, 150-18, and the Senate followed suit March 27, 48-4.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the first legislation Rep. John Carson introduced in the state House, H.B. 1089, on Thursday. The measure will repeal Chapter 67 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, which mandates additional procedures for rezoning only in counties with at least 625,000 people and cities with at least 100,000 that sit at least partially within those counties. The law uses the census every 10 years as the basis for those population counts, and it was written to apply specifically to Fulton and DeKalb counties. The Georgia Constitution no longer allows such population-triggered laws. The bill will save Cobb County taxpayers $100,000 to $300,000 a year, according to a news release from the House press office. The …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The Northeast Cobb Republican is seeking a full term in state House District 46.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Just a few months after winning a special election for a Georgia legislative seat, state Rep. John Carson is gearing up for another campaign. Carson, a Republican who is an accountant with SunTrust Bank, announced Friday he is seeking a full four-year term from House District 46. The new district covers much of the same area he currently represents in District 43. But the redrawn and renumbered district will add some areas of southeastern Cherokee County to his Northeast Cobb base after reapportionment during the 2011-12 General Assembly. “It’s been an honor to serve the people of House District 43 in the General Assembly this session," Carson said. "It’s hard to believe it is campaign season again, since I just completed one in October…
Friday, March 30, 2012
The zoning measure saves Cobb County from some red tape.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Rep. John Carson this week celebrated General Assembly passage of the first legislation he introduced in the state House, H.B. 1089. The bill is only three sentences, but it will save Cobb County taxpayers $100,000 to $300,000 a year, according to a news release from the House press office. The House passed the bill March 7, 150-18, and the Senate followed suit Tuesday, 48-4. “I am pleased that my colleagues in the House and Senate showed overwhelming bipartisan support for this measure,” Carson said in the news release. Once signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the measure will repeal Chapter 67 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, which mandates additional procedures for rezoning only in counties with at least 625,000 people and…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The bill’s author, Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro): "It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly."
Georgia House and Senate legislators will hold a public hearing Wednesday to call attention to the double standard on reproductive rights by introducing the Anti-Vasectomy Act. The act was inspired, in part, by Athens Democrat-turned-Republican state Rep. Doug McKillip's abortion legislation H.B. 954, which attacks women's reproductive rights, according to House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. "It is the obligation of the General Assembly to assert an equally invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men," Abrams said. Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro), author of the Anti-Vasectomy Act, said thousands of children are deprived of birth in Georgia every year because…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
John Carson, House District 43, (R-Marietta): "I am completely opposed to the Affordable Care Act."
The Georgia House and Senate Democratic Caucuses held a press conference on Friday to discuss the Democratic state legislators’ support of the Affordable Care Act case. “We support the Affordable Care Act because it provides new coverage for those locked out of the system or who have been underserved,” said Rep. Pat Gardner. “The new law gives all Americans the tools they need to make informed choices about their health and their families. This health care law should and will represent the needs of all citizens, not just some.” The Affordable Care Act would aid the workforce, small businesses and senior citizens. For seniors, the law offers prescription drug discounts, options for long-term care, and more. Medicare recipients also qualify …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
How to contact your new 43rd District Representative John Carson who was sworn into office Nov. 1.
John Carson, a CPA with SunTrust Bank, succeeded former state Senator Robert Lamutt in a runoff election to fill the Dist. 43 seat held by the late Rep. Bobby Franklin. Carson was sworn into office as the new state representative for House District 43 on Nov. 1, at 10:30 am in the House Chamber of the Georgia State Capitol. The oath of office and swearing in was given by Judge Tain Kell. If you need to contact Carson, here's how: John Carson, House District 43, (R-Marietta) Local office: 3605 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, Ga. 30066. 404-575-2785. State office: 607-F Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Atlanta, Ga. 30334. 404-656-0287. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The political newcomer defeated a former state senator for the Cobb seat left vacant when Bobby Franklin died in July.
The results displayed below are unofficial until certified by the county election superintendent and the secretary of state, a process that will not be completed until all ballots are received and tabulated and the results reviewed for accuracy. Updated 9:25 p.m. State Representative, District 43 99% of precincts reporting Total Precincts: 14 Election Day Voting: 14 / 14 (100%) Early Voting (In Person): 14 / 14 (100%) Early Voting (By Mail): 14 / 14 (100%) Updated 8:50 p.m. State Representative, District 43 83% of precincts reporting Total Precincts: 14 Election Day Voting: 7 / 14 (50%) Early Voting (In Person): 14 / 14 (100%) Early Voting (By Mail): 14 / 14 (100%) Updated Tuesday 8:32 p.m. State …
Monday, October 17, 2011
John Carson and Robert Lamutt advance to a heads-up runoff Tuesday. Poll hours, district map, where the candidates will be Election Night—everything you need to know for the vote.
Voters in state House District 43 will choose between two Republican candidates Tuesday in a special election runoff to fill the vacancy created by the July death of Rep. Bobby Franklin. Northeast Cobb Patch published Q&A profiles of the runoff candidates: First-time candidate John Carson, an accountant with SunTrust Bank, edged out Lamutt in the September special election, which involved five candidates. His camp will be at O'Charley's Restaurant at Shallowford and Sandy Plains roads Tuesday night to wait for election results. Lamutt's camp has not confirmed a location where the former state senator and his supporters will congregate for election results. A total of 14 precincts in Northeast Cobb and East Cobb will be open from 7 a.m. to…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
A political newcomer and a former legislator will square off against each other Oct. 18.
Former state Sen. Robert Lamutt's campaign supporters had high hopes as they gathered at the Paradise South of the Border Mexican restaurant on Sandy Plains Road to wait for election results Tuesday night. But it was first-time candidate John Carson, an accountant with SunTrust Bank, who edged out Lamutt in the special election for state House District 43 in Northeast and East Cobb. Because no one in the five-candidate election won a majority, Carson and Lamutt advance to a heads-up runoff Oct. 18. Here are Tuesday's final, unofficial results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, including 92 early-in-person and 146 absentee-by-mail ballots: Total votes cast: 2,248 According to Beth Kish, registration manager at the Cobb …