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Alpharetta-Milton Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Alpharetta, Milton and North Fulton County.

As we look ahead to this year's elections, Alpharetta-Milton Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in the area. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as elections draw near. Bookmark this page for updates.

TSPLOST: To say that the penny sales tax for transportation projects across the region is polarizing is an understatement. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it on July 31. Proponents say "There is no Plan B" to fund much-needed projects that will alleviate traffic congestion, while opponents say the tax isn't about congestion relief at all, among other things. 

: Three non-partisan seats on the Fulton County Board of Education are up for election this summer, but only one is in North Fulton. Linda G. Shultz, the incumbent in District 1, will face a challenge by Robert Goodman.

: Five Democrats are seeking the Sheriff's office in Fulton County, with a retired chief of police, a sheriff's deputy, a retired sheriff and minister, and a sales professional all having qualified. Theodore "Ted" Jackson of Alpharetta is the incumbent.

: Anyone owning property thinks of the Tax Commissioner's office as they get their tax bill and pay their taxes. This year, Fulton voters choose between the incumbent and two challengers, all Democrats. And one of them, John Jamont, is from Johns Creek. He says he is in favor of open government, and wants to make the process for residents easy to understand.

Chip Rogers vs. Brandon Beach: It's the incumbent vs. the challenger in the Republican primary, with both men living in a much-changed Senate Distrct 21. After TSPLOST, I call this the election to watch. Beach, an Alpharetta resident, hasn't moved, but he's new to the district with redistricting caused by Georgia's population boom. Rogers, the incumbent from Woodstock, has to seek North Fulton votes for the first time as the district crept east. Beach is a chamber president and GDOT board member, while Rogers has been serving as Senate Majority Leader.

State Sen. Johns Albers: A Democrat from Roswell, Akhtar Sadiq, has thrown his hat into the ring for the state Senate District 56 seat, guaranteeing a challenge for Albers, the Republican incumbent. Albers represents District 56, a with part of it in Alpharetta. Meanwhile, Alpharetta and Milton's other representatives in the state legislature won't face opponents.  Milton's Jan Jones, the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, runs unopposed for her District 46 seat. Alpharetta's Chuck Martin, R-47, also has no opposition in either the July 31 primary or the November general election this year, so I'm close to calling those races.

Chloe June 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
We are thrilled to have a choice in the district 21 senate race and we are going to the Beach!!!! We had an ABC campaign (Anybody but Chip) here in Cherokee, but we are thrilled to have such a great choice in Brandon Beach, he's the polar opposite of Mr. Slick. Here's hoping that Will the Winner Rogers will become Will the loser Rogers!!
Chloe June 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM
A word of advice from those of us here in Cherokee: We hear Chip's up to his old tricks for campaigning, pretending to go door to door. He himself knocks on very few doors and he hires teenagers to place his literature with a note saying that he's sorry he missed you. They intentionally go out during the hours people are most likely not at home. He's been doing it here for years, it's well known over here.
Bubba Jones June 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Anyone that would support or advocate for Slick Willy Rogers should be ashamed of themselves. Ask yourself...is this the person you would want as a mentor for our youth?

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