Dallas-Hiram Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Dallas, Hiram and Paulding County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Dallas-Hiram Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on some of the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
County Commission: Both elections involving the Paulding County Board of Commissioners are contested. Commission Chairman David Austin is being challenged by Tony Crowe, while the Post 1 commission seat is being sought by David Carmichael and Heidi Leggett; Post 1 Commissioner Larry Ragsdale had initially qualified to run for reelection but dropped out of the race at the last minute on the final day of qualifying.
TSPLOST: Expect to hear the term “TSPLOST” (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) throughout the summer. The Transportation Investment Act referendum is putting a proposed 10-year, 1-percent sales tax up for consideration by voters in Paulding and all across the state. In May, we brought you highlights of an event featuring Jason O'Rourke with Connect Georgia and Paulding County DOT Director Scott Greene, who told local business leaders that passage of the tax is crucial to the state's and Paulding's future.
Patch sites across Georgia are sharing their coverage of the issue on a Facebook page: Tsplost | Patch.com Updates on Transportation in Georgia.
Senate District 31: Two Dallas residents—Bill Carruth and J.K. Rogers—are running as Republicans as they seek to unseat Bill Heath, R-Bremen. Whomever emerges victorious from the July 31 primary election will go on to take office in January as no Democrats or independents sought the legislative seat. Earlier this month, we brought you live coverage of a debate between the three men.
House District 66: There is no incumbent in this newly created district, which will cover a portion of Paulding County. A Douglasville resident is guaranteed to win the Republican nomination this summer, as all three men in the GOP primary—Michael “Mike” Miller, Bob Snelling and Mickey Thompson—all hail from there. The emerging candidate will face opposition from Dallas’ Kimberly Alexander, the sole Democrat vying for the seat.
U.S. Representative, District 14: Tom Graves, R-Ranger, just had his district changed to absorb Paulding thanks to redistricting. Graves will have no opposition from his own party in his bid to remain in the House, but the November election will have him facing off with Daniel “Danny” Grant of Fort Oglethorpe.
These are just a few of the races and issues going on this election, and we’ll be sure to bring you more coverage of these and more in the weeks and months to come.
For a list of all races on Paulding ballots, check out our qualifying recap from last month.
Tell us in the comments which races interest you the most.