Thursday, November 10, 2011
Hiram Mayor Jack Paris said the city council could enact the expansion of alcohol sales as early as next week.
Nov. 20 could be the first Sunday Hiram retailers would be able to ring up package sales of alcohol. Following Tuesday’s elections, in which 55.5 percent of participating Hiram voters gave their approval to Sunday package sales, Hiram Mayor Jack Paris told Dallas-Hiram Patch that he would bring the issue to the city council at its Nov. 15 meeting. “I am going to recommend that it take effect immediately. There’s no reason not to since it was passed by the city,” Paris said. Should the council move on a measure affirming the wishes of Tuesday’s voters, Paris said those businesses with alcohol licenses would not have to pay any increased fees nor come before the city to amend the language of their licenses. “Nothing’s going to change—they’ll…
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Get a recap of our election coverage last night, as well as an overall look at polling numbers.
While elections in Dallas and Hiram had a few key differences—one city had a competitive mayoral race, the other a citywide referendum—there was at least one similarity between the municipalities. That similarity was voter turnout. Both cities saw their voter turnouts hit near the 17-percent mark. Dallas—which had two competitive races and two incumbents facing no challenges to their re-election—had 815 of the city’s 4,816 registered voters taking the time to mark ballots. That total was good for a turnout of 16.92 percent. Voter turnout was slightly higher in Hiram, which featured two competitive races for city council and a referendum on Sunday package sales, as well as an incumbent mayor facing no opposition. The city saw 278 of its 1,…
Almost all Atlanta-area localities that had it on the ballot approved Sunday package sales of alcohol.
Note: This article originally reported that Forest Park had rejected Sunday alcohol sales, but Clayton County has since announced an error in counting those votes. The article has been updated. Tuesday was a good day if you think Sunday should be like any other day when it comes to buying alcohol. Voters in cities and counties across Georgia had their first chance to approve package alcohol sales on Sundays, and almost all of them answered the question with a resounding yes. The details on when the new Sunday-sales ordinances will go into effect vary greatly. In some cases, cities have waited for the referendum results before picking a date. In most cases, voters’ support for legalizing Sunday sales between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m. was …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
After seeing a slight deficit early in the night, the final vote tally put incumbent Boyd Austin Jr. over challenger Marvin Tingler in the Dallas mayoral race.
Dallas' mayor of 16 years will serve four more. Boyd Austin Jr. fended off a challenge by Marvin Tingler by earning 439 votes to Tingler's 368, or 54.3 to 45.5 percent of the votes cast; two write-in votes were recorded. “It’s been a long six months, it’s been a long race,” Austin said after getting the news that he won Tuesday’s election. “I think my record has been vindicated. I’m glad to have people turn out and vote, we had a big turnout today, and they said what they wanted—they spoke and spoke on my behalf.” Tingler held a slight lead earlier in the night 184 to 177, when only early/advanced voting and absente-by-mail ballots had been tabulated, though absentee ballots heavily favored Austin, as he took 64 of the 80 such votes. …
Voters approved the measure to allow the city to issue licenses for Sunday package sales of alcohol 55.5 to 44.5 percent.
Hiram voters approved a measure to allow the city to issue licenses for Sunday package sales of alcohol, 146 to 117, or 55.5 to 44.5 percent. While Hiram restaurants may currently be approved to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays, grocery and convenience stores are not yet allowed to sell on that day of the week—the affirming vote by the public opens the door for such sales.
We'll bring you the election results right here as soon as we get them. Follow along with our live stream and we'll give you all the developments from when the polls close at 7 until all the results are in—and then some.
Four competitive races and a Sunday sales measure are among the highlights of today’s elections.
Today’s your last chance to weigh in on municipal elections in Dallas and Hiram. Who, or what, will you be voting for today? We’ve got your list of choices below. Dallas Mayor: Boyd Austin Jr. (Incumbent), Marvin Tingler Councilmember, Ward 2: Mike Cason (I) Councilmember, Ward 4: Jim Henson, Brian Ragsdale Councilmember at Large: James Kelly (I) Hiram Mayor: Jack Paris (I) Councilmember, Post 1: Stephen S. Bray, Prather “Pep” Rollins Councilmember, Post 2: Kathy Bookout, Helena Williams (I) Hiram voters also will weigh in on a Sunday alcohol sales measure—specifically, Sunday package sales. While Hiram restaurants may currently be approved to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays, grocery and convenience stores are not yet allowed to …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Before you head to the polls, weigh in here on the candidates and Hiram's Sunday sales issue.
You don't need any voter ID to cast your ballot on Dallas-Hiram Patch. With the hours ticking away until the polls open in Dallas and Hiram at 7 a.m. Tuesday, we want to know who you will vote for, have already voted for, or would vote for if you could (in case you're a Hiram resident interested in Dallas politics, or vice versa, or if you're unable to vote). And once you cast your digital ballot (which we'll point out does not constitute an actual vote in the municipal elections), tell us in the comments below why you made your vote(s). We'll keep our polls open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, which is when the actual polls close.
Steve Bray and Prather “Pep” Rollins are running for the Post 1 seat on the Hiram City Council.
Steve Bray, who is vying for the Hiram City Council's Post 1 seat, spoke to Dallas-Hiram Patch last week about his campaign. You can see what Bray had to say in the attached videos. Bray is facing Prather “Pep” Rollins for the seat. Rollins is the husband of former Hiram Mayor Carmen Rollins, who resigned earlier this year. Rollins was unavailable this weekend for a video interview and declined a request for a phone interview regarding his campaign. The winner will succeed Alvin Sims, who was appointed to the seat in July after the original Post 1 councilman, Jack Paris, was appointed interim mayor. Paris is the sole candidate for Hiram mayor in Tuesday's elections.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Brian Ragsdale is one of the two men seeking the Dallas City Council's Ward 4 seat.
Brian Ragsdale, who is seeking to succeed Frank "Bingo" McTyre as Dallas city councilman in Ward 4, spoke to Dallas-Hiram Patch last week about his campaign. Also seeking the seat is Jim Henson. You can see what Ragsdale had to say in the attached videos.