Georgia Right to Life has endorsed state Sen. Judson Hill, of east Cobb, for re-election in District 32, which includes Sandy Springs. Hill, who has also been endorsed by the Cobb County Association of Educators, was stripped of his role as chairman of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee by Senate leadership earlier this year for failing to vote in favor of a bill that imposes a fee on hospitals’ net revenues. Hill has also had complaints filed against him with the State Ethics Commission regarding his campaign expenditures.
Meanwhile, Cobb Deputy Sheriff Lynda Coker, who is challenging Hill in the July 20 Republican primary, invites supporters to walk the neighborhoods with her as she campaigns. Meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at 4560 Ponte Vedra Drive, with upcoming dates of June 12, June 19, June 26 and July 10. Coker also invites supporters to walk with her Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning tonight, and on June 23, June 30 and July 14.
wilkerson scoffs at rumor: Austell CPA David Wilkerson, who is challenging Don Wix in the July Democratic primary, would like to put to rest the rumor that he was placed in the race by state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) and her husband, Cobb school board member David Morgan.
“They’re trying to say there’s some plot by the Morgans to increase their influence, I guess,” Wilkerson said of his opponent.
Although he’s friendly with the Morgans, they did not put him in the race, said Wilkerson, who chaired the Cobb Democratic Party from 2006 to 2008.
“I’ve been involved in the Democratic Party for over 15 years since I moved to the area,” Wilkerson said.
senator of year: Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has been named Senator of the Year for 2010 by the Georgia Retail Association. This is the fourth time Rogers has won the award. The Georgia Retail Association has represented the interests of state retailers for more than 40 years. Democrat Patrick Thompson has qualified to challenge Rogers on Nov. 2.
shepherd draws support: Republican Jason Shepherd, a public relations consultant vying for state House in District 37, south Cobb, has several politicos supporting his effort to unseat incumbent Democrat Terry Johnson of Marietta in November. Among the Republicans supporting Shepherd are [Senators] Rogers, Hill, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), State Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb), state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), Cobb County Solicitor General Barry E. Morgan, Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren and former county chairmen Sam Olens and Bill Byrne.