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68 Comments on "UPDATED: HD 80 Special Election Results: Bennett, Davis to go head-to-head in runoff"

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Thomas Porter
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Thomas Porter

Despite being a lifelong Republican, I will be delighted to cast my vote for Taylor Bennett in the runoff.

Lindy's Daughter
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Lindy's Daughter

Me, too!

patrick
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patrick

Two less “lifelong Republican s.”

Saul
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Saul

Patrick, actually it is more about insuring J. Max is not elected. Besides, was Mike Jacobs a lifelong Republican? Let me help you, my elderly friend, NO!

Cindy
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Cindy

It seems both Catherine and Taylor are highly qualified people who have the best interests of all the people as first priority. Even as a registered Democrat, I voted for Catherine because of how she handled her positive campaign, her background and experience, and her integrity. Taylor was a very close second for much the same reasoning and I will be happy to help him win in the run-off. We need a change from the “good old boy(girl) network” to a positive, transparent, honest and forward-thinking representation.

bldvl89
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bldvl89

Ditto everything Cindy said. And I applaud Taylor for coming out to our house twice, even with our Catherine Bernard sign in the front yard.

FM
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FM

I am very pleased BT made this showing. He is an intelligent and quality person like CB. Hopefully the general voting population for the District will get behind BT and send a strong message for integrity, respect and collaboration.

D
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D

Vote Bennett, help Davis get back to his budding used car salesman career.

Riley O'Connor
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Riley O'Connor

The Democratic Party is to be congratulated for their considerable campaigning during this election. They simply did not write off the 80th because it was a “safe district”. I’m, of course, tired of the repeated phone calls, but respect their turn-out-the-vote efforts, which seemed to have worked. How everybody follows up will be the decision maker. And, who will Bernard and Collins endorse going forward?

Eric Robert
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Eric Robert

Hint, never give a number you use to the voting registrar since voter databases are almost always based on that voter files (they contact active voters and depending what primary -Rep/Dem/Mixed – you vote in. I got rid of my landline years ago and luckily never gave my cell # or VOIP # to the voting registrar.

Riley O'Connor
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Riley O'Connor

Or, put another way, over 67% of those voting did not want Davis.

Goooooo Taylor
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Goooooo Taylor

So, roughly 33% of District 80 voters are exceedingly tolerant, very forgiving, or just not paying attention.

Eric Hovdesven
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Eric Hovdesven

Not want may be a strong term. Question will be who will the Bernard Voters go to and what will the turn out be. The lesson from the District 1 race is that Taylor Bennett still has an uphill battle.

I do have to say that Catherine Bernard really impressed me, she knocked on my door two times. Taylor Bennett’s people knocked on my door 2 times.

Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

And Mayor Lysol’s people knocked how many times?

New Fan
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New Fan

I’m pleased to see the numbers TB pulled. I would hate to see JMD win anything.

cafeej
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cafeej

I voted for Taylor but intended vote for Catherine if it she was in the run-off with Davis even though I am one hundred percent opposed to her political philosophy. I hope Catherine’s voters will give the same consideration to Taylor in the run-off in order to have ethical representation in the 80th district.

Riley O'Connor
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Riley O'Connor
Well, in the cool light of morning, a few numbers. The total population of the 80th District is listed as 48,878 (2010 census and redistricting). In a typical election in the recent decade for this seat, between 11,000 and 16,000 have voted for candidates in the 80th. Can’t find how many registered voters there are in the 80th; I’ve got that somewhere…. In any case, about 4,000 people voted in this election, less than 10% of the total population. And considerably fewer than in a general election. Probably fewer will vote in the runoff. Who says that your vote doesn’t… Read more »
Greg
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Greg

Bernard and Davis split the republican vote, so not likely Taylor will win this one.

bldvl89
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bldvl89

I don’t know about that – Catherine earned the votes of a significant number of registered Democrats (including two from my house) that are going to go back to Taylor in the run-off.

I think Catherine also earned the votes of a significant number of Republicans (see Tom Porter’s comment leading off this thread) who can’t stomach the antics of the former mayor, and who, like the Democrats who crossed party lines to vote for Catherine, are willing to vote for character and integrity in any form, over a pattern of disingenuity, poor personal judgment, and short-sightedness.

Todd
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Todd

What a sad day in HD 80. The same old strong holds carried him over the line. (Barely) Precincts Ashford Dunwoody, Ashford Parkside, and Montgomery Elem. I just don’t get it. What are you people thinking? Are you not paying attention? This man is a disgrace. I hope Taylor kicks his a$$ and you all get what you deserve. Unbelievable!

Josh
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Josh

You insult people that don’t think and vote how you want, and you wonder why your favored outcome doesn’t come to fruition? Perhaps you should re-think your approach and maybe people would be more convinced by your opinion.

Ask the Gorton's Fisherman
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Ask the Gorton's Fisherman

If it comes down to a running game vs a passing game, Bennett wins.The biggest question in my mind is whether Collins was planted as a spoiler for Bernard. Particularly if you look at his Campaign disclosures where Apache Political, a.k.a., the City’s former Communications Director who worked on Davis’ Mayoral campaign and currently serves as Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams’ political consultant. Conversely, Williams came out in strong support of Davis.

Pretty fishy. If Collins is not in the election, it’s a Bernard/Bennett runoff.

http://media.ethics.ga.gov/Search/Campaign/Campaign_ByExpenditures_RFR.aspx?NameID=22118&FilerID=C2015000174&CDRID=116129&Name=Collins,%20Loren%20Christopher&Year=2015&Report=15%20Days%20Before%20Special%20Election%20-%2007/14/2015

Riley O'Connor
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Riley O'Connor

It’s hard to envision 63 votes spoiling anything. Except that those 63 votes would have brought her up to a greater vote count than Davis. By 6.

Loren
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Loren
I’ve written about conspiracy theories for years, but I certainly didn’t expect this race to make me the *subject* of one. Let me cut to the chase with what I think should be the best evidence that I was no “plant”, and that would be the same campaign disclosures you linked to. Specifically, look at how much money I *raised*. It was not a lot; indeed, it was literally 5% of what everyone else raised, and it came mostly from friends and family. If I’d been a Davis “plant”, don’t you think I wouldn’t have done it out of my… Read more »
Bradley
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Bradley

Why did you run? No mailers, no canvassing? I don’t understand why you would run and not put in any effort to gain votes.

Loren
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Loren
I did do canvassing; I just didn’t have a big staff of volunteer canvassers. And I would have done a mailer if the donations had been there to fund it, but when contributions didn’t come in, there was only so much of my own money I felt comfortable spending. I took out an ad here, for instance, and paid for it out of my own pocket, and it resulted in zero new contributions. This is part of the reason I did my YouTube videos; I could produce those for free, and try to gain some attention through social media. I… Read more »
District 2
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District 2

What consulting did you receive from Mike Hassinger, and how did you choose him?

Todd
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Todd

Sure would have been nice to have that info. BEFORE the election!

Bradley
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Bradley

It wouldn’t have mattered. This race proved to me that the bad guy wins and no matter how dirty he is or how awful he behaves there will be back room deals and people who vote without reading about who they are voting for. There isn’t any fairness in politics. It’s about money, promises and who you know. Shameful. I wish Taylor Bennett the best of luck in the runoff.

Betsy
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Betsy

Talk about fishy, I would still like to know how I got on J.Max’s email blasts when I have never, ever emailed him in my life.

Mark
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Mark

Betsy and Jill – Did you receive emails from Mike Jacobs or Friends of Murphey Candler Park? These two are the only link I found when wondering how JMD’s campaign suddenly had my email address in June. It would have been nice if we had been asked or told before it was shared. Especially since JMD’s emails say this at the end: “You are receiving this email because you signed up to receive information from J. Max Davis and his campaign.” Perhaps you should ask for the proof that you actually “signed up”?!

Jill
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Jill

Me too! I never emailed him, but I did email my council person one time at the city. Would he have had access to that?

bldvl89
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bldvl89

I spamblocked the J Max mailer the first time I saw it. I think he got his Lysol smelling hands on the email list Mike Jacobs used to use to communicate with District 80 constituents.

Randy
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Randy

Our Charter wouldn’t allow him to use the city’s email list. It’s in the prohibition clause. That email list is the property of the city government. Having said that, and knowing his history, who knows? It’s not as if it is beneath him to have carried it with him out the door when he left. What a campaign advantage!

MK
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MK

4000 people is a pathetic turnout. We deserve whichever candidate wins.

WhoisthenextMayor
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WhoisthenextMayor
I am frustrated beyond belief with the status of our city there are so many real opportunities lost by the desire for political power. So now I have to decide between to politicians and that is not a good thing in my eyes. Do you go with the devil you know or the devil you don’t? I’d like Taylor to take this opportunity to educate us on who he is and why we should be assured that he is not like every other politician in it for themselves. We all know our former Mayor but it will still be interesting… Read more »
Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

Since the Secretary of State’s Election Site no longer functions properly, does anyone have a link to the detailed and precinct results for the HD 80 Election?
(I hope someday the SOS will have this site at least as functional as it was before he took office!!)

Heather
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Heather

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/56242/153530/en/summary.html
scroll down to district 80
click on contest detail
then click on the county

You can mess around with other links on that main page to find other detailed info.

Daniel
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Daniel

I will be out of town on 8/11, so I’ll do my best to vote early. No more fat white men in the Gold Dome.

Riley O'Connor
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Riley O'Connor
Because of one of the personalities running for the 80th District position, there has been a tendency, at least on my part, to treat this as a “Brookhaven” election when, in fact , it is not. Although much of the 80th is within the City of Brookhaven, it is also in portions of Sandy Springs and in a small portion of Chamblee. Because this appeared to be a “Brookhaven” election, a person appeared at my polling place complaining that her regular voting place was “closed”. In fact, she lives and votes in the 81st District, but there has been so… Read more »
Eddie E.
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Eddie E.

I was wondering if the Bernard signs all around Ashford Park in the 81st were just enthusiastic supporters or people who had no idea which district they were in.
As for the idea of a Brookhaven Election, it’s worth noting the only precincts the Mayor carried were the same precincts that were overwhelming ‘Yes’ votes for municipalization. Does that suggest loyalty or uncontrolled momentum downhill?

KC
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KC

I had one in my yard but knew I couldn’t vote. I figured my street is high traffic and it didn’t hurt to advertise her.

patrick
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patrick

Eddie two items . those in Ashford Park voting percent may want a State Rep. over what we have.2 Rember Brairwood voting percent voted for the new city.

patrick
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patrick

Thank you,Riley for stating three important items1 that I am not the only person in favor of a new State Rep.in dist.81″ a person from dist.81 wanted to vote..”2.The reason for voter I’d (statement fro dist. 81 wanting to vote)3. DeKalb County Election Office that Did not count the vote from dist.81.

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