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NOVEMBER 3, 2004

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Frank Gillispie
The choice of leaders belongs to ‘We the People’
I object! The major political parties have hired over 15,000 lawyers who had already filed dozens of lawsuits before the first vote was counted. We must not allow the choice of President to fall into the hands of unelected lawyers and judges.

Zach Mitcham
Looking at Republican dominance at the county level
If partisanship truly matters at the county government level, then Tuesday was a historic day for Madison County Republicans.
Consider that Madison County entered Tuesday’s general election with four Democrats and two Republicans at its commissioners’ table.

Long may you run
MCHS standout set for final race at Saturday’s state meet
It’s a rare event that Debbie Ebalobo ever stops running.
But former Raider cross country coach Kathy Cribb recalls an anecdote about a time when the distance-running standout took a brief pause.

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Chapman, Hart get voters’ support
Galloway, Jamieson also win their races
Incumbent sheriff Charles Chapman (D) won in his re-election effort Tuesday against challenger Allen Venable with 60 percent of the vote.
Chapman took 3,311 votes, while Venable had 2,175. Chapman carried every precinct except for Anderson, which was close.

In Banks County, the race was closer with Jamieson taking 2,775 votes and Harden having 2,690.
In the State Senate 50 race, Nancy Schaefer (R) won with 32,525 votes, over Bob Stowe (D), who had 23,551 votes. This was with 91 percent of the precincts reporting. Schaefer also carried Banks County in a 3,554-1,850 vote.

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Evans, Bell grab runaway wins
Record set with 86% voter turnout
While the nation watched one of the closest presidential contests in history unfold Tuesday night, the three Jackson County races on the ballot proved to be one-sided yawners.
All three countywide races were won by the Republican candidates by 80 percent victory margins, making those races among the most lopsided results in the county’s history.

Pendergrass plant now hiring for ‘key jobs’
TACG to fill hourly positions in 2005
One of the largest industries to come to Jackson County is now looking to hire employees for its “key jobs.”
TD Automotive Compressor Georgia, LLC (TACG) — which is 65 percent owned by Toyota Industries North America, Inc. and 35 percent owned by Denso International America, Inc.— is looking to fill several professional jobs at its new Pendergrass plant.
The Madison County Journal
Danielsville, Georgia
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Tax commissioner Louise Watson gets a hug from friend and supporter Becky DeLay Tuesday night. Watson decisively defeated challenger Kathy Stamps (R) in Tuesday’s election. Watson was the only Democrat to win in the county’s contested elections.

Nash holds on to BOC chairman’s seat
Thomas, Pethel, Scoggins elected as commissioners; Watson re-elected as tax commissioner
Republicans dominate Madison County
Bush gets 73.6%
of county vote
Republicans have seized control of the Madison County Board of Commissioners by unseating two incumbent Democrats and seizing another open seat.
Stanley Thomas ousted first district commissioner Bill Taylor with 1,055 votes to 883. John W. Pethel outpolled Johnny Fitzpatrick 1,117 to 803 in District 2. John Scoggins outlasted Mike Sales 1042 to 826 to take over the District 4 seat. Mike Youngblood was unopposed in District 3 and now becomes the only Democrat on the board. Republican Bruce Scogin was unopposed in District 5.
Republican Wesley Nash was elected to his third term as chairman defeating Democrat John Bellew 5,016 to 4,468. Write-in candidate Wendell Williams was able to find only 42 supporters.
Democrats managed to carry only one contested race in Madison County as tax commissioner Louise Watson held her post by defeating Kathy Stamps 5,721 to 3,830.
Madison County saw a heavy turnout Tuesday with 79.6 percent of registered voters going to the polls. A modern high of 12,532 people were registered and 9,908 of them voted.
Republicans easily carried Madison County in national, state and district contests. For president, George Bush picked up 73.6 percent of the vote with 7,253. Democrat John Kerry received 2,527 votes, Libertarian Michael Badnarik landed only 52, and 23 people chose to write in a candidate.
Madison County contributed heavily to Republican Johnny Isakson’s Senate victory with 6,863 to Democrat Denise Majette’s 2,515. Libertarian Allen Buckley picked up 197 votes.
Incumbent public service commissioner Republican Bobby Baker Jr. carried the county with 6,013 to Democrat Mac Barber’s 2,935. Libertarian Jalynn Hudnall picked up 291 votes for the best third-party showing in Madison County.
Ailing Republican Congressman Charlie Norwood carried 75 percent of the vote without campaigning. He received 7,013 votes to Challenger Democrat Bob Ellis’ 2,382.
State Senate District 47 went to incumbent Republican Ralph Hudgens with 5,586 votes to 2,092 for Winder’s Bill Healan. Republican Brian Kemp easily carried Madison County with 1,148 votes to Democrat Becky Vaughn’s 573 in the race for State Senate seat 46. Democrat Alan Powell was unopposed in State House District 29 as was Republican convert Tom McCall in State House District 30.
The non-partisan election for the Georgia Court of Appeals was evenly divided between Debra Bernes who received 2,898 votes and Howard Mead with 2,849. Mike Sheffield came in third with 1,872.
Madison County voters approved Freeport status with 6,065 to 2,537 “yes” votes for Exemption 1, and 5,509 to 3,054 approving Exemption 2.
Madison County overwhelmingly approved the marriage amendment to the state Constitution by a vote of 8,007 to 1,630. Amendment Two giving the Georgia Supreme Court authorization to answer questions of law from any state appellate or federal district or appellate court with 5,509 “yes” votes and 3,054 voting “no.”
In the Danielsville city election for council seat four, Janice Merk, wife of city police chief Joe Merk, defeated Calvin Broom, 54 to 32.

Pedestrian killed on Hwy. 72 Mon.
A Colbert man was killed Monday evening while walking along Hwy. 72 at Zetta Lee Johnson Road.
According to information from EMS and the sheriff’s office, Ronald Allen Goss, 36, was walking along Hwy. 72 around 7:30 p.m. when he was struck by a passing motorist.
As of press time, the accident remained under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, but the sheriff’s office said it is unlikely the driver will be charged in the incident.

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Journal delivery to be late next week
Local mail delivery of The Madison County Journal will be one day later next week because of the Veteran’s Day holiday.
The post offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of the holiday. This means that the Nov. 10 issue of the paper will be delivered in the mail on Friday instead of Thursday.
The papers will be on the news stands on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 10, on the normal schedule.
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