The GBI said Wednesday morning that its probe into allegations of public corruption in the Pendergrass city government had not yet begun. That contrasts sharply with what Pendergrass Mayor Monk Tolbert told a standing room only crowd at the town’s Tuesday night council meeting when he indicated the GBI investigation into the city was over. ...
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New Comments: Smith responds to Sikes' weekend mailing
With the runoff just days away, the candidates for District Attorney have become more aggressive in their attempts to cast doubt on their opponents’ qualifications. Early voting starts this week on Mon. July 28 and the runoff election will be on Aug. 5.
A recent campaign mailer from candidate Donna Sikes accused opponent Brad Smith of having let a Barrow County man go in a plea deal; the man was recently charged for murder in Florida. Smith strongly rebutted the accusation, saying that while he processed some paperwork, the case was not his and he had nothing to do with the plea deal.
“Throughout her campaign, my opponent has consistently used mudslinging and baseless personal attacks," he said. "Since the election, there have been rumors and conspiracy theories running rampant. I am here to tell you now that these are not true. The things you have been reading about are not true.”
Smith said the negative campaigning was causing citizens to lose sight of the real issue in the campaign – who is better qualified to be the next District Attorney.
District Attorney candidate Donna Sikes attacked her two opponents relentless during the Primary campaign and Tuesday night, it appeared her strategy had an impact. Sikes led the three person race with a cumulative 5,129 votes and will be in a runoff with former Assistant District Attorney Brad Smith, who garnered 4,820 votes.
Incumbent Rick Bridgeman, who was appointed to the post last year by the governor after the resignation of disgraced DA Tim Madison, finished last in the race with 4,666 votes.
Smith pushed past Bridgeman for the runoff by carrying Barrow County with 60 percent of the vote. Although Bridgeman had garnered the most votes in Jackson and Banks counties, it wasn’t enough to overcome Smith’s large win in Barrow.
Sikes made her ground by hanging very close to Bridgeman in both Banks and Jackson counties and by besting him in Barrow County by 600 votes.
Banks 1,038 Total 5,129
Banks 448 Total 4,820
Banks 1,083 Total 4,666
(NOTE: Due to the massive number of hits on our server Tuesday night, these websites were down until about 10:45 p.m. We apologize for the delay in getting these results posted.)