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Messages to Members From Our Chairman

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November 07, 2022

August 23, 2022

Dear Members,

I was at the Elections office Friday, March 11 as the candidates for Greene County had until noon to file for local offices.

Steve Kilgore will be our Republican candidate for School Board District 1. He will have a Democrat opponent, Sheila Carson Drake.

Angela Deering will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 1. She will have a Democrat opponent, Melanie Miller.

Dee Lindsey will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 3. He will have no Democrat opponent.

We had no Republican candidate qualify for School Board District 3 and Clarence Hunt did not file, but Regina Chester Gainer will be running as a Democrat.

 

Mark Schulz, Chairman

Greene County Republican Party

LOCAL ELECTION DEADLINES

 

 

Dear Members,

I was at the Elections office Friday, March 11 as the candidates for Greene County had until noon to file for local offices.

Steve Kilgore will be our Republican candidate for School Board District 1. He will have a Democrat opponent, Sheila Carson Drake.

Angela Deering will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 1. She will have a Democrat opponent, Melanie Miller.

Dee Lindsey will be our Republican candidate for Commissioner District 3. He will have no Democrat opponent.

We had no Republican candidate qualify for School Board District 3 and Clarence Hunt did not file, but Regina Chester Gainer will be running as a Democrat.

 

Mark Schulz, Chairman

Greene County Republican Party

Our Little City

 

Our little city of Greensboro and Greene County have been flirting with state and national visibility as a result of the unusual circumstances resulting from the Nov. 2 city elections in which Chris Moore and Jontavius Smith tied for fifth place on the city council with 275 votes each.

After the election, with the prospect of a runoff election, two provisional votes were reviewed by the Board of Elections and Registration and one vote was verified, giving Chris Moore a one vote win.The BOER then met and agreed to certify the elections even when two guests came forward to request a hand recount of the results. But since the results fell within one half of one percent the BOER did, as is required by state statute, a partial recount of the votes, followed by a rerunning of all 640 ballots.

However, with it being only one vote, Jontavius Smith hired local lawyer Katrina Breeding and they filed a case in Greensboro Superior Court to have a full hand recount of the election. In the decision handed down by Judge Donald Gillis he stated that he saw no errors by the BOER but felt that a one vote margin was sufficient to seek a hand recount.

On Dec. 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Chris Moore and Jontavius Smith watched as temporary employees reviewed all 640 votes and tallied the votes for each candidate. Unfortunately for Jontavius Smith, the results confirmed the original winner and so Chris Moore won by one vote, 276 to 275.

This was a significant event because it brought forward two important questions not just before the City of Greensboro and Greene County, but also many other states who used Dominion voting machines. Jontavius Smith had used the possibility of error by the machines in his case to ask for a hand recount. His witness, Jeanne Dufort, had stated that she had seen some of these potential errors in past elections. Kathleen Mayer, supervisor of the BOER remained convinced that the vote was trustworthy.

Had the recount resulted in some other result, there could have been an argument to the state level that the Dominion machines are not trustworthy. It may be difficult to convince voters in Georgia that these fairly new voting machines can be trusted, but this recount at least places some trust in their ability to provide an accurate reflection of the will of the voters. It also should provide some evidence to those who continue to argue for a statewide forensic audit. It would appear that we here in little Greensboro and Greene County don’t need a forensic audit.

I, for one, have renewed confidence in our Board of Elections and Registration and even the Dominion voting machines.

 

Mark A. Schulz,

Greene County GOP Chairman

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