As we look ahead to November’s elections, Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in Cherokee County. Here are a few of the races and issues to watch. Bookmark this page for updates.
House Resolution 1162: Gov. Nathan Deal chose Cherokee's first charter school as his platform to sign House Bill 797, which will restore the state charter schools commission if voters approve House Resolution 1162. The constitutional amendment, which will be voted on in November, asks voters if the state should have full authority to approve and fund local charter schools. Cherokee school board members voted 4-2 during its April 19 meeting to endorse a resolution that urges Georgians to reject the amendment, which they fear will take away from local districts.
Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) easily withstood a primary challenge in the primary.
Sheriff Roger Garrison's pursuit of a sixth term survived a primary challenge as well despite a number of controversies including the shooting of 16-year-old Andrew Messina during a May 1 standoff in the Eagle Watch subdivision, and his challenger's endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police. None of that matters in his bid for re-election in the November election.
Board of County Commissioners: Raymond Gunnin, who retired as the county's fire chief last year, won the primary runoff. Meanwhile, Post 3 Commissioner Karen Bosch said she will not seek a third term. Republican Brian Poole won in the Post 3 Commission primary race.
Rep. Calvin Hill, R-22, runs unopposed to retain his Georgia House of Representatives seat.
Likewess Sean Ferguson of Holly Springs has no opposition in the General Election for the House of Representatives District 21 seat.