Politics:  Six weeks to election day. Candidate interviews begin; ‘meet and greet’ set for Oct. 3; first forum this Thursday (four of nine candidates confirmed). Today is National Voter Registration Day..

Politics: Six weeks to election day. Candidate interviews begin; ‘meet and greet’ set for Oct. 3; first forum this Thursday (four of nine candidates confirmed). Today is National Voter Registration Day..

As one of Rome’s City Commission candidates said on Monday about election season, “It’s starting to be fun now.” Indeed it is — consider that election day is six weeks from today.

Some of the candidates had appointments for the taping of Community Watch at Heritage Hall, the downtown campus of Georgia Highlands College. Others — incumbents in particular — had a City Commission caucus and meeting Monday night.

The latest update:

The Floyd County Democratic Party is planning a candidate “meet and greet” at its October meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Community Room at the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, 560 N. Division St., NW. All  candidates are invited.

At least one other candidates’ event is brewing as well. We’re awaiting those details.

Plus: Today is National Voter Registration Day. Stop by the elections office today. The deadline to register before the Nov. 5 municipal elections is Oct. 7.


So what’s next:

  • Sept. 26: Rome City Commission candidates forum at the Floyd County Republican Party’s Thursday meeting at Moe’s Original Barbecue at Bridgepoint Plaza. Begins at 6 p.m. Four of nine candidates had confirmed they’d attend as of Monday morning.
  • Oct. 7: Final day to register to vote in the municipal elections if you’re a new or lapsed voter.
  • Oct. 14: Advance voting begins.
  • Nov. 5. Election day.

Candidate profiles: Hometown Headlines will interview the candidates prior to the start of advance voting. One of our questions for incumbents and challengers will involve the seizure of economic development from the Rome Floyd Chamber and resulting creation of a city/county recruiting agency guided by the Rome Floyd Development Authority.

Who votes?

  • Any registered voter in the city of Rome. Registration for new or lapsed voters ends Oct .7. Check your status here; better yet, confirm in person at the elections office.
  • Both the Ward 1 and Ward 3 races are “citywide” meaning you can vote for up to three candidates in each ward.
  • What to watch for: ‘Bullet voting’ or ‘slingshot voting.’ That’s where people vote for just one candidate in a ward race even though they are eligible to vote for three. The idea is to “maximize” that chances of that preferred candidate. It has been used here before.
  • Also on the ballot: The City Commission is expected to let the “brunch bill” go before voters (earlier drink sales on Sundays).
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