Politics: With election day exactly a month from today, Rome’s most exciting City Commission race just cranking up.

Politics: With election day exactly a month from today, Rome’s most exciting City Commission race just cranking up.

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A month from tonight, it should be over. Rome’s most interesting City Commission election in years enters the final month today. Election Day is Nov. 5 although advance voting will start Oct. 14.

One of the busiest weeks on the campaign trail is over — one forum and two meet-and-greets were held this past week. The next item is the close of voter registration on Monday evening for new or lapsed voters interested in deciding six seats on the nine-member Rome City Commission.

The campaign has continued to spill over into Facebook as well. The candidates have been much more active on social media this year both with comments and with special videos or notes to prospective voters. Leading the way: Architect Mark Cochran, a candidate for Ward 1, has starred in a series of videos appearing on his campaign page. He also had a live Q&A with voters on Friday evening.

Also a bit different: Ward 1 hopeful Jim Bojo is offering popsicles and politics at Frios next Tuesday.

It likewise has been a family affair, with spouses, children, in-laws and others lending a hand on social media and in person.

The Rome ballot includes:

Ward 1

  • Jim Bojo
  • Mark Cochran
  • Bill Irmscher
  • Milton Slack
  • Sundai Stevenson

Ward 3

  • Bonny Askew
  • Bill Collins
  • Craig McDaniel
  • J.J. Walker Seifert

Also on the Nov. 5 (and advance/absentee voting) ballot is the “Sunday Brunch” referendum where with city voters will decide whether to start alcohol sales in restaurant at 11 a.m. on Sundays vs. the current 12:30 p.m.

In Rome, voters are asked to pick three candidate from each ward. Just don’t count on that this year: The inside word is people will be picking a single favorite in each ward both to promote their candidates and to keep votes away from challengers (incumbents or newcomers).


Monday: Final day to register to vote in the municipal elections if you’re a new or lapsed voter. You can register at the elections office Monday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Monday: Ward 1 candidate profiles and Q&A from Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms.

Oct. 14: Advance voting begins.

Oct. 17: 2019 Political Forum for Rome/Floyd County. The event is free and open to the public. Candidates from Wards 1 and 3 are invited to participate. Also 2020 candidates for Floyd County Sheriff will be allowed a brief statement to introduce themselves. The purpose of the forum is to give Rome voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election. Attendees ask questions and in exchange, the candidates will be able to answer. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the JoAnn Harbin Community Room, Willingham Gym, 560 N Division St., Rome. A social hour with light refreshments begins at 5  p.m.; the forum begins at 6. Sponsors: Rome/Floyd County NAACP, AARP – Etowah Chapter #4021, Rome Alumnae Chapter- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Rome /Northwest Georgia Inc. and 100 Black Men of Rome/Northwest Georgia Inc.

Nov. 5. Election day. Precincts open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.


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