Politics primer: Advance voting begins; candidate information; election calendar; five most recent political headlines. Plus: Bartow County update.

Politics primer: Advance voting begins; candidate information; election calendar; five most recent political headlines. Plus: Bartow County update.

The Floyd County Health Department on East 12th Street in Rome.


Early voting for the Nov. 5 municipal begins today at the Floyd County Health Department Building at 16 E. 12th St., weekdays through Friday, Nov. 1. The hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday. We’re awaiting final word on weekend voting on Oct. 26-27. More than 19,000 city residents are eligible to vote this time.

What to know:

Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 1 Rome City Commission hopefuls. Topics: Downtown, economic development, transparency. Also: Today’s the last day to register to vote in Nov. 5 election. Ward 1

Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 3 Rome City Commission hopefuls. Ward 3

Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch interviews with all nine City Commission hopefuls. Questions include economic development, crime and safety, downtown parking, minority business involvement. Video interviews

The Rome ballot includes: The three candidates who receive the most votes in each ward win the seats on the ballot.

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.


Advance voting, weekdays, now through Friday, Nov. 1. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., health department.

Tuesday: The Rome TEA Party and the Conservative Coalition will hold a City Commission candidates forum at Fuddruckers in Rome. The meeting begins at noon. All candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot are invited.  We ask each candidate to offer a brief statement and then we will open the floor to questions. For more: Mike Morton at 706-346-3400 or mikeofrome@yahoo.com

Thursday: 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.

Latest political headlines: Click Politics

  • Miscommunication between City of Rome and Floyd Board of Elections office puts weekend early voting in limbo. Meeting planned for Tuesday to discuss matter with state elections office.
  • Two midlevel administrators have left the city of Rome following an investigation; both had been on leave prior to resigning. Brunson: I filed for retirement because of health issues.
  • A year after Al Hodge’s ‘retirement’ announcement, puzzle pieces still missing. Expanding redevelopment? North Rome wants in. Plus: Who’s scripting the final days of Campaign 2019?
  • McDaniel’s ‘Third World’ comment about parts of Rome triggers additional controversy with rival’s daughter, a chamber employee.
  • Syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson goes off on Rome City Commission’s ‘school zone speed’ detection vote. ‘They want revenue… it’s all a scam, folks, it’s all a scam.’

From Bartow County:

The elections office: “Advance voting for the Nov. 5 elections in the cities of Cartersville, Emerson, Euharlee and White has begun. Our office will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week for voters residing in any of these municipalities. Bring your photo ID along and cast your ballot early.

“Note: There are no elections in the cities of Adairsville, Kingston, Taylorsville or in Bartow County at large on Nov. 5.”

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