Politics: Sheriff’s race finalists together collect nearly $200,000 so far. Floyd seeks poll workers for upcoming elections. Updates on absentee voting.

Politics: Sheriff’s race finalists together collect nearly $200,000 so far. Floyd seeks poll workers for upcoming elections. Updates on absentee voting.


Floyd County sheriff’s finalists together raise nearly $200,000 in contributions. The latest campaign finance reports show Dave Roberson has raised more than $102,000 in his bid to be Floyd County’s next sheriff compared to $95,484 for Tom Caldwell.

Both Republicans are in runoff on Aug. 11 that will decide who replaces the retiring Tim Burkhalter in January; there is no Democratic challenger in November.  Roberson is a major with the agency who is on leave during the campaign; Caldwell is the office’s former chief deputy. Ronnie Kilgo placed third in the June 9 primary.

Based on the reports for the period ending June 30, Roberson collected $27,750 in additional contributions with Caldwell close by with $21,698.

Kilgo, a Rome businessman, wasted no time in endorsing Roberson and has since contributed $500 to his campaign. Other donors include up to $4,000 from Burkhalter and his wife, Stephanie, as well as $5,000 from Harry and Terri Pierce, the sheriff’s sister and brother-in-law.

Caldwell received $1,000 from attorney Robert Finnell as well as from semi-retired businessman Roger Manis in addition to other contributions. Caldwell also lists $15,000 in loans to his campaign.

Expenditures for the reporting period: Roberson spent $21,341 in the most recent reporting period with Caldwell at $20,804. For entire campaign, through June 30, Caldwell had spent $85,172 while Roberson was at $70,059.

With six weeks left in the runoff campaign, Roberson had $32,054 in his account; Caldwell, $11,312. The next reports are due just prior to the Aug. 11 runoff.

Much of spending on both sides has gone to advertising with Roberson continuing to use Facebook ads as well as traditional sources, including billboards, signs and print ads. Caldwell has stayed traditional, including more than $3,000 in broadcast ads, signs, banners and one Facebook expenditure. Both candidates are advertising on Hometown Headlines as well.

For more on each finance report, please click: Caldwell / Roberson.

Floyd seeks poll workers for upcoming elections. From Floyd County: “Would you like to be a Floyd County Poll worker for upcoming elections? Please click on the link below to let us know of your interest. https://securevotega.com/pollworker-signup/

  • Once your eligibility is confirmed,you will be invited to the Elections Office to learn more details and receive an application packet. If you would prefer, you may come directly to the Elections Office at 12 E. Fourth Ave, Ste 20 in Rome to make inquiries and receive the application packet.

From GPB News: The Georgia State Election Board Wednesday voted to extend a pair of emergency rules that make it easier for some voters to cast absentee ballots and for counties to process them.

  • One emergency rule passed mid-April allowed Georgia counties to set up secure 24/7 drop boxes for voters to return absentee ballots without relying on the mail system or needing to vote in person for the June 9 primary. Several counties opted to purchase and use drop boxes as part of an overall shift to more absentee-by-mail voting in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The amendment passed Wednesday removes language limiting drop boxes to the June primary election and added additional requirements for opening and closing the drop boxes and when county officials had to empty them out.
  • A second amendment allows counties to continue to begin processing absentee ballots before Election Day, as a record 1.1 million people voted absentee for the primary and twice that is expected in November. The State Election Board also voted to require counties to post the dates and times they will be processing absentee ballots more prominently on the secretary of state’s website and on the local county’s site.

Both rules would need to go through the regular rulemaking process to become permanent.

Aug. 11 runoff ballot:

Floyd County Sheriff, Republican

  • Tom Caldwell
  • Dave Roberson
  • The runoff winner earns the seat; there is no Democratic candidate.

U.S. House, District 14: Includes voters in Floyd, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties as well as eight hours. Bartow is in the 11th District.

  • John Cowan
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • The winner faces Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in the Nov. 3 general election.


  • Polk: The 14th District Race and the State Senate 31st District Race between Jason Anavitarte and Boyd Austin. The winner races Democrat Tianna Smith in the Nov. 3 general election.
  • Chattooga County: 14th Congressional District, county commission (Blake Elsberry vs. Jason Winters), probate judge (Teresa Pope, Gary Woods).
  • Gordon: No other races than the 14th District.
  • Bartow County: No runoffs (in 11th Congressional District)



  • July 16: Possible candidates’ forum. Details pending.
  • July 20: Advance voting begins for runoff, ends Aug. 7.
  • Aug. 11: Primary runoff.
  • Nov. 3: General election.
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