Bill Simonds or Tommy Ledford
Aba

Morganton, GA

#21 Aug 6, 2012
Tommy Ledford is an honest hard working man. He doesn't need the office he is seeking he just wants what is best for Fannin county. Who cares that he changed parties he is still the best choice.
Who cares

Englewood, CO

#22 Aug 6, 2012
Aba wrote:
Tommy Ledford is an honest hard working man. He doesn't need the office he is seeking he just wants what is best for Fannin county. Who cares that he changed parties he is still the best choice.
Tommy is not much. Regardless of how you feel about alcohol,he asked the voters of FC to decide and they did. He then ran ads saying he would not bring up the subject again out of desperation and lost the last election by a wide margin.Why waste taxpayer money for a referendum that you did not recognize? This time he's running on the Replublican ticket - was that a change of ideology? Don't think so!Remember - your vote or your voice does not matter to this man. Bill Simonds will win!
Seriously

Blue Ridge, GA

#23 Aug 6, 2012
If anyone truly likes Simonds, you should ask yourself why. I believe that the only people who "like" him are those who have never had to deal with him.

I support Tommy Ledford all the way. Regardless of what party he is with, he is a great man and always professional and respectful.

Simonds is very arrogant, selfish, and only does things if it benefits him in some way. I cant believe people would actually consider re-electing him.
Elderly Gentleman

Canton, GA

#24 Aug 6, 2012
Who cares wrote:
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Tommy is not much. Regardless of how you feel about alcohol,he asked the voters of FC to decide and they did. He then ran ads saying he would not bring up the subject again out of desperation and lost the last election by a wide margin.Why waste taxpayer money for a referendum that you did not recognize? This time he's running on the Replublican ticket - was that a change of ideology? Don't think so!Remember - your vote or your voice does not matter to this man. Bill Simonds will win!
The vote was on liquor by the drink and it was defeated by about 500 votes. The County Commission has always had authority to put beer and wine and farm wineries in the unincorporated areas of the county without a vote but not liquor and that is what they did. We ended up with licenses at Tin loong's and the Custina Rustica and that's it. They could have allowed package sales of beer and wine in convenience stores but did not which is a good thing...at least in my opinion. No bars just two nice restaurants where I frequently observe leaders who were opposed to alcohol enjoying meals there. Apparently didn't hurt anything and did bring in some jobs and tax dollars. Since that time Blue Ridge has put in beer and wine and held a vote on liquor by the drink for restaurants which passed. Guess the matter is kind of moot now as it is here to stay. Better we concentrate on proper control instead of beating a dead horse.
Charles

Blue Ridge, GA

#25 Aug 6, 2012
Garnett Webb wanted Bill Simonds out of office but today asked Bill for a job in the county because he needed income since he didn't win the election. Guess what, Garnett Webb is the newest county employee hired by Bill. Think that is to his benefit - wouldn't you think he wants votes for that?
Blue Ridge Gal

Blue Ridge, GA

#26 Aug 6, 2012
Fannin Voter wrote:
I heard something interesting today about Bill Simonds. I don't know if it is true, just passing on what I was told. Supposedly Simonds ran off the road in his personal vehicle out in the Hipps Chapel area. He had the road department go out and make repairs at the county's expense.
I heard the Simonds accident/cover up was near Mt. Moriah church. People at church were talking about it.
Blue Ridge Gal

Blue Ridge, GA

#27 Aug 6, 2012
Charles I sure hope you are mistaken. I have lost a lot of respect for Garnett Webb if it is true. What position/job was he given?
Local Observer

Blue Ridge, GA

#28 Aug 6, 2012
Charles wrote:
Garnett Webb wanted Bill Simonds out of office but today asked Bill for a job in the county because he needed income since he didn't win the election. Guess what, Garnett Webb is the newest county employee hired by Bill. Think that is to his benefit - wouldn't you think he wants votes for that?
I don't know why...but I am appalled by this!! I really like Mr. Webb, but I don't remember any vacant jobs being posted!! How long are we the citizens of Fannin Co going to continue having our tax dollars "wasted" on things such as this??? This isn't a stab at Mr. Webb, but there are LOTS of people & families w/young children who are struggling to put food on their table & our current regime has made a habit of hiring family members & "political favors" to fill positions that are unnessasary!! I usually look at our national & state level Govts & get so aggravated at the wasteful spending that goes on, but this is quite an "eye-opener"! I guess I knew that politics were crooked....but this is infuriating!! Until we the taxpayers stand up against these things, this kind of abuse of power and reckless hiring w/o following proper procedures will continue. This makes me SICK!!
Local Observer

Blue Ridge, GA

#29 Aug 6, 2012
Almost as sick as reading about the city of BR Putting a gps unit on a city vehicle to track an employee! This sounds like a lawsuit just waiting to happen!! If the city has excess funds to do this, how in the world do they not have enough money to purchase nice looking garbage cans so that visitors have a place to put their trash??? The few trash cans that are down there are always full & over flowing... I guess the employee who was terminated was in charge of garbage pickup??? Wake up people & let's start holding our public servants accountable for their actions!!
Retired Legal Secretary

Blue Ridge, GA

#30 Aug 6, 2012
Local Observer wrote:
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I don't know why...but I am appalled by this!! I really like Mr. Webb, but I don't remember any vacant jobs being posted!! How long are we the citizens of Fannin Co going to continue having our tax dollars "wasted" on things such as this??? This isn't a stab at Mr. Webb, but there are LOTS of people & families w/young children who are struggling to put food on their table & our current regime has made a habit of hiring family members & "political favors" to fill positions that are unnessasary!! I usually look at our national & state level Govts & get so aggravated at the wasteful spending that goes on, but this is quite an "eye-opener"! I guess I knew that politics were crooked....but this is infuriating!! Until we the taxpayers stand up against these things, this kind of abuse of power and reckless hiring w/o following proper procedures will continue. This makes me SICK!!
Local Observer I agree with you completely. It confirms my decision to vote for Ledford. I'm hoping you will too.
Local Observer

Blue Ridge, GA

#31 Aug 7, 2012
Retired Legal Secretary wrote:
<quoted text>Local Observer I agree with you completely. It confirms my decision to vote for Ledford. I'm hoping you will too.
Retired Legal Secretary, I just really can't get past the fact of how he & Mr. Bruce, the Commission Chair, did go against the decision of their constituents on their last day of office & voted to allow alcohol(beer & wine) by the glass. Someone earlier made the statement that they took liquor to a vote, & how the sale of beer & wine has brought in so much more tax revenue....I would like to see the proof of that. Tin Loong was already purchased, so that didn't make or break that deal & the owner could easily have been annexed into the city & it would have saved him a lot of money.....the license fee for serving in the county is $10,000!!! Who can afford that???? Cuchina was already there & Toccoa Riverside was already there. Yes by passing the sale by the glass, did regulate what was already in te county, but Mr. Ledford & Mr. Bruce already knew that and actually were elected in the first place b/c they had made political "promises" to vote on the beer/wine by the glass issue right after taking office, which they did not do, they chose to allow the citizens to vote on that decision & b/c beer & wine were already being sold in the county(city of BR had pkg sales), then the amendment to the law (which Howie & Tommy were supposed to amend to include sale of beer/wine by the glass) had to add "spirits", which is liquor, since they put it to a vote by the citizens. There wasn't one single person that supported either of those candidates that wanted liquor by the drink, b/c we all knew that the majority of voters didn't want that. & the voters voiced their opinion & voted "no" to have spirits(liquor), beer & wine sold by the glass. I am only speculating on this, but I suppose the way to get "back" at the voters for not reelecting either of these gentlemen, was to do what should have been done in the first place and vote for the sale of beer& wine by the glass!

I can get over the jumping parties issue, b/c if anyone studies the history & policies of the 2 Presidential candidates, it is plain to see that even though they are supported by the different parties...they each have the same voting records & have supported the same policies, I personally believe that there isn't the distinction between the two that there was 25-30 years ago. I believe that everything has become so corrupt, especially at the national & state levels, that party loyalty has been replaced by greed!

Of course, I do have a couple of weeks to change my mind & I have made a habit of voting, not necessarily "for" one candidate or the other, but for voting "against" an incumbent. In this case, Simonds is the immediate incumbent, but Mr. Ledford had his 4 year reign that left a bad taste in my mouth, so I am still undecided as of now!

I am so glad that you & I can "agree to disagree" and still be nice though, & for that I thank you!:D
Zee

Blue Ridge, GA

#32 Aug 7, 2012
I know I said I wouldn't post on here again but I have to explain something - Tommy & Howey were elected for a 2 year term - don't know why where is a 2 year term but there is. This is only enought time to get things in order, planned & started (other administration got to finish). State gives County Commissioners authority to approve beer/wine. Tommy made that motion on behalf of the restaurants but there was no second. Therefore, the "liquor by the drink" vote came about. Tommy's beer/wine motion was to help control consumption - there would be no more "brown bagging" or coolers going into restaurants. The cost of $10,000 is high - that was for control too. Needless to say, there are very few people that don't eat at restaurants out of town that serve beer/wine - why shouldn't our restaurants have the opportunity to serve the same people & the county receive revenue. My husband is a very honest man, a Christian man with high morals, a fair man that treats everyone with respect & the same. He wants only what is best for Fannin County & all it's citizens. I just wanted to explain "why" he did what he did - control something that was already here & the Commissions had the authority to do what they did without a vote of the people - but it didn't go that way. I can "agree to disagree" too - I hope you know I am not being ugly but trying to explain - have a great day!
Who cares

Englewood, CO

#33 Aug 7, 2012
Elderly Gentleman wrote:
<quoted text>
The vote was on liquor by the drink and it was defeated by about 500 votes. The County Commission has always had authority to put beer and wine and farm wineries in the unincorporated areas of the county without a vote but not liquor and that is what they did. We ended up with licenses at Tin loong's and the Custina Rustica and that's it. They could have allowed package sales of beer and wine in convenience stores but did not which is a good thing...at least in my opinion. No bars just two nice restaurants where I frequently observe leaders who were opposed to alcohol enjoying meals there. Apparently didn't hurt anything and did bring in some jobs and tax dollars. Since that time Blue Ridge has put in beer and wine and held a vote on liquor by the drink for restaurants which passed. Guess the matter is kind of moot now as it is here to stay. Better we concentrate on proper control instead of beating a dead horse.
Not trying to beat a dead horse - I stated that "regardless of how you feel about the issue" - my point was that it was a waste of taxpayer money to hold a referendum and then not abide by the outcome. Your vote or voice does not matter to this man which is why Tommy was beaten badly the last time.
Voter

Blue Ridge, GA

#34 Aug 7, 2012
Local Observer wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't know why...but I am appalled by this!! I really like Mr. Webb, but I don't remember any vacant jobs being posted!! How long are we the citizens of Fannin Co going to continue having our tax dollars "wasted" on things such as this??? This isn't a stab at Mr. Webb, but there are LOTS of people & families w/young children who are struggling to put food on their table & our current regime has made a habit of hiring family members & "political favors" to fill positions that are unnessasary!! I usually look at our national & state level Govts & get so aggravated at the wasteful spending that goes on, but this is quite an "eye-opener"! I guess I knew that politics were crooked....but this is infuriating!! Until we the taxpayers stand up against these things, this kind of abuse of power and reckless hiring w/o following proper procedures will continue. This makes me SICK!!
Do you actually have proof that he did ask for a job or is this just another rumor. People need proof before they open their mouth or just say it because they heard it from someone else. If you do have proof, then post it.
Elderly Gentleman

Canton, GA

#35 Aug 7, 2012
Who cares wrote:
<quoted text>
Not trying to beat a dead horse - I stated that "regardless of how you feel about the issue" - my point was that it was a waste of taxpayer money to hold a referendum and then not abide by the outcome. Your vote or voice does not matter to this man which is why Tommy was beaten badly the last time.
Once again! The referendum was held on Liquor by the Drink only. It was defeated and the County Commission abided by that vote. We have no Liquor by the Drink in the unincorporated ares of Fannin County. To allow the sale of LBD would reqire another vote of the people and it would have to pass. Beer and wine (and Farm Wineries)was always at the option of the County Commission and does not require a referendum or a vote. So your vote or voice did matter as it kept the sale of liquor in the unincorporated areas out of restaurants and still does.
Who cares

Englewood, CO

#36 Aug 7, 2012
Elderly Gentleman wrote:
<quoted text>
Once again! The referendum was held on Liquor by the Drink only. It was defeated and the County Commission abided by that vote. We have no Liquor by the Drink in the unincorporated ares of Fannin County. To allow the sale of LBD would reqire another vote of the people and it would have to pass. Beer and wine (and Farm Wineries)was always at the option of the County Commission and does not require a referendum or a vote. So your vote or voice did matter as it kept the sale of liquor in the unincorporated areas out of restaurants and still does.
The only time my voice and vote counted in this was when I voted, along with a hugh majority, them out of office.
Local Observer

United States

#37 Aug 7, 2012
Zee wrote:
I know I said I wouldn't post on here again but I have to explain something - Tommy & Howey were elected for a 2 year term - don't know why where is a 2 year term but there is. This is only enought time to get things in order, planned & started (other administration got to finish). State gives County Commissioners authority to approve beer/wine. Tommy made that motion on behalf of the restaurants but there was no second. Therefore, the "liquor by the drink" vote came about. Tommy's beer/wine motion was to help control consumption - there would be no more "brown bagging" or coolers going into restaurants. The cost of $10,000 is high - that was for control too. Needless to say, there are very few people that don't eat at restaurants out of town that serve beer/wine - why shouldn't our restaurants have the opportunity to serve the same people & the county receive revenue. My husband is a very honest man, a Christian man with high morals, a fair man that treats everyone with respect & the same. He wants only what is best for Fannin County & all it's citizens. I just wanted to explain "why" he did what he did - control something that was already here & the Commissions had the authority to do what they did without a vote of the people - but it didn't go that way. I can "agree to disagree" too - I hope you know I am not being ugly but trying to explain - have a great day![QUOTE who="Zee"]I know I said I wouldn't post on here again but I have to explain something - Tommy & Howey were elected for a 2 year term - don't know why where is a 2 year term but there is. This is only enought time to get things in order, planned & started (other administration got to finish). State gives County Commissioners authority to approve beer/wine. Tommy made that motion on behalf of the restaurants but there was no second. Therefore, the "liquor by the drink" vote came about. Tommy's beer/wine motion was to help control consumption - there would be no more "brown bagging" or coolers going into restaurants. The cost of $10,000 is high - that was for control too. Needless to say, there are very few people that don't eat at restaurants out of town that serve beer/wine - why shouldn't our restaurants have the opportunity to serve the same people & the county receive revenue. My husband is a very honest man, a Christian man with high morals, a fair man that treats everyone with respect & the same. He wants only what is best for Fannin County & all it's citizens. I just wanted to explain "why" he did what he did - control something that was already here & the Commissions had the authority to do what they did without a vote of the people - but it didn't go that way. I can "agree to disagree" too - I hope you know I am not being ugly but trying to explain - have a great day!
I don't think you are being "ugly" at all, I appreciate your honesty actually & a spouse should support their husband!

I don't remember Mr.Ledford making the motion & I was at the meeting, but there was a lot of distractions and noise, so I can't say that he didn't. I still have a problem with him making another motion(the same motion that wasn't 2nd) on the eve of his term ending....There was a reason that Mr. Morris wasn't at that meeting...it was only Tommy & Howie....coincidental.....I think not!!
Local Observer

United States

#38 Aug 7, 2012
Voter wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you actually have proof that he did ask for a job or is this just another rumor. People need proof before they open their mouth or just say it because they heard it from someone else. If you do have proof, then post it.
I wasn't the one who said they had heard it... I was appaled by the news of him now working at the Co!
Voter

Blue Ridge, GA

#39 Aug 7, 2012
Local Observer wrote:
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I wasn't the one who said they had heard it... I was appaled by the news of him now working at the Co!
I understand but there are so many stupid rumors going around now that I say if you hear something, don't spread it unless you have proof.
No Way

Blue Ridge, GA

#40 Aug 7, 2012
Since we have to choose between the two, I choose Simonds. Atleast he is against raising taxes and he does give to others. I say "go Simonds"!

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