As we enter the 3rd quarter of our campaign, it comes with the very good news that our grassroots campaign is having a positive effect upon Cobb voters. Our internal data is showing that we are beginning to win this campaign! Among voters who have made their decision, we are tied with the Chairman countywide. In some areas, we are leading! Even better news, among the voters we have contacted in recent weeks, we are showing an upward trend – every day, as many as 40% of the people we speak to are saying “I like Mike!” and joining the team. Since we have made nearly 25,000 calls, there is real excitement!

However, there are still many undecided voters. By our estimates, about 4 in 10 voters still haven’t made up their mind, but our grassroots effort is perfectly poised to address this block of voters. Moreover, our message of committing to an open and transparent government resonates with the voters. The dominant issue when we talk with people is that they resent how the deal for the Braves stadium was forced upon them with little opportunity for the community to express its opinion. The voters are mystified as to why they could vote on two $40 million park bonds but had no voice in a $350 million stadium deal.

Positive name recognition is essential in winning this campaign, and that is where we have the most room to grow. Therefore, speaking with voters directly is our top priority. We know that we still have a long road in front of us. But, as you can tell from the picture of the meter that displays the results of our grassroots effort, we have an army of committed and passionate volunteers to carry the ball across the goal line. It’s been a long road thus far, and we’re almost home. Now is the time to tell ourselves that an extra hour each week is the difference between victory and a new platform of transparency in our government.

Early voting starts in one month and the primary is less than 50 days away. We need to remain focused on efforts to get out the vote. While we still need funding, equally important is our need for volunteers to canvass, make telephone calls, and staff the Victory Center. Volunteer and donate today at and become part of a winning team.

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and pray that 2016 will be one that rewards all your endeavors and blesses those around you.

With a little more than 160 days until the Primary on May 24th, we begin the last but most vital phase of our campaign by personally contacting voters in Cobb. This is the fun part of the campaign because we are in daily contact with some of the nicest people in America. The voters in Cobb appreciate people who make the effort to reach out to them at their homes. Judy and I are looking forward to joining our many volunteers in this grassroots effort.

As events during 2015 reflected, the Chairman has provided ample evidence that he needs to go. He has a predilection for demonizing anyone who criticizes him and blaming County staff members for some lack of action instead of turning the mirror on himself. This was clearly shown in his ham-handed effort at the December 17 Board meeting. In commenting on an issue in which there was near unanimity by all parties that a police officer was out of line, the Chairman again demonstrated his propensity to always steer for an iceberg with a personal attack on a commissioner. His remarks ripped off the final illusion of a functional Board. His campaign theme may be serious leadership when, in fact, what we need is experienced leadership.

My goal is to change the playing field where once again the people are part of the calculus of government. My campaign theme is an experienced leader committed to leading an open and transparent government with trust and integrity. Click on the Campaign Platform tab for the road map to a County government that represents the voices of all the people.

Across the County Veterans Day was celebrated last week in various venues–and I was part of many of them. It is my honor to continue to serve this great nation even in “retirement.” Patriotism is alive and well in Cobb County!!