The Newnan Times-Herald


Coweta’s political star rising

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 24, 2018 - 12:45 AM

In the changing Georgia political landscape, Coweta’s star is rising.

Coweta County is becoming a place for candidates for state offices to campaign – and a place that is producing its own crop of candidates for higher office. Candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and insurance commissioner brought their campaigns to Coweta in the runup to Tuesday’s primary vote.

In the days just before voting, Stacey Abrams brought her historic effort to become the nation’s first black female governor to Willie Lynch Park. The day before the election, Republican Clay Tippins was having breakfast and asking for votes as a downtown eatery.

On Election Day, three of the four candidates for the U.S. House District Three post were in Newnan. Republican Philip Singleton and his family did some last-minute campaigning on the court square. On the Democratic side, Rusty Oliver came up from Columbus to watch results at the Alamo, while local resident Chuck Enderlin celebrated at his Newnan home.

Which brings us to note that Coweta was strongly represented in the primaries and will be in the general election for the House post. Singleton lives in Sharpsburg and Enderlin in Newnan, and incumbent U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson married into a Coweta family. So three of the four House candidates had strong ties to Coweta.

Another Cowetan was also on the ballot – statewide – Tuesday, and she will be back on the ballot in November. Janice Laws had a strong victory in the Democratic Primary race for insurance commissioner, defeating well-connected health advocate Cindy Zeldin 63 percent to 37 percent.

Coweta’s growing role in the state’s political landscape can only bring good things to our county. We look forward to more candidates planning itineraries with stops in Coweta as the campaign moves into its next phase.