Cherokee County Election Board officials Thursday approved Cosby’s petition to run against Ahrens after she collected just 30 signatures more than the 5,982 she needed to have her name on the ballot.
Ahrens said Friday he has no plans to file an appeal against Cosby’s petition because he has not seen any details that might be considered a basis for an appeal.
“The elections office validated those signatures and voters will have to decide whether they want a true Republican conservative with business management experience, who has worked diligently to pull the county out of a recession, or an independent with no experience,” Ahrens said.
Georgia law states if a nomination petition is denied by an elections officer, it “may be reviewed within five days by the superior court of the county, if an application for an appeal to compel the granting of such petition is received.”
County Attorney Larry Ramsey said the Georgia law on nomination petitions only refers to lawsuits following denial of nomination petitions.
“Where a petition has been approved, I cannot speculate on whether anyone other than the petitioner could seek to appeal that decision,” Ramsey said.
Cosby did not attend the meeting called by the Board of Elections on Thursday but thanked her supporters in a release Friday.
“It worked out for me not to be there, but my supporters and my family was there,” she said Friday.
Cosby said she decided to run because she’s concerned about the county’s spending policies.
“This is about stopping the Washington style tax expense policies that are represented by my opponent. I think it’s a shame, an absolute shame, that our employee raises were an afterthought,” Cosby said. “The whole budget was built, then they decided to consider the employee raises. And this kind of financial planning under the leadership of Buzz Ahrens is what’s so disastrous in the county.”
The Board of Commissioners voted in July 4-1 to roll back the millage rate slightly and provide 10 percent salary increases for public safety employees. Ahrens was the sole vote against the plan because he said at the time he was unsure about dipping into the county’s reserves.
Cosby said the county has spent too much in other areas, forgetting about the importance of county employees.
“We’re spending everything for anybody who has a plan, but the employees are an afterthought. They’re the heart and soul of our program and provision of our services and we need to be taking care of them,” Cosby said. “The people of Cherokee County want a new chairman and a new direction. They want a chance to vote for a real conservative Republican.”