Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Scott Holcomb had a prominent Democrat step down so he could run for the seat. Meanwhile, Chris Boedecker flashed a few bare-knuckled tactics to win.
Update: 10:32; Race could be out for Boedecker. Boedecker 45 percent vs. 55 percent for Holcomb with 55 percent. Update: 9:35 p.m;Race tightens a bit. Boedecker 43.5 perecent vs. 56.4 for Holcomb. 9,695 votes counted. Still a wide margin. 60 percent is a whooping Update: 9:00 p.m.; In the state House 81 race, Holcomb leads Boedeker 57% to 43% with 5 of 16 precincts in that race reporting.Holcomb looking good. Our reporter at DeKalb election central reporting that in-person absentee votes for House District 81: 6,020 votes total; Boedeker, 2,626 votes and 43.6 percent; Holcomb, 3,389 votes and 56.30 percent. Tucker, North Druid Hills and Brookhaven’s hotly contested legislative election started in a unorthodox manner. Georgia's …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area is home to a fierce contest between one of the Democratic Party's rising stars and a GOP contender who hopes to unseat him.
With less than a week to go before the Nov. 6 election, Tucker's only contested legislative race continues to be fought on the ground between incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb and his GOP opponent, Chris Boedeker. The road for both candidates to this point in the race has been bumpy and marked by controversy. Holcomb, who represents District 81, became the de facto incumbent earlier this year, when Elena Parent, who represented District 80, chose not to run for re-election. Both districts were merged into one single District 81 by legislative Republicans when Georgia's legislative maps were redrawn to conform to new census numbers. On the Republican side, Boedeker defeated Carla Roberts in the July 31 GOP primary. That contest was filled …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
North Druid Hills' only contested legislative race has become a fierce contest between one of the Democratic Party's rising stars and a GOP contender who hopes to unseat him.
With one week to go before the Nov. 6 election, North Druid Hills' only contested legislative race continues to be fought on the ground between incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb and his GOP opponent, Chris Boedeker. The road for both candidates to this point in the race has been bumpy and marked by controversy. Holcomb, who represents District 81, became the de facto incumbent earlier this year, when Elena Parent, who represented District 80, chose not to run for re-election. Both districts were merged into one single District 81 by legislative Republicans when Georgia's legislative maps were redrawn to conform to new census numbers. On the Republican side, Boedeker defeated Carla Roberts in the July 31 GOP primary. That contest was filled …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The House hopeful has already pulled the ad from YouTube after it backfired and received negative press.
Chris Boedeker, in a bizarre political attack ad released Wednesday, said state Rep. Scott Holcomb opposed a welfare drug testing bill this year because he's a drug user. The Republican House District 81 seat challenger quickly removed the ad from YouTube after it was uploaded, however, once it became the subject of negative press attention. From The Huffington Post, which was given a copy of the ad: "Representative Scott Holcomb brags about his military experience," the ad's narrator says. "Scott Holcomb talks about using illegal drugs while in the service, which is why he now opposes drug tests for people who receive welfare benefits." The ad then shows a clip of Holcomb speaking against a welfare drug testing bill on the floor of the …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The state representative serves Briarcliff and nearby areas and has been selected by Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia's 40 most influential individuals under the age of 40.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Georgia Trend Magazine recognized state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), whose District 81 serves Briarcliff and surrounding areas, as one of its 40 under 40 Honorees for 2012. Each year, the Georgia Trend editorial staff selects 40 high-achieving Georgians under the age of 40 who are influencing the state's future in business, government, education, the arts and charitable organizations. Georgia Trend published its annual list of rising stars Monday. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Georgia Trend as one of its 40 under 40 for 2012. Leadership from our generation can change Georgia for the better. We’ve been raised in a world where ideas circle the globe in the blink of an eye. We’ve been forced to understand that our challenges are …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The state representative from Tucker says reform is long overdue.
Representative Scott Holcomb, a Democrat whose district includes Tucker, has announced his support for Republican House Speaker David Ralston’s pledge to end the practice of legislators accepting gifts from lobbyists. “I am pleased that the Speaker has expressed his commitment to change the way business is done in the Georgia General Assembly. The people of Georgia spoke very clearly on July 31st and Republicans and Democrats agreed on the need for reform," Holcomb said in a statement. Speaker Ralston has promised to convene a study group to examine the way other states deal with the problem. "The amount of money that lobbyists spend on elected officials is simply astonishing," Holcomb added. "I would like to see the law ban overseas …
Friday, August 3, 2012
House Democrats are calling for a renewed effort after T-SPLOST failed to pass.
Georgians have voted down the TSPLOST referendum, which, had it passed, would have allocated a one percent sales tax increase over a 10-year span across 12 regions. Democratic Rep. Scott Holcomb told Patch after the vote: "I was not surprised by the vote. The leaders in this state have created a climate in which Georgians have little faith that government can do what it needs to do," he said. "I hope this vote does not hurt our state long-term economically." Voters who opposed the referendum were concerned the project was a negative return on investment, while those in districts outside Atlanta felt their tax dollars would be wasted. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams wants her fellow legislators to tackle transportation again. “Georgia …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Boedecker will go on to face Democratic incumbent Scott Holcomb in November.
Chris Boedecker defeated Carla Roberts in the GOP primary for state House District 81. With 13 of 14 precincts counted, Boedecker defeated Roberts by a margin of 71 percent to 29 percent. Boedecker will face Democratic incumbent Scott Holcomb on Nov. 6 in the general election. Early in the campaign, Boedecker charged that Roberts was not a legal resident of the district, and therefore should not be allowed to seek the office. However, the Georgia Office of Administrative Standards rejected the challenge.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The District 81 incumbent was recently honored by the Georgia Conservation Voters.
Monday, June 25, 2012
State Rep. Scott Holcomb was recently presented the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award from Georgia Conservation Voters. Holcomb is the incumbent for state House District 81, which has been redrawn to include much of Brookhaven. The organization describes itself as "a non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life of all Georgians by making conservation issues a top priority with Georgia’s elected officials, political candidates and voters." “Holcomb never hesitated to fight for the protection of our health and quality of life, and the Georgia we all love is better off because of his leadership this year at the General Assembly,” said Rob Teilhet, executive director. “I am very proud to receive the …
Monday, May 28, 2012
District 82 Rep. Scott Holcomb recounts an experience with his father, a Vietnam War veteran.
Few holidays impact me as much as Memorial Day. As one of my friends who is a veteran said so well, "Memorial Day isn't when we remember what we won. It's when we remember what we lost." For the last several days, I've been remembering the fallen. I started by recalling the first time the meaning of this holiday really hit home. It was after I enlisted in the Air National Guard, and I was driving with my father. It was very late, well after midnight, and as we were about to exit, he asked me to drive a little farther. Minutes later, we pulled up to a Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We got out of the car and sat down on a bench a few meters from the "V" sculpture engraved with names. My father served in Vietnam, and I was born while he was …