Senate Bill 95 proposes the non-partisan election of county chief executives
and county commissioners. There is a lot of support from Republicans who live in Democrat-dominate counties, and there is a lot of resistance from Republican-dominate counties…of which I currently reside. It’s a controversial bill that is getting discussed among Republican officers in the 14th Congressional District Republican Party (specific hat tip to 14th District Secretary Ed Painter), and I’m sure those same discussions are being discussed by other Republicans across the state.
Non-partisan races still need buy-in from that county’s legislative delegation in the form of local legislation, so it’s not a on-off switch if this makes it through the House and all the way to the governor’s desk. I’ve heard it’s primarily aimed at chipping away on the few remaining Democratic strongholds…specifically counties like DeKalb
SB 95 passed the Senate yesterday in a 29 to 23 vote, but a motion to reconsider was made and will probably be voted upon today.
My bad. This affects the CEO/County Commission form of government and makes, if local legislation is adopted, the county CEO a non-partisan position.
Thanks to James Touchton for setting me straight.