Mary Norwood fails to qualify for Fulton County chairmanship race

Mary Norwood called at 10:30 p.m. or so to explain what happened today.

Former Atlanta city councilwoman Mary Norwood

Former Atlanta city councilwoman Mary Norwood

The former Atlanta councilwoman admitted that she submitted her notice of candidacy, for the chairmanship of the Fulton County Commission, after the state-imposed deadline of noon Friday.

Norwood said she handed her paperwork and check to Barry Garner, director of elections for Fulton County, around 3 or 4 p.m.

“This one was a mix-up in the time,” said Norwood, who has been focused on gathering up 22,000 or so signatures by a July 13 deadline.

The ultimate decision of whether Norwood remains a viable candidate, she acknowledged, would be up to the Fulton County elections board. The law is clear, and cited here on a calendar posted by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

But plenty of candidates and office-holders, she reasoned, have filed campaign finance disclosures after state-mandated deadlines.

“We’re absolutely going full-speed ahead,” Norwood said. “It’s the spirit of what we’re trying to do, versus the technicalities.”

Norwood said she should still be considered a viable independent candidate – and would be out gathering signatures on Saturday.

Only Thursday, a Fulton County judge refused to rule on whether several thousand signatures gathered by Norwood were invalid because she printed the word “Fulton” on addresses of those voters endorsing her candidacy – rather than requiring the word to be hand-written.

Norwood said the decision was important – that the margin for error in signatures was razor-thin.

Should the deadline hold, Norwood would be the second candidate to abandon an independent bid in less than a week. Ray Boyd, a real estate executive, backed out of the governor’s race on Sunday — citing Georgia’s very stiff ballot access laws.

Said Norwood:

For the good of all of us, this has let us know how elections work in Georgia.”

Norwood said she has spent $100,000 on her pursuit of signatures for an independent candidacy – only $80,000 of which has been covered by contributions.

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87 comments Add your comment

Confused

July 2nd, 2010
3:11 pm

Isn’t the qualification deadline July 12th? This makes no sense.

green green

July 2nd, 2010
3:11 pm

Say, what about that R guy that’s running for the seat?

Rich

July 2nd, 2010
3:14 pm

Well Mary the problem is you’re white

cmm

July 2nd, 2010
3:14 pm

I guess I have no choice but to vote ANTI INCUMBENT: thanks Benedict Eaves

finepoint

July 2nd, 2010
3:17 pm

The deadline to turn in signatures is later, but she needed to plunk down a check for the SOS office by noon. My guess is an endorsement will come on Monday or Tuesday

Raquel Morris

July 2nd, 2010
3:17 pm

She still has until September to qualify as a write-in candidate.

cmm

July 2nd, 2010
3:17 pm

ALSO: study the Fulton Elections Dept: Not one white person works there; fulton is 50-percent white (check wiki). So much for diversity in Fulton. 93percent of AA voted for Obama! Hmmmh…where are Jackson and Sharpton NOW!!!!

Jason

July 2nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Why play the race card? Mike Ken and Karen Handle, both of who are white, held the seat previous to Eaves. While I think printing ‘Fulton’ on the petition instead of having people write it out is should have been fine, Norwood has never been known for paying attention to detail.

Two things should come out of this:

1) Mary Norwood should take some time off from politics. There is something odd about a person who is always trying to obtain every political office they can.

2) Whoever in the county elections office told Mary Norwood that it was ok to preprint ‘Fulton’ on the petition needs to be fired or at least reassigned to different job. Norwood, like her or not, should have qualified and didn’t because it appears due to bad information given to her.

Hope this also sheds light on Georgia’s terrible ballot access laws. They’re the most restrictive in the country and the people should have a choice other than the big two parties and the occasional little stoned sibling party.

cmm

July 2nd, 2010
3:27 pm

Jason why are you worried about what Norwood does or does not do? She almost became Mayor. Should have if it were not for the corrupt fulton Laws. when a Departmetn that runs an Elcetions office in the most populus County in Goergia is all one race I have an issue. white, black Gold or red. Thanks Jason for your ignornace. But glad you brought up the point about GA stupids laws. VOTE REPUBLICAN FOR CHAIR! It’s a vote for CHANGE. What oh what has Eaves done? atlanta!

cmm

July 2nd, 2010
3:29 pm

Fulton elections personell: ALL BLACK personnel ALL BLACK…hmmmmm

KILJOY

July 2nd, 2010
3:29 pm

Mary can run for the chair of Milton County, she’ll have much more money and a much less disfunctional commission to preside over.

Mary,they did you a favor!

Flora Bunda

July 2nd, 2010
3:32 pm

It could be worse… don’t some states require you to register for a political party when you register to vote?

kkong

July 2nd, 2010
3:40 pm

Thank goodness for small favors.

Cool Breeze

July 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

No honkies working there? This IS “change you can believe in”!

Jeffisonlineagain

July 2nd, 2010
3:50 pm

Every time I read the phrase “terrible ballot access laws”, I know it was written by a moocher who’s far more interested in watching their tv shows than to get their fanny perpendicular down to the voter booth. Get a Tivo folks!

Kevin

July 2nd, 2010
3:55 pm

I really, genuinely, honestly have developed an utter disdain for the city of Atlanta after having lived here for nine years.

I’m actively looking for ways to leave this region. And I’m an educated, high-income earning resident. aka the type of person the city wants.

This city is going to die on the vine.

Good luck, Atlanta. You need it.

Kevin

July 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

Hey Jason,

Wake up and smell the rotting, decaying garbage that is the city of Atlanta and Fulton County.

Bye Atlanta. I’ve had all of you I can stand.

http://www.newgeography.com/content/001574-is-it-game-over-atlanta

Bloodbike

July 2nd, 2010
4:04 pm

She didn’t follow the rules. Why the hate? This is her fault. I like her, but she didn’t follow the rules. Period.

green green

July 2nd, 2010
4:04 pm

lord bless you kevin, delta goes both ways. good bye and good luck

Pericles

July 2nd, 2010
4:06 pm

@cmm: Aren’t you going to be late for your Klan rally?

Tom

July 2nd, 2010
4:07 pm

Corrupt Blacks control Atlanta – Corrupt Whites control the State.

DannyX

July 2nd, 2010
4:14 pm

“Corrupt Blacks control Atlanta – Corrupt Whites control the State.”

I nominate this for “post of the year.”

Reggie

July 2nd, 2010
4:29 pm

Either Norwood has poor political instincts or she has some very poor handlers. During the mayors race when she was accused of being a Republican, rather than saying so what, she ran for cover. She should have said so is Colin Powell a Republican, and so was Dr. King! In the current race for the Fulton County Commission Chair she should have done “the Arlen Spector” and qualified as a Democrat. Was she worried that she would have lost her White Republican supporters? Where would they have gone? Surely she wasn’t worried about being called a flip-flopper…after all, that’s what politicians do.

Georgia for Roy Barnes

July 2nd, 2010
4:36 pm

This is so crazy to bring in race card. They said downsouth is the racist place to live.

cmm

July 2nd, 2010
4:39 pm

Truth isthe truth; Liberal whites have no place in the Democratic party; why is syaing the office all black racist = it’s the truth;

Drew

July 2nd, 2010
4:47 pm

“Why play the race card?”

Because it’s the only card that Norwood’s supporters have, and it’s been evident since her campaign for mayor. She couldn’t have lost because Atlanta felt Kasim Reed was better qualified; it had to be because Atlanta is racist and she is white.

Here, she couldn’t have failed because, you know, she couldn’t find 22,700 voters to fill out a form; it has to be because Fulton is racist and she is white.

Jake

July 2nd, 2010
4:49 pm

If only all the northerners would move back to where they came from. Us natives would have no traffic, no pizza, no traffic, no people looking down their nose at us. Good bye and good riddance. Aspen, Colorado may have openings for your class.

blady

July 2nd, 2010
4:50 pm

@Kevin, “This city is going to die on the vine.” Sounds familiar … where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, I remember, the same dribble that the folks who fled to Cobb County spewed when Atlanta elected its first Black mayor. Where are those folks now … well, on I75, commuting to Atlanta Fulton County. Why? ‘Cause, that’s where their jobs are!

Facts Drew

July 2nd, 2010
4:51 pm

She had the signatures Drew. They rigged the game on her midstream. Give us a reason why a preprinted Fulton has any bearing on whether or not she had enough people indicate they were support her to give her access to the ballot.

Race Card

July 2nd, 2010
4:55 pm

Why are you all upset about this. Fulton County is a Racist, Anti White county. If you are white, asian, hispanic, middle eastern, indian, you have no chance in the courts, politics, and even church. It’s black owned, operated and controlled.

cmm

July 2nd, 2010
5:00 pm

When an entire non-partisan elcetion office in a 50-50 white/black county is all black – I have issues!

Arthur Blank

July 2nd, 2010
5:04 pm

I want to have sex with Vicki Locke, Karen Handle and former mayor Shirley Franklin, BUT NOT Mary Norwood. Who would???

Arthur Williams

July 2nd, 2010
5:11 pm

You have got to be kidding me, someone told her bad information. Folks who have been around politics should know the particulars of getting on a ballot. Now as far as race goes in fulton county. Who was the last person of color elected on a county wide ballot?

Mr. KnowitAll

July 2nd, 2010
5:18 pm

WAIT JUST A DAMN MINUTE!!! John Eaves 1st brought up the race card when he–along with race baiters–Shirley Franklin, John Lewis and Andrew Young made a radio ad that ran on urban radio that said that if you voted for the white guy it would mean the return of “fire hoses and police dogs”

John Eaves made this a Race about RACE!!!

AryanNegroHood

July 2nd, 2010
5:20 pm

After hitting the start button and turning on your computer, please open a word document and type your responses in the document. Next …..USE SPELL CHECK. Then Copy and Paste your response to the board. Dyslexia is a reading disorder….poor typing and spelling skills…..Well you know the rest.

Kem

July 2nd, 2010
5:25 pm

Attention to detail is not one of her strong points. She is not strong enough for the Chairmanship.

Reggie- Get out of here with that Dr. King was a Republican propaganda. He was neither Democrat nor Republican. It’s been said that Daddy King occasionally supported some Republicans, but that might be suspect also.

Sorry to get off subject, but I could not let that one slide.

DogGoneLiberal

July 2nd, 2010
5:26 pm

I am a minority (black) and Mary’s problem is she is white and trying to run in Atlanta. Some blacks are stuck in the segregation era and will never move forward with race relations because this is how they obtain power. I never knew how much bigotry we had until I went to a majority black college several years ago and the indoctrination which I rejected was viral. They failed to realize the real power is when you can bridge all races and have a common theme that promotes economic growth and civil harmony.

MLK I have a dream is turning into a nightmare. We are now seeing what blacks do when they have power, abuse it like everybody else and then fall back on being a victim of racism when they are bigots also.

Arthur Williams

July 2nd, 2010
5:31 pm

Hmmm, so you don’t believe in history, and you don’t believe in fear tactics either. What makes reminding folks of history so it doesn’t repeat itself “the race card”. Grow up, I am sure your mother taught you that two wrongs don’t make a right. Hopefully you can remember back to that DAMN MINUTE. See to me, Mr. Eaves statement is a fear tactic. to you and all the sheep that fall for those tactics, Good Luck you will forever be Played by polititions. I try to get to the core of issues and “The Race Card”, “Political Parties”, “Gender Politics”, made up geographic boundaries, sexual preference, and any label or other tactic to divide are the drivers to the ever increasing number of americans who are converting to confederates. The choice is clear, we stick together and survive as a nation or we let the confederates that hate our government destroy it.

Air force one

July 2nd, 2010
5:32 pm

I think norwood is an idiot. She doesn’t realize that when she points the finger, three fingers are pointing back to her. When she ran for mayor it was Always someone else’s fault about the accounting, budget, no one would give her any information. I don’t like whners. She got some smart ass to run her campaign and tried to circumvent the process. Where are all the folks that voted for her? For someone almost at the edge of success–she always falls short by her own devices. So sad.

Raquel Morris

July 2nd, 2010
5:33 pm

Double check your sources, Galloway. Mary has posted a picture of herself qualifying, Barry Garner is next to her, on Facebook.

Benji

July 2nd, 2010
5:41 pm

Now white people see what we go through everyday!

atlmom

July 2nd, 2010
5:43 pm

reggie: after what the democrats did to her, Mary would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS run as a democrat. it was horrific what that party did to her, in a non partisan race. quite disgusting. and it pains me to have them representing me in any way.

Drew

July 2nd, 2010
6:30 pm

“She had the signatures Drew. They rigged the game on her midstream. Give us a reason why a preprinted Fulton has any bearing”

You’re confused, dear. Neither the judge nor the board of elections has ruled on the validity of the pre-printed “Fulton” form. It might be valid; it might not be valid. It wouldn’t have been decided until she submitted the signatures. Which, apparently, she never will.

I suggest you cry “we was robbed” *after* you was robbed, rather than before.

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Brenda

July 2nd, 2010
7:29 pm

I can not believe that you all who are saying Mary had no chance because she is white. Are white people playing the race card? Do you all assume that Mary qualified for a position because she is white? Mary needs to learn to prepare better and stop making excuses. Her main problem and the problem of her supporters is that they think she is entitled to be elected because she is white. You people have not begun to understand what it feels like to be discriminated against based on your race, especially here in Georgia. When Mary does her homework and complete and compete according to the guidelines, she just might get elected. However, she is not entitled.

Brenda

July 2nd, 2010
7:32 pm

Benji, I agree with you totally. Maybe it is time that white people had a good understanding of what discrimination is about first hand.

Brenda

July 2nd, 2010
7:32 pm

Benji, I agree with you totally. Maybe it is time that white people had a good understanding of what discrimination is about first hand.

peter lindstrom

July 2nd, 2010
7:47 pm

How in the world can a white person be elected to anything in racially devided Atlanta. Every black leader came out for the last Mayor election and publicly said that “of course you all must vote for a black candidate” Imagine if that was a white person that would have said that!!

Blacks will always hide behind racism. Always. It never EVER fails. They bring the issue up not the white person.

Like always a black and a white news commentator on TV. Always a black and a white name on Atlantas airport. IT IS SO SICK and RACIALLY devided.

Voter

July 2nd, 2010
8:26 pm

Sorry Mary. Democrat yesterday, Independent today. Sounds like a zig zag! Maybe a write-in would work.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 2nd, 2010
8:38 pm

Trying to increase your business out in Atlanta’s suburbs, “peter lindstrom?” Put up an honest, decent “White” and he or she will get plenty of Black votes in Atlanta.

Mary Bush Norwood demonstrated unequivocally that she has no integrity when she claimed to have voted for only Democratic presidential candidates AFTER having claimed the inability to recall whether she voted for her cousin, George W. Bush, AFTER she was elected and served as a Georgia State Delegate to TWO Republican National Conventions.

She is a liar and a hypocrite, without grace. Thank G-d Atlanta and Fulton County may be free of her ilk.

One of the big reasons Atlanta is the greatest city in America, hence in the world, is because Atlanta’s Blacks, rooted in the culture which gave us the martyred prophet Martin Luther King, Jr., are, due to history and oppression, intrinsically “closer to G-d,” and are therefore less tolerant, by and large, of faker philistines – many of which are “Republican” – regardless of race.