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Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Anti-airport commercialization commissioners lose Paulding election

Three Paulding commissioners who oppose commercialization of the county’s airport have lost races to keep their seats.

The development signals a potential shift in dynamics in the years-long debate over whether Paulding should host metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport, as the Paulding airport authority looks at reapplying for commercial certification.

On Tuesday, anti-commercialization commissioners Todd Pownall and Tony Crowe lost in Republican runoffs to challengers Sandy Kaecher and Brian Stover. There are no Democratic challengers to Kaecher and Stover.

Anti-commercialization commissioner Vernon Collett earlier this year lost the Republican primary election to candidate Chuck Hart, who will face Democratic candidate Taurus Madric-Morris in the general election in November.

Recent developments:

FAA brings Paulding airport commercialization to a halt

Paulding airport says lease still calls for commercialization effort

About the Author

Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport. She started at the AJC in 2008, joining the paper from the Denver Post. 

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