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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

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.