The Hall County Republican Party has selected its appointments to the new elections board that will launch Jan. 1.
Ken Cochran, the owner of Cochran’s Marine Service who narrowly lost a race this year for a Hall County Board of Commissioners seat, and Ann Jones, a longtime Flowery Branch resident, businesswoman and activist in Republican politics, will represent the GOP’s interests on the elections board.
The Board of Elections and Registrations of Hall County, created by approval of the state legislature this year, removes supervision of the chief registrar from the Hall County Superior Court and puts it into the hands of the county administrator.
The board will consist of two Republicans and two Democrats appointed by the local parties, with each board member serving four-year terms.
Hall County Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee serves as the chairwoman.
Critics of the new elections board fear it may be politicized by partisan operatives while putting new oversight in the hands of the Republican-dominated Board of Commissioners.
Cochran said it’s important to avoid such a scenario and find common ground between the two parties.
“I feel like we should all be team members,” he added. “I’m hoping we can bring everybody together as a united group and make it work well for the citizens of Hall County.”
The Hall County Democratic Party will soon make its appointments, according to Chairman Frank Lock.
Cochran said, as a first order of business, that he wants to find funding to purchase new voting machines for the next election, and hopes that monies from SPLOST VII, if approved by voters in March, can make this happen.
“That’s my No. 1,” he added. “That’s my most important thing.”