Friday, December 28, 2012
The outgoing state representative from Woodstock is reflecting on her career serving in the Georgia General Assembly.
Charlice Byrd will hang up her hat as state legislator at the end of the year. Byrd, 61, was first elected to the Georgia General Assembly to the State House District 20 seat. She was defeated by Michael Caldwell in the July Republican primary. She is a native of New Orleans and has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southeastern Louisiana University where she spent the late 1970’s as an educator. She and husband Mike Byrd are members of First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Byrd is also a member of the Towne Lake Optimist Club, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Woodstock, Woodstock Community Business Association and American Legion Auxiliary. Byrd shared with Patch her reflections over her last eight years in …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Woodstock state representative-elect is gearing up to serve his first term in the Georgia House of Representatives.
At age 23, Woodstock resident Michael Caldwell is the youngest state legislator elected to the Georgia General Assembly, which will convene on Jan. 14 for its 2013 session. But that doesn't phase the representative-elect from the House District 20 seat, which covers most of Woodstock and Towne Lake. Caldwell is ready to serve the residents who elected him to the seat, but noted he's "humbled" by the support he's garnered in his new capacity. Caldwell defeated State Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) during the July Republican primary. It was his second time in as many years challenging Byrd in the Republican primary for the seat. He later defeated Democratic challenger Lillian Burnaman in the Nov. 6 general election. Caldwell, regional …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Challenger defeats four-term incumbent this time after losing bid in 2010.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Republican Michael Caldwell won the Republican nomination for the state House District 20 seat Tuesday, stunning four-term incumbent Rep. Charlice Byrd. Caldwell defeated Byrd with 5,093 votes compared to the incumbent's 4,452, or 53.36 percent to 46.64 percent, according to returns. Caldwell had challenged Byrd in the July 2010 primaries but received 46 percent of the votes. The Republican faces Democrat Lillian Burnaman in the November election. Burnaman ran unopposed and received 824 votes Tuesday. Caldwell is married to Katie Caldwell and grew up in District 20. He graduated from Cherokee County schools and from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor's in finance. He works for Python Safety and sells safety equipment to the nuclear …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Republican Michael Caldwell will challenge state Rep. Charlice Byrd in 2012.
Republican Michael Caldwell has announced his candidacy for the state House District 20 seat in 2012, challenging Rep. Charlice Byrd. With Georgia’s 2011 redistricting, Caldwell said he believes he represents the new District 20, which includes Towne Lake and Woodstock, even better than before. Caldwell will campaign on a platform of accountability and local control. “The primary purpose of government is to protect the life and liberty of its people,” Caldwell said in a news release. “Aside from this purpose, the smaller the better. This is true for every level of government. Whether it’s Local, State, or Federal; keeping government interference with the lives of its citizens to the smallest level possible should and must be every …