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 …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The 22-year-old winner of the House District 20 Republican primary came close to beating four-time incumbent Rep. Charlice Byrd in 2010.
Republican Michael Caldwell credits his win for the Republican nomination for the State House District 20 seat, to transparency in campaign finances and his promise to seek term limits for the General Assembly. "We ran a campaign like no other," Caldwell said Tuesday during a telephone interview. "We did not take any lobbyist money and no out-of-state contributions." In addition to mandated disclosures Caldwell posted a running list of contributions and expenses on his campaign website. "We decided to hold ourselves to a higher standard," Caldwell said. As for the promise to seek term limits, Caldwell said he has a draft of legislation that would require members of the House to sit out a term after eight years in office. "It would allow …
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 …