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Calling it for Newbille and Marsh-Carter

With precinct 707 reporting, I’m calling this one for Cynthia Newbille and Nadine Marsh-Carter.

This is a heavy turn-out district, among the most diverse, and home to Josh Williams and Kirsten Gray, the challenging candidates. If Williams and Gray were going to make a run at it, they’d be piling up votes here.


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mary 11/08/2016 at 8:48 PM

Well, that’s bad news times 2 for the 7th district.

John M 11/08/2016 at 9:12 PM

We’re gonna have to agree to disagree on this one, Mary 🙂

Bill Hartsock 11/08/2016 at 9:39 PM

I think Josh has a great future, but he just picked the wrong fight to start out with. I wish him the best going forward.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 11/09/2016 at 12:10 PM

Yes, sad indeed that Newbille is in office once again. Someone who could care less about historic preservation in the most historic district of the city and possibly state. I know there is more wrong with our city than history but, there should be a balance and not just shrug it off, as she has in years past.

John M 11/09/2016 at 12:37 PM

Eric –

Please support your statement with something concrete, because everything that I know runs counter to that.

Right off the top of my head:

Newbille’s first action in office was to support the Union Hill City O & H District.

She has said from day one that she won’t support anything that endangers the view from Libby Hill.

She has supported programs which have been influential in helping support so many of the new small businesses in the area over the past few years – which have made it reasonable to renovate commercial properties that were blighted for decades. Or you’d prefer the old laundromats on your corners?

Before she was in office, she was part of the group effort that put together Neighborhoods in Bloom, which brought so many chopped houses back into use as single family homes.

Juliellen 11/09/2016 at 3:36 PM

Dr. Newbille has actively supported–by her presence and by funds–numerous initiatives that help the people and tell the story of the East End. I have worked with her in Greater Fulton for years and I’m delighted that she will be continuing to work to improve our community.

Juanito 11/09/2016 at 6:20 PM


How about her lead in fighting Pear Street?

John Murden Jr. 11/09/2016 at 6:31 PM

Newbille tells packed house that she will not vote for Pear Street

crd 11/09/2016 at 6:32 PM

@11 she didn’t take the lead until a large group of citizens attended a meeting and VERY vocally told her they were opposed to that development. Then she did what she was told by the citizens. Prior to that she had been supportive.

Juanito 11/09/2016 at 6:35 PM

Thanks John, but at the end of the evening she still had not agreed to vote against the project.

John M 11/09/2016 at 6:47 PM

@Juanito – I still don’t get the acrimony, then or now. She listened to her constituents, and the project was killed.

She said that she would not support the building at the height that was being asked for. Simply that. She was perhaps leaving the door open for the developers to come back with a plan that the community would find palatable.

This is how Newbille is, y’all – a methodical consensus builder. She’ll probably never be the out front firebrand on issues like this, but she listens.

So, no – she didn’t lead on this. The involved citizens did, and she heard you and acted accordingly. And that is a failure?

At the end of the day, Pear Street did not get built as presented. That’s what y’all wanted, right?

Juanito 11/09/2016 at 6:48 PM

@13 just a little bit of sarcasm.

Eric S. Huffstutler 11/09/2016 at 8:06 PM

John M. One thing that resonates in my mind to this day is how she responded, or rather NOT responded, to the various members of the grassroots group that I was a part of. Others involved included, Jennie and Walter Dotts, John Wentworth, Eugenia Anderson-Ellis, John Hebberd, Waite Rawls, Bill Pettus, Bill Thomas, Cortland Putbrese, Laura Daab, and several others, to approach improper infills, restorations, and preservation issues. This occurred in June 2011 and Newbille met us at the Adam Craig house where we had both a walking and riding tour in the area to point out issues. Upon returning, she took notes, collected information, and agreed to get back to us. She never did to ANYONE involved and simply blew us all off, never returning calls or emails.

Or my meeting with her, Sam Patterson, and Tyler Potterfield, about the historic 401 N 27th Street commercial building, in which she “promised” to get back with me and keep me updated about the blight issue at the time but never did, and no one would respond back to me.

If she wishes to exonerate herself with us, I am open to it.

When I had issues with renovations and restorations as well as blight in the community, it was zoning director at the time, Roy Eidem, that I contacted and he would use his influence to get things done. Not Cynthia Newbille.

Then there were other issues including the below couple quick searches that came up:

And when she was running for the first time for the 7th… where you even chimed in (some issues show up halfway through the thread):

There has always been a bit of contention about her views on “progress over preservation”

John M 11/09/2016 at 8:34 PM

I still don’t see how you’re making the point that she doesn’t care about preservation. The old school seems to have been redeveloped nicely to me.

The rest of your complaints honestly reflect the issue that she’s probably not a very good politician. She is, however, a dedicated civil servant. I bet Joe Morrissey would’ve called you back.

For real though – Where is a specific example of where she acted or voted against preservation?

Eric S. Huffstutler 11/09/2016 at 8:55 PM

I am not going to be confrontational, but my own experiences with her leads me to believe she has little interest just by her actions with us. It may be superficial but it is all I can go on.

I would like to see more involvement with preservation in conjunction with drawing in tourism, rather than leaving our historic community simply flounder, unlike other historic cities.


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