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Cobb Commission Will Be Predominantly Female

With the county's legislative body soon to be made of three women and two men, what types of changes, if any, should residents expect?

After community advocate Lisa Cupid in last week's run-off against incumbent Woody Thompson, she became the lone contender for Southwest Cobb's District 4 commissioner seat.

Because of this, she will likely win the November election, meaning she will join Commissioners Helen Goreham and JoAnn Birrell. The three will create the first majority female Board of Commissioners in the history of the county.

Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee, who against former Chairman Bill Byrne, and District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott, who is unopposed this year, will comprise the male minority.

A young girl of about 10 at Cupid's election gathering last week said she learned from this election that "you only vote for girls! Girls run the world."

Once he understood his mother was running, Cupid's own son, Nehemiah, asked her, "Mommy, can boys be commissioners?"

Cupid assured him that they could and said she was surprised that a new generation is being raised to believe that women are qualified for positions as elected officials.

Commenting on the Marietta Daily Journal website, one person wrote, "I hate to sound like a chauvinist, but with three women on the commission, we may be in for a few years of entertaining governance. We all know, whether we want to admit it or not, that women are smarter than men. Good luck to Tim Lee and Bob Ott."

Other women gained victories in the July 31 primaries and Aug. 21 run-offs as well: Rebecca Keaton grabbed the Cobb County Superior Court Clerk seat, incumbent Sen. Horacena Tate will again serve District 38; both House Reps. Stacey Evans and Alisha Morgan were unopposed in their races; and Marsha Lake earned 61 percent of the vote to gain a state court judge position.

What changes, if any, will come from a female majority commission? Tell us in the comments.

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