Walker County commissioner race makes front page of Wall Street Journal
As Walker County residents are heading off to the polls in early voting, the most heated local race is beginning to draw national attention.
A Wall Street Journal article dated Tuesday, Oct. 23, highlighted the peculiarity – to the rest of the country – that Georgia is the only remaining state that allows a sole commissioner form of county government, and more so that only nine of its 159 counties are still governed in this form.
Walker County sole commissioner write-in candidate Ales Campbell “seeks to cut the job she’s trying to win,” the article says.
Campbell is adamantly running on a platform that promises a binding referendum in the next election cycle and a plea to the state legislature to allow a change in Walker County government to a multi-member board of commissioners.
Incumbent commissioner Bebe Heiskell believes that a sole commissioner form of government is perfectly effective as is, and prevents squabbling and gridlock between commissioners.
Despite their difference in opinions, both Campbell and incumbent Heiskell have one thing in common: they were both disappointed in the Wall Street Journal’s portrayal of Walker County and hope to have the chance to change the reporter’s mind should another visit take place after the election.