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Drama builds in Fort Oglethorpe election

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Political campaigns are almost always heated, but some candidates, citizens and current city leaders in Fort Oglethorpe say the drama has reached new levels leading up to the city council election. The mayor called a news conference Wednesday to assure voters their safety is top priority as the political fighting escalates.

Early voting is underway now. Election Day is Tuesday. Three city council spots are up for grabs in Fort Oglethorpe. The mayor says the controversy has reached the point where he feels it's more than people's buttons being pushed. He says some acts seem threatening and wants to make sure voters feel safe as they head to the polls.  

The city council race is a source of drama, from claims of false mailers to criminal mischief at the homes of some candidates and their families.

"My house was egged Sunday night," City Councilman Clay Kissner said.
There are many claims flying around on who's responsible for what, but Mayor Lynn Long says his main concern is voters feeling unsafe.

"I felt like the citizens of our city were threatened," Mayor Lynn Long said.

He called a news conference Wednesday, in which he showed movie clips that aired on a purchased political program on the local access TV channel. It was about citizens fighting local government with weapons. Mayor Long worries it promoted violence and says city hall's been flooded with calls from scared citizens as a result.

"Showing films that can push hot buttons on people that are made at the world," Mayor Long said.

So he wants to assure the public that police officers are stationed at the early voting center and at the polls on Tuesday.

"Make them feel assured that we will do everything humanly possible to protect them and their interest in the city," Mayor Long said.

The political fights started brewing in Fort Oglethorpe last Spring when the police chief and public works director were fired within minutes of the interim city manager being appointed. Opponents argue those currently in power are corrupt.

"There's an agenda to promote certain candidates that are up for reelection in my opinion," UCTV Co-host Roy Reeves said.

Again, Election Day is Tuesday in Fort Oglethorpe. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tune into Channel 3 to find out the results.

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