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Cobb Board of Commissioners Will Be Predominantly Female

Now that the Cobb Board of Commissioners is predominantly female, will the way the county is run change?

In addition to running most U.S. households, making the majority of car purchasing decisions, shuffling the kids to and from various activities, cooking most meals at home and even laying out clothes for their husbands, women are gaining numbers as elected officials across the country, including in Cobb.

After community advocate Lisa Cupid captured 76 percent of the vote in Tuesday's run-off, she became the lone contender for South Cobb's District 4 commissioner seat.

Because of this, she will likely win the November election, which will mean that she will join Commissioners Helen Goreham and JoAnn Birrell, creating the first majority female Board of Commissioners in the history of the county. Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee, who narrowly won a run-off last week against former Chairman Bill Byrne, and District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott will be the only male members of the Cobb Board of Commissioners.

A young girl around 10 years old at Cupid's election results gathering Tuesday night told South Cobb Patch that she learned from this election that "You only vote for girls! Girls run the world."

Would a little girl be likely to say something like this 20 or 30 years ago?

Once he began to understand that his mother was running for election, Cupid's own son, Nehemiah, asked her, "Mommy, can boys be commissioners?"

Cupid said that she assured him that they could, and admitted that she was surprised that a new generation are being raised to believe without question that women are qualified for positions as elected officials.

In the comments of the Marietta Daily Journal, someone 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 Aug. 21 run-off and the July 31 primary election as well: Rebecca Keaton grasped 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; Marsha Lake earned 61 percent of the vote to gain the position as a state court judge.


Will the county change at all with a predominantly female Board of Commissioners? How? Are women smarter than men? (Come on, men, you can admit it if you want.) Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Regina Coley August 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Women should be leaders and they DO run the world!! I can't wait for the changes in Cobb County! :-)
C. Vinson August 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I wouldn't say that women are smarter, but I certainly believe that they bring a different perspective to situations. I think that in addition to that we are fortunate to have a woman who is also intelligent in Lisa Cupid. It will be interesting to watch the dynamics on the Board going forward - Cheryl
Andrea Young August 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I am just hoping that the Board of Commissioners will be tough but fair.
electric123 September 02, 2012 at 10:57 AM
As a Democrat, I give thanks to Ms. Cupid but there will be controversy in this Republican conservative county, I hope she gains support fast she will need it in the Cobb Money Machine.
electric123 September 02, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Dear Regina, I disagree God had never intended for women to run the world, but man had dropped the ball a long time ago, In the old testament Jeremiah 31.22 due to Israel unfaithfulness of men.
C. Vinson September 02, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Dearest Charles A Commission seat is hardly running the world. However, there are several examples in the Bible even before Jeremiah, where God used women. Don't forget Deborah, both a prophetess, judge and warrior. Ester was used to save her entire nation. Let's not overthink think this.

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