Thompson Questions Whether Married Mothers Have Time to be Commissioners

Challenger Lisa Cupid spoke out about her opponent's comments that married mothers wouldn't have the time to be commissioners.

Early voting has ended for the Aug. 21 run-off election. Both forerunner Lisa Cupid and incumbent Woody Thompson are facing off in the District 4 Commissioner race, which originally had six candidates.

Cupid earned 40 percent of the vote, while Thompson trailed with 26 percent. However, a candidate must receive 50 percent plus 1 vote to be declared the winner of a Georgia election. The winner is likely to be the next district commissioner since there were no Republican challengers to qualify for the election.

In recent Marietta Daily Journal article, entitled "Thompson touts experience on job," Thompson pointed out that Cupid is 35 and he is 65.

The paper stated, "Thompson also questioned whether Cupid, a married mother of two young children, would have time to dedicate to the job."

Cupid, who graduated with an engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and will graduate with graduate degrees in law and public administration from Georgia State University in December, has two sons and is married to her college sweetheart, Craig Cupid.

Cupid responded to Thompson's claim of experience as a commissioner, saying "Having a lot of years on the commission board does not equate to having a lot of results or being effective. I think that people want to see more results.”

She called Thompson's comments that a mother of two young children may not have time to dedicate to the job of commissioner "a slap in the face."

And she was quoted in the article saying, "While I was in school, I worked, I had children, I was very involved in my community and was more visible than he was. So what was Woody’s excuse?”

On Friday, Cupid's campaign sent out an e-blast encouraging South Cobb residents to go vote and adding remarks about Thompson's mother comments.

The email read,

"I was disappointed with my opponent's remarks about parents not being able to handle the responsibilities of being a parent and a commissioner. 

There are thousands of great parents serving admirably as elected officials.  I am proud to be a mother, wife, law school student and candidate for Cobb County Commissioner. As a matter of fact, my family is my motivation for running for office--our children deserve better in South Cobb."


Do you think a married mother would lack the time to dedicate to the position of county commissioner? Is this an archaic way of thinking? What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below.

Sacrifice is a powerful force. One must count the cost. The end either justifies or questions the means. Everyone is free to choose. ALL choices have consequences, it is life.
Janie Newton August 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM
ANY time Mrs. Cupid could spend helping improve things in our area of So. Cobb would me better than what Mr. Thompson has done. What an antiquated remark!
L A Hays August 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I have a coffee cup that bears the saying "When sleeping women wake, mountains move." Thompson apparently would prefer women not to wake up as Cupid obviously has. We need a commissioner who is living in the 21st century, not the 19th. You can go sit down now, Woody; it's time for a fresh start.
Allen Rodi August 18, 2012 at 01:16 PM
When I specifically asked for a return call from Woody in the past year, I was told by his assistant that he would not call me. Woody doesn't concern himself with the people of South Cobb or their concerns...it's time we get some movers and shakers in positions of accountability in Cobb.
John A Delves August 18, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Once again the statement is taken out of context. Mr Thompson said as quoted below he wondered whether his opponent would have enough time to do all the things a Commissioner has to do. It is not a part time job by any means and requires a total comittment of ones time to fully perform for the constituents. Here is what the newspaper said: "Thompson also questioned whether Cupid, a married mother of two young children, would have time to dedicate to the job." The headline above sensationalizes the question our commissioner asked. "Having a lot of years on the commission board does not equate to having a lot of results or being effective" That is credited to Ms. Cupid in the above story.. The area she feels has been abandoned has The Barnes Ampheatre, one of a kind, one of the best Library's, one of the best Swimming facilities and South Cobb is the only cobb county area that claims two Aqua centers, thanks to that same commissioner Woody Thompson. I do encourage everyone to get back to the polls and suppost a proven leader and an experienced commissioner.
Kiri Walton (Editor) August 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Hey John, I agree that the headline can be seen as you say, so I am changing it.
Booker August 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Time for change
BB August 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hey Woody! I'm a married mother of two small children. My husband is a professional. I'm also a full time attorney. We both also have outside interests that we are able to do. It's called organizing, scheduling and prioritizing. Shockingly I'm able to get my work done at home and at work! Amazing, I know. Maybe back in your day you didn't help you wife much. But, at my house, my husband and I are equal partners and that allows us both to have our careers and family. Wake up. I hadn't paid much attention to this race but you can bet I'll vote now!
Pam J August 18, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Have you asked your kids how they feel about both of you being gone all day? I know that when I was growing up, my mother had a part-time job while my brother and I were in school. She was always there when we got home. Then, later on, when we got older, she started working full-time. I really missed having my mother there when I got home, even as a teenager. Sure, we were able to have a nice house and other things, but I'm not sure it was worth it.
Kiddada Grey August 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
This man is insecure about being challenged by a strong, smart, organizationally gifted woman who is supported by her spouse in this endeavor. If he was on top of his business he would not be in the position he is currently in trying to fight to keep his seat. Also, who said that it had to be mom to great you at home when you got home from school?? What are dad's for??
Allen Rodi August 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I had a chance to meet both candidates this morning at a local HOA. I agree with Mr. Delves. I can't imagine Woody making any kind of spiteful comment about her role as a mother. Woody is a quite lovable and charming guy who had deep roots in Cobb and the kind of connections it takes a couple lifetimes to build. He's civic-minded and has a good understanding of real estate and planning. If he needed to call something to get action, he's probably known that person for 20 years. When asked about vision and values, Woody spent a lot of time taking about his father. Lisa has been active with door-to-door campaigning to address development issues in the six flags area. She's worked for the office of governor and has experience with development. She's an athlete, in great physical shape, has a sharp mind and a go get um spirit. Her main interest is in getting some good channels of communication going between people and government. She's not going to be politics as usual and it's going to take her time to get her bearings. Her Georgia Tech mindset is pragmatic, diplomatic and sophisticated. The Austell-South Cobb Dr area represents a growing set of peoples from many international cultures. Lisa is going to be able to hear those people and she's not going to be tied down by the way things were done in the last 40 years. It's time to build on the great work that has already been done to shape our county by good stewards like Woody and others.
S Bailey August 18, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Perhaps Woody thinks all women should stay home & be barefoot & pregnant ?? A Democrat with reactionary ideas......taken out of context or not....methinks Meester Thompson should have thought before speaking......since soooooo many people parse words nowadays. D's, R's or I's ....they aren't all evil, nor all good....that's why the Good L-rd gave us the ability for Discernment......just because many choose not to use it doesn't mean it isn't valid to use.
John A Delves August 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM
You missed the point of the previous writer.She stated that BOTH parents were gone. That is what the present economy has done for all of us. You can thank your elected officials fro that one. Thats not a Commissioners stock and trade.This wonderful world we all call home has now produced more single and divorced parents, more latch key kids and more crime than ever in the history of mankind.
John A Delves August 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Wasn't that the battle cry four years ago? Not sure about you but the only change I see is that the change (what little I was able to get) has fallen through the pockets. Can change be good, sure it can, is it always good, gracious no. Look back two elections ago and see what South Cobb suffered from for four straight years. Experience has a lot to be said for itself and sometimes it takes good planning and foresight to get to where you want to be. Programs are in place, ie the widening of Floyd Road. That is the culmination of work that was begun over 15 years ago. Oh by the way another project that Woody Thompson got started and was back in office to see completed.
Randy Smyrna realist August 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Lisa Is my girl! She understands needs of manufacturing businesses And their value for our community unlike woody. Woody needs to retire!
Pat Farrar August 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I had been thinking about skipping this vote. Not any more. I may be Woody's age, but my parents both worked as I did for 30 years. I'm glad the women have decided to try running things. They'd be hard pressed to do a worse job than the old men.
C. Vinson August 20, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Regardless of what Woody said or meant, I think it's time for a fresh pair of eyes in our area. I realize that we tried change a few years ago. But think about why people wanted that change. Lots of development in the county centralized in one area, but still not much input from the residents. Woody did what Woody wanted to do. Keating was not the person to replace him. Woody did come back a somewhat better Commissioner. But as I forestated, I think Lisa brings the chance for a stronger, better vision for our area. I think she'll engage her constituents and actually listen to them. My impression is that she will be accessible and a good balance for both side of the constituency, business and individuals. I'm definitely willing to give her four years to show what she can do.
Monica DeLancy August 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The Southwest Cobb area is not the same as it was 20 years ago. It is time to past the torch.


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