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.

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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