Bedrosian won't seek re-election

By JEFF BISHOP jbishop@newnan.com Qualifying is now closed for non-partisan seats in this fall's election, and at least one incumbent won't be on the ballot. Steve Bedrosian, former Atlanta Braves pitcher and current chairman of the Coweta County Board of Education, did not qualify to run again for his seat. Instead it will be Amy Dees, Andrew Krause and Larry Robertson vying for the chance to represent District 1.
Three school board incumbents -- Michael Sumner, Graylin Ward, and Harry Mullins -- did qualify for re-election, however. Sumner will face challenger April Parker for the District 1 At-Large school board seat. At-large representatives are elected county-wide, while district seats are decided by voters who live in those specific districts. Mullins, District 3, and Ward, District 4, will both run unopposed. Coweta State Court Judge Seay Van Patten-Poulakos will also be unopposed in the Nov. 2 election. "Qualifying is now closed," said Coweta Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins on Friday, just after the noon deadline. Qualifying ran from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this week and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. There was no qualifying fee for the school board positions because school board members receive no salary. The qualifying fee for the state court judgeship was $3,436. Bedrosian's son, Cam Bedrosian, recently graduated from East Coweta High School and was selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cam Bedrosian left ECHS as the leader in wins and strikeouts as well as in a number of other pitching categories. In his Sharpsburg career, Bedrosian was known as "Camrock" to his friends and family as a play on his father's "Bedrock" nickname during his baseball career, during which he accumulated 184 saves in 732 games with the Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Francisco Giants, and the Minnesota Twins. Steve Bedrosian came up to the Braves in 1981 as a starter but became a reliever in 1982 and remained a reliever for most of his career, which included winning a Cy Young Award in 1987.

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