Emails at issue in Snellville election

SNELLVILLE -- Claims of forgery rocked the Snellville mayoral election a day before city residents go to the poll.

On Monday, mayoral candidate Kelly Kautz filed a police report and contacted the Georgia Secretary of State's office over allegations that emails had been forged and then published by a local blogger.

She is seeking that Marcy Pharris, who was recognized as the city's Volunteer of the Year earlier this year, be removed as assistant poll manager in today's election for distributing the emails.

"It needs to be properly investigated," Kautz, an attorney, said of the allegations, which Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead confirmed were turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The situation dates back a few weeks, when Kautz received a call from a woman claiming to be working with the Gwinnett Daily Post.

After an interview, the woman, Katie Norris, wrote in an email that she mislead Kautz and was working with Strategic Vision CEO David Johnson on a blog for wearepolitics.com.

A message left at Strategic Vision was not returned.

While Kautz did reply to Norris asking her to correct information that was misquoted, Kautz claims that the emails forward to another blogger were fabricated.

Darla Dixon, who posted portions of the emails at snellvilletoday,com, said Strategic Vision forwarded the emails to her. She posted an update on her blog Monday saying Kautz claims the emails were falsified.

Kautz, who faces former Councilwoman Barbara Bender in Tuesday's election, said Pharris was pulled over by Snellville police Sunday evening distributing paper copies of the emails to local homes.

A message left at Pharris's home number was not returned, and Secretary of State spokesman Matt Carouthers said information about an election monitor was not available.

Kautz said she designated her own poll watcher last month.


Danielle 3 years, 11 months ago

Another sad story about Kautz being a victim? Last month she was crying about her "hundreds of signs" that had been stolen. Turns out there were less than 50 and they were found behind a dumpster at Snellville city hall with the signs of other candidates. The ploy worked that time and she got some publicity out of it. I'm surprised the same gambit is working again. Now she's making claims of forgery and is offering no proof. It should be very obvious that this is another desperate attempt to get publicity. I'm disappointed that the Gwinnett Daily Post is being a party to these shenanigans.


Karl 3 years, 11 months ago

I agree with Danielle. Kautz is forever playing the 'woe is me, I'm a poor victim of all those mean grownups". Her accusations of forged emails are the latest, and final, straw to try to gain her a few sympathy votes.

She is a disgrace to Snellville, and that's saying a lot. After her defeat today, I trust she and the few puppet-masters pulling her strings (Dwight Harrison & Warren Auld) go away for good.


Karl 3 years, 11 months ago

Forged emails--what a crock. Kautz is caught in another of her 'fabrications'. How anyone could vote for this fraud is beyond me.

The sooner she and her puppetmasters are sent packing, the better off Snellville will be.


sndeak 3 years, 11 months ago

I see the 'benderbots' are out in force today. Let's see where the investigation goes. This is about Snellville and nothing surprised me about Snellville.


cmwitts 3 years, 11 months ago

The body of the article reads "Katie offered to let her (Kautz) change or revise her answers. Instead, like Al Gore in 2000 or more recently unhinged former Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, Kautz threatened to sue Katie if her answers were used in the article. The only emaill quote which states that is the one Kautz says she didn't make. One of these two entities are lying.
One has a history of such actions and therefore has an uphill battle to prove that her version is the truth.


R 3 years, 11 months ago

WOW looks like four more years of fun to be had by all... Good luck my friends

Mayor's Race, with 2,802 votes total:

Kelly Kautz: 52 percent (1,468)
Barbara Bender: 48 percent (1,334)

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