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Pro/con campaigns on Braves move target voters

COBB COUNTY, Ga -- Even though Cobb County residents won't be able to vote on the proposed stadium for the Atlanta Braves they will have a say. Supporters and opponents of the deal are giving them that chance before the Cobb County Commissioners vote on it.

With eight days remaining before the vote residents better be prepared for an all out blitz from both sides of the debate. They will be getting robo-calls and emails for and against the Braves move to a 60-acre tract of land near Cumberland Mall.

"Braves, yes taxpayer money, no," said Anthony Scott Hobbs of the Atlanta Tea Party. Hobbs, a Cobb County resident, said the Tea Party will be making robo-calls to county Republicans giving them an option to connect directly to their Cobb County Commissioner's Office.

"It's about good old grass roots marketing for those voters to pick up the phone to make their voice heard," Hobbs said. "I think ultimately this process has been very non-transparent."

"This is something that's good for the county, its' good for business," said John Loud, who is leading a campaign for the new stadium. Loud owns Loud Security Systems and he and several other businesses have started a web page called cobbhomeofthebraves.com where you can email your support to your commissioner.

A survey by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce of Cobb Republican households found 61% support the Braves planned move and 24% oppose it. But Loud said they are not taking any chances. "There's so much good that can happen, let that voice be much louder than the folks that are just a vocal minority," he said.

The Cobb County Commission will vote on the Braves stadium deal on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

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