To Be Re-Scheduled: Candidate Forum: Cobb County Commission District 2 & Cobb County Commission Chairman


Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus,

we have decided, out of an abundance of caution,

to re-schedule this event.

The Cobb County Commission Candidate Forum

will NOT be held as scheduled.

Once we have a new date, we will let everyone know.

Thank you for understanding.


Meeting Time & Location: March 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at 799 Roswell Street in Marietta

Candidates who have confirmed that they will attend: District 2 candidates Kevin Nicholas and Fitz Johnson, and Cobb Commission Chairman candidate Ricci Mason.

Kevin Nicholas, Candidate for Cobb County Commission, District 2

As a candidate for Cobb Commission, Kevin has lived in District 2 with his family for 20 years.  He is well qualified with more than 30 years of business and technology experience and a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees. He has held executive leadership positions in large global companies and has led small start-up technology businesses, all from Cobb County. He also is a visiting Professor of Economics and Business at DeVry University.

Kevin is a current member of Leadership Cobb, class of 2020.  He is a Board Member for the Development Authority of Cobb County, where he reviews and votes on large economic development deals for the county.  In 2019 these deals created over 2,100 jobs, all in Cobb County.  Kevin is a past appointee from Commissioner Ott to The Neighborhood Safety Commission, which works with and supports our public safety leaders.  He is a past Board Member of the Powers Ferry Corridor Alliance and a past Chairman of House District 43 for the Cobb County Republican Party.

Kevin is the co-founder of one of the largest technology nonprofit organizations in the country, The Atlanta Technology Professionals.  Kevin is an Eagle Scout and serves with the Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Council, out of Cobb County in numerous leadership roles.  He is the recipient of the national Citizenship Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution and also a Stephen Minister with Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in east Cobb.


Fitz Johnson, Candidate Cobb County Commission, District 2

        Fitz Johnson is a businessman, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and a long-time Cobb County resident. He has vast experiences in building and leading companies as well as non-profits, driving growth and producing positive results.
    An active member in the Cobb County community, Johnson has served on several boards, including Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees, the Cobb Hospital Authority, the Town Center Community Improvement District, and the Wellstar Health System Board of Trustees as well as being an active member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.
    A passionate sports fan, and former owner of the Atlanta Beat (WPS), Johnson serves as a community football, soccer, and wrestling coach helping to mentor, develop, and teach today’s youth through sports.
    Johnson is a graduate of The Citadel and holds a master’s in education from Troy University, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is a member of Cumberland Community Church. He and his wife, Suzann Wilcox, have four children and three grandchildren.

Ricci Mason, Candidate for Chairman, Cobb County Board of Commissioners

    After a lifetime of service, first as a United States Marine, and for more than 32 years as a police officer in Marietta and Cobb County, Ricci Mason hopes to continue his record of service to the county by becoming the next Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.
Ricci’s vision for Cobb County is influenced by his experiences, by his faith, and by his love of his family.

  • As the father of two, now adult, children, Ricci has experienced the challenges of single parenthood, while working two jobs and going to school.
  • As a first responder for more than 30 years, Ricci served in numerous capacities, including K-9, SWAT, STEP, the Motor Division, and as a resource officer. He also served as an Emergency Medical Technician for a local ambulance company.
  • While proudly serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, Ricci was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Atlanta. This brought him to Cobb County where he has been a resident since 1987.
  • Ricci is a member of Eastside Baptist Church and an active volunteer for Blue Thanksgiving, Inc., a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local law enforcement.
  • Ricci is a true conservative Republican who believes that the government truly is created by the people and exists to serve all the people, not just special interest groups, large campaign donors and groups who can fuel future political careers.

Ricci Mason has seen how Cobb County has been run from the perspective of an insider, as well as the perspective of an average citizen raising a family and a man of faith. Ricci has a heart for service and after more than 30 years of public service to the people of Cobb County, Ricci now hopes to continue his service as Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

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