Former Georgia Governor and US Senator Zell Miller has died at the age of 86. Born in the North Georgia town of Young Harris, Miller first entered politics in the late 1950s, serving as mayor of Young Harris from 1959 to 1960. He followed that with a stint in the Georgia State Senate, and in 1974, he was elected as Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor, serving for sixteen years. In 1991, the conservative democrat began the first of two terms as Governor, where one of his signature achievements was the passage of the HOPE Scholarship.
Qualifying for the May 22 primary and non-partisan local elections is underway, and Athens voters can look forward to a very busy campaign season.
A busy first day of candidate qualifying for local races in Athens-Clarke County yesterday, with former ACC Commissioner Harry Sims and current District 9 Commissioner Kelly Girtz both filing paperwork to run for Mayor.
A quiet week of qualifying for Clarke County Board of Education, at least so far.
While competition is high for seats on the ACC Commission, few candidates have qualified to run for Clarke County Board of Education. Incumbent Greg Davis will run again in district 1, while Imani Scott-Blackwell has qualified to run in district 5, a seat currently held by Sarah Ellis, and Lakeisha Gantt has qualified to run in district 7, a seat currently held by Carol Williams. Additionally, incumbent Solicitor General C.R. Chisholm will run for a fourth term.
As candidates qualify for the May 22 primary election, one North Georgia congressman is facing opposition from within his own party.
Incumbent US Representative Jody Hice will face competition in the May 22 Republican primary. Businessman Bradley Griffin has qualified to run against Hice. There is also a contested race on the Democratic side, between teacher Chalis Montgomery and philosophy professor Richard Dien Winfield.
A local man has announced his intention to run for the District One seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission.
Patrick Davenport says he will challenge District One Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson in May’s local elections. Davenport says he was born in the district, and is a graduate of Cedar Shoals High School and the University of Georgia. According to Davenport’s website, his priorities include breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing economic growth in Athens.