Political Notes – Porter says he’ll run again for Democratic Party chairman

DuBose Porter says he will indeed run next February for a full term as state Democratic Party chairman, and so will the party’s first vice chair, Nikema Williams.

“With your support, I will continue our march to majority – refusing to be set back and demanding of myself, and every one of us, that we redouble our efforts going forward,” Porter said in a statement. “They are scared and we’re gonna keep them that way.”

Porter won the chairman’s job last year after Mike Berlon was forced to resign and is generally given high marks for getting the state party reorganized and back on track. Party activists who backed his run for chairman last year seem ready to support him again.

On the other hand, some Democrats have been some sniping at Porter because the party still lost a little ground in this year’s elections. While Democrats retained all their seats in the Georgia House and Senate, they were not able to win back any GOP-held seats.

Democrats were skunked in all of the races for statewide office, including high-profile campaigns for governor and U.S. Senator, and Democratic congressman John Barrow lost his seat in the 12th Congressional District.

Nevertheless, Porter says the party’s prospects look better today than they did a couple of years ago.

“Progress is incremental,” he said. “Sometimes it is a small step forward, sometimes it’s a giant leap. In different capacities, we have moved in both of these ways over the past year and a half. Now is not the time to start over from scratch.”

No opposing candidate has surfaced so far, but look for some biting exchanges in the coming months between Porter and his supporters and Mayor Kasim Reed’s faction.

Reed backed the candidate, former lawmaker Doug Stoner, who Porter defeated for the chairmanship last year. Reed has been critical of how the party handled this year’s campaigns, contending that not enough attention was devoted to turning out the party’s base of African American voters.

DeKalb city mapmaking

A five-person subcommittee has been appointed to try to draw maps that might be workable for the groups lobbying for the creation of three new cities in DeKalb County.

Rep. Amy Carter (R-Valdosta), who chairs the House Governmental Affairs Committee, appointed two DeKalb House members to the subcommittee: Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) and Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta).

Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) will chair the subcommittee, whose other members are Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) and Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming).

Three groups tried but failed last session to get legislative approval of maps for proposed municipalities of Lakeside, Briarcliff, and Tucker.

The Lakeside and Briarcliff groups have since consolidated under the banner of a city of LaVista Hills. There is still a push for new city of Tucker. Residents of the Druid Hills area also are exploring the possibility of being annexed into the City of Atlanta. But there is still no agreement on what the city boundaries should be.

“At the outset, I was very hopeful that the DeKalb cityhood proponents could come together and agree upon boundaries for the proposed cities,” Carter said. “Unfortunately, their efforts failed to result in one, unified map.”

Carter said the subcommittee will be expected to draw a map by Dec. 31, two weeks before the General Assembly session convenes.

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