Political Notes — Barnes endorses Evans in governor’s race

[private]Former governor Roy Barnes has given his endorsement in the governor’s race to another lawyer from Cobb County, state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna).

“Georgians aren’t laying up worrying about what Washington D.C. wants or some national party divide,” Barnes said. “They’re worried about how they’re going to pay for their kids’ and grandkids’ college. They’re worried about their healthcare premiums, and if their wages are enough to cover it all.”

“Stacey Evans gets that and that’s why I’m supporting her bid for governor,” Barnes said.

Evans is running for the Democratic nomination for governor against another lawyer-legislator, Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta).

Barnes was the last Democrat to be elected governor of Georgia in 1998. He lost subsequent races in 2002 and 2010.

He remains one of the most influential figures in Democratic Party politics, however.

Dickey named head of water metering project

Gov. Nathan Deal has named Marjie Dickey as the agriculture water project manager at the Environmental Protection Division (EPD), where she will manage the state’s water metering programs for farmers who use irrigation systems.

The OneGeorgia fund has also approved a $10.5 million grant to the EPD to help pay for the water metering program.

“This investment is a crucial one for our state as we continue to enhance efforts to manage and protect Georgia’s most valuable resources,” Deal said. “Marjie has proven herself a valuable asset to my administration and our state, and I am confident her background and expertise will serve the agricultural community and its stakeholders well.”

The EPD in December assumed oversight of the state’s agriculture irrigation metering program, which provides data for management of the state’s water resources and supports water conservation efforts.

Dickey is currently executive director of the REACH Georgia Foundation with the Georgia Student Finance Commission and formerly worked as an agriculture policy advisor to Deal. She is the daughter of state Rep. Robert Dickey (R-Musella).

Hice gets Democratic opposition

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice will have Democratic opposition next year when he runs for a third term. The Athens weekly Flagpole reports that Chalis Montgomery, a Barrow County music educator, will run as a Democrat in the 10th Congressional District.

Georgia is Number One

The Associated Press surveyed legislative races across the country and determined that Georgia is the national leader in the percentage of lawmakers who are elected without having to face partisan opposition.

David Lieb writes that “just 31 of the 180 state House districts featured both Republican and Democratic candidates, a nation-high uncontested rate of 83 percent. Republicans hold almost two-thirds of the seats in the Georgia House of Representatives.”

Coming in second place was Massachusetts, where “just 34 of the 160 state House districts had candidates from both major parties, an uncontested rate of 79 percent. There, Democrats hold four-fifths of the House seats.”

© 2017 by The Georgia Report

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