Political Notes – Ayers is out of the governor’s race

[private]Republican operative Nick Ayers will be promoted to chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, as initially reported by Maggie Haberman at the New York Times.

Ayers will replace Josh Pitcock as Pence’s top aide. The promotion is seen as a definitive indication that Ayers will take a pass on next year’s race for governor in Georgia, a prospect that he had been mulling in recent months.

Ayers got his political start as a staffer for Sonny Perdue in the 2002 governor’s race, then went to Washington when Perdue chaired the Republican Governors Association. His ties with the Perdue family include his marriage to one of Perdue’s cousins.

He has recently been involved in an independent Super PAC, America First Policies, that has run TV spots blasting Nevada Sen. Dean Heller for not supporting the Trumpcare bill that is pending before the Senate.

Weaver confirmed as Ga. Southwestern president

The Board of Regents voted Thursday to appoint Louisiana college administrator Neal Weaver as the next president of Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. Weaver’s appointment is effective July 15.

He is now the vice president for university advancement and innovation at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

“Neal is an experienced leader in advancement and external relations, including enrollment, recruitment, and fundraising,” said Regents Chairman Thomas Hopkins. “His skills will serve Georgia Southwestern and the University System well, building on the success of the institution and our partnership with the Americus community.”

Deal appointments

Gov. Nathan Deal has named Cobb County Police Chief Michael Register and Athens attorney Ed Tolley to the investigative panel of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, effective July 1. Register was appointed to a four-year term while Tolley will serve a two-year term.

Cagle committee appointments

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has appointed eight members of the Senate Information Technology Corridors in Georgia Study Committee. The panel will evaluate potential legislation that would enhance the state’s technology corridors.

The appointments include Sens. P.K. Martin, Mike Dugan, Bruce Thompson, Brandon Beach, and Harold Jones, along with University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley, Bert Brantley of the Department of Economic Development, and AT&T executive Kevin Curtin.

Municipal Court judges elect new leadership

The Council of Municipal Court Judges has elected new officers for 2017-2018: President Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, Municipal Court of Stone Mountain; President-Elect Judge Matthew McCord, Municipal Court of Stockbridge; Vice President Judge Dale “Bubba” Samuels, Municipal Courts of Franklin Springs and Monroe; Secretary Judge JaDawnya Butler, Municipal Court of Atlanta; and Treasurer Judge John “Clay” Davis, Municipal Court of Lovejoy.

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