Political Notes — Black lawmakers endorse Evans; Abrams calls for removal of Stone Mountain carving

[private]State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna), one of two Staceys running for the Democratic nomination for governor, released the names of 14 current or former legislators who are endorsing her, including several black lawmakers.

The endorsements from black legislators are noteworthy in a contentious primary between a white candidate (Evans) and a black candidate (Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta).

“I’m honored to have the support of my legislative friends and colleagues,” Evans said in a statement. “The work we’ve done together for Georgia families is what binds us together and this is exactly how we build the coalition representative of Georgia Democrats that will prepare us for a win in November.”

The Evans endorsers include these black legislators (current or former): Virgil Fludd, Erica Thomas, Roger Bruce, Earnest “Coach” Williams, Keisha Waites, LaDawn Blackett Jones, Ronnie Mabra, Shelia Jones, Dar’Shun Kendrick, Michael Rhett, and Michael Smith.

“Stacey is a fighter and a friend.” Bruce saud. “The Republicans know this and they know this campaign for governor is going to be a hard fought battle.

Other endorsements of Evans came from state Sen. Elena Parent and state Reps. David Dreyer and Spencer Frye.

Abrams, following up on the racial turmoil in Charlottesville, Va. that has been dominating the news, blasted out a series of tweets Tuesday that urged the removal of the Confederate memorial carving from the side of Stone Mountain, a state-owned park.

Abrams said:

“The removal of the bas relief of Confederates from Stone Mountain has been a constant debate since the state bought the property in 1958.”

“Paid for by founders of the 2nd KKK, the monument had no purpose other than celebration of racism, terror & division when carved in 1915.”

“We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the union.”

“Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that terrible history, not in places of honor across our state.”

HON expands in Polk County

The HON Company, which manufactures office furniture, said Tuesday it will spend $14.5 million to expand its current facility in Polk County.

HON currently employs 680 people at its Cedartown facility, which has been in operation since 1969, and said the expansion may create up to 60 additional jobs.

“The HON-Cedartown team is eager for the opportunity to grow the business, hire the best talent and continue to positively impact the region,” said Brad Hufford, plant manager in Cedartown.

Rest in peace

Peyton Samuel Hawes Jr., an attorney who was a House member from Fulton County and then a member of the State Transportation Board, died July 19 in Elberton from cancer at the age of 80.

Hawes worked for the Georgia Attorney General’s office from 1963 to 1966, handling many civil rights issues, before going into private practice in 1966. He was an at-large legislator from Fulton County in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was one of the founders of the Urban Caucus.

He left the legislature in 1974 and represented the 5th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board before exiting public office in 1980.

Hawes’ father, also named Peyton Hawes, was a state legislator from Elbert County, the state revenue commissioner under Gov. Lester Maddox, and a member of the Georgia Supreme Court.

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