Political Notes – King abdicates director’s post at ACCG

[private]The Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), which represents all 159 of the state’s county governments, has abruptly changed its leadership.

Ross King, ACCG’s executive director for the past seven years, resigned from his position on Saturday and was replaced by an interim director, Dave Wills.

“Wills is well known and respected among Georgia’s county officials,” ACCG said in an email to county commissioners. “He joined ACCG in January 2009 as the association’s government relations manager, putting his experience as a county official to work helping counties with technical and professional assistance on a wide range of issues.”

Wills earlier served for 14 years on the Webster County Commission, including 12 years as chairman.

ACCG, which maintains an influential lobbying presence at the capitol, would say only that King resigned “to pursue other opportunities.” He was named executive director of the organization in 2010 when Jerry Griffin retired.

“I am fully committed to doing all that is within my power to ensure that ACCG places and keeps its focus on our core mission, serving the counties of Georgia, and by extension all of the men and women, elected and appointed, who have dedicated themselves to public service,” Wills said in a statement.

Georgia GOP still has substantial debt

The Georgia Republican Party, which is now under new leadership, still has a way to go before it digs itself out of a financial hole.

According to a disclosure report filed by the party with the Federal Election Commission, the state Republican Party still has debts totaling $705,445.

Much of that debt stems from a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Quiana Keith, an African-American employee of the party during the administration of Chairman John Padgett. Under John Watson, the new party chairman, a settlement was finally reached in that federal lawsuit.

The Republican Party still has some assets, according to the FEC filing: $111,424 cash on hand.

Abrams endorsed

The Georgia chapter of the progressive organization MoveOn.org has voted to endorse Stacey Abrams in the Democratic primary for governor.

MoveOn.org, which claims a membership of more than 125,000 in Georgia, lauded Abrams for her “career-long commitment to progressive causes, including Medicaid expansion, debt-free college, and criminal justice reforms.”

Abrams and Stacey Evans are competing for the Democratic nomination.

Executive appointment

Brian Robinson, Gov. Nathan Deal’s media spokesman during Deal’s first term as governor, has been appointed by Deal to the Board of Governors of the George L. Smith II World Congress Center Authority.

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