Political Notes — Dems finally have a candidate for lt. governor in Amico

[private]Georgia Democrats actually have an official candidate for lieutenant governor, as transportation executive Sarah Riggs Amico announced she will run for the state’s second-highest office.

“Assuming a position of leadership is a position of responsibility, and there’s no time for excuses,” Amico said in a statement released Thursday. “I’ll be a lieutenant governor that will deliver results and work with other people from a variety of viewpoints to get things done for Georgia’s families.”

Amico lives in Cobb County, a longtime Republican Party stronghold that has been turning more Democratic in recent elections (the county went for Hillary Clinton in 2016).

She is the executive chairman of Jack Cooper Holdings, a carhaul company purchased by her family in 2008 and run by her father, Michael Riggs.

“When other executives were cutting back on health care benefits, we went the other direction and said we’re going to pay for all of it. Not just for our employees but for their spouses, their family,” Amico said. “Guided by my faith, when Jack Cooper was struggling after the recession, my family and I put our own money back into the company to save jobs.”

Amico so far is the only Democrat to qualify for the race. State Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth) and former legislators Rick Jeffares and Geoff Duncan are running in the Republican primary.

New career academies

The board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has approved grants totaling $9 million to establish new “College and Career Academies” in Greene County, Paulding County and Marietta.

Each of the three academies will receive $3 million, which will be matched with local funding to support startup costs, construction, and initial staffing.

Athens Technical College will team with Greene County to establish the Greene County College and Career Academy in Greensboro. Chattahoochee Technical College will collaborate with local partners to establish both the Marietta High School College and Career Academy in Marietta and the Paulding County College and Career Academy in Dallas.

GEFA elects officers

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors elected White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner as board chairman and George McIntosh, a builder and developer, as vice chairman effective Jan. 1.

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