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Candidates Discuss Possible Government Mergers, Community Forums


Athens mayoral candidate Richie Knight is urging local leaders to move the Economic Development Department. In a media release, the campaign states the department should merge with the Athens-Area Chamber of Commerce as part of an effort to enhance the capabilities of Athens-Clarke County’s economic development efforts.

Knight believes this move will make Athens more competitive.

He faces Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz and former long-commissioner Harry Sims in the battle to become the next mayor.

Chalis Montgomery, a Democratic candidate for the 10th district says she will focus on community candidate forums ahead of the May 22nd primary.

A release from her campaign states that due to the last-minute addition of a third qualified candidate in the Democratic primary, the Montgomery Campaign believes it best to move forward with other scheduled community events-some of which conflict with previously scheduled debate dates.

Montgomery and fellow District 10 Democratic Candidate Richard Winfield had been scheduled to take part in a debate this Saturday.

Tabitha Johnson-Green is also running for that seat. The registered nurse qualified as a democrat on March 6th.  Republicans running for the 10th include Republicans Joe Hunt, and Bradley Griffin. They are all trying to unseat incumbent Republican Representative Jody Hice.

ACC Government

Candidate Forums:

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10 a.m., Eatonton Forum, Eatonton Courthouse

Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Athens Community Agenda Candidate Forum, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Athens, Georgia

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m., The Democratic Candidates Meet and Greet, Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia

Proposed debate dates are:

Saturday, March 17

Thursday,  April 19

Saturday, April 28

Tuesday,  May 1

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