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Georgia’s public safety chief is stepping down just weeks after an entire graduating class of state troopers was fired or resigned after being accused of cheating on an online exam.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough announced his resignation Thursday after Gov. Brian Kemp told the commissioner he wanted new leadership. McDonough said in late January that 30 troopers were fired after being accused of cheating on an online exam for the speed detection operator component of the school's curriculum.

Attorney A. Kamau Hull says he is officially launching his 2020 campaign for Athens-Clarke County Commission with an event at a black-owned business on the East Side.

Hull is running for the District 8 seat, currently held by Commissioner Andy Herod.

The Athens native says he is running to help “bridge the divide” between Athenians—particularly along generational, racial and class lines.

Jesse Houle to Run for Athens-Clarke County Commission

Feb 12, 2020

An Athens community activist and organizer is announcing his intention to run for local office.  Jesse Houle is running for the District 6 Commission seat, currently held by Commissioner Jerry NeSmith.

A media release sent out Wednesday states Houle’s campaign platform focuses on economic and racial justice, green energy and infrastructure, transforming public safety, affordable housing, and “looping in” District 6 so residents there enjoy the same services as in-town neighborhoods.

Dave Schechter / Atlanta Jewish Times

A third Republican state lawmaker has entered the race for a heavily conservative Georgia congressional seat, two weeks after Republican Rep. Doug Collins announced he's running for U.S. Senate. Collins said in January that he's challenging recently appointed GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a special election in November. That provides an opening for Republicans looking to take Collins' current seat representing Georgia’s heavily conservative 9th congressional district. Republican state Rep. Matt Gurtler of Tiger tweeted on Wednesday that he planned to run. State Sen.


On February, 21, the University of Georgia School of Law will host the 32nd annual Red Clay Conference starting at 9 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall. This year’s daylong conference is called “Overcoming Toxic Relationships,” since it will focus on toxic contaminants, which include coal ash disposal, brownfield redevelopment and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.