New Regent: Atlantan Sarah-Elizabeth Reed is a new member of the state Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, representing the 5th Congressional District. Reed, a graduate of Howard University Law School and wife of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, was appointed to the board by Gov. Nathan Deal. She will serve a seven-year term.
The 19-member Board of Regents oversees the University System of Georgia and includes one representative from each of the state’s 14 Congressional districts and five at-large members.
Reed is the daughter of the late Arthur Langford Jr., who was a state senator and a member of the Atlanta City Council.
Crowded Field: Voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which includes much of the North Metro Atlanta area, have no shortage of candidates to choose from in the April 18 special election.
A total of 18 candidates qualified for the race to fill the seat vacated by longtime Congressman Tom Price, who resigned to become Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump Administration.
Names of 11 Republicans, five Democrats and two Independents will appear on the ballot. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will qualify for a June 20 runoff – unless one candidate earns more than 50 percent of the votes, which is unlikely in a race with so many names on the ballot.
The candidate list includes some familiar names and some newcomers. Republican qualifiers are Amy Kremer, Bob Gray, Bruce LeVell, Dan Moody, David Abroms, Judson Hill, Karen Handel, Keith Grawert, Kurt Wilson, Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan and William Llop.
Democrats running are Jon Ossoff, Ragin Edwards, Rebecca Quigg, Richard Keatley and Ron Slotin. Independents are Alexander Hernandez and Andre Pollard.
State Senate Seat: Voters in Senate District 32 will elect a candidate in the April 18 special election to fill the term of Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), who resigned to run for Congress in the 6th District.
Eight candidates qualified for the race: Republicans Hamilton Beck, Matt Campbell, Roy Daniels, Kay Kirkpatrick and Gus Makris and Democrats Christine Triebsch, Exton Howard and Bob Wiskind.
A Water Win: Georgia has won a significant victory in the decades-long water war with Florida over water flowing from Lake Lanier through Alabama to the Apalachicola Bay.
Ralph Lancaster, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court, advised the court to reject Florida’s claim that a consumption cap, based on 1992 population levels, should be imposed on Georgia. His recommendation came after five weeks of testimony late last year.
“We are encouraged by this outcome, which puts us closer to finding a resolution to a decades-long dispute over the use and management of the waters of the [Apa-lachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint] basin,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a press release.
He said the state remains committed to its conservation efforts.
The Supreme Court will have the final say; it can accept or reject the special master’s findings. Additional lawsuits are possible as well.
Frum Moves To Armstrong State: UGA’s VP for public service and outreach, Jennifer Frum, will become interim president of Armstrong State University in Savannah July 1, when President Linda Bleicken retires.
Frum has spent more than 20 years at UGA and served as interim director of the Carl Vinson Institute.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley says Frum “will play a key role in the consolidation of Armstrong State and Georgia Southern University that will benefit students, faculty, staff, the community and region.” The consolidation of the two schools, to be known as Georgia Southern University, was announced earlier this year and was expected to take 18 months to complete.
Kemp Settles Suit: Secretary of State Brian Kemp agreed to stop the practice of automatically canceling voter registration applications that are not an exact match for Social Security and state drivers’ license records – settling a federal voter rights suit brought last fall by the Georgia NAACP, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda.
The groups said the practice, called “fail-match,” disproportionately affected minority voters and those whose names included accent marks or hyphenation, according to the Daily Report.
McIver Off Elections Board: Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver, who is charged in the shooting death of his wife, Diane, last fall, has resigned from the state Board of Elections. He was appointed to the board, which oversees election and voting issues, by the state Senate in 2005.