published Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Northwest Georgia group pitches congressional plan


by Andy Johns

ATLANTA — A Dalton man with a plan for a Northwest Georgia congressional district pitched his idea at the state Capitol today.

Ed Painter, with Northwest Georgia for the Northwest Georgians, reiterated his stance that 13 counties in Northwest Georgia need their own district, while speaking to the Georgia Senate Subcommittee on Reapportionment.

Political observers expect North Georgia to be the home of Georgia’s new 14th Congressional District and most believe it will be built around Gainesville and Hall County.

Painter’s plan suggests modifying U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ 9th District to include Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Gordon, Chattooga, Bartow, Floyd and Polk counties.

After Painter spoke, subcommittee Chairman Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, said the meeting was to focus purely on the state Senate districts and Painter’s statements went beyond that scope.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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chattyjill said...

Chairman Mitch Seabaugh should have been more appreciative that a citizen was addressing the elected body with ideas for better representation for the citizens of Northwest Georgia. After thanking Mr. Painter for his participation and ideas, Chairman Seabaugh could have made a helpful suggestion to whom Mr. Painter could more effectively deliver his proposal. Geesh, some of these old men think they were elected to thrones.

August 16, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Wilder said...

The plan might make sense if you had someone other than a clown for a congressman.

August 16, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.
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