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Rob Simms to head NRCC – John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman – POLITICO

Coming off a big win on Election Day, the National Republican Congressional Committee — the campaign arm of House Republicans — will move its political director, Rob Simms, up to executive director.

“Rob was instrumental in helping us win this historic majority and now he’s going to lead our efforts to keep it and help Members build the best campaigns possible,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) said in a statement.

Prior to joining the NRCC, Simms was a senior consultant at Red Maverick Media. Before that, Simms was chief of staff to Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and president of Persuasion Public Strategies, a political consulting firm.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Chairman Greg Walden again and look forward to continuing to be a part of our outstanding team at the NRCC,” Simms said. “Chairman Walden and I want to build upon the improvements we made in 2014, and engineer a stronger committee and an even stronger majority.”

Simms served as Georgia’s deputy secretary of state from 2007-09, and has been involved in multiple congressional and gubernatorial campaigns.

via Rob Simms to head NRCC – John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman – POLITICO.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for December 3, 2014


On December 3, 1775, the Grand Union Flag, comprising the Union Jack with thirteen red-and-white stripes was raised for the first time by Lieutenant John Paul Jones over the USS Alfred, a colonial warship. The flag would be used by Continental forces thorugh 1776 and early 1777.

USS Alfred

On December 3, 1776, General George Washington wrote Congress that he had moved most of his army across the Delaware River from Trenton, New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

On December 3, 1864, Union forces under the command of Gen. William T. Sherman skirmished against Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry at Thomas’ Station in Burke County, Georgia.

In Memoriam, Guy Davis

Guy Davis, who ran as the Republican nominee for Governor in 1986 has died. Davis was a veteran of the United States Army before attending Georgia State. He served as a police officer and Homicide Detective with the Atlanta Police and an investigator with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. After law school at Emory, he became an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County. Congressman Jack Kingston said,

“Guy Davis was in many ways a trailblazer for our modern GOP party in Georgia,” said Congressman Jack Kingston. “As Young Republicans, Libby and I put out many signs for Guy back in 1986 when he stepped-up to challenge Governor Joe Frank Harris when others would not. He ran an honorable race; obtaining the vote of almost a third of the electorate, which was considered a success for Republicans in those early days.”

Visitation and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center at 85 Mount Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Visitation will take place in the Parlor on Friday, December 5, from 4-6:00 p.m. The Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, December 6, at 12:00 p.m. A private burial will follow the service at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899.

Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Last night, Nancy Jester won the runoff election for DeKalb County Commission District One with a victory margin of 3:1.

Jester, a former member of the DeKalb school board, received 3,954 votes, or about 76 percent of the votes cast, according to unofficial returns posted on the DeKalb Registration and Elections website. . Her opponent in the runoff, Holmes Pyles, received 1,259 votes, the website reported.

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for December 3, 2014

MOAS Puppies

These three Terrier mix puppies are currently in foster care but will be back at the shelter soon and are available for adoption from the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter in Danielsville, Ga.


Robert is a young male Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter in Danielsville, Ga.


Gus looks in the face like a Black Lab puppy, but he’s only about ten pounds and probably won’t get much bigger. Gus is available for adoption from the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter in Danielsville, Ga.



Local Businessman Jesse Johnson Announces Campaign for Georgia House of Representatives

This past weekend, Representative Mickey Channell announced he will be stepping down, causing a special election on January 6, 2015. Representative Channell has spent many years dedicated to his constituents, serving both in local government and in the state legislature.Continue Reading..


North DeKalb elects Jester to county commission |

Nancy Jester, a Republican who pledged to keep a sharp watch over taxpayer money, won a runoff election Tuesday to represent more than 140,000 North DeKalb County residents as their commissioner.

Jester replaces former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who resigned in disgrace in August and pleaded guilty to federal charges that she defrauded taxpayers of more than $93,000.

Jester, an actuarial consultant who previously served on the DeKalb school board, soundly defeated Holmes Pyles, an 86-year-old retired state government employee who had never before run for office.

She campaigned on promises to clean up DeKalb’s government and provide public access to county finances.

“We’re going to be very transparent,” Jester said. “It’s a new day for District 1. They’re going to get a new level of service and accessibility.”

via North DeKalb elects Jester to county commission |


Nancy Jester wins DeKalb County District 1 Commission seat | The Brookhaven Post

Voters in DeKalb County District 1 again went to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for new representation on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.

When the results came in, Nancy Jester, the former DeKalb County School Board member and Actuarial from Dunwoody, was the winner.

Jester received 3954 (75.85%) votes, while Pyles received 1259 (24.15%) votes.

After her win Jester said, “Thank you, District 1 of DeKalb County, GA. Let’s get to work!”

via Nancy Jester wins DeKalb County District 1 Commission seat | The Brookhaven Post.


Gary Gerrard Announces Candidacy for State House District 120

Greensboro – Today Conservative Republican Gary Gerrard announced his candidacy for State Representative in Georgia’s 120th State House District.
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Incorporation committee packed with experience – The Brunswick News: Local News

The three men at the forefront of Citizens for SSI, the group pushing to make St. Simons and Sea islands a city, have a wide-ranging background in the development, finance and management of large-scale projects and organizations.

Chuck Cansler, Cesar Rodrigues and Ivan Figueroa, all residents of St. Simons Island, are the ones behind incorporation of the two islands.

Right now, island incorporation is mostly just talk. Nothing official, at least that has been released to the public, has been submitted to the state.

But a second city in Glynn County continues to be the talk of the town, especially on St. Simons Island.

Committee spokesperson Ivan Figueroa is a newcomer to the island community.

Figueroa and his wife, Karen, built their home on the north end of St. Simons Island in 2012. He says the couple fell in love with the area after their daughter attended camp in 2004 on Jekyll Island. They began visiting frequently and when an opportunity to relocate surfaced, they acted immediately.

Figueroa grew up in Bolingbrook, Ill., and met his wife in high school. In 1999, they moved to metro Atlanta with their two daughters to be closer to family and quickly became involved in PTA and in other community volunteer efforts, he said.

“In 2005, I was approached by a group of citizens interested in the feasibility of forming a city in northeastern Fulton County,” he said. “I joined in their efforts and after the city of Johns Creek was formed, was elected to serve on the first city council.”

Additionally, Figueroa has served on the board of directors for Senior Services North Fulton, Performing Arts North, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra and the YMCA. In 2011, he was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to the state board of directors for the Workforce Development Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

He is currently a regional account manager with RDS, an auditing and administrative services specialty group for local government.

Shortly after establishing the family’s new home on St. Simons Island, Figueroa says he was approached by a group of residents who had come together to consider the formation of a city of St. Simons Island. He said given his background with Johns Creek and expertise with government finance, he readily volunteered his services.

via Incorporation committee packed with experience – The Brunswick News: Local News.


North DeKalb voters head to the polls for runoff election |

Voters from the northern arc of DeKalb County were casting ballots Tuesday to choose a county commissioner who can take on the region’s woes.

The winner of the runoff election would replace Elaine Boyer, who pleaded guilty to defrauding taxpayers of $93,000 and resigned.

Both of the candidates, Republican Nancy Jester and independent Holmes Pyles, say they would bring honesty and transparency to the DeKalb Commission.

North DeKalb voters head to the polls for runoff election photo

Independent candidate Holmes Pyles faces Republican Nancy Jester in Tuesday’s runoff for DeKalb County Commission.

Jester, a former DeKalb school board member, said she would be a watchdog over taxpayer money and give the public online access to government financial records.

via North DeKalb voters head to the polls for runoff election |


RGA picks Paul Bennecke for executive director slot – POLITICO

The Republican Governors Association has tapped a veteran committee insider, Georgia political hand Paul Bennecke, to serve as the group’s executive director under its newly elected chairman, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

The influential staff job is among the most coveted positions in Republican politics, placing the occupant in the captain’s chair at a committee that routinely raises and spends hundreds of millions of dollars from one election cycle to the next. Senior advisers to multiple GOP governors sought the post.

Bennecke has been a senior RGA strategist on and off for years, serving as the group’s political director from 2007 to 2010. Bennecke ran the committee’s outside spending in three states during the most recent election cycle: Massachusetts, Kansas and Georgia.

via RGA picks Paul Bennecke for executive director slot – POLITICO.