Aug. 23 - Phelps on Politics - "And Then There Were Three"

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And Then There were Three

August 23, 2015 – Because local elections are SO important, and the decisions
we will all make in both the 2015 and 2016 local elections never more so, it’s been suggested that I share some thoughts – and some of the back stories – about our local political scene.  So here goes….

It’s been a turning-point this week with Savannah’s Eddie DeLoach’s official campaign launch for Mayor, joining Murray Silver in opposing Mayor Edna Jackson.  He gives the voting white community a much bigger reason to show up to the polls in November, which changes the dynamics in many races.

It's now two-on-one in any debate forums, criticizing her record and the City's unsolved and unresolved open issues, as well.

Surrounded by family, friends, and some heavy hitters with big checkbooks from the business community – O.C. Welch and Lowell Kronwitz - DeLoach committed to three primary, platform planks.

At the top was a commitment to fight crime and fully staffing the police dept. But, he also committed to focus on long range planning.  Many were happy to hear that one.  He also committed to fiscal responsibility.

DeLoach has told inquirers that Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott is supporting him, when asked about the level of support he felt he would have with black leaders. If true, that’s big news, but no ability yet to confirm.  Back in 2012, Scott campaigned on his belief that City and County governments should be merged into one structure – like the unified public school system. That's not something that Mayor Jackson is behind, publicly.

 Asked whether he will actively campaign on consolidation, as well, DeLoach - who is a former County Commissioner and lost to Scott in 2012 for County Commission Chairman - said Thursday that he’s “going to work for what the residents of the City want.”   Would love to see a poll on that question.

The most significant person standing with him in a bright red shirt in the 100 degree heat – across the street from Police Headquarters – was State. Rep. Ron Stephens (R), the most powerful member of our delegation. It’s a big development for Ron to commit this early in the race, saying to the current administration that he has to work with on a day-to day basis – and who come to him for many a favor – that he’s trying to unseat Mayor Edna Jackson.

Asked why he gave his endorsement so early, Stephens made clear that he’s concerned about the lack of progress in reducing crime.  “We’re one incident away from killing the goose that laid the golden eye – tourism,” he told me.  No arguing with his logic.

In other races, Brian Foster has raised boat loads of money in one just one week since announcing, we’re told, and will have the support of Bob James and other black leaders as he quickly puts together his campaign plan for the important Post 2 Alderman-at-Large open seat.  He was encouraged to run by outgoing Alderman Tom Bordeaux.

In other races, candidate Kim Dulek will hold her official launch party this coming Thursday, August. 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Johnny Harris Restaurant Banquet Hall on Victory Dr, challenging Alderman John Hall in District 3.  Atty. Tommy Branch has decided not to enter the race, after taking a hard look at a run, according to his supporters.  John Hall is out working hard to protect his seat.

Detrick Leggett, who is running strong in District 2 in his challenge to Mary Osborne, along with Bill Durrence, reports that there is significant confusion with voters about the new District 2 lines. Does the City need to do a mailing?  Let’s talk about that some.

The Savannah chapter of the NAACP announced today that they will hold a candidates event on Sunday, Sept. 27, at First Congregational Church at 4 p.m. to allow all candidates to explain their platforms. 

Another story this week – G. Lind Taylor is giving all the candidates a Master’s Class in how to use Social Media when running for office in this day and age.  Be sure to take a look at this Facebook page.  He kicked off a new approach last week, and is nailing it.

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      "Goose that laid the golden EYE? You're right, that is hard to argue with.

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