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Political Rewind: For local leaders, city governance is a laboratory of democracy – GPB News

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November 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Photos by Maksim Sundukov, Jud McCranie and Rennett Stowe (left to right)
Wednesday on Political Rewind: We spoke with a panel of mayors from across Georgia to learn more about each of their communities.
Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. of Augusta said cities are the frontlines of democratic governance, so it is important to have accountable leaders.
“The majority of our nation’s GDP happens in and around cities,” he said. “And so when you look at the things that are taking place, the Sandy Springs[es], the Tiftons, the Augustas, we quite frankly are the laboratories of democracy. What we are interested in is doing the most good for the most people and representing all of our cities and our residents.”
What are the key issues they are confronting as 2021 reaches its final weeks? And as federal COVID relief money begins to become available to municipal governments, what are their expectations for how that money will be used?
And with Congress’ passage of a long-debated infrastructure bill, what do local leaders need for roads, bridges and other projects?
Plus, we asked whether the angry partisan divide gripping this country is having an impact on their residents.
Mayor Julie Smith — Mayor of Tifton
Mayor Hardie Davis — Mayor of Augusta     
Mayor Rusty Paul — Mayor of Sandy Springs
Greg Bluestein — Politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sarah Kallis is a producer for Political Rewind
Sam Bermas-Dawes joined Georgia Public Broadcasting in September 2019. He is a producer on Political Rewind.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: The race for mayor of Atlanta is headed for a runoff. City Council president Felicia Moore secured her spot easily. But the second place spot, and a ticket to the runoffs, was still up for grabs as the sun rose on Wednesday morning.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: Stacey Abrams did not take the bait at a sold-out event in San Antonio, Texas, to declare her intentions to run for governor next year. Meanwhile, Brad Raffensperger took the first steps in a virtual tour to begin promoting his new book on how he fought the former president’s heated efforts to have Georgia’s election results overturned.
Monday on Political Rewind: Businesses across the state are trying to determine how to comply with President Joe Biden’s new vaccine order. It tells companies with more than 100 workers that they need to require vaccines. Meanwhile, faculty and students at more than a dozen Georgia public universities are planning a series of demonstrations protesting the lack of mask mandates.
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