Candidates across the state are heading to their local elections offices this week to qualify for municipal elections. Voting day is November 8th. But candidates have until Friday to get in their paperwork to make their runs official. In Savannah, the race for mayor has been slow to heat up. That might be because so many candidates are running.
In a pair of 5-4 votes, Savannah City Council members showed that they remain bitterly divided over who should become the city's next chief executive. The split has exposed racial tensions in the city. The votes also present no clear path forward for resolving a long-simmering issue.
Savannah officials are in Atlanta to lobby state lawmakers for coastal projects. But along with them is an ugly rift. Savannah City Council divided along racial lines in a vote to name two finalists for the city's chief executive job.
Confronting racial tensions within the Democratic Party is the only way the party has a chance in the state— says Michael Thurmond who lost his election bid for the US Senate last week. The out-going labor commissioner spoke candidly about the state party as the ground continues to shift beneath it.