A multi-colored crowd of about 900 people gathered at a Savannah church to pay their final respects to the city's first African-American mayor today. Floyd Adams, Jr. was remembered as a man who was quote "called to bring people together" and who reached across racial lines.
Many Georgians now in positions of power attended the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago today. Their memories are as diverse as they are. In Savannah, Mayor Edna Jackson sees a direct link between the march and what she now does as her daily job.
Savannah is marking historic anniversaries in the Civil Rights movement. This weekend will feature a symposium at Savannah High School and a mass meeting at First African Baptist Church. Then on the march on Washington's 50th anniversary next Wednesday, Savannah State University students will re-enact many of the day's historic events.
Cities and counties are renegotiating the terms of a tax that almost every Georgian pays. All but a handful of Georgia counties have a penny sales tax called LOST. It goes into city and county budgets to offset property taxes. But every ten years, cities and counties have to renegotiate how the taxes are split up based on new Census data.
The election of Edna Jackson as Savannah mayor signifies continuity with the outgoing administration. She had the support of current mayor Otis Johnson, who couldn't run for re-election because of term limits. She also had the support of the chamber of commerce, major unions and the city's daily newspaper.
Polls will open Tuesday in a run-off election to determine who will lead the port city. Attorney Jeff Felser and retired university administrator Edna Jackson are the candidates. Lacking specifics and running in a non-partisan race, the campaigns have focused largely on the candidates reputations as they responded to a tumutuous period in city politics.
Savannah residents will go to the polls on December 6th to determine which of two sitting City Council members will lead the coastal city for the next four years. GPB's Savannah reporter Orlando Montoya spoke with both candidates and presents their interviews in two posts. In both interviews, candidates Jeff Felser and Edna Jackson take questions for about 20 minutes.
Two members of Savannah City Council will duke it out in a run off next month to determine the city's next mayor. Six candidates were on the ballot Tuesday but none received a majority of votes. City voters put retired college administrator Edna Jackson first and attorney Jeff Felser second.
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.