Janaury 18, 2006
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue makes a stop in the Garden City to get out his legislative agenda. But the governor’s stepping into a heated political climate, with the Augusta commission divided on many issues. News 12 has more on the visit.
The political climate in Augusta has reached the governor’s desk. But he’s sticking with a message of better education during stops across Georgia.
With a rousing introduction from Representative Charlie Norwood, Governor Perdue took on the friendly crowd of supporters. In the front row alone were two mayors, a commission chairman and a member of congress. He’s laying out his budget and legislative agenda.
“Our three priorities are pretty simple. They’re education, education, education,” Perdue said. “It’s sure a whole lot easier to teach 23 students than 27, 25 rather than 29. The absolute max is going to be 28,” Perdue said.
For Deke Copenhaver, it’s his first face-to-face meeting with the governor since he was elected Augusta’s mayor. And a topic of discussion, proposed changes to Augusta government to avoid endless meetings and fruitless votes.
“My stance on that is ultimately the people need to decide the issue and if we can come to resolution, let’s ask the people,” said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
“The great thing about local politics is it’s local. The citizens usually know what they want. I trust in that their representatives will listen to them. I’m aware of the change proposed. But as Governor of Georgia, that’s a local issue and I don’t have to get involved in every local issue,” Governor Perdue said.
Governor Perdue clearly trying to stay far away from that issue.
After his town hall meeting at Enterprise Mill, Perdue hopped on a plane to Savannah to continue spreading his message.