The Savannah chapter of Georgia Equality, the states largest gay rights organization, has released its slate of endorsements for the July 20 primary.
Regina Thomas, State Senate District 2
Bernetta Bryant-Anderson, State House District 160
Lester Jackson and Mickey Stevens, State House District 161 (the organization is comfortable with either candidate because both are against a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage)
Tom Bordeaux, State House District 162
James Holmes, Chatham County Commission District 2
Kevin Clark, local Georgia Equality spokesman, explains there is no endorsement for the 12th Congressional District Democratic Primary because chapter bylaws dont allow the group to make endorsements at the federal level.
Clark says the groups picks this year are primarily based on the candidates position on the state gay marriage amendment.
We thought that this year that was the best thing we could do, Clark says. We didnt even send out a questionnaire like we usually do.
Early voting possible
While the primary is July 20, you can vote early by visiting the Chatham County Board of Elections on Broughton Street from Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16. Unlike with traditional absentee voting, you need not provide a reason why youre voting early.
Nonprofit grants to schools
The nonprofit Excellence Fund has awarded $20,000 to local schools as part of its mission to provide grassroots-level assistance for local educators.
Among the awards:
Beach Profiling, Marshpoint Elementary School, $1,998 -- For a survey technique used to measure the contour of a beach and analyzing sand and other data.
Horizons Summer Enrichment Program, Windsor Forest Elementary with Savannah Country Day School, $1,950 -- So 36 at-risk first and second grade students can attend an academic/social growth program taught by teachers and volunteers at/on Savannah Country Day School.
Photographing Geometry in Savannah's Historic Squares, Hubert Middle School, $1,784 -- So that middle school students can explore trails through historic Savannah sites to highlight the history and geometry of the squares.
Microscopic Madness, Bartlett Middle School, $1,975 -- So that students and science club members can adopt and monitor a local waterway (Harmon Canal).
FIRST Robotics/Engineering, Johnson High School, $2,000 -- So that 22 high school students can enter a NASA competition that requires building a robot, web page design, animation design, drafting competition.
Grab Bag Math, Butler Elementary School, $2,000 -- For books, calculators and supplies.
Savannah by the Numbers, Massie Heritage Interpretation Center, $1,912 -- Sony Mavica cameras, diskettes, film, clipboards.
Biotechnology Project, Johnson High School, $2,000 -- Seeds, soil, materials and supplies.
Chess in the Classroom, Isle of Hope Elementary, $2,000 -- Chessmaster program, chess clock and game packages.
12th District Congressional endorsements set
Four Democrats vie this Tuesday for the chance to take on incumbent Republican Max Burns as Savannahs congressman. Here are some key endorsements theyve received:
John Barrow: Max Cleland; Georgia Sierra Club; Chatham County Commissioners Harris ODell, Priscilla Thomas and Joe Murray Rivers; Savannah gay rights activist Kevin Clark
Tony Center: Ga. Rep. and civil rights legend John Lewis; Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 150 (Augusta); Rep. Charles Rangel (NY)
Caine Cortellino: African Americans on Message not Money
Doug Haines: Georgia Association of Educators; Savannah alderwoman Mary Osborne; Savannah Business League; State Sen. Ed Harbison (D-Columbus), chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus
New low-fare airline open
Independence Air will begin offering low-fare travel to and from Savannah on August 1. Flights to all destinations are currently available at Independence Airs website, FLYi.com, or by calling 1-800-FLY-FLYi. By September 1, Independence Air will serve 35 destinations from Washington, D.C., with a schedule of 300 daily departures, a spokesman says.
Bio: A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series.more