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Buckhead cityhood becomes governor race issue as Abrams and Perdue take sides

A map of the proposed Buckhead City as shown on the website of the Buckhead City Committee, an advocacy group.

By John Ruch

Buckhead cityhood this week became an issue in the Georgia governor race as two main contenders took opposing stances.

Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate for Georgia governor.

Democrat Stacey Abrams opposes cityhood, a campaign spokesperson tells SaportaReport. Meanwhile, Republican incumbent Brian Kemp has not commented and his GOP challenger, former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, declared support for a referendum on the notion.

“I trust the people of Buckhead,” Perdue was quoted as saying Dec. 8 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in support of a cityhood vote and the secession rationale. “I think the city of Atlanta has tremendous problems, just like every other Democrat-run city in the nation.”

Abrams, a former state representative who lost the 2018 gubernatorial race to Kemp, responded the same day to questions from SaportaReport.

“Stacey opposes dividing our city,” said campaign spokesperson Seth Bringman. “Just as she is running for governor to create One Georgia — in which all people regardless of ZIP code, background or access to power have the opportunity to thrive — she believes in a united Atlanta.”

David Perdue, a Republican candidate for Georgia governor.

Kemp’s position is unclear, though one of his floor leaders — meaning an advocate for the governor’s legislative agenda — is a co-sponsor of the cityhood legislation. “We are not in a position to comment on this pending legislative item,” a Governor’s Office spokesperson said last week.

The dueling stances of Abrams and Perdue intensify the partisan nature of cityhood combat. The movement for the neighborhood to secede from Atlanta has some grassroots community basis, as does some of its opposition. But the secession is also heavily partisan, in local support gauged by the pro-cityhood Buckhead City Committee’s own polling and its political backing from out-of-town Republicans and opposition from the Democratic Atlanta delegations. If cityhood legislation is successful, it would become a question on the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot — right alongside the governor’s race.

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3 Comments

  1. j smith December 9, 2021 3:03 pm

    It looks like other groups are already popping up: http://www.midtowncity.comReport

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  2. Veggielicious December 10, 2021 10:21 am

    If “No Show” Purdue is for Buckhead City-hood then It is wise to be against it.
    Purdue is a selfish, Trump Toady; as is Bill White, the disgraced New Yorker who is leading the Buckhead City movement.
    Purdue says he would not have voted to certify the presidential election had he been Govenor of GA. https://www.axios.com/david-perdue-georgia-2020-election-certification-56e54cd2-c0c1-41e8-a44e-f582335243da.html. Purdue obviously does not believe in democracy or the will of the people, but is running because he is a puppet for his lord and master Trump.
    Is it too far a leap to suggest that Trump may be behind the call for Buckhead City-hood??
    *Trump thrives off chaos and would love to see the city of Atlanta diminished because it rejected him.
    * Bill White, the leader of the Buckhead City-hood movement is a Trump close friend, appearing with Lin Wood at the “Stop the Steal Rally” in Georgia. Bill continues to travel to Mar-A-Lago and bend the knee, is a close friend of Marjorie Taylor Green and Tucker Carlson, and calls Donald Trump Junior a “Great Patriot.”
    *A diminished Atlanta would also diminish Georgia as a whole. Georgia rejected Trump, therefore Trump would have a vendetta for Georgia.

    Just my opinion. Back to my coffee.Report

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  3. Dana Blankenhorn December 10, 2021 11:46 am

    We should be going in the other direction, proposing a “greater Atlanta” that allows for planning and services across the whole area, both intown and suburb.

    The only reasons for Buckhead to become a city are race and class. Turn Atlanta back into the doughnut hole, filled with nothing but lower-income people who require services, without enough money to provide said services.

    We need to stop pretending otherwise. Stop acting like this is a serious proposal, as in policy that’s going to help people. It’s pure racial politics. Marvin Griffin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Griffin would love it.Report

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