Monday, July 30, 2012
The outgoing Brookhaven state lawmaker says the proposed new city's financial success is 'highly questionable.'
Outgoing state Rep. Elena Parent is voting 'no' on the issue of Brookhaven incorporation. In an e-mail to her constituents this past weekend, Parent said "the financial success of the new city is highly questionable. There are no tax savings, and in fact there will be a tax increase, if the city is created." Parent also endorsed the transportation sales tax referendum, known as T-SPLOST. "Our region has underinvested in transportation infrastructure for decades, and it is an impediment to creating jobs and a threat to our quality of life," she said. Parent was drawn into the same House District as state Rep. Scott Holcomb as a result of census-driven, legislative redistricting. Parent declined to run for another term against Holcomb, and …
Friday, July 20, 2012
State Rep. Scott Holcomb has been named a 2012 Young Leader by the French-American Foundation.
State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, has been named a 2012 Young Leader by the French-American Foundation. He will be participating in the Foundation’s leadership conferences in 2012 and 2013. Young Leaders are selected by committees in France and the United States through a highly competitive process. Prominent alumni of the program include President Bill Clinton, current French President Jacques Hollande, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General Wesley Clark. Conferences are designed to foster an exchange of ideas and to deepen the political and cultural connections that cement U.S. and French political and business cooperation. Roundtable discussions cover issues in politics, economics, …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
State Rep. Scott Holcomb has raised more than $56,000 for his re-election campaign.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
State Rep. Scott Holcomb, the incumbent for State House District 81, has raised more than $56,000 for his re-election campaign, according to a press release. Holcomb filed his disclosure report on July 9. He has more than $51,000 cash on hand and he raised more than $12,000 during the last week of June, the press release stated. Holcomb is unopposed in the primary on July 31. Holcomb was elected in 2010 and was named a Deputy Whip as a freshman. He served on the Defense and Veterans Affairs, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Children and Youth committees. He is an experienced lawyer with more than a decade of experience. He began his career with the U.S. Army JAG Corps and deployed overseas three times. Following his military …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Reaction is coming in to today's historic Supreme Court ruling.
Here is some local reaction to Thursday's historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare: ***** State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-81, whose state House district includes portions of Brookhaven: "I think this case will be the defining moment for the Chief Justice and my sense is that he voted for the good of the Court, and the country, even though the decision was probably at odds with his personal views. I commend him for his courage. He did what we ask the Court to do - apply the law and respect the Constitution." ***** Sen. Fran Millar, R-40, whose state Senate district includes portions of Brookhaven: “This obviously surprised a lot of people, and it’s disappointing. If its true that most people in this country don’t believe people should …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The District 81 incumbent was recently honored by the Georgia Conservation Voters.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
State Rep. Scott Holcomb was recently presented the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award from Georgia Conservation Voters. Holcomb is the incumbent for state House District 81, which has been redrawn to include much of Brookhaven. The organization describes itself as "a non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life of all Georgians by making conservation issues a top priority with Georgia’s elected officials, political candidates and voters." “Holcomb never hesitated to fight for the protection of our health and quality of life, and the Georgia we all love is better off because of his leadership this year at the General Assembly,” said Rob Teilhet, executive director. “I am very proud to receive the …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Brookhaven, Chamblee and DeKalb County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Brookhaven Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. Brookhaven Incorporation: The hottest issue in the July 31 election. This vote has seemingly divided neighborhoods throughout the boundaries of what would become DeKalb County's largest city (pop: 50,000) if passed. No other media outlet is covering this issue as thoroughly as Brookhaven Patch. Chamblee Annexation: This could alter the future of Chamblee forever. If passed in November, Chamblee would add areas of Chamblee Tucker Road to I-85 and portion of the Clairmont Road corridor, …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The two lawmakers will announce their decision on Friday.
State Reps. Elena Parent and Scott Holcomb - two Democratic incumbents who have been reapportioned into the same district - will announce who is running for the District 81 seat on Friday, May 25, at noon. The lawmakers will hold a press conference at the state capitol, where candidate qualifying began on Wednesday and will continue through Friday. Both Parent and Holcomb have referred to each other as friends and colleagues, and are widely considered to be rising stars within the Georgia Democratic Party. During the most recent legislative redistricting process, Parent's and Holcomb's respective districts were combined, meaning they have to run against each other in order to make it to the Nov. 6 general primary. District 81 includes …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
State Rep. Elena Parent briefed her constituents this week on the recent General Assembly session.
State Rep. Elena Parent told her constituents on Tuesday night that she will continue working to educate voters on the merits of a possible Brookhaven cityhood that will be voted on later this summer. "It certainly seems like in this neighborhood, there is more sentiment against cityhood," Parent said, during a town hall meeting at Clairmont Baptist Church. "There have been several organizations formed that are in opposition to the idea." Parent, whose 84th district includes much of Brookhaven, voted against the Brookhaven cityhood bill this past legislative session. The bill was approved on the final day of the Georgia General Assembly. Also present at the meeting was state Rep. Scott Holcomb, who represents the neighboring 82nd district…