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Seay: Legislative Delegation will move county forward

State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale, center) said the Clayton County Legislative Delegation will become more involved in advocating the community's needs in the upcoming legislative session.

State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale, center) said the Clayton County Legislative Delegation will become more involved in advocating the community's needs in the upcoming legislative session.

— The Clayton County Legislative Delegation will do a better job of promoting the county’s needs in the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session, said State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) Thursday.

Over the last two years, the county’s delegation has been criticized by some municipal leaders for not putting forward requested local legislation. Some delegation members have, in turn, criticized county and municipal leaders of making decisions about what legislation should be drafted without consulting the delegation.

During a recent economic development public forum, some residents also said they saw the delegation as both a weakness and a threat to the county.

Seay said a better Clayton County Legislative Delegation will show up under “The Gold Dome” of the state Capitol in 2013.

“You’re going to see a delegation that is connected, moving forward, bringing Clayton County to the forefront,” Seay said. “We, as a delegation, have got to stop allowing folks to paint us the way we aren’t. We have to define ourselves and if we don’t do it nobody else will.”

The senators comments were in response to the large turnout of delegation members at an annual Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update Breakfast. Seven of the delegation’s nine members attended the breakfast, where legislators take questions from business leaders and talk about their plans for the upcoming legislative session.

That turnout was larger than the usual turnout for the breakfast. Chamber of Commerce President Yulonda Beauford said the event typically draws as many as five legislators, but it rarely gets the turnout seen Thursday. Last year, only four members of the delegation attended the breakfast.

“This is the largest turnout of the delegation that we’ve had in a number of years,” Beauford said. “We’re very excited to have so many of them here, ready to hear from the business community and ready to continue to work with us in the upcoming legislative session.”

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OscarKnight 1 year, 11 months ago

(("The Clayton County Legislative Delegation will do a better job of promoting the county’s needs in the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session, said State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) Thursday"))

...."NEEDS".....And what will these Clayton County Legislors offer in return to our State, except more than the same old lopsided hog wash ?

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OscarKnight 1 year, 11 months ago

......Many times I have been puzzled, as to why a successful person would want to run for a Legislative seat in this county; Could it be to make more friends ?........Raise the bar their social status ?.......Could it be the instant fame ?.......Promote their own private agendas or schemes ?.....Or is it, the vanity to having the citizens immortalized them, by creating jokes about their lopsided antics ?

.......I have a lot of heart felt kindness for our State Legislators in our county, so much, that I thought about taking up a collection to send them on a cruise to the Bermuda Triangle, on The Ship of Fools, but with the way our luck has been, I have this gut feeling that they would return.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 11 months ago

.....It never ceases to amaze me what our Clayton County Legislative Branch will do next, or what they don't do.....Mostly what they don't to represent our best interest. I'm disgusted and sad to watch such talent go to waste, underneath our State Capital's Gold Dome; They should have their own situation comedy television series : "Free Snacks At The Gold Dome".

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OscarKnight 1 year, 11 months ago

.....Maybe Clayton County should change it's name to "Detroit County".

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