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Friday, May 25, 2012

Rep. Elena Parent won't seek re-election, will join Georgia Watch

State Rep. Elena Parent, D-Chamblee
The new political maps drawn by Georgia Republicans that just happen to pit Democrats against Democrats appear to be working splendidly.

State Rep. Elena Parent, D-Chamblee, announced today that she won't seek another team in the Georgia House of Representatives and will instead endorse state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta.

Parent and Holcomb's districts were combined during last summer's redrawing of the political maps. The two made the decision "amicably," according to a press release from the Georgia House Democrats:

“I wholeheartedly endorse Rep. [Scott] Holcomb for re-election in the new House District 81,” said Rep. Parent. “Scott is an attorney, a veteran, a father, and a friend. Scott is one of the most thoughtful, ethical, and bright people you will ever meet. Scott and I know there will be a time in the future when we can serve again, and we are proud to work as a team.” [...]

“This isn’t a decision I made lightly,” said Rep. Parent. “Serving as the Representative for District 81 has been an honor and the most fulfilling professional experience of my career. I will serve actively as your Representative through the end of my term in December, and have every intention of seeking elective office again at some time in the future. In the meantime, I am thrilled to be able to work full-time on the policy issues that I care about and that impact every single Georgian at Georgia Watch.”

Parent will move to Georgia Watch, a consumer advocacy group that works throughout Georgia and under the Gold Dome, where she will succeed Angela Speir Phelps as executive director. GW staff tells us Speir Phelps will focus on expanding the organization's consumer energy program.

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