Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Petrovs To Address CCRC

Valdis “Red” Petrovs, candidate for the open District 6 seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission, will address the Clarke County Republican Committee on Monday, 14 July. The meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will be held at CCRC Headquarters located at 455 North Milledge Avenue.

Petrovs has an impressive background in the business world, but is best known locally as vice-chairman of Partners for a Prosperous Athens and its subsequent OneAthens anti-poverty initiative.

Even so, from my perspective Petrovs has made some welcome noises concerning the continuing growth of the Unified Government’s budget and has exhibited some skepticism about government as the solution to every problem. That being the case, many in self-consciously progressive Athens will be only too happy to tar Petrovs with the Chamber of Commerce and/or Republican labels. In fact, some will regard his appearance at a GOP function, despite the fact that the election is nonpartisan and I am sure that Petrovs will also speak to local Democrats, as a reason to vote against him.

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