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13 January 2015

Lies & Legislation: City of South Fulton Organizers Claim Senator Fort Supports Their Efforts

Organizers of the effort to create a new city in unincorporated south Fulton County are on the defensive again after claiming they brokered a deal with an elected official.

This time, Georgia state Senator Vincent Fort (D - Atlanta) took to Twitter to dispel rumors that he and city of South Fulton supporters had reached an agreement, and he would now be backing their bill.

"Haven't agreed to 'deal,'" Senator Fort posted on Twitter. "Some people saying I agreed to vote for S Fulton city. Not True."

On 9 January 2015, state Representative Ladawn Blackett Jones (D - Atlanta) posted on Facebook that she and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had come to a "fair middle ground to ensure you will get to vote to create a city."

Mayor Reed replied on Twitter, "This is not the case. No deal has been reached."

Three small groups of citizens --South Fulton United, South Fulton Now, and Go South Fuilton-- have been actively campaigning for s referendum to create a new city of South Fulton. According to media reports, the proposed city would be the fourth largest in Georgia, with an estimated population of close to 100,000 people.