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07 May 2016

Retiring House Democratic Caucus Chair Makes Picks in Fayette County Legislative Races

Georgia House Democratic Caucus Chairman Virgil Fludd surprised many when he decided not to seek re-election to the General Assembly after fourteen years in office.

Fludd's looming retirement has not curtailed his political activities though. The Fayette County Democrat started 2016 with a campaign war chest of approximately $51,000. As of 4 April 2016, Fludd reports spending nearly $34,000, and he still has $17,000 cash on hand.

Much of Rep. Fludd's campaign expenditures have gone to political candidates and special interest groups in Fayette County.

Fayette County Commissioner Charles Rousseau received $1,000 from Fludd. The Mayor of Fayetteville, Ed Johnson, received $300. The Fayette County Democratic Party as well as the Fayette County NAACP both received checks from Fludd too.

Two state Representative candidates, including one who hopes to take Fludd's place in the House, also benefited his generosity.

(Democrats Derrick Jackson [left] and Kelli Hooper [right] received financial support from retiring state Representative Virgil Fludd [center] ahead of their competitive state House races.)
Democrats Kelli Hooper and Derrick Jackson each got $400 from Rep. Fludd.

Hooper is running for state House in the 63rd district, while Jackson is running for the 64th district state House seat currently held by Fludd.

Both Hooper and Jackson are Fayette County residents competing in crowded primaries with no Republican opposition. The winner of the 24 May 2016 Democratic primary will almost be assured victory in November.