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22 August 2016

Republicans Leading Effort to Create New City of South Fulton

A pair of prominent Georgia Republicans are leading the campaign to create a new city called South Fulton in metro Atlanta.

Camilla Johnson Moore and Teri Sasseville, both veteran GOP activists, are advocating a “Yes” vote for cityhood this November.

State legislators authorized a referendum on creating a new city of South Fulton earlier this year. If approved by voters in the affected area, South Fulton would become Georgia’s newest municipality at the end of 2016. The first mayor and city council elections would be held in March, 2017.

Moore, a former Georgia GOP executive committee member, spent the spring organizing meetings and recruiting volunteers to help secure the cityhood referendum’s passage. Moore has also been a fixture at Fulton County Commission meetings, urging Commissioners to oppose any annexation that removes land from the proposed city’s boundaries.

Teri Sasseville, who was an alternate to the 2016 Republican National Convention, is currently peppering social media sites with posts supporting the proposed city of South Fulton. Before joining the South Fulton campaign, Sasseville was named the Georgia Social Media Director for the failed presidential bid of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas).

State Senator Vincent Fort isn’t surprised to see Republicans take an interest in South Fulton.

“The City of South Fulton is designed by Republicans to help further segregate the metropolitan Atlanta area,” Fort said in a telephone interview.

Demographics show that the proposed city of South Fulton would be different from other cities created around Atlanta in the past decade. Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, and Chattahoochee Hills all have majority white populations. South Fulton’s population is majority black.

Fort went on to accuse South Fulton cityhood advocates of using “Trumpian” tactics to scare voters into supporting the new city.

It’s been said, frequently at cityhood meetings organized and attended by Camilla Johnson Moore, that if residents do not create this new city of South Fulton, the Georgia General Assembly will divide their communities up among existing municipalities like College Park or East Point without public input.

Fort says no such proposal exists at the State Capitol.

“That’s a scare tactic without any basis in fact,” Fort said. “It’s really Trumpian. It’s as if they’re taking lessons from Donald Trump. It doesn’t have to be the least bit true, but it’s being promulgated by some people who should know better.”