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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sister city delegation set

Several more Macon City Council members are planning to travel to France in December to visit Macon’s sister city and French namesake, Macon.

Initially, only City Councilwoman Nancy White expressed interest to The Telegraph, but now Council President Miriam Paris and council members Tom Ellington, Alveno Ross and Lauren Benedict have signed on to the trip.

The travelers are expected to buy their own plane tickets, and the French city will pick up hotel and transportation costs in country, so no significant public money from the local Macon will be spent on the trip, said Bruce Allen, the honorary consul to the principal of Liechtenstein and the trip’s local organizer.

The mayor’s office has said some small gifts probably will be purchased using city funds, though.

The other members of Macon’s delegation to Macon, which will spend about five days in France in December, are: Allen and his wife, Jennifer; Martha Clifton, a Macon assistant city attorney; Ross’ wife, Beatrice Warbington-Ross; morning radio show host and Telegraph columnist Kenny Burgamy; Steve Jukes, chairman of the Cherry Blossom Festival board of directors, and Leah Carswell.

LOCAL GOP LINES UP BEHIND WOOD

State Sen. Cecil Staton, state Rep. Allen Peake and several other local movers and shakers are backing a Middle Georgia horse in the 2010 race for state attorney general.

Both legislators, as well as local real estate heavyweight Roy Fickling, Board of Regents Chairman Robert Hatcher, Bibb County Commissioner Elmo Richardson, former Bibb County Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop and a couple dozen other local folks, will hold a fundraiser for former U.S. Attorney Max Wood on Tuesday at a home in Jackson Springs.

Wood, who left his post as Middle Georgia’s U.S. attorney earlier this year, is one of five people running for the state’s attorney general spot. He’s one of three Republicans seeking the post. Current Attorney General Thurbert Baker is running for governor.

Peake, who sent an e-mail to supporters this week announcing his endorsement and asking for support, said “having someone from Macon in this crucial position would be a huge plus for our community.

“Max’s experience, wisdom and integrity make him ready for this challenge,” Peake wrote in the e-mail.

CHANCE RECOGNITION

State Sen. Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, was recognized last month by the Metro Atlanta Chamber for helping “cultivate a stronger economic climate in Georgia,” according to a news release from the Georgia Senate’s press office. 

Chance, whose district stretches from metro Atlanta into north Middle Georgia, is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He carried a pair of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s tax break bills through the Senate this year, helping to change state code and make it easier for companies to qualify for breaks when they bring a lot of jobs into the state.

Those changes are credited with helping to convince ATM manufacturer NCR to move its headquarters to Georgia.

“(Chance’s) outstanding contributions have certainly promoted economic development in metro Atlanta and Georgia,” chamber Chairman Rick Smith said in the Senate press office’s news release.

This report was compiled by Telegraph staff writer Travis Fain.

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