Longtime Milledgeville area state Rep. Bobby Parham has resigned his seat in the Georgia House of Representatives to join the State Board of Transportation.
A special election will be held to find a new representative for House District 141, which Parham represented for some 35 years. Rusty Kidd has said he will seek Parham’s old seat, and The Milledgeville Union-Recorder reported that Kidd re-confirmed that decision Friday.
Parham joins a transportation board beset by problems. Officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation doesn’t have enough money to complete needed road projects, but Gov. Sonny Perdue and others at the Capitol see deeper problems at the department. They passed legislation this session that took away much of the board’s decision-making power, allowing the governor to appoint a planning director that will have a lot to say about what projects do, and don’t, get built.
Because of that, there was some question as to whether Parham would give up his seat and join the DOT board.
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“I hope I haven’t put the community into too many ups and downs wondering whether I was running or not,” Parham told The Union-Recorder. “But it’s good to keep politics on the mind because changes can come by quite quickly if you’re not watching.”