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Educator and civil rights activist Mokah Jasmine Johnson formally kicked off her campaign for state House District 117 Saturday at the downtown bar Max Canada.
Other speakers at the event included Athens-Clarke County commissioners Mariah Parker (15:00) and Tim Denson (20:22), Athens PRIDE board member Cameron Harrelson (34:47), poet Marcel Mincey (42:43) and former state Rep. Deborah Gonzalez, who is running for district attorney this year (50:58).
Unless she has primary opposition, Johnson will face Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens) in November. District 117 includes mainly western Clarke County and northern Oconee County.
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Last January, former Reptar and Semicircle member Curt Castle released a stellar debut, If I'm Here at All, which found the Georgia musician putting a sure-footed electropop spin on his previous bands' exploratory indie rock.
A year later, he's finished a super cool stop-motion video for one of the record's standout tracks, the steady, sparkling "Aminoketone."
Here are top five best and worst things that happened in Athens government in 2019, courtesy of the Athens Politics Nerd.
This week, the Athens Politics Nerd looks into why the Athens-Clarke County Commission delayed a vote on a historic district for the west end of downtown; the "prosperity package" and Broderick Flanigan's idea to give savings bonds to African American babies that they could use to go to college, buy a house or start a business when they grow up; and National EMS' failure to respond to a 911 call from a local elementary school.
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Fronted by Rome transplant Cannon Rogers, Athens band CannonandtheBoxes makes melody-centered acoustic music designed to ignite and uplift. Centered on Rogers' velvety singing voice, the group follows in the folky footsteps of local faves Family and Friends on tracks like "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," released earlier this year.
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Athens-Clarke and Oconee County are neighbors, but they've been growing along two different paths ever since the University of Georgia was founded in the late 18th century. We take a look at their history, land area, population, economic growth and school systems to get a better idea of how much they differ.
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The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee hosted conversation with three U.S. Senate candidates—former 6th Congressional District candidate Jon Ossoff, former candidate for lieutenant governor Sarah Riggs Amico and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry—on Nov. 11 at the Cotton Press. (A fourth candidate, former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson, did not attend because of a scheduling conflict.) The winner of the May primary will face Republican Sen. David Perdue in November.
The Q&A sessions were moderated by state Reps. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) and Dar'shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia).
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Athens singer-songwriter Sarah Zúñiga specializes in the sort of earnest, heart-tugging folk-pop that's made for mid-afternoon drives and sunny poolside hangs. Last year, she released a debut EP, Someday Soon, and now she's back with a lighthearted new single and accompanying video, which we're happy to premiere today.
Athens power-pop-punk trio Hunger Anthem has been quiet on the release front since dropping 2015's Cut the Chord EP, a five-song slice of hook-laden rock that "bursts with urgency and is packed with jaw-droppingly great tunefulness," per Flagpole scribe Gordon Lamb.
After forming at UGA in the late 1990s, Je Suis France established a reputation as Athens' go-to indie-rock party band, releasing a self-titled 2000 LP and 2003's terrific Fantastic Area—as well as a stream of exploratory CD-Rs that showcased the group's mischievous side—before its members scattered to various corners of the continent.
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