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Attorney to chair committee
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Local attorney Clint Bearden was appointed last week to chair the Legislative Affairs Committee for Georgia’s 9th District Republican Party.


A native of Dawson County, Bearden said he is honored to serve on a committee that gives him the opportunity to pass along issues important to residents in the 9th District to “our Republican elected officials.”


“One thing that we’re blessed to have in Dawson County and North Georgia are representatives like Chip Pearson, Amos Amerson and David Ralston who are willing to listen to those needs and concerns and take the necessary steps to address them head-on,” Bearden said.


Bearden says the state’s water issue and ensuring the state remains vibrant through the economic decline are the top initiatives to be addressed in the next legislative session.


“Clearly, the needs and goals of the citizens living in North Georgia’s 9th District might be different on these issues from residents of metro-Atlanta, or South Georgia,” Bearden said. “So we want to make sure that our legislator’s know what the taxpayers in the 9th District would like to see accomplished and help support our local senators and representatives in making that happen.”


Clint Smith, chairman of the local Republican Party, said the appointment is a deserving result of Bearden’s dedication to the party, both locally and at the state level.


“He understands that education, communication and interaction between elected officials and the citizens is important to the legislative process,” said Smith, a former state representative.


Doug Grammer, the newly elected Ninth District GOP Chairman, said the district is fortunate “to have such outstanding and committed Republicans who are willing to volunteer their time in what will be an extremely important time for us.”


“Many of these committees are new, and I look forward to working with our folks and hearing their ideas,” Grammer said.


According to Smith, the committees will serve as good vehicles for grassroots GOP activists in north Georgia to be engaged in state government.


One of the strongest Republican districts in the country, Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Hall, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield counties make up Georgia GOP’s Ninth District.