Thursday, May 14, 2009

Poythress Receives Athens Endorsements


Poythress Earns Endorsement of
125 Ministers from Savannah & Key Athens Area Leaders

General David Poythress, Democratic candidate for Governor, announced that he has received key endorsements from Savannah and Athens today.

In Savannah, General Poythress was endorsed by the 125 ministers who make up the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA).

“I am honored and humbled to have so many ministers and faith leaders from the area endorsing my campaign for Governor. Savannah is a priority for me, and I think the IMA agrees that experience and vision are exactly what we need to get Georgia back on track,” said Poythress.

The IMA joins Rev. Bennie Mitchell in supporting General Poythress’ run for Governor. Rev. Mitchell endorsed Poythress early in the year. “David has proven time and again that he knows how to lead. He’s a three-star General, a former Secretary of State and former Commissioner of Labor, so he knows how get things done in Atlanta," said Rev. Mitchell.

Joining Chairman Mitchell on the IMA PAC executive committee are Rev. James Nelson and Rev. Samuel Williams. Rev. Nelson has “great confidence in the General’s message and ability, once elected, to take action on the issues of most importance to all Georgians.”

In Athens, Poythress earned the endorsements of Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Doug Lowry and Clarke County Board of Education member Ovita Thornton.

“Athens and Clarke County are lucky to have Doug and Ovita serving them. Both have provided extraordinary, common sense leadership, and earning their support speaks to the strength of our campaign,” said Poythress.

Commissioner Lowry, who represents District 1 in Athens-Clarke County, said that “General Poythress’ positions on education, transportation and local control are best for our state. I believe that Georgians will agree with me and support his campaign because General Poythress is the right person to lead, at the right time.” Lowry is a small businessman, farmer and neighborhood leader.

“Most impressive to me about the General, beyond his executive talents, are his passion and vision for transforming public education. I am confident that he will truly be the ‘education governor’ of our time,” said Ovita Thornton. She currently serves on the Clarke County Board of Education and also works as the Electoral Reform Director for Democracy South, and chairs the Boggs Rural Life Enrichment Academy.