Head consultant leaves referendum campaign

By Ariel Hart The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The top political consultant hired to strategize the…

Georgia (Aug 9, 2011) — By Ariel Hart


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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The top political consultant hired to strategize the push for a 2012 transportation sales tax referendum has left the campaign. 

The loss of a key strategist is “always a thing you have to recover from,” said Kerwin Swint, political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “It doesn’t have to be fatal, but it’s something they’re going to have to work around and rebuild.”

In the referendum next year, Atlantans in a 10-county area will vote on a list of transportation projects being drawn up now by a "roundtable" of local elected officials, and on a 1 percent sales tax to fund the projects.  Advocates call approval of the plan critical to assuring that congestion does not choke the region's growth.

The referendum already faced an uphill climb to unite urban, suburban and exurban counties that have never voted as one group, and large numbers of voters with opposing views on mass transit and highways. … … 


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