Chatham County Going Red

No, not communist, Republican. Details are here.

Chatham has almost nowhere to grow but westward. And what’s widely assumed about the 100,000 new residents expected there over the next two decades has some GOP leaders salivating.

Many believe the influx, likely to swell the county’s population by about 40 percent, will make it richer, whiter – and more Republican.

“All of that is going to happen,” said Otis Johnson, the Democratic mayor of Savannah, who expressed mixed feelings about the coming demographic shifts.

“They are going to change the face of Chatham County,” said state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah. “You’ll begin to see some impact as soon as 2008 and a major one by 2010.”