There is an editorial over at the AJC on elections for the GDOT board.
The General Assembly convenes Monday, and soon thereafter lawmakers in the various congressional districts will meet and vote in private to pick their respective DOT board members.
Granted, many Georgians don’t know or care who represents them on the DOT board. But they should. The DOT is one of the state’s largest and most important agencies, and its decisions on where to build a highway or whether to launch commuter rail service affect millions of Georgians.
Furthermore, the influential construction and development industries and their lobbying groups know exactly who the board members are, and in fact have a history of wining and dining them.
Historically, candidates for the board tend to be former lawmakers, well-connected businessmen, developers and assorted local politicos. Not surprisingly, given the money and power at stake, internal politicking for the job can be fierce.
However, the secretive balloting process is dictated not by law but by practice. Legislators in each congressional district could, if they choose, vote to cast their ballots in public, just as they cast any other vote. But they stubbornly refuse to do so.
At the end of the article there is a list of the members of the General Assembly from the 7th Congressional District and their phone numbers.
Interestingly enough Emory Morsberger, one of the developers pushing the “Brain Train,” has sent a letter to members of that delegation declaring his candidacy for their GDOT seat.
[UPDATE] I’ve been told that Morsberger has withdrawn his candidacy, but is backing another candidate.