For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 Contact: Reese McCranie Director of Policy and Communications (404) 886-2334 Andrew Gobeil Deputy Director of Policy and Communications (404) 227-2884 Hartsfield-Jackson to Unveil 102 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations EV chargers mark ATL’s latest push to become one of the greenest airports in the world ATLANTA – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) leaders will officially unveil 102 electric vehicle charging stations Thursday, Jan. 12. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who directed the Airport to install at least 100 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2016, will join Airport representatives, sustainability leaders and Georgia Power executives at the unveiling. The installation of these charging stations is the most recent effort by the City of Atlanta and the Airport to turn ATL into one of the greenest airports in the world. The EV charging stations are located at the following parking locations: North and South Domestic Terminal daily lots, South Employee lot, the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal Hourly deck, the International Park-Ride deck, the ATL Technical Support Campus and Maintenance Building No. 1. Additional information on the various sustainability efforts at ATL will be provided at Thursday’s press conference. WHO: Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta Roosevelt Council, Jr., General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Stephanie Benfield, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission Paul Bowers, Georgia Power Don Francis, Clean Cities-Georgia WHAT: Press conference unveiling electric vehicle charging stations WHEN:
Photo: Henry P. Taylor
Photo: Henry P. Taylor

Georgia Senate: Echols backs Loeffler’s campaign

Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols endorsed Kelly Loeffler’s bid for U.S. Senate, choosing the former financial executive over fellow Republican Doug Collins in the heated November special election for the seat. 

Echols called Loeffler a “political outsider and conservative businesswoman” who offers Republicans the “complete package” as she campaigns to fill out the remaining two years on retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term.

"There is no substitute for a strong female voice in championing life, waging war against human traffickers, promoting family values, and modeling financial generosity,” he said.

He’s among a handful of statewide officials who have backed Loeffler’s campaign, a group that includes Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Attorney General Chris Carr and Insurance Commissioner John King.

All have close ties with Gov. Brian Kemp, who appointed Loeffler to the seat last year and has urged his political network to rally behind the political newcomer.

She’s facing a robust challenge in the wild race from Collins, a four-term U.S. congressman who has accused her of profiting from the pandemic through a series of stock transactions as the coronavirus outbreak worsened. 

He’s picked up a series of prominent supporters, including U.S. Rep. Drew Fergusonformer U.S. Rep. Karen Handel and Bubba McDonald, another public service commissioner. 

Two recent Republican polls paint sharply different scenarios. One pegs Collins to a wide lead over Loeffler in the November race, while the other shows a deadlocked contest between the two Republicans and their closest Democratic rival. No recently available public polling can confirm either result. 

Among the Democrats in the 21-candidate field are businessman Matt Lieberman, former prosecutor Ed Tarver and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is backed by Stacey Abrams and the political arm of Senate Democrats. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.