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Former US Congressman Nathan Deal has been elected as the next Governor of Georgia. The final vote on November 2nd had Deal with 53 percent of the votes, Democrat Roy Barnes following at 43 percent and Libertarian John Monds at four percent.
Governor elect Deal served in the state Senate from 1981to 1992 and was first elected to Congress in 1992 as a Democrat. After only four months into his second term serving Georgia's 10th Congressional District, Deal switched his party affiliation and aligned himself with Republicans. He succeeds Governor Sonny Perdue.
Deal’s victory consolidates the state's political power in North Georgia for years to come. The governor-elect and the lieutenant governor are from Gainesville, and the House speaker is from Blue Ridge. All three are Republicans.
While addressing his supporters after election results on November 2nd midnight at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Buckhead, Deal said “Georgia has placed its faith in the Republican Party, and we are not going to let them down.”
"But tomorrow the work starts all over again," he continued. "It is a job that I have welcomed, that I have wanted, and I want to ensure I will put in my best effort. I will give you a full day’s work every day for the next four years. And we’re going to make you proud of what this state can be.”
In a demonstration of support and solidarity, the Indian-American community led by Republican Party activist and veteran fundraiser, Narender Reddy, organized a fund raising event for Deal during his election campaign.
Narender Reddy lauded Deal for his staunch support, as Congressman, to the US-India nuclear deal and assured him of the community’s support. Reddy called upon Deal to enhance the quality of education in the public schools in Georgia, once elected. As a Board member of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), Reddy also exhorted Deal to devise a long term-plan to ease traffic congestion in the Metro Atlanta area.
In his address at the fundraiser, Deal thanked the Indian-American community for its contributions in various sectors over the years for the growth of State of Georgia. He said, both he and his wife Sandra come from a family of educators, and it would be the primary goal of his administration to enhance the quality of education in public schools. Deal added that he recognizes that a city without a traffic gridlock would be the core ingredient for attracting new businesses to the Metro Atlanta and thus creating new jobs.