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Reps. Henson, Drenner introduce Winship city legislation

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Reps. Henson, Drenner introduce Winship city legislation

Drenner and Henson. From Facebook

Reps. Drenner and Henson. From Facebook

This story has been updated.

Georgia House Reps. Michele Henson and Karla Drenner released a joint statement Wednesday, heralding their introduction of legislation to allow a referendum to create the city of Winship.

In the emailed statement, Drenner said, “This legislation is the beginning of a dialogue. Rep. Henson and I are concerned about how the Atlanta annexation would affect our schools that are excluded from this plan. The children in the community are our main priority, and we hope this presents an alternative to ensuring that valuable resources in DeKalb County are not affected.”

The message continues:

Rep. Drenner and Rep. Henson want to ensure that any changes made to the community in DeKalb County put the needs of the students and their education first. 
“The purpose of this bill is to show that there are additional opportunities for DeKalb County. By creating the city of Winship, there is more local control and interaction with the local representatives,” said Rep. Henson. “This is only the start of the conversation, and we anticipate working closely with the members of the community and the city as we pursue this option.”

Tuesday, Decaturish reported HB 612 was in the system and Reps. Henson and Drenner were listed as sponsors. The bill calls for a special election in November by the election superintendent of DeKalb County.

Editor’s note: This story previously said the corporate boundaries of Winship will include DeKalb County districts 1, 2, and 3. Rep. Karla Drenner clarified the bill numbers have nothing to do with commission districts and said the city of Winship is a placeholder. We’ll update as we get more information.