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Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver draws challenger in Democratic primary

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Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver draws challenger in Democratic primary

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Brian Westlake. Source: Facebook

Brian Westlake. Source: Facebook

Brian Westlake, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and social studies teacher who lives in Decatur, is challenging state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, for the House District 82 seat.

Westlake will face Oliver in the Democratic primary on May 24.

Westlake says Oliver voted in favor of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District legislation, which most Democratic lawmakers opposed. He said Oliver has “a long history of supporting constitutional changes that result in concentrating power in the office of the governor.”

“I do not believe that most Georgians want a top-down style of government that concentrates so much power in the hands of the well connected few, and Georgia deserves a legislature that is filled with representative citizens rather than career politicians,” Westlake said.

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver discussed proposed reforms to the cityhood process during a CClairmont Heights Civic Association meeting. Photo by: Dyana Bagby

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver discussed proposed reforms to the cityhood process during a CClairmont Heights Civic Association meeting. Photo by: Dyana Bagby

Oliver has been a member of the General Assembly for years. She served in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1992, the state Senate from 1993 to 1998, and returned to the House in 2002. She works as an attorney and has an office in downtown Decatur. She recently made national news for proposing an assault weapons ban in Georgia.

“I am happy to campaign for re-election on the issues people care about,” Oliver said. “This 2016 Session is heating up, and as I leave the Capitol daily, I visit with voters and continue to work for their interests.”

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