The City of Clarkston honored State Rep. Karla Drenner at its June 3 City Council meeting, presenting her with the city’s 2014 Legislator of the Year Award.
“One thing that stands out in Rep. Drenner’s service is when she has an issue that she cares about or when she tells you that she’s going to work on something and do something, she does it,” said Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry. “I think we have the best State Rep in the entire state. I can't speak to everything that Karla has done for Clarkston over the years. But I know that she spoke out against cell phone towers in Milam Park, she sponsored the legislation to change the form of government from Strong Mayor to City Manager form of government; and worked with the county to dredge the Milam Lake which cleaned up decades of filth. Overall, she has always been accessible and open minded about working with the City of Clarkston.”
The SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SEATOA) and the Georgia Municipal Association joined the City of Clarkston in honoring Drenner for her work at the state capitol. Both groups say Drenner has worked hard to support local control on municipal broadband policies.
“We wanted to be a part of this award presentation for Rep. Drenner because she has continued to fight for the rights of the people, striking down bills that prohibit cities from producing and building digital broadband networks,” said Catherine Fleming, on behalf of the Georgia Municipal Association. “We thank her for her defending our cities and their rights to broadband access.”
Drenner said the honor was a humbling, rewarding experience.
“I love the city of Clarkston because they really define what it means to be a small town with a big heart. With so many different cultures and languages here, the people of Clarkston always make me feel like family when I am here,” said Drenner.
State Rep. Drenner was sworn into office in 2001. Drenner is serving her seventh term in the Georgia General Assembly, representing the cities of Clarkston and Avondale Estates, as well as Scottdale and other communities in unincorporated DeKalb County.
In Clarkston, Drenner has hosted “Eggs and Issues” breakfast conversations with constituents who represent more than 50 countries; served on the Clarkston Community Center board; hosted cityhood meetings; and hosted voter registration drives.
Clarkston resident Winston Drayton says Drenner is deserving of the accolades.
“She is really here doing the work. Karla Drenner doesn’t just come around when she needs votes and I thank her for that,” said Drayton. “I thank her for continuing to encourage open dialogue in Clarkston and for being accessible.”
Resident Mary Hoyt agrees with Drayton.
“When Karla Drenner gets on something, she really sticks things out until the job is done. Karla is very open to dialogue, talks to people in the resettlement community regularly and is easily accessible,” said Holt.