Graham, and family, steer ‘North Florida Way’

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 09:20 PM.

“Elena devastated the local shellfish industry, covered and killed a large portion of oysters with silt that churned in Apalachicola Bay from the waves of storm, destroyed reefs and left thousands of seafood workers unemployed,” Johnson said. “And what Elena missed… Kate finished.”

“Governor Graham and his administration stood resolute in their commitment to help this community rebound,” he said. “Unlike the chaos that gripped the state of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Gov. Graham was here for the people of Franklin County.”

The mayor also noted that in 1983, the Graham administration provided the city with economic assistance that helped renovate the Gibson Inn, and which once paid back, helped replenish the city’s revolving loan fund.”

On a personal note, Johnson said in 1979 Graham appointed his mother, the late Mrs. Azalee Johnson to the CETA District II Advisory Board, because of her interest in the employment needs of Franklin County in her capacity as president of the Franklin County Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.

‘This is in my heart’

 “Could I be a luckier daughter?” asked Gwen Graham, after hugging each of her parents, as she stepped up to the mic, and onto the Apalachicola stump, for one of her first public speeches here.

“This race is about everyone in the district,” she said, noting that she’s already put over 31,000 miles on her car crisscrossing the territory. “I’m sure there’s going to be tens of thousands more by Nov. 4.”

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