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Ethics panel’s lone Democrat steps down
By JIM WALLS
Sept. 17, 2013 — Kent Alexander, the lone Democrat on the state ethics commission, has left that position.
Alexander was not immediately available for comment. His resignation letter to Gov. Nathan Deal gave no reason for his departure but notes that he plans to “focus on other professional and civic commitments.”
The letter was dated Aug. 28 but said his resignation would be effective Sept. 15.
Alexander was one of three commissioners appointed by the governor, at least one of whom must be from a different political party. The other two members are named by the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.
A former U.S. attorney and now general counsel at CARE, Alexander was appointed to the commission in 2009 by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. He resigned briefly in September 2010, after taking a job with a Chicago-based company, but returned in December that year. His four-year term would have expired next March.