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    Rep. Miriam Paris

     

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    Miriam Lucas Paris (D-Macon)

    HD 142 (Bibb County)

     

    Paris hadn’t filed her 2013 disclosure of her personal finances, due six weeks earlier, when we talked last week. “I have not done it yet, but it will be done,” she said. “We’ve just been running a race, and it keeps slipping off the radar.”

    Her most recent personal disclosure, filed in 2012, omitted her membership on two non-profit boards — the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and NewTown Macon Inc.

    Paris has been assessed $625 in unpaid late filing fees by the state Campaign Finance Commission. However, $250 of those fees were for disclosures that appear to have been filed on time.

    Paris’ biggest financial backer has been Georgia’s WIN List, a political committee dedicated to electing Democratic women. One of her other top campaign donors, though, is a Republican: Rep. Allen Peake, whose restaurants and campaign have donated $8,450 to her campaigns. Other Republican donors include Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens ($500) and CNN pundit and conservative blogger Erick Erickson ($250), who served with Paris on the Macon City Council and helped run her 2007 campaign.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1959

    Political career

    • Elected 2006 to the Macon City Council, winning a five-candidate race in Ward IV.
    • Elected 69-31% in 2007 to an at-large post on the council, unseating incumbent Willette Hill-Chambliss. The council chose her almost immediately to serve as its president, a post she held until 2011.
    • Elected in 2011 to the state Senate, defeating Rep. David Lucas 56-44% in a runoff.
    • Lost to Lucas by 216 votes in a 2012 primary runoff.
    • Lost to Lucas again 62-38% in 2014.
    • Elected to the House in 2016 after winning the primary 54-46%.

    Senate committees

    • Economic Development (2011 – 2012)
    • Education and Youth (2011 – 2012)
    • Health and Human Services (2011 – 2012)
    • Veterans, Military and Homeland Security (2011 – 2012)

    Occupation

    • UNDISCLOSED: Real estate agent, Middle Georgia Partners LLC dba Keller Williams Realty.

    Ethics filings

    • Owes $750 in late fees, as of November 2016, for failing to file two disclosures of her personal finances.
    • The state ethics commission’s website says she owes $500 more for filing two campaign finance reports late.

    Tax issues

    • Property records show liens totaling $767 for unpaid property taxes and garbage collection fees have been imposed on her Macon home.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Investment interests

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • UNDISCLOSED: Personal residence in Macon valued at $42,000.

    Friends & family

    • Javors J. Lucas, her father, has served as an elected member of the Macon Water Authority Board since 1982. The city named its reservoir after him.
    • Bill Lucas, her brother, lost a 2008 race for Bibb County sheriff.

    Campaign contributions

    Paris has raised more than $261,000 in political donations since 2011. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2011 special election: $64,755
    • 2011-12: $113,153
    • 2013-14: $60,023
    • 2016: $23,618
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $3,887

    Top donors

    • $9,600 Sen. Steve Henson & other Democratic legislators
    • $9,400 Georgia’s WIN List
    • $7,450 Dr. Michael Wright, oral surgeon
    • $7,300 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $6,950 C&P Seafood Co. (Rep. Allen Peake is co-owner)
    • $5,550 David & G. Scott Thompson, Piedmont Construction Group
    • $5,500 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $5,000 Violet Poe, retired educator & Macon-Bibb Transit Authority board member
    • $4,500 Robert L. Schwartz, developer
    • $4,450 Patient First Network & affiliate, Macon, Ga., health care PPO
    • $4,300 R. Kirby Godsey, retired Mercer University president

    Campaign selfies

    •  Paris’s campaign has reimbursed her for $2,725 for expenses without specifying the end recipient of the money as required by state law.

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    •  None disclosed.

    Lobbyist freebies

    Lobbyists reported spending $932 on Paris in 2011 and 2012. The American Federation for Children also reported spending $4,800 in March 2012 on advertising to influence Paris. The money, far from being a gift, paid for robocalls criticizing her stance against allowing state government to approve local charters. Lobbyist spending, broken down by year:

    • 2011: $469
    • 2012: $568

    Committee days & travel

    When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per diem plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. Lawmakers who live within 50 miles of the Capitol pay income tax on these payments, which were originally intended to cover food and lodging for out-of-town members.

    • 2012: $5,654 (26 days)

    Updated Nov. 22, 2016

     

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