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The Importance of Governor-Elect Brian Kemp’s Transition Team

Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint joined WABE's Jim Burress to discuss Governor-Elect Brian Kemp's transition team.
Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint joined WABE's Jim Burress to discuss Governor-Elect Brian Kemp's transition team.
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Governor-Elect Brian Kemp has been quietly preparing to take over the state’s top job since claiming victory over Democrat Stacey Abrams last month.  But he’s not going about those preparations alone.  As governors have before him, Kemp is relying on the experience and guidance of a transition team.

“These hard working Georgians reflect the diversity, grit and values that make our state so great,” Kemp said at the announcement of his transition team, which he’s labeled the “Georgians First Committee.”

When WABE asked to interview a member of that team, we were referred to the Governor-elect’s press office. That office has yet to respond to this, and many other, requests.  .

Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint is familiar with the transition process, and when he spoke to WABE’s Jim Burress for Wednesday’s “5:44“, Swint began by outlining what a transition team does.