Within about an hour of each other, GAPol learned of the passing of Dawson Mathis, who represented southwest Georgia in the 80s, and Joan Garner who served on the Fulton County Commission since 2011.
Cong. Sanford Bishop announced the news of Mathis’ death in a statement, calling Mathis a “true friend and mentor”. No cause of death was listed. He was 76.
Garner battled breast cancer and Fulton County Commission chairman John Eaves said “We will miss her thoughtful service, her passion for equity, and, especially, her smile and her warmth.”