By Helene T. Carter
As we bear witness to the Presidential Inauguration, we also take note of our elected officials who were chosen to serve and protect the people’s interests on local and state levels. The New Year ushered in a crop of elected officials who share a common bond -- they are graduates of Paine College who serve in political offices throughout Georgia and the nation.
Attorney Michael L. Thurmond, a 1975 Paine alumnus, earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. On January 13, 2017, he took an oath to restore trust, transparency and vowed to eliminate corruption as the newly elected