|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 031 Richard Guthman|
|Creator||Guthman, Richard, 1934-|
|Dates||2008 22 May|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Richard Guthman discusses his work on the Atlanta City Council and the major developments in the city since the 1970s. Guthman was elected to the council in 1973, representing District 8. Prior to this he chaired the Police Commission and the Fulton County Republican Party.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 031, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Richard Guthman was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Cornell for two years and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1956 with a degree in industrial engineering. He served in the U.S. Army. Guthman became interested in various civic organizations, including chairing the Police Committee. In 1966, as a Republican, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for a seat in Congress. Upon his narrow defeat, he was elected chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party. In 1973, he ran for a position on the Atlanta City Council, representing District Eight. On the city council, he maintained his platform as a fiscal conservative and social moderate, serving under Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson. He was chair of the Development Committee, and oversaw developments in MARTA, the Downtown Connector, and Highway 400. He served on the Atlanta City Council until 1988.
In this interview Guthman discusses his experience working on the Atlanta City Council beginning in 1973. He addresses his activities as chair of the Finance Committee and the Development Committee while working with Mayors Sam Massell, Maynard Jackson, and Andrew Young. Guthman’s discussion covers a wide range of developments in Atlanta, including the creation of MARTA, Highway 400, the growth of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the 1996 Summer Olympics, and a growing business community. He also remarks on race relations in Atlanta and its suburbs and the role of race in the political sphere. Finally, Guthman shares his political philosophy as a self-described fiscal conservative and social moderate, and discusses the changes in the party makeup of Georgia.