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As a result, the candidates are coming! Democrats
who have announced for attorney general to oppose
incumbent Chris Carr, a Republican and Trump ally, include Charlie Bailey. He is a former prosecutor and the
2018 Democratic nominee, who garnered 49 percent of
the vote that year. Current state Sen. Jen Jordan, my
very well-respected legislative colleague, is certainly
a rising star in the Democratic Party with moderate
appeal and is also in this race.
Other Democratic legislative colleagues who have
launched their campaigns are Vinings Rep. Erick Allen,
a businessperson who owns a workforce performance
firm and Tyrone Rep. Derrick Jackson, a 22-year military veteran and corporate manager. Both are seeking
the office of lieutenant governor. Longtime Ellenwood
senator businessperson Emanuel Jones is also considering a candidacy.
Already having announced for labor commissioner is Sen. Lester Jackson, a dentist from Savannah.
He will be competing for the Democratic nomination
against Rep. William Boddie, an attorney out of East
Point. They look to be the Democratic nominee to
take on Republican Labor Commissioner Mark Butler,
whose office is facing much criticism over slow turn-
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around times for processing unemployment claims and
inadequate responses to consumer inquiries during the
Democratic Secretary of State candidates could
also include former state representative and businesswoman Dee Dawkins-Haigler and Athens attorney and
former U.S. Rep. John Barrow. Interestingly, the two
were candidates in 2018 when Barrow advanced all the
way to the general election runoff where current Secretary of State Raffensperger defeated him in an ever-soclose election.
And longtime educator and teacher’s union leader,
Verdallia Turner from Stone Mountain— the president
of the Georgia Federation of Teachers— is considering
offering herself for state school superintendent against
Republican incumbent Richard Woods.
As this is written, there are of course other Democrats that will be announcing. So this is a clear indication that your party has great possibilities when
you have so many great candidates considering their
options as well, without being recruited!
Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, is chair of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators
and was co-chair of the 2020 Georgia Biden for President campaign.
or the last four years, President Donald
Trump’s message was “Make America Great Again” and put “America
First.” That bold theme resonated with
people who hadn’t previously been involved in the political process. Since January I have been attending GOP events
as well as the April Fulton County GOP
convention, and the crowds are at an alltime high. The GOP tent is obviously growing, and the energy and passion is something
I have not seen in 25 years.
Georgia Republicans will not sit on the sidelines
and allow the destruction of our personal freedoms. We
will protect our First Amendment rights along with fighting big tech companies that want to censor our views and
push a very liberal agenda. We will continue to advocate
for smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation, real
infrastructure investment and an educated workforce.
When government implements these five principals and
then gets out of the way, the private sector will engage.
This will result in economic investment and job opportunities for all Georgians.
As we go into the 2022 elections, we will be in a fight
for the heart and soul of our state and nation. There will
be a stark contrast between Republicans and Democrats.
Republicans will be supporting law and order and safety
in our communities whereas all too many Democrats
will be fighting for defunding the police and supporting
no-cash bail, which is a revolving door letting criminals
back onto the streets. Look no further than Atlanta. The
Democrat mayor doesn’t even respect due process for
police involved in shooting incidents— whether the
officers are in the right or wrong. Georgians want to feel
safe in their neighborhoods and want control of zoning
in their communities.
On a national level, there is a stark contrast between the two parties. Republicans support a strong
policy that secures the border yet has a reasonable
legal avenue for people to come and assimilate into our
country. Most Democrats want open borders to
let illegal immigrants sneak into the United
States with little or no national security
or health checks— and no evaluation
as to whether they would be productive members of society. Republicans
support less government control of
healthcare and want a private payer
option that allows the patient to have
the ability to choose their physician.
The Democrats want a full-out government-controlled healthcare system that will
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