It would appear two inches of snow can cripple traffic in metro Atlanta. It can force people to abandon their cars and start walking. It waylays children and teachers at schools and keeps workers shut in at the state Capitol. And it can cause even the mightiest of Governors to admit maybe the state wasn’t prepared. But can it turn elections?
Georgia Democrats are energized ahead of the 2014 elections. They have two high-profile candidates in statewide races--state Senator Jason Carter running for governor and Michelle Nunn running for U-S Senate. Members of the state’s minority party also say they have a third person generating enthusiasm and interest- Georgia Democratic party Chairman DuBose Porter. The Democrats’ 2014 campaign kickoff last month had the air of a tent revival. People came out to see Carter and Nunn. But they were also drawn to Porter, a former state legislator from Dublin who took over the party this summer.
Dubose Porter, the new leader of Georgia Democrats, exhorted the party faithful to “get ready” at a 2014 campaign kickoff luncheon Wednesday. Indeed, he even recited some of the words of the famous R&B tune. But get ready for what? A dress rehearsal for 2018? Or actually winning of the state’s highest profile elected offices?
The Democratic Party of Georgia is starting a new chapter with Saturday’s election of DuBose Porter as its chair. Young Democrats from rural areas are especially pleased the new leader hails from outside of Atlanta.
The Democratic Party of Georgia released the names Thursday of the four candidates who have qualified to run for the position of party chair. The candidates are R. J. Hadley, who is the organization’s current Vice Chair, as well as Dubose Porter, Doug Stoner and Mary Squires, who have all served in the Georgia General Assembly.