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Georgia Democrats Energized by Election Results

Originally Published Nov 9, 2011, 10:08pm (Updated Nov 10, 2011, 10:57pm)
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Georgia – With Tuesday’s election results nearly complete, Georgia Democrats are energized by the beginning of a Democratic resurgence and further confirmation that their “5% Solution” is winning crucial races.

“Our goal is to increase Democratic performance in key areas across the state,” said Chairman Mike Berlon of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “This election showed that we can do that, and that bodes well for our next statewide contest.”

Women had an especially impressive night, with first time female mayors taking office in Snellville (Kelly Kautz) and in Albany, competing in a runoff (B.J. Fletcher and Dorothy Hubbard). Savannah welcomes Carol Bell and Estella Shabazz as new aldermen, and Winterville welcomes new mayor Emily Eisenman.

“Increasing our performance by 5% creates the growth needed to regain our stature in state politics,” continued Berlon. “It results in wins, sure, but it also shows us where our future victories will come from.”

Other impressive victories include a win for John Hall over a Republican incumbent in the Savannah City Council race; Ed Johnson over a Republican incumbent for Fayetteville City Council, and rural Brantley County, which saw 5 Democrats elected in the town of Nahunta. In all, state Democrats retained seats, gained seats, or improved their numbers by over 5% in towns and communities throughout Georgia.

On the national level, Democrats demonstrated an impressive show of force as well. Ohio defeated an anti-union bill supported by the Republican governor, with Mississippi voting down the anti-woman ‘personhood’ amendment. In Maine, voters restored same-day voter registration, a Democrat-backed law that was under attack by the national Republican party.

“We have much to be thankful for,” concluded Berlon. “Our work is not done in Georgia, but it’s good to see our new strategies bearing fruit in this great state."


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Gary Cooper
Nov 10, 2011 9:23am [ 1 ]

You win some elections in Democratic areas and on an off-year election and you think it is the marking of a comeback? Only time will tell, but I don't buy it. And I noticed that you forgot to mention that in the same Ohio vote, the voters overwhelmingly voted to oppose the healthcare mandate from Obamacare. And you seem to not mention the embarrassing defeat Colorado Democrats had last week in regards to school taxes. And let's not forget what happened in LA and VA. The GOP ran roughshod over the Democrats in both states over the last month in statewide elections. I don't necessarily call these an "impressive show of force".

Bill Evelyn
Nov 10, 2011 10:06am [ 2 ]

We are all dumber having read this. The Mississippi Personhood Amendment went down because of the confusing language. In 2014 after adjustment it will pass. In Ohio Issue 2 went down because the AFL-CIO spent billions.

The only 5% the Democrats scored was 5% more stupidity.

concerned citizen
Nov 10, 2011 10:37am [ 3 ]

I am not sure who the Author, Eric Gray, is, but this was obviously written by a Democrat. Bill you are wrong. Readers are not dumber. Now we know a little bit more about the Dems point of view. It is a sneak peak at the rhetoric they will use in GA this election year.

Gary Cooper
Nov 10, 2011 11:01am [ 4 ]

Eric Gray is the paid mouthpiece for the GA Democratic Party, AKA the Communications Director. It's just funny that he loves to mention where Democrats did well and insinuate that the party had "an impressive show of force" on Tuesday when he obviously overlooks where the party got it's hind-end handed to them elsewhere. Oh and if the Ohio Governor and Legislature would have done what Wisconsin did and exempt police, fire, and emergency workers from the Senate 5 bill, then Issue 2 would have passed. Nearly 40% of GOP voters in Ohio voted against the measure because of that. Would have been nice having that 40% on your side.

Nov 14, 2011 12:50pm [ 5 ]

It is hard to believe that slightly more than half of the voters in Forsyth County voted for this tax. When revenue drops, when people make major purchases in other counties, when your job is gone because there are fewer sales, you can blame these voters.

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