The Democratic Party of Georgia is hosting its quadrennial state convention Aug. 9 in Dublin at the DuBose Porter Regional Business and Industry Center.
State Sen. Steve Henson, D-Tucker, and state Rep. Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, are the convention’s co-chairs.
“We’re bringing our convention to Georgia’s heartland,” former state Rep. DuBose Porter, of Dublin, who is chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said in a statement. “The selection of Laurens County to host this event should assure everyone that we will be working in all 159 counties.”
Porter said the convention will give Democrats “an opportunity to speak with a unified voice -- Republicans have ruined Georgia. They have wrecked education, job training, transportation, health care and our environment. We have a better plan for our state’s future.”
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The convention’s events include speeches from Democratic statewide candidates, including U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn and gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter. A barbecue lunch with live entertainment is on the convention agenda, along with conducting the official business of the party.
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Other co-chairs are Tharon Johnson, managing director at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP who served as a regional director for the 2012 Obama For America campaign; Veronica Maldonado, program director for the Georgia Mentor Protege Connection; and state Rep. Dewey McClain, president o the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO.
No song from Reichert
For the past few years, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert has usually sat in with the Rabbi & Friends band as part of Bragg Jam.
But Reichert said he’ll have to miss this year’s version since he’s already double-booked to present an award to former Macon Mayor David Carter and has a wedding to attend. (As far as we know, he’s not booked to sing at either).
The band, led by Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Larry Schlesinger, will play on. Band members are scheduled to perform at 5 p.m. at the Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St.
Writer Phillip Ramati compiled this report.