Georgia Democrats convene in Dublin | Community Spirit
Hundreds of Democrats from around Georgia gathered in Dublin Saturday to attend their party's annual state convention.
The convention featured Democratic nominees for offices ranging from U.S. Senate and House of Representative to governor and state agriculture commissioner.
Outside the convention center, dozens of Michelle Nunn supporters chanted, "I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win," as they made their way to the gathering.
Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, meets Republican nominee David Perdue in the November election. Her supporters said they want change and that they are ready to oust Republicans. Nunn feels the same way.
"You can see that people feel a huge deal of enthusiasm and people are ready for change," Nunn said. "They're ready for someone who wants to bring a spirit of collaboration," says Nunn.
State Democratic Party chairman and Dublin native DuBose Porter said Democrats offer better opportunities for families and working Georgians than Republican opponents.
Porter said those opportunities are underscored on issues such as "education, on job training, on transportation, the things that matter, healthcare."
State Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is the Democratic nominee for governor. He took the podium to a rousing welcome from the crowd. Carter also stressed the importance of boosting educational funding.
"I think the first thing we have to do with our education budget is recognize that right now we're not, the state is not, doing its job," Carter said. "We have 9,000 fewer teachers, two-third of the school districts have cut instructional days and 91 of them have raised property taxes," says Carter.
Also stressing change, Nunn said Georgians who share her vision and want things done differently need to got to the polls on Nov. 4 and cast their ballots for Democrats.
"They need to vote for someone who's committed to actually getting things done," she said. "(Someone) who believes that there are good ideas on both sides of the isle and that recognizes that we need somebody who's not just about prosecuting the other side, but that's actually about problem solving and getting things done."
Carter also plans to work across party lines.
"The politics and the partisanship in the Governor's office has made it difficult. And if I'm the governor, you will see a very different atmosphere down there and democrats and republicans I believe are gonna be able to work together to solve our problems," Carter said.
Several Central Georgia Democrats attended the convention. They included Macon Bibb County Commissioner Larry Schlesinger, who gave the closing prayer, state Sen. David Lucas, former Macon City Councilman Henry Ficklin and Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue.