On Sunday, August 14th, Bobby Anderson, who is the Democratic state committee representaive for Washington County, appeared on the Quentin T. Howell weekly public affairs show on 103.7, WVKX-FM.
The Washington County Democratic Committee meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of the second month of each quarter at 7:00 PM at the Washington Institute at 402 Evans Street in Sandersville, Georgia.
For more information about their next August meeting, please call (478) 232-7877.
The following is a look at the officers of the Washington County Democratic Committee:
Chair: Adam L. Adolphus, Sr.
1st Vice-Chair: Vivian Pierce
2nd Vice-Chair: Clayton Sheppard
Secretary: Gail Anderson
Treasurer: Susie Francis
Parliamentarian: Randy Hagans
State Committee Representative: Bobby Anderson
Anderson talked about how important it is to have the community involved in regard to the upcoming redistricting and reapportionment process which is now controlled by Georgia Republicans.
Anderson is also the program director at the Georgia Center For Resources & Support.
The Georgia Center for Resources and Support was started in 2001 by the Georgia Department of Human Resources and contracted to Families First and Bethany Christian Services. The purpose of the Center was to provide a centralized resource for adoptive parents to help them locate the help they needed to be successful in meeting the needs of their adopted children.
Region 7 of the Ga. Center for Resources and Support serves most of east central Georgia which include counties such as Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington, and Wilkes Counties
In addition to providing support for adoptive and foster families, the organization is a source of mentoring. Each county is assigned a mentor that is a seasoned foster parent volunteer who is available to provide support and direction for foster and adoptive parents, especially new foster parents and those in crisis.
Anderson and Howell both talked about how the Democratic Party has always been the ‘big tent’ party and will continue to be so, despite Republicans efforts to divide Democrats.
Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams contended that Republicans were trying to purge Georgia of white Democrats and these efforts will be opposed.
“When we begin a redistricting process in a fashion that isolates, polarizes and re-segregate, we do not send a signal to the rest of the United States that we are a progressive state,” Abrams told reporters after the proposed maps were released. “To say that my accusations were baseless was preposterous.”
State Rep. Mack Jackson, an African-American Democrat from Sandersville –a city which 60 miles northeast of Macon– is currently part of Georgia House District 142 which includes parts of Burke, Emanuel, Jefferson and Johnson counties along with all of his home county, Washington. However, under the GOP-proposed plan, his district would become House District 128. Washington County is still the largest population center of the district, but Burke and Emanuel counties would be gone from Jackson’s district. Additionally, majority African-American counties–Hancock and Warren–would be added along with the sparsely populated, but conservative Glascock County. Jackson will still represent the northwestern part of Johnson County and the southern part of the Jefferson County.
Jackson is also a member of the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment committee.
Sistie Hudson, a white progressive Democrat, is from Sparta in Hancock County. First elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives in 1996, Helen “Sistie” Hudson has a great deal of political experience under her belt. Prior to her legislative duties, Representative Hudson served on the Sparta City Council from 1982-1986 and served as the city’s mayor from 1986-1992. She has also served as a county commissioner for Hancock County from 1995-1996.
Hudson currently represents House District 124 which includes Glascock, Hancock, McDuffie, part of Putnam, Taliaferro, and Warren Counties.
However, Georgia Republicans proposed map would potentially pit Sparta’s Hudson and Sandersville’s Jackson. In essence, the proposed changes by Republicans drew Hudson out of her district and ‘packed’ Jackson’s district with more African-Americans.
Hudson’s newly proposed Georgia House District 120 would not include Hancock or McDuffie, but includes Putnam, Taliferro, Oglethorpe, all of Greene County and the western part of Wilkes County.
House District 120 would become a more conservative district which has a minority population of approximately 33 percent.