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Democratic Party of Georgia Officer Elections!

On January 26, 2019 Democrats from all over the state will converge in Atlanta for the state party meeting, and new DPG officers will be elected. The DPG website has a listing of all offices and candidates for each.  Of interest to us here in Oconee are: Chair First Vice Chair Treasurer Vice Chair for […]

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A Message From Rep. Wallace (GA 119)

From Our Representative Jonathan Wallace: Last week, I was disappointed to see a federal court reject a request that Georgia switch to paper ballots for this November’s election. Given the known weaknesses of Georgia’s voting technology, I believe paper ballots would give us the most confidence that every vote will be counted. There are still steps we can […]

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A Message from the OCDC Chair

Hello everyone. I am sending you this message to thank you for allowing me to represent Oconee County this Saturday at the 2018 Georgia Democratic State Convention as your State Committee member. I’ve never been to a State Convention before so I am looking forward to learning more about how our politics work at the […]

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Primary Wrap-Up

Primary season officially ended at 7pm last night, and the Oconee Democrats would like to take a moment before we all dig into the General Election (November 6th!) to extend our thanks to all candidates for a great race.  Remember, it was only 2 short years ago when Congressman Hice ran unopposed, and we had […]

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Now, about 2018…

Didn’t we just do this election thing?  And win it?  Well, yes… but that was only the 2017 special election, one race per district to fill the seats vacated by former Representatives Quick and Williams.  There’s still the regular 2018 election, with a whole slate of state, district, county, and local elections, plus our representative in the […]

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District 119 Candidate Forum, question by question

The Oconee Candidates’ Forum on Monday October 9th was, let’s be honest, a marathon: two races, six candidates, just under two and a half hours.   Which is exciting in terms of civic engagement, but does make it hard to find the questions and answers you were looking for.  So, while the full video of the […]

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District 117 Candidate Forum, question by question

We posted the entire video of the 117 session, but the questions being asked and links to those specific moments are below: Houston Gaines’ opening statement Deborah Gonzalez’ opening statement “What do you think about charter schools?  Charter schools seem to be in a limbo between public and private.” “If the Presidential election were held […]

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Calendar for 2017 Elections

It’s that time of year, as the “days until” countdown above shows. The original schedule was adjusted slightly for the qualification deadline because of Hurricane Irma, but the critical dates are: Last Day to Qualify: Friday September 15 If you want to run for any of this year’s offices, you need you have your paperwork filed […]

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Interview with Deborah Gonzalez

This year, both of Oconee County’s two districts for the Georgia State House are up for special elections: both Rep. Regina Quick and Rep. Chuck Williams (both Republicans) have accepted other positions, as a federal judge and as head of the state Forestry Commission respectively. Athens attorney Deborah Gonzalez is running in the 2017 special election […]

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How Medicaid Cuts Affect Us Here

It seemed a simple question: how would the Republican healthcare bills’ proposed cuts to Medicaid affect us here around Athens, GA?  And how would the various proposed amendments affect us? It’s been a moving target, and the most recent Senate vote was literally to try to pass an almost unknown and unevaluated bill… but in short, […]

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