Our statement on Tuesday’s results

The Houston County Democratic Party thanks all who voted in the May 20, 2014 primary election. Our democratic republic would not work without those who are willing to make their voices heard, and our party seeks to empower the democratic process for all U.S. citizens. Thank you, first and foremost, for your confidence in our party’s goals.

Second, we thank all qualifying candidates who participated in the primary on the Democratic ballot in Houston County. No matter what offices you aspired toward in your candidacy, no matter how you fared in our party’s primary, each of you articulated your visions for what Georgia can become for its citizens. Thank you for your hard work in the past several months and we wish all of you the best in your endeavors.

Third, we would like to thank all the Democratic Party activists who worked to make this primary election a success, both in Houston County and throughout Georgia. You play a vital role in our party’s ability to function, and we are more empowered by your presences. Please continue to lend your valuable talents to our cause, and you will be among the millions of Middle Georgians who will gain from the fruits of a functioning, inclusive and progressive government at all levels.

We will now announce our party’s nomination of candidates for office at both statewide and county levels, as well as voters’ responses to ballot questions, as tabulated by ClarityElections.com and endorsed by the Houston County Board of Elections.

STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

  • GOVERNOR: State Sen. Jason Carter
  • LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: Connie Stokes
  • U.S. SENATE: M. Michelle Nunn
  • LABOR COMMISSIONER: Robin Shipp
  • ATTORNEY GENERAL: Greg Hecht
  • AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: Chris Irvin
  • SECRETARY OF STATE: Doreen Carter
  • Public Service Commission, District 4 – Northern: Daniel A. Blackman
  • STATE SENATE DISTRICT 20 (covering most of Houston and all of Pulaski, Bleckley and Laurens): Sheikh M. “Chad” Rahman
  • STATE SENATE DISTRICT 26 (covering Northeast Houston County): David Lucas
  • STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 144 (covering): Joyce E. Denson

STATEWIDE QUESTIONS

All four statewide questions have been endorsed resoundingly by voters on the Democratic ballot:

  • Should Georgia raise the state minimum wage above the current $5.15 an hour?
    Yes: 295,774, 94.5%
    No: 17,077, 5.5%
    155 of 159 counties reporting
  • Should Georgians’ federal tax dollars be returned to Georgia to fund Medicaid expansion and relieve the indigent care burden on our hospitals
    Yes: 267,884, 87.6%
    No: 37,764, 12.4%
    155 of 159 counties reporting
  • Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to create an independent ethics commission, not tied to the Governor’s office, legislature, or other elected office, to more effectively police potential ethics violations by elected officials?
    Yes: 249,640, 84.0%
    No: 47,427, 16.0%
    155 of 159 counties reporting
  • Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to make the education budget Georgia’s first funding priority?
    Yes: 257,651, 85.5%
    No: 43,605, 14.5%
    155 of 159 counties reporting

COUNTY QUESTIONS

Our county-specific ballot questions were also resoundingly endorsed by Houston County Democratic voters:

  • Should the Georgia Legislature vote to approve Medicaid Expansion in Georgia under the provisions established in the Affordable Care Act?
    YES: 3,114, 91.19%
    NO: 301, 8.81%
  • Should the Georgia Legislature repeal the GA Stand Your Ground Law (O.C.G.A. 16-3-23.1) and return to the settled common law on self-defense?
    YES: 2,845, 83.50%
    NO: 562, 16.50%
  • If the Georgia Legislature elects not to repeal the GA Stand Your Ground Law (O.C.G.A. 16-3-23.1), should the Legislature amend the current law to remove ambiguity and restore the duty to retreat outside of one’s home or place of business?
    YES: 2,653, 80.18%
    NO: 656, 19.82%

CONCLUSION
Based on these results, we can conclude that a large portion of Houston County residents have endorsed the platform, candidacies and ideals of the Democratic Party. It is our sincerest hope that progressive voters throughout the county turn out the support for our nominated candidates and questions at the general election on November 4, 2014. We will keep the public informed regarding further developments in the days and months ahead.

Once again, we would like to thank all voters, party activists and candidates who made their voices heard, their talents impressed, and their ideals known before Houston County and the state of Georgia this primary election season. Let’s press forward to a better Georgia!

 

You can now support HoCoDems through online donations!

Today, the Houston County Democrats now have a page where you can donate any amount of money of your choosing to support our efforts as a party. We’re using PayPal in order to process your donation.

We hope that you will support us in our efforts to organize voters and affect change in Houston County!

End GA’s Stand Your Ground Law — Vote Democratic May 20th!

Fenika Miller, Chairwoman of the Houston County Democratic Party
Fenika Miller, Chairwoman of the Houston County Democratic Party

As Chair of the Houston County Democratic Committee, I have three primary responsibilities:

    • Recruit & Elect Democrats
    • Educate Voters & Increase voter turnout
    • Advocate for Democratic Values, Issues, & Policy Solutions

The first task is challenging, but we are making strides. Our Committee does an excellent job of educating voters through the many forums and events we host, as well as through social media. And, we have increased Democratic turnout in Houston County over the last three cycles, although there is always room for improvement.  In our advocacy efforts, the Republican legislature has provided so many issues over the last few years, that we hardly knew where to begin, but our Committee chose to advocate for the REPEAL or REFORM of GA’s Stand Your Ground Law.

Most everyone in America is familiar with the Stand Your Ground Law, thanks to the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin.  This GA Stand Your Ground Law is DANGEROUS–and now that GA Republicans have passed the “Guns Everywhere” bill, citizens have been handed a “recipe for unnecessary killing.”

The Stand Your Ground Law does five major things:

    1. Removed duty to retreat
    2. Created a presumption of “reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm”
    3. Expanded the protection of the “castle doctrine” to guests and temporary residences.
    4. Provided immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action.
    5. Established a prohibition against arresting an individual for the use of such force, unless there is probable cause that the use of force was unlawful.

 

ON THE MAY 20, 2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT, VOTE YES TO:

 

                                     Question #6  REPEAL GA Stand Your Ground

 Should the Georgia Legislature repeal the GA Stand Your Ground Law (O.C.G.A. 16-3-23.1) and return to the settled common law on self-defense?

                                   Question #7  REFORM GA Stand Your Ground

If the Georgia Legislature elects not to repeal the GA Stand Your Ground Law (O.C.G.A. 16-3-23.1), should the Legislature amend the current law to remove ambiguity and restore the duty to retreat outside of one’s home or place of business?

 

The Republican House Majority Leader lives right here in Houston County–he sets the agenda for the Republican legislature, and he has an obligation to listen to ALL of his constituents.  Your YES vote on Tuesday May 20, 2014 will send a resounding message that we want a committee hearing and a vote on legislation to END GA’s STAND YOUR GROUND LAW!

 

   VOTE A DEMOCRATIC BALLOT ON MAY 20TH!!!!

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