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!

PHOTOS: Education and Election Forum 2014

53. 10276032_747062315328074_5794953212959233914_nWe’d like to thank the candidates, campaign representatives, activists and voters who attended our 2014 Education and Election Event at the Welston Center!

Among the Board of Education candidates were (in no particular order):

  • District 1 – Rick Unruh
  • District 2 – Marianne Melnick
  • District 4 – Fred Wilson
  • Post 6 (at-large) – Sheila L. Ashley, Hoke Morrow, and Griff Clements
  • Post 7 (at-large) – Tannya T. DuncanRobbin JacksonAndy RodriguezBryan Upshaw and Doug Wechsler

Among the statewide candidates and campaign representatives who participated were (in no particular order):

  • Steen Miles for U.S. Senator
  • Doreen Carter for Georgia Secretary of State
  • Gerald Beckun for Georgia Secretary of State
  • Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senator
  • Miriam Paris for Georgia Senate District 26
  • Alyson “Aly” Stuckart for State Court Clerk
  • Denise Freeman for Georgia Superintendent of Schools
  • Liz Johnson for Georgia Insurance Commissioner
  • Dr. Branko “Rad” Radulovacki for U.S. Senate
  • Sheikh “Chad” Rahman for State Senate District 20

We wish all candidates the best of luck in the May 20th primary. We thank Kathy Shelton and Wilhelmina Sibley for their moderation of the event. We would also like to thank representatives from Rebuilding Together and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for their support and attendance.

Photos include contributions by Harry Underwood, Fenika Miller and the Campaign for “Gerald Beckun for Georgia Secretary of State”.

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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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