STANDING ROOM ONLY at Cobb Dems Campaign Kickoff in Georgia!

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The only way to combat fear is to connect.

Jerica Richardson

It was Standing Room Only at the 2020 Campaign Kickoff in Marietta, Georgia last Thursday night!

Hosted by Neighbors of HD45, local Dem candidates introduced themselves and their platforms to an enthusiastic audience. SRO at a Democrat event is a BIG. DEAL. here in RED Georgia. You know about Georgia, right? Ground Zero for Voter Suppression and the Epicenter of America’s Corrupted Electronic Elections. Right.

SRO means Georgia voters are taking action! Women and minorities are running for office in record numbers!

Most had never entered politics before 2016. In 2018, Lucy McBath, whose son was shot and killed at a gas station by a white man “because his music was too loud,” beat GOP Karen Handel for the coveted 6th District Congressional House seat. Lucy wasn’t at the Kickoff, but her powerful spirit inspired those who were!

“I am not a politician. I am your neighbor,” says the wife, mom of 2 and Family Law attorney, Christine Triebsch. Christine entered politics when Donald Trump entered the White House. Medicaid expansion, gun sense and well-funded public education are Christine’s priorities as she heads into her third fight for a seat in the GOP dominated State Senate (D32.) Third time’s a charm!

Fan favorite, Luisa Wakeman, Candidate for HD43, treated voters to a fireside chat. For Luisa, a cardiac care nurse, accessible healthcare and the expansion of Medicaid are at the top of her list for Georgians. In 2018, Luisa lost the House seat by only 792 votes. Judging by the cheers and applause, it looks like Luisa is going to be a winner in 2020!

More cheers were heard for Major Craig Owens who was celebrating his birthday! With 35 years of military service, 20 in Cobb PD and a curriculum vitae (FBI, SWAT, Special Ops) that would excite any crime novelist, Command Sergeant Major Owens is determined unseat Sheriff Neil Warren and restore justice to Cobb’s broken, oftentimes cruel and inhumane justice system. His tenets, “Truth, Trust, and Transparency” stand with him and so will the Cobb Dems!

With 7 deaths in Cobb’s Detention Center last year, Trina Griffiths, Candidate for Cobb County State Judge, proposed the establishment of Accountability Courts. These courts would take misdemeanor and traffic crimes, especially those related to mental health, alcohol/drug and family issues, out of the criminal courts. John Greco, Candidate for Cobb Superior Court Judge, wants his courtroom to be welcoming to all and a place where “everyone can have their say.”

“The only way to overcome fear is to connect,” affirmed Jerica Richardson. Jerica co-founded HackOut – a startup that promotes collaboration and innovative problem solving. A GA Tech grad (Biomedical Engineering) and leader of the Engagement Center at Equifax, Jerica will be a force to be reckoned with as District 2’s Representative on the Cobb Board of Commissioners.

As the Voter Protection Director for the Georgia Democratic Party, attorney Sara Tindall Ghazal made sure voters had their say! Prior to serving Georgia voters, Sara spent a decade promoting global peace, democracy and fair elections at the Carter Center under Former President Jimmy Carter. Now as a wife, mom of two and candidate for HD45, Sara is fighting for all Georgians! Sara told attendees, Georgia is the 8th most populated state with the 9th highest GDP – and yet, Georgia ranks 38th for per pupil spending, and at the bottom for healthcare access and maternal mortality rate. “Companies move on” when they see these statistics. 

Two candidates who believe our children deserve to benefit and thrive from Georgia’s prosperity look forward to joining fellow Cobb Dem, Charisse Davis on Cobb’s School Board as the Post 5 Rep. The first candidate is East Cobb’s Queen of the PTA, Tammy Andress, who’s been President of her 3 daughters’ elementary, middle and high schools, VP of the East Cobb PTA and Volunteer of the Year. Andress firmly believes “partisan politics have no place in our schools” as “schools are the heart and soul of our community!” The second, and the only candidate who had her notes on her cellphone, is impassioned Millennial and political newbie, Julia Hurtado. A multilingual, neurologic physical therapist and triathlete, Julia promises to fight for East Cobb’s children as fiercely as she fights for the children she treats. 

Republicans have had a chokehold over all branches of Georgia’s government for 20 years, but it is clear after Thursday night’s Campaign Kickoff, that yoke will be tossed off in 2020!

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Elisa Goldklang is a former speech-language pathologist and learning-specialist who now, like Jenny Cohn, advocates for electronic election security. Her essays and articles have been published in Atlanta Parent Magazine. She resides in Georgia with her husband, their two seniors - one in high school and one at UGA - and their dog, Misty. Find her on Twitter @heartfulmom.

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