Ca­toosa Democrats learn about bal­lot ques­tions, can­di­date for Con­gress

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Ta­mara Wolk

On March 15, mem­bers of the Ca­toosa County Demo­cratic Party met in Graysville to dis­cuss ques­tions that will ap­pear on the Demo­cratic pri­mary ticket on May 22.

“The ques­tions come to us from the state level of the party,” says Ca­toosa Chair Cathy Grif­fith. “They’re not bind­ing. The pur­pose of them is to get party mem­bers’ opin­ions to help de­velop a plat­form.” There were just four ques­tions: - Should the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of bump stocks be pro­hib­ited in the state of Ge­or­gia?

- Should Ge­or­gia pull down our fed­eral tax dol­lars to save ru­ral hos­pi­tals and cre­ate more than fifty thou­sand jobs by ex­pand­ing Med­i­caid?

- Should Ge­or­gia al­low vot­ers to elect our own rep­re­sen­ta­tives by amend­ing our Con­sti­tu­tion to place the power of drawing district lines un­der the author­ity of an in­de­pen­dent, non-par­ti­san com­mis­sion?

- Should Ge­or­gia al­le­vi­ate traf­fic con­ges­tion, re­duce car­bon emis­sions, and bet­ter con­nect com­mu­ni­ties by in­vest­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of ex­ist­ing tax dol­lars in mass tran­sit?

Democrats go­ing to the polls in May will have the chance to vote yea or nay on the queries.

But the high­light of the lo­cal party’s reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing was an ap­pear­ance by Dan Lovin­good, 14th District chair of the Demo­cratic Party. “He came to talk about Steve Fos­ter, who will be run­ning against Tom Graves for Con­gress,” says Grif­fith.

Grif­fith says lo­cal Democrats are ex­cited to have a can­di­date in the Con­gres­sional race. “Tom Graves has run un­op­posed in the past,” she says. “Steve Fos­ter is a good man.”

Grif­fith says that Lovin­good shared that Fos­ter is a small busi­ness owner (MedNow in Dal­ton), a physi­cian, a vet­eran of the U.S. Army, and that he has a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps indige­nous peo­ples of Hon­duras.

Ca­toosa County Democrats typ­i­cally meet in Graysville on the third Thurs­day of the month, but April’s meet­ing will be on the 12th. The fea­tured speaker will be Stacey Evans, who is vy­ing to run on the Demo­cratic ticket for gover­nor of Ge­or­gia.

“We wel­come all Democrats – old guard and pro­gres­sive – to our meet­ings,” says Grif­fith. “And we wel­come any­one who is not happy with the Repub­li­can Party.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ca­toosa County Demo­cratic Party, visit their Face­book page at face­book.com/catoosademocrats.

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