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Julie Jordan, a Democratic candidate for Georgia House District 179, speaks during the Glynn County Democrats banquet Saturday at Selden Park in Brunswick. Jordan is vying to unseat incumbent state Rep. Don Hogan, a Republican. The two are among many candidates who will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.

Feeling the anticipation of what’s projected to be a big election for them, Glynn County Democrats filled the gymnasium at Selden Park for their annual banquet Saturday, frequently breaking out into loud cheers supporting statewide and local candidates in attendance.

“Y’all, this is our year — Georgia is a blue state, if everybody will vote,” state Democratic Party Chairman DuBose Porter said. “Our mission this year is to turn out the Democratic vote like we’ve never before. That’s our mission, that’s our task. We do that, and we will elect everyone up here at this podium. Y’all, if we don’t, it’s our fault. Are you ready to work?”

Lieutenant governor candidate Sarah Riggs Amico said that for the ills affecting the state, Georgia Republicans have had the power and the time to do something about them, and have not.

“For 14 years, this state has been controlled by one party,” Amico said. “Ten and a half million people, and one party — the Georgia GOP — has controlled our destiny for more than 14 years. They’ve had majorities in both houses of the state legislature — in many cases, supermajorities — they have had the governor’s office and, for many years now, every statewide executive office in the state of Georgia.

“So, when they go out and they campaign about how they’re going to fix rural broadband, how they’re going to fix rural health care, how they’re going to save our rural hospitals from closing, it is disingenuous at best.”

She added that she and other Democrats on the ballot don’t just want to win in November for winning’s sake, but to change lives and make a difference.

Glynn County is an exceptionally tough place for Democrats to win, but state House District 179 candidate Julie Jordan could be one of the best chances for those of a blue persuasion in more than 20 years. She received the first standing ovation of the evening from the crowd.

“I decided to run for House so I could help everybody in this county have a better life — a life in which our children can grow up safe and well-educated,” Jordan said. “A life (in which) we are paid enough to provide for our families. A life in which health care is affordable and available to all who need it.”

And former Congressman John Barrow, who is running for secretary of State, had some words for the current occupant of that office, Brian Kemp, who won the Republican nomination for governor.

“People in this state need that office for the license they’ve got to have to practice their profession,” Barrow said. “That’s 700,000 small businesses, 700,000 families. Thousands of small businesses need that office for the … services you can only get from the secretary of State’s office. The small businessman needs that office. Professional people need that office.

“And we’re working with a secretary of State that don’t know about the job, don’t care about the job, don’t even do his job. It’s like going bird hunting and having to tote the dog.”

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