Named At Newnan Meeting
Porter state Democratic Party chair
by Celia Shortt
Georgia’s State Democratic Committee elected DuBose Porter of Dublin as its new chairman this weekend during its meeting at the Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.
The meeting opened at 1 p.m. Saturday, and the board named the new chairman for the Democratic Party of Georgia around 6 p.m.
“We’ve been shoulder to shoulder for years, and now we need to come together for the party,” said Porter. "We'll take the issues to the Republicans' front doorstep. We can only do that when we're together."
Porter is a lawyer and publisher of the Dublin newspaper. He served in the state senate for decades and became minority leader before stepping down in 2010 when he ran for governor. Porter lost the nomination for governor to Roy Barnes. Carol Porter, his former wife, was the nominee for lieutenant governor, but lost the election. The couple divorced after the campaign.
Porter and the other party chairman candidates, Rockdale County Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley and former State Senator Doug Stoner, all promised to restore the party’s finances, improve communications with county leaders, and help Democrats win elections.
Porter is taking over for Nikema Williams, who served as the interim chairwoman of the Georgia Democratic Party following Mike Berlon’s resignation on May 29. Berlon resigned as chairman amidst mounting legal problems and a suspension from the State Bar of Georgia.
Connie Stokes, a former state senator and DeKalb County Commissioner, also announced at Saturday’s meeting her plans to run for governor. She intends on making a formal announcement this week.
“I’m planning to run for governor because I think there are issues that need to be addressed,” said Stokes.
“We need to have a strong public school system in Georgia.”
Stokes is also focusing on honest government and jobs in her upcoming campaign.