Showing posts with label election. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Georgia AFL-CIO throws its weight behind Bennett in special election



Georgia’s AFL-CIO is making a determined effort to see that Democratic candidate Taylor Bennett wins the state’s House District 80 race.

Charlie Flemming, president of the Georgia AFL-CIO, wrote in an email, "We need your help in encouraging the working families and union members in the district to turnout for this election!"

Union leaders plan to canvass for Bennett on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Union membership in Georgia is relatively small, less than 5 % of workers in the state, but that still represents approximately 170,000 people.

Special elections tend to attract few voters, so attempts to bring out voters for one candidate can have a disproportionate effect on outcomes.

Democrat Taylor Bennett and Republican J. Max Davis will meet in an Aug. 11 runoff election after neither won more than 50 % of the votes cast in a July 14 special election.

House District 80 covers Brookhaven and portions of Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody.

The seat became vacant when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Rep. Mike Jacobs to the DeKalb County State Court bench in May.

For more information on Georgia AFL-CIO’s Saturday event, click here.