"It is critical to connect Democrats around the State. Just as we've seen in the Georgia Legislature the priority of metro and rural citizens may not be the same. So it is with Democrats. It will be incumbent on our party's next leader to build consensus to ensure our success. I believe I have demonstrated that I can successfully build and lead that effort"Former State Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) in a press release a few days ago, who announced his intentions to seek the Chairmanship for the Georgia Democratic Party.
Prior to his service in the Georgia State Senate, Sen. Stoner served one term in the Georgia House of
Representatives during 2002-2004. In 2004, Sen. Stoner was elected to the State Senate, and he was
overwhelmingly re-elected by his constituents in 2006, 2008 and 2010. During his service, Sen. Stoner has received numerous awards including: the Outstanding Legislator Leadership award from the American Cancer Society (2003 and 2004), the Outstanding Leadership award from the Georgia Alliance for Tobacco Prevention (2005), the Local Distinguished Service Award from the American Public Transportation Association (2004), the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services Star of Life, Legislative Award (2007 and 2008), the Georgia Association of Educators Legislator of the Year (2005), the Cobb County Association of Educators Cheryl C. Rice Friend of Education Award (2005), Legislative awards from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association (2009 and 2010), the Georgia Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award (2006, 2008, and 2010), and the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Georgia Council on Aging (2010).
Stoner joins former State Sen. Mary Squires, current DPG Vice Chairman of County Parties RJ Hadley & Keyantwon Stephens of Athens, Ga.
Two other names that continues to receive attention are Former Gubernatorial candidate & House Minority Leader DuBose Porter of Dublin & Tharon Johnson, who led campaigns for John Barrow & John Lewis.
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