The Democratic Nominee for GA House District 157 is Sadie J. Jenkins. Sadie moved to Tattnall County in 1994 to serve as prison librarian at Smith State Prison (Glennville, GA). She transferred to Coastal State Prison ( near the Savannah Airport ) the same year. Jenkins retired in 2011.
Sadie was born in Miller County, GA and graduated from Worth County High School, Sylvester, GA. After graduating from Berry College and teaching three years, she earned a Masters of Librarianship ( M Ln) from Emory University. Jenkins worked as a public librarian in Albany, started the Talking Book Center there and left for Gainesville, GA to begin their center. In 1975, Sadie was presented with a choice between becoming head of the Mississippi State Library f/t Blind and Physically Handicapped, or Talking Book Center Librarian in Rome GA. Jenkins chose her home state and went to Rome. Sadie left the library in 1986 after founding and becoming Director of the Community Info Line. The agency, primarily funded through United Way, connected people with resources in the area.
Sadie has been an advocate for people in her career and community service. Her work with Laubach Literacy, as mental health advocate, as board member of Mental Health Associations and the civic groups she joined ( i.e.,Civitan, Lions ) - all reflect that commitment.
Having worked in agencies with huge missions and small budgets, Jenkins is understandably conservative on budget matters. She knows the funding crunch with our schools is not a battle between our state and its educators, but a challenge to create a stronger tax base in our state and counties. With new emphasis on the Savannah Port, Jenkins predicts Atlanta will become envious of the Southeast Georgia business expansion opportunities. Good times are just ahead if our area leaders work together.
Jenkins has sought public office previously in Floyd County GA. She was in a run-off with the sole Republican in a non-partisan election for an unexpired seat in the GA House in 1980. She ran against Congressman Larry McDonald in 1980 and for County Commission in 1992.
Sadie believes Democrats need to stand up, declare themselves as a Democrat, and speak up for the people in our state. Being a woman, she is not limiting herself to women's rights, but to the rights of all people. Jenkins feels we must change the rhetoric surrounding all issues. Gun ownership is no longer an issue in Georgia. No Georgia voters are against gun ownership. We do need to address the small minority of citizens who abuse guns. Issues challenging Georgia are not Democrat or Republican. They require level-headed, sensible people working together to solve them.
Sadie J Jenkins is an experienced, committed, public servant. She is retired and work ready.