Mayors Reed & Franklin, Stacey Abrams Highlight Georgians at Democratic Convention

The GOP Convention, warts and all, is mercifully over. And on Monday the Democrats begin their quadrennial ritual of formalizing their nominee for POTUS.

Georgia Democrats, in contrast to the Republicans, will have several high-profile positions at their convention. (Governor Deal was the most prominent Georgia Republican, speaking on a panel about criminal justice reform).

Former mayor Shirley Franklin is the co-chair of the Democrats’ Platform Committee while House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is going to kick off Monday night’s events with a prime-time speech. She precedes FLOTUS and Senator Sanders. So, basically, Abrams is better than those two. Abrams is also a Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official member of the Rules Committee and Rev. Cynthia Hale is vice-chair of the Platform Committee.

On Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was announced as one of the elected officials who was added to the speakers list for the convention. There’s no information about his speech.

Erstwhile gubernatorial hopeful Jason Carter will introduce a video from his granddaddy on Tuesday.

“From Party leaders to elected officials to dedicated activists, we’re sending an all-star group with diverse voices and backgrounds—yet another reason why Georgia will stand apart from the crowd,” Democratic Party of Georgia Executive Director Rebecca DeHart said in a statement to GAPol.

We would be remiss to not point out that Jimmy Carter is a Superdelegate, as is Louis Elrod, the President of the Young Democrats of Georgia. DPG chair DuBose Porter is the chair of the Georgia Delegation. First Vice-Chair Nikema Williams is an unpledged delegate and we’re told “will play a prominent role in Philly.”


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