In our local nonpartisan elections, voters often want to know, who’s the real Democrat? The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee is here to help.
The committee released a list of endorsements Saturday, includin Patrick Davenport in the Commission District 1 race, former county party chairman Russell Edwards in Commission District 7 (over another former chairman, Bill Overend), LaKeisha Gantt in the school board’s 7th District and Lisa Lott for Superior Court judge.
In addition, it declared the following candidates “qualified Democrats” in other local races:
• Mayor: Kelly Girtz and Harry Sims.
• Commission District 2: Mariah Parker and Taylor Pass.
• Commission District 3: Tony Eubanks and incumbent Melissa Link.
• Commission District 5: incumbent Jared Bailey and Tim Denson.
• Commission District 9: Ovita Thornton and Tommy Valentine.
• School board District 5: Kara Dyckman and Imani Scott-Blackwell.
Left without the ACCDC’s seal of approval were Overend, mayoral candidate Richie Knight, District 1 Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson, District 7 school board member Carol Williams, Commission District 5 candidate Danielle Benson, Commission District 7 candidate Carl Blount, Superior Court judges Eric Norris and Regina Quick, and Norris' challenger, Allison Mauldin.
Overend's exclusion was the most puzzling, but ACCDC officer Marci White said he did not complete their questionnaire until well after the deadline. (Benson and Knight also did not return the questionnaires; those that were returned can be viewed on the ACCDC website.)
White said the endorsements were also based on how well the candidates' views and actions lined up with the Democratic platform, record of community activism, involvement with the Democratic Party and Democratic campaigns, and voting record, both as private citizens and elected officials.
Speaking of endorsements, Athens for Everyone has given its blessing to Thornton in District 9. But Valentine—whom we are legally obligated to tell you in every article used to be in the rap game—recently announced via Facebook a slew of endorsements from local hip-hop artists, including Parker (Linqua Franqua), Ishmael Cuthbertson (Ishues), Travis West (Dictator), Torrance Wilcher (Squalle), Kxng Blanco and promoter Montu Miller.