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Campaigns Move Online in the Coronavirus Age


Sheltering in place has pretty much shut down campaigning—who wants somebody showing up on their doorstep to hand them a germy pamphlet these days?—but as of right now there is still an election coming up on May 19.

The progressive group Athens for Everyone is hosting a series of debates via Zoom and streaming them on Facebook Live ( The first, on Wednesday, Apr. 8, will feature Commission District 6 incumbent Jerry NeSmith and challenger Jesse Houle. Friday, Apr. 10 will bring you District 4 Commissioner Allison Wright and challenger Michael Stapor. The following Wednesday, District 8 candidates Andrea Farnham and Carol Myers are up to bat (Kamau Hill had not confirmed at press time). On Apr. 22, check out District 10 incumbent Mike Hamby and challenger Knowa Johnson. All start at 5:30 p.m. except the District 4 debate, which will start at 5 p.m. They’ll be moderated by yours truly. 

In addition, Mokah Jasmine Johnson—the Democrat running for House District 117 against Rep. Houston Gaines—is hosting a “Poetry and Justice” fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Apri. 10.

Co-hosted by Montu Miller, the virtual concert will feature musicians and spoken-word artists Life the Griot, Sierra Westbrook, Shedd Barnett, Celest and The Arsonist. The suggested donation to ActBlue is $10, and 15% will go toward coronavirus relief efforts. Tune in via the Mokah for Georgia Facebook page, or text MOKAH to 31996 for a Zoom link.