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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Sheila Jones, standing up for Georgia Democrats
Today's blogger

There's been a lot of discussion on Blog for Democracy recently about Representative Sheila Jones in House 44. It seems that challenging the incumbent is becoming a tradition of sorts in House 44, but I can't help but feel Sheila's opponents just haven't paid attention to her record of commitment to the Democratic cause in Georgia.

To start with, Sheila Jones is and has long been a strong voice for workers in Georgia. She's spent more than 26 years working for Lockheed and been an active member of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. And as a state rep, she voted against HB 59 that strips Atlanta of the right to promote living wages. Why, then, does Steve Lee feel safe claiming on his website that he will be “the only candidate who will fight to achieve a livable wage in District 44”? I don't know anything about Steve Lee, but I see no reason to impugn Sheila's record on fighting for decent wages in Georgia.

Sheila has also fought back against the Republican disenfranchisement strategy known affectionately as HB 244. Not only did she vote against the Republican strategic agenda, she went on the offensive after the bill passed, speaking to the Young Democrats among many groups about what the bill's effects would be and how to combat them. Sheila went to bat for us in a big way when the chips were down on voter ID – why on earth should we want to replace her?

Not least of the reasons I have no interest in Sheila's opponents is their conspicuous absence at recent Cobb and Fulton party events. Sheila was a very welcome presence at the Cobb J&J dinner two weekends ago, and she worked hard to be at both the CCDC and FCDP breakfast/brunch events yesterday. Her opponents have thus far been nowhere to be found, at least not where I've been able to see them. I hate to break it to you, Steve and Ashley Harris, but you've got to show you care about us, the loyal hardworking Democrats, before we'll think about caring about you. We're your volunteers, your contributors, and your primary voters. Snub us at your peril.

The bottom line is that Steve and Ashley have mighty thin resumes compared to Sheila when it comes to fighting for us regular folks, which is part of the reason Sheila was presented with the Joe Mack Wilson People's Champion Award at the Cobb J&J dinner. Sheila's fought for her people in House 44 and all of us in Georgia – why would we want to reward such hard work with a pink slip?
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posted by Ataru Atlanta at 5/14/2006 10:21:00 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just think Ashley is smarter and can accomplish more. speaking to both of them, the intelligence level is OBVIOUS

5/15/2006 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Ashley would be much better.

5/15/2006 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These fools don't stand a chance of defeating Jones.

5/15/2006 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

For those of you out there who are Ashley fans what are your reasons for supporting her vs Sheila?

5/15/2006 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

I strongly agree with Benson's points. Anonymous, you apparently feel that Ashley Harris could outthink Sheila Jones. Based on my up close and personal observations this session, intelligence is a somewhat limited resource under the dome, but I am not at all convinced that it is THE critical success factor for a representative. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT commenting on Sheila's intelligence at all, I am just saying that spoils seem to go to those relative few who roll up their sleeves and do some WORK. IQ is, as in most arenas in life, an overrated advantage. Don't be too charmed by a handsome turn of phrase - look for results, results, results.

5/16/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interest to find out if you all live in District 44? Can you name ONE thing that Sheila Jones has done for the RESIDENTS of D44???

The only time I saw Sheila Jones at the NPU-D meeting is when she was running for re-election and she passed out campaign fliers. The man she unseated (by a very narrow margin), John Noel worked for the people of D44 and was actually getting things done in the area.

5/31/2006 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so those of you will know I will tell you why someone other than Shela Jones should be elected to represent District 44 of Georgia. I hope it is Ashley Harris!!
Last summer when Hurricane Dennis flooded many areas of Cobb County, Shelia Jones came to our neighborhood about 3 days later to view the damage and talk to the people who were flooded. She stopped at a gathering in the neighborhood where I live and had a list in her lap while sitting in her car. She asked me were we flooded. I told her "yes" and that the whole downstairs of my house was flooded with 14 inches of water inside the house. She asked me my name and looked on the list she had in her lap. It was a list of people in our community that had voted for her in the last election. She said she did not see my name on her list of her voters. I immediately knew what was going on so I told her we probably did nto vote last election due to my husbands illness. Bottom line here is that she came out to the area only to see if she could help anyone that had voted for her only. I am still appalled to this very day that someone would be so prejudice not to even want to talk to anyone other than someone on her list that had voted for her last election. How unethical is this? JMHO. THANKS FOR READING !

7/14/2006 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really surprised that she was able to unseat John Noel. I have known him for years and he truely is a wonderful hard working gentleman who cares deeply about the people he serves.

10/31/2007 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger Selah said...

WOW~! that's pretty crazy about Jones' only wanting to help those who voted for her. for SHAME!!!

As far as Steve Lee, I know he runs a mentoring program for young men at the Fulton County Juvenile Court and has a long, long history of community activism and helping youth, elderly, and men in the community with substance abuse issues.

he's out in the community, well-known, and very savvy (he holds a few PH.d's to boot)

Lee gets my vote...we need a change (he ran against Jones at the last minute with no money and nearly beat her in the last election)

4/28/2008 09:54:00 AM  

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