LaDawn “LBJ” Blackett Jones, candidate for State Representative in District 62, fought for the new district made up of voters in East Point, College Park, South Fulton and Douglas Counties since June 2011. LBJ began by lobbying on behalf of the district to ensure the historically democratic area was not placed into a republican-controlled district. LaDawn lobbied and solicited the redistricting committees of the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives. The resulting District 62 tracks the area submitted by LBJ. Since the passing of the new maps, LBJ has worked to understand the new district's needs so she can be an effective leader.
Because of her hard work in the community, LBJ has earned the support of a number of community leaders and elected officials. Representative Joe Heckstall, the retiring incumbent, wholeheartedly supports LBJ. After careful review of the candidates in District 62, Representative Heckstall found LBJ to be the most viable candidate and has endorsed her fully.
Approximately 30,000 people from what was State Representative District 65, a seat held by Representative Sharon Beasley-Teague, is now in the new District 62. Representative Beasley-Teague strongly endorses LaDawn as the fresh new leader with sufficient experience and community service that makes her the best candidate.
District 62 falls within State Senate District 35, a seat held by Senator Donzella James. Senator James endorses LBJ because of her passion and long standing commitment to the community.
LaDawn is also the only candidate standing up for women's issues. LBJ is endorsed by Georgia's WIN List, an organization dedicated to changing the face of power in Georgia politics by recruiting, training, supporting, and electing Democratic women who will serve as effective advocates for the issues most important to women and their families. She is also endorsed by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys a bar association serving the needs and interests of black women attorneys. In addition, LaDawn has received a letter of endorsement from Ambassador Andrew Young, as well as support from numerous community groups, including the Tri-Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. in Douglas County.
Although honored to be publically supported by leaders in the community, LaDawn maintains that, "Endorsements are simply an ingrained part of being a candidate. A good candidate doesn't rely on who says nice things about them to win. But it is nice to know that I have earned, through hard work and community dedication the support of several of our community leaders. The endorsement I care the most about is the endorsement of the voters on Election Day. That is why I am the only candidate focused on going out and directly talking to voters in their communities and at their front door. The engaged voter knows this race is not about endorsements, yard signs, and name recognition, it’s about putting a proven hard worker in the State House."
Vote for LaDawn “LBJ” Blackett Jones on Tuesday, July 31, 2012!
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