America’s future depends upon educating the nation’s kids and Lynn Westmoreland is more concerned about ‘playing politics’ at the expense of residents in the 3rd Congressional District.
Westmoreland has voted against initiatives that would help the unemployed, uninsured, teachers, children, college students and small businesses within the 3rd District.
Frank Saunders has an opportunity to fill a void in the 3rd District Westmoreland and this November gives voters an opportunity to move forward.
Sanders’ message on his Facebook page provides a synopsis of what he wants to do if he gets elected: “I will represent the best interests of Georgians and the people of the United States as a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. I will work for the people of Georgia.”
Westmoreland has mostly been an ideologue than a working congressman who represents the average Georgian. Additionally, the arch conservative can also be called a Tea Party Republican due to his recent affiliation and admittance to the Tea Party Caucus.
Additionally, Westmoreland has attended Tea Party events as well in Fayette and Coweta counties.
One of Westmoreland’s claim as a legislator to fame wasbeing in opposition to the 2006 renewal of certain provisions in the Voting Rights Actthat require nine Southern states and a number of counties (mostly in the South) to obtain pre-clearance for certain changes to election law or changes in venue.
Even though Westmoreland has been missing in action as a congressman, he has been able to retain his congressional seat for the past two election cycles.
For Westmoreland, a Coweta County resident, Saunders will likely provide his biggest challenge thus far.
This 3rd Congressional District race has been under the radar and many experts suggest it is a safe Republican seat for the Republican incumbent, but I don’t see it that way.
The five most populous counties of the 3rd Congressional District are: Fayette, Henry, Coweta, Muscogee and Spalding.
Fayette and Coweta are conservative strongholds; even though Henry County with 31 voting precincts did vote for McCain in 2008, but the margin was within single digits-54 to 46 percent.
For Saunders to win, he must win at least three of the five most populous counties in the district. One in particular is the county of Muscogee.
Muscogee County is an uphill battle, because many of the Columbus’ voting precincts in the 3rd District are seen as conservative strongholds. In 2008, only the “Waddell” precinct in Columbus trended Democrat.
In Spalding County, there are many opportunities for Saunders to do well. The following precincts in Spalding County voted for Obama in 2008: West Griffin (90%), Fairmont (94%), Georgia Experiment Station (57%), City Park (82%), Gary Reid Precinct (57%) and the Community Ministry Church precinct (84%).
The county seat of Spalding County is Griffin. The largest voting precinct in Spalding County is the Georgia Experiment Station.
In Upson County, even though Westmoreland won this county handily in 2008, there are voting precincts that have trended Democrat and in regard to how they voted for Obama: The Jug Precinct (58%), Lincoln Park (94%), Salem (93%). However, the largest voting precinct in Upson County has over 4,000 voters and it is called the Redbone precinct. Obama had only 28% of the vote on Election Day.
The county seat of Upson County is Thomaston.
Lamar County has potential as well for Democrats, especially in the Barnesville area for Saunders in the Barnesville FBC voting district which is the third largest precinct in the county with over 2,000 voters. This particular precinct voted 74% for Obama on Election Day 2008. The Senior Citizen Center precinct had voted 51% for Obama. The top two voting precincts in Lamar County are Milner and Lamar County and these were conservative strongholds with Dems charting between 21 to 28 percent.
Finally, I see Henry County as a county that will be instrumental if the 3rd Congressional district will turn blue in November.
In Henry County, the largest precinct is Westside which has approximately 5,000 voters and it has trended Democrat the last few election cycles.Saunders is a viable candidate with a strong message and the opportunity is there to become a congressman who serves his district unlike Lynn Westmoreland