Residents who live in Georgia House District 141 have been directly affected by what has happened in regard to layoffs and closings at various state institutions such as Central State Hospital and Baldwin State Prison along with the loss of thousands of jobs.
Majority-minority communities such as Hardwick and Milledgeville will have a choice in what direction they want to go as a community by voting for new leadership in Quentin T. Howell or for a professional lobbyist and independent Dixiecrat, Rusty Kidd.
District 141 has been generally a Democrat-leaning district, but low turnout in a non-presidential election does provide independents or conservatives an opportunity to win.
There are 14 voting precincts in Baldwin County and one voting precinct in Putnam County that make up District 141.
In 2008, 50 percent or more of the popular vote went to Barack Obama in six of the fifteen total voting precincts in House District 141. At least 43% had voted for Obama on Election in another four additional voting precincts.
West Hardwick’s voting precinct consists of more than 2,300 registered voters and 78% of the precinct had voted for Obama in 2008. Heavy turnout in this precinct along with neighboring East Hardwick with approximately 900 voters can help tilt the race in Howell’s favor.
Milledgeville will be a battleground as well, and Rusty Kidd will be counting on a favorable turnout in areas such as East Baldwin which is the largest voting precinct in the district with nearly 2,800 registered voters.
East Baldwin is not an overly conservative precinct, but this is an area in which independents or conservatives could do well-especially if Democrats stay home.
Obama collect only 43% of the vote in East Baldwin in 2008. West Milledgeville is almost the mirror image of East Baldwin , but has a little over 1,500 registered voters in its precinct.
Opportunities for Howell to do really well consist of the following voting precincts (the number in parenthesis represent how much of the district Obama won in 2008): South Milledgeville (68%), City Hall (56%), Boddie (78%), and the Fire Department (68%)
The most conservative voting precinct in House District 141 is the North Baldwin voting precinct and this particular precinct has the second most number of registered voters with 2,481 as of July 20th.
In 2008, only 24% of North Baldwin precinct voters cast a ballot for President Barack Obama.
The second most conservative district is the Meriwether voting precinct with approximately 2,000 registered voters and only 36% voted in 2008 for Obama.
Historically, Baldwin County has voted Democrat, but many national, statewide, and Georgia Assembly races have been relatively close.
On July 20th, only 22% of all Georgians cast a ballot and for the first time in a long while, Republicans outnumbered Democrats in regard to voting in a primary election.
Baldwin and Putnam counties are no different-turnout matters.
However, it will take a ‘commitment’ from fellow Democrats to register and vote during early voting or on Election Day, November 2nd.