Earlier this month, the Camden County Democrats led by chairman Kelvin Blue held an Open House event at their headquarters at 500 West King Ave in Kingsland, Georgia, to kick off the final sprint to November 2nd.
Republicans outnumbered Democrats during the July 20th primary; however the opportunity is still there for Camden Democrats and independents to turn the tide and make a difference in the various local, state and federal races this fall.
There are approximately 25,000 registered voters and 14 voting precincts in Camden County.
In Camden County the 18-24 age group rivals the (65 and over) group in terms of registered voters. As of September 1st according to the Secretary of State office, there are 3,280 registered voters in the 18-24 age group and 3,739 registered voters in the 65 and over group.
If one combines the 18-24, and 25-29 age groups, this makes up approximately nearly 1 of 4 Camden County voters.
Even though Barack Obama did not win a single precinct in Camden in 2008 that doesn’t mean that progressives and independents cannot have an influence on who will be the next governor, the next U.S. senator and local/state representatives.
The five largest precincts in Camden are the following: Gross Road, West St. Mary’s, Mary Lee Clark, West Kingsland and Mush Bluff.
Among these five precincts, the largest is the Gross Road voting location which has approximately 4,000 registered voters. In 2008, 31% voted for Obama on Election Day from this precinct.
In 2008, three Camden voting locations had given Obama at least 40% of the popular vote: North St. Mary’s reported 44% in favor of Obama while North Kingsland had 45% and the Woodbine community had 41%.
The most conservative voting precinct in Camden County is the following: West St. Mary’s, the second largest precinct in the county with 2,387 registered voters. In 2008, only 21% voted for Obama on Election Day.
West Kingsland has the 4th largest precinct in the county with approximately 2,000 voters and only 22% voted for Obama in 2008.
Historically, Camden County has been a conservative stronghold, but there is a progressive presence in this southeastern Georgia county which could determine if Nathan Deal or Roy Barnes becomes governor of the Peach State.
In this mid-term election, every vote counts and voter enthusiasm and awareness are crucial which could determine whether President Barack Obama is a one-term president and whether the Republicans will continue to push forward more destructive fiscal and social policies.
Georgia conservatives have dominated state politics since the arrival of Republican governor Sonny Perdue when he arrived at the Governor’s mansion in 2003.
Now progressives and open-minded independents in Camden County, southeast Georgia and all of Georgia must make a decision that will affect local communities and schools.
What has Jack Kingston done for Camden County? What will the ethically challenged Nathan Deal do to Georgia if he gets into office?
Both Deal and Kingston as representatives in Congress voted for the Bush tax cuts that helped to turn a surplus that was left by former President Bill Clinton into a deficit.
Conservatives under Perdue had a chance to run the state and we have seen an increase in teacher furloughs and firings along with local city officials trying to find ways to defund city services in order to save money.
Recently, in a 3-2 vote, the Camden County Board of Commissioners approved under protest the board of education’s .25-mills rate increase, which is expected to generate upward of $300,000 for the ailing school budget. The school system is increasing its millage rate from 14.75 mills to 15 mills this year.
Camden County is no different than other areas of the state. However, Democrats have an opportunity to connect with more voters.
Republicans have offered no solutions and have often stood in the way of passing positive legislation via the filibuster in order to score political points.
Democrats can make a difference along with attracting open-minded independents who realize that the Bush tax cuts and war policies were the main reason why the nation and the Peach State have suffered during this economic downturn.
Camden County is a battleground county along with Georgia being a battleground state in 2010.