State Senate 13 candidate Rue’Nette Melton spoke with the Macon Examiner about an upcoming April 2 event in Cordele located at 401 North 15th Street in the A.S. Clark Gym. This event is designed to be something that the whole family can participate in and some of the festivities include a basketball tournament along with other entertainment activities. However, Melton, the keynote speaker, will be promoting voter registration in Cordele and Crisp County and attempting to encourage as many people to vote in the upcoming May 24 primary along with the November 8 general election.
Melton says she is encouraged to see other local Democrats who are running for office in Crisp County and will be on the ballot in the general election in November. The local Democrats running for office who are all African-American include the following:
CRANDALL POSTELL CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
HARRY FOX JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT
RICKY B REDDING SHERIFF
DRAVIAN MCGILL, SR. TAX COMMISSIONER
CATHY MCGILL BOARD OF EDUCATION (EAST CRISP DISTRICT)
CURTIS LUCAS, JR. BOARD OF EDUCATION (CITY of CORDELE)
Melton, a Democrat, is campaigning to replace Republican incumbent Greg Kirk in the Georgia General Assembly. State Senate 13 is a nine-county district which includes all of Tift, Turner, Lee, Crisp, Worth, Dodge and Dooly counties along with parts of Wilcox and Sumter counties. The largest cities in State Senate 13 are Tifton, Cordele, Sylvester, Leesburg, Unadilla, Vienna, and Eastman.
Melton wants to be someone who is transparent and accessible to her constituents and she believes Republican Greg Kirk has not been accessible and takes his constituency for granted. One glaring example is when the Labor Department in Cordele was abruptly closed and consolidated with the Labor Department office in Americus. Where was State Senator Kirk? Or State Rep. Buddy Harden?
Melton says she wants to be a progressive voice for rural South Georgia in the General Assembly and wants to be a voice for the disenfranchised who may feel that they are forgotten or ignored. The city of Cordele will play a very important role in who will be the next senator representing District 13. Cordele has the second largest African-American population in State Senate 13, but voter turnout in the community and surrounding areas can make the difference.