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Athens lawmakers seek to subvert will of voters

 Dear Editor,

The efforts by state Senators Frank Ginn and Bill Cowsert and state Representatives Marcus Wiedower and Houston Gaines to prevent their constituents from freely choosing their own elected officials continue unabated. 2021- The voters in the Western Judicial Circuit elected Deborah Gonzalez District Attorney. Representatives Wiedower and Gaines were not happy about the election of District Attorney Gonzalez and attempted to remove Oconee County from the Western Judicial Circuit. That effort failed. 2022-Representatives Wiedower and Gaines and Senators Cowsert and Ginn changed the commission districts of 67% of the voters in Clarke county in order to prevent three Clarke County commissioners from running for re-election in their own districts. That effort succeeded. These same state legislators supported carving Athens into four state representative districts in order to prevent the citizens of Athens from having an effective voice in the state legislature and to secure their own re-election. They succeeded in both. 2023-These same legislators now support H.B. 231, which can be used as a stepping stone to attempt to remove District Attorney Gonzalez from office. Senators Ginn and Cowsert and Representatives Wiedower and Gaines, who are supposed to protect the rights of their constituents to freely choose their elected officials, will undoubtedly continue to seek ways to undermine and render ineffective that very right.

Bruce Menke

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Dems obviously want the chaos the so often cause. Liberalism is a mental deficiency.

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Debbie Bridges
Debbie Bridges
Mar 09, 2023

The modern GOP will not be satisfied until every Democrat is kept from office, every Democratic vote annulled, and every office is held by a Republican. Representing all constituents of their district is no longer their goal. Power and control of an autocratic, theological, society seems to be what they seek.

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Paul Bunce
Paul Bunce
Mar 10, 2023
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And Democrats won't be satisfied until every grave votes.

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The machinations of the right wing.

when you can’t/don’t win, lie, manipulate, and employ filthy tactics.

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Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Mar 09, 2023
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This is a crazy uninformed viewpoint, I’m just as hard and call out both sides. My concern is how violent and outrageous the crime has escalated in Athens. The criminal element sets up shop in ACC because it’s a sanctuary and that is a direct result of our DA!!! FACT

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Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Mar 09, 2023

She has failed our community and made the classic city dangerous. Is this the utopian dreams for Democrats? I call it holding everyone in public office accountable including the State Representative & Senator that also includes the Mayor , Commissioners and Judges and most importantly the DA office. On job training is getting people killed!!! Her mismanagement is getting people killed, her lack of leadership is getting people killed, her complete mismanagement of her staff is getting people killed !!!!

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Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Mar 14, 2023
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True, in fact that why I ran against Frank Ginn

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