Will Voters Sleep On Election Day?

The July 22 Run-offs will decide key races

By Stan Washington, The Atlanta Voice And wire reports | 7/18/2014, 9:59 a.m.
If Voter Apathy was a political candidate, there would be no run-off on Tuesday, July 22. In the last election ...
Only 18.5 percent of the registered voters in Georgia bothered to go to the polls during the last election and if history is any indication, there will be fewer people casting votes for the runoffs, than in the previous primary in May. (The AV)

“We need jobs that pay a livable wage, not just jobs that pay $7 an hour,” Arrington said.

Muhammad pointed out that it is important that the people who get county jobs are well-trained. She cites the growing development in south Fulton which could also happen throughout the rest of the county instead of just on the north side.

“South Fulton is a prime example which is a growing portion of the district. It shows what can be done through cooperation between the county and the cities,” Muhammad said.

Kingston, Perdue hone attacks

in Ga. Senate debate

The other race that is garnering most of the attention is between Kingston and Perdue for the GOP senate nomination.

Their race has brought in outside PAC money for both candidates to the delight of Atlanta television stations. If you watch TV leading up to July a22 you will not be able to escape their campaign ads unless you are watching PBS or BET.

The two candidates recently squared off against one another in debates sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and Georgia Public Television.

Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, repeatedly blasted Kingston, an 11-term congressman, as being part of the problem in Washington and failing to take action to cut spending, reduce the federal debt and turn back bad regulations.

"We’ve become less and less competitive on this congressman’s watch,’’ Perdue said. "We’ve lost our competitive edge on many parts of the world.’’

Kingston responded by touting his commitment to his constituents in coastal Georgia, pointing to his repeated town hall meetings and arguing Perdue is the one who is "out of touch.’’

"Your whole lifestyle is based in a different way,’’ Kingston told Perdue. "You live inside a gate inside a gated community with a gate on your house. I think being a public servant is being public and knowing how to serve.’’

Sunday’s televised debate was the only one scheduled between the two Republicans ahead of the July 22 runoff. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November in a race that has garnered national attention as Republicans seek control of the Senate.

Perdue, who made millions running Dollar General and other major corporations, has poured at least $3.1 million of his own money into race. That has helped him keep pace with Kingston, who began his campaign with $2.3 million in his congressional account and has dominated fundraising and endorsements.

Perdue said during the debate that he was the son of schoolteachers who worked on a farm growing up. He now lives in a multimillion-dollar home on Georgia’s Sea Island.

"I’m not going to apologize for my success,’’ Perdue said. "I’m getting in here to make a difference and solve the mess you and your cohorts have made over the years.’’

Perdue stuck close to his campaign message as the outsider in the race, seeking to capitalize on Congress’ low approval ratings. Polling has been limited in the race, and low voter turnout is expected.