WVKX-FM talk show host Quentin T. Howell and his wife, LaTonya, will be a part of a Georgia delegation who will meet members of the Obama administration in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 29th.
The state of Georgia will be a battleground state in 2012 for Democrats and could decide whether President Barack Obama is elected for another four years.
Georgia has the largest African-American population of any state in the nation with thirty percent. Overall, racial minorities make up 44 percent of the Peach State.
Milledgeville is about 45 miles northeast of Macon and has been affected by the redistricting process along with surrounding rural areas that include cities such as Eatonton, Sparta, Sandersville, Irwinton, Wrightsville, Swainsboro, Statesboro and Louisville.
Most people in east Central Georgia are either a part of the 10th or 12th congressional district. Right now, those seats are being held by Tea Party Republican Paul Broun and by conservative Democrat John Barrow respectively.
In Barrow’s district, President Obama received 57% of the vote in 2008. However, Barrow voted against one of the President’s landmark legislative successes, the passage of the health care insurance law.
Georgia’s poverty rate reached its highest point in nearly three decades last year, according to Census Bureau figures. Additionally, the issue of high unemployment along with the housing crisis have continued to be a persistent problem.The Peach State is now third in the nation in regard to the poverty rate and add the fact that many are without health insurance.
Howell and his wife have been tireless progressive advocates in Baldwin County and have helped to sponsor numerous events such as job fairs in an effort to help constituents.
Howell, a state representative candidate for Baldwin and Putnam counties, has taken part in administration discussions with members of the George W. Bush administration a few years ago as well.
The progressive Democrat from Milledgeville has been willing to look for common ground on various issues just like Obama and doesn’t mind working with Republicans or independents on issues that will benefit the community as a whole.
President Obama has been busy going across the country trying to gain support for his Jobs bill which will help put educators back into the classroom, construction workers back on the job and provide a tax relief for companies that hire anybody who spent more than six months looking for a job.
The event in Washington will begin as a meet and greet Thursday evening with state and federal officials. On Friday, the Georgia delegation will have an opportunity to talk with Obama officials about their concerns.
“I have been compiling questions from email, Facebook, my web page and face-to-face interaction,” Howell said. “We’ve been asked to come and bring concerns to Washington to the administration and they want the input.
Obama has an opportunity to win Georgia after coming up short against John McCain by five percentage points in 2008.
One of the areas of Georgia where there is opportunity to build coalitions and increase voter turnout is rural Central and South Georgia.
“I think it would be a wonderful thing for the president’s administration to reach out and hear the concerns of the people,” Quentin T. Howell said. “Part of this entire series of community leadership meetings has been about finding out information from the people – and the issues on the table are not confined to party.”