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Hall County Democrats have a new mission and headquarters

POSTED: July 11, 2014 12:59 a.m.

Hoping to rebrand their image and credentials in a politically conservative community, liberals and progressives celebrated the grand opening Thursday night of the new Hall County Democratic Party headquarters on Athens Street in Gainesville.

“I believe strongly in the ideals of the Democratic Party,” said Chairman Frank Lock, “and more needed to be done here to re-establish those ideals and have our government represent everyone ...”

Lock, who became chairman in January, hopes to reignite the party, which had been out of the local political mix since the 2012 election.

Lock said he wants to increase membership rolls and recruit candidates for local office.

Not a single Democrat ran in races for the Hall County school board, county Board of Commissioners and state representative seats this year.

But there is David Vogel, who is running against U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, for the 9th District seat.
Vogel said having an established local party will help him raise money for his campaign. The headquarters can also host his campaign events.

Those in attendance Thursday said they were excited about the relaunch of the party.

Michael Kingsbury, a Flowery Branch resident, said it’s very important for his voice to be reflected, particularly when Democrats are outnumbered locally.

Val Coley, a retired educator from Hall County, said having an active Democratic Party here gives voters more options and broadens the political debate.

Lock agreed.

“I think the big thing is getting people enthusiastic about what the Democratic Party represents,” he said.


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