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Democrats drawing more candidates in Hall County
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Most of the Hall County Democratic Party’s 2018 ticket smile for pictures during the party meeting March 14, 2018, at the Gainesville Civic Center. From left in back are Patrick Anderson, Cynthia Lyne Shubert-Jett, Alana Watkins, Josh McCall, Maria Palacios and Stephanie Lopez-Burgos. The party qualified seven candidates for public office this year, more than the past four election cycles combined.
“I’m one of the few Democrats in this room that has a concealed carry license.” Thus spoke Alana Watkins, a local resident and candidate for state office, at the Hall County Democratic Party meeting on Monday, March 12, where more than two dozen people gathered for the party’s monthly huddle — a huddle that included some heterodox views from the left as the party tries to regain its foothold in ruby red North Georgia.