Team Rural of Coffee County will be hosting a meet and greet with General David Poythress, who is a candidate for Georgia governor.
Gen. Poythress will be available to all visitors at Team Rural’s grassroots office in Coffee County after dedicating Veterans Highway in Douglas on May 31st, Memorial Day afternoon.
Jobs will undoubtedly be a big issue when Coffee County residents meet General Poythress.
In March, the Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state’s unemployment rate was at 10.4 percent. However, in Coffee County, the unemployment rate was reportedly 17.9 percent.
A Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant closed last year that stripped Coffee County of more than 1,000 jobs. Shortly afterwards, the Wayne Farms poultry processing plant closed.
Recently, the poultry plant had received a promise to reopen in January 2011 (after the November elections), but will this affect them during an election year-especially when Republicans have sat back in opposition to President Obama’s economic initiatives since Day One.
In a news release Pilgrim Pride president Don Jackson said reopening the Douglas plant is based upon an improving economy.
“Feed costs appear to have stabilized and there are growing signs that the economy is improving. With many retailers and food service operators planning to feature chicken in the months ahead, demand is strengthening,” he said.
This is proof that Democratic initiatives from the 2009 stimulus helped to stabilize the national economy. However, Jack Kingston tried to take credit for the stimulus money funds at every turn despite his vehement opposition.
However, will Coffee County continue to vote against their best interests in 2010 and keep Republicans like Kingston and Johnny Isakson in office?
In regard to education, Coffee County has felt the wrath of the conservative Georgia Assembly.
The Coffee County Board of Education announced on Thursday, May 6, that projected cuts to next fiscal year’s budget will exceed more than $3 million, double the amount of cuts the board had initially projected.
As Coffee County residents assess gubernatorial candidates such as General Poythress and congressional candidates such as Jack Kingston, will the people of Douglas, Broxton, Ambrose, Nicholls and other communities continue to support the conservative agenda?
Coffee County, who twice supported Sonny Perdue in 2002 and 2006, has lost a lot while he was in office.
The county is generally known as a conservative county from a voting standpoint, but from time to time, the county occasionally votes Democrat .
In a year of economic turmoil for the state of Georgia, Coffee County may have a fighting chance of turning blue in 2010.
Former Governor Roy Barnes was the last statewide candidate who ran as a Democrat to win Coffee County in 1998 with an astounding 62 percent of the vote.
Subsequently, Sonny Perdue won Georgia and 60% of Coffee County as part of the Republican landside in 2002.
According to the 2000 Census, Coffee County is comprised of close to 38,000 people. The biggest city is Douglas which is also the county seat.