Stacey Abrams, House minority leader in the Georgia General Assembly and state representative for House District 84, will be the keynote speaker for the Liberty County Democratic Party’s Annual Awards Banquet, which will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty County Board of Education Transportation Complex on Airport Road.
Abrams, a graduate of Yale Law School and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, was recognized as one of “12 Rising Legislators to Watch” by Governing Magazine and one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend. She has received numerous legislative service awards from such organizations as the Georgia Municipal Organization and the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. She has published numerous articles on issues of public safety, taxation and nonprofit organizations in such magazines as The Christian Science Monitor, Yale Law and Policy Review and U.S. News and World Reports. In addition to teaching law and social policy at Yale and Spelman College, she has written eight romantic suspense novels that sold more than 100,000 copies.
The 2012 awards to be handed out include the Winfred Bell Yellow Dog Democrat Award, given to the person who always stands up for the party. It will go to Charles Frasier.
Clerk of courts Barry Wilkes will receive the Rene’ Kemp Public Service Award, which recognizes a local elected official who exemplifies the party’s ideals and works for the best interests of his or her constituents.
The Sen. Glenn Bryant Community Service Award goes to a person or group that makes a positive difference in the lives of those in the community. This year’s recipient is Gabriel’s House. Accepting the award will be Jay and Joel Osteen, who have been instrumental in the home for foster children.
The party also will induct former Deputy David Carter into the Liberty County Democratic Hall of Fame which was established to honor Democrats who have died and who worked for the betterment of the community.
The public is invited. Tickets are $50 each and available by calling 876-4007 or 977-4296.