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State official to speak at Democratic awards dinner
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Jane V. Kidd, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 Liberty County Democratic Awards Dinner. The June 17 event will take place in the banquet room at the Econo Lodge, and is open to everyone. It is the first awards dinner sponsored by the local Democratic Party. All Democratic candidates for Liberty County offices, Democratic candidates from Georgia for U. S. Senate, and Bill Gillespie, Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, have been invited. Many of the invited candidates already have indicated they will attend.
The event will start at 7 p.m. with a "Meet the Candidates" segment and will continue with entertainment provided by local group 'The Cousinaires," dinner, Kidd's speech, the special awards and door prizes.
This event will mark the Liberty County Democratic Party's initiation of a yearly awards tradition for local Democrats. The awards are named in honor of well-known and respected local Democrats. The Senator Glenn Bryant award will be presented to the person who has worked tirelessly for the party at the grassroots level. The Senator Rene Kemp Public Service Award will be presented to an elected official who has served the public and the principles of the party with integrity and efficiency. The Winfred Bell Yellow Dog Democrat Award will be presented to someone who has shown staunch loyalty to the party and its principles.
Another tradition that will begin with this event is the Liberty County Democratic Hall of Fame. Local Democrats who have passed on and who were known for their loyalty to the Democratic Party and for their service to their communities will be honored with induction into the Hall of Fame.
The Liberty County Democratic Party is especially pleased and honored to have Jane Kidd present the keynote speech for the dinner. She grew up in Georgia politics, living in the Governor's Mansion during the term of her father, Gov. Ernest Vandiver. She is also the niece of the great Georgia Sen. Richard B. Russell. Kidd was elected to public office at the age of 28, serving on the Lavonia City Council. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004 and represented Athens for two years. In 2007, Kidd ran for Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, promising a renewed commitment to grassroots politics and a more open and transparent party structure. She was elected in January, 2007, and since taking office, has returned the party to stable financial footing and sparked grassroots efforts while traveling across the state, meeting with county parties, activists and other stakeholders.
Tickets to the Awards Dinner are $35 and can be obtained from any Liberty County Democratic Committee member or by calling Sandy Burch at 876-4007.
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