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Governor hopefuls to speak at Bulloch Democrats Gala
Abrams, Evans to visit Boro

Two women vying to be Georgia’s next governor, former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and former state Rep. Stacey Evans, are slated to speak to Bulloch County Democrats at their annual gala Saturday.

Besides “the two Staceys,” Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Democratic Party of Georgia First Vice Chair Nikema Williams are on the list of special guests for the Seventh Annual Independence Gala. Promoted as a celebration of the women of Georgia’s Democratic Party, the event starts at 6 p.m. in the Bishop Field House at Paulson Stadium.

But while this notice can serve as a reminder to those who already have a seat, all tickets and tables were sold out as of Thursday, said Bulloch County Democratic Party Chair Ivory Watts.

About 160 attendees are expected. The event serves as the local party organization’s annual fundraiser, and individual tickets sold for $50 and eight-seat table reservations for $360.

“It’s an important year,” Watts said. “We have the 12th District congressional race that’s coming up as well that’s going to affect our area, and Trent Nesmith will be there. It’s speculated that Francys Johnson is running for that seat. He will be there as well.”

Nesmith is an announced 2018 Democratic primary candidate for the seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Allen. Johnson cited his intent to seek public office when he resigned in July as Georgia State Conference NAACP president, but has not declared for a specific office.


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