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Recognizing Student Achievement

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate these students on their achievements at their respective universities and colleges.

Kellsey Jean Kloker from Lawrenceville, Georgia, achieved Brenau University Dean’s List Honors for the spring 2018 semester. Kloker is a class of 2018 student majoring in health science.

Dean’s List students must maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average while carrying at least 15 semester hours of course work.

Taylor Simpson from Lawrenceville, Georgia, participated in the Brenau University Department of Dance performance “Lucent,” a faculty, senior thesis and guest artist concert, April 5-7 at the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. She performed in three student pieces, two faculty works, and one guest artist’s dance.

Simpson is a class of 2020 student with a dance major. She is a graduate of Decatur High School.

Matthew Boyd Mullin of Lawrenceville graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering .

Mullin was among nearly 3,700 students who received degrees at ceremonies May 10 and 11, 2018, in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Diana Hope Rausch of Lawrenceville, GA was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester at Newberry College in Newberry, SC.

The Dean’s List is an academic honor awarded to students who achieved a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Candidate Appreciation Day

A Shout Out to the Gwinnett County Democratic Party for hosting a Candidate Appreciation Day on May 26.

Candidates give up much of their life when they run for office.  They spend considerable money, time and energy for this task.  It’s important to recognize ALL the candidates who ran in the primaries and thank them for stepping up, not just the winners.

Thank you candidates and thank you Gwinnett Democrats for recognizing them!

Herb Green Picnic

I spent Saturday, May 5, with the Gwinnett Democratic Party at the Annual Herb Green picnic.

Herb Green was a long serving and hard working fellow labor leader and Democrat. He started his labor career after being employed in the Doraville General Motors plant in 1948 with the union’s collective bargaining committee. He was an international representative of the UAW of American and a longtime member of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party’s executive committee.  Every year the Gwinnett Democratic Party hosts a free picnic in his honor.  I am always happy to attend this event and act as the auctioneer for their auction!


Beth Moore, candidate for HD 95, me, Andrea Polk Stephenson, candidate for HD 104

Shelly Hutchinson candidate for HD 107 and her husband, me, on far right, Donald May candidate for BOE District 2 and his wife.

Donna McLeod, candidate for HD 105, me and Ethan Pham, candidate for Congress GA 7

National Education Ribbon Cutting

Here I am, hanging out with some good folks at the Ribbon Cutting & Open House for the National Education 20/20 Foundation. A $25 donation give a child in need an eye exam.

GA Rep Pedro Marin, Ronda Colvin-Leary & me

GA Rep Pedro Marin, me & Mike Mason

Memorial Day

The Honorable Governor Nathan Deal and
First Lady Sandra Deal cordially invite you to attend the

State of Georgia’s
Memorial Day Ceremony

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
¬11:00 a.m.

North Wing, Georgia State Capitol

Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Governor Nathan Deal

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please R.S.V.P. to Avery Hart in Governor Deal’s Office: (404) 651-1151 or

You are invited

You are invited

Join us for a fundraising reception Honoring our
”Chief Steward” in the Georgia House of Representatives


State Representative McClain has served the state of Georgia and its people as a beloved member of the Atlanta Falcons, the President of the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council, as an Atlanta city employee with the Parks and Recreation Department for 19 years, and as the esteemed Representative from the 100th District in the Georgia Statehouse. State Representative McClain is a tireless champion for Georgia and its citizens.

Please make checks payable to: “Friends of Dewey McClain”
P.O. Box 1621
Lilburn, GA 30048

WHERE: Bullpen Rib House 735 Pollard Blvd SW, Atlanta
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5:30-8 pm
Call (404) 472-0028 for more information

I qualified this week!

Yesterday, I qualified to run for re-election for House District 100 at the Capitol Building.  And look who I met there!  None other than Congressman John Lewis who was also qualifying for re-election.


With Rep. Sam Park of HD 101 at the Hooper-Renwick High School . The original 12 rooms will be preserved.   This all Black High school closed in 1968 as many did.  Dunbar High School in Okmulgee OK closed in 1969.  What a  great program telling the story is all who attended a Black High School at that time.

Florida School Shooting

My heart is heavy as I try to make sense of what happened at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida on yesterday. None of us will ever be able to understand the reason why one person, would make the decision to go to a school, pull the fire alarm, and fire endless rounds of ammunition into unsuspecting students. As far as I am concerned, there is never any reason for the needless bloodshed of innocent lives.

The schools in our communities are the places we send our children to get an education. Our schools are supposed to be safe for all those who enter through their doors. The thought of being injured or murdered at the hands of someone who chooses to engage in gun violence is not something that many Americans believe could ever happen to them, or anyone that they love. It is clear that gun violence has become commonplace in our communities, and was on full display on Valentine’s Day, a day we all celebrate love, and many celebrated Ash Wednesday.

I remain hopeful that one day, and I am prayerful that day will come soon, that those of us who have been elected to serve, and the citizens that we serve will come together and say once and for all that we are tired of the gun violence plaguing our communities, and make the decision to do something about it to protect the lives of our children, and our neighbors. We cannot allow the murders of American citizens, and our children to continue to be commonplace, and par for the course. These things are not normal, and we should never accept these tragedies as a norm in our society.