Decatur Delegate Hopes Ga. Will Turn Blue

Steve Perkins will be an at-large delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

Steve Perkins knows few surprises will come at the National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, but the at-large delegate from the Decatur area is still excited.

"It's going to be sort of pro forma," he said. "I'm going to Charlotte as an evangelist for Georgia and Georgia's future."

Perkins thinks Georgia is not as red as most people seem to believe. It's just that state Democrats do a bad job of getting out the vote. In 2014 and 2016, he said, "We have a real shot at turning this state blue."

Perkins, 50, serves as communications chairman for the DeKalb Democratic Party. He's one of 15 at-large Georgia delegates.

"I'm sort of coordinating communications with the delegation -- 145 to 150 delegates -- mostly through a Facebook group we've set up," he said.

This is his first convention. He leaves Sunday and expects to return the following Friday.

Perkins grew up with political parents. His father taught at Upsala College in New Jersey, which saw plenty of late-Sixties turmoil, and he has strong memories of going with his parents to protests at Nixon's second inauguration in 1972.

Perkins graduated from Decatur High in 1980 and attended Berry College in North Georgia. He volunteered for local campaigns -- when Bob Wilson ran for district attorney and Manuel Maloof for DeKalb CEO.

He and his wife moved around the country as she attended graduate school and in 2008 he got involved in the Obama campaign. When they moved to Decatur in 2010, "I immediately got involved in the local party," he said.

He has served on several state party committees since then.

After the convention, the telecommunications consultant and other members of the local Democratic party plan a get-out-the-vote campaign.








Robert September 01, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Jonathan's observations are on point. I too, was born and raised in this city. Up until the last few years, I've been a die-hard Democrat. I always felt as a gay man, that's where my allegiance SHOULD be; no questions asked. Not any more! I'm an INDEPENDANT VOTER now! Through my own research and honest observations, I've moderated. The question I sometimes ask is "Why do some areas around Atlanta, considered to be 'bluer' than others, continue to lack in economic development and opportunity, decent schools, lower crime, and as a desirable place to live; while being represented by the same people and party affiliation? Shouldn't the REAL question be, "Why are the elected officials for these areas NOT held accountable for their continued stagnant districts?" Yet they keep getting re-elected! Ride through Vine City; get off I-20 at West Lake Ave and MLK and go deep into some of those neighborhoods; look to your left and right as you travel I-20 between downtown and I-285. What you will see has been in place for years, and it's downright shameful! There are many good, decent folks in these communities and they deserve better, but many won't demand better. Similar areas are found in S Fulton, Clayton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Cobb. My comments are NOT about race, but about perpetuated, indoctrinated thinking and "expected" party allegiance. Regardless of party, ALL politicians should be held accountable for the areas they serve, & voted out if they can't create positive change & growth.
paul miller September 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Georgia will NOT turn blue, i voted for him once, like so many that he failed. I join the list that will never make the same mistake twice.
Webb Roberts September 01, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Georgians are far to intelligent to reward a failed presidency. There are no do-overs in that office. I am looking forward to hear if the rhetoric out of Charlotte is as inspiring and encouraging as that from Tampa. So as to the original question - No, Georgia will not be turning "blue" in 2012 or any other national election for quite a while.
jimmie September 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The only reason Georgia would ever be "blus" is it that socialist fool gets re-elected by the left winging nut jobs
Scott Tewell September 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Just so I got this straight, Judy, Belcher, and bulldogger are all in the "we think Avondale Estates is super" club.


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