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Dem group hears from state hopeful
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Gail Buckner, secretary of state candidate, talks about the office during a Democratic Women of Forsyth County meeting Thursday. - photo by Jennifer Sami

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By: Jim Dean
The Democratic Women of Forsyth County talked elections over Chinese food during Thursday’s meeting, which featured guest speaker Gail Buckner.

Buckner, a former state senator, faces four other Democratic opponents in the July 20 primary in her quest for secretary of state. This is her second time to seek the post.

“In this 18 years I’ve served in the general assembly, I’ve had experience in areas relative to the office of secretary of state,” she said. “I’ve worked with elections, I’ve worked with professional licensing, I’ve worked with corporations.”

Buckner expressed her disappointment with how the office has been run in recent years, taking swipes at current and past office holders.

“The office has been mishandled,” she said in reference to former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who resigned to run for governor.

Buckner also criticized current Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to complete the remainder of Handel’s term.

Kemp, who is running for election to a full term, she said, should be “out running the office and not running for office.”

If elected, Buckner said public service would be her primary goal.

She said she would also work to create Saturday voting, bring in more technology, reduce fraud in absentee voting and give voters an additional 15 days to register before an election.

Buckner said she will listen to voters and only make changes that “are in the best interest of the state.”