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Leader foresees return of party
Abrams' visit seen as 'historic'
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Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams addresses a gathering of the Forsyth County Democratic Party on Tuesday. - photo by Autumn Vetter

A leader of Georgia’s Democratic Party encouraged Forsyth County residents to hold true to their beliefs.

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia House Minority Leader, addressed local Democrats on Tuesday at the Cumming Playhouse.

“I know there’s been a bit of a tumult in the Forsyth County Democratic Party,” Abrams told the gathering of about 30 members. “But I want to tell you that part of rising is that you have to start somewhere.”

Abrams told the group she believes Democrats will take back the state House of Representatives and Governor’s mansion in 2018.

“We’re a state that’s purple, trending toward blue but doesn’t know it yet,” she told the group. “It’s my job to make it safe to be a Democrat again.”

After her remarks, Abrams fielded questions from the audience, addressing issues such as charter schools, environmental protection, voter identification and stand-your-ground laws.

Sharon Gunter, president of the local Democratic Party, said she was thrilled Abrams accepted the invitation to speak.

“As far as I know, this is the first time any leader of the General Assembly has come and spoken at the Cumming Playhouse,” Gunter said. “Miss Abrams is the first woman and the first African-American to lead either party in the General Assembly, so this is historic, historic, historic.”

Earlier, Abrams said she believes the main difference among many in her party and most Republicans is profit motive.

“[Republicans] believe that capitalism is the solution to all problems.”

While a profit motive is not a bad thing, she continued, the problem lies in its limited focus.

“I believe Democrats believe in the people motive,” Abrams said. “We don’t think you can’t have a profit motive, but we believe our leaders should not be the CEOs of a company of one. We believe they have to be the president of a nation of millions.”

Abrams encouraged the audience to support three areas: economic security, educational opportunities and shared responsibilities.

Women, in particular, should be aware of economic security as they are more often becoming heads of household.

Finally, Abrams asked the audience to focus on shared responsibility.

“As Democrats, we are not the party of me, we are the party of we,” she said.