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Democratic women hold luncheon in Cumming
District 39 state Sen. Nikema Williams spoke on Saturday at the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women’s spring luncheon held at the Cumming Recreation Center. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

There was a lot of blue on display at a political event over the weekend.

On Saturday, members of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women — the majority wearing blue at the event — hosted their spring luncheon at the Cumming Recreation Center. 

The theme of the luncheon was “Celebrating Democratic Women,” and the keynote speakers were Melita Eaters, of the Georgia Win List political action committee, and District 39 state Sen. Nikema Williams.

Williams, who was elected in a special election runoff in December, spoke of her experience at the Capitol, where a staff member assumed she worked for a legislator, instead of being an elected official herself.

“That’s why it’s so important to have representation at the Capitol. That’s why it is so important to elect women,” Williams said, later adding: “I was upset with myself, because I felt like there were more things I could have been doing up to that point to get more women elected to office, to get more women down at the Capitol so [she] would understand I can be black, I can be young, I can be a woman and I can be a senator.”

Williams said the state should work to elect more women and voters in the state would soon have a chance to elect its first female major-party candidate for governor in Stacey Abrams or Stacey Evans, who was in attendance. 

“We’re going to show up, and we’re going to change the face of politics in this state,” she said.

Along with Evans, District 25 state Rep. Candidate Anita Tucker and several other candidates from across the state were in attendance. 

Like Williams, Eaters spoke on the need for more representation of women in the state.

“We put women in those rooms only when we elect them in equal numbers to our senator population, which is 51 percent,” Eaters said. “Getting them to the tables where decisions are made, compromises crafted and deals cut, only when we have enough of them to change the face of power.”

With the midterm elections looming, Eaters said getting candidates elected is only the first step and there is plenty of work to be done if the candidates are elected.

“Beginning in ’19, after we’ve all taken a deep breath and drink of water after November, we’ll all start more training next year so we can all prepare for 2020,” Eaters said. “This is a big election year, but we’ve got to finish the job in 2020 because we’ve got to have enough people to draw fair [district) lines for Georgia.”

For more information on the group, go to georgiademocraticwomen.com.