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The number of progressive, pro-choice female voices in the Georgia Senate are few and far between. That is why Georgia’s WIN List is proud to support former Macon City Council President Miriam Paris for Senate District 26. We congratulate Miriam on her first place finish in the primary and urge voters to return to the polls on Tuesday, August 16th to again support her.
“Georgia’s WIN List is thrilled to endorse Miriam Paris because of her long history of community service and governance experience on city council, and moreover because this special election is an opportunity to elect another Democratic woman to the state legislature,” said Allie Kelly, chair of Georgia’s WIN List.
“It is dissapointing that David Lucas and his supporters is now attempting to mislead voters regarding Democrat, Miriam Paris’ party affiliation by attacking WIN List, the only organization in Georgia that exists solely for the purpose of progressive, Democratic women for election to state level office. WIN List has a careful screening process and is proud to endorse Miriam Paris to become the first Democratic women in history elected to the Ga senate, where only 8 women currently serve, ” said Lauren Benedict, Macon City Councilwoman and WIN List board member.
Elena Parent was the top success story for Georgia Democrats in 2010. She was the right woman, who ran the right race, in the right district and beat a Republican wave to be the only Democrat in Georgia – and one of only 10 nationally at the State Legislative level – to defeat an incumbent Republican.
We tell Elena’s story quite a bit. And we can’t talk about her race without talking about her campaign manager, Jeff Romig.
Jeff proved himself during his 18 months working to get Elena elected, and now, each of our endorsed women have Jeff’s expertise at their disposal.
WIN List is thrilled to announce that Jeff has been hired as our first Political Director.
Fittingly, Elena will officially introduce Jeff on Aug. 18 at our Men for WIN event honoring Gov. Roy Barnes at Zoo Atlanta.
“Georgia’s WIN List has excelled at impacting contested races involving their endorsed women,” Jeff said. “My job is to build on the foundation created by amazing women like our founder, Melita Easters, past chairs Rep. Stacey Evans, Mary Long and Amy Morton along with countless others. I look forward to working with our current Board and our fantastic Executive Director Anna Beck to design a comprehensive political program that recruits, trains, funds and protects Democratic women across Georgia.”
Jeff spent the 2011 Legislative Session working as Chief of Staff to Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield and Rep. Elena Parent, was Outreach Director for Amir Farokhi’s 2009 Atlanta City Council race and volunteered on Congressman John Lewis’ 2008 primary race. But he brings more than just political expertise to the table.
He began his career as a print journalist for newspapers in South Carolina and Indiana, covering business, politics and community development from 2001-06. Upon his 2006 move to Atlanta, he left journalism to be the executive director of Involvement through News and Civics (Inc), a 501c3 nonprofit that he founded in 2005. Inc operated from 2005-2010, working to teach its families how to use news and information to create change. Inc provided newspaper subscriptions to 250 people and awarded more than $6,000 in scholarships.
Jeff grew up in Columbia, SC, is a 2000 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
Additionally, he is a 2009 graduate of Wellstone Action’s Advanced Campaign Management School and a 2010 LEAD Atlanta graduate. He is past president of the Red Clay Democrats and serves on the Board of Directors for Kate’s Club, a 501c3 nonprofit that works to empower children after the loss of a parent or sibling.
Jeff and his wife Kacy, an attorney at Jones Day, live on Atlanta’s west side with their yellow lab, Sandberg.
Please join us in welcoming Jeff to the WIN List team, and if you can make it, come meet him on Aug. 18 at Zoo Atlanta.
Every two years, Georgia’s WIN List gathers in Macon to celebrate the legacy of Viola Ross Napier, a Maconite and the first woman sworn into office in the Georgia General Assembly. We hope that you can join Georgia’s WIN List at this year’s celebration which will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd beginning at 6:30 pm at The Woodruff House, 988 Bond Street, Macon, GA 31201.
This year, we will honor Amy Morton with our 2011 Viola Ross Napier Trailblazer Award. Amy continues to be a visionary leader in Georgia politics. She has taken WIN List further than ever before in her two years as chair and we are incredibly grateful to her for her service. For that reason, among many others, WIN List is proud to honor Amy.
Under Amy’s leadership, WIN List has:
- Hired their first full-time staff, PAC Director, Anna Beck.
- Set organizational fundraising records.
- Launched WIN Corps and sent three women to receive professional. campaign training in Texas.
- Elected twenty-six of twenty-eight endorsed women.
- Flipped one seat from Republican to Democrat.
- Protected 95% of their incumbents.
We hope to see you on August 3rd!
Throughout my 11th grade year in high school I was constantly being asked if I was planning to intern with the same non-profit or if I would try something different during the summer of 2011. As I took time to reflect on the work I did and the amazing people I met during the summer of 2010 I realized that I wanted to stay with Win List. When I first walked into WIN List during the summer of 2010 I knew a lot about politics but I didn’t know a lot about how a campaign worked, how to fundraise and how the little things mattered so much in electing a candidate. Fortunately, I had a chance to meet and learn from a lot of failures that were made in the past and successes that have helped candidates in the present. This summer I hope to continue to learn about the campaigning process and assist more women to be elected in the state of Georgia. I would like to thank the board of Georgia’s WIN List and Anna Beck for making this internship possible.
We are proud to have Kali officially back on the team this summer. She has already jumped right in, travelling to Macon on July 19th to campaign for Miriam Paris in the special election for Senate District 26.
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