While the Republican Primary runoff for governor has sucked up just about all of the media oxygen, the Democrats also have a runoff for a statewide office, Secretary of State. Believing that voters should have some idea of who they are voting for, here is a brief comparison between Gail Buckner and Georganna Sinkfield. They are running for the Democratic Party nomination. Both are veterans of the Georgia legislature. Sinkfield has been in the legislature for 28 years, Buckner, almost 19 years.
Campaign issues: Criticizing former Secretary of State Karen Handel, she said Handel “Mis-Handeled” the office when she was out campaigning for governor, letting the Deputy Secretary of State run the office, and that the office was “Mis-Handeled” again when Governor Perdue made a political appointment by putting inexperienced Brian Kemp in the office when Karen Handel resigned.
She promises to add verifiable paper ballots to the electronic voting machines, will clamp down on identity theft and investment fraud, will encourage new corporations, preserve state records, and work with other state agencies to encourage economic development.
Education: She has a Bachelor’s degree from Clayton State University
Profession: She’s a retired teacher, who owns a marketing company and is in the Georgia Senate
Political experience: She has the most name recognition because she ran for Secretary of State in 2006. She was a state representative from 1991–2006
Military experience: She was not in the military.
Civic experience: She has two honorary life memberships in the Georgia PTA, is president of the Clayton County Boys and Girls Foundation Inc, and is a member of the League of Women Voters of Georgia.
Family: She’s married, has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Campaign issues: She promises to guarantee open and fair elections, to end fraud and abuse, and to grow new businesses by cutting red tape. She Twitters, I want to be your next Secretary of State. The right to vote must be protected, banks must be stable, starting a business should be a dream. Georgia deserves trusted, experienced and dedicated leadership. We deserve a Secretary of State who will be a voice for all Georgians.”
Education: She has a biology degree from Tennessee State University, and she attended Emory University School of Law
Profession: She has been in the Georgia House of Representatives since 1982. She’s also involved in real estate services
Political experience: She is the longest serving female State representative in the Georgia House for 28 years. She was the first female president of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.
Military experience: None
Civic experience: She served on the Education Review Commission, the State Task Force on Homelessness, and the State Task Force Turning Points. She also served as a member of Preparing Our Youth for the 21st Century, and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. She was awarded the Drum Major for Justice Award and legislative awards from AARP, GCAPP and others.
Family status: She is married, has two children and five grandchildren
For more information, you can go to their websites: Georgana Sinkfield, Gail Buckner.