Rep. Favors and Kelley speak to Bradley County Democrats
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FROM LEFT are Tammy Magouirk, Bradley County Democratic Party chair;  Oscar Kelley, Bradley County Election Commission; and Rep. JoAnne Favors, 29th House District. Kelley and Favors were guest speakers at the recent Democratic Party meeting.
FROM LEFT are Tammy Magouirk, Bradley County Democratic Party chair; Oscar Kelley, Bradley County Election Commission; and Rep. JoAnne Favors, 29th House District. Kelley and Favors were guest speakers at the recent Democratic Party meeting.
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State Rep.JoAnne Favors (House District 29, Hamilton County) and Bradley County Election Commissioner Oscar Kelley spoke at the monthly meeting of the Bradley County Democratic Party.

“All politics is local,” stated Favors. “It’s vitally important that we get folks in office who will represent people, not corporations,” she continued.

Favors, the first African American female elected to the Tennessee Board of Commissioners, Hamilton County, has spent her career in service to others in the health care field and public office.

“We Democrats are here to help people!” she stated. “It was heart-wrenching when we lost our majority in the House of Representatives. Now we follow an agenda promoted by Republicans across the country.”

She continued, “One of the first items of business after we were sworn in was an attack on teachers. All these changes are so tiring that my guardian angel had to go into rehab!”

Favors focused on clarifying two points of information misunderstood by many. “Social Security is NOT running out of money as long as we use it for its intended purpose.”

She also said, “For every dollar Tennesseans pay in taxes, we receive a dollar and 50 cents from the federal government.”

Favors shared a bit of her history and ties to Cleveland.

“My grandfather brought us to Cleveland on the train. We really felt like we were going somewhere! When I was older, I attended Cleveland State,” she continued, “and I owe a lot to that educational experience.”

Bradley County Election Commissioner Oscar Kelley gave an update on the voter purging process whereby inactive voters are removed from the rolls of registered voters.

“Voters become inactive when they haven’t voted in two consecutive presidential elections,” said Kelley.

“We want everyone to be able to vote,” he continued, “so make sure your registration is up-to-date with the Election Commission office.