Team Rural announces their enthusiastic support and official endorsement for General David Poythress, Democratic Candidate for Governor, in the July 20th Primary.
“General Poythress, a Macon native, understands the breadth and diversity of our great state,” says Carlos Nelson, Ware County Team Rural leader.
Nelson further explains, “He has campaigned in rural Georgia for more than a year and has made himself available to all of the members of our Grassroots volunteer coalition, Team Rural. During those many conversations, he’s been an active listener who hears and understands our concerns, and we have determined that he has the leadership skills to develop initiatives addressing the challenges and opportunities in rural Georgia.”
Poythress’ diverse background as a former National Guard commander and serving under four different governors (George Busbee, Zell Miller, Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue) in different capacities ranging from Secretary of State (1979-1983) to Labor Commissioner (1992-1998) is something that voters can’t ignore in regard to experience.
“Too often candidates give lip service to grassroots outreach, but General Poythress understands the importance of connecting early and personally with voters across the state,” says Reverend Robert Thomas, Brantley County Team Rural member, “This is the man capable of leading Georgia out of the dire times we are in.” He recently visited for about three hours having an impromptu roundtable discussion where he answered every single question and concern straight from the hip said one attendee.
Glynn County Team Rural leader, Charlie Hill, believes General Poythress “gets it.” Team Rural applauds the General’s plans for bringing 21st Century education to Georgia.
• His combination of reducing class sizes while leveraging technology (like Rosetta Stone-type software for teaching foreign languages) to create more quality/mentoring time for educators;
• His implementation of a comprehensive drop-out prevention program which will empower our students and parents in ways that will promote inclusion in education;
• His understanding that teachers are the solution to our educational challenges from the example of his mother, who was a public school teacher in Bibb County;
• His desire to scrap “No Child Left Behind” and determination to end the tyranny of “AYP” and high stakes testing;
Team Rural is a coalition of volunteers who support Democratic candidates. Team Rural was formed after the General Election in 2008 so rural activists could continue to work together as a voice for rural Georgia voters. Based out of Congressional District 1, they are currently reaching out to voters in 14 counties with a base of about 350 members. Team Rural plans for its volunteer coalition to continue to increase, and they foresee the expansion from Southern into North Georgia.
According to Ernest Larson, Team Rural ‘s Wayne County Leader, “General Poythress background, particularly his military experience, proves him to be the dynamic statesman leader we need in these difficult times. I know that many of our neighbors will look beyond partisan concerns and vote for David Poythress because they trust his capable, experienced leadership, and they care about the quality and integrity of the elected officials we send to the Capitol.”