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State Senate District 36 

Orrock deserves a promotion

The two candidates for Senate District 36 share surface similarities. Former state Rep. Grace Davis and current state Rep. Nan Orrock are veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. Both have served multiple terms in the Georgia House. Both take positions that favor schools and working Georgians.

That said, there's a world of difference. Davis was rejected for re-election in 1998. Other than surfacing as a lobbyist, she's since been absent from public life. She cites as one of her achievements a bill in the late 1990s that appeared to address predatory lending. In fact, the bill was a stealth measure by the lending industry intended to deter real reform. At best, her tenure in office can be described as ineffective.

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Orrock, a House Democratic leader, has served ably for 20 years as intown Atlanta's voice of reason in the Gold Dome. She's worked to return billions of dollars that have been drained from schools under Republican dominance of the Capitol. She's been a leading ally of regular folks on issues like health insurance and the environment. And she's been a stalwart foe against the state's foolish regression on such social issues as gay marriage.

Just as important, Orrock's understanding of parliamentary procedure, her blunt but cheerful style and her energy make her an exceptionally effective lawmaker. Orrock deserves the promotion to the Senate.

Senate District 36 runs along the east side of Atlanta in Fulton County, with Grant Park as its heart.

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