Democratic Group Attracting Big Name Speakers to Atlanta
“It’s [the DNC’s] way of showing us they take us seriously, and they are really going to invest in the State of Georgia, and Atlanta, for future national elections,” TJ Copeland, past president of the Young Democrats of Atlanta and current chair of Inspire 45, said in an interview.
Demographic shifts are projected to make Georgia a state where the majority of residents are people of color by 2025, and the majority of eligible voters are people of color by 2036, according to the Center for American Progress.
Because people of color are less likely than Whites to vote Republican, the DNC is expecting this shift to bode well for the Democratic Party in Georgia.
Inspire 45 intends to better engage young professionals across the U.S., by bringing in national political figures as part of a speakers’ series.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is headlining the launch event, being held today, October 01, 2015.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the DNC looking at Georgia and knowing that we’re in play for 2016, but definitely for 2018; and they really want to invest down here,” Copeland said.
U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) recently made their way to Atlanta to meet with Atlanta’s Inspire 45 crowd at Manuel’s Tavern.
Other big names were thrown out as possible speakers, including Eric Holder, former Attorney General; and Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“[The DNC is] looking at some of the Southern states and seeing where they can make big plays…. Georgia is one of the ones they’ve been looking at to flip in the next Presidential Election,” Copeland said.
The Congressional Districts of U.S. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) and Rick Allen (R-GA), from Georgia’s third and twelfth U.S. Congressional Districts, respectively, are targets the DNC will try to flip and turn Democrat.
Allen’s seat was previously held by U.S. John Barrow (D-GA), a centrist Democrat, but the district went red in 2014, after ten years of being held by Barrow.
“We’re going to look back in a few months from now, and you’re going to have events in California and all throughout the country, and just know that that really started here in Atlanta. That’s very exciting,” Copeland said.