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District 44 state senate candidates square off
by Bill Baldowski
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Gail Buckner
Editor’s Note: Senate District 44 candidate Marcus E. Davis could not be reached for comment. His information comes from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Two familiar Clayton County political figures are among three candidates vying for the District 75 senate seat in the July 31 general primary.

In alphabetical order, they are former state senator and representative Gail Buckner, incumbent Gail Davenport and Marcus E. Davis.

Buckner, 61, who lists her profession as communications and marketing, served eight terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and one term in the senate. She was also Clayton’s Democratic nominee for Secretary of State.

Davenport, 63, has served as the state’s District 44 state senator since 2007, having been reelected once.

Davis, who has not sought elected political office before, is an ordained minister with the Great Commission Ministry Christian Church.

Buckner, who is currently president of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women and president of the Clayton County Boys and Girls Foundation, said she is the best candidate as she has a proven record of bringing citizens together to accomplish positive and proactive results in the community.

“I have helped secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money for students and secured the seed money to design the new College of Business at Clayton State University,” she said.

Davenport said that, as the incumbent senator from the 44th district, she feels she has served Clayton citizens well as an advocate on their behalf on such import ant issues as public education, transportation, economic stability, home mortgage relief and foreclosure prevention as well as veteran’s affairs.

“I grew up in Clayton County and graduated from the Clayton County Public School System,” she said, adding she has a proven record of working hard for the citizens of the district as she currently serves on such committees as Veterans, Military and Homeland Security, Special Judiciary, State Institutions and property, Urban Affair and Interstate Cooperation.

Buckner, who helped secure funding for the redesign of downtown Jonesboro and road work in Morrow, said she is effective, “because I work with everyone in a positive and progressive way,” she said.

Davenport, who said she has been a community advocate for Georgians for more than 30 years, added that she has led initiatives, “to feed the homeless, raise scholarship funding and provide programs for youth and senior citizens.”
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