Georgia Democrat Mesha Mainor defects to GOP

Atlanta politician is no longer a part of the Democratic Party
Georgia Democrat Mesha Mainor defects to GOP
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On July 11, Mesha Mainor, a Democrat who represented part of Atlanta in Georgia’s House of Representatives, switched over to the Republican Party.

Mainor is now the only Black member of the GOP among Georgia’s 236 state lawmakers and is the first Black woman to hold office as a Republican. The last Georgia Democrat to switch over to the Republican Party was Vernon Jones.

Mainor has had a history of siding with Republicans the past few years. When Republicans tried to expand a school voucher program earlier this year, Mainor was the only Democrat to vote in support of the bill. In 2021, there was a bill that restrained the powers of counties to reduce funding for the police, and Mainor was one of the three Democrats who were in support of it.

At her news conference, Mainor says she and her former party no longer shared the same values.

“When I decided to stand up in support of safe communities and refused to support efforts to defund the police, they didn’t back me. They abandoned me,” Mainor said.

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