Local Democratic leaders react to Senate races

Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 11:08 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - With two new senators coming to the U.S. Capitol soon, it’s also a victory for Georgia Democrats.

Some leaders in the Chattahoochee Valley said it’s time for a change. They said they are excited to see an African American pastor and man of Jewish faith represent Georgia.

“I am ecstatic. I am very excited. I am thankful,” said Columbus City Councilor Toyia Tucker.

Local Democrats said they are thrilled to see two new faces coming to Congress.

“I think when the day is over, one party will control the state of Georgia. So, it will be more of a coalition and with that in mind, I think it’s a healthy political equation,” said Calvin Smyre, dean of Georgia House.

“The citizens of Georgia and America were ready for some change. I mean Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse would be better than Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue,” said attorney Teddy Reese.

Rev. Raphael Warnock will be the first African American senator from Georgia in the state’s history. Warnock expressed on social media overnight saying he’s excited to start working for Georgians.

Reese said the work really starts now.

“We have to continuously fight at this and that’s what’s going to make it better,” said Reese. “Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and all of our civil rights leaders, they didn’t get this done over one weekend or one election cycle. This was decades of fighting, grunt work. I mean, bloody knuckles from trying to get it done. So, we have to keep fighting.”

These two seats create a 50-50 Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking any ties.

Democrats said they are thankful voters showed out for the runoff elections, which usually have much lower participation rates.

“I’m just thankful that the citizens in Georgia know the importance and they know their vote matters,” Tucker said.

Now that the people have spoken, Democrats said it’s time to take things to Washington and start back fighting for the American people.

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