June 19, 2022

What a great weekend for celebrations – Juneteenth and Dads!  On Saturday the DeKalb GOP welcomed Republicans from throughout Georgia to celebrate Freedom Day. In today’s world, it’s hard to imagine with the barrage of social media, always being connected to a device and an endless 24 hour “news” cycle that it could take over two years to first hear that you are “FREE” from the chains of bondage. Think about that for a moment – to be isolated or forgotten.  During the pandemic, we also quickly missed our freedoms when they were taken away but never really appreciated them.  I know I did.  Freedoms that we took for granted – operating your place of business, attending school, getting our hair cut, having dinner with a friend and just hugging a loved one.  Our lives and livelihoods forever have changed.  Let’s put Juneteenth into perspective in that we need to remember that this day does not belong to one group of people. Rather this day belongs to ALL Americans. It’s a testament to the unity of both black and white people who went to great lengths to break the chains of bondage. Juneteenth is about the emancipation of an entire nation–of freeing those previously shackled and preventing former shacklers from treating fellow human beings like property. It’s a reminder of the biblical principle that we have been created from one blood and we are one beautiful, colorful human race. May Juneteenth remind us that hope is never in vain—even when things seem impossible.

In June of 1999 and a few days shy of Father’s Day, I lost my dad to the complications of diabetes.  And just a few years ago, my husband also lost his father to diabetes and other health complications.  Diabetes is a silent killer. This holiday is a day of reflection for us in that we choose to celebrate the dads everywhere including those that are still watching over us from heaven.

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”

Today, we honor the extraordinary fathers who provide support, sacrifice, and love every day for their families. We are thankful for these incredible men who truly make a house a home, filling our spaces with fond memories and laughter day in and day out. 

The DeKalb GOP has another busy week ahead!  Remember Primary Run Off Election Day is Tuesday, June 21 from 7 AM – 7 PMIf you reside in DeKalb School Board District 6 than please vote for Janet Hughes! This is a Non-Partisan Race so Republicans, Democrats and Non-Partisans can all vote for Janet as long as you live in DeKalb School District 6. Voting Early or by Absentee Ballot has been incredibly light – less than 1%!  (Check to see if you reside in DeKalb School Board District 6).  Note that DeKalb is no longer in the U.S. Congressional District 6.  We are in either in U.S. Congressional District 4 or 5 which means Hank Johnson or Nikema Williams are our representatives respectively. (You will have the opportunity to vote for Republican candidates this November – Jonathan Chavez – (CD4) or Christian Zimm (CD5). If you reside in U.S. Congressional Districts 2, 4, 6 or 10 and in several State House and Senate Districts than there are several Republican Run Offs.  So please vote as every vote matters!!!!!   We are also gearing up for the Dunwoody July 4th Parade and Family Festival— come join us

Let’s #VoteDeKalbRed. Thank you!

Best Regards,

Marci McCarthy,
DeKalb GOP Chairman

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