Campaign Watch: Rally set for this morning to get state to reopen Rome Career Center, closed since the first wave of the pandemic.

Campaign Watch: Rally set for this morning to get state to reopen Rome Career Center, closed since the first wave of the pandemic.


Rally planned for this morning to reopen state Labor Department offices:

Georgia might be “open for business” but labor department offices remain closed, which is the focal point of a rally set for this morning at 462 Riverside Parkway beginning at 10 a.m.

At issue: “The Georgia Department of Labor Career Centers have been closed since March of 2020.  Countless Georgians are owed weeks/months of unemployment benefits from the Georgia DOL and are still not getting the answers they need.  While the department employees are working from home or behind locked doors, phone calls and emails are going unanswered.  In addition, these offices were a hub for connecting people with job openings.  Now area employers are setting up tents on street corners trying to find workers.”

The labor department website shows the Rome office, which serves Floyd, Polk, Gordon and Haralson counties, remains closed. Click Rome office.

Expected to attend: State Rep. William Boddie (candidate for State Labor Commissioner), Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council Executive Director Sandra Williams, Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis (candidate for Congress).


  • Oct. 4: Last day for new or lapsed voters to register to vote in the general election on Nov. 2.
  • Oct. 12: Advance voting begins.
  • Oct. 23-24: The Saturday is the mandatory weekend day to vote in advance; the 24th is the optional Sunday balloting.
  • Nov. 2: Election day, precincts open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.


Nov. 2 ballots:


City Commission, three seats, Ward 2: Top three vote-getters win the seats.

  • Elaina Beeman
  • LuGina Brown
  • Jamie Doss (incumbent)
  • Tyrone Holland
  • Victor Hixon
  • Randy Quick (incumbent)

Rome Board of Education, seven seats: Top seven vote-getters win the seats.

  • Pascha Burge
  • Will Byington (incumbent)
  • Faith Collins (incumbent)
  • Dr. Melissa Davis (incumbent)
  • Jill Fisher (incumbent)
  • Alvin Jackson Sr. (incumbent)
  • Tracy Anthony-McDew
  • Ron Rhodes
  • John Uldrick (incumbent)


Six people have qualified to run for the three City Council seats this fall.

  • Incumbent Charles Jackson is challenged by Stacey Royston.
  • Incumbent Nellie McCain is challenged by Jason West.
  • Incumbent Nancy Fricks is challeged by Steve Pierce.



  • Daniel Johnson
  • Dickie Gazaway
  • Stephen Wilson

Cedartown City Commission

  • Sam Branch
  • Matt Foster
  • Jessica Brewster Payton

Rockmart City Council

  • Ward 1: Will Dover, Joe Henderson
  • Ward 3: Lucille Harris
  • Ward 4: Michael Bradley


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