Ga. Democrats elect Porter as state party chair

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Updated: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 05:16:10 EST

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrats have chosen former House Minority Leader Dubose Porter as their next state chairman during a special election, as the state party looks to rebuild itself after recent fundraising challenges and ahead of major elections next year. Porter defeated former state Sen. Doug Stoner of Cobb County and Rockdale County Tax Commissioner R.J. Hadley in a special election Saturday. About 250 members of the party's state committee cast ballots in the election during a meeting in Newnan. In June, Mike Berlon stepped down as state chair, citing personal issues. The attorney had been reprimanded by the State Bar of Georgia, sued by a client and was on the defensive after the party reported weak fundraising ahead of the 2014 statewide and congressional elections.

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