Former state Rep. DuBose Porter has been elected as the new head of the Democratic Party of Georgia, in an election conducted over this past weekend by party activists.
The election was held to replace former chair Mike Berlon, who resigned amidst allegations of poor fundraising and the suspension of his law license in May. Berlon also received a reprimand from the Georgia Supreme Court.
Porter was last seen running for governor in 2010, when he lost in a primary to Roy Barnes. In this race, Porter defeated former state Sen. Doug Stoner and Newton County tax commissioner R. J. Hadley during a meeting in Newnan.
However, Porter has a long road ahead. He faces empty coffers at DPG headquarters, with less than $30,000 on hand and few candidates willing to declare for any races in Georgia as of yet. Porter will face a monumental task of trying to make the party competitive outside of a few districts over the next 18 months.
By comparison, the GOP has more than a half a million dollars in cash on hand, and currently control every elected statewide office, along with holding an almost constitutional majority in both houses of the Georgia Assembly.