On Saturday, February 22, United States Rep. Sanford Bishop visited the city of Macon and was a keynote speaker at a conference sponsored by the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO).
Bishop, 66, is likely to run for an twelth two-year term in the U.S. Congress representing Georgia's Second Congressional District.
The Columbus, Georgia-based Democrat was first elected to office on the same day former President Bill Clinton was elected -- November 3, 1992.
Bishop's district encompasses most of west central and southwestern Georgia and includes most of Macon along with cities such as Albany, Fort Valley, Warner Robins and most of Columbus.
Last year, Bishop was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer. According to an official statement released by Bishop’s office back in January chemotherapy ended Nov.4, 2013 and he is now cancer-free.
The chemotherapy treatments were designed to dissolve and kill cancer cells so that the surgery to follow would require the removal of significantly less tissue from his neck and throat.
At the GABEO event, Bishop had spoke about the importance of voting. He told Central Georgia's NBC affiliate WMGT-TV the following:
"They simply need to remember one thing--and that's the vote," said Bishop.
"(It's) good for growth good for jobs, (and it's a) good opportunity for youngsters to be able to reach their full potential," said Bishop.
And when you vote, you get a say in who represents your interests.
"All of those come as a result of some public policies made by elected officials," said Bishop.
GABEO president Tyrone Brooks also spoke about the importance of voting, especially in 2014.
"We're trying to energize our people to get involved in the political process," said Brooks.
"Voting in every election--to impact governor's races, US Senate, Congress, local elections like Macon-Bibb, Atlanta, you know, all across this state, " explains Brooks.
The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials was formed in 1970, as a statewide political group composed of elected officials on all levels of Georgia government – municipal, county, state, and national.
The main objectives of the organization are to provide exemplary representation for constituents, use political clout to address issues of concern in communities, and work in conjunction with colleagues to create and establish laws which were sensitive to the needs of all people, especially people of color.