Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rerun of '94 Race in State House District

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rerun of '94 Race in State House District

Article excerpt

BRUNSWICK -- Although reapportionment changed House District 173

from majority black to majority white this year, there still

will be an African-American in the seat come Jan. 1.

That's because this year's race is a rerun of the one two years

ago in which Democrat Eugene C. Tillman, the incumbent, beat

Republican businessman Joe Jaudon for a second term. Both are


In District 173, representing parts of Glynn and Liberty

counties and all of McIntosh County, the boundary lines were

altered earlier after federal court rulings last year struck

down 16 state legislative districts saying they had been drawn

solely for racial reasons. The state General Assembly redrew the

lines in the spring.

Jaudon says his conservative stand on moral, education, crime

and welfare issues will make him a better representative of the

newly aligned district.

"I think he's [Tillman] totally on the wrong side," Jaudon


Jaudon clicks off a litany of problems -- dissent in the state

Department of Education, increased crime, the Department of

Revenue losing track of sales tax receipts -- and lays it all at

the feet of Tillman's party.

"All this happened on the Democratic watch," Jaudon said.

"They've been in charge 120 years and they haven't done

anything." He also blames Tillman and his fellow Democrats for

higher taxes and government waste.

Tillman responds that the Democrat-dominated legislature has

cut taxes by $600 million, slashed unemployment taxes for

businesses and enacted legislation that will remove the sales

tax on food.

Tillman credits his party for the state having established a

HOPE scholarship fund for students who achieve a B or better


In addition, he said roughly 725,000 people have moved to

Georgia since 1990 attracted by abundant, good-paying jobs.

Tillman cites his experience in the legislature and his

appointment to the House Appropriations Committee -- which is

important to coastal Georgia, he said, because it offset the

loss there of Willou Smith, a Sea Island Republican who left

office and ran unsuccessfully for her party's nomination for

secretary of state. …

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