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Stacey Evans speaks out against the HOPE cuts
Various news stories

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A matter of HOPE: Local lawmakers discuss proposed cuts to scholarship program
Marietta Daily Journal, February 22, 2011
by Jon Gillooly

MARIETTA Alarm over lucrative bonuses awarded to Georgia Lottery executives was among the many topics raised in a Monday night forum hosted by Cobb lawmakers regarding proposed cuts to Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program State Reps. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna), Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) and David Wilkerson (D-Austell) fielded questions on the subject from an audience of about 40 at Southern Polytechnic State University.

The roughly two-hour event, which attracted a thoughtful crowd of students, parents, Councilman Philip Goldstein and Cobb NAACP Chair Deane Bonner, was the first in a series of statewide listening tours hosted by Democratic lawmakers on HOPE’s future. Several in the audience said they didn’t understand why bonuses were being awarded to lottery executives when there aren’t enough lottery funds to pay for the HOPE program. “This is a giveaway program,” said Ed Higginbotham of Mableton. “How much does it cost to give away money?”

Wilkerson said state Rep. Terry Johnson (D-Marietta) has authored a bill that would limit the bonuses of those employees.

McEachern High School graduate Eric Monroe, a sophomore on HOPE studying mechatronics at SPSU, suggested making some HOPE recipients pay back the grant if they didn’t fulfill their end of the bargain by remaining in school.

“What about making dropouts pay it back?” Monroe said.

Monroe also suggested raising HOPE revenues by rolling out a statewide Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Another concern from the audience was the issue of students using HOPE funding to pay for remedial college courses. Melissa Pike of Marietta asked why some high school teachers were giving high grades to students who need to take remedial college work.

Evans said that’s a concern she shares. Something is wrong when high school teachers are awarding students As and Bs, yet the students can’t handle the college work, she said.

SPSU architecture major Mary Soley of Smyrna said it’s important to consider locality in relation to academic success. Students in east Cobb schools, she said, will receive a superior education than students who live in poorer communities, because many students have the parent support.

“You have parents who live in these poor neighborhoods, who cannot come to these PTA meetings because they’re working,” Soley said. “So you can’t expect those kids to come out of that school system on the same level.  It’s just impossible.”

Soley said don’t blame the minority student who has to take remedial college courses to get caught up.

“It’s not their fault.  They’re lucky to even come through high school let alone reading at the sixth grade level,” she said.

This morning, Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Senate and House leaders, will announce their proposal for fixing the ailing HOPE program.

The HOPE scholarship and Georgia’s statewide prekindergarten program, which are both funded by the Georgia Lottery, cost about $300 million to $350 million more per year than the amount of revenue generated to fund them, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) said. For the last two years, the state has dipped into the program’s reserves to cover the shortfall. The reserves will be gone in 2012 if the state does nothing. Rogers said with tuition having risen 77 percent over the last 10 years, HOPE can no longer keep pace with college tuition costs.

One of the proposals under consideration is decoupling HOPE from tuition rates.

“HOPE cannot continue to go up just because tuition goes up,” Rogers said. “So what you’ll likely see is the HOPE scholarship amount set fairly close to what it is today, but if tuition were to go up in the future, I don’t think that HOPE would follow.”

Rogers believes the 18 member Georgia Board of Regents, which sets tuition rates, would think twice about raising tuition if they knew the HOPE amount was capped. “We’re hoping that the decoupling will also bring some market forces to the Regents so they don’t continue to raise tuition,” Rogers said.

Another proposal to save funding is to cut some of the hours allotted to the pre-K program, which Rogers said is a program that is “by far the most generous in the country.”

“Right now we pay for up to six-and-a-half hours, which oftentimes includes an hour for nap and 30 minutes for lunch,” Rogers said. “We’re talking about 4-year-olds. And so if we went to a halfday program, you wouldn’t have lottery dollars being used to pay for naptime.”

Implemented in 1993, HOPE has covered full tuition and a portion of fees and textbooks for 1.3 million Georgia students, The House Democratic Caucus reports.

South Cobb State Reps Listen to Citizens’ HOPE Program Concern
South Cobb Patch, February 22, 2011
by Kiri WaltonMichael Packer

Democratic lawmakers are partnering with Republican leadership today to support changes to the HOPE scholarship program, after being encouraged by input received from their first HOPE scholarship listening tour stop on Monday night at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta.

Georgia State Representatives, Alisha Morgan and David Wilkerson, who represent Austell and Stacey Evans who represents Smyrna, answered questions, and asked a few of their own, from about 50 educators, students and community members at the first stop on the listening tour.

In order to cut costs for the programs, Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed cuts to the HOPE and Pre-K programs, which are primarily funded by the Georgia Lottery. According to information presented to the legislature this week, HOPE will suffer a $243 million shortfall this year and is set to run through its reserves in three years or less.

Some of his proposals include paying about 90 percent of tuition instead of 100 percent, cutting Pre-K school days by two and a half hours and capping the bonuses of Georgia lottery employees.

Currently the program offers full tuition, as well as some book costs and other fees, for students who had a B average in high school and maintain at least a 3.0 average in college.

Deal said to the Associated Press that the proposed changes would preserve the program “at least for another generation.”

The majority of the nearly 50 people who showed up for the HOPE scholarship listening tour forum on Monday night at Southern Poly agreed that cuts to Pre-K programs could prove detrimental in the long run.

The listening tour is a way for the state representatives to hear directly from the people who would be affected starting this summer if the HOPE program changes are approved.

“The goal is to get the personal stories,” Wilkerson told South Cobb Patch. “We can talk all we want, but if we don’t have stories of what’s happening down there, it means a little less.”

Tunde Mobolade of Powder Springs shared his story on Monday night.
“I have a student in college, and we don’t have any HOPE,” he said. He asked the three representatives what was being done to make sure that a large chunk of the HOPE funding is not being used for remedial education.

Stephanie Valentine, an Austell resident with sons headed to college, wanted to know how the HOPE grants would be affected by the program cuts.
“Two-thousand dollars doesn’t sound like a lot, but it sure does help,” Valentine said.

Morgan said there is no current GPA requirement to receive a HOPE grant, which is different from a HOPE scholarship. However, she explained that she does not particularly think there should be one.
“If you make it too difficult, then you perhaps cut off access,” Morgan said. “I’m not ready to say, ‘let’s cut it out’ or ‘let’s limit access.’ ”
Wilkerson pointed out that there are many businesses that depend on graduates from technical schools to continue operations and provide professional services.

Many of the attendees of the forum were students, like Ivan Wills, a first semester freshman at Southern Polytechnic University and a disc jockey on the student radio station.

Wills said he is currently able to attend school because he is receiving an unsubsidized loan, and other than that has “no help at all.” He said he cannot continue to take out the unsubsidized loans because he will not be able to pay them all back.

“If I don’t have the money to come here,” Wills said, “then I can’t start my career.”
Eric Monroe, who also works at the student radio station, proposed having HOPE recipients who do not finish college pay back their funds.
The state representatives did not agree that paying back funds would be the solution.
Wilkerson said to South Cobb Patch, “It’s a reward for what you’ve already done and encouragement to continue…If you’ve been hired for a job and you get fired after one month, you don’t have to pay back your salary.”
Monroe later suggested a statewide SPLOST, and the representative said they didn’t think there was “an appetite” for that.
Origen Monsanto, who said he was “a proud HOPE recipient,” suggested capping or cutting funds for those who attend private schools, which would encourage more enrollment in public schools.
Morgan said there are two camps of thought on the purpose of the HOPE scholarship program: one camp believes that the program is to help “students who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity” and the other camp believes it’s a way “to keep the best and brightest here…Now 75 percent stay here.”
“I support a sliding scale where everyone gets some help,” Morgan said. She also wondered aloud about focusing funds on areas that have the most need in the state. For instance, if there was a shortage of science teachers, then students who are going to school for that purpose would receive more funding.
Evans said that she does not believe “that the two are mutually exclusive.” The best and brightest can be found in homes from all socioeconomic levels, Evans explained.
“I hear that a lot, that it’s this or that, and I just reject that.”
Evans said she was a HOPE recipient and her parents were unable to contribute anything to help with tuition or other college costs.
“I’m so glad to see students here, and I know they can attest to that,” Evans said. “It’s not just the tuition bill. It’s bigger than that.”

Smyrna town hall focuses on education Sen. Doug Stoner and Rep. Stacey Evans fielded questions from the community Thursday night.

Smyrna-Vinings Patch, February 4, 2011
by Michael Packer

The topic of education took center stage at a Thursday night town hall meeting hosted by Sen. Doug Stoner and Rep. Stacey Evans.
Stoner (D-Smyrna) is serving his fourth term in the Georgia State Senate, representing South Cobb County from Senate District 6. Evans (D-Smyrna) was elected to the State House last November and represents parts of Smyrna, Marietta and Vinings.
Held at the Smyrna Community Center, the sparsely attended event nonetheless was filled with informative discussion.
“This is just the first of many conversations we are going to have,” said Evans.

And while several issues were discussed, education seemed to be what most of those in attendance came to get answers about. According to Stoner, 56-percent of the state budget is spent on education, which includes kindergarten through college, as well as technical schools.
He explained that since the governor has ordered no more serious budget cuts for K-12, some elected officials have been trying to come up with creative money saving solutions. One freshman representative, he said, recommended a 10-percent cut in the prison system. This decrease in funds, however, means the state would have to close three prisons.
Stoner said that while closing three prisons is not a smart move at the moment, he acknowledged that too much money is spent in the prison system as a whole. He explained that while $34,000 is spent on each inmate per year, only about $6,000 per year is spent on a child in the education system.
“Georgia has the fifth largest prison population in the country,” he said. “One out of 13 people here are in a prison.”

Evans and Stoner were also asked their opinion about the possibility of teacher “report cards” being made public. While Evans said she had yet to see that piece of legislation, she seemed to think that the idea might not be for the best.
“We need an effective way to evaluate our teachers but we have to be fair about it,” she said.
Added Stoner, “It sounds good for a headline but we have to use judgment. The last thing we want to do is put the scarlet letter on someone.”
When asked later about why they felt that so many parents were choosing to place their children in private school, both Evans and Stoner agreed class size seems to be the main issue.
Stoner said that even though his children are enrolled in a private school, he doesn’t put blame on the school system. While he opted for the smaller class sizes that private school offers, he said that parents should choose a private school wisely. He said he questions the validity of some operating outside of the metro-Atlanta area.
“They are called segregation schools down south,” he said.
Evans stated that smaller class sizes would help, but that every school district is different and that government officials should not try to put a mandate on how many students are allowed in a classroom.
“We should leave that up to the professionals,” she said

Transient students were another problem discussed at the meeting. Many students come and go, transferring from one school to another, each year. According to information shared at the meeting, many of these children are raised by single mothers, who move in and out of numerous apartments based on the first month of free rent that is often times offered. Transient students can drastically effect the performance evaluations that each school receives.
Cobb County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott was at the meeting and confirmed the commission had recently eliminated free rent offered by apartment complexes in his district.
“You have to fix the area around the school,” he said. “The problem is not in the building.”
Evans went on to explain that fixing the education system comes down to making smart decisions.
“We don’t want to punish all the good school systems and we don’t want to always be operating in crisis mode,” she said.

When asked what is being done to keep teachers fresh, Evans said that the current evaluations do a good job. Stoner, however, said that he would like to see teachers have less paperwork to fill out. This, he reasoned, would take stress off of teachers and help them perform better in the classroom.

ECDA Features Lessons Learned

Northeast Cobb Patch, January 26, 2011
by Tomi Johnson

The East Cobb Democratic Alliance (ECDA), an independent, non-affiliated political committee, meets every third Thursday at the Rib Ranch, 2063 Canton Rd.

The last meeting, hosted by Chairman Tom Barksdale, presented candidates’ perspectives on the 2010 Campaign. Panel participants included RuthE Levy, candidate, House District 45; Diane Lore, candidate, Georgia House, District 41; and Stacey Evans, candidate and winner, Georgia House, District 40. Maryline Blackburn who ran for Georgia House, District 34 was invited but could not attend.

Without giving away any major campaign secrets, candidates all agreed strategies for identifying voters and getting them to the polls had to be improved.
“The piece that is missing in this whole puzzle is that I see very little integration between the decent, face-to-face, ground effort and social networking,” said Lore. She added Democrats must start conversations on Facebook and Twitter which will translate into votes.

State Representative Stacey Evans, who won after raising $135,000 in donations and hiring a full-time campaign manager, said every apparatus in the social networking toolbox must be used to attract young voters.
“I think next time we will be using Facebook at another level. They have a whole team of kids who are working on making it faster, better, and more interactive, like Facebook on steroids, similar to what Twitter is.” According to Evans, watching political commercials on television to pick candidates is a thing of the past.
She plans to run and win again when the time comes. Evans said that she learned in order to win, she has to “touch” every voter nine times, either by talking to them in person, via phone banking, through direct mail, or via social networking.

RuthE Levy, three-time candidate for Georgia State House, District 45, said, Democrats have lost many races because of the “tax and spend” image created by Cobb conservative Republicans. “There’s not enough opportunity for people to get to know their candidates. I think I spoke at one public forum last year, and that was it.”
Levy said in her last election, she was supported heavily by the ECDA, Cobb Democratic Women, Cobb County Democratic Committee, the State Democratic Party, as well as a few Republicans. “I had support from many different directions,” she said.
Levy added that it is not easy being a Democrat running in a conservative stronghold and said her decision to run again “is to be determined.”

Lore said that redistricting, crossover issues, holding the Republicans accountable, and support from the Party will be major factors in her decision to run again. She said that she felt out in the wilderness in her first campaign. “The level of discourse is very contentious and will have a chilling affect on women wanting to run,” Lore added.

Barksdale said the number one priority the ECDA faces is expanding membership to include younger voters. “We must keep our energy alive during this off year and be prepared for 2012,” he concluded.

Democrat Evans wins open seat in S. Cobb

Marietta Daily Journal, November 3, 2010
by Jon Gillooly

South Cobb has a new representative in the state House: Stacey Evans.

Democrat Evans took 2,574 votes (68 percent) over Republican Scott McDearman's 1,193 votes (32 percent), with 9 out of 12 precincts reporting.

The two political unknowns vied to fill the District 40 seat being vacated by state Rep. Rob Teilhet (D-Smyrna). The district includes parts of Smyrna, Marietta and Vinings.

Evans, 32, easily outspent McDearman, 41, raising $133,238, compared to his $2,475 as of the Oct. 25 filing.

Evans attracted a list of influential supporters, among them Teilhet, state Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna), the Barnes Law Group, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Marietta Councilman Philip Goldstein, state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) and Brock Clay attorney Clem Doyle.

Evans, an attorney, is married to Andrew Evans.

McDearman is an IT analyst with Home Depot. He and his wife, Lisanne, have two children.

"I'm so excited. I look forward to representing the district," Evans said.

Evans attributed her win to her willingness to connect with voters.

"I think it's the willingness to work hard and go out there and meet everybody. I just didn't go out and meet Democrats in the district. I met Republican leaders as well. So much of being a good representative is meeting with people who don't just agree with you, but who disagree with you, so I met with everybody."


Cobb educators endorse Stacey Evans for Georgia House

July 28, 2010

Last week the Cobb County Association of Educators endorsed Stacey Evans for Georgia State House District 40.

“We are proud to endorse Stacey Evans for House District 40,” said Connie Jackson, President of CCAE.  “We feel that she is knowledgeable about education in our area, understands what teachers need and want to make public education the best it can be, and most importantly, she cares about the children of Cobb County.  She has already actively involved educators in the process and we are confident that she will listen to educators when she is serving us in the House.”

“I’m so honored to have CCAE’s support,” Evans said.  “This is a great group of educators fighting on the front lines of our kids’ schools, trying to make the most out of an incredibly difficult situation.  With the over $4 billion in cuts to our kids’ schools the last 8 years, these men and women remain dedicated to giving each Georgia child the best possible future.  And they need our help.  That’s why as our next State Representative I’ll fight against budget cuts, fight to pay good teachers what they are worth, and put Georgia’s public education system back where it belongs – at the top of our priority list.”


Evans highlighted on Blog for Democracy
July 27, 2010

Those of you know Stacey Godfrey Evans probably also know what a wonderful addition she would be to the Georgia State House.

If you haven't met her or read her impressive bio, here's the "executive summary": born and raised in Ringgold, Georgia; child of carpet mill workers; first person in her family to attend college; worked her way through college and law school with the help of the HOPE scholarship; former President of Young Democrats of Georgia; immediate past Chair of Georgia’s WIN List; long history of community service and Democratic Party involvement, and much more.

Stacey is seeking the House Seat in Cobb County vacated by Rob Teilhet, but this is by no means a done deal. In 2008, Rob Teilhet ran completely unopposed. Stacey was fortunate not to have Democratic primary opposition, but does have a Republican opponent in November. HD-40 is one of those small districts where EVERY SINGLE VOTE matters, which makes the recent primary results all the more alarming.

On July 20th, D. Scott McDearman, her Republican opponent got 622 votes, Stacey got 638. Just 16 votes separated them.

Stacey is taking nothing for granted. She's worked very hard over the last year, writing thousands of letters, knocking on hundreds of doors and raising a significant amount of money, but we need to make sure she prevails in November.

This is a race we can't afford to lose and a person we can't afford to be without. She's one of our best and brightest. So please do whatever you can to make sure we hold this seat in November. Even if you don't live in Cobb County, but especially if you do, please offer a few volunteer hours, or a few dollars to the cause.

This is one political contribution I promise you will never regret.


Evans campaign hosts back to school supplies drive for Green Acres and Belmont Hills Elementary Schools
July 22, 2010

We are conducting a school supplies drive for two elementary schools in the District - Green Acres Elementary and Belmont Hills Elementary.  The majority of the students in these schools are economically disadvantaged and sometimes come to school without all the supplies they need to succeed.  The schools and teachers personally end up providing supplies to these students.  Please help us gather school supplies to help them out.  
Here's how you can help:
1. Drop off new school supplies in person at REV Coffee (1680 Spring Road).  Grab some coffee while you are there and support REV for helping us with this project - they are great folks over there!  The supplies needed include backpacks (no wheels), ziplock bags (any size), scissors, glue sticks, no. 2 pencils, spiral notebooks, crayons, pocket folders with prongs, notebook paper (wide ruled), or hand sanitizers.
2. Have over $50 in supplies you want to donate?  Call 770-710-4087 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-710-4087      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-710-4087      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-710-4087      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-710-4087      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-710-4087      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              770-710-4087      end_of_the_skype_highlighting and someone will come and pick them up from you!
3. Go online at your favorite all purpose or office supply store and buy a gift card for $10, $25, or any amount and have it sent to Stacey Evans, 2065C Lake Park Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080.  Here are a few ideas:  Target, Office Depot, Office Max.
4. Do it the old fashioned way and buy a gift card in person and send it to me in the mail!
Over the last several weeks, I've been meeting with principals of the schools in House District 40.  We've got some great leaders in our schools, but they need our help.  This is a small way we can help them help students reach their full potential.  I hope you'll join me in donating school supplies or gift cards.


Stacey Evans receives endorsement from the Georgia AFL-CIO
May 26, 2010

On May 26, 2010, the Georgia AFL-CIO endorsed Stacey Evans, candidate for State House District 40.

"I am pleased to have the support of the Georgia AFL-CIO and Georgia’s working families. My parents and grandparents worked in carpet mills when I was growing up, my dad, uncle, and cousin are truck drivers, and my brother is an electrical lineman. I know firsthand that working families benefit from strong laws to protect their jobs and their safety while on the job,” said Evans. “I am proud to stand with Labor and Georgia’s working families."

Stacey Evans receives the endorsement of Georgia’s WIN List
May 25, 2010

On May 25, 2010, Georgia’s WIN List announced its endorsement of Stacey Evans, candidate for State House District 40.

"I am excited to have the support of Georgia’s WIN List. WIN stands for Women In Numbers and I am thrilled to have these amazing women behind me in this race. Maybe women aren’t better than men when it comes to serving in government, but we are at least as good and currently only 17% of our Georgia legislators are women, even though women are more than 50% of the electorate,” said Evans. “I was proud to serve as a Board member and Chair of WIN and am thrilled to now be a WIN-endorsed candidate and help increase the number of women legislators."

Learn more about Georgia’s WIN List and their endorsement of Stacey at

Senator Doug Stoner endorses Stacey Evans for Georgia House
“Evans a thoughtful and energetic leader,” Stoner said.

February 1, 2010

On February 1, 2010, Senator Doug Stoner formally endorsed Stacey Evans, candidate for State House District 40.

“Stacey Evans is a thoughtful and energetic leader, and I am delighted to support her in her race for the State House,” said Senator Stoner.  “She understands that transportation, education, and job growth are the top priorities of South Cobb residents and I look forward to working with her in the Legislature to address these issues.”

“Senator Stoner is an engaged leader who works hard to make the priorities of his district the priorities of the Legislature.  That’s the kind of legislator I hope to be and I am honored that he has endorsed me,” said Evans.  “I look forward to working alongside him in the Legislature to ensure that the needs of the residents of South Cobb are met and that their voices are heard.”

Stacey Evans continues to show strong financial support
January 7, 2010

Stacey Evans, candidate for State House District 40, filed her second disclosure report on January 7.  Evans, a first time candidate, has raised over $60,000 in 2009 from over 300 individual donors.  Since her initial June disclosure, showing over $40,000 raised in only five weeks from 175 individual donors, she raised nearly $20,000 from over 125 new individual donors.

“I am humbled by the amazing support I’ve continued to receive in my first race for political office.  Following endorsements from all Democratic House Members from Cobb County, including incumbent Rob Teilhet, the support I’ve received this period encourages and energizes me to work even harder to run a quality campaign to share my message of improving education, transportation, and job growth.”

Stacey Evans endorsed by all Cobb County Democratic House Members
December 7, 2009
On December 7, 2009, five Democratic House Members from Cobb County join Representative Rob Teilhet in endorsing Stacey Evans, candidate for State House District 40.  Evans has now received the endorsements of all Democratic House Members from Cobb County more than seven months before the Democratic Primary.

Representatives Don Wix (HD 33), Alisha Thomas Morgan (HD 39), Pat Dooley (HD 38), Terry Johnson (HD 37), and Sheila Jones (HD 40) join Representative Teilhet in giving their strong words of support to Evans’ campaign.
 “Stacey Evans is an accomplished attorney and community leader.  Cobb County will be well served to have her as an advocate in the Legislature,” said Representative Don Wix.

“I’ve know Stacey Evans since 2002 when she encouraged and supported my first campaign.  Stacey is a dedicated friend and leader,” said Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan.  “We need more women in the Legislature and I look forward to working with her to put the priorities of Georgia families first under the Gold Dome.”

“Stacey Evans is passionate about improving our public schools so that all children have a chance to reach their full potential,” said Representative Pat Dooley.  “As the first person in her family to go to college, she knows first-hand how critical a good education is to a bright future.”

“I look forward to working with Stacey Evans in the Legislature to improve transportation,” said Representative Terry Johnson.  “Stacey understands that the people of metro Atlanta are tired of sitting in traffic, and she has the determination to do something about it.”

“I am thrilled to support Stacey Evans.  I’ve known her for a long time, and she will be a tireless advocate for the people of Cobb County,” said Representative Sheila Jones.  “As an employee of Lockheed Martin for over 29 years, I trust Stacey to fight for workers and to help keep and create jobs for Georgians.”

“I am overwhelmed and humbled to receive endorsements from such amazing leaders,” said Evans.  “I am honored to have earned the trust of these representatives who I’ve worked with over the years in community and political organizations.  If I am fortunate to be elected, I will work hard to live up to the confidence these leaders have placed in me and will do my utmost to move Georgia forward.”


Teilhet endorsement of Evans lauded on Georgia Women Vote
November 21, 2009

"Stay in your own lane." That's one of the cardinal rules of a successful political campaign. Rep. Rob Teilhet, who is running for Attorney General, broke that rule last week when he endorsed Stacey Godfrey Evans, a phenomenal young women who is running for his soon-to-be vacated House seat. That Rob endorsed Stacey means that, for him, there's one rule that trumps all the others: "Do the right thing." Rob's passion for doing what's right has been the hallmark of his service in the state legislature, and it is one of the many reasons he has my full support in his campaign to become Georgia's next Attorney General. (More on that in another post.)

Why was endorsing Stacey Evans the right thing for Teilhet to do? Because there is no doubt that Stacey will be an outstanding representative for the people of Georgia's 40th House District. Stacey is bright, accomplished and, at the same time, down to earth. She has also followed one of the "other" rules of a successful campaign: she raised a significant amount of money right away. She reported raising over $38K as of June 30th, and still had almost all of it in the bank, just over 36K. (If only the Governor had managed the state budget that well!) Stacey was able to raise that money because, for years, she has been involved in professional, political and philanthropic organizations, and the people she has worked with learned quickly that they could count on Stacey. As this article from EMILY's List affirms, Stacey is an leader to watch.

So, Rob, you might have broken a rule, but you did the right thing, and I'm proud to support both you and Stacey!

Representative Rob Teilhet endorses Stacey Evans
November 16, 2009
On November 16, 2009, Representative Rob Teilhet formally endorsed Stacey Evans to succeed him as the representative from State House District 40.

“I’ve known Stacey Evans for several years as a community leader and know her to be intelligent, hard working, and passionate about service,” said Representative Teilhet.  “Stacey will be a strong voice for the people of our community and will ensure that the ideas and concerns of local citizens continue to be heard.”

“Representative Teilhet has been a great leader for House District 40 and the State, and I am honored to have his support,” said Evans.  “I am excited to have the opportunity to continue the tradition of strong and responsive leadership.”

Rob Teilhet has represented House District 40 in the Georgia House of Representatives since his election in 2002.  He is the Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and serves on the Judiciary, Education, and Industrial Relations Committees.  He is a partner in the Marietta law firm of Rogers, Strimban & Teilhet.  He is a candidate for Attorney General.

Follow the news coverage of Representative Teilhet’s endorsements at Georgia Women Vote and Peach Pundit


Stacey Evans featured in EMILY’s List article

October 13, 2009
On September 17th, Stacey Evans attended EMILY's List Political Opportunity Program ("POP") training, which was lead by Kate Coyne-McCoy, a great friend to female democratic candidates here in Georgia and across the country.

Read about the training, including a feature of the campaign here:


Georgia’s WIN List to honor Stacey Evans

October 13, 2009
Georgia’s WIN List will honor Stacey Evans, along with Melita Easters and Mary Long, for her work as former chair of Georgia's WIN List. “I am humbled to accept this honor alongside two of my sheros and mentors,” said Stacey of the honor. The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 17th from 6:30-8:30 at the Defoor Center Gallery at 1710 Defoor Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

For more information, visit


Stacey Evans on Kudzu Vine, blog talk radio

September 13, 2009
On September 13, 2009, Stacey was a guest on Kudzu Vine.  Stacey enjoyed the opportunity to discuss her background and the issues with David McLaughlin, Catherine Smith, and Tim Shiflett. 

You can listed to the show as a podcast here:



Evans Campaign mentioned in Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Daily Journal, September 1, 2009
by Otis Brumby, Bill Kinney & Joe Kirby
Around Town Columnists

MORE POLITICAL PATTER: Political newcomer Stacey Evans has announced her candidacy for the District 40 state House seat to succeed state Rep. Rob Teilhet (D-Smyrna), who is running for state attorney general. First-time candidate Evans will run in the Democratic Primary. She says she has raised more than $40,000 from over 175 donors. House District 40 includes parts of Smyrna, Marietta and Vinings. Ms. Evans is a lawyer at Bryan, Cave Powell & Goldstein. She was born and raised in Ringgold, received her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Georgia and resides in Smyrna with her husband, Andrew.




August 24, 2009

I am very excited to announce that Jonae Wartel has joined the campaign as my Campaign Manager.  In a legislative race, that means that Jonae will be my field director, finance director, public relations director, volunteer coordinator, and everything in between.  She's perfect for the job and I'm thrilled to welcome her aboard!

As a native of Marietta, Georgia, Jonae developed a passion for community building and politics at a young age.  After earning undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she worked as a field organizer with both the Barack Obama Campaign in Missouri and Jim Martin for U.S. Senate here in Georgia. 

She currently serves as secretary of the Young Democrats of Cobb County, helping to organize and unify the next generation of party leaders.  She is excited about joining the campaign and having the opportunity to energize and mobilize Democrats in Cobb County.  In her leisure time, she enjoys blogging, running, community service, and photography.

Please show your support of Jonae joining the team by making a contribution on-line today at 

A big thank you goes out to all of you who have already donated on-line.  We are moving fast toward the goal of raising $5,000 on-line by the end of the month, but we aren't there yet.  Please help us get there and show your support for Jonae as well.  Your contributions of $250, $100, $50, $25, or whatever you can give are greatly appreciated.  Donate on-line today! 

Thank you for your continued support.





The campaign website is live!

August 3, 2009

The campaign website is live! You can now sign up to volunteer and make contributions online at

Thanks to your help, the campaign is off to a strong fundraising start. Please consider making a donation online to keep the momentum going and take the new website for a test run at the same time.

Please help me raise $5,000 this month to begin the online fundraising part of this campaign with a bang! Please go online now at and make a contribution. Your donations of $250, $100, $50, and $20 are all needed.  Together we can do it!

Thank you for your continued support!





July 7, 2009

I have exciting news to share! Yesterday I filed my first disclosure report for the campaign. Thanks to your generosity, I reported over $40,000 raised from more than 175 individual donors during the first 5 weeks this campaign was up and running! I am overwhelmed by your amazing support. Thank you for the confidence that you have shown in this campaign. Because of your support, we've built the strong foundation necessary to be successful.

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I appreciate all of your support and encouragement over these last few weeks. I will need you more than ever as this campaign continues. Together we will win!

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Stacey Evans Makes it Official – mention on Blog for Democracy

Blog for Democracy, May 25, 2009
by Melanie Goux

Stacey Evans makes it official: As previously reported by Amy on Georgia Women Vote, Stacey Evans has officially declared her intent to run for Georgia State House District 40, the seat being vacated by Rob Teilhet, now seeking to be Georgia's next Attorney General.

Jason Adams, a remarkable first time candidate in 2008, was also rumored be considering a run for the seat, but last report is he won't pursue. I do hope we see Jason again. We need more candidates, and Representatives, like him.

So this means, so far at least, Stacey seems to have a clear field. Awesome.



The Scoop on a Great Candidate for Teilhet's Seat – mention on Tondee’s Tavern/Georgia Women Vote Blog

Tondee’s Tavern/Georgia Women Vote Blog, April 22, 2009
by Amy Morton

Last night, I learned that Stacey Evans, a Democrat, will file the appropriate papers to run for HD40, the seat Rob Teilhet is vacating to run for Attorney General. Stacey is an attorney with Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein. Her professional, political and civic accomplishments are too many to list here. She is the immediate past chair of Georgia's WIN List, a active member of Red Clay and engaged with many other organizations. Stacey will be an outstanding Representative, and I am thrilled that she has decided to offer herself for service.

We need about 20 more just like her!