0

Seay, Mullin make push

By Justin Boron

State Sen. Valencia Seay, College Park-D will make one last push this weekend to beat Republican nominee Edith Marie Mullin in the race for the state Senate District 34 seat.

Seay said she would be at a number of "intersection rallies" sprinkled throughout district in Clayton and Fayette counties to pull in every last vote before the polls open on Tuesday.

Mullin said she would continue expanding her support base by talking to neighbors and friends over the weekend.

Seay, who defeated House District 74 candidate Emory Wilkerson in 2002, is up against a first-time politician, who said she joined the race to reform the state judiciary and give people a choice.

But Mullin would not specify how or why she wanted to reform the judiciary.

"There are just some issues I have with the judicial structure," she said.

Mullin is an investment counselor.

No stranger to opposition, Seay welcomes Mullin and is confident of her ability to reach both a Republican and Democratic audience.

"I deal with the issues, not necessarily party affiliation," she said. "I have always gotten Republican votes in this district."

At recent service in the New Hope Baptist Church, Seay said she received the pledge of several Republicans.

Despite Seay's experience in the district, Mullin said she was not intimidated.

"Seay is very experienced but I felt like if I did win she would be picked up in a different position," she said.

Mullin also said she entered the race because Seay might have given up her seat to spend more time with her new grandchild.

Like Seay, Mullin said she is working to sew up the disparities between Clayton and Fayette County.

"My district has a contingent of very high-income families," she said. "The concerns of lower income families in Clayton County are not being addressed."