Pickens

Pickens County Democratic Party
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“Our mission is to elect more Democrats to public office….”

“Our four basic functions are

  1. support of Democratic candidates,
  2. working with the state and national Democratic Parties,
  3. involvement in community activities, and
  4. communications with our supporters and with the general public.” — Pickens County website.

The Pickens County Democratic Party has the honor of being home to Georgia’s 9th  Congressional District’s long time  Democratic Chairman, David Robinson,  The party has been an active participant in community affairs as well as contributing time, treasure and enthusiasm to Democratic Party campaigns and events.  The party website managed by David Robinson is a valuable resource for written literature, notifications of events etc.

Chair: David Robinson
Meetings:  3rd Tue., odd-numbered months. 7:00 p.m., Microtel Inn & Suites, Jasper
Email: chairman@pickensdemocrats.org
Website: http://www.pickensdemocrats.org/
F
ace Book Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161755220572259/

The 2016 Vote: http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/Pickens/64104/183567/en/summary.html 

statueDemographics: “As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 29,431 people, 11,291 households, and 8,423 families residing in the county.The population density was 126.8 inhabitants per square mile (49.0/km2). There were 13,692 housing units at an average density of 59.0 per square mile (22.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.7% white, 1.1% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.8% were American, 13.2% were English, 12.3% were Irish, and 10.0% were German. ….. ….The median income for a household in the county was $49,945 and the median income for a family was $59,955”  ,  Wikipedia – Read More

Jasper is the county seat, one of 3 incorporated cities A significant portion of the county population resides in these three communities. These are large, gated private communities that function similar to a municipality providing many municipal-type services that operate independent of county government.  ,  Wikipedia – Read More

History: “Located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in north central Georgia, was formally created on December 5, 1853, from Gilmer and Cherokee counties. The county was named for Andrew Pickens, a South Carolinian who served as a general during the American Revolution (1775-83).

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The Blue Ridge

The history of modern settlement in the area began when Georgia created the Federal Road, its first state highway, across the Cherokee Nation in 1805. (More of the remains of this unpaved route lie in Pickens than in any other county.) Native Americans, whites, and interracial families, some with slaves, maintained taverns for travelers along this route, which was traveled by U.S. presidents Andrew Jackson and James Monroe.  — Davis, Robert S. “Pickens County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 07 December 2016.

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Tate Elementary School

The construction in 1989 of Georgia State Highway 515, The Zell Miller Mountain Parkway, opened Jasper and other mountain communities to the tourist industry. Before its construction the unincorporated community of Tate was the county’s best known town outside the county.  It’s fame comes from the marble quarry first begun in the 1830s and  expanded with the arrival of rail service in 1883. Marble from Tate was used in the construction of the Lincoln Memorial and it has been estimated to comprise over half the marble in Washington, D. C. The Tate Elementary School constructed entirely of marble is a sightseeing destination.   — Davis, Robert S. “Pickens County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 07 December 2016.