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“… A group of Democrats based in Union County, Georgia. It is a place to make statements and hold civil discussions on issues that affect our community, our state and our nation.” – Union County Democrats Face Book Group

Chair: Nelson Thomas
Meetings: 2nd Thur., Unity Church of Blairsville, 298 School Circle, Blairsville
Email: nelsonhthomas@gmail.com
Face Book Group: (closed)  https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Union%20county%20ga%20democrats

The 2016 Vote: http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/Union/64136/183182/en/summary.html

Historic Union County Courthouse, Blairsville, Georgia.

Demographics:  “As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,356 people, 9,116 households, and 6,382 families residing in the county. The population density was 66.3 inhabitants per square mile (25.6/km2). There were 14,052 housing units at an average density of 43.6 per square mile (16.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.8% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.0% were English, 15.8% were Irish, 15.0% were American, and 13.2% were German  …. The median income for a household in the county was $41,298 and the median income for a family was $50,772.”  Wikipedia – More

History:  “Union County, located in northeast Georgia at the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the state’s eighty-third county and comprises 323 square miles. Its northern border is shared with North Carolina. In 1832 the state legislature created Union County from Cherokee County. John Thomas, a state representative for the area, suggested the name “Union.”   Cooksey, Elizabeth B. “Union County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 29 November 2016. Web. 26 May 2017.

The name is derived from the political party, The Union Party, favored forced removal of Native Americans to the west.  It was  formed and died before the build up to the Civil War.

Union county has been a beneficiary of both Federal and State government programs, in the 1930s, “the County remains rural, and agriculture and tourism are the mainstays of its economy. The Mountain Research and Education Center, the University of Georgia’s oldest agricultural extension station, was established in 1930 on 415 acres south of Blairsville. Through its educational programs, which taught local farmers how to diversify their crops, the station was instrumental to the growth of the county’s economy. In 1938 the center became one of the founders of the Georgia–TVA Council, which was formed to promote the use of yield-boosting fertilizers in the area.”

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Brasstown Bald, Highest Point in Georgia

Then in the 1990s The Zell Miller Mountain Parkway (Georgia State Highway 515; named for Georgia governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller), part of the Appalachian Developmental Highway, was completed in 1991 and has greatly strengthened the place of tourism in the Union County economy. — also bringing a large contingent of retirees.”

“Noteworthy residents have included Joseph E. Brown, Georgia’s governor during the Civil War; Byron Herbert Reece, an poet and novelist; and Arthur Woody, “the barefoot ranger.” Woody was one of Georgia’s first forest rangers, working as a ranger from 1918 to 1942, and is considered the state’s first conservationists.”  Cooksey, Elizabeth B. “Union County.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 29 November 2016.