Barbara Bailey, 2nd Congressional District, pledged to Edwards

Bailey is a retired educator and graduate of Albany State University. She received her experience in the Democratic Party by assisting her husband, the Rev. Thomas R. Bailey, in numerous political campaigns and by supporting and working for his candidacy for the Georgia State Senate. Additionally, she has been a grassroots worker in a number of campaigns for Democratic Party candidates.

Rev. Thomas R. Bailey, 2nd Congressional District, pledged to Edwards

Bailey is pastor of St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church in Valdosta. He served honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. He graduated from Fort Valley State College with a degree in history and political science. He received a master's degree in education and social science from Mercer University. Bailey has been involved in campaigns for Democratic candidates on all levels of government since the 1970s. In the mid 1990s, he was a candidate for the Georgia State Senate in the Democratic Primary. In 1998, he received a doctorate in religious education from Logos Christian Bible College in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Lowndes County Democratic Committee.

Mary Ballew, state at large, pledged to Edwards

Ballew is a senior at Valdosta State University, majoring in political science and planning to attend law school in fall 2005. She is an active member of the VSU College Democrats. She attended this year's Young Democrats Convention and also participated in the March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C. She is also a member of the Georgia Win List, a political activism committee for Democratic women of Georgia.

l Ashley Bell, national president, College Democrats of America, unpledged

CNN's Frank Sesno has called Bell "The most impressive college student in politics." Bell, a student at LSU Law School, is from Gainesville, Ga., and has been involved in College Democrats since a freshman at Valdosta State University. After being introduced to CDA as an intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in the office of U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., she returned to Georgia to start a College Democrats chapter on campus. In 2000, Ashley became the youngest African-American delegate at a Democratic Convention in history.

Rick Lasseter, 2nd Congressional District, pledged to Kerry

Lasseter, a native of Valdosta, is a student at Valdosta State University. He works with the ACLU of Georgia and received the Student Civil Libertarian of the Year Award this year for his efforts in helping to protect the U.S. Constitution. He is president of the VSU College Democrats and vice president of the College Democrats of Georgia.

Dr. Richard T. Saeger, 1st Congressional District, pledged to Kerry

Saeger is professor emeritus of political science at Valdosta State University. He reports that he has been a Democrat since he first registered in Pennsylvania and voted for Lyndon Johnson in 1964. He was a member of the Democratic Charter Commission in the early 1970s. He served then and now on the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia. He has worked in numerous campaigns for Democrats. Currently, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Lowndes County Democratic Committee and the faculty adviser to the VSU College Democrats.

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