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02/06/03

Democrats Form A Committee In Long Beach

State democrats are doing whatever they can to rally the troops. Recently, they urged party members to form executive committees in each city, so democrats would have voices all over the state. Two people in Long Beach took the democrats up on that challenge.  One of them owns a Long Beach coffee house. 

Vickie Cornett knows it takes the right mix of coffee grounds and water to brew a tasty cup of coffee. The owner of Northern Exposures thinks politics should be the same way. But in her city, the political leadership brew lacks a democrat. Cornett wants to change that.

"I think there are a lot of them hiding," she said, describing the democrats she believes are in her city.

"There are a lot of them that are afraid to come out. But we're just going to let them know that there are democrats down here. And we're coming out and we're going to do what needs to be done."

Less than a month ago, Cornett and Ken Price started a Long Beach democratic executive committee.

According to Price, "It isn't a sin to be a democrat in Mississippi."

That's why he became secretary of the committee. Cornett is the president.

"I was interested in certain things," she said. "I was interested in getting involved in my community. And that's what I did."

Cornett and Price understand that they have a pretty daunting task in front of them. You see, Long Beach may be the friendly city. But it's not considered a democratic town. The mayor and all seven city aldermen are republicans. And the city overwhelmingly supported new republican governor Haley Barbour. So, the new democratic committee members know they have quite a fight on their hands.

"We're going to work at it," Cornett said. "We have a good group of people that is going to do it, that is willing to do it. And we've already started."

Price is confident Long Beach democrats will be heard in future elections.

"I think we could be very effective," he said.

So far, the Long Beach Democratic Executive Committee has seven members. The group expects to sign up several more people, once word of their coffee talk meetings spreads around the city.

by Brad Kessie

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