ALBANY, Ga. — It’s not easy being a Democrat in a Republican state, and yet Carol Fullerton prides herself on her ability to mix and mingle among the blues and the reds for the greater good of the people of Albany.
“I want what’s best for Albany,” Fullerton said. “And to me, that means having good jobs, good educational opportunities and a community that’s working together, one that isn’t distrusting.”
To read more about Carol Fullerton's opponent, Muarlean Edwards, click here
She has represented Albany in the Georgia House since January 2009 and is seeking her third two-year term. Previously, the consultant has served on the Albany City Commission and the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission Board.
Position sought: State representative, District 153
Political experience: State representative, 2009-present; former Albany city commissioner; former WG&L Commission board member
Key issues: Economic growth; Ray Charles Fine Arts Center, Albany State University; transportation improvements; benefits for district and region in legislation
Fullerton is pitching her experience and her ability to cross the aisles, working with both Democrats and Republicans to get area needs included in legislation.
In the coming session in January, she said she is optimistic that she can secure funding for the Ray Charles Fine Arts Center at Albany State University that earlier received state funding for planning.
As a member of the minority party in the Legislature, Fullerton says it’s important to be able to work with the Republican leadership. “I’m a Democrat and that’s not going to change,” she said. “And I’m an old-time Democrat. ... But we ought to be able to come to the table to work together.”
She said that she will vote with Republicans when it makes sense, noting that a representative who votes against the GOP-written state budget is “never going to get anything in it.”
She currently serves on five House committees — Economic Development and Tourism; Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications; Health and Human Services; Higher Education, and Natural Resources & Environment.
“I think there is something to be said about having a voice on these committees and having that kind of impact in Atlanta,” Fullerton said.
On the issue of Tuesday’s referendum for a regional special-purpose local-option sales tax for transportation projects in Region 10 — a 14-county region that includes Dougherty — Fullerton is a supporter of the measure.