Ellen T Wright
Who is this person? Why does she think she is qualified for the job? Where is she from?
Origins: I am a born and raised Georgian. I was born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Red Oak, GA by parents who worked for Delta Air Lines. I was educated K-12 in the Fulton County public school system. When not in school, I could be found somewhere on my parents’ property, my maternal grandparents’ acreage, or somewhere in the neighborhood riding my bike or my beloved horse. I was constantly outside climbing trees, getting dirty, and not being where my mama could find me.
College years rolled around, and for the first two, I remained at home and studied at Clayton State in Biology and Chemistry. Then I switched to Milligan University in Tennessee to complete my Bachelor’s degree. Upon returning home, I began attending Georgia State University in order to receive training as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. Once I completed my exams, I found employment in that field for the next 25 years.
I worked at several different types of healthcare facilities from tiny rural hospitals to major tertiary metro, from veterinarian practices to single physician office specialties to large multi-specialty, multi-physicians, multi-location practices. In so doing, I learned how the government applies rules and regulations affecting reimbursement and access to healthcare, how insurance companies control the government, and basically how this whole healthcare mess has gotten to the tipping pointing of not working at all if you fall through the economic cracks.
Since my retirement in 2005, I kept busy with volunteer work in diverse fields. I volunteered with:
- Children’s Cross Connection International-international medical education and medical aid for children in third world countries
- Stolen Horse International-assists in the location, notification, and return of lost, missing, and stolen equines and other farm animals and equipment
- Troup County Juvenile Court, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program-serving as a advocate for children caught in the family-foster court system for various reasons and advocating for their best interests no matter what that might turn out to be.
- Meriwether County Democratic Committee-writing and posting material in their social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), editing their Newsletter, and creating and monitoring their website.
I met and married Tom Wright in 1990 while working and living in Newnan, GA. We found our home in the Farmer’s Market Bulletin and bought acreage in Meriwether County in 1995 where we have resided ever since. Tom is retired from State Farm Insurance. He stays busy caring for his 99-year old mother in LaGrange. We have nieces and nephews who bring much joy to our lives.
“By their fruit you will recognize them [that is, by their contrived doctrine and self-focus]. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the unhealthy tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruit you will recognize them [as false prophets].” Matt 7: 16-20 Amp
Why Am I Running For Office?
I really did wake up one morning, walked into my kitchen, turned on my radio, and heard that the Georgia General Assembly had passed and Governor Kemp had signed in an unpublicized, Republicans only, meeting in a closed door room legislation that would make it more difficult for minorities, poor people, working people, and those who disagree with THEM to vote. It just flew all over me. Their actions were deliberate, intentional, and calculated to keep the protestors SILENT. The sole person who found out and tried to get into that meeting was a Democratic representative BLACK WOMAN and she was ARRESTED at the door for, of all things, simply knocking at the door. The whole incident (sneaking around, signing in secret, no press, locking people out, the arrest) was just unacceptable in so many ways.
This happened about six weeks after the election of Jon Ossoff, our first Jewish Senator, and Raphael Warnock, our first black senator from the State of Georgia since Reconstruction. It was also about six weeks after January 6th and about sixteen weeks after the Presidential election when against all odds, the State flipped to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Our Republican State Senators and Representatives were in shock. The very laws they had put in place to increase the number of voters that was supposed to help elect more Republicans had, in practice, been used to elect MORE DEMOCRATS. Oh, horrors!! It was, in fact, Republican sponsored legislation and was signed into law by Republican Governor Sonny Perdue. The Democrats just used their own weapons against them and it backfired on them.
I am one of those people who just can not stand it when people tell me that I can not do something because (fill in the blank)_______. It gets me angry and makes me MORE DETERMINED to beat them even if the field is not even and even if the odds are against me. It’s a mindset. Blacks, Latinx, AAPI, all women, poor people, the disabled, people over 55, and more are all examples of groups that are routinely told “you don’t fit into our team.” Seriously?
What these Republicans are working towards is the very same standard that was used by the Federalists at the time of our founding in 1776 and that is:
In order to vote, you will have to fill the following criteria:
- Be of Caucasian descent and possibly even prove it with DNA.
- Be male because female are not worthy of the privilege. (They use the KJV Bible for this. No, I am not kidding. I wish I was.)
- Have a certain level of education. (Back then, it was at least being able to read. Now, they are arguing re GED vs high school diploma vs college degree.)
- Certain economic level. (Thought to be a minimum income of at least $450,000.) That right there kicks about 95% of their base out!
- Own personal property-have you SEEN what real estate prices are doing? (In some areas of the country, investors are buying up housing and doing renovations, but not reselling. They’re leasing or renting. If this keeps up, NO ONE WILL BE FINANCIALLY ABLE TO OWN THEIR OWN HOME. Rents/leases are skyrocketing. The houses being built right down my street will be in the $300-400k range. Nobody on my street can afford that.)
Then I looked to see who participated in the writing of those laws that made it harder to vote in Georgia. My own Senator’s name was near the top of that list.
And that was when I decided I had to run. I’m just a retired woman with no connections to power who lives on rural acreage in Meriwether County. People are telling me that I am crazy and maybe I am. I believe that all citizens should have access to the polls and should vote in EVERY election. It is our RIGHT. I will fight tooth and nail and even pick up one of my pitchforks if I have to to do it. I have black and white neighbors on either side of me. Good people. But these people’s ultimate goal is to disenfranchise them. I won’t stand for it. I’m asking for your vote.
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