Several years ago the Georgia Democratic Party enacted rules to guarantee there would be racial and sexual diversity among its leaders.
Today, however, the Democratic Party finds itself in the position of holding an election for state chairman where only white males are eligible to run. That obviously sends out a very mixed message about diversity.
Democrats are in this fix because of the recent resignation of state chairman Mike Berlon. They have scheduled a meeting of the state committee for Aug. 17 to elect his replacement.
The party’s rules provide that the top two leadership positions, chairman and first vice chair, cannot be held by persons of the same race and gender.
Because the first vice chair, Nikema Williams, is a black woman, party rules mean that only white male candidates are eligible to run for state chairman.
When Williams distributed an email to state committee members announcing the upcoming election, she reminded them: “The Charter, therefore, restricts candidates in this special election by race. Thus, any white male Democrat is eligible to run in this special election.”