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Nunn reaches out to young voters in Rome; introduces Emerging Leaders Council program

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While Michelle Nunn is waiting to see who her opposition will be in November’s election, she’s working up a grassroots campaign.

The Georgia Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate met with nearly 40 people in Rome on Tuesday to introduce her Emerging Leaders Council program. The goal is to create a network of people using innovative ideas to increase awareness of her candidacy.

“I think the critical thing is for us to get our message out — which is collaborative and civil leadership that is focused on problem-solving and common sense,” Nunn said.

Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls Jack Kingston and David Perdue are in a runoff for their party’s spot in the general election. The runoff will be held July 22.

The group that gathered Tuesday at The Claremont House bed and breakfast, 906 E. Second Ave., included college students, educators and small business owners.

Berry College students Ree Palmer, Logan Stone and Rachel Renaud said they were excited to hear from Senate candidate Nunn face-to-face at Tuesday’s meeting.

“It was nice to see her make a personal outreach to people,” Stone said. “That is the fastest way to make a change, and it is a good way to make a change.”

Nunn’s campaign literature says one of the purposes of the Emerging Leaders Council is to reach out to a diverse group of younger voters, with a focus on the 25-45 age group.

“Young voters don’t have that involvement or connection to politics, and this is a unique solution to that problem,” said Palmer.

During the session, Nunn repeated a promise to work across party lines to get things done in Washington.

She said she looks forward to working with Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson to represent Georgia’s interest if she’s elected.

“That was good to hear,” Renaud said. “It is going to be complicated but necessary if you are going to get anything done in politics.”