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01 April 2010

Congressman Hank Johnson On Census 2010: "Stand Up & Be Counted"

Thursday afternoon, 4th district Congressman Hank Johnson will mail his family's census form at the Wesley Chapel Post Office.

In an effort to encourage people to complete their census forms, Johnson will be joined by local school principals, elected officials, community leaders, pastors, Census representatives and representatives from the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO).

"Our community can’t afford to lose out on crucial federal funds and programs," said Congressman Johnson. "In order to get our fair share of funding for our community, we must count everyone. Our schools, libraries, community centers and so many other important programs all rely on Census results."

The Census Bureau reports that Georgia has a census participation rate of 47%. In the 4th congressional district, the participation rates are 42% for Fulton County; 43% for DeKalb County; 39% for Clayton County; 45% for Gwinnett County; and 46% for Rockdale County.

The national average is 52%.

"We can do better,” said Rep. Johnson. "Stand up and be counted."