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01 July 2013

Rockdale County Tax Commissioner Mulling a Bid for Georgia Democratic Party Chairman

Rockdale County Tax Commissioner R.J. Hadley is considering a bid to become the next Georgia Democratic Party chairman.

In posts appearing on his Facebook page (shown right), Hadley indicated a formal announcement looms on the horizon.

Currently serving his first term as Tax Commissioner, R.J. Hadley previously ran for U.S. Senate, losing in the 2010 Democratic primary to then-Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.

According to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Hadley raised $10,573 for his failed Senate campaign, including a $3,000 check from himself. When he ran for Rockdale County Tax Commissioner, Hadley reported campaign contributions of $3,770 to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

R.J. Hadley was part of the so-called "Slate of Eight" swept into power during the 2012 election. Hadley, along with seven other black Democrats, defeated the Republican Party nominees in a racially polarized campaign that featured literature (shown below) with the faces of the white candidates crossed out.

(Image courtesy Mike Hassinger/PeachPundit)

An analysis of the 2012 Rockdale County Election results shows the black slate of eight performed best in majority black precincts, and fared worst in majority white precincts.

2010 Census data shows Rockdale County is 48.9% white and 46.7% black. However, the precincts won by R.J. Hadley and the remaining slate of eight are 54% black. These precincts also contain most of Rockdale County's registered voters.