We’ve received the following statement from Tharon Johnson:
“At this time, I believe I can best serve the Democratic Party of Georgia as an advisor and partner to a wide range of leaders, influencers and supporters, both locally and nationally. As a campaign manager and strategist, I have an established track record of working well with Georgia Democrats including Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed, Superintendent Michael Thurmond, former Congressman John Barrow, Michelle Nunn, and Jason Carter as well as national Democrats with strong ties to both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Most Democrats want to see a new strategic direction in Georgia. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. This is not a personal attack on anyone, but the party has not achieved its goals, especially as the state’s demographics have changed. We must move beyond the old paradigm of Atlanta vs. rural areas, black vs. white and other divisive factions if we are going to win. And we must get young voters — Millennials — excited and involved in our efforts from the grassroots level to leadership positions.
That’s why I am as committed as ever to working with state party leaders and elected officials to refocus and rebuild the Democratic Party of Georgia. The state party must come together now — not in 2016 or 2018 — to develop a winning strategy for voter registration, education and mobilization. In the next 30 days, I am willing to meet with the State Party Chairman and other leaders to rebuild DPG’s foundation and ensure we have the correct roadmap to turn Georgia blue again.”
Sounds like he’s willing to help -just not lead.