Why 2 Majority Black Towns Can Land in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s District

POWDER SPRINGS, Georgia — Less than a 30-minute drive from Atlanta, Powder Springs embodies the changes that are reshaping Georgian politics. Shops and restaurants owned almost entirely by black owners line its town center and are frequented by a growing population of young residents and of various races. The suburban town elected its first black mayor in 2015, and the county where it sits, the former Republican stronghold of Cobb, voted for President Biden by 14 percentage points in 2020.

There’s another big change: Powder Springs, a majority black city, may soon be represented in Congress by Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The development, the result of new district maps drawn by Georgia state lawmakers, was part of a Republican campaign aimed at blunting the power of Democrats. But for residents, the prospect that Powder Springs and another predominantly black suburb, Austell, will be represented by perhaps the most far-right Republican in Congress raises questions that go beyond partisan politics. Some say they have little confidence that Ms. Greene will give them the same attention and respect she gives to her white and Republican constituents and fear that their voice in Congress will speak for them.

“It’s about having someone who’s going to take your phone calls, who’s going to work on your behalf, who’s going to care about what happens to your kids, who’s going to care about making sure you get to your work,” said state Rep. David Wilkerson, a black Democrat who lives and represents communities now drawn to Ms. Greene’s congressional district. “That’s what people are looking for. »

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