As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, April 21, 1982:
Nunn to visit
The Columbia County Democratic Committee will sponsor a breakfast at West Lake Country Club on May 1, 1982, featuring Sam Nunn, Georgia’s senior U.S. senator.
County Committee Chairman William Cleveland said, “We are indeed fortunate to have someone of his caliber address the local Democratic Party.”
A limited number of tickets are available. Reservations may be made by contacting Cleveland, Pat Hardaway or Edgar Clary III.
Ginny Starling, a fifth-grader at Martinez Elementary, was one of the students in Columbia County to place first in the CSRA Science Fair in March. Her project demonstrated compatibility between soil and fertilizer, and competed against about 20 other projects in the intermediate level of applied science.
Ginny is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Starling of Martinez.
A petition drive began April 15 directed at reapportioning Columbia County’s voting districts by population and allowing each district to elect its own county representatives, according to Russ Holloman, Columbia County Republican Party spokesman.
At a party meeting April 13, Holloman said that the Martinez-Evans area is underrepresented, with more than 64 percent of the county’s population residing in the area, covered by only 40 percent of the representation by the county commissioners and the board of education.
The petition requests that the redistricting be done according to the 1980 U.S. Census, and continue to be redistricted after each census thereafter so that each district will include about the same number of residents. The population of the county according to the most recent poll is 40,118, an 80 percent increase over the census taken in 1970.
Also requested is that district representatives on county boards be elected solely by their district voters and eliminate their competing in countywide elections. Three times in the 1980 elections, candidates carried the most votes in their districts but lost in the county election for seats on the county commission or school board.
The last redistricting occurred in the early 1970s, at which time two more districts were drawn up to make the five present districts.