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Lawyer to head local Democratic group
The Glynn County Democratic Party has a new leader to take the political organization to the next level.

Mario Pacella, 41, a Brunswick lawyer, was elected chairman of the party in December. He previously served as the party's first vice chairman.

He said one of his main goals will be to help get Democrats elected to local, state and federal offices this election year. Using the political party as a means for Democratic candidates to get their campaign message out to the public will be instrumental in achieving that goal, Pacella said.

The party can't publicly endorse a candidate until the primary races are over in May.

Pacella wants to beef up recruiting efforts and get more Democrats in races.

The race for Georgia's open 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is particularly a hot one for candidates from coastal Georgia since the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, is aiming his sights higher this year, at the U.S. Senate.

"I think there's potential for a competitive race," he said. "I think that race is very interesting."

Pacella said he would like to organize more opportunities for local and out-of-town Democratic candidates to address voters.

The local party meets every fourth Monday of the month at First United Methodist Church, 1400 Norwich St., Brunswick.

Pacella replaces Starling Sutton, former chairman of the party. Sutton resigned in December but will continue to serve on the party's executive committee.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.

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