|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 050 Eunice Mixon|
|Creator||Mixon, Eunice Lastinger, 1931-|
|Dates||2008 October 2|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Eunice Lastinger Mixon taught eighth grade science and high school biology, chemistry and physics for thirty years in the Tift County School System, and was an instructor at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. In 1974, gubernatorial candidate George Busbee, acquainted with Mixon through his advocacy for teachers in the legislature, appointed her as his Tift County campaign chairman, and Mixon's success at grassroots organizing earned her a reputation as a valuable political ally in south Georgia. Mixon discusses applying her teaching skills to the campaign trail, her conflicts with Busbee's campaing headquarters, campain radio ads, and her attempts at balancing life as a grandmother and as a campaign chair. Mixon talks about her experiences with the Democratic Party and discusses the Georgia flag controversy, the economy, and Democratic Party's dependence on minorities and labor unions.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 050, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Eunice Lastinger Mixon was born in Tifton, Georgia, in 1931 to a family of farmers. She married Albert Mixon in 1948, and beginning in 1956 she attended the University of Georgia, attaining a master’s degree and specialist degree in education. She taught eighth grade science and high school biology, chemistry and physics for thirty years in the Tift County School System, and was an instructor at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. In 1974, gubernatorial candidate George Busbee, acquainted with Mixon through his advocacy for teachers in the legislature, appointed her as his Tift County campaign chairman. Mixon's success at grassroots organizing earned her a reputation as a valuable political ally in south Georgia. She served as a delegate to the 1988 National Democratic Convention and as a member of the Democratic Executive Committee. The Georgia House of Representatives named her one of twenty-five distinguished women for the twenty-first century. She has served on numerous boards, including the Georgia Student Finance Commission and the Georgia State Bar Disciplinary Board.
Mixon discusses her involvement with the Democratic party. She recalls serving on the Platform committee during the state Democratic Convention and her time on the Democratic executive committee. She discusses party politics in Georgia, past and present. She mentions events such as the Georgia flag controversy and also touches on the economy and the Democratic Party's dependence on minorities and labor unions.
Mixon discusses her thoughts on running for office herself and recalls being awarded the Athena award from the Chamber of Commerce. She also discusses her work on the Heritage Trust Commission, the Georgia Student Finances Commission, the State Board of Elections, and her experience as a doorkeeper at the Georgia General Assembly.