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LaDawn Jones

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The week before Labor Day is usually a vacation time for politics — but not this year.  

At Georgia's state Capitol, a big and diverse crowd gathered for the unveiling of a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The same week, a social media post appeared, in which a white Republican state lawmaker appeared to threaten a former Democratic lawmaker, who is African-American, with possible physical harm if she were to speak about removing Confederate monuments in South Georgia.

Courtesy of the National Conference of State Legislatures

Retiring state Rep. LaDawn Jones has a lot of reasons for leaving the Georgia Legislature. She’s the mother of a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, both her parents recently passed away and she runs her own law firm.

One thing that might have kept Jones in the Legislature: more money.

“I could not dare ask my family to continue to make such a big sacrifice without that help,” she said.