Rep. Timothy Johnson is keeping in touch with his current 15th district while introducing himself to a brand-new swath of voters in the new district he will run in next year.
His hallmark as a legislator is that he has helped adjudicate everything from veterans assistance claims to cockroach infestations for his constituents. In the new district, he is restricted from solving problems for those who are not yet his constituents. But for now, he said, he refers the problems to the relevant agency or Congressman.
"After a year, when I'm elected, I'm going to extend that specific service to people in the new district," he said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.