Shannon June Stallings has been elected to lead the Gulf County Democratic Party. A resident of Indian Pass, Stallings is a criminal defense attorney whose office is in Apalachicola. Since 2012 she has served as President of the Franklin County Bar Association and is a member in good standing of the New York State and the Florida Bar.

Stallings graduated from Emory University with a double major of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. She attended law school in New York, at Yeshiva University, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Semifinalist in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition at Vanderbilt University, and Quarterfinalist, National Criminal Procedure Tournament, University of San Diego. She studied abroad at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

As she begins her term as Chairperson of the Gulf County Democratic Executive Committee, Stallings will lead the Voter Rights Restoration Project, the first of several projects being undertaken by the new DEC.

“Florida is one of only three states that completely deprives its citizens of the right to vote if they are convicted of a felony. As a result, Florida has the highest disenfranchisement rate in the country,” said Stallings. “In our community, this means that many of our friends and neighbors have been silenced, left without a voice in the government of our county, state, and nation. Thirty years have passed since a youthful indiscretion, but these individuals continue to be denied the opportunity to exercise that right most fundamental to citizenship-the right to vote. “

Invited to make a presentation on the topic to the North Port St. Joe Area Coalition, she asked that individuals interested in working on the project join her at that meeting, to be held at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday. It will be held at the Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church, 261 Avenue D in Port St. Joe.

A full time attorney and the mother of three, Stallings is a perfect example of why busy people make the best volunteers.