Election of Delegates to Georgia Democratic State Convention – August 6, 2018

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the Democratic Party of Georgia will be hosting the 2018 State Convention in Atlanta. This is the Party’s opportunity to showcase candidates and do other important things like adopt the platform via delegate vote.

640x480 Part 2, Movies, in LCDP Monthly Meeting, by Gretchen Quarterman, for LowndesDems.org, 7 May 2018

Come select LCDP leadership

LCDP will need to elect delegates to represent Lowndes County at the convention. This will be done at the regular business meeting on August 6th, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Dexter Sharper Center on Bemiss Road. The ONLY requirement to qualify as a delegate is that one must be a registered voter and resident of Lowndes County, GA. You do not need to be a Post Seat Holder to run for these positions. All candidates will need to sign an affidavit that reads:

I am a resident and registered voter in Lowndes County, GA. I hereby make application to be an elected delegate and/or an elector of a delegate to the Democratic Party of Georgia State Convention. I believe in the goals of the Democratic Party of Georgia, am not a member of any other political party or body (as defined in the Georgia Election Code), and am not affiliated with any political group whose ideal, goals, and methods are incompatible with that of the Democratic Party of Georgia (as identified by the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia)

There are 6 open delegate seats and 3 alternate seats that will be open during this election. We will elect those seats in two different phases. During the first phase, only Post Seat Holders will be able to vote and will elect three delegates and two alternates. During the second phase, everyone at the meeting will be able to vote and will elect three delegates and one alternate.

Each delegate will be responsible for all expenses related to attending the convention, including transportation, parking, meals, and overnight (if so chosen).

Even if you are not interested in being a delegate and attending the state convention, please attend the meeting so that you can participate in the selection of those who will represent Lowndes on that day.

Videos: Ride the Big Blue Wave at LCDP BBQ 2018-06-02

A much larger crowd this year than the previous two years listened to Democratic candidates for local and most state offices, as well as for Congress, at the annual LCDP BBQ at Mathis Auditorium, July 2, 2018, as you can see in these videos.

After a delicious BBQ dinner prepared by Big Nick’s, the crowd was galvanized by an excellent array of speeches from local and state candidates and elected officials. It was a terrific and inspiring evening! —Haley Hyatt

The Lowndes County Democratic Party is about candidates and voting. There’s an election going on, so it’s time to pick a candidate and support them, and get yourself and others out to vote.

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Runoff: GA School Superintendent 2018-07-24

This Tuesday, July 24, 2018, is Runoff Election Day. Lowndes County people get to vote for one Democratic runoff: for State School Superintendent. If you haven’t already voted early, please go vote Tuesday. See Georgia My Voter Page for your precinct location.

  • OTHA E. THORNTON, JR
    PO BOX 1236
    RICHMOND HILL GA 31324
    E-mail: otha@othathornton.com
    PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
    INCUMBENT: NO
    OCCUPATION: RETIRED MILITARY OFFICER/SR TECHNOLOGIST
    QUALIFIED DATE: 03/08/2018
    WEBSITE: www.othathornton.com
  • SID CHAPMAN
    E-mail: sidforgasupt@gmail.com
    PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
    INCUMBENT: NO
    OCCUPATION: PRESIDENT OF GA ASSOC OF EDUCATORS
    QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
    WEBSITE: www.sidforsuper.com

LCDP cannot endorse a candidate in a contested Democratic election. However, we can tell you which candidates came to Lowndes County during an election.

At the Candidates Forum, Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber 2018-05-01, one candidate for State School Superintendent spoke, and that was Continue reading

Lowndes County Democratic Caucus 2018-08-06

Lowndes County Democratic Caucus

Dexter Sharper Center, 2153 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA
6:00 p.m., Monday, August 6, 2018
facebook event, PDF flyer

All Democrats registered to vote in Lowndes County are invited to the Lowndes County Democratic Caucus to elect 12 Democrats to the Lowndes County Democratic Committee (LCDC) for four-year terms.

LCDC is the governing authority of the Democratic Party in Lowndes County. Duties are
To promote development of Party organizations and activities,
To seek and encourage qualified candidates for public office,
To support Democratic nominees,
To perform such primary and election functions as required by law,
To maintain appropriate records,
To promote and add logistical support to the State Affirmative Action Program,
To perform such other duties as may be required by the State Committee,
To elect State Committee members,
To determine Party Districts and Apportionment,
To raise funds for the above purposes.

LCDC Bylaws are available online at http://www.lowndesdems.org/about/bylaws/.

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Tickets to Ride the Big Blue Wave at LCDP BBQ 2018-07-02

Tickets are available for the annual BBQ at Mathis Auditorium, July 2, 2018, where you can help the Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP) Ride the Big Blue Wave.

All Democratic candidates running for districts all or part in Lowndes County have been invited to speak, including for Lowndes County Commission, State Representative, statewide offices, and for Congress.

When: 6PM, Monday July 2, 2018

Where: Mathis Auditorium, 2300 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, GA

Tickets: $25.00 per person from any Lowndes County Democratic Committee member or at the door or online

LCDP 2018 BBQ Tickets

Event: facebook

Sarah Todd, Democratic Party of Georgia vice chair of congressional district chairs and county party liaison
Last year, Sarah Todd, Democratic Party of Georgia vice chair of congressional district chairs and county party liaison, was among the LCDP BBQ speakers; and there is video.

In addition to providing a venue for Democratic candidates to speak, good food and a good time, the BBQ is a fundraiser for LCDP.

You can become an LCDP member or renew today to help elect Democrats!

About the Lowndes County Democratic Party

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Prepare for BBQ and GOTV 2018-06-04

The Democratic primaries are decided, so we can support Democratic candidates now for the November general election.

Before then, don’t forget the LCDP BBQ in July. Come to the LCDP meeting this June Monday to help with the BBQ in July.

When: 6PM Monday, June 4, 2018

Where: Dexter Sharper Center
2153 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-1940

What: Vote in the Primary: Monthly LCDP Meeting

Event: facebook

Part 1, Movies

You can become an LCDP member or renew today to help elect Democrats!

About the Lowndes County Democratic Party

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Vote today: primary and Lowndes County School Board 2018-05-22

Today is Election Day for the primary and for school board in Lowndes County:

When: 7AM – 7PM, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: In your precinct
See Georgia MyVoter, which also has sample ballots.
More about candidates below.

Precincts

Precincts, Vote
PDF Precincts Map

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Last day of Early Voting 2018-05-18

Today’s the last day to vote early in the May primary:

When: 7AM – 7PM, Friday, May 18, 2018

Where: Board of Elections,
2904 N Oak St, Valdosta, GA 31602

Early-voting,

If you don’t vote today, your last opportunity will be:

Election Day: May 22, 2018

Sample ballots: are available from Georgia MyVoter.
That will show you who you get to vote for.

For who’s running in every election in May, go to Candidate Details,
Select year: 2018,
Select election: May 22, 2018 Gen. Primary Election,
Select office type.

* Bylaws don’t permit the Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP) to back a particular candidate in a contested Democratic primary, but we can note which candidates showed up in Lowndes County.*

Below we list candidates running elections for Lowndes County offices (school board and County Commission), Statewide (in contested Democratic primaries), for Statehouse, for Federal offices, and let’s not forget T-SPLOST.

See also videos of candidates who spoke in the Chamber Candidate Forum, taken by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).

County

Select Office Type: County and County: Lowndes.

Lowndes County Board of Education

This is perhaps the most important race. It is also nonpartisan. Here are videos of most of the candidates speaking in the Chamber Candidate Forum.

Lowndes County Commission

Only two Democrats are running: Demarcus Marshall unopposed in November, and Aaron Strickland, who will face the incumbent in November.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2

AARON STRICKLAND*
4906 TRACEWOOD CIR
HAHIRA GA 31632 – 2315
E-mail: astrickland@valdostacity.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/09/2018

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 4

DEMARCUS MARSHALL*
3839 EDINBURG CIR
VALDOSTA GA 31605 – 7858
E-mail: demarcusmrs@gmail.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: PUBLIC WORKS SUPERINTENDENT
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018

Statewide

Many Democrats are running in statewide elections. Here we only list those in contested Democratic primaries.

GOVERNOR

STACEY ABRAMS
1270 CAROLINE ST. SUITE D-120-447
ATLANTA GA 30307
E-mail: stacey@staceyabrams.com
PHONE NUMBER: (404) 307-9631
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: AUTHOR, SELF-EMPLOYED
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/06/2018
WEBSITE: www.staceyabrams.com

STACEY EVANS*
Surrogate speaking in Chamber Candidate Forum.
PO BOX 699
RINGOLD GA 30736
E-mail: stacey@staceyevans.com
PHONE NUMBER: (770) 710-4087
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: ATTORNEY
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: www.staceyevans.com

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

SARAH RIGGS AMICO
3600 DALLAS HIGHWAY STE. 230-172
MARIETTA GA 30064
E-mail: sarah@sarahforgeorgia.com
PHONE NUMBER: (770) 291-8900
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/06/2018
WEBSITE: sarahforgeorgia.com

TRIANA ARNOLD JAMES*
Speaking in Chamber Candidate Forum.
257 LAWRENCE ST. UNIT 4034
MARIETTA GA 30061
E-mail: campaign@triana4georgia.com
PHONE NUMBER: (404) 548-8434
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: BUSINESS OWNER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: triana4georgia.com

SECRETARY OF STATE

DEE DAWKINS-HAIGLER*
Speaking in Chamber Candidate Forum.
6050 KINGSTON WOOD WAY
LITHONIA GA 30038 – 4141
E-mail: dawkhaig7@aol.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: MINISTER/CONSULTANT
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/08/2018
WEBSITE: www.deehaigler.com

JOHN BARROW
255 MILLEDGE HTS
ATHENS GA 30606
E-mail: john@barrowforgeorgia.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: ATTORNEY
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: www.barrowforgeorgia.com

RAKEIM “RJ” HADLEY
PO BOX 1681
CONYERS GA 30012
E-mail: rjh4us@gmail.com
PHONE NUMBER: (678) 374-9828
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: WAKANDA FOREVER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2018
WEBSITE: www.rjhadley.com

COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

CINDY ZELDIN
E-mail: cindy@cindyforgeorgia.com
PHONE NUMBER: (404) 536-7538
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: NON-PROFIT EXECUTIVE/HEALTH POLICY
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: cindyforgeorgia.com

JANICE LAWS
505 PRYOR SW
ATLANTA GA 30312
E-mail: info@janiceforgeorgia.com
PHONE NUMBER: (404) 537-1825
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: SELF-EMPLOYED
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/08/2018
WEBSITE: janiceforgeorgia.com

STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

OTHA E. THORNTON, JR*
Speaking in Chamber Candidate Forum.
PO BOX 1236
RICHMOND HILL GA 31324
E-mail: otha@othathornton.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: RETIRED MILITARY OFFICER/SR TECHNOLOGIST
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/08/2018
WEBSITE: www.othathornton.com

SAM MOSTELLER
3564 WESLEY CHAPEL ROAD SUITE 112
DECATUR GA 30034 – 3564
E-mail: major.mosteller@gmail.com
PHONE NUMBER: (678) 478-7048
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: MINISTER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/08/2018
WEBSITE: mostellerforsuper.com

SID CHAPMAN
E-mail: sidforgasupt@gmail.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: PRESIDENT OF GA ASSOC OF EDUCATORS
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: www.sidforsuper.com

COMMISSIONER OF LABOR

FRED QUINN*
Speaking in Chamber Candidate Forum.
E-mail: fred_quinn05@yahoo.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: SR FINANCIAL MANAGER ANALYST
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: www.quinn2018.com

RICHARD KEATLEY
505 PRYOR ST SW
ATLANTA GA 30085
E-mail: keatleyforgeorgia@gmail.com
PHONE NUMBER: (770) 847-8739
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: COLLEGE PROFESSOR
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: keatleyforgeorgia.com

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, DISTRICT 3 – METRO-ATLA, DISTRICT 3

JOHN NOEL*
E-mail: john@noelforpsc.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2018
WEBSITE: www.noelforpsc.com

JOHNNY C. WHITE
E-mail: johnnycwhite@gmail.com
PHONE NUMBER: (404) 647-4348
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: IT CONSULTANT
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/08/2018
WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/electjohnny4psc

LINDY MILLER
E-mail: lindy@millerforgeorgia.com
PHONE NUMBER: (404) 721-1684
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: BUSINESSWOMAN
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/06/2018
WEBSITE: millerforgeorgia.com

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, DISTRICT 5 – WESTERN, DISTRICT 5

DAWN A. RANDOLPH
1740 HUDSON BRIDGE RD SUITE 1204
STOCKBRIDGE GA 30281
E-mail: info@randolphforgeorgia.com
PHONE NUMBER: (678) 764-4502
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: CONSULTANT
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: www.randolphforgeorgia.com

DOUG STONER
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: BUSINESS OWNER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: dougstonerforga.com

Statehouse

Two Democrats are running unopposed in the Democratic primary for state Representatives in districts representing part of Lowndes County: Dexter Sharper for 177 (Valdosta) has no opposition in the general election in November, but Treva Gear for 175 (west Lowndes) will run against the incumbent in November.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 175

TREVA GEAR*
Speaking in Chamber Candidates Forum.
PO BOX 2464
VALDOSTA GA 31604
E-mail: tygear2005@gmail.com
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: EDUCATOR
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: trevagear.com

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 177

DEXTER L. SHARPER*
19 SHARPER CIR
VALDOSTA GA 31601 – 6200
E-mail: dextersharper@yahoo.com
PHONE NUMBER: (229) 251-5238
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: ENTREPRENEUR, PHILANTHROPIST, PARAMEDIC
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018

Federal

For Federal offices, the only Democrats running in Lowndes County are two for U.S. Congress in District 1, which has a sliver of the east part of the county, including Moody AFB, shown here in alphabetic order:

LISA M. RING*
E-mail: lisa@lisaringforcongress.com
PHONE NUMBER: (912) 662-6333
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/06/2018
WEBSITE: lisaringforcongress.com

BARBARA A. SEIDMAN
E-mail: electseidman@electseidman.com
PHONE NUMBER: (912) 614-8330
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: RETIRED
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/05/2018
WEBSITE: electseidman.com

T-SPLOST

LCDP voted to take no position on T-SPLOST, so here are a pair of speakers for and against in the Chamber Candidate Forum.

Vote in the Primary: LCDP Monthly Meeting 2018-05-07

Dexter Sharper (District 177) will report on the Georgia statehouse legislative session.

Early voting is open now. We need to encourage Democrats to vote

  1. in the Democratic Primary,
  2. for Lowndes County School Board candidates,
  3. on T-SPLOST. Do we wish to take a position on T-SPLOST?

Tickets will be available for $25.00 for the LCDP Annual BBQ, which will be held at Mathis Auditorium, June 2, 2018.

When: 6PM Monday, May 7, 2018

Where: Dexter Sharper Center
2153 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-1940

What: Vote in the Primary: Monthly LCDP Meeting

Event: facebook

See separate post for details on districts, and candidates for Georgia statehouse and other statewide offices, Public Service Commission, Lowndes County Board of Education, Lowndes County Commission, and U.S. Congress.

Dexter Sharper Center

You can become an LCDP member or renew today to help elect Democrats!

About the Lowndes County Democratic Party

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Ride the Big Blue Wave at LCDP BBQ 2018-07-02

You can Ride the Big Blue Wave with the Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP) at the annual BBQ at Mathis Auditorium, July 2, 2018.

All Democratic candidates running for districts all or part in Lowndes County have been invited to speak, including for Lowndes County Commission, State Representative, statewide offices, and for Congress, as well in nonpartisan races.

When: 6PM, Monday July 2, 2018

Where: Mathis Auditorium, 2300 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, GA

Tickets: $25.00 per person from any Lowndes County Democratic Committee member or at the door or online:

LCDP 2018 BBQ Tickets

Event: facebook

Sarah Todd, Democratic Party of Georgia vice chair of congressional district chairs and county party liaison
Last year, Sarah Todd, Democratic Party of Georgia vice chair of congressional district chairs and county party liaison, was among the LCDP BBQ speakers; and there is video.

In addition to providing a venue for Democratic candidates, good food, and a good time, the BBQ is a fundraiser for LCDP. Tickets are being printed and you can buy one or two or more, and you can help sell them. Sponsors are also welcome.

Come on down every first first Monday of the month to the LCDP meeting, next Monday, April 2, 2018, at Mama June’s on Inner Perimeter. It’s a social gathering, and it’s a business meeting. It moves around, so if you have a favorite location for fifty or so of your closest Democratic friends, let us know.

Party business doesn’t stop after the monthly meeting adjourns. There’s a BBQ to put on, candidates to elect, issues to air, and bills to pay. A few officers or committee members can’t do it alone. You are the party, so you can help us all Ride the Big Blue Wave.

You can become an LCDP member or renew today to help elect Democrats!

About the Lowndes County Democratic Party

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