The Minutes of the Lowndes County Democratic Party’s Meeting Held On August 03, 2020

LCDP Committee Members Present: Dr. Dennis Marks, William Lamb, Ronnie Pierce, Vivian Miller-Cody, Constalina James, Carrol Mikkelsen, Willie Rayford; Kevin Reddick, Eric Bell, Dr. Debra Tann, Sandra Tooley, George Burns, Jeremiah Lawton, David Henry; George Bennett; Pam Hubbard; Kathryn Grant; Gretchen Quarterman; Stan Tullos.  

LCDP Committee Members Absent: Janie McGhin; Tyler Tucker; Angela Greene; Randy Brown. 

Dr. Dennis Marks called the meeting to order and then proceeded with leading the members in the pledge of allegiance. Kevin Reddick then made the invocation/prayer. 

Dr. Marks then stated that the main purpose of our meeting was to decide on who will fill Chairman Gerone Anderson’s position for the remainder of 2020, due to his unexpected death. 

Vice Chairwoman Vivian Miller-Cody spoke in honor of Chairman Gerone Anderson’s memory and about how he impacted the party and our community. She began by stating all of our prayers go out to his family. She stated he had the courage and will to serve others. She was inspired by his spirit, especially how he always spoke about the importance of voting, and he was a fearless leader. She was reminded of what Representative and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis always said about getting into “Good Trouble,” and she stated that is what Mr. Anderson did and that was who he was. 

Secretary William Lamb reminded members that they can go on to the Lowndes County Democratic Party’s website to review the minutes for several of our last few meetings including our meetings on June 01, 2020 and on July 06, 2020.

Treasurer Ronnie Pierce was then called on to give his report to the body. Our account balance as of August 03, 2020 is in the amount of $4,427.46. Total deposits for the month of July was one check in the amount of $25.00 from Dr. Marks. Our disbursements included $30.00 for Cricket Wireless phone; a check in the amount of $50.00 went to Tyler Tucker and another check in the amount of $50.00 went to Matthew Baun for their help during the primary elections earlier in the year; we also paid $14.99 for our Zoom subscription to hold our meetings; we paid $79.99 to Kathy Vineyard for flowers for Mr. Anderson’s funeral; we paid an additional $60.53 for Mr. Anderson’s wake expenses. Total disbursements were in the amount of $285.51. We also have a Paypal balance in the amount of $899.77. We received $50.00 from George Bennett for membership dues and we received $25.00 from George Henry for membership dues. We had fees subtracted in the amount of $2.78, which left us a total balance of $5,627.23. A motion was made to approve the Treasurer’s Report, the motion was seconded, and the report was accepted into the record.

Dr. Marks then announced that due to Mr. Anderson’s death we now have a vacancy on the LCDP County Committee for District 2, Post 4 and we needed volunteers to fill this position. Dr. Marks also announced that we have a vacancy for District 3, Post 3 and that Jeremiah Lawton was willing to serve in this position. A motion was entertained for Mr. Lawton to fill this position, the motion was seconded, and Mr. Lawton was elected by acclamation to fill this vacancy. Dr. Marks then went on to announce that we have a vacancy for Super District 4, Post 4 and he recommended that Pam Hubbard be appointed to this position. A motion was proposed for Pam Hubbard to fill this position, the motion was seconded, and Pam Hubbard was elected by acclamation approved to be on the committee. Dr. Marks then announced another vacancy for Super District 5, Post 1 and he stated that J.D. Rice was willing to serve in this position. A motion was proposed for J.D. Rice to fill this position, the motion was seconded, and Mr. Rice was elected by acclamation to be on the committee. Dr. Marks then turned to the vacancy at At-Large, Post 2 and he stated there were two volunteers that were eligible for the position: Debra Rutland and Warren Lee. Vivian Miller-Cody nominated Debra Rutland for the position and Ms. Rutland was voted to fill the position by acclamation. 

Dr. Marks then turned to the unfortunate issue of having to fill Mr. Anderson’s chairmanship until the end of 2020. Dr. Marks stated Vivian Miller-Cody wanted to step forward to fill this position. A motion was proposed for Vivian Miller-Cody to become Chairwoman of the Lowndes County Democratic Party, the motion was seconded, and she was then voted by acclamation to fill the position. Since Mrs. Miller-Cody was now taking on the position of Chairwoman, her other position for Vice-Chair for Membership was now open. Constalina James volunteered to be nominated for this position until the end of this term and she was voted by acclamation to fill this position. Dr. Marks also informed the body that Vice Chair for Qualifying Kathryn Grant had resigned her position and Dr. Marks recommended Pam Hubbard for the position. Ms. Hubbard was formally nominated for the position and hearing no other nominations she was voted to the position by acclamation. Our newly appointed Chairwoman Vivian Miller-Cody thanked the committee and the body for their vote of confidence in her filling the position until the end of the year. 

She then called on Dr. Marks to give his report regarding upcoming elections. Dr. Marks reminded members that early voting for the primary run-off for U.S. House Congressional District 1 between Lisa Ring and Joyce Marie Griggs was ending next Tuesday, August 11, 2020. He also thanked Kathryn Grant and Pam Hubbard for volunteering to monitor the opening of absentee ballots and adjudicate any questioned ballots. Ms. Grant expressed concern that not all the elections staff nor the monitors from the other party were wearing masks during the monitoring and adjudication process. Dr. Marks promised to pursue the issue. Dr. Marks then reminded members that the Lowndes County Democratic Party needed “all hands on deck” for the upcoming elections. He emphasized that we need volunteers for getting out the vote, phone banking, handing out flyers, and doing whatever we can to inform voters of the upcoming elections. 

Dr. Treva Gear then made a request for volunteers to help her campaign for Georgia Senate District 8. She asked members to help her phone bank, text bank, and send postcards out on her behalf. She asked for members to contact her Volunteer Coordinator Emily Young and to go onto her website for more information about how they can help her campaign. 

Ronnie Pierce then brought up an issue involving the LCDP’s storage unit because it was previously in Chairman Anderson’s name. He stated that we will need to contact the storage unit rental location and have the unit turned over into his or Vivian Miller-Cody’s name. He also brought up the issue of having to remove Mr. Anderson’s name from the account and add Vivian Miller-Cody. It was decided that Vivian Miller-Cody’s and Ronnie Pierce’s names would be added to the storage unit and Mrs. Miller-Cody’s name would be added to the LCDP’s bank account.

Meeting Adjourned.         



Early voting in Lowndes County will take place from Monday, October 12, to Friday, October 30, including Saturdays and Sundays of both weekends, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Elections Office, 2808 N. Oak St., Valdosta.


How to Register to Vote in Georgia Online

Go to Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page:

Enter First Initial, Last Name, County from drop-down menu, and Date of Birth. Click “Submit.”

If you’re registered to vote, next page shows your voter registration information.

If you’re not registered to vote, next page has a green button “Register to Vote”!

Click on it. Then, on next page, click on “I Want to Register to Vote!”

Then, either “Register to vote online using valid GA Driver’s License or ID#” or “Register to vote by printing and mailing the application.”

After registering, do check back at My Voter Page to see that you’re registered.

Deadline to register to vote in the November election is Monday, October 5.


Georgians registered to vote can also do so by absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots are an option for registered voters who may be traveling, outside the country, serving in the military, or otherwise can’t make it to the polls on Election Day.

How Do I Vote by Absentee Ballot?

1.  Make Sure You’re Registered
-To vote via absentee ballot, you must first be registered to vote.

2.  Fill Out & Submit an Absentee Ballot Application 

-To vote by absentee ballot, you must first fill out, sign, and submit an absentee ballot    application. You can do this online, by mail, by fax, or in person.

Submit your absentee ballot application by the specified deadline. Absentee ballots may be requested any time between 180 days prior to the election and the end of the business day on the Friday before Election Day. View a list of upcoming elections and registration deadlines on the Georgia Secretary of State’s election calendar.

You can submit your Absentee Ballot Application Online, by Mail, by Fax, and In-Person. Please visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website for specific information on these options.

In addition, the Secretary of State’s Office has created a new Absentee Mail Ballot Online Application Portal


With just less than 40 days to go before early in-person voting starts, Georgia Democrats need to sign up 1,000 more poll watchers before October 1st to make sure we can cover our priority polling locations across the state. We need your help.

We need poll watchers. We’re coordinating with the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG). Please sign up to be a poll watcher:


We are less than 60 days out from Election Day and are getting to the point where we need all hands on deck. If you are all able to volunteer once a week for an hour from now until Election Day, that would only be about 10 hours of your time over the next two months. It is critical that we all do the most that we can if we want to see Georgia light up blue for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. If we want Dr. Treva Gear representing us in the State Senate, we need to be on the phones making sure people are able to cast a vote for her.

We will be phone banking every Thursday from 4-7 pm and from 10-7 every Saturday. If you need to be trained on the phones we will be able to set that up as well. We are also working on starting text banking on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well. I will link the signup to Thursday phone banking here. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have any questions please reach out to Nathan Lavender, Field Organizer for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Phone# (404)-861-3708;


Subject: Donation Request Letter for Chairman Gerone Anderson’s Family

Dear Lowndes County Democratic Party Members,

As you are all aware, we unexpectedly lost our Chairman, Mr. Gerone “Andy” Anderson on July 27, 2020. Chairman Anderson tirelessly worked for the Lowndes County Democratic Party for many years to grow our party and increase voter turnout in Lowndes County. Now it is our turn to repay him by helping support his family in their time of need in the form of a donation.

Donations in the memory of Mr. Gerone “Andy’ Anderson should mailed to his wife, Mrs. Cheryl L. Anderson c/o Lowndes County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 2463, Valdosta, GA 31604.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Yours Faithfully,

The Executive Committee of the Lowndes County Democratic Party



When: Tuesday, August 11 2020 4:30 pm 

Phone number & Access Code:

229-671-3400 & Access Code:997 688 047

Call the above number from your phone. Enter the Access Code on your keypad. The automated system will ask for your name. This is how you can join the board meeting. If you have any questions, please call and ask for Jessica.

Jessica Thomas

Lowndes County Board of Elections
(229) 671-2850

Minutes for the LCDP General Meeting Held On July 06, 2020

LCDP County Committee Members Present: Chairman Gerone Anderson, Ronnie Pierce, Jeremiah Lawton, William Lamb, Stan Tullos, Vivian Miller-Cody, Sandra Tooley, Dr. Debra Tann, Dr. Dennis Marks, Representative Dexter Sharper, Gretchen Quarterman. 

Chairman Anderson led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and then Jeremiah Lawton led members in a prayer. 

Chairman Anderson called upon Secretary William Lamb to give his report. Mr. Lamb informed the present members that the minutes for the Zoom meetings have been posted onto the LCDP’s website for review. Mr. Lamb explained that hopefully when members are able to meet in person we can formally approve all of the minutes. From now on, until members can meet in person, the minutes for each meeting will be posted on the website prior to our meetings.  

Chairman Anderson then called upon Treasurer Ronnie Pierce to give his report. He stated the party ended up with a balance last month of $5,472.15. We had a deposit from Mr. Anderson in the amount of $25.00, return credit from our website domain service that was discussed at our last general meeting, making our deposits totaling $5,552.60. Of that amount we paid $51.00 for storage, $31.00 for phone, and an annual fee of $69.94 for voicemail, we also wrote a check for Valdosta Daily Times in the amount of $631.20 for our ad that ran in the newspaper for four weeks, and we had a bill in the amount of $14.99 for our Zoom meeting. The total that we spent for the month of June was $841.13, which left us with an account balance of $4,687.97. He stated we also had a Paypal balance in the amount of $827.55. That makes the total in both of our accounts in the amount of $5,115.15.   

Several members expressed concern over the $631.20 that we ended up paying to run the ad regarding the LCDP’s upcoming elections in the Valdosta Daily Times. Chairman Anderson and Dr. Marks explained that according to the Democratic Party of Georgia’s by-laws and the LCDP’s by-laws, we are obligated to advertise as much as possible, and specifically “in a newspaper of general circulation in the County at least once a week for the four weeks” about the County Committee elections, so that we encourage people to join and participate in the party. Some members asked whether we could put a limit on how much we spend on the advertisement in the future. Dr. Marks explained that the amount for the ad is determined by the size of the ad. Chairman Anderson stated we can table this issue and we will discuss in the future about how much we are willing to spend on the ad in the future. 

Chairman Anderson then introduced Dr. Debra Tann to speak. Dr. Tann gave members an update regarding the Democratic National Convention which will be held online. She explained that since the convention will be held online, that means everyone can participate with the convention and people are able to sign up on the platform committee which develops the platform that our party is going to run on in the future. She encouraged members to go to the DNC website to sign up to be a part of the convention. She also wanted members to know that since the convention will be online, she no longer has to worry about fundraising to attend the event. 

Chairman Anderson then introduced Representative Dexter Sharper to say a few words. Rep. Sharper thanked the members for their support in his recent re-election. He stated the Hate Crime Bill was passed. He mentioned an issue regarding cutting the salaries for state representatives next year by 10% had been brought forward and he voted in favor of cutting the salaries of state representatives. Lastly, he stated a lot of Democrats voted against next year’s budget, but he voted in favor of the budget because the bill contained a lot of provisions that will help people in Georgia. 

Chairman Anderson asked Representative Sharper whether he had any plans on how to get out the vote for this November’s election. Rep. Sharper stated he tries to use Facebook as much as he can, but he stated we also need to start using all social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat. He stated he is already working with the Democratic Party of Georgia on social media platforms to push younger voters to request mail in ballots. Chairman Anderson asked Rep. Sharper if he could take charge of the LCDP’s social media platforms and he agreed. Rep. Sharper stated he would like some people to get with him and he can show them how to stay present on social media platforms. Chairman Anderson stated that we as a party need to start cranking out more content on social media, if we are going to affect any change. Rep. Sharper suggested making a Facebook post, then pay for the boosting of that post, and then set up the demographics. Ronnie Peirce volunteered to give his information to Facebook in order to run a post. Chairman Anderson then asked Ronnie Pierce to meet with Mr. Sharper as well as Gretchen Quarterman about formulating some ideas for the post and starting a social media committee.  

Chairman Anderson then asked Councilwoman Vivian Miller-Cody if she had anything to add. Mrs. Miller-Cody stated it would be a great idea if representatives from the community such as herself and Councilwoman Sandra Tooley hosted a panel live on multiple social media platforms and answer questions from people calling in regarding voting and the upcoming elections. Mrs. Miller-Cody volunteered herself and Councilwoman Sandra Tooley to get with Mrs. Quarterman and Mr. Sharper and come up with some ideas.  

Chairman Anderson then asked Dr. Dennis Marks to give his report. First, Dr. Marks stated he was giving an update regarding the LCDP’s County Committee elections. He stated the party will have three elections in a row and we will do them a week at a time. Second, he reminded members that there is a runoff in the primaries for Congressional District 1 between Lisa Ring and Joyce Marie Griggs. Early voting for the runoff starts July 20, 2020 at the Board of Elections and then Election Day is August 11, 2020. Third, he asked for volunteers for phone banking, poll watching and rides to the polls. He asked members if they were interested in volunteering, then to send their contact information to the party’s e-mail address and they will be added to our list of volunteers. 

Ronnie Pierce presented two options for flyers containing information for upcoming elections that the party plans to hand out. Chairman Anderson felt this was more cost effective than printing out election cards. Members discussed several suggestions and revisions that needed to be made to the flyer.  

Meeting Adjourned.     

 Lowndes County Democratic Party

P.O. Box 2463  

Valdosta, GA 31604

(229) 241-1694 Georgia My Voter Page

Minutes for the Lowndes County Democratic Party’s General Meeting Held On June 01, 2020

LCDP Committee Members Present: Chairman Anderson, William Lamb, Dennis Marks, Debra Tann, Vivian Miller-Cody, Ronnie Pierce, Constalina James, Sandra Tooley, Carol Mikkelson, Jeremiah Lawton, Stan Tullos, Gretchen Quarterman.   

LCDP Committee Members Absent: Lizzie Gordon, Willie Rayford, J.D. Rice, George Burns, Angela Green, Jim Parker, Tina Valenti.  

LCDP Committee Members Excused: Kathyrn Grant, Janie McGhin, John Quarterman, Tyler Tucker, Dexter Sharper.   

Chairman Anderson led the body in the Pledge of Allegiance and in a prayer. 

Secretary William Lamb then proceeded to call the roll of committee members. Secretary Lamb then proceeded to give highlights of important events that happened at the last meeting on May 11, 2020 such as our discussion regarding the vacancies on the County Committee for District 3, Post 4 and Super-district 5, Post 4. Dr. Marks verified that two of the volunteers were eligible for one of the vacancies, but we tabled the decision to fill these posts until our county committee elections that we are holding in August, 2020. We also discussed updating the party’s by-laws and we agreed to table this issue until our members can meet in person. Treasurer Ronnie Pierce then proceeded to give us an update of the Budget Committee and the status of updating the budget for 2019-2020. Dr. Marks then proceeded to go over the important election dates and reminded members to contact him if they were interested in phone banking. A motion was proposed to approve the Secretary’s minutes and that motion was then seconded. The majority voted in favor of approving with only one opposing vote by Gretchen Quarterman. Mrs. Quarterman stated she would like to see the minutes before approving them and Dr. Marks suggested putting the minutes on the LCDP website for members to review the minutes from our previous meetings. Secretary Lamb will place the minutes on our website for all members to review. 

Treasurer Ronnie Pierce then gave his report to the general body. Mr. Pierce stated our ending balance was in the amount of $6,288.79. He explained that we did not have any deposits for the month, so the balance with the deposits was $6,388.00. He stated the withdrawals were $411.00 for the website and hosting, $83.97 was for the domain for 3 years, but for some reason we were charged twice for the domain, we also paid $65.94 for U-Mail, and for some reason we had a $1.00 bank charge, and lastly we paid $14.99 for our Zoom subscription. The total expenses for the month of May came out to $606.87. That left a checking account balance of $5,472.58 plus $741.38 in our PayPal account which totals in both accounts in the amount of $6,212.96. A motion was proposed to accept the Treasurer’s Report, that motion was seconded, and all members were in favor to accept the report. 

Vice Chairman of Elections Dr. Dennis Marks then proceeded to give his report of the upcoming elections. Dr. Marks reminded members we were in the last week of early voting  and the polls were open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. He reminded members to social distance and wear a mask. He also reminded members that voting in the precincts will occur on Tuesday, June 09, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. He added that vote by mail was continuing and the deadline to turn ballots into the Board of Elections was Tuesday, June 09, 2020 by 7:00 p.m. Dr. Marks then expressed his thanks to Kathyrn Grant and Pam Hubbard for witnessing the opening of the ballots at the Board of Elections office. Dr. Marks also wanted to thank all of the phone banking volunteers. Also, he then thanked Stan Tullos for being a sign captain for voter protection. Mr. Tullos will stand outside the precincts in case people have any issues with voting and they could call the Democratic Party of Georgia’s voter hotline at 888-730-5816. Dr. Marks also wanted members to be aware of the possible upcoming Senate runoff and the deadline to vote in that election will be on July 13, 2020. Early voting will start on July 20, 2020 and continue through August 07, 2020 and then in precincts on August 11, 2020.  

He continued to state that the other elections that we have to focus on is the election of the Lowndes County committee itself because we have 14 openings on the committee. He reminded members that the 24 people on the committee set the direction of the party, they elect the officers, and they help elect democratic candidates. He reminded members that he recently sent out handouts to all committee members and we will post these to the website so people can see them and respond. Dr. Marks explained that we have to advertise in the Valdosta Daily Times for 4 weeks and the advertisement will run for the four Sundays in June. He instructed members to fill out the affidavit, sign it, and send it back to the party’s email address. The first vote will be held on the first week of July 06 for district 1, 2, and 3. The week after that we will vote for Super Districts 4 and 5. The week after that we will vote for At-Large members. Dr. Marks stated the election has to be completed by 45 days after the primary, which makes the deadline on July 24, 2020.

Vice Chair of Membership Vivian Miller Cody then explained there have not been any new members due to COVID-19. She has been using social media to attract new members and asking people to share the information on social media platforms. 

Chairman Anderson then gave an update regarding the Budget Committee and completing the budget for 2019-2020. Chairman Anderson asked Treasurer Pierce to distribute copies of the budget to the committee, so that at our next meeting we can approve the budget. 

Ronnie Pierce then spoke about our account being charged $83.97 twice for our website domain. He asked the committee members if we wanted to be reimbursed for the $83.97 and let the domain expire in 2023 or let the company keep the $83.97 making the domain would expire in 2026. The majority of the committee members agreed to ask for the $83.97 to be reimbursed to our account which would make the domain expire in 2023. Gretchen Quarterman stated she will try to get the $83.97 back. 

Chairman Anderson then introduced Debra Tann to speak. Ms. Tann stated she competed for a delegate spot for Congressional District 1 and she came in first place in the congressional district.  She will be going to represent the district at the Democratic Convention being held in Milwaukee, WI in August, 2020. Chairman Anderson asked committee members to pitch in and help her raise some funds. Chairman Anderson then congratulated her. 

Chairman Anderson then announced the Board of Elections still need volunteers to be poll watchers and poll workers for the upcoming elections.

Chairman Anderson then invited Dr. Treva Gear to say a few words. Dr. Gear stated we have lots of uncertainty going on especially with having Trump in the White House. Dr. Gear has been trying to organize a group around “what to do next, how do we move forward, and what do we want from it?” she then asked, “Are we MAD yet, Are you mobilized into action in order to determine our future.” She stated we need to be mobilizing people, start communicating with people, make sure people are registered, and get out the vote. She stated she still needs volunteers to help her campaign. 

Chairman Anderson stated we are in a crucial time. A lot of things going on especially with the death of George Floyd. He spoke with several city representatives in order to prevent any violence in Lowndes County. He also stated a town hall was trying to be organized, but once he gets the details he will send the information out to all members. He stated that if we want change, then we have to vote. He added that we have to get people out to the polls. 

Ronnie Pierce also stated we have a new phone and a new answering service. He has received several calls and he has forwarded the calls to Dr. Marks. He told Ronnie to direct the calls to whoever on the committee handles those particular issues. 

Meeting Adjourned.       


You can help elect Democrats in 2020. Help elect Post Holders to the Lowndes
County Democratic Committee. Help elect Democratic candidates to public office.
Lowndes County Democratic Committee (LCDC): Post Holders serve to set the
direction of the Democratic Party in Lowndes County, elect officers, and help get
out the vote. They serve 4year terms. Elections for half of the LCDC (those with
terms ending in 2020, plus two vacancies) must be held within 45 days after the
General Primary, i.e., by July 24, 2020. Anyone who is registered to vote in Lowndes
County and who signs an affidavit supporting the Democratic Party is eligible
to vote. The election will be advertised for four weeks (weeks of June 7, 14, 21, and
28). The deadline to submit affidavits is Saturday, July 4, 2020 with voting by districts the
week of July 5, 2020 by superdistricts the week of July 12, 2020 and atlarge the week of July
19, 2020 with voting ending on July 24, 2020. Ballots will be delivered by email to all
credentialed electors. To be eligible to vote for Post Holders, please fill out the
affidavit referenced below. To run to be a Post Holder, check the box on the affidavit. Once you are done filling out the affidavit, please e-mail it to
Help elect Democratic candidates to public office:
Volunteer to make phone calls
Volunteer to be a Poll Watcher
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Lowndes County Democratic Party General Meeting Minutes For May 11, 2020

Meeting Purpose/Title: Lowndes County Democratic Party General Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: Via Zoom
LCDP Committee Members Present: Chairman Gerone Anderson, Dennis Marks, Vivian Miller-Cody, Kathryn Grant, Ronnie Pierce, Constalina James, George Burns, Angela Greene, Carol Mikkelsen, Gretchen Quarterman, Stan Tullos, Jeremiah Lawton, William Lamb, Sandra Tooley.

***PLEASE NOTE: All Lowndes County Democratic Party Membership Dues Run from January 01 through December 31***

Chairman Anderson led the present members in the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.
Secretary William Lamb then announced the current members who logged into the Zoom meeting.
Secretary William Lamb ten gave some highlights from our last meeting. He reminded members of the vacancies that we currently have on the LCDP County Committee for District 3, Post 4 and Super-District 5, Post 4. Dr. Marks was going to verify whether our volunteers lived in the correct areas to fill these vacancies. Dr. Marks then discussed the upcoming election calendar and reminded members of dates to focus on. The body discussed the issue of video recording our meetings and Chairman Anderson was going to confirm with Stacey Abrams regarding the legality of recording our meetings. We also discussed finalizing the LCDP’s budget for 2019-2020 and the details surrounding acquiring a new phone with voicemail for the party’s use. Lamb reminded the Chairman that members needed Jeremiah Lawton to give an update on the By-Laws Committee and the Executive Committee needs to schedule our strategic
meeting with Dr. Treva Gear. Mr. Lawton suggested discussing the By-Laws update after the situation with COVID-19 ends. Chairman Anderson stated we will table this issue until we can meet in-person because it will take some time to discuss and we will have to meet face to face to discuss. Chairman Anderson then asked Vice Chairman Dr. Marks if we were able to fill any of the vacancies on the LCDP County Committee. Dr. Marks stated Randy Brown and Kevin Reddick are not eligible for any of the vacancies. He then stated Leigh Touchston and George Bennett are both eligible for the vacancy for Super District 5, Post 4. Gretchen Quarterman then made a motion to table the election to fill these vacancies until we can have the full elections to fill the rest of the LCDP County Committee which will be held after the primaries are over in August, 2020. Dr. Marks seconded the motion to hold off filling the vacancies and the present members voted unanimously.
Chairman Anderson then called upon Treasurer Ronnie Pierce to give an update on his efforts to complete the budget for 2019-2020. Mr. Pierce reported that the Budget Committee recently met but there were several changes that still needed to be made to the budget. Dr. Marks stated the budget is online but needs to be updated and we need to do this quickly because the budget determines our strategic plans for the rest of the year. Dr. Marks suggested that the budget be sent back to the Budget Committee to put the budget in a finished form to send to the LCDP County Committee for their review.
Chairman Anderson agreed with this assessment and he instructed the Budget Committee to meet relatively soon in order to re-examine and finalize the budget.
Treasurer Ronnie Pierce then gave his report on the LCDP’s current finances. The actual total amount that we have in the bank is $5,638.48 and in the Paypal account we have $741.38, which makes a total of $6,379.86. Mrs. Quarterman and Mr. Pierce went into detail about spending $411.00 so that the LCDP now is paid for three years’ worth of internet service.
Vice Chair Dr. Marks was then called to give his elections report. He reminded members that we have some important dates coming up. He reminded members that May 11, 2020 was the last day to register to vote. Next Monday is the start of early voting and will continue 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. , and the first Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. He reminded members if they were going to vote in person than to wear a mask and abide by social distancing. He reminded members that the safest way to vote is through the mail. The last date to turn in your absentee ballot is election day, June 09, 2020. Dr. Marks also added that we needed to help people turn in their absentee ballots. He stated the LCDP has teamed up with the Georgia Democratic Party and Dr. Treva Gear to do phone banking in which members make calls, help people fill out their absentee ballots, and encourage people to turn in their absentee ballots. It is very important that we do
our part and get our base out to vote. Last date to vote is Tuesday, June 09, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in precincts.
Chairman Anderson then asked Dr. Treva Gear to address the members. Dr. Gear stated she recently sent out a newsletter from her campaign which asks, “Are you mad yet?” which stands for Mobilize Into Action for our future, especially in light of the failure of state and federal GOP leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. She asked for members to join her team and she tanked members for their support.

Dr. Marks reminded members to email him if they are interested in phone banking. Lastly, Mr. Pierce asked if the members would be in agreement for him to sign up for a monthly Zoom
subscription, with no time limit, it would cost $19.00 a month, and we can cancel at any time. Dr. Marks seconded Mr. Pierce’s motion to sign up for the Zoom subscription. Vice Chair Vivian Miller Cody inquired about the LCDP using the teleconference and she suggested we look into how much it would cost before proceeding with the motion. She did not see the need in paying just to look at one another on a computer screen when we could save money and still speak to one another over the phone.
Chairman Anderson stated we will send an email out to the Executive Committee to vote on whether to pay for a Zoom subscription or use phone conferencing to host our meetings in the future.

Meeting was adjourned.
Lowndes County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 2463
Valdosta, GA 31604 Georgia My Voter Page
(229) 241-1694

Lowndes County Democratic Party General Meeting Minutes for March 02, 2020

Meeting Purpose/Title: Lowndes County Democratic Party General Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, March 02, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 1800 Club House Drive, Valdosta, GA
LCDP Committee Members Present: Chairman Gerone Anderson, Dennis Marks, Vivian Miller-Cody, Kathryn Grant, Ronnie Pierce, Constalina James, George Burns, Angela Greene, Carol Mikkelsen, Gretchen Quarterman, Stan Tullos, Willie Rayford, Janie McGhin, Jeremiah Lawton, William Lamb, Tyler Tucker, Debra Tann.
LCDP Committee Members Excused: Lizzie Gordon, Sandra Tooley, John S. Quarterman, Dexter Sharper.
LCDP Committee Members Absent: Gregory Moore, JD Rice, Tina Valenti, James Parker.

***PLEASE NOTE: All Lowndes County Democratic Party Membership Dues Run from January 01 through December 31***

Chairman Anderson led the body in the Pledge of Allegiance and then introduced Pastor Stone to conduct the prayer.
Secretary William Lamb proceeded with the roll call of LCDP committee members.
Chairman Anderson and Dr. Marks introduced Cynthia Hair from the Board of Elections who was present to explain Georgia’s new voting machines to our members. She was here to show the machines, let people use them, see how they work, and try to answer any questions the members may have. She then proceeded with a demonstration of the voting machine for our members. Chairman Anderson then introduced Ed Rinder, who is the voter education co-ordinator. He emphasized encouraging college students to know in advance that they cannot be registered to vote in two different places, one at their college and another one at their home. He stated it would be helpful to contact students and have their parents mail them an absentee ballot which would remedy this situation. He stated this would prevent college students from showing up to vote on the day of and find out they are registered in a different place. Chairman Anderson then thanked the Board of Elections representatives for coming in and showing members the new voting machines.

Chairman Anderson then called upon Parliamentarian Jeremiah Lawton to speak. Mr. Lawton wanted to remind members to respect the Chairman at all times. He stated one reason we respect the Chairman so as not to show division in front of guests. Members need to use parliamentary procedures in order to move forward with the meeting.
Vice Chair for Elections Dennis Marks then began the election to fill the vacant position in District 3, Post 4. Dr. Marks reminded members that if a committee member misses three meetings then the remaining committee members can declare that position vacant and find someone else to fill the position. We have a vacancy because of absences and that is District 3, Post 4, previously held by Gregory Moore who has missed five meetings. Dr. Marks then proposed a motion to declare District 3, Post 4 vacant because of excessive absences. The motion was moved by Tyler Tucker and then seconded by Constalina James.
By unanimous vote, committee members raised their hands in favor of declaring the position vacant. Dr. Marks then asked members who lived in District 3 if there were any volunteers to serve on the committee. Randy Brown volunteered to serve and Dr. Marks stated he will check to make sure Mr. Brown lives in District 3. Dr. Marks then added that Glenn Ritchie who resigned as Vice Chair of Qualifying at our previous meeting was also resigning his position from the committee so we also have a vacancy for Super District 5, Post 4. Lee Touchston, George Bennett, and Kevin Reddick volunteered to serve in the position. Dr. Marks stated he will check the residency for each volunteer and we will table this issue until our next meeting.
The minutes for our meeting held on February 03, 2020 were distributed to the general body for review. Chairman Anderson entertained a motion to approve the minutes as presented, the motion was seconded, all members voted in favor for approval, and the motion was approved.
Chairman Anderson called upon Treasurer Ronnie Pierce to deliver his report. For the period ending in February, we had a balance of $4,147.25. At the last meeting we collected $8.00 in shirt sales; we collected $281.00 in membership dues; $150.00 for NAACP banquet; and $60.00 for the raffle. For the BBQ ticket sales we deposited $375.00, making a total deposit of $874.00. The balance including the deposits was $5,021.25. Of that amount, we spent $31.50 for phone bill, $59.00 for storage, $360.00 for Mathis Auditorium fee, $180.00 for NAACP banquet, which total disbursements were $630.50, leaving us a balance of $4,391.75. We also had a balance in Paypal of $276.14. The grand total in both accounts $4,667.89. Chairman Anderson asked for a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented, that motion was proposed, then seconded, and the body approved the motion. Dr. Marks then spoke about the upcoming election schedule. He reminded members that early voting for the presidential primary had begun and will last for three weeks from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. He also stated there will be mandatory Saturday and Sunday voting, so there is plenty of opportunity to vote.

The final day to vote will be on March 24, 2020. He emphasized that this is our chance to decide who the Democratic nominee will be. He also stated qualifying has started on March 02, 2020 for the November election and non-partisan election that will take place in May. The only Democrats who have qualified so far are Joyce Evans for Commission District 1 and Ashley Paulk for Sheriff. He also announced that Dr. Treva Gear has qualified for Senate District 8. Teresa Tomlison has qualified to run versus David Perdue. In District 1, Joyce Griggs has qualified and District 8, no democrats have qualified. He emphasized that we need democrats running in every local, state, and federal election. Dr. Marks stated Kathryn Grant is
going to spearhead reaching out to all of these candidates to see if they will attend our upcoming banquet on March 26, 2020. Chairman Anderson then asked if any person present was planning on running in any elections. Alvin Payton introduced himself and stated he will be running for District 177. Ronnie Pierce stated he plans on running for Joyce Evans’ District 1 County Commission seat. Chairman Anderson then called upon Vice Chair for Membership Vivian Miller-Cody to give her report. She reported that we had 5 new members pay their membership dues tonight. Charles Willis asked to speak and he wanted to remind members the importance of getting out and voting. Mr. Willis stated this country is in a desperate situation, our healthcare is an absolute disaster, we are the only industrialized nation that does not recognize healthcare as a right, we spend more money than any other country for prescription drugs, a woman is more likely to die during childbirth than a woman in 50 other countries, a working person has no more rights than other workers in third world countries. He stated that we need to make changes in this country and the only way we can do it is to vote.
Fundraising Chairwoman Constalina James stated she has been very busy selling tickets for our
upcoming banquet. Everything is almost paid for, except the meals. We have sold over 75 tickets. March 26, 2020 will be our annual BBQ and Lisa Rayne is going to be our guest speaker.
Chairman Anderson then brought up the issue of video recording our meetings. He stated he has received numerous complaints from people stating they will not attend our meetings because the meetings are video recorded so he is bringing this issue back up to the general body members. He opened the floor for discussion regarding recording our meetings. Chairman Anderson stated he did ask Stacey Abrams regarding the rules around recording meetings and she told him she would confirm with her lawyers to check on the rules and get back to him regarding this issue. As the advocate for recording the meetings, Gretchen Quarterman stated she would like to continue recording the meetings because
our body should be as transparent as possible and be a model for open governance. Gretchen
Quarterman explained that right now she has not had a chance to upload videos since fall and the recordings are located at her home. She is the only person who can access them. Kathryn Grant stated she does not feel comfortable having a discussion knowing that the recording will be available on YouTube. She added that as we move closer to election day we are going to be having discussions that will hopefully give us strategic advantages to win and she does want Republicans to know about those plans. Willie Rayford expressed mixed emotions regarding this issue. He believes recording the meeting through the minutes should be sufficient and we should not video record the meetings. Kevin Reddick believes videos which are recorded can be useful to motivate people who are not here. He believes we should get our message outside the four walls we meet in because they can be a useful tool. Janie McGhin suggested maybe tabling this issue until we hear back from Stacey Abrams. Mrs. McGhin suggested allowing the Chairman the ability to edit the videos. One member stated regarding the issue
of Republicans having an advantage, he reiterated that our meetings are open to the public so
Republicans can just attend our meetings so that should not be an issue. Another member expressed hesitation about attending our meetings for sometime because of the recording. She was involved in something very public in which her daughter received death threats from a stance she took publicly. She suggested that if we want to have a public face of the Lowndes County Democratic Party then we should do a podcast that would be separate from the organizational structure of the party and meeting. She personally did not want her physical body or voice on a video tape from this meeting and put it on social media because of attacks toward her family. Dr. Marks then added that he would also like to wait for a legal opinion from Stacey Abrams before proceeding. He stated the reason for sharing our proceedings
on social media is because the numbers of people who attend our meetings are not sufficient to win an election. Dr. Marks stated that we need to get our message out and we need people to know what we stand for. George Burns stated that because some people feel uncomfortable to be recorded, for that reason alone we should stop recording the meetings. A motion was proposed to table this issue until we hear back from Stacey Abrams, the motion was then seconded, and the majority voted to table this issue.
Kathryn Grant then announced Dr. Treva Gear is qualified and running for Senate District 8. Chairman Anderson then reminded the Executive Committee members that hopefully next month we can meet with Dr. Gear to finalize our strategic planning for the Democratic Party.
Chairman Anderson then opened the floor for members wishing to be heard. Willie Rayford wanted to remind voters of early voting. He hoped members would get out and do some work. Mr. Rayford stated he and Mrs. Miller-Cody had been helping people get to the polls.
Dr. Marks then stated Mr. Rayford reminded him that we need folks to work and we need two
categories of workers. One group to give rides to the polls and Mr. Rayford will coordinate through him. The other group is we need poll watchers. The Board of Elections needs poll workers and those are paid positions. Mr. Rayford then asked if the Democratic Party has money available for food or gas? Dr. Marks stated we are going to have an Executive Committee Meeting to discuss the budget. Ronnie Pierce then brought up the issue of our office phone. At our last meeting the Secretary explained that he was having difficulty getting the phone to work properly. Mr. Pierce was able to get the phone working. He believed that whoever is responsible for the phone must keep the phone on them at all times which is hard to ask someone to carry two cell phones. He stated right now the system we have is somebody has to physically answer the phone. He wanted to suggest possibly hiring an answering service or authorize him a smartphone so he can set up a voicemail system. Chairman Anderson instructed Mr. Pierce to gather some estimates together and we will take up this issue at our next meeting.
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Chairman Anderson then stated we have lots of work to do. He told members when they go home to talk to somebody, because we need people to get out and vote. He stated we need everybody going to the polls. He added that we can turn Lowndes County, this state, this country Blue if we get out to vote.

Meeting Adjourned.
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