LCDP BBQ with DPG Chairman Dubose Porter and Municipal Candidates 2015-07-07

LCDP meetings discuss local matters that matter in local elections, such as City Matters in April, Public Transportation in May, Environment and Property Rights in June. July is the annual LCDP BBQ, this time with candidates for municipal elections and the Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, plus all of the above Local Maters and more. Facebook event.

Update 2015-05-17: Corrected year.

300x388 BBQ-Reservation-2015-001, in LCDP Annual BBQ, by LCDP, for, 7 July 2015 Lowndes County Democratic Party
Annual Barbecue
Local Matters for Local Elections
DPG Chairman: Dubose Porter
Municipal Candidates

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Mathis Auditorium
2300 North Ashley Street Valdosta, GA 31602
Tickets $25.00 (Children under 12, $12.50)
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Environmental issues and property rights @ LCDP 2015-06-01

Many things affect the local environment: paving roads, buses, pipelines, wastewater, and solid waste. Abundant clean water is a major reason all of us are here. Like transportation, environmental issues have come up at several previous LCDP meetings, often also including property rights: roads and pipelines go through somebody’s land, and blowing trash or flooding wastewater affect many people’s property, taxes, and quality of life. Facebook event.

6PM Monday June 1st, come hear from people who deal with these issues all the time, and speak up with your own questions and ideas, at the monthly Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting.

Our meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. We would appreciate if you could bring a dish, but you do not need to bring food to join in.

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WCTV on Transportation Meeting @ LCDP 2015-05-04

WCTV covered tonight’s LCDP meeting without ever saying it was an LCDP meeting, but they did make clear it’s an issue of widespread concern.

Winnie Wright, WCTV, 4 May 2015, All Sides Weigh In At Public Transportation Meeting In Valdosta,

Valdosta, GA—Public transportation, or the lack-there-of, has been a hot-button issue in Valdosta for many years.

Back in 2009, the City Council voted against a public transportation proposal, however that, was during the height of the recession.

Now that things are back on track, residents say, they want a public bus system proposal back on the table.

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Videos: City Matters @ LCDP 2015-04-06

Transportation, sewer, safety, and police cameras: all at last month’s Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting, in these videos. Plus a report on the Cash Mob at Stan’s Grocery: new customers brought in, 300 pounds of food donated to the food bank, and coverage by both TV stations.

See the special crime report: the real situation is not what you would think from TV.

Transportation was so popular a topic both in April and at the March meeting, it’s the main theme of the Monday May 4th meeting tomorrow.

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Transportation Meeting Monday

300x205 Bus, in Lowndes County Public Transportation?, by John S. Quarterman, for, 4 May 2015 During our past two monthly meetings (“Supporting Local Business” and “City Matters”), the conversation kept steering toward the need for improved transportation. In response, committee members have put together a meeting solely on the issue of “Transportation.” If you have any questions or concerns about transportation in Valdosta or Lowndes County, you do not want to miss this meeting.

Our meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. We would appreciate if you could bring a dish, but you do not need to bring food to join in.

Meeting Topic: “Transportation”, Facebook event.

Guest Speakers:

  • John Gayle, (Mayor, Valdosta)
  • Bill Slaughter, (Chairman, Lowndes County Commission)
  • Jim Galloway, (Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority)
  • Corey Hull, (Transportation Planner, Valdosta-Lowndes MPO)

Please also like our Facebook Page for “Public Transportation in Valdosta, Lowndes Georgia”:

Membership Dues and Donations

LCDP could use a new computer, and the monthly rent is always due for our headquarters on Slater Street in Valdosta. Please consider making a donation, or paying membership fees for yourself or someone else. Dues are $25 for an individual, $40 for a family, and $15 for students, military, and seniors. These dues are used solely to get Democrats elected to office, and are vital to the efforts of the LCDP. You may donate or pay your dues online at:

Thank you for all that you do.

Tom Hochschild, Chair
Lowndes County Democratic Party

In memorium, Jay Shaw

The Lowndes County Democratic Party expresses its condolences on the death of former State Representative Jay Shaw. Jay served as Mayor of Lakeland from 1980 to 1990. He was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 176 from 1994 to 2010. He was elected to the State Transportation Board in 2010 and served as its Chairman from 2012 to 2013. He then served as Chair of its Finance committee.

Jay was a fair-minded person who always considered the public good. He was a strong supporter of meeting the state’s transportation needs. Our sincere condolences to his wife Libby, his son Jason, who succeeded his father in the Georgia House of Representatives, and other members of his family.

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No need for Sabal Trail pipeline or its threats –LCDP to Judge in Leesburg, GA

A judge in Leesburg, GA is considering Sabal Trail’s demand for Georgia eminent domain and a Mitchell County landowner family’s countersuit for criminal trespass. LCDP Chair Tom Hochschild filed the LCDC resolution against the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline as an Amicus curiae, including GA State Rep. Dexter Sharper’s letter against the pipeline (PDF). Other Amicus briefs were filed by SpectraBusters, WWALS Watershed Coalition, and Students Against Violating the Environment. There’s no need for this destructive and hazardous pipeline that threatens our water, or lands, our schools, and our economy.
























Civil Action No.




COMES NOW LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY (LCDP), as friends of the court and concerned citizens in the above-entitled action in support of the Defendants and file this their brief with the court in the above referenced case and states as follows and provides in support thereof the following:

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Hahira and North Lowndes LCDP meeting 2015-04-20

Tonight the LCDP is holding a special meeting for people in the Hahira and North Lowndes County community. The meeting will be informal and we will discuss issues facing this community in particular, how to support Democratic interests in this community and the recruitment of new members. So please come as you are, come hungry and bring a friend. Please RSVP so we can let the restaurant owner know how many will be attending.

When: 6PM Monday April 20th 2015

Where: El Carrisal IV Hahira
303 West Main Street
Hahira, Georgia 31620

facebook event.

Special thanks to Michael Rivera for allowing us to use the cover picture.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Videos: Democratic Values Supporting Local Business @ LCDP 2015-03-02

To prepare for tonight’s meeting, here are videos of last month’s packed meeting at the Board of Elections with the Lowndes County Democratic Party listened and discussed with business speakers.

Public transportation was a very popular topic, as already recommended by both the Chamber and the Development Authority so employees can get to work. As Jim Parker pointed out the necessary $1 million a year would require 1 mil of property tax, or about $60 per property owner. Buses could even run on green corridors!

The speakers were:

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City Matters at Lowndes County Democratic Party tonight 2014-04-06

Our monthly potluck meeting in April is called “City Matters,” and our guest speakers will be City Council members Sandra Tooley and Tim Carroll. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to) transportation, infrastructure, water issues, sewage issues, and internet access. If you have any questions or concerns about the city of Valdosta, you do not want to miss this meeting.

Our new meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Facebook event. Videos of last month’s meeting.

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Rapt LCDP audience at Board of Elections office March 2nd 2015