Non binding Democratic Questions – May 20th 2014

Local government transparency, GMO labeling, education, ethics, Medicaid, and minimum wage: you can vote (nonbinding) on all these things May 20th 2014 in the Democratic primary.

Both statewide and Lowndes County nonbinding questions will be on the primary ballot May 20th, so remember to turn out and vote in the primary. Everyone in Lowndes County who takes a Democratic primary ballot can vote on these questions. That’s the same date as the special election for Lowndes County Commission District 5, so be sure to vote for that, too, either in your precinct on May 20th (you can find your polling place online through Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page) or at the Board of Elections in early voting April 28 – May 16.

State Wide:

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Lowndes County School Board Races – Districts 1, 2, 3

Non-partisan elections for the Lowndes County School board will be held on May 20th.
Candidates for school board have been invited to the LCDP April 7th meeting to give brief presentations and answer questions.

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Seats 1, 2, 3 are all up for election.

District 1 incumbent, Mike Davis will face challenger Bobby Watford.

Fred Wetherington, incumbent in District 2 has chosen not to run, so that is an open seat, with three candidates qualified, Eric Johnson, Tara Parker and Mark Barber.

District 3 incumbent, Brian Browning, is running unopposed.

Please come hear the candidates on April 7th and then make sure that you visit the polls during early voting (April 28 – May 16) or on election day May 20th and cast your ballot in the Lowndes County School Board election.

Qualifying Wrap Up – Lowndes County Commission

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The qualifying season is over and it has been a lively one. The extended qualifying for Lowndes County Board of Commissioners District Three yielded three additional candidates for a total of four.

Office Name Incumbant Status Party Date
County Commission 3 Mark Wisenbaker No R 3/3/14
County Commission 3 Thomas Sims No R 3/11/14
County Commission 3 Don Thieme No D 3/11/14
County Commission 3 Tom Hochschild No D 3/11/14

The qualifying for the special election to fill the unexpired term in County Commission District 5 also yielded four candidates but one withdrew before qualifying even closed.
District 5 is a non-partisan election because it is a special election.

Office Name Notes
County Commission District 5 Roger Christie withdrawn
County Commission District 5 Clay Griner Changed from District 2
County Commission District 5 Norman Bennett
County Commission District 5 Gretchen Quarterman

In the end, the Lowndes County Commission will have a very different make up come January 2015. The actual election outcomes will be decided on the following dates:

Office Date Reason
District 2 May 20 Only Republicans qualified
District 3 November 4 Both Republicans and Democrats Qualified
District 4 May 20 Only one Democrat qualified
District 5 May 20
July 22 runoff (if necessary)
Special election to fill unexpired term

Call of Special Election to be held May 20, 2014

NOTICE FOR QUALFYING

Notice is hereby given in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 21-2-540 that a special election shall be held in Lowndes County on May 20, 2014, to fill a vacancy in the office of Lowndes County Commissioner representing District 5 formerly held by John Page for a term to expire December 31, 2016.

All persons who are not registered to vote and who desire to register to vote in the special election may register to vote at the office of the Board of Elections located at 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia, through the close of business at 5:00 p.m. on April 21, 2014.

Advance voting will be held beginning on April 28, 2014. Polls will be open on May 20, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Qualifying for placement on the May 20, 2014 ballot will be from 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, through 12:00 noon Friday, March 14, 2014, in the office of the Board of Elections located at 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia.

The qualifying fee is $450.

Candidates shall be listed alphabetically on the ballot. Candidates may choose to designate on the ballot their party affiliation. The party affiliation selected by a candidate shall not be changed following the close of qualifying.

If you have any questions, you may telephone the office of the Board of Elections at 671-2850, telecopy the Board of Elections at fax number 333-5199, email the Board of Elections at elections@lowndescounty.com, or visit the office of the Board of Elections located at 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Tiffany Linkswiler
Lowndes County Board of Elections
229-671-2850 (phone)
229-333-5199 (fax)

First round of qualifying

Qualifying for the May 20, 2014 primary in Georgia and Lowndes County has been like a game of fruit basket upset or musical chairs. With all state wide offices and all state senate and house seats available, along with local county commission and school board seats, there was room for everyone (and then some).

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In Lowndes County, County Commission districts 2, 3 and 4 are up for election, along with GA House seats 174, 175, 176 and 177 and GA Senate seat 8. The shuffling began when Richard Raines (County Commission 2) announced that he would not seek reelection. Then Tim Golden (Senate Seat 8) also announced that he would not seek reelection.

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Notice of reopened qualifying period for Lowndes County Commission District 3

NOTICE OF REOPENED QUALIFYING PERIOD
FOR LOWNDES COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 3
(to succeed CRAWFORD POWELL)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with O.C.G.A. 21-2-153(c)(1)(D) the qualifying period for candidates to qualify for Lowndes County Commission District 3 (to succeed Crawford Powell), shall be reopened at 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, and shall cease at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Candidates may qualify at the offices of the Lowndes County Board of Elections, located at 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia.

The Qualifying Fee is $450.

If you have any questions, you may telephone the office of the Board of Elections at 671-2850, telecopy the Board of Elections at fax number 333-5199, email the Board of Elections at elections@lowndescounty.com, or visit the office of the Board of Elections located at 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Tiffany Linkswiler
Lowndes County Board of Elections
229-671-2850 (phone)
229-333-5199 (fax)

LCDP and LCRP interviewed about qualifying

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WCTV reporter Winnie Wright interviewed local party chair persons about qualifying.

“What we’re really primarily looking for is people who are supporting Democratic values”, says Lowndes County Democratic Committee Chairman, Gretchen Quarterman.

Qualifying for local offices continues Thursday March 6 from 9am-5pm and Friday March 7 from 9am – 12noon and the Lowndes County Board of Elections, 2808 North Oak Street in Valdosta, GA.

Citizens interested in running for office are invited to apply for the open Lowndes Count Board of Commisioners and Lowndes County School Board seats.


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Lowndes County Democratic Committee Advocates for Health

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Valdosta, March 5, 2014 –

Lowndes County Democratic Party leadership voted Saturday to oppose
a bad Georgia health care bill, to provide support for local health
care navigation, and appointed a subcommittee to follow up on health
care issues.

To advocate for people who need health care coverage, the Lowndes
County Democratic Committee voted to establish a five member health
care subcommittee, chaired by Tina Matchett, the committee is to
address navigating health care open enrollment issues through the
end of March, when open enrollment for 2014 will end, to answer
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Lowndes County Democratic Committee Opposes Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Valdosta, March 3, 2014 –The Lowndes County Democratic Committee
voted Saturday to oppose the Sabal Trail Methane Pipeline slated
to run through Lowndes County.

Georgia Democrats believe we have a moral obligation to leave our
children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and
majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.

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Lowndes County Democratic Committee Votes to Support Solar Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Valdosta, March 2, 2014 –

Local Democratic Party leadership voted Saturday to support a Georgia
solar financing bill.

The Lowndes County Democratic leadership voted to advocate for the
bipartisan distributed rooftop solar financing bill, HB 874, the
Solar Power Free-Market Financing and Property Rights Act of 2014.

Georgia Democrats believe we have a moral obligation to leave our
children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and
majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.

Affordable access to solar power increases Georgia’s Continue reading