After a pot luck supper at the new location at the party office, new chair Tom Hochschild presided over a standing-room-only crowd that heard Deb Cox, Dexter Sharper, Demarcus Marshall, and J.D. Rice.
Lowndes County Elections Supervisor Deb Cox said there’s a special election in Lake Park for an unexpired City Council seat, poll workers are needed, and you can register to vote online.
Dexter Sharper, re-elected from District 177 (Valdosta and parts of Lowndes County) to the Georgia House, spoke about the need for early financial education, for gun safety instruction should be required to get a firearm permit, and for medical certification for coroner positions throughout the state of Georgia. Rep. Sharper is a paramedic, so he’s had a lot of opportunity to interact with coroners and to see medical effects of firearms. And he thinks Sheriff elections should be nonpartisan. In response to a question by Tom Hochschild, Rep. Sharper said there are a lot of jobs here, but many applicants do not have the necessary education, so need to work on that, as Wiregrass Technical College, for example, is doing. And he’s tired of the same people on the same appointed boards year after year. “You’ve got to do something different!”
See also Rep. Sharper’s letter against the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which echoed the LCDP policy of March 2014 that Chair Tom Hochschild filed with FERC 12 December 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.”
Rep. Sharper says he listens to constituents. Here’s his contact information. He said he could be reached at DexterSharper@yahoo.com, and his cell phone is 229-251-9210.
Demarcus Marshall spoke, reminding people of his recent Town Hall (videos here), his new facebook page, and the county’s new website. And no, he’s not running for Mayor of Valdosta; he was just re-elected to the County Commission.
John S. Quarterman mentioned the upcoming county and city government meetings, and that the county now videos its own meetings and puts them on YouTube. Gretchen Quarterman noted the Azalea Festival will be March 14th and 15th; sign up if you want to help with voter registration. Tom Hoschchild noted the Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee will be meeting in Macon Saturday January 31st to elect state officers to four-year terms. LCDP current DPG Committee members are Laverne Gaskins, Gretchen Quarterman, Linda Ray, and Dennis Marks: talk to them. In February the Lowndes County Democratic Committee will meet to elect state committee members to four-year terms; Gaskins, Quarterman, and Marks are interested in serving again.
Former Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice echoed Demarcus Marshall saying those who want to run for office need to learn about the office they seek. He said this was his second time at an LCDP meeting. He didn’t say he was running for Mayor, but he didn’t say he wasn’t.
Here’s a video playlist:
Potluck and quality of life issues
Monthly Meeting, Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP)
Tom Hochschild (Chair), Gretchen Quarterman (Secretary), Dennis Marks (Vice-Chair / Elections)
Glenn Ritchie (Vice-Chair / Membership), Richard Saeger (Vice-Chair / Qualifying), James J. Parker (Treasurer)
1008 Slater Street, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2015-01-05.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman, Secretary, Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP).