“People would have a lot more confidence in the government
if they understood it and they could see it happen,”
said Gretchen Quarterman yesterday morning on drive-time radio.
She used Monday night’s
Brookhaven apartment building rezoning public hearing in
Lake Park to illustrate: local landowners have property rights and
there was a lack of communication between the developers
of a proposed apartment building, the Lake Park city government,
and the neighbors.
The special election for District 5 is on *every* (Democratic, Republican and Non-partisan) ballot in Lowndes County, District 5. My name is the very last one. Voting starts on Monday (April 28th). Last day to vote is May 20th.
All candidates running for offices voted on by residents of Hahira
are invited to a candidates forum tonight, 26 April 2014,
at the Hahira Historical Society,
116 E. Lawson Street,
in the old Smith Hospital Doctors Building in Hahira.
Gretchen Quarterman will be there,
talking about why she is running for Lowndes County Commission District 5
in the special election May 20th.
Remember, early voting starts this Monday.
Meet Gretchen Quarterman and browse on light refreshments
at the old Smith Hospital Doctors Building in Hahira,
now the Hahira Historical Society.
We hope you will also sign up to help elect Gretchen to
Lowndes County Commission District 5 in the Special Election
May 20th: tell your friends, share posts on facebook, put up a yard sign,
invite her to speak, call voters, canvass, or
Valdosta Daily Times readers in the Hahira area saw the flyer
pictured on the right fall out of their newspaper yesterday
Where do you vote?
Are you registered?
What’s on your ballot for the Special Election and Primary Election May 20, 2014?
All these questions are answered online at
My Voter Page (MVP) by the Georgia Secretary of State.
Three sample ballots are available: nonpartisan, Democratic, and Republican.
All three of them contain this one (if you’re in District 5):
For County Commissioner District 5
(To fill the Unexpired Term of John Page, Resigned)
(Vote for One)
Please vote for Gretchen Quarterman.
All three ballots also include the election for school board,
which is very important: the school board gets more of your tax
dollars than anything else in the county, and educates your or
your neighbor’s children.
When you vote for Gretchen in the primary election May 20th,
you may also see this question on your ballot:
So that citizens can be informed, do you think local governments should
publish their meeting packets on the Internet before city council and
county commission meetings?
If you find it hard to follow what is being discussed in local government meetings,
it could be because your elected or appointed boards have in front of them
meeting packets (also called board packets or agenda packets)
with details of zoning applications, bids for contracts or equipment,
grant applications, and applications for appointment.
Many other local governments in Georgia, such as Augusta-Richmond County, and even
smaller Glynn County and Effingham County, publish such packets online before the
meeting so citizens can see what their governments are discussing and voting on.
None of the local governments in Lowndes County do this.
Perhaps they should, so you could know what they’re doing.
You’ll only see that question if you pick up a Democratic primary ballot,
because the Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP) put it there.
Gretchen Quarterman, as LCDP Chairman, asked the Lowndes County Republican
Party (LRDP) whether they would like to also put that question on their
primary ballot, but they declined.
You can see your primary ballot online at the Georgia Secretary of State’s
My Voter Page.
The Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce held Business after Hours
last Thursday at Fairway Outdoor Advertising in Valdosta.
Gretchen helped decoarte a very large whiteboard.
Thanks to Fairway’s Terry Harkins for supplying the markers and spray paint.