Monthly Archives: April 2014

Video: Gretchen on Chris Beckham radio show, April 29th

“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.

She also talked about jobs, including in local agriculture. For example, she ran the 2014 South Georgia Growing Local Conference. Money spent on local agriculture supports the local economy, not companies far away.

She talked about stewardship of resources, including preserving local property and environment from the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. She advocated Continue reading

Gretchen on Scott James radio show 7:30AM Thursday May 1st

Gretchen will be on Scott James’ drive-time radio show on 92.1 FM this Thursday, 7:30 AM May 1st. She’ll be talking about transparency, stewardship, and opportunity.

You can listen over the air to WDDQ 92.1 FM or through various Internet sites, such as Streema.


Gretchen on the air with Chris Beckham 7:30AM Tuesday April 29th

Gretchen Quarterman will be on Chris Beckham’s morning drive-time talk radio show 7:30 AM Tuesday April 29th, talking about why you should vote for her for Lowndes County Commissioner District 5.

You can listen on the radio to WVGA FM 105.9 or online through various services such as Streema.

Please tell your friends. You can also join this facebook event so people can see you’re going to listen.


Candidates Forum, 6-8PM Tonight, at Hahira Historical Society

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.


6-8PM Tonight, Meet and Greet at Hahira Historical Society

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 donate.

Valdosta Daily Times readers in the Hahira area saw the flyer pictured on the right fall out of their newspaper yesterday (PDF):

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Find your polling place and ballot on My Voter Page by GA Secretary of State

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):

Special Election

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.

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Board packets on the Internet? –ballot question

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.


Hahira Meet and Greet Friday April 25th 6-8pm

Come meet Gretchen at the Hahira Historical Society this Friday!

It’s in the old Smith Hospital Doctor’s building,

166 East Lawson Street, Hahira, GA 31632.

That’s 6PM to 8PM Friday April 25th 2014.
With light refreshments and community.

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Gretchen at Business after Hours at Fairway

Campaigning can be fun!

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.

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