Monthly Archives: May 2014

Vote purple today!

Put your purple checkmark by the purple person today! Please vote for Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes County Commission District 5 in the Special Election today.

And don’t forget to vote for School Board and judges: those are all decided today, too. Plus it’s Primary Day for all the other races.

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Vote Today for Gretchen

Today is Election Day for Lowndes County Commission District 5. Remember, it’s not November: this is a Special Election, to be decided today, the winner to take office immediately upon certification of the results. Don’t forget to vote, and please call your friends and neighbors and ask them to get out and vote for Gretchen today!

You can find your polling place in My Voter Page by the Georgia Secretary of State.

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Nimble –Videos of Gretchen at VSU

Elected officials need to adapt to new information and new circumstances, while all working together. If elected, Gretchen will be nimble.

Here are videos of her saying that at VSU last Tuesday at an event organized by the South Georgia Young Republicans and others. Remember, this Special Election is tomorrow, Tuesday May 20th, because the seat is vacant. The winner will take office immediately upon certification of the election results. So please call your friends and neighbors and ask them to vote tomorrow for Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes County Commission District 5, with her calling for financial stewardship and community transparency for economic development.

Follow this link for the videos and transcripts.

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I pledge to vote tomorrow, Tuesday May 20th

Just a reminder — The election that I am in will be decided tomorrow May 20th. It is not a primary. It is a special election. Please vote tomorrow at your local precinct.

Thank you to those who have early voted.

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Gretchen in the Sunday VDT: why to vote for her tomorrow

Gretchen’s ad ran next to her interview answers Sunday a week ago in the Valdosta Daily Times. Here’s why you should please vote for Gretchen tomorrow for Lowndes County Commission District 5. Remember, not November: it’s a Special Election tomorrow, Tuesday May 20th.

Gretchen Quarterman

Age: 55

Hometown: Unincorporated Lowndes County, between Hahira and Moody AFB.

Office: Nonpartisan Special Election, Lowndes County Commission Super District 5.

Please list experiences or experience that would benefit you in this office:

“My work experiences from the public and private sectors in management, budgeting, and customer service prepare me to be a County Commissioner. As a farmer and business owner, I am aware of the challenges that face our community in providing opportunities for economic development, in providing government services with limited resources, and with keeping citizens informed about these opportunities and services.

“I currently serve on the appointed Zoning Board of Appeals, since 2008, and I have attended nearly every Lowndes, County Commission meeting for the past five years, including the recent two-day budget session and the 2014 annual retreat.”

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Gretchen convinced ZBOA to publish agendas and minutes online 6 December 2011

Gretchen doesn’t just talk about local government transparency; she does something about it. Here online are the agendas and minutes of her appointed board, and here, reposted with permission from Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, is how she got that to happen. Elect Gretchen Quarterman tomorrow to Lowndes County Commission District 5 and she will work to bring transparency to your County Commission.

The Zoning Board of Appeals decided unanimously at its 6 December 2011 meeting to publish its agendas and minutes on the City of Valdosta’s website. This item was not on the agenda, but members of such a board can make motions anyway. Member Gretchen Quarterman suggested it. Valdosta City Planner Matt Martin said they could do it no problem. Discussion ensued. They all agreed to post agends before their meetings, and to post minutes after they are approved (usually at the next meeting, a month later). Maybe other local boards and authorities will follow this example.

Left to right: Laverne Gaskins (V), Gretchen Quarterman (L), Paul Alvarado (V), Allan Strickland, Chair (V), Nancy Hobby (V), Dave Kirk (L), Carmella Braswell (Lowndes County Zoning Administrator), Matt Martin (Valdosta City Planning and Zoning Administrator). Absent: Scott Orenstein, Vice-Chair (V), Dr. William Houseal (L). L: Lowndes County appointee. V: Valdosta appointee.

Here’s the video:


ZBOA decides to publish agendas and minutes on Valdosta website
Agendas and Minutes,
Regular Session, Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 6 December 2011.
Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.

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Stop wasting taxpayer money –Gretchen @ Lowndes County Commission 28 May 2013

“Stop wasting taxpayer money” said Gretchen Quarterman in the 28 May 2013 Regular Session of the Lowndes County Commission.

Gretchen Quarterman I sort of wish that I had been able to observe the executive session where you discussed the pending lawsuit against Deep South Sanitation. I wonder who asked the question “Is it beneficial to all concerned?” I wonder which one of you said “This will really attract people to start or relocate business in our county when we sue one of our local business owners.”

If I were considering a business move, I wouldn’t move to a county that eats its own.

I ask that you drop the lawsuit and stop wasting taxpayer money. Thank you.

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Find your polling place for Election Day Tuesday

Where can you vote on Tuesday May 20th, which is Election Day for the Special Election for Lowndes County Commission District 5? You can find your polling place in My Voter Page by the Georgia Secretary of State. Or you can zoom and pan on the VALOR GIS Election Boundary Map.

Remember, it’s not November: Tuesday May 20th is the election for this Special Election, unless there’s a runoff. Please vote for Gretchen Tuesday. If enough supporters turn out and vote, she can win outright Tuesday.

600x546 Precinct Boundaries, in Precincts, by John S. Quarterman, for GretchenforLowndes.com, 18 May 2014

PS: And remember to vote for the Lowndes County Board of Education, for the elections for judges, and for the primaries for the Georgia statehouse and U.S. Congress.

Gretchen will value citizen input –ad on C-93 country radio

Gretchen’s ad is playing six times daily on C-93 country radio WAAC 92.9 FM May 2014. You can listen here:

This is Gretchen Quarterman. And I’m running for Lowndes County Commission District 5.

I’m dedicated to responsible, transparent government, and I will work to be a good steward of our tax dollars. Our county and city governments need to work together to build on our collective strenghts of Moody, VSU, and South Georgia Medical to provide opportunities to our community.

I’m open to new ideas and willing to re-evaluate long-standing views when new information exists. And I will value citizen input. Our community is a wonderful place, and together we can make it even better.

I ask for your support and your vote on May 20th.

To hear Gretchen talk about these issues at greater length, see the videos page.

Tuesday May 20th is Election Day for this Special Election. You can find your polling place on My Voter Page by the Georgia Secretary of State.