I won’t be in the runoff.
Thank you to everyone who has voted for me, encouraged me, called, walked, and waved for me. I appreciate you all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
What inspired you to run for office? Continue reading
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.
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.
“The jewel of the South”, “a gem down here”, is what Scott James and Gretchen Quarterman agreed Lowndes County could be, starting with local government transparency and continuing with not waiting on Atlanta to build on local strengths such as South Georgia Medical Center and Wiregrass Tech.
Local policy issues include what would happen to us if we got 20 inches of rain like Pensacola just did? The county needs to be appropriately staffed and prepared for emergencies. The Army Corps of Engineers study on flooding will be presented at the next Valdosta City Council Work Session (5:30 PM May 6th at City Hall) with a public presentation afterwards (6:30 PM at City Hall Annex). Gretchen added that Ashley Tye will be giving a Lowndes County Emergency Management Continuity of Business Workshop 5:30-6:30 PM 5 May 2014 at the Lowndes County Administrative Building, 327 North Ashley Street, Valdosta.
Radio host Scott James noted,
In case nobody picked up on it, I just quizzed Gretchen and she is involved. She answered both very well.
Gretchen added that having things online for people who can’t go to the meetings because they’re at work would be very useful in getting more people engaged. Scott James advocated livestreaming videos of meetings, “or at least recorded and played back”. Gretchen recounted an anecdote about wishing she could have heard the recent Valdosta City Council meeting livestreamed.
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Gretchen said before she moved back here as a south Georgian by choice, if somebody had asked her if she would get into politics, she would have said that was crazy, but through following the Lowndes County Commission and serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA) she had developed a calling to serve.
Here’s the video:
My call is to serve –Gretchen in Hahira 2014-04-28
Video by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)
Hahira, Lowndes County, Georgia, 28 April 2014.
“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