Buried treasure at Valdosta Farm Days this morning

Come see Gretchen and the buried treasure from paradise: potatoes dug up yesterday at Okra Paradise Farms, available this morning at Downtown Valdosta Farm Days, 9AM to 1PM, at the historic Lowndes County Courthouse. And don’t forget to vote Tuesday for Gretchen for Lowndes County Commission District 5. May 20th is the last day for this Special Election. You can find your polling place online at My Voter Page by GA Sec. State. If we all vote, she will win.

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Gretchen doggedly campaigning

Snoop the dog says get out and vote.

Remember, only a tiny percentage have voted, and turnout wins elections. You can help. Share this post. Call your friends. Ask Gretchen for a call list. Or come help canvass. Most important: vote today in early voting at the Board of Elections, 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta, or Tuesday May 20th at your polling place.

526x394 Snoop says get out and vote, in Gretchen and Snoop the Dog, by John S. Quarterman, for GretchenforLowndes.com, 15 May 2014
With Glenn Ritchie canvassing. Didn’t get the dog’s owners’s name; sorry.
Picture by John S. Quarterman for GretchenforLowndes.com, Iola Street, Valdosta, 15 May 2014.

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Time to vote for Gretchen

Only 4% of registered voters have voted so far. If all of Gretchen’s supporters get out and vote, she will win on May 20th. Call your friends; remind them District 5 is a Special Election that will be decided Tuesday May 20th. Contact Gretchen; she’ll get you a call list or a walklist. Local elections affect you directly: water, sewer, trash, roads, taxes, jobs, and ordinances. It’s time to get people out and vote!

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Gretchen at Lake Park City Council May 6th

Gretchen said a few words from behind the camera where she videoed the entire Lake Park City Council meeting of May 6th, including the Council’s decision to deny the Brookhaven apartment rezoning. Gretchen said,

I totally love the way you do here, and hear all your reports, and everything is very out in the open. Citizens can know what’s happening easily. Lowndes County can follow that example and be significantly more transparent and accessible. That’s sort of what I’m about: open transparent government, and being good stewards.

The Mayor mentioned he’d met Gretchen at the April 28th Public Hearing about the Brookhaven rezoning, which she also videoed. None of the other candidates for Lowndes County Commission District 5 attended that Public Hearing. They also weren’t at Continue reading

The rest of the WALB Valdosta Farm Days interview

Here’s the rest of what Gretchen said to WALB May 2nd about Valdosta Farm Days and its local community, economic opportunity, and stewardship of our resources. Plus those video stars, Yellow Dog and Brown Dog!

Every TV interview starts with the interviewee having to spell their name. Then the reporter asked questions at much greater length than what you see on TV. Plus he had his camera zoomed in on Gretchen, as you can see in the picture below from the WALB article, so he didn’t even see the dogs strolling across.

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Gretchen to debate at VSU Tuesday May 13th

Tomorrow, Gretchen will debate the other candidates running for Lowndes County Commission District 5. Come as you are, or join the facebook event to show support for Gretchen Quarterman.

When: 6-8PM Tuesday May 13th 2014
Where: Room 1011
Bailey Science Center Auditorium,
1500 N. Patterson Street,
Valdosta State University
Moderator:Scott James of 92.1FM talk radio
Parking:Gravel lots off of Georgia Avenue

Candidates: for Lowndes County Commission, for Lowndes County Board of Education, and for Georgia State Senate.
Update Tuesday: apparently they have invited all the above candidates running on May 20th.

This debate is organized by the South Georgia Young Republicans, VSU College Republicans, Lowndes County Republican Party, and the Young Conservatives of America.

CONTACT: Ben Smith, SGYR President, 229-412-5610, sgyrrocks@gmail.com

Transparency at the Zoning Board of Appeals

Gretchen doesn’t just talk about transparency, she’s been implementing it for years, and she persuaded the appointed board she’s on to implement it.

Here’s Gretchen at work at Tuesday’s meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA). You can see ZBOA’s agendas and minutes online because Gretchen suggested that December 6th 2011 and ZBOA unanimously agreed to do it, with Valdosta City Planner Matt Martin arranging for the agendas and minutes to be on the City of Valdosta’s website.

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Racing with Rotary

This morning Gretchen is helping with sign-in at Racing with Rotary 5K and 1 mile this morning, 7AM 10 May 2014, at McKey Park, North Oak Street and Burton Street, Valdosta, GA US 31602. She is a member of Valdosta Rotary Club. Sean the Sports Guy wrote 4 May 2014, Running for Rotary – Valdosta Race to Benefit College Scholarships,

The Valdosta Branch of the Georgia Rotary Student Program is holding the 2014 Racing with Rotary 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Georgia Rotary Student Program and other Rotary groups. The Rotary Program is a charity set up to help students with opportunities to study overseas when they might not otherwise have the chance to do so.

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Lake Park citizens standing up for themselves –videos by Gretchen

Gretchen thinks that government transparency is important.

She has videoed all the official public meetings where citizens of Lake Park have opposed rezoning for an apartment complex, including the public hearing of April 28th. The attorneys for the developer tried, but they were up against much stronger opposition than they appeared to have expected. “A molehill to cover up an eyesore,” said one.

Even after an hour of neighbors more than adequately expressing their positions and responding to the developers, the highlight of the evening was Judge Wayne Ellerbee’s presentation for the opposition. The judge brought up many points relevant not just to this rezoning, but to any rezoning, such as water pollution and drainage is a big issue, local governments don’t actually get sued by developers unless there’s actual discrimination, and apartments are the most expensive land use, about which he said: Continue reading

Video of Gretchen on Scott James radio show 2014-05-01

“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.

Here’s the video:

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