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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.


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!

Today and tomorrow early voting continues at the Board of Elections, 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta. Election Day is Tuesday May 20th at Continue reading

Gretchen the farmer at Valdosta Farm Days today

Gretchen is at Valdosta Farm Days this morning, 9AM to 1PM, with grits and corn flour, at the old Lowndes County Courthouse in Valdosta. Here’s WALB’s story from Okra Paradise Farms yesterday. Come talk to Gretchen about farming, and about the Special Election May 20th for Lowndes County Commission District 5.


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

Local food, local economy: South Georgia Growing Local

Gretchen and a committee organized the successful South Georgia Growing Local 2014 conference last January 24th and 25th. Here she is holding the front page of the VDT, about the Friday Farm Tours.

Agriculture has long been a mainstay of the economy of Lowndes County, an “agricultural heartland”, as a Valdosta Daily Times editorial called it November 14, 2012. The conference included everything from the very traditional (ham curing and hand spinning fibers into fabric) to new crops (Katahdin sheep, olives, door-yard citrus and more citrus), to scientific takes on tradition (backyard chickens seed saving, permaculture), to self-help and community building (House of Hope: Gardening for Recovery and growing up growing, and multi-generational growing), politics (USDA and rural revitalization and 2014 General Assembly and Rural GA), 21st century innovations (solar farms), and of course family farms (Hagen Homestead, South Georgia Olive Farms, Raisin’ Cane), plus a panel of local growers talking about their experiences.

Gretchen will continue to promote local agriculture as an opportunity, and for stewardship of our communities, farmland, and forests.


Gretchen stood up against an unnecessary lawsuit

“Stop wasting taxpayer money” said Gretchen Quarterman in the May 28th 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.


Bill Slaughter and Gretchen Quarterman were inducted into Valdosta Rotary on the same day (12 September 2012); that’s John Page (who recently vacated District 5), already a member, standing behind them. County Attorney Walter Elliott is also a member. The Rotary Continue reading