Tag Archives: Lowndes County Commission

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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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.

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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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

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.

Gretchen has suggested that Lowndes County put agendas and minutes of the Planning Commission online, too. So far, Continue reading

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

Lowndes County government can lead

Gretchen spoke about some things your local government can do, especially in cooperation with other county governments, a panel about the Sabal Trail Pipeline at VSU at the end of March.

One of the things that county government can do, and if you elected me to represent you would do, would be to, just like the citizens need to work together, the affected counties need to work together. So Lowndes needs to work with Brooks and Colquitt and the elected officials there, Continue reading

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.

[Applause]

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

Gretchen Quarterman will be a voice for Lowndes County Commission District 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hahira, 12 March 2014 — Gretchen Quarterman has qualifed for Lowndes County Commission District 5, for opportunity, stewardship, and transparency.

“Standing up for property rights includes opposing an unnecessary pipeline and being smart about development,” said Quarterman. “No private company should be able to come in here and take people’s land for no local benefit. Our community has a foundation in agriculture and we need farmers and farmland just as we need roads and subdivisions. Stewardship is an important part of economic development.”

Quarterman says local government needs to remember its purpose is to provide services for its people, unlike a business, which is for profit. “I will never suggest charging for a library card,” she said.

That includes services for businesses. “Why should getting a license only be possible during the week? There’s a lot of things that we could use technology for to make our business processes much more streamlined for our business owners.”

And she added, “We won’t attract businesses to locate in our community when the county is in the process of suing a local business.”

Gretchen has been listening to citizens around the county express their frustrations about local government responsiveness Continue reading