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.
Lowndes County, between
Hahira and Moody AFB.
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 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.
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.
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!
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,
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 →
“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
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.
Gretchen is at
Valdosta Farm Days this morning, 9AM to 1PM,
with grits and corn flour, at the old Lowndes County Courthouse in Valdosta.
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.
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.