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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.

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Gretchen in the Sunday VDT: why to vote for her tomorrow

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.

Gretchen Quarterman

Age: 55

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.”

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Stop wasting taxpayer money –Gretchen @ Lowndes County Commission 28 May 2013

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

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Gretchen will value citizen input –ad on C-93 country radio

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.

I ask for your support and your vote on May 20th.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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My call is to serve –Gretchen in Hahira 2014-04-28

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.

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