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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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Gretchen convinced ZBOA to publish agendas and minutes online 6 December 2011

Gretchen doesn’t just talk about local government transparency; she does something about it. Here online are the agendas and minutes of her appointed board, and here, reposted with permission from Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange, is how she got that to happen. Elect Gretchen Quarterman tomorrow to Lowndes County Commission District 5 and she will work to bring transparency to your County Commission.

The Zoning Board of Appeals decided unanimously at its 6 December 2011 meeting to publish its agendas and minutes on the City of Valdosta’s website. This item was not on the agenda, but members of such a board can make motions anyway. Member Gretchen Quarterman suggested it. Valdosta City Planner Matt Martin said they could do it no problem. Discussion ensued. They all agreed to post agends before their meetings, and to post minutes after they are approved (usually at the next meeting, a month later). Maybe other local boards and authorities will follow this example.

Left to right: Laverne Gaskins (V), Gretchen Quarterman (L), Paul Alvarado (V), Allan Strickland, Chair (V), Nancy Hobby (V), Dave Kirk (L), Carmella Braswell (Lowndes County Zoning Administrator), Matt Martin (Valdosta City Planning and Zoning Administrator). Absent: Scott Orenstein, Vice-Chair (V), Dr. William Houseal (L). L: Lowndes County appointee. V: Valdosta appointee.

Here’s the video:


ZBOA decides to publish agendas and minutes on Valdosta website
Agendas and Minutes,
Regular Session, Valdosta-Lowndes County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 6 December 2011.
Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.

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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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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.

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.

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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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

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.

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