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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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I pledge to vote tomorrow, Tuesday May 20th

Just a reminder — The election that I am in will be decided tomorrow May 20th. It is not a primary. It is a special election. Please vote tomorrow at your local precinct.

Thank you to those who have early voted.

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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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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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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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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!

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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

Racing with Rotary

This morning Gretchen is helping with sign-in at Racing with Rotary 5K and 1 mile this morning, 7AM 10 May 2014, at McKey Park, North Oak Street and Burton Street, Valdosta, GA US 31602. She is a member of Valdosta Rotary Club. Sean the Sports Guy wrote 4 May 2014, Running for Rotary – Valdosta Race to Benefit College Scholarships,

The Valdosta Branch of the Georgia Rotary Student Program is holding the 2014 Racing with Rotary 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Georgia Rotary Student Program and other Rotary groups. The Rotary Program is a charity set up to help students with opportunities to study overseas when they might not otherwise have the chance to do so.

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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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