Just in case you forgot!

YES, the start-up meeting our Gilmer Democrats Blue Communication project is

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, AT 5:00 P.M. — Gilmer Democrats’ Office in the Parkway Professional Building. It is the two-story brick structure at the intersection of Highway 515 and First Avenue in East Ellijay, behind the Conoco Station.

Enter the building through the door on the left as you face the building. Go up the stairs and we’re at the top on the right.

As you know, this project involves posting on social media every day, educating voters about how government decisions affect their lives and simultaneously informing them about who Democrats are and what we believe.

The agenda will include information about why we are pursuing this project, how we will approach it, who will be posting, and a schedule of posts. We hope also to decide on a graphic image to identify our posts, and will be asking for your thoughts about it and hoping for consensus. There will be many other decisions to be made as we proceed, and input from everyone will be critical to success.

This is probably the biggest project we have undertaken — and the one with the greatest potential for an impact on our community.

Bring your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas to share and discuss.

Gilmer Democrats’ Doin’s

Photo of Scott Hogan, Executive Director of the Georgia Democratic Party, with Melba Gandy, Chair, Gilmer Democrats, at their September meeting.

Happy Tuesday, Gilmer Dems!

October Meeting: Gilmer Dems will meet on Thursday, October 10 @ 5:00 p.m. at Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church, Ellijay, GA

The program does double duty – first, the new Chair of 9th Congressional District Democrats, June Krise, will speak and fill us in on what we need to know today – considering that the information pipeline seems seems to change hour to hour! 

June Krise in a rare somber moment

The second meeting feature is a new documentary film, “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote,” which reveals the people who couldn’t vote and the places where Georgia citizens were denied or otherwise prevented from exercising their constitutional right.

BRING A DISH TO SHARE – If you wish, please bring a finger-food snack to share.


Gilmer High School needs a few more items for its school pantry.  If you wish to bring a donation, please bring only the following things: 

Toothbrushes, Snack crackers, Granola bars, and Pop Tarts.  Otherwise, the pantry is well stocked!

Thanks for your past generosity — the school was delighted at the donations from our last meeting!

See you Thursday!

General Meeting SEP 19

Gilmer Democrats mailed 1,000 postcards to invite all Democratic voters in the county to our meeting on September 19, 6:00 p.m., at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church.  Special guests will be two officials from the Democratic Party of Georgia. This is your chance to get your questions answered about the DPG’s plans to elect Democrats in 2020.

Thus begins an effort to expand Democrats’ visibility in Gilmer County and to gain new members as we prepare for the 2020 election.
We don’t know how successful the mailing will be since it has not been done before, but we anticipate a good turnout.  We hope that means YOU will be there!

We are also expanding our efforts for service in the community.  Gilmer High School has a program to provide quick, nutritious meals to students whose families have limited access to kitchen resources.  We are asking Gilmer Democrats to bring to the September 19 meeting foods that are easily cooked in their own containers in a microwave.  An e-mail will follow shortly with further details on this project.  Watch for it, and help keep students prepared to learn and thrive in our county. 

Thanks for your support.  See you on the 19th! 

2019 July General Meeting

July 18, 2019  —   6:00 P.M.


Featured Speaker: DR. ROBERT ZOLTEN on the subject of health care from the medical perspective.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TO BE DISCUSSED (if time): ELIZABETH WARREN.  Discussion to be led by Melba Gandy

Bring your friends and neighbors and join us for a great evening of good discussion and just plain fun.  SEE YOU THERE!!!

Monthly Meeting 2019 June 20

It’s only a week away – Gilmer Democrats’ first of two presentations on the subject of health care will be the program for our meeting on Thursday, June 20, 6:00 p.m., at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church in Ellijay. 

Tom White, a retired health insurance executive, will educate us on the fine points of different health care plans being proposed by our 2020 presidential candidates.  I’m really looking forward to learning how each will work.

At our July meeting, Dr. Bob Zolten will round out our knowledge with a look at health care from the medical perspective.

Your Gilmer County Dem Committee will provide sandwiches and beverages.  Bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to satisfy the appetites of our hungry, like-minded compatriots.

Give some thought, too, to the Fourth of July parade and a sign you may want to carry as we go through town and let folks know that Dems are still working in Ellijay!  If a sign-making session is in order, we will send out a notice of when and where it will take place.


General Meeting 2019 MAY 16


Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m., at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2505 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay

Featured Speaker TERRY WOEHR

She will tell us all about Mayor Pete Butigieg, candidate for President of the USA.

Barbecue from Shane’s will be provided.  Guests may bring appetizers, sides, or desserts.


Please click here for directions.

General Meeting 2019 April 18

Greetings to all from Gilmer County Democrats!

Are you concerned about the state of Immigration today?  Or want to know more about candidates for President?

Get your questions answered TOMORROW, Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.  at Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church,  2502 Tails Creek Rd (Hwy76 / SR282)., Ellijay GA 30540.

Beth Williams will inform us about candidate Kamala Harris and Jack Neumeyer will present an overview of IMMIGRATION ISSUES.

A Q&A discussion will follow each presentation.

Beverages are provided.  If you are willing and able, please bring a covered dish, (salad, side, entree or dessert).

Most Important, please come to share YOUR ideas about timely topics of interest to voters and important for our nation.

Gilmer Democrats normally get together on the third Thursday of each month and enjoy a Pot Luck Dinner followed by presentations and general discussion of topics of general interest to voters.

Next month, on May 16, Tom White will present an overview of Medicare for All to help us understand the complex issues of American health care, and Terry Woehr will talk about the policies envisioned by candidate Pete Butigieg.

Please feel free to invite your like-minded friends and neighbors—whether or not they are Democrats.  All are welcome!



GCDC Update

2019.03.21 – Gilmer democrats had a great meeting tonight!  Here is some news shared at the meeting.

We need every Democrat to help with this terrible legislation!

The Georgia House has passed HB 481, the “Heartbeat Bill.”  It is now in the Senate and may be voted as soon as next week.

“Heartbeat Bills” are being introduced in many states as part of a right-wing strategy to advance anti-abortion legislation to the Supreme Court. With the recent appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it has been widely theorized that laws such as these may be not be deemed unconstitutional, restricting abortion access in many states and thus making Roe v. Wade obsolete.

A similar bill has been struck down in Iowa but we can’t be sure other courts will do the same.

According to HB 481:

❌ Abortions would be banned after 6 weeks (before most women even know they’re pregnant) – and potentially threaten Roe vs. Wade.
❌ If a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, she must file a police report to get the care she needs.  (Think of a young teen having been raped by a stepfather, for example!)
❌ A white male legislator is given more power over a pregnant woman’s body than she, herself, has.

If HB 481 passes the Senate, it will make Georgia the most dangerous state to be a woman in America – period. Contact your senator RIGHT NOW to tell them to stop the ban.

Send a postcard to:

The Honorable Steve Gooch
421-F State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Call his Atlanta office:   (404) 656-9221

Send him a Fax:   (404) 651-6768

Write his District Office:

The Honorable Steve Gooch
P.O. Box 600
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Those who attended the meeting tonight signed pre-addressed postcards to be sent.

If you do not act, who will?

State Democratic Party elections

State Party elections were held on January 26, and we have new State officers.  Josh McCall is now our District Coordinator, having been elected to replace David Robinson.

Legislation Monitoring

Are you interested in monitoring legislation in Georgia or the U.S. Congress?  If so, let us know.  We are looking for someone to sign up for LegiScan.com to monitor Georgia State House bills and let us know what is going on at our monthly meetings.  The U.S. Congress’ bills also can be monitored online through the Federal Register.  If you would like to help, we need you!

Monthly Gilmer Democrat Meetings

The Gilmer County Democratic Committee has recommended new activities for our meetings.  At every meeting:

1.       An issue of timely political importance will be discussed, and action will be facilitated by making pre-addressed postcards available to all attendees.  We are pleased to announce that the first of these discussions will be led by Jack Neumeyer at the April meeting on the subject of immigration.

2.      We will be appointing individuals to make a presentation at each meeting about a candidate for President.  This will enable us to get to know about the candidates’ policies and proposal for action if they become President.  Thank Beth Williams, who will make the April presentation about Kamala Harris, and Terry Woehr who will tell us about Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

3.      We will continue to meet at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church whenever possible.

4.      Instead of using money for food that could be used to support Democratic candidates, future meetings will be “potluck.”

Melba Gandy
Chair, Gilmer County Democratic Committee