Update from the Chair 2018 JUL 01

Hello, Gilmer Democrat!

                   Here’s your news of the day

 Give a shout-out to Dems who have recently joined our group: 

Gary Corn (Jasper)

Janet and Kolin McIntire

Ellen and Ed Hale

Robert Bremm

Peggy French

 Give another shout-out to Barbara Neumeyer!  Then read the great Letter to the Editor she wrote for the last issue of the Times-Courier.  Thanks, Barbara!

We encourage all our Dems to follow her lead to publicize Democratic values in a lucid and reasoned fashion and to clarify the misinformation spread through social media and other irresponsible sources.

Join us for the Fourth of July Parade and SURPRISE fun!

 We will gather on Wednesday, July 4, at 4:30 p.m.in the parking area in front of Spivey’s Body Shop on Sailor’s Drive.  Wear your Democrats’ T-shirt if you have one (we want to make a STATEMENT!)  

 Please also help us to decorate the truck being loaned by Jerry Watkins (THANK YOU!). 

 Bring with you:

 ·        a hat

·        sunscreen

·        a sign supporting Democratic values if you have one

·        a folding chair

 Water will be provided.

 The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and Jerry will return us to Sailor’s Drive at the end of the parade.   

 Results of the Election to the Gilmer County Democratic Committee

The composition of the new Gilmer County Democratic Committee is as follows:

 District A:  Helen Ann (Ani) Lummus

 District B:  Elmer T. (Tom) White, Ed Gregory, and Terri Woehr

 District C:  (see below*)

 District D:  Rick Day, Jack Neumeyer, (*)

 District E:  Melba Gandy, Chris Miller, and Geraldine (Geri) Barker

 At Large:  Karl Seidman

 *Two candidates on the ballot had verbally indicated that they would stand for election to the Committee, but did not qualify for failure to file the required “Application to Serve” prior to the election.  If these individuals continue to wish to serve, they may request that the new Committee, which has the power to fill vacant seats, appoint them.


Continuation of the Gilmer Democrats

This is an e-mail that means a great deal to me.

A year and a half ago, we reconstituted the Democratic organization here in Gilmer County.  We have had some notable successes — and a particularly sad failure in attempts to motivate Democrats to run for local offices.  That will change, of course, if we can continue to grow.

Today, however, we face an existential crisis.  We are required to hold an election for seats on the Democratic Committee between now and the 5th of July.  Despite my call for candidates via e-mail and our social media, no one has come forward to offer themselves as a candidate.  If we fail to elect new members, we will be required to relinquish our hard-won certification as an official arm of the Democratic Party.

I make this last, and heartfelt appeal to you to run for a seat on the Committee.  It doesn’t take much time but the committee is absolutely essential to maintain a party organization in our community.  It would be shameful for us to disintegrate in this important election year and considering the challenges we face as a country.

The Committee has been meeting monthly, but is only required to meet once a quarter.  The Committee, when elected, will then select its own officers and decide how it will do business within the guidelines provided by the Democratic Party of Georgia.

If you or anyone you know is willing to serve, please respond to this e-mail.  If you have questions, feel free to ask them or call me at 706-635-3749. 

Thanks for your consideration.

Melba Gandy, Chair

Gilmer County Democratic Committee

Update from Our Chair

2018 February 09

Hello, Democratic Friend!

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 p.m., El Rey Restaurant

Gilmer Democrats’ regular meeting.  Sarah Riggs Amico, candidate for Georgia Lieutenant Governor, will be the speaker.  For information about her positions on issues, check out her website.  I was impressed particularly by her comments on education (strongly favors public education).  Have your questions ready!

Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 p.m., Fuego Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, 260 Foothills Parkway, Marble Hill, GA

Pickens County Democrats’ Social Event.  Details on the program to come later.  RSVP to David Robinson.

Wednesday, February 21

Interested in working for better gun safety?  Join the “Georgia Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day” at the Capitol in Atlanta.  Go to this site for more information:

every.tw/AdvocacyGA.  We hope to have a representative from the Every Town for Gun Safety organization as a speaker in the near future.

Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 p.m., Democrats’ Office, Ellijay

Regular meeting of the Gilmer County Democratic Committee.  Observers are welcome!

Thursday, March 15, 6:00 p.m., El Rey Restaurant

Gilmer Democrats regular meeting.  Triana Arnold James, candidate for Georgia Lieutenant Governor, will be our speaker.  Check out triana4Georgia to browse her website.

March 23, 24, and 25.  John Pavlovitz will be in Ellijay

Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m., Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

– speaking, Q&A, and Book Signing (“A Bigger Table)

Sunday, March 25, 10:30 a.m., Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church, Ellijay


National Democratic Training Committee

Thinking of running for office?  Find out everything you need to know from the National Democratic Training Committee.

Live Training

We’re coming to you! 2018 is off to great start. This month we are hosting free in-person trainings in Michigan, Idaho, Ohio, and Wyoming on our way to training 50,000 Democrats this year.

Check out traindemocrats.org to see where we’ll be this year and when we are coming to your state.


Trip Includes:

Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

Full Day in DC to attend the Women in Blue “Day on the Hill” Lobby Day

**Departing Atlanta at 7 PM & Departing DC at 8PM**

Refreshments & Snacks

Games, Movies & Music on the Bus

Travel Information:

Pickup will be in Atlanta at 6 PM (exact location TBA). Departure time 7 PM. We plan to depart on time and refunds will not be given if you are late and miss departure. The expected arrival time in DC is 7 AM. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with your favorite drinks and snacks. When departing DC, boarding will begin at 7 PM in the exact location as we are dropped off on arrival. We plan to depart DC at 8 PM.

Travel Policy:

Parking at the pickup locations is at your own risk. Platinum Elite Travel Services will not be held responsible for any vehicles left at pickup location.

Payment Policy:

Payments are non-refundable but can be transferred upon approval.

Contact Information:

For questions please call Carlotta Harrell @ 770-597-7544