Caucus Planned Jan. 20 to Elect State Rep to the GDP

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The Gilmer County Democratic Committee will hold an election for our State Representative to the Georgia Democratic Party.

We will hold an official vote of our Democrat members at our January 20, 2022, meeting. All Democrats in Gilmer County are eligible to vote. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church and online via ZOOM. Voting will be held via paper and electronic ballot.

We are currently accepting nominations and will allow nominations from the floor at the Jan. 20 meeting. Candidates must fill out an affidavit form which we will provide upon request. Just email us info [@] to request the affidavit and express interest.

Please note the email address above has been modified for web security but you can type it in the correct way when you send us an email.

Please join us!

So how about Kamala Harris??? She will make us a great VP!

This is a “heads-up – a new logo for Gilmer Dems is in the works. Teresa Suarez and Leslie Wade are working on it and will have something for you to comment on in the near future. Watch for it!

We are happy to tell you that we will be hosting as many candidates as we can between now and November 11. Our guests this month, via Zoom, will be candidates in the “jungle” race for U.S. Senate, Richard Dien Winfield and Matt Lieberman.

If you got this as an e-mail, you will get another early on the day of the meeting, Thursday, August 20. It will include an invitation to join the meeting and will contain a link to the meeting. If you don’t have the Zoom ap, you can download it for free. After it is installed, all you have to do is click on the link in the invitation e-mail, and you will be taken to the meeting. If you don’t hear anyone right away, hang on and give the host a moment to admit you.

If you know someone who would like to join the meeting but is not on our e-mail list, ask them to follow the directions in the notice above to participate.

Also mark your calendar for our September 17 meeting. Our guests will be two more U.S. Senate candidates, Mr. Ed Tarver and Rev. Raphael Warnock.

See you Thursday!

P.S. Thanks to Shyla Brenan and Eunice Rosner, who served as poll watchers for the run-off on August 11.

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.