208278_203040509719035_45843_nIn the midst of this important election cycle there are many opportunities to volunteer your time, talent and/or funds to help put Democrats in public office so that policies can reflect the will of the majority, and not just a select few.  That’s never been more important or needed than it is today.  You’ll find helpful information about candidates, elections, and how to get involved locally under the “Elections” tab on this web-site.

            Please take a look around our new site.  In addition to the three tabs already mentioned, you’ll find information about our organization, history and recent projects in the “About” tab.  You’ll discover very helpful links to other Democratic and affiliated organizations under the “Links” tab.  Check out the Gallery of pictures that shows how much fun some of our recent events have been. This Gallery can be found on both the “Home” and “About” pages. Finally, if you would like to join the party, or would like further information, please contact us using the “Contact Us” page.

              The M.C.D.P. is one of the oldest, largest and “bluest” Democratic parties in the state of Georgia.  The founding members had the vision of joining with other like-minded Democrats to capture what they correctly saw was the dominant political view in the Chattahoochee Valley—bedrock Democratic principles of fairness, equality of opportunity and personhood, regardless of race, color, creed or gender.  We have grown to become the largest political organization in Columbus, Georgia.

            In 2006, the idea was conceived to launch a Jefferson-Jackson dinner to celebrate not only the national party’s heritage, but also that of the local party, and most importantly, to recognize truly outstanding public service to the greater Columbus region through the presentation of the Rep. Jack T. Brinkley, Sr. Lifetime Service Award.  The namesake for that award is former U.S. Representative Jack T. Brinkley, Sr. who effectively represented the Columbus area for many years with a principled dignity and a gracious charm to which we should all aspire.  He showed us that we can disagree with others without becoming disagreeable, a talent sorely needed in today’s politics.

            As the party has developed, it has become more professional and cohesive, and has branched out from holding just this one event, major though it is.  This year, for example, we had a well-attended, old-time political Barbeque in Columbus’ beautiful Lakebottom Park.  We heard from almost every Democratic candidate for local and state-wide political office.  A highlight was the arrival of state representative Debbie Buckner in a vintage Ford roadster, evoking the spirit of Franklin Roosevelt’s open-car accessibility as he toured nearby Warm Springs.

            We have also shown leadership in our participation in, and outreach to, other Democrats outside of Columbus in Georgia’s Second Congressional District—stretching from Columbus to Macon, south to the Florida border.  This presents opportunities to reach out to the many Democrats in the Second District who lack a formal party organization through which they can express themselves and help elect Democrats throughout the area.

            We are governed by a District Post Committee composed of 29 Post-Holders from 8 Columbus Council districts and 2 at-large districts around the city.  The Post Committee meets at least one time per quarter (four times per year), and more often in election years.  From the Post is elected a Board, composed of the Chair, two Vice-Chairs, Recording and Corresponding Secretaries, and the Treasurer.  Reflecting our principles, elections to both the Post and the Board make every effort to achieve gender and racial equality.  Elections for the Board and half the Post occur every two years.  If you are interested in joining the party, click here to visit our “Contact Us” page, to submit an application.

            We perform a very serious civic purpose as well.  We constantly link the people with their government and keep them informed about policies that affect their daily lives.  We are constantly working to increase voter registration and mobilization.  We fight attempts to suppress voter turnout at the local level.  Strong political parties and candidates have nothing to fear from the honest expression of the opinions of the voting public. We constantly advocate for the type of public policies that will also benefit the vast majority of citizens; e.g.: equal representation and dignity before the law; rights of women and minorities; cleaner air and water; worker rights and increased job opportunities; better education for all; and safer communities, just to name a few of our concerns.  Please see the list of principles of the Democratic Party of Georgia on this page for a more comprehensive list of our core values.

We are the Muscogee County chapter of the Georgia Democratic Party.

Party Documents

We abide by and support the charter, by-laws and platform of the Democratic Party of Georgia as well as our own county by-laws and platform.

MCDC Officers

Laura Walker

MCDC Chair

Tonza Thomas

1st Vice Chair

Saundra Ellison

2nd Vice Chair

Pam Parker

Recording Secretary

Tammy Thompson Bailey

Corresponding Secretary

Muscogee Members of the DPG State Committee

Dominick Perkins

Appointed Member, Chair of DPG Affirmative Action Committee

Committee Chairs

  • Affirmative Action (chair: Dominick Perkins) – ensures that MCDC Bylaws as well as MCDC policies, procedures and practices comply with Georgia and federal Democratic guidelines for diversity inclusiveness. Educates MCDC members on affirmative action best practices.
  • By-Laws (chair: Rick Parker) – periodically reviews MCDC Bylaws to ensure that they comply with Georgia and federal Democratic Bylaws; and responsible for periodically reviewing, at the direction of the Chair, operational policies, financial policies, fundraising policies, roles of Postholders, roles of the various other subcommittees, and community recognition activities.
  • Campaign and Candidate Support (chair: David Smith) – coordinates the recruitment, screening, and training support of local and regional Democratic candidates for office, serves as a liaison between MCDC and Democratic candidates’ campaigns, leads the effort to establish a local campaign headquarters, and to select, train and schedule local volunteers who staff the headquarters during each campaign season.
  • Communications (chair: Harry Underwood) – keeps local Democrats and the general public informed of MCDC meetings, events, and activities through various means including traditional print media, radio announcements, websites, and social media platforms. Issues press releases at the direction of the Chair. Designs and writes the monthly newsletter. Works closely with the Corresponding Secretary and the Webmaster.
  • Events & Education (chair: Walter Nesbitt) – recommends a slate of topics on which MCDC members may need more information, plans a timeline for appropriate dissemination, and organizes a calendar of meetings, events and activities on an annual basis. Responsible for planning and executing educational events.
  • Financial Strategic Planning (chair: ?) – develops and reviews financial policies to safeguard MCDC financial resources and provide accountability for the management and disbursement of such resources; also recommends a Budget Plan on an annual basis. Assists in monitoring line item expenses. Responsible for strategic financial planning to ensure that MCDC has the resources necessary for specific future requirements. Works with the Fundraising subcommittee.
  • Fundraising (chair: ?) – plans and oversees the execution of fundraising events and campaigns. Ensures a variety of fundraising activities so that no one event or campaign is responsible for all funding. Works with the Financial Strategic Planning and the Membership & Outreach subcommittees.
  • Membership and Outreach (chair: Toyia Tucker) – contacts and engages Democrats and potential Democrats in various ways with the goals of encouraging membership and active participation in the MCDC and increasing positive attitudes in the community toward Muscogee County Democrats. Outreach activities can include but are not limited to implementation of a welcome program for new MCDC members, cooperation with like-minded local organizations, coordination of social media campaigns, organization of community volunteering activities, participation in local parades and festivals, design of slogans and graphics used in branding / marketing materials, or planning special events such as happy hours / socials / dinners / breakfasts to encourage relationship building. Works closely with the Communication subcommittee for publicity.

Affiliate Leaders

  • President of Muscogee County Young Democrats – Demetrius McBride

Duties

The duties of the Post Committee are as follows:

  • Promote development of Party organization and activities;
  • Seek and encourage qualified candidates for public office;
  • Support Democratic candidates;
  • Perform election functions as required by law;
  • Maintain appropriate records;
  • Promote and add logistical support to the State Affirmative Action program;
  • Raise funds for the above purposes;
  • Perform other such duties as may be required by the State Committee.

Membership

It is comprised of the following elected or appointed representatives:

  • Members representing each District Post, 5 or more of which are assigned to each Party Election District (each Party Election District is the same as each district of the City Council);
  • 7 or more members elected to City-wide Post positions from any district.

As of 2019, this calls for at least 54 members on the District Post Committee.

Nominate to the Post Committee

If you are a post committee member who is interested in nominating someone for joining the post committee, please download, print, sign and bring this Post Nomination Form (PDF) to the designated post committee meeting where the election is held.

Election to the Committee

To become a Post Member for the Democratic Party, you must be a registered voter who lives in the district you are trying to represent, and you must consider yourself a Democrat. It is highly preferred that Post Members vote in at least one of the previous two Democratic Primaries prior to an election or appointment. You cannot be a Post Member if you are a registered Republican.

Elections for the Post Committee occur in the following manner:

  • one half of the Post Committee representing even-numbered Post Positions are elected every Presidential Election year;
  • the other half of the Post Committee representing odd-numbered Post Positions are elected every Gubernatorial Election year.

Post Members are elected by incumbent members to four-year terms, but half of the Committee will be selected by the Executive Committee to serve two-year terms following City Council reapportionment in order to realign with the Presidential/Gubernatorial election cycle. Post Committee elections are held at a business meeting within 45 days after the General Primary.

Post Committee

The Muscogee County Democratic Post Committee is the central decision-making committee of the MCDP.

Current Membership (2019)

  • District 1: Gayle Daniels, Pat Hugley-Green, Ella Lewis (State Committee Delegate), Laura Walker (Chair), Charrise Woolridge
  • District 2: Tammy Bailey (Corresponding Secretary), Deborah Davis, Pam Parker (Recording Secretary), David Smith, Susan Stephenson
  • District 3: Vivian Bishop, Shawn Gatewood, Mattie Hall, Linda Parker, Tonza Thomas (1st Vice Chair)
  • District 4: Juanita Booker (State Committee Delegate), Aslean Florence, Patricia Lassiter, Reginald Thompson, Gloria Tyson
  • District 5: Ruth Carpenter, Adam Drucker, Deborah Lowry, Claudya Muller, Chris Parker
  • District 6: Edna Foster, Ralph Jones, Korie MacDougal, Ozia Scott, Harry Underwood
  • District 7: Mary Garcia, John Land, Murphey Pound, vacant, vacant
  • District 8: Judy Brouillette, Doug McLeod, Walter Nesbitt, Bennie Newroth, Carlo Newroth
  • At Large Districts
    • District 9: Adrian Chester, Saundra Ellison (2nd Vice Chair), Karen Huntspon, Marjorie Jackson (Treasurer), Teddy Reese, Toyia Tucker, ???
    • District 10:Val Almonord, Sandra Hunley, Ilene Kent, Tom McDaniel, Rusty Oliver, Rick Parker, Dominick Perkins (State Committee Delegate)