PRESS RELEASE: MCDC Calls for Mayor and City Council to Issue Stay-At-Home Order for Columbus-Muscogee County

PRESS RELEASE: MCDC Calls for Mayor and City Council to Issue Stay-At-Home Order for Columbus-Muscogee County

March 25, 2020
Muscogee County Democratic Committee
Point of Contact: Laura Walker, Chair
706-536-8878 /

With the rise in positive diagnoses for COVID-19 in Columbus, in Georgia, and in our neighboring state of Alabama, the Muscogee County Democratic Committee is urging Mayor Skip Henderson and the Columbus City Council to issue and ENFORCE a citywide STAY AT HOME order. The exceptions for the order would be for essential services such as grocery stores, banks, public health facilities, and industries that support our supply chain and infrastructure in the City of Columbus.

The COVID-19 virus is spreading exponentially across our state and region. Hospitals, medical supply provisioners, and health care providers are already reaching their limits to care for our sick. Albany, to our south, is in a highly dangerous situation with the number of infected and dead increasing daily. Atlanta’s hospitals have reached their ICU bed capacity but the virus is still spreading quickly. And right across the border in Lee County, Alabama, there is a “hot spot” of infection that is the third highest in their state.

Despite the examples of emergency levels of infection around us, Muscogee County residents are still gathering recklessly and having to work outside of the home providing non-essential services. We have such a great opportunity to help “flatten the curve” of infection by taking steps NOW to prevent this level of lethality in Columbus! Mayor Henderson, you have placed yourself in voluntary quarantine. Not everyone is as conscientious as you’ve been. Strong leadership is needed to PREVENT catastrophic outcomes. Once Muscogee County’s positive test results start to exponentially increase, our window of opportunity will have passed.

Please protect our Columbus citizens:

  • with pre-existing conditions and chronic disease
  • who are or care for senior adults and children
  • who are in vulnerable economic positions; those whose jobs won’t provide them with paid sick leave, those whose service jobs can’t be done from the safety of home, those whose employers will not put human lives above profit without a mandate

Profits and business are important. The Muscogee County Democratic Committee is grateful that the US Senate just passed a vital economic aid package. Economies will recover. People who die from COVID-19 will not. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.

Please do the hard right versus the easy wrong. Mayor Henderson and City Council: please issue the STAY AT HOME order today. Save our lives! #StayAtHomeColumbusGA

Onwards to the State Convention!

Onwards to the State Convention!


At our post committee meeting on August 13, 2018 at the Campaign Office on 1828 Midtown Drive, the MCDC Post Committee elected the following delegates to the August 24-25 Georgia State Democratic Convention by acclimation:

  • David Smith
  • Harry Underwood
  • Doug McLeod
  • Mattie Hall
  • Aslean Florence
  • Murphan Pound
  • Saundra Ellison
  • Val Almonord (State Committee)
  • Dominick Perkins (State Committee)
  • Juanita Booker (State Committee)
  • Carolyn Hugley (State Committee)

Congratulations to our delegates to the Convention!

According to the Democratic Party of Georgia:

The 2018 Georgia Democratic Party State Convention will be held on Saturday, August 25 at the Omni CNN Center in beautiful downtown Atlanta.  The convention is our party’s chance to gather together, express our shared values, celebrate what it means to be a Democrat, and show how excited we are to elect Leader Stacey Abrams, Sarah Riggs Amico, and the entire Democratic ticket this fall.

Public Agenda: We have a terrific lineup for this year’s convention. Please note that this agenda may be subject to change. View the agenda HERE.

Seating Chart: View a copy of the 2018 Convention Seating Chart HERE.  We are anticipating a large crowd of Delegates, Alternates, and Guests.  In addition to the categories shown, there will also be a dedicated ADA seating section.  If you or someone you know will need assistance, please be sure to contact Roy Sherman.

Convention Rules: On Tuesday, August 14th the State Convention Rules Committee met and approved the Rules of the Convention.  As required by our bylaws, the Rules Committee Report is available HERE.

Resolutions: One of the ways our party can express its shared values and beliefs is through the process of adopting resolutions.  The Convention Rules do not allow resolutions to be submitted from the convention floor, however – the Resolutions Committee is accepting submissions in advance.  If you wish to submit a resolution for consideration by the Resolutions Committee you may do so by emailing the Resolutions Committee prior to Wednesday, August 23rd at 5:00 pm.

Hotel Accommodations: Given the high demand for hotel rooms in Atlanta, there is no official room block for the convention this year.  However there a number of options for staying the night.  You will find a few recommended hotel options to consider, along with an average cost per night HERE.

Convention Volunteer: If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities for the 2018 State Convention please email our Volunteer Coordinator.

Voluntary Delegate Fee: Every Delegate and Alternate is invited to invest in the convention by paying a $50 fee. This is a voluntary and optional fee that goes directly to defraying the costs of the convention, including food, beverage, and printing expenses. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide. A pay station will be available outside of the convention hall on the morning of the convention, but you can also submit payment HERE.

We can’t wait to see everyone on August 25! Thanks for all that you do!