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SURVEY: Which Race Are You Most Excited About?

MCDC Statement on Qualifying Week 2018

Dear Muscogee Democrats,

We are officially in primary season! As of this past Friday, Qualifying Week has ended at federal, state and local levels, and we now have our candidates and incumbents who are running in our May 22 primary. We are ecstatic for the number of progressive candidates who are competing in the primary, especially our two powerhouse candidates for governor, Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans!

This year is shaping up to be a year in which Georgians from all walks of life are running for office for the first time:

  • All 8 statewide executive offices have Democratic candidates, from governor to agriculture commissioner
  • 39 (out of 59) State Senate seats have received Democratic candidates, including 19 Democratic incumbents
  • 122 (out of 180) State House seats are receiving Democratic candidates, including 62 Democratic incumbents
  • Both odd-numbered Public Service Commissioner seats up for election – Districts 3 and 5 – have received Democratic candidates
  • 13 (out of 14) Congressional seats have Democratic candidates, including 4 Democratic incumbents

A special note for SD29: after the terrible tenure of the Republican incumbent, we now have two Democrats running for Senate District 29: Ben Anderson, a healthcare administrator from Grantville, and Valerie Haskins, a homeschool teacher from Manchester! With our long-serving incumbents Rep. Calvin Smyre, Rep. Carolyn Hugley, Rep. Debbie Buckner and Sen. Ed Harbison who are all running for re-election, we are going to have an exciting Election Day in November!

And let’s not forget that we have two wonderful candidates for the 3rd U.S. House District, Chuck Enderlin and Rusty Oliver!

The fact that we have Democrats campaigning for 122 State House seats is huge because, unlike many past elections, we are now competing for a full 2/3rds of the State House! This is 35 more seats than what we campaigned for in 2016, and we can’t be more excited for our chance to take the House and move Georgia forward.

The fact that a full 65% of our candidates for State House are women speaks to how the actions of the Republicans in the White House, Congress, the Governor’s Mansion and the General Assembly have spurred a strong reaction from today’s Georgia Democrats from all over the state. We are no longer letting Republicans slide with their disenfranchisement and dispossession of the working class. We are offering a progressive, democratic vision for Georgia, and we’re ready to move this state forward!

Finally, the local nonpartisan races for mayor, city council and school board will be closely watched by us, and we invite all Muscogee Democrats to vet these candidates on their stances on such local issues as infrastructure, civil rights and school funding. We will publish endorsements by the District Post Committee on certain local races in the near future.

So get ready to vote! The deadline for registering to vote in time for the primary and local election is April 24. Early voting will take place at the Citizen Service Center Community Room at 3111 Citizens Way from April 30 to May 18, and Primary/Nonpartisan Local Election Day will take place at all precincts in Columbus on May 22.

Good luck to all candidates, and may they offer their best progressive vision for our state!

Harry Underwood
Communications Director, Muscogee County Democrats

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Minutes of MCDC Post Committee Meeting January 29, 2018

MCDC Meeting

January 29, 2018

Meeting called to order by MCDC Chair, Saundra Ellison at 6pm

Motion to accept Treasurer report by Dana Zajac

Correspondence – Information generated via email and on website

November 27, 2018 minutes – name corrections: Rusty Oliver and Val Almonord. Treasurer’s report

David Smith moved to accept November 27, 2018 minutes with corrections and Lassiter seconded.

Motion carried.

Dana Zajac moved to accept the Election meeting minutes of December 19, 2017 and seconded by David Smith. Motion carried.

State Committees: Please note Juanita Booker and Ella Lewis were elected to serve on the State Committee.

Parliamentarian: John Van Doorn, chair, By-Laws Committee

  • One representative from each of the 10 Districts
  • Meeting with the next two weeks
  • Revise every three years
  • Recommend looking for a date that is good for all
  • Election requirements
  • Create Bylaws update form

Strategic Plan: John Land, Chair, Planning Committee

  • 2018 Calendar completion
  • Working on 2018-2019
  • Recommend updating Strategic Plan-mission statement, strategies for reaching goals through the strategic plan.

Public Relations and Communications: Carlo Newroth, Chair

  • Co-Chair, Dana Zajac is relocating
  • Question: Publishing MCDC minutes online
  • Paypal option to help with fundraising by implementing levels of giving
  • Voter registration information @5:30 PM to be held on February 5th at the DLDF House.

LOCAL FUNDRAISING GALA: Fundraising Committee

Floor Discussion of non-partisan parties. John Land, Dominick Perkins, Teddy Reese

Adrian Chester recommended a resolution engaging person from the 3rd Congressional district. Refer to New Business


  • Vacancy in Districts 2 and 6
  • Discussion about the Caucus and procedures.
  • Election of odd districts latter part of May-June 2018. Meeting dates placed on the website


  • RESOLUTION: John Land moved to recommend that Val A. Chair the Outreach committee to contact those who are in the 3rd Congressional district but live in Muscogee County. Motion seconded by Val A. Motion carried.
  • Membership application to renew January – December
  • Revision of application
  • VoteBuilder – proceed to online membership


Stacey Abrams, Speaker March 5th at the Rosa Parks Breakfast

  • Dana Zajac moved to purchase a full-page ad in Rosa Parks Breakfast souvenir book for #300. Seconded by John Land. Motion carried.
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018: MCDC Orientation at 10AM

Adrian Chester moved to adjourn meeting and seconded by Val A.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43pm

Next Executive Committee – February 19, 2018

Saundra Ellison, Chair MCDC

Mattie Hall, Secretary

EVENT: Post Committee Elections for Districts 2 and 6

The Muscogee County Democratic Committee will hold Post Committee Elections for Districts 2 and 6. We will be filling one vacant seat in District 2 and three vacant seats in District 3.

Columbus Library – CB&T Room
3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
Monday, February 26, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Map: District 2 and District 6.

  • You must bring verification of the District in which you live (2 or 6) in
    addition to your proof of voter registration.
  • Refer to sos.ga.gov to get your verification.
  • The election caucusing will be followed by a business meeting of the District Post Committee in the same space, beginning at approximately 6:30 pm.


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