All Glynn County residents can vote early in the Democratic Primary election starting today. Early voting is available from April 30 – May 18th at the following two sites from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday:
For more information, contact: Audrey Gibbons (912) 242-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Muir 404-444-6757 email@example.com
WOMEN RUN IN RECORD NUMBERS
BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA — The Glynn County Democratic Committee announced today that it has qualified candidates to run in eight of the nine partisan races being contested this year. The seats up for election include two races for the Georgia State House, one for the State Senate, two county commission seats and three school board positions. Following a nationwide trend, the majority of those running are women — by a ratio of 2-1.
“Come November, Glynn County voters will have a clear choice in every race in these mid-term elections,” said Audrey Gibbons, chair of the committee.
“Our Democratic candidates are a group of diverse, strong, qualified citizens who enter these races to offer a welcome change to the status quo,” Gibbons said. “Republican incumbents, most of whom have run unopposed in the past, will face serious opposition this year. We expect a wave election right here in Glynn County just as is expected across the country.”
Glynn County Democrats are proud to be part of the nationwide, Democratic movement and of the momentum across Georgia, where we will have strong candidates in every statewide and congressional race.
The Democratic Primary will be May 22, with early voting beginning April 30. April 23 is the last day to register to vote. The General Election will be held Nov. 6.
The newly qualified candidates are:
Georgia State Senate, District 3 We should expect our representatives to work in the public interest, but today more than ever we have politicians pushing political agendas, instead of policies to help people. We need new representation in office, and if we can’t find candidates to support, we have to be the change we want and we have to run for office. I support the state party’s agenda to promote education, the environment, the economy, equality, and voting rights. With your help I will be your next state senator for District 3. Occupation: Community volunteer
Residence: Saint Simons Island
Georgia State House, District 179 I have been lucky to call coastal Georgia home for the past 19 years working as a school counselor at Needwood and Glynn middle schools and currently serving as the registrar at Glynn Academy. I want to give voters a choice, another voice other than that of local candidates who continually run unopposed. I want all voices to be heard and the issues of all people to matter.
Residence: Saint Simons Island
Georgia State House District 167 I am the manager of Community Relations at Pinova Inc. and an active member of our community. I am currently serving on several community organizations, including the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber Executive Board, College of Coastal Georgia Trustee Foundation, Coastal Area District Development Authority Board, Glynn County Airport Commission, Coastal Georgia Basketball (Founder), Communities In Schools of Glynn Advisory Board and Glynn Academy School Council. My wife Crystal and I have two wonderful children.
Occupation: Community relations manager
Glynn County Board of Commissioners
Julian “Puddy” Smith
Glynn County Board of Commissioners, At-Large Glynn County Board of Commissioners, At-Large Post 1 A retired college professor, I spent ten years on town council and eight years on planning boards elsewhere. I have owned a home on Saint Simons Island since 1993 and have attended almost all county commission and Island Planning Commission meetings for last three years. As a commissioner, I would work hard to stop colleagues from ignoring the public and from wasting time and tax dollars. I am married and have three kids and five grandchildren.
Occupation: Retired professor
Residence: Saint Simons Island
Glynn County Board of Commissioners, District 3 Barbara Baisden has taught in Glynn County schools for 25 years. Although she retired in 2010, she still subs regularly around the district. A Brunswick native, she was the first teacher of the year honored at Satilla Elementary School in 1998. “Children have been my life for many, many years. They give me back as much as I have given them.” She thinks it’s critical to give children as much one-on-one time as possible, to find out what their true needs are.
Glynn County Board of Education
Dr. Markisha Butler
Glynn County Board of Education, At-Large Leadership is inclusive, and I plan to put the public back into public education. I am a champion and a graduate of Glynn County public schools. I have a personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of education for all. My networking and strategic planning will allow me to forge strong partnerships that will enhance workforce opportunities for students.
Occupation: Regional apprenticeship coordinator
Dr. Regina Hedgeman Johnson
Glynn County Board of Education, District 4 I am a 30-year veteran, accomplished educator, facilitator and trainer in Glynn County schools. I am a community servant, civic leader, parent, and grandparent committed to advancing and advocating for quality, policy-driven education that empowers educators and supports families to positively impact student learning.
Occupation: Retired teacher
Glynn County Board of Education, District 2 A Georgia native, I earned my B.S and M.S. in Education and proudly served as a teacher of Social Studies and Accelerated Learning. That experience, plus subsequent business success, makes me an ideal candidate for the Board of Education from District 2. An avowed moderate, I uphold traditional values while seeking reasonable change.
Occupation: Retired businesswoman
Residence: Saint Simons Island
There will be a get to know your fellow Democrats running this year at our Meet the Candidates Issues Forum, at 7 p.m. April 23 at our new campaign headquarters: 1400 Gloucester St., Brunswick, 31520 (directions).
The Glynn County Democratic Committee, Inc., a Georgia Corporation www.glynncountydemocrats.org, is duly authorized and certified by the Democratic Party of Georgia to qualify candidates to run on the Glynn County Democratic ballot.
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We have candidates in almost every race this year. With only a couple of weeks left before the qualifying period (March 5-9), we still need candidates for the County Board of Commissioners in District 3 and District 4.
Have you ever thought that you should run for public office? This could be your year. If you live in District 3 or District 4 and you want to make our county government more responsive to the people in your district, we need you. To find out what it takes, click here now to go to GlynnDemocrats.org for a job description, time requirements, pay, qualifying, and to read and download our Candidate Handbook. There is still time. Call Steve Spears at (912) 638-8373 with your questions.
6:00 p.m., January 18, 2018
2302 Townsend St., #3
Brunswick, GA 31520
Four duly elected members of the Glynn County Democratic Committee have resigned their positions on the Committee for various reasons. The resulting vacancies are:
District 2 – one (1) District Representative position.
District 3 – one (1) District Representative position.
District 4 – two (2) District Representative positions.
The Chair of the Committee, Audrey Gibbons, has called a Special Meeting of the Executive Committee for 6:00 p.m. on January 18, 2018, in her offices located at 2302 Townsend Street, Suite #3 in Brunswick to elect by secret ballot the new appointees to fill those vacancies.
Any Glynn Dem interested to become a candidate for appointment to one of these Committee positions should contact Audrey Gibbons by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A candidate must reside in the County Commission District to qualify to run for the District Representative position in that District.
In their emails to Ms. Gibbons, interested Glynn Dems should include the following:
The position to which they would like to be appointed.
Their contact information.
A statement certifying that they are qualified for the position they are seeking by virtue of their residency
An indication either (i) that they will attend the Special Meeting and speak in support of their candidacy, or (ii) that they will not attend the Special Meeting but are enclosing a statement in support of their candidacy.
All candidates who wish to support their candidacy in person must arrive at the Special Meeting and sign-in by 6:00 p.m. to be considered for appointment.
Join Glynn Democrats on Monday, Nov. 27th at 7 PM for Focus on Education during our regular monthly membership meeting.
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
1400 Norwich Street
Special guests will include members of the Glynn County Board of Education and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Services, Sung Hui Lewis, who will be participating in a panel discussion addressing questions about public education in Glynn County. If you would like to submit a question, please use the form below or click here.