The Glynn Democrat – March 2018

The Glynn Democrat
News and information from Glynn County Democrats • Vol. 1, No. 3 • March 2018
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GLYNN DEMOCRATS QUALIFY TO RUN IN LOCAL RACES

Women Run in Record Numbers

The days of incumbent Republicans running unopposed for public office in Glynn County are over.

Last week, the Glynn County Democratic Committee qualified candidates to run in almost every local race in the 2018 mid-term elections. And two-thirds of our candidates are women. We’re proud to be part of the nationwide, Democratic movement and the momentum across Georgia, where we will have strong candidates in every statewide and congressional race.

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).


We are happy to introduce you to Glynn County’s Democratic Party primary candidates for 2018:

State Legislature

Jerrold Dagen - candidate for Georgia State Senate, District 3
Jerrold Dagen

Jerrold Dagen
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


Julie Jordan - candidate for Georgia State House, District 179
Julie Jordan

Julie Jordan
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.

Occupation: Educator
Residence: Saint Simons Island
Website: Facebook.com/juliejordanforgeorgia


Cedric King - candidate for Georgia State House District 167
Cedric King

Cedric King
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
Residence: Brunswick


Glynn County Board of Commissioners

Julian "Puddy" Smith - candidate for Glynn County Board of Commissioners, At-Large
Julian “Puddy” Smith

Julian “Puddy” Smith
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


Barbara Baisden – candidate for Glynn County Board of Commissioners, District 3
Barbara Baisden

Barbara Baisden
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.

Occupation: Educator
Residence: Brunswick


Glynn County Board of Education

Dr. Markisha Butler - candidate for Glynn County Board of Education, At-Large
Dr. Markisha Butler

Dr. Markisha Butler
Glynn County Board of Education, At-Large Post 1

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
Home: Brunswick
Website: dr.markishabutler.com


Dr. Regina Hedgeman Johnson - candidate for Glynn County Board of Education, District 4
Dr. Regina Hedgeman Johnson

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
Home: Brunswick


Sharon Robinson Glynn County – candidate for Board of Education, District 2
Sharon Robinson

Sharon Robinson
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


THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT

Get on the Team

Go to GlynnCountyDemocrats.org to review how you can get involved. As we become more and more energized and activated, our numbers will grow. We will win these elections. Start by making a contribution to the committee to ensure that we have a robust campaign season. Then, volunteer with us or work on one of the campaigns.

You can make a difference.

Important primary dates to keep in mind:

  • April 23, deadline to register for the primary;
  • April 30, early primary voting begins;
  • May 12, Saturday primary voting;
  • May 22, primary election day – your chance to pick up a Democratic ballot with candidates in every race.

THINK PRECINCT

All Politics Is Local

The Glynn County Democratic Committee is organizing at the grassroots — precinct — level. The key to winning is meeting and getting to know your Democratic neighbors. Engage them in the process and get them to the polls in November to vote for Democrats.

Glynn County is divided into five county commissioner and school board districts, and each district is divided into precincts. You can find your district, precinct, and polling place on the Glynn County Board of Elections website www.glynncounty.org/78/Board-of-Elections.

This year we have been holding monthly district meetings, and now we’re starting to activate our precincts. Attend your district meetings to find out more and volunteer on your precinct committee or as a precinct captain. And plan to attend a special Precinct Training Workshop March 26 as part of our monthly, countywide issues forums. Visit GlynnCountyDemocrats.org for details on the time and location of all district, county, and special meetings. You can also contact us through the website to volunteer.

Glynn County Democrats