Upcoming Events!

There are a lot of great events coming up in and around Oconee County.  All of these are posted on our Calendar page, so be sure to check them out!

  • August 14:  Oconee County Democratic Committee Social Hour.  5:30-7:00pm at The Pub On Main.  Come meet like-minded Oconee county residents.  There are more of us than you think!
  • August 21:  Oconee County Democratic Committee meeting at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, 6:30-7:30pm
  • August 28:  Silent Art Auction – Come out and support local artists and your favorite political party at Live Wire Athens.
  • During the Month of August the Oconee County Democrats are collecting hygienic items needed by school-age children right here in Oconee County and delivering them to Oconee Schools.  Information can be found here: HygieneKits.
  • Canvassing, Canvassing, Canvassing!  With just over 3 months until the mid-term elections, and local GOP trying to hold off the #BlueWave, it is vital that we lace up our shoes and hit the streets in support of Debra Gonzalez, Jonathan Wallace, and MariSue Hilliard.  Details on the Calendar page!

Oconee Young Dems Host “Good Cause” Tournament for ACTS

Area Churches Together Serving is an  organization supported by local churches to provide food and clothing for the needy.   ACTS accepts referrals from its member churches and others, but also from  Oconee County Social Services Agencies such as DHR and ACTION.

The Oconee Young Democrats from both our high schools are hosting an event to benefit ACTS, an all-abilities Ultimate tournament, fundraiser, and can drive.  Sign up with this form, pay a small ($15) registration fee, and take up a can collection to bring to the tournament on April 15th at 1:00pm at Oconee High School.  We’ll be on the football field and also the practice field.

What is this about?  It’s a benefit for a cause that helps families in Oconee, and a chance for participants to have a fun time, and—

No, I meant what’s this “ultimate” about?  Oh, that.   Ultimate is a really fun and kind of off-beat sport, played with a frisbee .  (Except “frisbee” is a trademark of Wham-O, so it’s played with a “flying disc.”)

There are official rules, but the really short version is that it’s teams of seven on a field with end zones like a football field.  You aren’t allowed to run with the disc, so you have to pass it until someone on your team catches it in the endzone for a point.  There’s a 10-second stall count like baseketball, and anything that isn’t a completed pass is a turnover—the other team immediately gets the disc and tries to score in the other endzone.  So it can be a fast-moving game.

If that’s enough that you want to hear more, but don’t want to wade through the complete rules, there’s “Ultimate in 10 Simple Rules,” if that’s all you need.

Okay… How does this work? We’ll assign you to teams, mostly randomly, but trying to keep the teams balanced according to how strong a player you tell us you are.  If you have a buddy you want to stay with, we’ll try to keep you together (you both have to name each other on your registration forms, though.)  We’re hoping to have enough players for four teams, which means each team gets three games in the tournament.  We’ll have frisbees for the winning team as a prize.  ACTS keeps the donations and proceeds, you go home with bragging rights for having done good.

But I don’t know how to play!  That’s fine; neither do lots of the other people we’re signing up.  We’ll spread out the people who do know, and they can help coach you.  And we’ll run a bit of a clinic ahead of time to explain things.  (Show up early if you want that!)

What should I bring?  Your registration check, running/athletic clothes, soccer cleats if you have them (but no metal, please!), and a good attitude for fun.  A water bottle and maybe some sunblock would be smart.  We’ll have gym “pennies” to tell the teams apart.  Other than that…  cans to donate for ACTS, friends and family to cheer for you, maybe a chair if you don’t like sitting on grass?

Right.  Talk to me about ACTS again?  Area Churches Together Serving.  They provide food to needy families in Oconee and nearby, but also other services as well—clothes, school supplies, that sort of thing.  We’ll have someone from the organization there, too; they’re there to thank all of you for participating, but they can also answer all the questions you have—and tell you how else you can help!

Aren’t “Young Democrats” a political group?  Politics bores me…  That’s fine.  Yes, we are, but this is a charitable event.  Come have fun!

I still have questions… but this is the end of the post!  You can email them to the OCHS Young Dems coordinator, Jennifer Strickland, at  JStrickland@oconeeschools.org

Now, about 2018…

Didn’t we just do this election thing?  And win it?  Well, yes… but that was only the 2017 special election, one race per district to fill the seats vacated by former Representatives Quick and Williams.  There’s still the regular 2018 election, with a whole slate of state, district, county, and local elections, plus our representative in the U.S. Congress.

So… for the first few months of 2018 we’ll have an eye on the Georgia legislative session, and we always have an eye on Congress (which is surprisingly necessary despite so little actually getting done), but… it’s time to talk about the road to November 2018.

Election Calendar

From the Secretary of State’s office, here are the key dates:

  • Voter registration deadline for the Primary: April 23, 2018
  • Primary election: May 22, 2018
    • Primary runoff, if needed, July 24, 2018
  • Voter registration deadline for the General Election:  October 9, 2018
  • General election: November 6, 2018
    • General election runoff, if needed: December 4, 2018

Additionally, although we don’t yet anticipate needing one, there could be a springtime special election on March 20, 2018; if so, its voter registration deadline would be February 20, 2018, and any runoff would be April 17, 2018.  No reason we’d need that, but… you never know.

Open Offices

There are a lot of offices up for grabs; you should consider running.  (We can teach you how,.)

Our candidates page lists the races that we know are currently in contention, but we might have missed one or two.  (Please tell us, by Facebook message or email, if you think we did miss anything!)  But this is the list of all the races we know are open, regardless of whether they have a Democratic challenger yet.

Federal

State

There are enough here that we’re going to separate the legislative, judicial, and executive positions:

Legislative

Judicial (non-partisan election)

  • Judge, state-wide Court of Appeals

Executive

County

  • Superior Court Justice for Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties, departing incumbent David Sweat
  • County Commissioner Post 2, incumbent Chuck Horton (R)
  • County Commissioner Post 3, incumbent W. E. “Bubber” Wilkes (R)
  • County School Board Post 2, incumbent Amy Parrish (R)
  • County School Board Post 3, incumbent Kim Argo (R)

Local

  • Watkinsville City Council Post 3, incumbent Marcia Campbell
  • Watkinsville City Council Post 4, incumbent Christine Tucker
  • Watkinsville City Council Post 5, incumbent Dan Matthews

(None of Bishop, Bogart, or High Shoals have council seats open in 2018.  Bishop just elected a full slate to four-year terms, so they’re next up in 2021; the others have a half-council up in 2019.)

Interested in Running?

If you are, come to one of our meetings and talk to us about it.  Or contact us on Facebook or via this form to express your interest.

Even if you’re not sure, let us know; we can help you understand what the job would involve, what running for it would involve, and how we can help you do those things.  We can also help train you for the race, and maybe help you find volunteers to staff your campaign…

Time to Speak

Wouldn’t it be nice for a political candidate to start by knowing what the district actually wants from their representative?

Deborah Gonzalez is running for the GA House of Representatives District 117 (which includes parts of Oconee County). Deborah wants to know what the residents in Oconee County are concerned about so she is inviting you to come to a forum so she can listen to and learn exactly what is on your minds.

Join us on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in the Main Auditorium at the Oconee County Library from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

This forum is open to and welcomes the public.  Oconee Democrats are sponsoring it, but the goal is a non-partisan discussion.

Deborah has some questions she’d like to ask you, such as:
• What do you like about living in Oconee County?
• What are the most significant issues facing our county?
• What should be the role of citizens related to legislation in the State?

Most importantly, she would like to hear your concerns and questions. As a candidate Deborah really wants to know what can she do for you.

The forum will be moderated by Oconee County resident, Margaret Holt, who has worked with the National Issues Forums since 1981. The process is designed for our community to have a conversation, not a protest. Ideas shared will be captured to help Deborah shape a legislative agenda that matches the concerns of the District. She’s a candidate who will speak to you clearly and honestly. She is also a candidate who will listen to you attentively and authentically. So stop by and share your thoughts, your story, your voice.

Non-partisan. All are welcome.

Website for Deborah Gonzalez:
votedeborahgonzalez.com

Blood Drive 5/17 at Oconee Veteran’s Park

The Red Cross is collecting blood donations in the Community Room at Oconee Veteran’s Park, Wednesday May 17 between 11am and 4pm.  Walk-ins are welcome!

Each pint donated can save up to three lives.  Most people over 18 are eligible to give blood… if you have questions, follow these links to the Red Cross for answers to frequently asked questions and a special page for first-time donors.

This drive is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oconee County and by Oconee County Parks & Recreation Department.