The Oconee County Democratic Committee unanimously re-elected Dan Matthews Chair of the group for his third term 2013-14 during the second part of their caucus at Krimson Kafe in a brief meeting Saturday morning.
"I am honored and humbled by their continued confidence in my leadership," said Matthews. "Our goals for the next term include candidate recruitment, increased civic participation, and greater visibility. We want people in Oconee County know it is cool and socially acceptable to be a Democratic supporter once again in our community."
Matthews is the only Democratic candidate from Oconee County during the last two years, having run for both Mayor of Watkinsville and Georgia State House of Representatives in the old 113th District. He made the run-off against Chuck Wiliiams in the 113th special election to replace Hank Huckaby (having defeated Republicans Alan Alexander and Sarah Bell) and lost to Charles Ivie in the mayoral race several months later in 2011.
"We also want to thank Krimson Black for allowing us to use her restaurant once again for one of our gatherings," said Matthews. "Similarly we wish to thank Tracey Stewart for allowing us the honor of having our first part of our caucus there at Kumquat Mae Bakery and Cafe in August."
Assistant Chair Ann Stoneburner took over admirably in Matthews' absence during those races. Her husband Dr. Robert Wyatt took her slot as vice chair along with vice chair Pat Adams, secretary Carolyn Crawford, and longtime treasurer Violet Dawe of the North High Shoals city council in her tenth consecutive term in charge of the finances. The official address for the committee remains Post Office Box 155, High Shoals, GA 30645. Dues remain a suggested $10 a year, but anyone is welcome to the meetings.
The group was honored to have 15 year old Oconee County High School freshman student Sarah Sisler at their meeting, and immediately made her the odds on favorite for Georgia Governor in the 2032 race. She wants to be a lobbyist for NASA in the interim, among other things. Jennifer Strickland is her teacher at OCHS, and the two local Democratic groups want to make sure they cooperate in further endeavors in the next school term.
The next meeting for the Oconee County Democratic Committee will be 7:00 pm Thursday, February 21 at the Oconee County Government Annex further down Greenboro Highway in the United States Department of Agriculture meeting room, beneath the portraits of recently re-elected President Barack Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack of Iowa.
"We welcome anyone to our meetings," said Matthews. "We will probably be meeting quarterly instead of monthly this year, but we will continue with our clean up of the Oconee Connector under the leadership of Sarajane Love."
The Oconee County Democratic Committee remains dedicated to equal rights and pay for all, recycling and protecting the environment, economic development, buying and shopping locally, supporting local businesses and restaurants, and steadfastly in favor of creating jobs, paying our teachers and public servants better, more bike paths, sidewalks, school systems, preserving our agricultural foundation, supplementing our recreational facilities and historic preservation and opposed to the widening of Mars Hill Road at the expense and inconvenience of our homeowners.