Oconee County Democrats
April 19, 2016
Call to order
Approval of the Minutes
Approval of the Treasurer’s Report
Board of Elections’ Reports –Robert Wyatt
Districts/Posts’ Considerations – Ann Stoneburner
Angie Eells- Sanders’ Delegate from Oconee
Penny Mills*- Running as a Republican against Mark Thomas for the Oconee Board of Commissioners
Pam Hendrix- Running as an Independent (Perhaps she will be with us. Someone sent Margaret a phone message saying that she wanted to come to the meeting, but the message was unsigned. If you are the one who sent this message, please assure her we would love to have her at this meeting.)
*Mills will Challenge Thomas
by Michael Prochaska
Unused square footage is scarce inside the Oconee County Courthouse.
Librarians at the Oconee County Library can sympathize.
Oconee Library Friends past president Penny Mills has a solution that would solve the space needs that have beleaguered both facilities, but first she’s asking for your vote.
Mills, who is running against Mark Thomas for Jim Luke’s open seat, said the judicial pressure to relocate administrative offices elsewhere is “the elephant in the room.”
She suggests retrofitting the Oconee County Library for the county’s departments and investing in a new library.
Mills is running on a platform of preserving greenspace, protecting farmland and promoting agritourism. As a former member of the Oconee Planning Commission, she’s helped edit the unified development code and researched zoning and development
issues throughout the county.
Mills retired as dean of Gainesville State College Oconee campus in 2010. She has consulted on the construction of two academic buildings and managed multi-million budgets, but the most difficult decision she said she made was placing students on academic suspension.
Mills previously sat on the Keep Oconee Beautiful Commission from 2005 to 2010 and has served as chair of the Oconee County Resource Council’s board of directors for10 years.
For more on this story, see the March 10 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County.