DEC Minutes 

Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee (JCDEC) Meeting

October 8, 2019

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Gladys Watson.  Richard Glenn gave the invocation and Gladys led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Gladys Roann-Watson, Kent Watson, Julie Conley, Russ Rothman, Kathy Rothman, Jeanette Woodson, Joel Kurasch, and guests Brittney Geathers, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Mazie Glenn, Richard Glenn and Dr. Willie Anderson, a Democratic primary candidate for Congress, CD 2.  Absent were Ann Herring, Beth Adams, Marilyn Halsey, C.P. Miller, Charles Parrish, Shirley Washington, Franklin Brooks, Mae Eva Kyler and Willie Ann Dickey.

 

Gladys called for the motion to approve the September meeting minutes.  The motion was made, seconded, and passed.

 

Jeanette reviewed the financial report.  The current balances in the regular and scholarship accounts are $2,053.21 and $208.33, respectively.  A motion was made to accept the report. It was made, seconded, and passed.

 

Brittney Geathers reported on the canvassing effort for voter registration and vote by mail, and gave us lists of 127 “warm” or “new” Democrats in Precinct 5, divided into five canvassing routes.  She indicated that we needed 50 to 55 vote by mail sign-ups in two consecutive months to be eligible for a grant from the FDP.

 

The committee decided to do the first canvass on Saturday, October 26, meeting at 9:30 AM at the Jefferson County Teen Center at 555 Tiger Lane, just off South Water Street in Monticello.  Gladys will open up at 9:00 AM.  Initial volunteers are Gladys & Kent Watson, Brittney Geathers, Russ & Kathy Rothman, Julie Conley, Joel Kurasch and Jacki Seabrooks.  Hopefully others will join, including those absent from the meeting.

 

We plan to take the Vote By Mail cards door-to-door, along with voter registration forms, in case any members of the household need to register or change their registration address.  Russ suggested a door hanger card for houses where no one was home, and passed around sample text.  Some changes were suggested, and Joel Kurasch offered to print the cards.

 

Gladys announced three new volunteers for precinct representative, Richard and Mazie Glenn for Precinct 8, and Elizabeth Alexander, precinct to be determined.  It was moved, seconded and approved to amend the agenda to include the nominations for Precinct 8.  Julie Conley moved to appoint Mr. and Mrs. Glenn.  The motion was seconded, and unanimously approved.

 

Dr. Willie Anderson discussed his “Conservative Democrat” campaign for CD 2, and collected petition signatures to allow him on the primary ballot without a $10,000 fee.

 

Donations were offered for the DEC general and scholarship funds by several members, and collected by Jeanette Woodson.

 

Regarding the possibility of presidential primary candidates speaking at a January public meeting, Brittney Geathers volunteered to see if she could make contacts at the FDP Orlando convention this month.

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made, seconded, and passed.  The meeting adjourned at  7:00 pm.   

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Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee (JCDEC) Meeting

September 10, 2019

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Gladys Watson.  Franklin Brooks gave the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Gladys Roann-Watson, Kent Watson, Franklin Brooks, Julie Conley, Russ Rothman, Kathy Rothman, Jeanette Woodson, Beth Adams, Shirley Washington, and guests Brittney Geathers, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Mazie Glenn, and Richard Glenn.  Absent were Ann Herring, Marilyn Halsey, C.P. Miller, Charles Parrish, Joel Kurasch, Mae Eva Kyler and Willie Ann Dickey.

 

Gladys called for the motion to approve the August meeting minutes.  The motion was made, seconded, and passed.

 

Jeanette reviewed the financial report.  The current balances in the regular and scholarship accounts are $1,967.21 and $193.33, respectively.  A motion was made to accept the report. It was made, seconded, and passed.

 

The 2019 Bi-Annual State Convention on October 11-13 was discussed. Joel Kurasch had previously discussed going  Because he was not in attendance, and it was decided to call him about it later. (Joel said he had decided not to attend.)

 

The Scholarship Committee had met earlier that day, at 5:00 pm, in the library, and

Franklin Brooks, who is  stepping down as committee chair,  reported on the meeting.  Russ Rothman was appointed by Gladys as the new Scholarship Committee chair . It was agreed that the scholarship program needed to be better advertised, and that Gladys and Russ would visit high schools in January.  Gladys also said she would talk to  two community liaisons (Ms Tamara Byrd Mathis and Ms Nancy Whitty) at Jefferson Somerset and ask that they get out the word about the scholarship program.

 

It was decided that an event in either February or March  would fund the scholarship program. Russ asked Brittany if she could help in getting several presidential campaign representatives to speak, and she said that she would.

  

Gladys passed around a copy of Jefferson County's precinct map along with a magnifying glass.  She reminded everyone that the election of three more precinct reps were needed to win a grant she had applied for.  (A list of  the 16 precincts, their representatives and vacancies, was included on the back of the agenda.)   

 

Also passed out was the "Find Your Precinct" page from the Jefferson County Supervisor of Elections' website  available at https://www.jeffersonvotes.com/Voter-Information/Find-Your-Precinct listing the 16 precincts and their voting locations.

 

The Florida Democratic Party has advised that Precincts 3, 5, and 7 have been identified as areas where voter registration efforts are most needed.

 

Mazie Glenn, who lives in District 8, asked if she could sign up people at her church. Gladys said she could and that she would provide "cookies and tea."

 

Brittney said  that Precincts 5,6, 7 & 8 have the most "warm" Democrats (voters who have voted in 2 out of the last 3 elections) said she could create a list of those (plus new Democrats)  in VAN (the Voter Action ID Network).  She also said that members of the Big Bend Voting Rights Project can volunteer  to canvass on Saturday mornings in October. The two dates decided on are Oct 19th and 26th.  It was decided that this would be discussed in more detail at the next DEC meeting on Oct 8. Gladys said that the Teen Center could be reserved  for the volunteers to meet at on Oct 19, at 9:30 am. It was also decided that the volunteers would canvass Precinct 5, which includes Monticello, because of its higher concentration of  potential voters.

 

Russ suggested printing hang-tags with information about voting for canvassers to hang on door knobs.

 

Kathy Rothman spoke about attending the training for voter registration and VAN training she had attended, on August 24th, and passed around a quiz for voter registration, "Canvassing Shift Reminders" and a blank  "Fl DEMS Voter Registration Volunteer Affirmation" form. She noted that at the time of the training only Gladys had been an authorized user of VAN.  Brittney said that she had recently authorized Russ, Joel Kurasch, and Kathy to use VAN in addition to Gladys, and after the meeting helped Kathy sign in to VAN.  Brittney said she would call Joel and answer his questions about Mobilize America.

 

Donations were collected  for both the scholarship fund and the general fund.

 

During "Comments" Russ passed  around information on current government spending on healthcare to support the argument of Medicare for All.

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made, seconded, and passed.  The meeting adjourned at  7:00 pm.   

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Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee (JCDEC) Meeting

August 13, 2019

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Gladys Watson.  Charles Parrish gave the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Gladys Watson, Kent Watson, Franklin Brooks, Joel Kurasch, Julie Conley, Russ Rothman, Kathy Rothman, Charles Parrish, Shirley Washington, C.P. Miller, and Ann Herring.

 

Gladys Watson called for the motion to approve July's meeting minutes.  Franklin Brooks made the motion and Russ Rothman provided the second.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

In Jeanette Woodson's absence, Gladys Watson reviewed the financial report.  The current balances in the regular and scholarship accounts are $1,967.21 and $193.33, respectively.  Charles Parrish gave the motion to accept the report with a second by Franklin Brooks.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Franklin Brooks reported on the Scholarship Committee.  He noted he was disheartened by the lack of responsiveness of this year's recipients.  Mr. Brooks stated he is stepping down as committee chair but will still work with the group.  There was discussion as to the future of the committee.  It was decided that the committee will meet at 5:00 pm on September 10, 2019 to come up with a recommendation to present to the full JCDEC.

 

The "Beat the Heat" was considered a success.  A few members expressed disappointment with the quality of the food and the amount of money cleared after expenses; however, the general consensus was that attendance was good and attendees enjoyed the speaker.  It appears that timely topics are a good draw for the JCDEC events.  It was suggested that in addition to hosting candidates for office, we look at other issues such as immigration and endangered species.

 

Gladys Watson asked for suggestions for new precinct members.  We need three or more new members to meet the grant requirements.  Mazie Glenn and Barry Graham were suggested for Precinct 8 and Richard Glenn was suggested as back-up.  John Peck was recommended for Precinct 1.  Gladys and Kent Watson will contact these people about joining the JCDEC.

 

Joel Kurasch reported on the "Mobilize America" training.  The Florida Democratic Party has set up a website where people can locate Democratic meetings/events statewide, www.floridadems.org/events.

 

Gladys Watson provided information about the upcoming Florida Democratic convention in Orlando.  Joel Kurasch is thinking about attending.  With a motion and second by Charles Parrish and Russ Rothman, respectively, the group agreed to pay the registration fee and one night's stay for our delegate.

 

Gladys Watson stated that Precincts 3, 5, and 7 have been identified as areas where voter registration efforts are needed.

 

The donation amount collected at tonight's meeting was $65.00.

 

The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Joel Kurasch and Kent Watson provided the second.  The meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm.   

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Minutes

Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee (JCDEC) Meeting

July 9, 2019

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:02 pm by Gladys Watson.  Charles Parrish gave the invocation and Gladys Watson led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Gladys Watson, Russ Rothman, Charles Parrish, Marilyn Halsey, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Joel Kurasch, Franklin Brooks, Fred Williams, Jeanette Woodson, Kathy Rothman, and Ann Herring.  Visitors at tonight's meeting were Bobbie Golden and Brittney Geathers.

 

Gladys Watson called for the motion to approve June's meeting minutes.  Charles Parrish made the motion and Joel Kurasch provided the second.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report.  Current balances in the regular and scholarship accounts are $1,366.21 and $793.33, respectively.  Charles Parrish gave the motion to approve the financial report with a second by Russ Rothman.  Approval of the financial report was unanimous.

 

Russ Rothman and Gladys Watson reported on the watermelon festival. All members who volunteered to participate showed up at their designated times. A significant number of signatures were gathered for the candidate running to replace Judge Karen Gievers.  In addition, quite a few inquired about the voter registration process for ex-felons.

 

Russ Rothman reported on the "Beat the Heat" ticket sales.  To date, 53 tickets have been sold; 17 are designated "will call"; 4 tickets are "likely sold"; and 26 tickets remain for sale.  Anyone wanting to turn in tickets or get additional tickets to sell should contact Mr. Rothman.

 

Kent and Gladys Watson will put an article in the paper about "Beat the Heat" (BTH).  In addition, Mrs. Watson will purchase paper cups for the event.

 

The agenda for BTH will include the call to order, welcome, and introduction of committee members by Gladys Watson; the invocation, blessing, and pledge of allegiance by Charles Parrish; presentation to scholarship applicants by Franklin Brooks; and introduction of speaker by Julie Conley.  Jacqueline Seabrooks, Jeanette Woodson, and Kent Watson will be at the door,

 

It was announced that C.P. Miller is hospitalized at Capital Regional Medical Center.

 

There was discussion about JCDEC membership.  It was decided that those members who no longer participate should be dropped from the roll.  Russ Rothman made the motion to formally remove Bob Crew, Albert Thomas, and Ron Cichon.  Fred Williams gave the second and motion passed unanimously.

 

Gladys Watson reported on the small county coalition grant.  If we can recruit 3 new precinct members, we will be awarded the money ($1,250).  It was noted that Joel Kurasch is in precinct 6, not 5, and that correction needs to be made.

 

Brittney Geathers reminded the group that she is a resource available to assist the JCDEC.

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm with a motion and second by Charles Parrish and Jacqueline Seabrooks, respectively.

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Minutes

Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee (JCDEC) Meeting

June 11, 2019

 

The meeting was called to order by Gladys Watson at 6:07 pm.  Fred Williams did the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Joel Kurasch, Kathy Rothman, Julie Conley, Russ Rothman, Gladys Watson, Kent Watson, Charles Parrish, Jeanette Woodson, Fred Williams, Beth Adams, and Ann Herring.  There were two visitors; Brittney Geathers and Barbara Reddick.

 

Gladys Watson called for the motion to approve May's meeting minutes. Russ Rothman made the motion and Beth Adams gave the second.  Approval of the minutes was unanimous.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report.  The balance in the regular account is $1,196.21.  The scholarship account balance is $783.33.  Charles Parrish made the motion to approve the financial report and Russ Rothman provided the second.  The motion to approve the report passed unanimously.

 

Gladys Watson reported that the small county coalition grant has been submitted.  The areas that we will target are precinct building and increased voter outreach.  Mrs. Watson stated she has a precinct map.  The plan is to have meetings at various precincts in order to recruit new people.

 

Russ Rothman introduced visitor Brittney Geathers.  She is the FDP community engagement representative for Region 7.  She is tasked with helping the Democratic committees in Region 7 (a 13 county area) with party building efforts.

 

Russ Rothman stated that Ryan Terrell, Democratic candidate for Florida House District 7, will be at the Watermelon Festival.  There will be handouts and yard signs for distribution.  In addition, information on amendment 4 and tickets for Beat the Heat (BTH) will be available at the Democratic committee booth.

 

In Franklin Brooks' absence, Russ Rothman gave the scholarship committee report.  He stated award letters were presented to Mya Trammell and Emily Brock for $300 and $400, respectively.

 

Julie Conley gave an update on BTH.  She reported that 300 informational flyers have been printed.  Flyers will be sent to science teachers in the area, local elected officials, Democratic committees in Leon and Madison counties, as well as other entities.  Ms. Conley stated that the presenter's power point presentation will require a black-out of the Opera House windows.  Beth Adams will take care of getting this done.

 

The meeting ended with a reminder to all to vote on June 18th.  Kent Watson gave the motion to adjourn and Russ Rothman provided the second.  The meeting adjourned at 6:47 pm.

Minutes

Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee (JCDEC) Meeting

May 14, 2019

 

The JCDEC meeting was called to order at 6:04 by Gladys Watson.  Shirley Washington gave the invocation and Gladys Watson led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Gladys Watson, Russ Rothman, Beth Adams, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Kent Watson, Joel Kurasch, Jeanette Woodson, Kathy Rothman, Mae Kyler, Fred Williams, Shirley Washington, C.P. Miller, Willie Ann Dickey, and Ann Herring.  There was one visitor, Valdase Livingston.

 

Gladys Watson called for the motion to approve last month's minutes.  The motion was made by Joel Kurasch, with the second given by Russ Rothman.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report.  The current balance in the regular account is $1,162.21.  The scholarship account has a balance of $783.33.  Beth Adams gave the motion to accept the report and Russ Rothman provided the second.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Russ Rothman reported that the voter registration activity at the high school yielded 8 new registered voters.

 

The JCDEC will have a booth at the watermelon festival.  Gladys Watson paid the costs of the booth space ($50) and the tent ($71).  Russ Rothman made the motion to reimburse Mrs. Watson, with a second by Beth Adams.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

At the booth, we will provide literature for "Beat the Heat" and Ryan Terrell, Democrat candidate for the District 7 House seat.  Gladys and Kent Watson will set up the booth the night before.  Festival volunteers and their time slots are as follows:  9-11, Ann Herring and Fred Williams; 11-1, Jacqueline Seabrooks and Gladys and Kent Watson; 1-3, Joel Kurasch and Russ & Kathy Rothman.

 

Gladys Watson received the Small County Coalition Grant information.  Fundraising and precinct development are the areas to be addressed in the grant proposal.  Mrs. Watson will write the proposal if there are no other volunteers to do so.  JCDEC can receive up to $2500 if the proposal is accepted.

 

Publicity for "Beat the Heat" will be increased as the topic, climate change, is global and should be of interest to all.  In addition to the usual email and website post, there will be a flyer and information on Facebook.  Joel Kurasch will do a write-up for submission to the Monticello News.

 

"Beat the Heat" is scheduled for July 18th at the Opera House.  The per person cost for the meal is $12.84.  The price of the meal coupled with the cost of renting the Opera House will require an increase in the price of attending from $15 to $25, if we are to make a profit on the event.  It was suggested that tickets be pre-printed for advance sale.  With a motion and second by Joel Kurasch and Kent Watson, respectively, the motion passed to pre-print tickets.  Gladys Watson will send an email to members when tickets are ready for pick-up at the library.

 

Russ Rothman presented the scholarship committee's recommendation to give $400 to Emily Brock and $300 to Mya Trammell.  Joel Kurasch made the motion to accept the committee's recommendation and Kent Watson provided the second.  The motion passed unanimously.  Somerset's awards ceremony is scheduled for 9 am on May 23rd and Aucilla's ceremony will be May 17th at 8:30 am.

 

C.P. Miller gave a report on the strategy meeting.  Topics discussed for action included ways to solicit donations, increasing exposure through social media, filling vacant precinct positions and writing letters to the editor (newspaper).  Mr. Miller wants to see a precinct recruiting committee formed.

 

Gladys Watson spoke about the list that has contact information for registered Democrats who have moved to Jefferson County.  Letters have been sent to these people and there will be follow-up by phone.  In addition, the returning citizens list (ex-offenders) will be worked by Gladys and Kent Watson.  It was suggested that the Supervisor of Elections be contacted to determine which precincts are majority Democrat.  C. P. Miller is willing to get a color coded map showing the precincts/districts if it can be posted in the library.

 

With a motion by Fred Williams and second by Kent Watson, the meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm.

JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Regular Meeting

April 9, 2019

6:00 PM

 

 The JCDEC meeting was called to order by Gladys Watson at 6:07 PM.  Charles Parrish gave the invocation and Gladys Watson led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Jacqueline Seabrooks, Franklin Brooks, Gladys Watson, Fred Williams, Russ Rothman, Kathy Rothman, Julie Conley, Jeanette Woodson, Charles Parrish, Shirley Washington, C.P. Miller, and Ann Herring.  There were two visitors-Bobbie Golden and Ryan Terrell, Democratic candidate for the District 7 Florida House seat.  The following members had excused absences:  Kent Watson, Joel Kurasch, and Beth Adams.

 

Gladys Watson called for approval of the last meeting's minutes.  On motion by Franklin Brooks with a second by Russ Rothman, approval of the minutes was unanimous.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report.  The regular account has a balance of $1,320.91 and the amount in the scholarship fund totals $783.33.  Fred Williams made the motion to accept the report and Charles Parrish gave the second.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Franklin Brooks reported there is only one scholarship applicant.  The applicant does not have the required 3.0 GPA.  The scholarship committee will meet at 5:00 PM on April 16th at the teen center to discuss this.  Russ Rothman stated that Tremolody Robinson (past scholarship recipient) invited a representative from the JCDEC to attend her graduation from TCC.  Franklin Brooks indicated he would attend.

 

Russ Rothman and Gladys Watson will conduct voter registration at Jefferson/Somerset on April 16th at 11:30.  Any other members available at that time are asked to join them.  The community canvassing activity previously scheduled has been put on hold.

 

Gladys Watson received an email from the Florida Democratic Party regarding vote-by-mail.  The party wants the number of people who voted by mail and the dates vote-by-mail information will be sent out.  

 

Charles Parrish and C.P. Miller proposed having a strategy meeting about ways to engage the Democratic voters and the growth of the party in the county.  The meeting is scheduled for May 11th from 9:00-11:00 AM in the community room at the library.  Members are asked to bring a breakfast item to share.  Gladys Watson asked members to tell Russ Rothman what they will bring in order to avoid duplication of food items.

 

Ryan Terrell, the democratic candidate for the District 7 House seat, spoke to the group. His background includes having been a political consultant and a legislative aide.  He noted that the District 7 seat has been uncontested for seven years.  He stated that he needs 800 votes in each of the district's ten counties in order to win.  The special election is June 18th.  Mr. Terrell gave the group campaign materials and shared his website:  bigbend4ryan.org.  He also requested a list of events where his information can be distributed.  He will attend events as his schedule permits.

 

After Mr. Terrell responded to questions from the group, Gladys Watson called for the motion to adjourn.  Russ Rothman gave the motion and Franklin Brooks provided the second.  The meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.

 

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JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Regular Meeting

February 12, 2019

6:00 PM

 

The JCDEC February 12, 2019, meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by Gladys Watson.  Franklin Brooks gave the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.

 

In attendance were Russ Rothman, Gladys Watson, Franklin Brooks, Kent Watson, Julie Conley, Fred Williams, Marilyn Halsey, Kathy Rothman, Jeanette Woodson, Shirley Washington, Charles Parrish, and Ann Herring, and guests Jacqueline Seabrooks and Larry Halsey.

 

Gladys Watson called for approval of last month's minutes.  The motion to approve was brought forth by Julie Conley and Fred Williams provided the second.  The motion to approve passed unanimously.

Julie Conley informed the group about her actions related to the event scheduled for July 18, 2019.  She presented a price quote from Carrie Ann and Company to cater the event.  The prices ranged from $10.25-$13.95 per person, with a labor charge of $225.00 and a $1.00 per person fee for disposable goods.  Because Dixie Plantation has renovations planned for the time of the event, it was decided (after much discussion by the group) to change the venue to the Opera House, if available, with a price of $20.00 per person.  The menu was not finalized as additional information needs to be gathered.

 

Russ Rothman reported that a petition effort is underway to get an amendment on the ballot that would provide Medicaid coverage to eligible low-income individuals (individuals at or below 138% of the federal poverty level). He also provided information clarifying Amendment 4 and registration of ex-felons.  Those individuals who feel they are eligible to have their voting rights restored should register.  It will be up to state and local election officials to determine if they meet the criteria.

 

The voter registration drives scheduled for the first Monday and second Tuesday of the month (February and March) have produced nine registrations, with one "maybe".  For the month of April, Gladys Watson suggested we take the voter registration drive to targeted sites in the community.  Gladys Watson, Julie Conley, Kent Watson and Ann Herring will do the community drive on April 10th and Jacqueline Seabrooks and Franklin Brooks will go out on April 3rd.

 

Gladys Watson stated Ryan Terrell is a Democrat running for the District 7 seat vacated by Halsey Beshears.  There are three Republicans running for the seat.  The primary is scheduled for April 9th and the election will be June 18th.

 

The speaker for the March 14th event is Dr. Edward "Ted" Duggan.  Charles Parrish was suggested as the person to deliver the "pep talk" to the group.  Franklin Brooks will give an update on the scholarship committee at the event.  There will be no March 12 DEC meeting due to the proximity of the St. Patrick's Day event.

 

Regarding the clarification of the DEC officers’ terms of office, Gladys Watson said we are on the presidential cycle.  We are not due for elections until 2020.

 

Jeanette Woodson provided the financial report.  The balances in the regular and scholarship accounts are $1,031.74 and $ 504.33, respectively.  The group approved the report unanimously.

 

With the 2020 election fast approaching, Fred Williams stated he would like to see us build a relationship with the Madison County Democrats.  He also spoke to the group about the bike trail issue.

 

Gladys Watson called for a motion to adjourn.  Julie Conley made the motion and Kent Watson provided the second.  The meeting adjourned at 6:56 PM.

JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Regular Meeting

January 8, 2019

6:00 PM

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Gladys Watson at 6:04.  Fred Williams gave the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance were Julie Conley, Franklin Brooks, Jeanette Woodson, Beth Adams, Marilyn Halsey, Willie Ann Dickey, Russ Rothman, Kathy Rothman, Fred Williams, Shirley Washington, Gladys Watson, Kent Watson, Joel Kurasch, Ann Herring and guests Jacqueline Seabrooks and Larry Halsey.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report which showed balances of $1,448.74 in the regular account and $409.33 in the scholarship account.  Approval of the financial report was unanimous.

 

Julie Conley reported on her efforts to secure a speaker for the July event.  Tall Timbers has a climate change expert, Kevin Hiers, who, schedule permitting, could speak at the event.  Julie will follow up on this.  In addition, Dixie Plantation was suggested as a possible venue for the July event.  It is now owned by Tall Timbers.

 

Franklin Brooks gave an update on the scholarship committee.  Russ Rothman stated he has scholarship posters available for distribution.  Willie Ann Dickey is the newest member of the scholarship committee. 

 

 The scholarship/St. Patrick's Day event will be held at the Opera House on March 14, 2019.  Fred Williams volunteered to give the invocation and lead the pledge of allegiance at the event.  He will also look for a speaker for the evening.  Franklin Brooks will invite previous scholarship recipients to the event.  The menu for the evening will consist of shepherd's pie, salad, rolls, dessert, and beverages.  The shepherd's pie will be catered; Beth Adams will provide salad; Gladys Watson will bring tea and rolls; Fred Williams, Kathy Rothman, Julie Conley, and Jeanette Woodson will provide desserts.

 

Gladys Watson asked the group if they were interested in purchasing an ad for a program Melanie Mays is producing at the Opera House.  The group decided against doing so because of a lack of information about the project.

 

Gladys Watson stated she was contacted by the State Democratic Committee to see if we will be holding elections for officers.  This item will be placed on the next meeting's agenda for discussion.

 

The group discussed how to proceed with the Amendment 4 issue.  Some ideas put forth included signs at the courthouse, reaching out to churches, and registering people at various events, when appropriate.  The group decided to conduct registration activities on the first Monday and second Tuesday of the months of February and March.  Beth Adams, Franklin Brooks, Russ Rothman, Kent Watson, Gladys Watson, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Joel Kurasch, Willie Ann Dickey and Shirley Washington volunteered for the voter registration events. Fred Williams will serve as back-up.  Russ Rothman will maintain the voter registration drive schedule, currently

 

Feb. 4, 4:30-5:30, Russ, Shirley (R bring table, chairs, flyers)

Feb. 12, 4:30-6, Larry, Marilyn, Russ (R bring table, chairs, flyers)

March 4, 4:30-5:30, Willie Ann, Kent, Gladys (G & K bring table, chairs, flyers)

March 12, 4:30-6, Joel, Beth, Kathy (K bring table, chairs, flyers)

Backup, Fred. Jacqueline Seabrooks schedule TBD.

 

Jeanette Woodson stated that $95.00 was collected for the scholarship account and $15.00 was collected for the regular account by donations from the attendees at the DEC meeting.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:53 with a motion and second by Beth Adams and Franklin Brooks, respectively. 

 

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December 11, 2018

Meeting of The Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee 

 

The Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.  In attendance were Gladys Watson, Russ Rothman, Kent Watson, Kathy Rothman, Jeanette Woodson, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Julie Conley, Beth Adams, Franklin Brooks, Joel Kurasch, Juanita Crumity, Fred Williams and Ann Herring.

 

Gladys Watson called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm.  Fred Williams gave the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  As there were no minutes from the November meeting, no action was taken on that item.

 

Gladys Watson reminded the group about donations to the committee's fund.  Russ Rothman noted that the scholarship dinner is tonight at the Mays House.

 

Gladys Watson asked the group to send  Mya Trammell a "thank-you" in the form of a $25 gift card for her performance at the get-out-the-vote event. A motion was made and passed by the group to do so.

 

The committee engaged in a discussion about Amendment 4.  The Supervisor of Elections office does not plan to take action on this until after the Legislature meets.  The group discussed methods of getting the elections office to take prompt action on getting these ex-offenders registered. The committee may send a letter to the Supervisor of Elections expressing its concerns on this issue.

 

Franklin Brooks reported that he attended the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation meeting in Crystal River.  He stated it looks like Florida is headed in a pro-charter school direction.  He also said the Democratic Party needs to re-think its strategy on getting people out to vote.

 

Gladys Watson called for the financial report.  Jeanette Woodson reported the balances in the regular and scholarship accounts as $1,463.74 and $209.33, respectively.  Acceptance of the report came after a motion by Franklin Brooks and a second by Joel Kurasch to do so.

 

Gladys Watson stated that the community forum is canceled until further notice.  Plans for the St. Patrick's Day event were discussed.  Possible speakers/topics include Andrew Gilliam, Ramon Alexander and climate change.  Julie Conley will reach out to Andrew Gilliam.  If he is not available, Juanita Crumity will contact Ramon Alexander.  Gladys Watson will approach David Ward about a possible speaker on climate change.  The  menu for the St. Patrick's Day event will be discussed at the next meeting.

 

The motion and second to adjourn the meeting were made by Beth Adams and Kent Watson, respectively.  The meeting dismissed at 6:32 pm.    

October 9th, 2018

Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee Meeting

 

The Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by Gladys Watson.  Rev. Andrew Redmon did the invocation and Gladys Watson led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  In attendance at the meeting were Gladys Watson, Kent Watson, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Russ Rothman, Mae Kyler, Jeanette Woodson, Beth Adams, Willie Ann Dickey, Shirley Washington, C.P. Miller, and Ann Herring.  Visitors included Lonnie Griffin, Irene Kyler, and Rev. Andrew Redmon.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report.  The current balances in the regular and scholarship accounts are $2,115.32 and $204.33, respectively.  Beth Adams made the motion to accept the report and Mae Kyler provided the second.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Russ Rothman provided an update on the upcoming event scheduled for October 18th.  Speakers for the event will include either the candidate or their representative.  Music will be provided by Hot Tamale.  Shirley Washington will check with Nikki Trammel to see if Mya would also be willing to perform.  Kent Watson will bring change for the donation box.  A donation of $5.00 will be suggested but not required.  Russ Rothman will have the democrat blue vests for those wishing to wear them.  The greeters will have the blue voter guide cards to give to those attending the event.  Russ Rothman brought political literature, including signs and bumper stickers, to be distributed in the community.

 

Russ Rothman asked if there were any additional volunteers to hold signs on election day.  Beth Adams and Mae Kyler volunteered to do so.  Beth Adams and Russ Rothman will begin the sign holding shift at 7:30 am at the south east corner of the courthouse.

 

Willie Ann Dickey asked if there was any guidance on the amendments that appear on the voting ballot.  C.P. Miller wants to have a special meeting on the amendment issue; however, when Gladys Watson asked if anyone would take the lead on setting up the meeting, there were no volunteers. Gladys Watson said she would inquire about any available literature on the amendments that could either be sent via email to the members or provided at the event.

 

Gladys Watson offered Rev. Andrew Redmon the opportunity to address the group.  Rev. Redmon stated he was invited by Shirley Washington to attend the meeting. Rev. Redmon said he went to the Supervisor of Elections office to get a sample ballot and was told they had none.  This encounter led to Rev. Redmon statement about getting more involved in the voting process.  Gladys Watson invited Rev. Redmon to  become a part of the democratic committee but he said his busy schedule prevented him from doing so.

 

Gladys Watson called for the motion to adjourn the meeting.  The motion and second were provided by C.P. Miller and Shirley Washington, respectively.  The meeting adjourned at 6:59 pm".

Minutes of the September meeting

September 11, 2018

 

The Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee monthly meeting was held on Tuesday September 11, 2018.  In attendance were Gladys Watson, Kent Watson, Russ Rothman, Beth Adams, Willie Ann Dickey, Fred Williams, Franklin Brooks, Jeanette Woodson, Joel Kurasch, Shirley Washington, Jacqueline Seabrooks, Juanita Crumity, Ann Herring, and visitors, Donna Frederick and Dot Inman-Johnson.

 

Gladys Watson called the meeting to order at 6:04.  Fred Williams gave the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  Next came the call for approval of the July and August minutes.  The motion to accept the minutes and the second were provided by Beth Adams and Fred Williams, respectively.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report.  The regular account balance is $1,710.32 and the scholarship account balance is $179.33, with no outstanding checks against either account.  Joel Kurasch provided the motion to accept the report and Russ Rothman gave the second.  Acceptance of the report was unanimous.

 

Russ Rothman reported three voter registration events with Kent Watson, Joel Kurasch and Bobbie Golden, held at the Library, during which three people were registered.

 

Gladys proposed discontinuing printing meeting minutes.  It will be the responsibility of each person to read the minutes online prior to the meeting.  It was moved and seconded to make this change, and the group agreed unanimously.

 

Franklin Brooks asked how many people needed to be registered in order to meet the grant's goals.  The number is 6.  Mr. Brooks stated we would be more successful if we went into the community to register people.

 

Fred Williams would like to have some type of handout to give people when we conduct voting activities in the community.  Beth volunteered herself and her husband to work on a palm card.  Joel Kurash stated he could print some handouts on stock paper suitable for posting.

 

Gladys Watson stated we have qualified for the first half of the grant funds ($1250.00).  She also asked the group if they would be willing to donate $5.00 at the monthly meeting to go toward achieving the grant's goal.  The group agreed to do so.

 

Beth Adams reported on the proposed event for October.  The venue is the Mays House with a tentative date of October 11, 2018.  The time will be from 6-8 PM.  There will be a cash bar and finger food.  The rental fee for the facility is $250.00, and the food cost will be $7.95 times 80 participants.  The total cost will be $886.00.  Attendees will be asked for a $5.00 donation.  The event will be advertised via email, the newspaper, the Chamber website and possibly, Facebook.  Invitations will also be sent.  State and local candidates will be invited to the event.  Kent Watson and Shirley Washington will collect donations and Juanita Crumity and Joel Kurasch will direct people at the event.  Beth Adams presented two menu options to the group.  The majority voted for menu #1, with the addition of some dessert items

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 Gladys Watson asked for volunteers to contact the local candidates to see how they would like to see the grant money spent on their behalf.  Franklin Brooks will contact William Massey and Gladys Watson will contact Gene Hall.  The group agreed on $400.00 for each candidate following the motion by Russ Rothman and the second by Shirley Washington.

 

Get-out-the-vote activities were discussed.  Some people will go out in the community and others will work the phones.  Gladys and Kent Watson, Franklin Brooks, and Fred Williams will work the community.  Russ Rothman, Franklin Brooks, Beth Adams and Fred Williams volunteered to hold signs on election day.

 

Fred Williams introduced the guest speaker, Dot Inman-Johnson.  She spoke about the founding of her group, The Progressive Leadership Council of North Florida and their efforts to network and coordinate with others in order to turn Florida "blue".  Ms. Inman-Johnson extended an invitation to attend the next meeting which will be held on 9/27/18 at the Leroy Collins Library meeting room.  Fred Williams volunteered to attend the meeting.  The council's meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month.  Ms. Inman-Johnson also mentioned an upcoming press conference in front of the governor's mansion on 9/14/18 at 11:00.  "For Our Future" a group ( headed by Jordan Anderson) that targets young people is holding the press conference.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 with a motion by Franklin Brooks and a second by Kent Watson. 

 

 

Minutes of the August Meeting

August 14, 2018

 

The Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee monthly meeting was held on Tuesday August 14, 2018.  In attendance were Gladys Watson, Russ Rothman, Kathy Rothman, Beth Adams, Shirley Washington, C.P. Miller, Mae Kyler, Franklin Brooks, Jeanette Woodson, Jacki Seabrooks, Kent Watson, and Ann Herring.  Visitors included Willie Ann Dickey, Michael Newberger, Jacob Ross, Keishann Corley, Leona Ross, and Joel Kurasch.

 

Gladys Watson called the meeting to order at 6:02.  Kent Watson gave the invocation and led the group in the pledge of allegiance.  As the group had not reviewed the July meeting minutes, approval of those minutes was postponed until the September meeting.

 

Jeanette Woodson gave the financial report.  The current balances in the regular account and scholarship account are $1,655.32 and $179.33, respectively.  The amount reported for "Beat the Heat" was $1,393.00, less expenses of $468.25 which left a balance of $924.75.  Beth Adams motioned to accept the financial report and Shirley Washington provided the second.  Acceptance of the report was unanimous.

 

Franklin Brooks gave the scholarship committee update.  The committee met to review its policies and procedures. It was the consensus of the committee to keep things as is and to add the component of interviewing all scholarship applicants.  After making this recommendation to the executive committee, Beth Adams made the motion to accept and Shirley Washington provided the second.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Ann Herring presented the idea of having an event in an outdoor venue like the Monticello Vineyards.  Kathy Rothman added that Golden Farms, and Gladys added and the Mays House, could also be considered as possible locations.  Jacki Seabrooks, Beth and Jay Adams, and Ann Herring will meet to iron out the details of this venture and report back to the executive committee. Possible dates for the event are October 11, 2018 and October 18, 2018. The Mays House will be contacted first about the event.

 

Gladys Watson stated that the grant is due tomorrow (8/15/18).  We have applied for $1250.00 based on the grant proposal goals we have already met.

 

There was some discussion about voter outreach activities such as phone banks and voter canvassing.  We will finalize plans at the September meeting.  Gladys noted that we can set up a voter registration table at the library as long the registration activities are non-partisan.

 

C.P. Miller suggested that Gladys Watson contact clergy hierarchy to get churches involved in voter activities.  He will get contact information for the appropriate persons and give it to Mrs. Watson.

 

Beth Adams has moved and is in a different precinct.  This has resulted in the following:  Per a motion by Russ Rothman and a second by C.P. Miller, Beth Adams is now the Precinct 5 representative.  Following a motion and second by Beth Adams and Mae Kyler, respectively, Beth Adams' former at-large position is now held by Willie Ann Dickey.  A motion by Russ Rothman and a second by Kent Watson made Joel Kurasch the male Precinct 5 representative.  All the motions passed unanimously.

 

Gladys Watson stated we have been issued a challenge by Tim Sanders and the Madison County Democrats as to which group can get the most people out to vote and the most vote by mail.  We accepted the challenge-Madison vs. Monticello-game on!

 

Russ Rothman motioned to adjourn and Kent Watson provided the second.  The meeting adjourned at 7:00.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Regular Meeting

July 10, 2018

6:00 PM

DRAFT

 

The Jefferson County DEC held its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Jefferson County R. J. Bailar Library.  Members present were Beth Adams, Franklin Brooks, Jeanette Woodson, Fred Williams, Shirley Washington, Mae Eva Kyler, Charles Parrish, Marilyn Halsey, Gladys Roann–Watson, Russ Rothman, Kathy Rothman, and Kent Watson.  Members not present were Ann Herring, Julie Conley, Ron Cichon, Albert Thomas and Bob Crew.  Also present were CP Miller and Larry Halsey.

 

The meeting was called to order; invocation and pledge were led by Fred Williams.

 

Minutes from the May meeting were approved as posted on line.

 

Reports of Officers

  • Chair – Gladys gave an update on the grant applications; will continue to work on these efforts.

  • Vice Chair – Nothing to report at this time.

  • Secretary – Ann Herring not present so Beth volunteered to take minutes this meeting.

  • Treasurer – financial report was presented; moved to accept; motion passed

  • Sate Committeepersons – nothing to report at this time

Old Business

  • Watermelon Festival – very few sign ups; presence was good.

  • Finalizing plans for Beat the Heat – Beth mailed out invites; food and setup obligations were reviewed; Russ and Gladys to send personal invite for all current democrat incumbents and candidates. 

New Business

  • Michael Newberger, campaign manager for Brandon Peters, arrived shortly after the meeting had adjourned.

  • Various ideas for DEC events were discussed; need to plan something after primary.

  • CP Miller requested appointment to the vacated board position for his district, Precinct 7; Shirley nominated CP to fill; 2nd by Beth; all in favor.

  • It was recommended that the list of vacant precinct board members be sent to email blast to seek out new board members; Russ to follow up on this.

 

 Next meeting scheduled for August 14, 2018

 

It was then moved, seconded, and approved that the meeting be adjourned at 7:00.

 

Respectfully submitted, Beth Adams, Acting Secretary, Pro Tem  

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