Democrats Discuss Voter Registration, Billboards
With early voting continuing, Giles County Democrats discussed having digital billboards and how to encourage Democrats to vote.
Party members met in late June for their monthly meeting at the Rose of Sharon Funeral Home.
Early voting for the Aug, 4 State and Federal Primary and State and County General Election will run through July 30. The absentee voting deadline is July 28.
One message that has been running on a billboard is “Your vote counts." Another message approved at the June meeting is “Democrats Care About All of Us.”
The message should be written to help the public relate to Democrats, according to Richard Dunnavant, one attendee.
A frequently talked about project for the Giles County Democrats has been forming a party on the University of Tennessee Southern, formerly Martin Methodist College campus.
A committee of Giles County Commissioner Mike Cesarini, party secretary Sharon Rush, Laurie Wade, Janice Tucker, party treasurer Carol McComiskey and party chairman Tom Gattis was named to meet possibly in late July.
Giles County Executive Melissa Greene, who is running for re-election, talked about some things accomplished in her first term and some things she hopes to accomplish.
Plans are underway to make $3.2 million in ventilation improvements to Giles County school system buildings, and the county continues to apply for grants for county wide broadband and has worked with utility districts on plans for water projects.
While the county has remained debt free for four years, she has said that the time may come when funds may need to be spent for improvements.
A convenience center has been built in Minor Hill, and parts of the county web site have been revamped. Some payments may be taken over the website, she said.
Since she became county executive, improvements have been made at the county animal shelter where a deputy sheriff also helps with the law enforcement related duties there.
The former Swan building on Highway 31 North, which had been purchased for use by the Giles County Office of Emergency Management will be used by the Giles County Fire and Rescue Squad.
She also talked of plans to improve a situation discussed at more than one E-911 board meeting, that of radio communication dead spots throughout the county, due to numerous hills and valleys.
While the county will try to find grants for which to apply, Greene said the project could be expensive with construction of repeater stations and installation of other equipment.
In other business:
• Gattis said J.B. Smiley, a Democrat running for his party’s nomination for governor, wanted to visit Pulaski, again.
• A key to building support for local Democrats is finding candidates, especially those who identify as Democrats, to run for local offices, Gattis, Dunnavant and others have said.
• Voters also need to check with the Giles County Election Commission to make sure voter registrations are in order and that they are eligible to vote, Hardin Franklin, another local Democrat, said.