McCormick County Democratic Party meets in person Bethany Baptist November 2, 2021
Chairman Harrison called meeting to order at 5:30. Pledge of allegiance Invocation by Debbie Hasbrouck. DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S REPORT 1) Paula explained how the Chamber of Commerce asked the Democratic Women to help distribute the Holiday on Main brochures. Robin Oetgen is our liaison with the Chamber and she distributed the brochures: Monticello 214 (250) Paula & Joan Shenandoah 228 (300) JoAnn and Renee will do Huguenot streets. Carol may help Mary Ann do Shenandoah (lower section). Magnolia 230 (250) Niiti & Melody Southwind 90 (100) Mary Lou & Robin Tara 339 (370) Carol, Marion, & Pat Savannah Point 56 (80) Charlotte
2) Christmas Tree for the Festival of Trees: Rose Anne Napier Riddick and Vivian Parker will take the lead in organizing and executing this project. Trees will be shown at the Dorn Mill Complex. Contact Rose Anne or Vivian if you are willing to help with this project. This year’s theme is a Hallmark Christmas.
3) Christmas Parade Debbie Hasbrouck will provide her SUV to pull the Democratic float, and she will figure out how to locate a flat bed trailer to act as the float. Lelia Jackson will chair this committee and provide the parking lot in front of her shop on Highway 28 south of town for decorating the float. Contact Debbie or Lelia if you are willing to help with this project.
4) JAG closet JAG coordinator from McCormick High School, Jenny Brantley, spoke to the Democratic Women. Ms. Brantley shared information about the JAG closet that she manages that offers items like food, clothing, school supplies — whatever students or faculty may need.
The Democratic Women suggest the party sponsor this JAG closet with a quarterly donation (Dec, March, June, Sept) to the closet based on suggestions from Ms. Brantley. Joan will contact Ms. Brantley and identify where the Democratic party contributions may be delivered to the high school. We consider this Democratic party outreach to the community.
Paula motioned that the party support the JAG closet on a quarterly basis (described above). Mary Ann Linsenmeyer seconded the motion. Joan will send the information about the December contribution to be emailed out to the party before the December meeting so members can bring their contributions to that meeting.
MEETING AT THE LIBRARY, DECEMBER 7, 2021 Chairman Harrison invited discussion of the possibility of switching back to this location for our meetings — both Democratic Women and Democratic party. The benefits of the library are a more central location making it easier for members to attend; access to computer projection from internet or other sources. Conclusion was to try out this location at the next meeting and evaluate the results.
THERE WILL BE NO JANUARY MEETING.
COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5, JACKIE BROWN Chairman Harrison noted Ms. Brown’s successful campaign to win this seat using flyers signs, public appearances, phone banks and door to door activity. Ms. brown noted the light turnout typical of a special election. She attended her first council meeting today, Nov. 2. • new EMS building almost complete • Will Brount looking at old administration building with the possibility of renovating it to hold apartments and offices. •County planning on zoning: considering change in ordinances • In response to question about “how did the election go?”, Brown commented that Republican poll watchers were evident at every polling place. Traditionally no Democratic poll watches were assigned for smaller elections. • Nov 16 meeting about REDISTRICTING. Document out about redistricting can be found online at the McCormick County web site. Every council district should be organized for 1,765 people so District 2 and 5 will be assigned overflow of voters from SLV.
Outside consultant ordinarily called in for assistance with reworking the maps for new district membership. Jackie suggested CODE RED message to be sent out via phone publicizing date and place of meetings.
PARTY CONCERNS Charles Jennings, County Council Chair, reported: • It became apparent in Jackie’s election that some voters did not know which precinct they were registered in.
To find out your voter status (if you are registered) and other questions about voter eligibility, go to <scdemocrats.org\VOTER INFORMATION>.
•Jennings indicated that the 911 service SHOULD indicate which district a voter resides in.
• County Council meetings on Tuesday at 6 in the Administration building. Jennings encouraged Democrats to show up to show support of our party.
The first discussion on redistricting is scheduled to take place at the McCormick County Council Meeting Tuesday, November 16 starting at 6 pm. To make sure the redistricting discussion is still scheduled for Nov. 16th, check the county agenda (mccormickcountysc.org) on November 15th.
If you can work it into your schedule please do so. We Democrats need to show up to make a difference!
• County is growing: new housing starts in SLV, employees got pay increases, turn over not out of control
QUESTIONS: Marion Farina noted that she had difficulty hearing the proceedings at the last county council meeting. Indicated difficulty with audio system. Also notes that the video camera might work better directed at the faces of the council members.
Don Moss questioned the fate of the Milliken plant. Evidently it has been demolished. Economic director is working on possibilities for the site. Evidently to be viable as an attractive site, we need a 4-lane road leading to the interstate and access to natural gas.
Joan Stockton revisited the issue pointed out that we have great registration numbers in McCormick county, but folks do not come out to vote. Committee formed with Joan as chair and members: Barbara Sibert, Rose Ann Napier Riddick, Mary Ann Linsenmeyer, Vivian Parker. to brainstorm how to GET OUT THE VOTE of registered voters.
“My vote does not make a difference” attitude needs to be addressed. How do we change that mind set? We need to communicate evidence of positive change happening as a result of our votes. Treasurer’s report: will be filed in the Minutes Notebook.
NEXT MEETING WILL BE FEBRUARY 1, 2022, in the LIBRARY.