GlynnDems                                     Oct. 21, 2019

Want to be a delegate to the national convention?

     We're honored in Glynn County to host a training session about how you can be considered as a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, July 13-16 in Milwaukee, WI. If you want to go to Milwaukee next summer, this is the place to start your trip.
  • When: 3-6 p.m., Saturday Oct. 26
  • Where: First United Methodist Church, 1400 Norwich St., Brunswick GA.
  • Host: 1st Congressional District Georgia Democrats
     For more information, e-mail

A special monthly meeting Oct. 28: Burning Issues

     On Monday Oct. 28 we will devote our monthly meeting to a community conversation about the burning issues facing Glynn County. As we enter the 2020 election season, GlynnDems wants to focus our message and our resources to what matters most to Glynn County. Help us define and refine our message to Glynn County. 
     Join us and share your voice and your concerns at this important gathering.
  • What: General meeting of Glynn County Democrats
  • When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28
  • Where: First United Methodist Church, 1400 Norwich St., Brunswick GA 31520. Meet in the Miller Building. Enter from Wolfe Street.)

Annie Polite has been standing up for Brunswick for decades

     This article by Jingle Davis is part of an occasional series about people who make a difference in our community.
     Annie Dixon Polite of Brunswick doesn’t let age hamper her efforts to make the world —  and her corner of coastal Georgia — a better place. With her 84th birthday approaching in October, Polite still volunteers hours every day for the benefit of public schools, her two churches, and a plethora of neighborhood and civic organizations. She recently won an award as head of her neighborhood association. 

     Active in politics, she has served as head of city voting precinct 5923, which includes Howard Coffin Park. She registers voters, supports Democratic candidates for local and state office, and praises the local Democratic party, the GlynnDems, for becoming much more active than in years past. 

     As a social worker in New York, Annie Polite spent her three-decades long career in in Child Protective Services, rescuing youngsters from dysfunctional homes often located in dangerous, drug-blighted neighborhoods. 

     “ I had to remove so many kids from their homes,” she said. “But I loved my work and felt like I was making a difference.” 

     Annie Dixon grew up in Brunswick and attended segregated schools, including Risley High School, where she was an outstanding student and athlete. She played on the girls’  basketball team that won the state championship in 1953. She also ran track. 

     Risley, she said, was an excellent high school where students were taught the basics: parts of speech, world geography, math, and the workings of government. 

     “We had to memorize poetry and write poetry,” she said. She considered becoming a nurse until health department workers came to Risley to give inoculations. Annie hid to avoid the needle and decided against a nursing career. 

     During summer vacations, she traveled to rural Connecticut on a bus with other teenage girls to sew tobacco leaves together to hang and dry in tobacco barns. 

     “We had a good time, living together in a big house (her employers) rented for all of us. A  few times they took us shopping and to amusement parks.” 

     She married during her junior year at Fort Valley State College. Her husband joined the Air Force, and the couple moved to Spanish Harlem in New York after she graduated.
Annie Polite makes a difference in Glynn County and Brunswick by attending and speaking up at public meetings.

Early voting under way in Brunswick

  • Election day: Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls are open 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Early voting: Until Nov. 1, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Elections Training Room, Office Park Building, 1815 Gloucester St, Brunswick GA 31523.
  • Absentee ballots: Last day to mail in an absentee ballot is Nov. 1. Deadline to submit an absentee ballot in person is Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

     The area was so noisy and chaotic that she insisted they relocate to Queens. Forty years later, after raising three sons there, she sold the home near Kennedy International Airport for a tidy profit. A good businesswoman, Polite joined a black investors’ group, using her share of the profits in a gold and diamond mine to buy apartments at tax auctions in up-and-coming neighborhoods such as Astoria and Jackson Heights. 

     She returned to Brunswick about 18 years ago to care for her ailing mother. After her mother’s death, she cared for her sister until she died. 

     Polite became active in community affairs after she returned to Brunswick in 2001. 

     “I didn’t recognize anything,” she said, describing the city of her childhood as prosperous and safe. Many once-attractive single-family houses had been lost to slum lords and absentee investors who value profits over people. 

     Now, at city commission meets, Annie Polite urges board members to get rid of Brunswick’s substandard housing and find ways to provide decent dwellings for the city’s poorer citizens.

     Annie Polite makes a difference in Glynn County and Brunswick by attending and speaking up at public meetings.
YOU should run for political office next year
      In 2018, GlynnDems fielded eight candidates for local and state office -- more than we have for many years. In 2020, every major county office is open for election, including district attorney, sheriff and tax commissioner. There also are county commission and school board seats open. 
     We can't turn this county around and make our government more responsive and more accountable unless we stand up to run for office and fill our elected boards with dedicated Democrats. Click here for a list of all offices open in 2020.

     We now have a roster of experienced candidates who can help you through the process with fund-raising, communications and canvassing. We support all Democratic candidates equally through the primaries. Because of the criminally disastrous performance of the current occupant of the White House, there is a huge amount of interest in the presidential and Senate races. We expect a lot of attention on Georgia next year and a surge of enthusiasm for Democratic candidates statewide.

     Georgia IS turning Blue. Be a part of history. Please let Julie Jordan know if you want to talk about running for office in 2020. E-mail her at

     Here are the deadlines for "qualifying" for the May 2020 primaries. Candidates running for county office must submit forms at the Glynn County Board of Elections. Candidates running for statewide or federal office must submit forms at the State Capitol in Atlanta.
  • 9 a.m. March 2, 2020 is first day to file notice of candidacy as a political party candidate for state or county election in Georgia.
  • Noon March 6, 2020 is deadline for filing notice of candidacy.

Notice of vacancies and call for candidates for the Glynn County Democratic Committee

     NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, according to its Bylaws, all vacancies in Executive Committee Posts or Officers, in the Glynn County Democratic Committee, shall be filled by election of the remaining Committee members, provided at least three members remain.

     Current vacancies are:
     • one (1) District 1 Representative (Presidential election cycle)
     • one (1) At-Large Representative (Gubernatorial election cycle)

     If you’re interested in running for one of these openings, please submit a letter of intent or any questions you may have to Committee Chairwoman, Julie Jordan, at Please include your address so we can confirm the district in which you live.

     The representatives will be elected to serve on the Committee for a four-year term, pro-rated from when the original term began. In this case, the term would end during the Presidential General Primary month, in 2020.

     The election will be held by the Executive Committee, on Monday, Oct. 28, 5:15 p.m., at our October Executive Committee Meeting, First United Methodist Church (Miller Building, which is BEHIND the church), 1400 Norwich St., Brunswick.

     Our districts (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) correspond to the five Glynn County Commission voting districts. Go to MY VOTER PAGE and enter your name, address and birth date to find out in which Glynn County Commission District you live.
Puddy's advice: Run for office, you're our only hope
          Julian “Puddy” Smith is likely the best-informed Democrat in the county on the workings of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners. He attends nearly every meeting and open work session -- often without any Democratic companionship. Won't you please join Puddy as he keeps an eye on our elected officials? 
  •      We need to encourage island Democrats to run in the spring primary for the County Commission seat now held by Peter Murphy. One Republican has already announced for that seat: Cap Fendig, who was an at-large commissioner for eight years early in this century. Among his dubious accomplishments was helping to eliminate the Torras Causeway toll and giving away all of the county roads and streets on Sea Island. If he is elected, expect to see more tourism and development on the island. We also need to encourage island and other democrats to run for the at-large BOC seat now held by Bob Coleman. And the only Democrat on the County Commission, Alan Booker in District 5, is up for re-election.
  •      We need to pay attention to the creation of the SPLOST 2020 shopping list. This may end up being in excess of $100 million over five years. The Special Projects Local Option Sales Tax is regressive in terms of its impact on poor citizens.
  •      Island Democrats interested in the future of planning as the sea level rises should plan to go to the special called joint work session of the Island and Mainland Planning Commissions at the Brunswick Public Library on Monday, Nov. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for citizens to make comments and ask questions in public (that is, in front of the whole audience) and possibly hear answers or responses to those comments and questions from our planning commissioners, the planning staff, or the consultants hired to “update” our zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations.

Great turn out for Brunswick candidate forum

     More than 75 people attended our Brunswick City Commission candidate forum Sept. 23, where all six candidates shared their views and answered questions about their priorities for the city of Brunswick.
     Candidates for the North Ward seat are incumbent Johnny Cason and challengers Gary Cook, Zack Lyde, and John Perry. Incumbent Julie Martin faces challenger Al Verheyn for the South Ward seat.
GlynnDems held a public forum for candidates for the Brunswick City Commission on Sept. 23. From left, candidates for the North Ward seat: Incumbent Johnny Cason, Gary Cook, Zack Lyde, and John Perry. For the South Ward seat, incumbent Julie Martin and challenger Al Verheyn.
Election day in Brunswick is Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting is under way until Nov. 1 at the Board of Elections, 1815 Gloucester St., Brunswick. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

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