County Democrats hope to make voices heard

Posted 10/20/20

Roughly 30 citizens attended the revival of the once moribund Madison County Democratic Party Oct. 14, which was moved from the County Annex Building’s multipurpose room to the courtroom to accommodate a larger-than-expected turnout.

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

County Democrats hope to make voices heard

Posted

Roughly 30 citizens attended the revival of the once moribund Madison County Democratic Party Oct. 14, which was moved from the County Annex Building’s multipurpose room to the courtroom to accommodate a larger-than-expected turnout.

“If you would have told me five years ago that I would be up here doing this, I would have told you that you’ve lost your mind,” said the organization’s chairman Gary Lindsey to the crowd. “We as Democrats in Madison County have got to speak up and be heard. We have got to get the word out because, in my opinion, the soul of this nation is at stake right now.”

The county’s Democrats had not held a formal meeting in over four years. Lindsey, who admitted his limited involvement in politics before being asked to lead the rejuvenated organization, stated he could not remember a time in which the nation has been as divided as it is today in his 58 years.

“(President Donald Trump) has divided us,” said Lindsey. “I think the way it’s been (in Madison County) lately, since Trump, has been if you say “Democrat”, you get the evil eye, like you don’t belong or you ain’t supposed to say nothing.”

The majority of the meeting, which lasted just over an hour, was spent establishing four precinct chairs and brainstorming ways to further expose the organization to the public in the coming weeks before the Nov. 3 election and beyond.

The four precinct chairs include Melissa Hinojosa (Precinct 1), Cassandra McGilbra (Precinct 2), Sonnye Knight (Precinct 3) and Terri Davis (Precinct 4).

Those in attendance represented a wide range of age groups and engaged in a number of topics in an effort to establish a new era for the organization, including but not limited to forming an executive committee, encouraging further civic involvement at the city and county levels, as well as transporting individuals to the polls to cast their votes.

Lindsey reiterated his pleasure with the turnout in a post on the organization’s Facebook page following the event:

“Great turnout for our first Madison County Democratic Party Meeting in quite a while,” said the post. “I kind of got choked up with the great turnout and enthusiasm of our group… Together, our voices will be heard.”

The organization also discussed possible options to host their future meetings, but did not officially establish a location. For the time being, they will continue to meet in the Annex Building.

The group’s next meeting will take place Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Comments