The Grundy County Democratic Party hosted their Democratic Rally on Saturday, February 22 at the Grundy County High School. Party officials had been planning the event for several months with organizers adding some entertainment and fun to the event this year. The party was planned two days after the qualifying deadline and a large field of candidates were on hand at the event to allow the voting public an opportunity to meet each candidate and learn more about each candidate’s platform.
The three hundred plus Grundy County citizens in attendance enjoyed the highlight of the evening with the recognition of Lucyle Hampton and Marcia Bess who are retiring this year. The party thanked both ladies for their tireless service to Grundy County and to the Grundy County Democratic Party.
All the Democratic candidates gave short speeches. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the musical talent of Ms. Hunter Wolkonowski and some fun pantomiming by some of country music’s finest, played by Bud Whitman, Patsy Tate, and Melody Oliver. The crowd even had a visit from Cousin Minnie Pearl from Grinder Switch, or was she from Q-Switch? The decorations for the event were the work of Samantha Dykes, Tammy and Jeff Sholey, and Jeremy Fults.
The menu for the evening was beans and cornbread, RC Colas and moon pies, which were all donated and served by volunteers from the Democratic Party.
The candidates brought some wonderful items for a very successful silent auction.
Chairman Roger Layne and the Grundy County Democratic Party wishes to thank Grundy County High School for the opportunity to host such an outstanding event in that venue. The citizens of Grundy County were given the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing our county and allow each voter to make a more informed decision when they make their way to the polling locations during early voting or on May 6, Election Day.
“This local primary will be different than any other in the history of Grundy County. Voters will need to mark a Democratic ballot in order to have the opportunity to vote for any of the following:
In the County Mayors race: Michael Brady, Lonnie D. Cleek, Wanda J. Meeks, Emily C. Partin, or Ralph Rieben.
In the County Commissioners Race: District 1 – Gregory Burnett, Mike Cordell, or David Lockhart; In District 2 – Gary Brewer, Daniel Crabtree, Dennis Jones, Jared Meeks, Robert Short, or Billy D. Smartt; In District 3 – David Griswold, Theron Gross, John Hargis, or Charles Rollins.
For General Sessions Judge: William Riley (Trey) Anderson III.
In the County Trustee race: Linda S. Childers, April M. Fults, Sonya Garner, or Tyler McCullough.
In the Sheriff’s race: Brent Myers, Clint Shrum, or Deke Stone.
In the Circuit Court Clerk’s race: Melody Oliver or Kelly Ruehling.
In the County Clerk’s race: Nathan Sanders or Tammy Sholey.
For Register of Deeds: Gayle VanHooser.
In the Road Superintendent’s race: Johnny R. Fults, Dewayne Hargis, or Michael Meeks.
In the Constable Race: District 2 – Phillip Stephens and District 3 – Tim King
We urge each of you to go to the polls and request a Democratic Ballot and exercise your right to vote. Remember Your VOTE is Your VOICE!” stated Chairman Layne.