Cheatham County Democratic Party
Regular Monthly Meeting
April 6, 2021 online
Present: Lynn Newcomb (P), John Patrick (VP), Elena Roser (VP), Martha Wettemann (S), Roger Marriott (T), Aric Storck, Kathryn Mitchem, Randy Fiedler, Jessica Arthur, Michael Lottman.
Absent and excused: Rick Johnson, Jane Crisp, Karen Stell.
Absent: Nicole Debaun-Phillips, Tony Gross, Gerald Dooley.
Vacancies: District 2, woman; District 3, man; District 4, man; District 6, woman.
Guests: Mathew Binkley, Linda McGee, Galen Gray.
Committee Sign-ups (committees are not limited to the Executive Committee):
Advocacy Committee: Jane Crisp, Nicole DeBaun-Phillips, Mike Lottman, Karen Stell, Martha Wettemann (chair).
Elections Committee: Kathryn Mitchem, Elena Roser (chair), Jane Crisp, Martha Wettemann, Jessica Arthur, John Patrick.
Events Committee (including Forums): Randy Fiedler, Roger Marriott (chair), Mike Lottman, John Patrick, Linda McGee
Social/Print Media: Karen Stell, Mike Lottman
Nominating: L. Newcomb, E. Roser, R. Johnson, M. Wettemann.
Call to order: Chair L. Newcomb called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Attendance: A quorum was present.
Approval of Minutes and Agenda for the Meeting: The minutes and agenda were accepted by all.
Treasurer’s Report: R. Marriott reported the current balance of $3,534.81. Donations are accepted from checks and Act Blue. He reported that dues for the County Chairs Association, the Post Office Box (414, Ashland City), and dues for the Chamber of Commerce were paid. Chair Newcomb said we need to increase our monthly income.*
Chair’s Report: Chair Newcomb reported the following:
• She attended the County Chairs meeting on March 6, which was well attended. She is now chair of the 5th District. She described the vision of the new state Democratic Party chair, Hendrell Remus, for the county parties: essential to keeping the Party alive, need investment by State Party, will have their own website, and the state office will provide a messaging/branding kit. Webex is available for county parties to use. The state is providing a PA system for each county party. She asked for a volunteer to pick up the PA system in Nashville. CCDP is also looking into other resources for counties such as robo call programs.
• Our county party elections will be in August. She asked everyone to consider what office they would like to hold in the County party or for local elections.
Events Committee: R. Fiedler reported that we have a double booth at Summerfest, June 8-12, 6 to 10 pm. He will email us a sign-up sheet. L. Newcomb and he both have tents; he has chairs. It is suggested we wear masks.
July 3 Pegram will have their 4th of July celebration. CCDP usually has a parade float and booth after the parade. K. Stell may let us use her truck. R. Fiedler may be able to secure a tractor; will check about a trailer. It was suggested we give our American flags.
Advocacy Committee: M. Wettemann reported on the meeting held on March 31 regarding Shine on Cheatham. Notes attached. J. Patrick reported briefly re discussions with the Wilmot group on solar.
Election Committee: L. Newcomb reported for E. Roser (joining later) about the upcoming local elections in 2021 and 2022.
December 4, 2021: Ashland City Council: Wards 1- 3 (there are 2 reps from each ward; half are elected this year). Needed for diversity: a woman or person of color.
August 4, 2022: Cheatham County mayor, half of county commission, trustee, sheriff, school board districts 1,4,5; Pegram alderman (2). Also state primaries.
November 2022: Governor and other state offices.
New Business: M. Binkley reported on his research on trends on voting and donations for Democrats and Republicans in Cheatham County. The most Democratic voting areas are Ashland City, Kingston Springs, and Pegram, with fewer Democrats in Pleasant View. He stated the importance of fundraising for winning elections. Democrats tend to get more small contributions, with Republicans getting money from a small number of large donors. The county tended more Democratic until the Baby Boomer era, around the time of Brown vs. Board of Education. Also noted was a Cheatham County political group and a Cheatham County progressive group on Facebook.
Adjournment: R. Marriott/ R. Fiedler moved that the meeting be adjourned. The motion was carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
Submitted by Martha Wettemann, secretary. firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Cheathamdemocrats.org