Cheatham County Democratic Party
Regular Monthly Meeting
March 3, 2020, 7 PM
Pinnacle Bank, Ashland City, TN (2nd Floor)
Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance: Chair L. Newcomb called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m., after the polls closed on primary election day, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Attendance: A quorum was present.
Present: Lynn Newcomb (P), John Patrick (VP), Jane Crisp (VP), Martha Wettemann (S), , Karen Stell, Jim Brooks, Margaret Brooks, Aric Storck, Randy Fiedler, Michael Lottman, Elena Roser, Gerald Dooley, Rick Johnson.
Absent and excused: Nicole DeBaun-Phillips, Kathryn Mitchem.
Absent: Roger Marriott, Tony Gross. Resigned: Chrissy Scott.
Guests: Linda McGee, Faye Winters.
Committee Sign-ups (committees are not limited to the Executive Committee):
Advocacy Committee: Mike Lottman, Karen Stell, Martha Wettemann
Elections Committee: Kathryn Mitchem, Elena Roser, Martha Wettemann
Events Committee (including Forums): Nicole DeBaun-Phillips, Randy Fiedler, Roger Marriott, Mike Lottmann
Social/Print Media: Karen Stell, Mike Lottman
Approval of Minutes and Agenda for the Meeting:
Events Committee: R. Fiedler made contacts in anticipation of the April16 Climate Challenge Forum but was not successful in obtaining speakers. J. Patrick and M. Wettemann volunteered to assist in locating speakers.
Social/Print Media: K. Stell reported that there were 124 viewers of the website including 14 today. 55% were new. People complimented President Newcomb on the newsletter.
Chair Newcomb said all Democratic Primary signs were distributed. She asked that we bring back all the signs we can find. Early voting results for Cheatham County have been steadily improving: 2012 (111); 2016 (652) 2020 (952), according to the Secretary of State’s website.
Re the Cheatham County Convention on March 7: Executive committee members were asked to be there at 10 a.m. at the Senior Citizen Center to set up for the opening at 11:00. On March 6, Chair Newcomb would know which candidates got 15% or more in the 5th and 6th Congressional Districts. Each candidate caucus in the 5th District could elect 4 males and 5 females as electors; each candidate caucus in the 6th District could elect 1 male and 2 females as electors. The electors for the 5th District are to meet in Nashville for the District Convention on March 21; the electors for the 6th district are to meet in Cookeville that same day. Each candidate caucus will have a chair and a secretary, who get the copies of all the convention signee sheets for that caucus. An election will be held in each caucus if needed. The secretary will record the minutes on a minutes form. After the caucuses are finished, everyone will be brought together to end the meeting. A signup sheet was passed around for food donations.
Chair Newcomb also noted we may need a temporary headquarters for the campaigns.
Note re Elections: The Cheatham County elections on August 6 will include Pleasant View and Kingston Springs council elections, three school board positions, property assessor, state senate (primary), and state representative (primary).
Submitted by Martha Wettemann, Secretary