By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer
Fannin County Democrats met October 7 in the Senior Center. Vice Chair Connie Galloway was the guest speaker.
Galloway introduced her spouse, Dixie Carter and stated they had been together over 19 years. Galloway played a video she made in 2015 explaining how she was fired because of her sexual preference.
Galloway worked for a government agency for almost 31 years. She explained she had been promoted over the years, given commendations from the board, yet when an interim CEO was named, she was notified she would be terminated.
Galloway tried to get several attorneys to represent her but was told each time that Georgia did not have laws on the books to protect her from unlawful termination for sexual preferences.
Galloway stated she was one year and 100 hours away from full retirement at the time of her termination. This cost her $25,000 per year in retirement benefit loss. Her video is to be used in a Supreme Court Case October 8.
The group discussed the new Gay-Straight Alliance Club that may start at the high school next year. Fannin Democrats have pledged to support the club.
The Democrat yard sale will be held October 24 – October 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Pete’s Pavilion at 961 Blue Ridge Drive near Mercier’s. Signs will be posted.
Dixie Carter announced she filed her intent with the Board of Elections to run for Post I Commissioner. Cathy Smith announced she will be running for a school board seat but has not filed her intent at this time. Chairman Doug DeMoura encouraged members to run for any open seat. “Consider running. They all pay a salary and I think I just read where the School Board just got a raise to $12,000 a year for their position,” said DeMoura.
Sally Baker won the $1,000 raffle; her husband Hart Baker won $50 for selling the winning ticket and Connie Galloway won $150 for selling the most raffle tickets.
Last topic discussed was a non-partisan group being formed to hold elected officials accountable. DeMoura plans to reach out to the Republican Party and Mountain Patriots to get people who are interested in participating.
Democratic Women will meet October 26 at 9 a.m. in the Fannin County Senior Center. Nominations for officers must be received by that meeting with elections to be held during the November meeting.
Sara Todd will be the guest speaker November 4 at 6 p.m. at the Fannin County Senior Center.