The Athens-Clarke County Democrats promote progressive, Democratic values and work toward electing Democratic candidates in our County and throughout Georgia. We recruit and train candidates for office, educate voters on important state and local policies and legislation, and above all, serve our community.

The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee (ACCDC) is the official local organizing body of the Democratic Party of Georgia. The ACCDC meets every month, on the fourth Thursday of each month, at 6pm at the Athens Public Library on Baxter Street.  The meetings are open to the public, and all are invited to attend.

The ACCDC comprises seventy voting members and an unlimited number of party members. Voting members are elected to four year terms, with half of the voting membership up for election every two years. Party members may simply submit a member registration form. All are invited to register as party members, regardless of residency, age, voter status, or prior party affiliation.

We also maintain six standing subcommittees: Candidate Development, Communications, Community Engagement, Fundraising, Membership and Affirmative Action, and Special Projects. All are invited to join a subcommittee. You can find out more about how to get involved here.

2017 Officers

Chair- Denise Ricks

Chair Elect- Keith Roberson

Secretary – Karen Solheim

Treasurer – Linda Banks

Vice Chair for Candidate Development – Luke Boggs

Vice Chair for Communications – Tommy Valentine

Vice Chair for Community Engagement – Kelli Ogunsanya

Vice Chair for Fundraising – David Gunton

Vice Chair for Membership and Affirmative Action – Briana Bivens

Vice Chair for Special Projects – Rocky Raffle

Immediate Past Chair- Russell Banks

Emeritus Past Chair- John Jeffreys

State Party Liaison – Michele Simpson



Handbook & By-Laws

You can also read our handbook for members, and the ACCDC’s by-laws themselves