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 traditionally meets on the fourth Thursday of each month.  The meetings are open to the public, and all are invited to attend.

ACC Democratic Committee Members

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. Athens residents may submit a self-nomination form if interested in joining the Committee. 

You may view the current ACCDC roster here.

ACCDC Committees

We also maintain six standing subcommittees: Candidate Development, Communications, Community Engagement, Fundraising, Membership and Affirmative Action, and Special Projects. All Athens Democrats are invited to join a subcommittee. 

ACCDC Executive Committee

The ACCDC Executive Committee serves as the leadership for the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee. Here are the current Executive Committee Members:

Chair- Denise Ricks

Secretary – Karen Solheim

Treasurer – Linda Banks

Vice Chair for Affirmative Action – Mary Bagby

Vice Chair for Candidate Development – Melanie Childers/Arlene Willimas

Vice Chair for Communications – Tim Denson

Vice Chair for Community Engagement – Gabriel Shippey 

Vice Chair for Fundraising – Spencer Frye

Vice Chair for Membership  – Marlene Koncewicz

Vice Chair for Special Projects – Rocky Raffle

Immediate Past Chair- Russell Edwards

Emeritus Past Chair- John Jeffreys

Board of Elections Liaison – Rocky Raffle


We will soon be developing our 2020 ACCDC Platform. You can currently view the 2018 ACCDC Platform here.