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 at 6 pm at the Athens Public Library (2025 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.
Chair- Denise Ricks
Chair Elect- VACANT
Secretary – Karen Solheim
Treasurer – Linda Banks
Vice Chair for Candidate Development – Marci White
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 Edwards
Emeritus Past Chair- John Jeffreys
Board of Elections Liaison – Michele Simpson