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.
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.