Dawson

After being defunct for many years, the Dawson County Democratic Party began working again under the leadership of Spencer Maddux. Since that time we have become active in the politics of Dawson County, Georgia, and the USA.  – FaceBook Page
The modest statement above is  from the Dawson County Democratic Party FaceBook Page. It encompasses an impressive history for this generation of the Party; as it has flourished, first under the chairmanship of Spencer Maddux and in recent years  and currently Bette Holland. Its size has more than doubled since the 2008 election cycle.
Next Gathering:   We have an official meeting on June 15 at the Dawson Public Library.  Be sure to put this on your calendar.  Things are ramping up to find candidates and to support candidates now and in 2018.

We will continue to meet casually like this throughout the summer  button_full-calendar (2)

It is fortunate that the Party’s numbers continue to increase as their plate of activities is overflowing. They mount impressive GOTV activities each election cycle. But those  are only a portion of what is  going on. There are local, state and national legislation watches and citizen activism on call.  An example of collaborative citizen activism was Dawson County’s Democrats leadership and prominence  in the recent successful campaign to stop the OMD Amendment. Climate change legislation and policy is always a top item on the watch list for Dawson Democrats participation.coalsm

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Colin Tredway (l) and Dana Robison (r), winners of the 2016 J.P Livaditis Memorial Scholarship f;ankingith Bette Holland.

Being good citizens in the small highly Republican county is emphasized in the founding mission Dawson County.  Democrats have created the annual J. P. Levaditis Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to deserving Dawson County High School seniors. It and is in memory of our friend and fellow Democrat, J.P. Livaditis. Their good citizenship has also been exemplified by Spencer Maddux and Tom Foley serving long stints on the County Elections Committee, as well as the party’s participation in Commission meetings,  local festivals, town halls and other civic events.

Chairman: Bette Holland,
Meetings: 2nd Thur.; Feb., Mar., Apr., May; Sept., Oct., Nov.;  6 pm, Dawson County Public Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville
Email: betholland@windstream.net
On the Web: www.democratsofdawsoncounty.org
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/DawsonCountyDemocraticParty?fref=ts

The 2016 Vote: Dawson County

Demographics: “As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 22,330 people, 8,433 households, and 6,390 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 105.9 inhabitants per square mile (40.9/km2). There were 10,425 housing units at an average density of 49.4 per square mile (19.1/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 95.6% white, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 1.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.1% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 18.9% were American, 18.8% were Irish, 14.7% were English, and 13.6% were German.  … The median income for a household in the county was $51,128 and the median income for a family was $60,236.”    Wikipedia –  Read More.

History: Prior to the discovery of gold the area occupied by Dawson County was home to  Cherokee farmers and tradesmen.  Following forced removal of the Native Americans, men seeking  gold flooded the area and in 1857 the county was created from Lumpkin and small portions of Pickens and Gilmer Counties.

Dawson County today is best known for its contributions to NASCAR racing  and Moonshine Festival. Te Premium Outlet Mall and surging development of further shopping centers in its eastern section along the 400 corridor is also making  the county a major shopping destination. Dawsonville is the only incorporated city.  Many of the current residents live in gated private communities that are largely self-governing.

Side Note:  An interesting observation on reviewing online articles brought up by Google, is the apparent ambivalence about the county’s Civil War history.  The New Georgia Encyclopedia’s account is consistent with the historical maker in downtown Dawsonville and makes note of the raising of a Union unit. The Wikipedia account fails to mention this and instead lists a number of Confederate units purported to have been raised in the count.

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