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Effingham Democrats install new officers
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From left to right are Effingham Democratic Committee secretary Claudia Collier, chair Jack Garvin, vice-chair Homer Wallace and vice-chair Jimmie Snooks. - photo by Photo provided

Jack Garvin was re-elected chairman of the Effingham Democratic Committee, and Homer Wallace was returned as first vice-chair. Jimmie Snooks was elected as second vice chair. With a growing membership, Claudia Collier was elected to take over the duties from long-time secretary Cathy Brantley, and Carla Freels was elected as treasurer.

The Effingham County Democratic Committee is the governing body for the Democratic Party of Effingham County.

Garvin expressed disappointment that Commissioner Bob Brantley was not re-elected last November and that Franklin Goldwire’s bid for chairman at-large was not successful. However, Garvin and his committee look forward to working with all elected officials to ensure fairness and balance in the governing process.

Collier, who was elected as the delegate to the state Democratic Committee, will continue her 4-year term. She recently attended the state party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Atlanta where former Ohio governor Ted Strickland was the guest speaker.

“I am pleased to represent the citizens of Effingham County, and I will be a voice for rural Georgia’s issues and needs,” she said. “I am truly excited to see the green initiatives planned for the film studio project in south Effingham and hope it will be prove to be a good example for the rest of the state.”

The committee meets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The April 18 meeting will be held at the Effingham County Recreation and Parks building. The committee hopes to return to its usual meeting facility at the Effingham Hospital in May. Garvin can be reached at 429-1990 for more information.