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Columbus, GA January 11, 2021 – The Muscogee County Democratic Committee held its bi-annual election on November 17, 2020. Our newly elected Executive Board members are introduced below. They took office on January 1, 2021 and were duly sworn in on January 8, 2021.

Chair, Tonza S. Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a Civil Rights Activist, Social Justice Minister, Silver Life member, former state secretary and president of the NAACP. She’s a descendant of the oldest Black Cemetery in Stewart Co., Georgia, the daughter of an Associate Pastor, and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. She has previously served as a state officer for
Georgia Phi Beta Lambda and Student State Leadership Council at Columbus Technical College.

1st Vice-Chair, David Smith has been involved in democratic politics since he was 17 years old and has since volunteered on dozens of campaigns. He has served on the post committee of the MCDC since the age of 18. In 2016 he had the honor of serving as a delegate to the national democratic convention in Philadelphia. In 2020 he worked diligently as a field organizer for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

2nd Vice-Chair, Walter Nesbitt was born and raised in Fulton County, the heart of Atlanta, GA. He retired honorably after serving 24 years in the U.S. Army. He’s been married to his sweetheart for 36 years. After military retirement, he became a unionist, as well as a shop steward. Later on he held the position of executive officer. His political knowledge was cultivated while working in the capacity of Legislative Political Coordinator. However, in 2008 while he was learning to be a door knocker is when his work as an elective official truly came to fruition. He finally understood what it meant to hold leaders accountable. He was elected as a Post Seat Holder of District 8 in 2017 and since that time has known that his passion for making Georgia blue would never turn off. GO BLUE!!!

Recording Secretary, Yvette Maxwell was born and raised in Japan, her father was in the Air Force. She joined and served in the Navy as a young adult. She is an activist at heart and is always looking to get into some “Good Trouble.” Her goal is for us to work together to make Georgia BLUER!

Corresponding Secretary, Ruth Carpenter arrived in Columbus, GA in 1983 from NYC by way of the military. She served our country four years active duty, twenty-two years as a reservist and retired as a LTC after twenty-six years in the US Army. She graduated from John Jay College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the American Legion, and served 3 years as the District Junior Vice Commander with the 3d District of American Legion.

Treasurer, Marjorie Jackson is a retired accountant for the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity. She also served as a CB Grant officer at the Habitat for Humanity International level. She has been a very committed MCDC executive board member, serving as the treasurer for several terms.

Who are we?
The Muscogee County Committee of the Democratic Party stands for freedom and justice for all Muscogee residents, no matter who they are, where they’re from or who they love. We support voters, candidates and leaders who seek to make our government more equitable, open and free.

Learn more about the Muscogee County Democratic Committee and how to become an active member.

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