The Madison County Democratic Party recently garnered statewide recognition when it was named a county chapter to watch by the state Democratic Party.
The recognition comes a little more than two years after the county chapter was actually decertified by the state party because of issues with past leadership and organization.
“It’s a new award that they just started last year,” said Larry Greer, the County Chairman. “Last year, Montgomery County won it and was very deserving because they’d made a lot of progress and have a lot of great things going on there.”
Greer said state officials told him Madison County should submit an application to be in the running of the recognition. He said he wasn’t so sure until he had a Zoom meeting with other officers and members of the chapter to discuss a list of things they could put in their application to make their case for the award.
“We came up with a pretty good list of things that was justification for applying, and then we sent it in and didn’t give it much thought afterward,” Greer said.
Then came the state party’s Three Star fundraiser dinner in August when Madison County was named the winner. The actual award wasn’t ready on the night of the dinner, so Maria Brewer, the state party’s director of party affairs, made the trip to Jackson to personally hand Greer and the chapter leadership the award during their monthly meeting earlier this month.
“I’m humbled and very pleased because a lot of work from a lot of people went into us even being considered for the award,” Greer said. “Things weren’t looking good for our chapter a couple years ago, but a group of people came together who were committed to the party and its values and Madison County, and we began working together toward getting everyone in the organization pulling in the same direction.”
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