A new nonprofit group that was formed with the intent to better inform Columbia County residents of government happenings held its inaugural meeting Tuesday.
Called Columbia County Citizens for Good Government, the group promotes no political affiliation, said co-founder Stefanee Berry, of Harlem.
“We want members from both parties to be a part of this organization,” Berry said. “We want to hear all sides of the issues.”
Berry said the purpose of the nonpartisan organization is to offer its members insights on politics and government at the local, state and national levels, with regular meetings at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the auditorium of the Evans Government Center on Ronald Reagan Drive.
Meetings, she said, will feature guest speakers discussing topical issues. For the first session, county Commissioner Bill Morris spoke on such issues as transportation and the sales tax.
Future speakers, Berry said, might discuss the transportation sales tax referendum voters will see on the ballot in the July primary.
Though not this year, Berry said the group eventually would like to host political candidates.
“The Richmond County (Citizens for Good Government) will bring in candidates to speak and then the members would vote on who they liked best right after,” she said. “Then, that’s who the group officially endorsed.
“In the next (election), I think we’d probably do the same. We just don’t want to try and pull that off this year in our first year.”
Membership fees for Columbia County Citizens for Good Government cost $25 per year for adults, or $10 annually for those ages 18 andyounger.
To learn more, visit www.cccforgg.com.