OUR COMMITTEE AND TEAMS
The Limestone County Democrats are represented by two groups; elected party leadership, and volunteer support team members who perform the day-to-day functions of the party. If we can be of service, please email us here! Want one of our committee or team members to speak at your event? Fill out our Speaker Request form here.
Our Executive Committee
The Limestone County Democratic Executive Committee (LCDEC) is comprised of local Democrats elected by popular vote. The LCDEC conducts the Limestone County Democratic Party’s general business, approves its budget, coordinates Democratic campaign activity, and endorses candidates for local offices.
The Executive Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of every even-numbered month at 7:00pm at the Limestone Democrats Headquarters located at 22143 Hwy 72 East in Athens. Meetings are open to all interested Democrats.
KEN HINES, Chair
Ken Hines, Limestone County Democratic Committee’s newly elected Chair, has held various administrative and supervisory positions both in Kentucky’s human resources and its environmental protection programs. He also was research director and a lobbyist for the Kentucky Education Association. Since coming to Limestone County in 2007, Ken and his wife Lydia also organized and continue to maintain Indivisible Athens Alabama.
“It is we, the people, not our institutions, that ultimately are responsible for maintaining democracy. When all else fails what must persevere is our willingness to unite and our resolve to succeed.“ - Ken Hines
ELAYNE SHELTON, Vice Chair
Raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Elayne is the daughter of a PhD physicist rocket scientists (one of the original rocket scientists working for Wernher von Braun) and a public school teacher. She is a graduate of Grissom High School in Huntsville and received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University in 1976. Elayne has received numerous awards including a YWCA Woman of Achievement Award for outstanding performance in business. She has two research patents and currently works as a consultant on Redstone Arsenal.
Elayne’s husband Gordon and her three children, share and inspire her commitment to standing up for Democratic values and principles.
Outside of her full-time career, and her responsibilities as the newly elected Vice Chair of the Limestone Democrats, Elayne makes time to volunteer with Wild South (an organization that protects the Bankhead Forest) and SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project), an organization that helps rescue, foster, and find homes for kittens and cats throughout North Alabama.
Elayne enjoys running, lifting weights, and spending time with her three children, two horses, two dogs, and many rescue cats.
“We are a family that believes in science and facts, and we are deeply concerned with global climate change.”
CURTIS TURNER, Treasurer
A true Limestone County native, Curtis was born in Athens, Alabama and attended the historical all-black Trinity High School, the only place in Limestone County where black children could receive a high school education until it closed its doors in the 1970s. Curtis went on to graduate from Tanner High School and attended the University of Louisville, Chattanooga State College and Berea College. It was in college that Curtis developed his lifelong commitment to community organizing, democratic politics and political activism. Following six years of military service in the US Army, Curtis then when on to work with the Tennessee Valley Authority in nuclear power operations where he retired after 28 years.
Curtis has held office, been a board member, or volunteered for the Limestone County Vietnam Veterans Association (lifetime member), the NAACP, the Limestone County Prison Advisory board, the Limestone Madison and Madison City Community Action Board. He has also been active in Big Brother for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Diversity Task Team for the Limestone County School System, the Athens-Limestone Foundation on Aging, and the Cancer Society fundraising team.
Our teams work every day to strengthen our party and to promote our Democratic values.
Team volunteers recruit and train candidates and their staffs, raise money for Democratic activities and campaigns, register voters, communicate with Limestone County residents, and work with our grassroots partners and allies to engage, organize, and train volunteers and activists all across North Alabama.
PLANNING, RESEARCH & DATA TEAMS
KEN HINES, TEAM LEAD
Our Planning Team is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing, and monitoring the strategic direction of the Limestone County Democrats. Our Research and Data Team ensures Limestone County residents get the facts about politicians and their policies before heading to the ballot box. Our volunteers pour over public records, campaign finance reports, articles, interviews, books, legislation, and more to help Limestone County residents gain a deeper understanding of the local and national issues impacting our region and hold republicans accountable.
SANDRA HICKMAN, TEAM LEAD
Our Communications Teams work to give the Limestone County Democrats a voice and visibility. Our editorial and PR volunteers are responsible for the managing the exchange of information and ideas between our local Party and the public-at-large, both online and through the press. Our Graphics, Social Media and Web team members manage our communication platforms, channels and promotional materials. Our Outreach volunteers manage our public outreach partnership building activities.
YVETTE SATTERWHITE, TEAM LEAD
Our Resource Team volunteers are responsible for the day-to-day operational support and resource management, including our office space, volunteers, event planning and management, and fundraising support.
CAMPAIGN & GOTV TEAMS
KEN HINES, TEAM LEAD