Welcome to the Columbia County Democratic Committee newsletter. The Hudson and Columbia County Democrats have merged our newsletters. This kicks off a conversation that I hope will lead to Hudson Democrats working more closely with the Columbia County Democratic Committee. This past November, Hudson Democrats saw major gains– Democrats now serve in 9 out of 10 Common Council positions, Common Council president, treasurer, mayor, and all 5 supervisors. To build on these gains, we need to think bigger. We need to build Democratic support around Columbia County and across our congressional district. Please join me in standing up for progress for all.
Supervisor Hudson - 3rd Ward
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DON’T GET DISTRACTED!
We’ve heard a lot of chatter in NY 19 over the last few days about the entry of an independent candidate into the race. Our advice: stay focused on the six candidates who will compete in the June Democratic primary: meet them, read their position papers, and maybe most of all, explain to fence sitters why voting Democratic matters more than ever in 2018. We can’t avoid spoilers, and we can’t control Faso during his remaining days in office, but we can make sure that we field a great candidate in November to send him home. Keep your eyes on the prize.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: PLANNED PARENTHOOD DAY OF ACTION
At the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, March 13, Planned Parenthood is organizing a Day of Action for reproductive health. Join Cecile Richards and patients and advocates from across the state in a chance to show our strength and engage with lawmakers about the importance of accessible, affordable sexual and reproductive health care. This full day will include a rally at 10:30, free lunch from 11:30 to 12:30, and meetings with state lawmakers from 12:30 to 4:00.
We'd like to organize a group from Hudson to attend. If you're interested in joining us, contact Stephanie Sussman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space may be limited to let her know right away. For more information or to register on your own, click here.
AFFORDABLE CARE TASK FORCE UPDATES
The CCDC’s Affordable Care Task Force has been waiting for changes in the national healthcare scene to settle for 2018. Their first newsletter of the year has been published, and it includes an article on a proposed, new, truly bad rule from HHS, and a few more recent news items on the current state of healthcare. Read it here.
Columbia County Young Democrats Meetings
CCYD meetings are open to progressive Columbia County residents and voters, ages 16-36. For more information, email email@example.com.
Meeting with Brian Flynn for Congress
February 25, 1-3PM, Chatham Brewing, 9 Main St, Chatham, NY 12037
Meeting with Gareth Rhodes for Congress
March 18, 1-3PM, REV Coffee, 742 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534
GHENT DEMOCRATS CANDIDATE MEET & GREETS
The Ghent Democrats will be hosting individual meet-and-greets with the Democratic Congressional candidates at Ghent Town Hall (2306 NY-66, Ghent, NY 12075; Corner of 66 and Garage Place) as follows:
Saturday, February 24:
10-10:45 a.m.: Brian Flynn
10:45-11:30 a.m.: Gareth Rhodes
Saturday, March 3:
10-10:45 a.m.: Pat Ryan
10:45-11:30 a.m.: Jeff Beals
Saturday, May 19:
10-10:45 a.m.: Dave Clegg
10:45-11:30 a.m.: Antonio Delgado
All Democrats are welcome to attend.
ACTIVISTS, COMMUNITY GROUPS, TOWN COMMITTEES: PLEASE LET US PROMOTE AND SHARE YOUR EVENTS
We would love to work more with town committees, activist, and community groups in Columbia County to promote events that will be of interest to our CCDC members. If you have an event to submit, please email the details (date, time, location, including street address, cost, RSVP information, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in our newsletter and to be shared on our Facebook page.
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