SPECIAL ELECTIONS COMING UP!
In Columbia County’s two state assembly districts, the 102nd and 107th, special elections will be held on April 24. We are fortunate to have many opportunities to meet the candidates, thanks to events hosted by town Democratic groups. Please come out to meet Aidan O’Connor Jr. and Cindy Doran. They are committed, capable, exciting candidates and deserve our enthusiastic support.
Meet Aidan O'Connor Jr.
Saturday March 10, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Home of Robert Bisson, 735 County Rt 25, Stuyvesant Falls
Meet Cindy Doran
Sponsored by the Kinderhook Democrats
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Home of Matthew and Kelly Nelson, 513 Co. Route 28, Valatie
RSVP (by 3/2): firstname.lastname@example.org
All are encouraged to attend; this is a meet and greet, not a fundraiser, but contributions will be welcome.
Sponsored by the Austerlitz Democrats
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Austerlitz Fire House, 450 W Hill Rd (at Route 22), Austerlitz
Note that at this event, a suggested, but not required, contribution of $25 to Cindy's campaign would be most welcome. More, if you can afford it, would be a tremendous help. No RSVP is necessary for this event.
TO ENDORSE, OR NOT TO ENDORSE?
Democrats have been asking: When will the CCDC endorse a candidate for CD19? Political parties don’t always endorse before a contested primary. One school of thought is that we should allow the voters to decide (at the primary), because that's the most small-d democratic approach. Party organizations that make the decision before the voters have had a chance to weigh in set themselves up for charges of anti-democratic behavior. What Democrat wants that? Perhaps most important is that the party make sure the voters have multiple opportunities to meet the candidates so they can make their own decisions.
There is also solid history that supports a party remaining neutral until its own voters have spoken. Until a few years ago, it was illegal for a party to support a candidate financially in a primary. It’s no longer illegal, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea. The reason NYC committees endorse before primaries is the primary nearly always picks the general election winner, since in the city, Democrats almost always win.
But the question remains: Will the CCDC make an endorsement? This hasn’t yet been put before the committee, but still may be. Be sure to attend committee meetings and most of all, meet and learn about all the candidates.
2018 CCDC STRATEGIC PLAN
The 2018 strategy for the Columbia County Democratic Committee is driven by the vision of the county managed for the benefit of all its residents, rather than a connected few. It is based on the belief that we must show voters why they should vote for us, based upon our solutions to issues which are important to them. You can get the entire plan here.
COLUMBIA COUNTY YOUNG DEMOCRATS NEWS
Chatham Village Trustee Gunnar Wordon is now the president of CCYD – congratulations, Gunnar! CCYD meetings are open to progressive Columbia County residents and voters, ages 16-36. For more information, email email@example.com. You can learn about CCYD upcoming events, including meetings with congressional candidates, here.
TOWN COMMITTEE AND ACTIVIST GROUPS HOST CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MEET & GREETS, AND MORE
Many of our town Democratic committees and local Indivisible and other activist groups are hosting events with Congressional candidates this weekend and beyond. Please visit our Columbia Democrats Facebook Events page for all the details. If you would like your event included on our Facebook Events calendar, please email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.