After the GOP lost to the Democrats in 2008, they started building from the bottom up. City councils and school boards, county board of supervisors, statehouses, governorships, and district judgeships became GOP strongholds. This allowed for changes in education policy, city and state opposition to federal policies affecting immigrants, health care, and the environment, and, perhaps most importantly, gerrymandering and voter suppression.
We MUST take the pages from their playbook and build a Democratic Farm Team. Local government positions affect city,county and state races. They also train the next generation of Democrats who can represent the people and our party’s values and positions. Name recognition and a positive track record attract supporters, campaign workers, and donations. In future elections, the character of a candidate will, and should, count more than ever. Serving in local offices give serious candidates an opportunity to show they serve the PEOPLE, not their pocketbooks, their egos, their families and friends, or a foreign power.
We urge you to “vet” our local candidates, monitor their actions and voting patterns, and consider running for office yourself! Training opportunities will be made available in future and you can also get experience by helping with a campaign in whatever fashion suits your time and personality.
If we want to make it to the “World Series of Politics” in 2020 and beyond, we need to support and strengthen the Democratic team. Go, Dems !