Dear Precinct Chairs – Help!!
The field is wide
open for Democrats in Gillespie County. There is SO MUCH to do that the difficult question is deciding where to start.
you to everyone who has either attended a Blue Monday at my home, donated to the Gillespie County Democrats or expressed
support for this effort to start a grassroots base that will complement the existing Gillespie County Democratic Association.
have raised funds that paid for advertising in the November gubernatorial campaign and while that did not garner us a substantial
increase in Democratic votes I think it did help to put before the public (along with Democratic Club advertising) what it
is that we stand for as Democrats.
Now it is time to
take some steps forward. I have several opportunities that I would like to offer you. You have a lot of choices. One of them
may be that you don’t wish to be any further involved than coming to Blue Mondays or receiving my emails. That is perfectly
okay! But if you would like to take the next step, here are some choices:
will be scheduling a meeting for Gillespie County Democratic Party Precinct Chairmen as a part of the state Democratic Party’s Rural
Constituency Outreach Program. We want to evaluate the problems that people in areas like ours face and the strategies
we can use to find good local candidates and get them elected. That seems a positive first step to me. We need to legitimatize
Democrats in the county and find candidates we can support. One of the reasons that we see so few candidates for the state
legislature or congress is that so few elected Democrats exist in our area. Candidates come from communities where they have
established a record and won support. Is this even possible here? We will be asking ourselves what our realistic goals could
be, what our timeline would be for accomplishing those goals, what resources we would need and how we would fund our efforts
and how we could begin.
you interested in this kind of discussion? If
so, please return the email with your response and I will notify you about our first meeting to discuss these ideas.
2. Many of our Blue Monday women are interested in recycling
efforts at the local level. At our last meeting we decided to fund the printing of reusable grocery/shopping bags and that
project is in the works. We are also exploring several glass recycling avenues along with Fredericksburg SHINES and talking
about how our group could encourage the city in a movement toward curbside recycling.
Are you interested in working with our recycling efforts? If so, please return the email with your
response and I will contact you about our next step in these efforts.
3. Blue Ribbon Lobby Day for Democratic and Progressive
Women is Tuesday,
April 14, at the State Capitol in Austin. Special attention will be given to highlighting the wage gap (Equal Pay
Day). Group members would be armed with information for visiting legislative offices. This would be a great opportunity to
get in touch with what is happening statewide. Visits to district offices are also a possibility if we didn’t make the
trip to Austin.
you interested in attending? If
so, please return this email with your response and we will talk about registering to attend.
Please let me hear from you! I am anxious to receive
any ideas you might have about growing Democrats in Gillespie County.
Gillespie County Democratic Chairman
Click here to link to Cathy's column in the Club News section. Cathy has written a piece on the Little Free Libraries
sponsored by the Democratic Club.