From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for all of your support during the campaign and for all of your wonderful messages after the election results.
The very first speech that I gave during this campaign was at the University of Tennessee College Democrats meeting. Let’s just say I was as green as I could be at that meeting! I brought my older son, Josh, along with me and in my speech, I basically said I was running to show Josh how a campaign works because he wants to run for President someday. I also said that I was afraid my children will get shot in school so I want to do something about it.
Although we were not numerically successful yesterday, we are successful in many other ways. Several parents and grandparents have told me that I have inspired their daughters, sons, and grandchildren. I knocked on doors with one of Josh’s friends and then he made sure to go to vote with his mom so he could watch her vote for me.
So many more people around the country were engaged and ready to participate in democracy this year. We all played a part in that excitement. Thank you again for all of your support during this campaign. Thank you for your hard-earned donation dollars. Thank you for taking time out of your day to knock on doors or make phone calls. Thank you for voting and for telling others to vote. It takes a village!
Democracy is not a spectator sport. We all have to get off the bench, step into the arena, get dirty, and give it our best.
From the wise words of Thomas Friedman from his opinion piece (George Washington for President) in Today’s NY Times (2018, Oct. 31):
“In the Midterm Elections, Vote for a Democrat, canvass for a Democrat, raise money for a Democrat, drive someone to a voting station to vote for a Democrat. I repeat: In the Midterm Elections, Vote for a Democrat, canvass for a Democrat, raise money for a Democrat, drive someone to a voting station to vote for a Democrat. I repeat: In the Midterm Elections, Vote for a Democrat, canvass for a Democrat, raise money for a Democrat, drive someone to a voting station to vote for a Democrat.”
“We have to protect our institutions until the Trump Era passes and we can restore the presidency to someone –Republican or Democrat– focused on loving our country more than hating others.”
Hersh, E. (2018, Oct. 30). In a Deep Blue or Red State? You Can Still Influence Politics. The New York Times.
An organizer’s handbook:
- Organize your precinct, your neighborhood, or even the street you live on. Every precinct is competitive and worth organizing! If Democrats in Massachusetts were better organized they could have defeated Scott Brown.
- Fighting for local issues like stopping a Walmart Marketplace from taking over a park and greenway will always be needed and having an organized precinct can help with battles like those.
How to Organize a Precinct:
- Get a list of voters in your precinct from the local election office
- Find a couple of people on that list to join your committee
- Start talking to neighbors and find out what issues concern them the most
- While you meet your neighbors, you may come across someone who needs help and you know just the way to help that person (accessing meals on wheels or getting information about the senior center, or joining a fitness group).
We participate in politics to help others. We help one another by getting power to advance public policy that serves the common interest.
Badger, E. (2018, Oct. 30). What if Everyone Voted? The New York Times
What if everyone voted? We would have more of a democracy instead of one-party rule. We would no longer have red or blue states, our states would be purple because everyone is engaged. Politicians would have to persuade voters from both sides of the aisle and we would have less ideological discussions and more discussions about real issues that affect our lives everyday.
This is article is about ways blue states have increased voter registration efforts while red states have made it more difficult to vote. We know that in some states a person can register to vote right before they cast a ballot and in other states like Tennessee, the day to register has long passed.
“If everyone voted, Clinton would be President right now.”
Mitch McConnell calls non-voters “political couch-potatoes,” and therefore he does not try to earn their support. Young people still are not voting at levels we need them to vote and many politicians will not try to cater to their needs since they do not vote. Young people may not even know what they want to vote for or what issues are on the top for them. We need to keep trying to reach every voter and give every voter a reason to vote.
I am honored to announce that I have been endorsed by the Knoxville Interdenominational Christian Ministerial Alliance (KICMA). We share the same values of creating a more cooperative and just community by assisting the poor, abused, neglected, and homeless. We need to provide good paying jobs and affordable homes. We need to support shelters for all of our vulnerable people. Thank you KICMA! Together we will do great things for our community.