For years we have debated how much time to spend on national politics vs. local politics. After nearly 10 years as a political activist, I believe the answer to that question is we must do BOTH. So I’d advise you all not to continue the debate, but develop a Tops Down Strategy and a Bottoms Up Strategy for AADC.
We all know our lives in America are impacted by national, state and local politicians, but to get people elected at all of these levels we have to work at all levels—otherwise we can’t impact the national level.
We need to get rid of McClintock and LaMalfa, but I’ve learned that having novice candidates at that level is a long shot. They have too much of a task to gain name recognition, learn how to fundraise, compete with an experienced politician and win. But if we work at the local level—filling our school boards, utility boards, city councils and Board of Supervisors with Democrats, when we need a candidate up the chain we’ll have a strong bench of experienced candidates to support for a run for higher office.
Conversely, we cannot abandon the brave, but inexperienced candidates who run for national or state office as their first campaign. They need our help and if we don’t help them, then they won’t run. We’ve shown in other red districts we can flip them from red to blue, so we must work this level as well.
I believe that if we reduce the time we debate this issue and spend that time inspiring local activists to help us work all levels, we’ll get more done. That takes leadership, and I feel that Ed Koons and the AADC Board along with Tomas Vera (PCDP Chair and AADC member) can make this happen with your help.
Also, Terry Rodriguez, Mark Rosen and Peter Rogosin have volunteered to be our local Foothills Recruiting team, and if you help them find potential candidates we can win more local offices. To date, we’ve supported two Democrats for Auburn City Council that many people told me were long shots and wouldn’t win. But Sandy Amara and Rachael Raddell-Harris are now our Auburn City Councilwomen!
As a last request, I’d like your help with two issues of progressive politics that we must resolve: 1) Having a more cohesive, simple message to deliver to all Americans of what we stand for as Democrats; and 2) A competitive response to the Republicans who say we’re Communists and Socialists, which makes many Americans afraid to vote Democratic…If all Democrats would show that we don’t plan to take over all businesses, but we believe that there are very important essential public services that government must provide… we could quit the debate about Socialism and defeat the Republicans negative positioning of our party. Please advocate for the California Democratic Party to use this messaging and positioning of the Democratic Party. We need to win elections we SHOULD win, and not let Republicans make us look dangerous to many Americans.
With that, I won’t say Goodbye, but “Til we meet again” as I hope to be able to visit periodically for your events. I am keeping my email addresses and phone numbers so if you need to reach me, just send me an email or call (530) 887-1083. I would love to hear from my Placer Dem friends….