Hello to my fellow Portland Democrats!
For those who couldn’t make it to our last meeting on August 9, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. At that meeting, I was elected as the next chair of the Portland Democratic City Committee, filling out the term of former chair Sarah Alexander who had to resign due to an incredible job opportunity leading the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) as their new Executive Director.
First of all, I’d like to thank Sarah for her service to the Portland Democrats. I’d also like to thank outgoing vice-chair Emily Postman, who resigned in order to attend law school and will be replaced by Nicole Bissonnette. Thanks to them, 2018 has been a great year for the Portland Democrats, including hosting an amazing caucus as well as the final gubernatorial debate before the primary.
I want to build on this momentum to make sure we finish 2018 strong — and we’ve got our work cut out for us! After a 7-way primary using Ranked Choice Voting for the first time, Janet Mills won the primary for Governor. She’s polling neck-and-neck with Republican Shawn Moody, who has pledged to carry on Governor LePage’s awful legacy. In a race this close, turnout in Portland could decide the election. Our city has nearly 24,000 registered Democrats, which is over 4% the number of Mainers who voted in 2014. If Portland Dems show up in November, Janet Mills wins. If we don’t… well, let’s just make sure we do.
The 2018 elections are incredibly important, but I want to be sure we build a movement that will last far into the future. With nearly 24,000 Democrats in Portland, we have the potential to be a major force in the city and state, and that starts with getting more Democrats involved in the PDCC. To that end, meetings will now always be followed by a friendly “beer caucus” where members can hang out and get to know each other (friendliness is mandatory, beer is not).
We are also re-invigorating our committees to provide more opportunities for involvement. These include the Organizing Committee, Communications Committee, Issues Committee, and Bylaws Committee, and could grow to include more as new needs arise. Our Block Captain program is also a great way for members to meet their neighbors and engage their communities in a truly personal way. Let me know if you’d like to get involved in any of these efforts!
All of this, and more, will be discussed at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, 9/13 (we always meet the 2nd Thursday of the month). This will be held in the State of Maine room at City Hall, and will run from 6:30pm-8pm (with beer caucus at 8pm). We’ll send out an email announcement tomorrow, but you can also RSVP and share the Facebook event.
I look forward to seeing you at the 9/13 meeting. Bring your passion, bring your ideas for improving Portland, and most importantly: bring a friend!