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PDCC February Meeting – with special guest Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross

As Portland Democrats, we believe Black History Month is a time for honoring America’s Black heritage, learning our overlooked history, and taking action to support justice and equality for communities of color.

We are proud to announce that Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross (Portland, H.D. 40) will be joining our February meeting to talk about her new role in Democratic leadership, her work in the legislature, and how we can take action together. We’ll focus on some of the legislation that Rep. Talbot Ross is currently sponsoring that connects with Black History, including:

  • LD 2 “An Act To Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process
  • LD 183 “An Act To Establish Juneteenth as a Paid State Holiday”
  • LD 187 “An Act To Require Education about African-American History and the History of Genocide”

Initially elected in 2016, Rep. Talbot Ross is the former president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP, the first African-American woman ever elected to the Maine legislature, and the first African American legislative leader in Maine history. Please join us this month on Thursday, Feb. 18!


PDCC February Meeting – with special guest Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross

Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:00pm

(Register here)

(Agenda here)

Rep. Talbot Ross was recently elected to Assistant House Majority Leader in the 130th Legislature. Read about it in Amjambo Africa here.


Another way to take action: help elect Craig Hickman to the Senate!

Craig Hickman recently finished four terms in the Maine House of Representatives and is running in the March 9 special election for Maine Senate District 14. If elected, Rep. Hickman will be the first African-American Democrat to ever serve in the Maine Senate.Volunteers are calling voters between 4-7pm Monday to Thursday, and 3-5pm on Sundays.Sign up here to help make some calls!

Craig Hickman is running as a traditionally-funded candidate.Donate to Craig Hickman’s campaign here!


We need you! As a local democratic committee, nothing gets done unless local Democrats get involved.

So get involved! Use this interest form to learn more about our new committee efforts and add your own ideas as well.

Fill out the PDCC 2021 interest form here!


Make a Donation to PDCC to support the work of Portland Democrats

Meet the new Chair and Vice Chair of the state party!

As Portland Democrats, we welcome to the state party our new Chair Drew Gattine and our new Vice Chair Bev Uhlenhake! Please take a moment to watch their brief introductory videos provided below.

Drew and Bev are ready to get to work – and so are we.

At PDCC, we know that electing Democrats in Maine requires local organizing efforts over the long term. That’s why we’re staying committed to collective action by jump-starting three committee efforts: Voter Outreach, Community Building, and Platform & Issues.

But we need you to do it. As a local democratic committee, nothing gets done unless local Democrats get involved.

So get involved! Use this interest form to learn more about our new committee efforts and add your own ideas as well.

Fill out the PDCC 2021 interest form here!

Meet Drew Gattine, MDP Chair

Meet Bev Uhlenhake, MDP Vice Chair

Make a Donation to PDCC to support the work of Portland Democrats!

Our Party Just Won the Senate

Did you hear the news? Georgia just elected two new Democratic Senators. The 2020 election is now finally over and the result is clear: the American people have chosen Democrats for the Presidency and for control of both chambers of Congress.

We in Portland are part of this victory. We organized, we volunteered, we donated, we voted. Our efforts helped deliver Biden the Presidency, returned Democrats to control of the House, and forced national Republicans and their allies to spend millions of dollars defending their once-safe Senate seat in Maine.

And though we couldn’t defeat Susan Collins this time, we didn’t stop working to elect Democrats to the Senate. The PDCC sprang into action for the Georgia runoffs and together we made over 5,500 phone calls to turn-out Democratic voters in Georgia.

THANK YOU to our organizers Amanda and Shivani, to their interns, and to every single Portland Democrat who joined one of our many phone-calling nights over the last month.

As Portland Democrats, we carry the torch. Victories like this take years of dedicated organizing. Now it’s our turn to register more Democratic voters in our communities, to remove every barrier to voting, and to make sure our local and state governments deliver results that embody our shared Democratic values.

Here are FOUR things we can do this month to prepare for the work ahead:

1. Make a donation to support the 2021 organizing work of the Portland Democratic City Committee. Donate here.

2. Attend the (virtual) MLK Day Teach-In and Call To Action hosted by the NAACP in Maine. Register here.

3. Bring your ideas and your voice to our first PDCC meeting of the year (Thursday January 21st, 6:30pm). Register here.

4. Join the first meeting of our new Voter Outreach Subcommittee to plan for voter outreach efforts all year long (Sunday January 24, 6:30pm). Register here.

With renewed hope and determination,

PDCC