Candidate statements for Thursday’s PDCC meeting at Mechanics’ Hall

Hi,

The big election is over, and as I’m sure you’ve heard, Democrats in Maine and across the country had a great night! We’re grateful for everyone who volunteered with the Dems or with any candidates during the past few months, those wins wouldn’t have been possible without you. THANK YOU for all you did.

But there’s still one big election to think about: the election for officers of the Portland Democrats! This Thursday, November 15, our monthly meeting will be focused on electing a new chair, vice-chair, treasurer, and secretary. All four seats have two-year terms, meaning whoever wins these seats will serve until November 2020.

Three of our four officers have decided not to run for re-election, meaning there are a lot of openings (and of course, you can always challenge incumbents too). We currently have three declared candidates, whose statements I have included below.

If you want to run for any of these four positions, please let me know! If you tell me ahead of time, I can email out your statement to the full list. Nominations can also be taken on the floor, so you can always decide to run at the last minute or nominate someone else who you think would do the job well. The only official qualification is that officers must be registered Democrats from Portland.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday! Please be advised that we’re at Mechanic’s Hall, rather than at City Hall. We’ll also have free food & drink to celebrate our big wins together.

If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984601874988169/

Best,

Sam Tracy
Chair, Portland Democrats


Meeting details

Location: Mechanic’s Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland ME. Third floor.

Time: 6:30pm-8pm


Candidate statements

Chair:

Sam Tracy

Sam Tracy is the current chair of the Portland Democrats, and is running for re-election. Sam became the chair in August 2018 after filling in the term of previous chair Sarah Alexander. In the few months since he has taken leadership of the PDCC, he has focused on increasing turnout among Portland voters in the 2018 election, starting up the long-planned Block Captain program, and planning for the long-term growth of the Committee.

If re-elected to serve a full term as chair, Sam plans to focus primarily on recruitment with the long-term goal of making the PDCC a dominant force in the 2020 elections and beyond. This includes a renewed focus on the Issues Committee and activism on specific issues that concern Democrats locally, growing & sustaining the Block Captain program, and recruiting new members to revitalize our monthly meetings and get the numerous subcommittees back up and running.

Vice-chair:

Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy chose Portland as her home 12 years ago and has never regretted it. Except maybe sometimes – just for a few minutes – in late February.   She has a passion for social justice, and spent the past 25 years working on behalf of children. She currently manages programs at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She writes and edits for fun as well as at work, and also enjoys travel, being outdoors, good books, and hanging out with her husband Sean and daughter Sarah.

Treasurer:

None.

If you want to run, please email chair@portlanddems.org. Nominations will also be taken on the floor.

Secretary:

Doug Lynch

I am most pleased to step up for the nomination as the Portland Democratic City Committee Secretary.  I’m firmly convinced that time that local engagement is essential for our democratic survival. I became active in the PDCC during the NH primary, canvassing for Bernie.  I also worked with other members staffing the massive Maine Democratic primary. Throughout the 2016 campaign I worked as to support Democratic victory.

A vibrant organization requires active work by members beyond those in leadership positions. For that reason I’ve devoted my energies to the PDCC Issues Committee. I’ve also drafted the initial minutes for the PDCC to allow the Secretary to devote attention to other more immediate demands.  I look forward to serving the PDCC.

Polls open in 16 hours! Help make the Blue Wave a reality.

We’re in the home stretch of the 2018 Election — polls open in less than 16 hours!

The race for governor is incredibly close, and with so many voters, Portland could easily swing the election for Janet Mills. No one wants another 2016, so let’s make sure we do everything we can to make sure every Democrat in greater Portland casts a ballot tomorrow!

Statewide, Democrats who stayed home easily could have swung the race for governor in 2014. Portland alone has nearly 24,000 registered Democrats. Image from Maine Dems.

There are three levels of activism you can take tomorrow:

BARE MINIMUM: VOTE!

All polling places in Portland are open from 7am to 8pm tomorrow. As long as you’re in line by 8pm, you’re allowed to vote (but try not to cut it too close!). You can find your polling place here.

Maine allows Election Day registration, so any eligible voter can cast a ballot even if they didn’t register ahead of time. You can register at your polling place, but be sure to bring proof of identity and proof of residency.

For people who need transportation, there are a few options. All public transit in Portland will be free tomorrow. Uber and Lyft are also offering free and discounted rides to people who use their apps. 

INFLUENCER: HELP FRIENDS VOTE!

You probably have friends, family, and co-workers who aren’t as politically active as you. That means you could be the difference in whether those people end up voting, so some encouragement and support from you can go a long way!

Call or text people you know and ask if they’ve voted yet, if they have a plan to vote, and if they need any help getting information about voting. Or better yet, make plans to go vote together! Looking forward to grabbing dinner or a beer afterward is a great extra encouragement to make it to the polls.

ACTIVIST: HELP STRANGERS VOTE!

There are nearly 24,000 registered Democrats in Portland, and thousands more in our neighboring communities. You could make a huge difference by knocking on their doors and reminding them to vote tomorrow.

Sign up for a volunteer shift with the Maine Democrats here. Canvassing shifts are available tomorrow at 8am, noon, and 4pm, and we’re launching canvassers from two staging locations in Portland.

THEN, CELEBRATE WITH US!

After you’ve done everything you can and the polls have closed, come party with fellow Democrats to watch the results come in and celebrate our victories! There are at least three official parties happening in Portland:

A blue wave is possible tomorrow, but don’t forget a wave is made up of countless water molecules. There’s #NoBlueWaveWithoutU!

Onward,

Sam Tracy
Chairman, Portland Democratic City Committee

Save the date: November meeting & officer elections

Because the election is on November 6, we’re pushing the Portland Dems monthly meeting back to the THIRD Thursday of the month: November 15.

Come celebrate the Blue Wave with us at the first meeting of the Portland Dems after the 2018 Election! We’ll have pizza from OTTO and drinks.

We will also be electing our own officers: Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, and Secretary! All positions have two-year terms. If you are interested in running to be an officer, please email chair@portlanddems.org.

Location & other details to be announced.

Bring a friend!

If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984601874988169/