Now that the June campaigns are over – and it looks like we did pretty well in the towns and won the special House election for Cumberland and Gray (I recognize some winners as graduates of our Spring Run Local training.) – it’s time to switch focus to the upcoming CCDC meeting.
CCDC meeting: June 23, 2:30 – 5:00 (please note the earlier time slot). Teamsters Hall, 27 Main St., South Portland.
On the agenda: Brief business meeting and reports.
Election of 11 Cumberland County delegates to the Platform Committee. Each candidate will have between 1 and 3 minutes for a speech, depending on the number of candidates running. We are required to try to achieve gender balance on our platform delegation as we are for our delegation to the DSC. Candidates who are interested in running may send a statement (150 word maximum) to Tim Goodwin, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to email@example.com by 5:00pm, June 14 [I’ll accept them up to the time I publish on Monday – thg]. These statements will be posted on the CCDC website on Monday, June 17. There may also be nominations from the floor, but nominators are asked to ensure their candidates have actually agreed to serve.
At this time, I have spoken with two people interested in the platform committee. Cumberland County has always filled its slots for platform, so it’s a little worrying that only two people have expressed an interest. Please check with your folks and encourage them to get involved.
After the platform delegation has been elected, an orientation meeting will be scheduled to review platform development process and responsibilities. If you are not sure of the commitment or folks ask you about it, please go to www.mainedems.org and review the information in the Charter under “My Party”. I’m also available to talk with candidates, as is Steve Hendrickson (firstname.lastname@example.org), the prior chair.
Election of one representative to the Democratic State Committee to fill out the term, which expires at the 2020 Convention. Candidates may also send in a statement using the guidelines for the Platform Committee. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the meeting. To date, I have received one statement from a candidate.
Pete Didisheim, NRCM, and Ben Dudley, NECEC, will be on hand to talk about the proposed transmission line from different perspectives. We will start that panel at 4:00pm and follow with a Q&A. The meeting will end at 5:00.
Now… what you can do to change our representation in the US Senate… The MDP is launching a state-wide canvassing program this Summer through the Fall, with the assistance of the CCDC in Cumberland County. Using active listening, the program aims to talk to voters about the issues that matter to them and to learn more about Dem-leaning voters who may be thinking about supporting Susan Collins and other Republican candidates. Facebook posts contain many threads concerning how we can help Collins retire. Here’s the first step at the grass-roots level. For you and your activist friends, this is an opportunity to get ready for the 2020 campaign. The launch date for the statewide effort is Saturday, June 15, from 1-4pm. Volunteer canvass leaders will be trained in the process by the MDP to ensure they are comfortable and prepared. and, in turn, they will train and launch their own events. Canvassing will largely use MiniVAN and be launched from anywhere with wireless internet. Canvassers will test messaging and learn more about what matters to voters. This is your chance to take the temperature of voters in your towns and to craft messages for municipal elections and get folks out to vote in Fall campaigns. If you think you would be a good canvass leader, please contact Cooper Reid. To host a canvass and get trained, email Cooper at email@example.com. If you would like to make a difference by completing a canvass shift on June 15 or throughout the summer, you can view this event and current locations by visiting https://my.mainedems.org/event/map/38057. The goal in Cumberland County is 30,000 doors this summer. Currently in Cumberland County, there are events scheduled for Bridgton and Brunswick, but keep checking, since more will be going up in Cumberland or nearby cities. If folks can’t make the June 15 launch, there will be more canvasses throughout the summer and early fall.
The National Democratic Training Committee and the MDP will be sponsoring a comprehensive training in the Fall (tentative date, October 26 in Lewiston). Called the Blue Bench Training Program, participants get a full day of top notch training aimed at Candidates and Potential Candidates, Campaign staff – paid and volunteer – and Local Party leaders and committee activists. For local committees, the track includes creation of an effective message, connecting using digital tools, growing the organization, and effective fundraising. I encourage you to form a team for the training.
We’ll also have some fun this summer with the third annual CCDC picnic in Standish on July 14. Yes, that is Bastille Day. While the CCDC will provide the food, please bring some French pastries to share. More information to come.
Just a reminder – our meetings are open to all Democrats. Someone does not have to be a voting committee member to run for one of the open positions; they just can’t vote for themselves.