Can you believe it, Roy Blunt is not running for re-election. An early poll showed him in a statistical tie with Democratic candidates. He saw the writing on the wall and decided to get out of the race instead of facing the voters that he turned his back on. With your help, we have a real chance or winning back this seat and expanding the democratic majority in the Senate. Will you help us with a contribution?
WELCOME RANDY DUNN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Last Saturday, the Missouri Democratic Party Executive Committee confirmed Chairman Michael Butler’s appointment/selection of Randy D. Dunn to serve as Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director. You may know Randy like I do from when he served as a State Representative representing parts of Kansas City. Some more about Randy:
Rep. Randy D. Dunn, a native of Kansas City, Missouri is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 23rd District, first elected in 2012 at the age of 29 and reelected in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Additionally, Randy has served as Executive Director of Spark CDI, a non-profit community development intermediary focused on economic development in Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Furthermore, Rep. Dunn served as City Planner for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and a licensed realtor in Missouri.
Currently Rep. Dunn is the owner and managing partner of Dean & Dunn, LLC a consulting firm based in Kansas City working in economic development and community outreach and engagement. Randy also serves as Community Affairs Liaison for U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5) and is owner of Jet-KC a men’s clothing boutique.
Rep. Dunn received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs and Master of Public Administration degrees both from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2005 and 2007 respectively where he was a HUD Fellow and attended law school, all on full academic scholarships. While at UMKC, Rep. Dunn also served as a Campus Ambassador, founding member and President of the Bloch School African American Student Association and was a Victor Wilson Scholar.
During his tenure in the Missouri Legislature Rep. Dunn was Chairman of the Urban Economic Development Committee; Vice Chairman of the House Minority Caucus; House Minority Whip; and served on the important Budget Committee, overseeing the states $28 billion budget.
Never one to shy away from a position of leadership Rep. Dunn is the former President of the Omicron Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Board Member of the Kansas City Youth Court; Member of the Kansas City Habitat for Humanity Construction Committee; Member of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition Steering Committee; Young Elected Officials Network, Missouri State Director; Vine Street District Council Board of Directors; Partnership for Kids Mentor; MALGBT Chamber of Commerce, Finance Committee Member and Communiversity Neighborhood and Economic Development course developer and instructor.
Rep. Dunn has committed his professional and personal career to transforming communities into desirable and safe environments with access to jobs, quality education, transportation and basic services and amenities.
Randy D. Dunn is a member of St. James United Methodist Church and is an avid runner who also enjoys reading, the visual and performing arts and spending time with family especially his three nephews and one niece.
DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE NETWORK
The Democratic Legislative Network (DLN) is a sustainable, ground-up, year-round, volunteer messaging program with a presence in every county and every house district across the state.The purpose of this network is to build coalitions and volunteer infrastructure centered around issue advocacy, in order to align our allies, and engage voters prior to an election year.The DLN will allow us to streamline Democratic messaging, making sure that Democrats from every corner of the state know what is happening in Jefferson City.To join the network, Click Here.
NEW IDEAS FOR MDP?
Do you have ideas for the Missouri Democratic Party? Want to join our new Ideas Committee? Head to http://missouridemocrats.org/ideas and fill out our form.
TRAININGS & TRAINING RESOURCES
As a reminder, if you need to get set up with VAN, email VANsupport@missouridems.org and be sure to check out our VAN and data resources webpage at www.missouridemocrats.org/data-resources for training materials, VAN user agreements, pricing and policies, etc.
MDP Training Resource – Portal: The “Portal” is the MDP’s online library of resources where you’ll find training docs, guides, and best practices for candidates, county committee members, volunteers, and staff. Get trained up today and make an impact in your community!
Access the portal here but please allow a couple of days for approval as MDP staff vets all requests to make sure everyone accessing our materials is a Democrat in good standing.
Within the Portal, a great resource you’ll find is the MDP’s County Committee Manual – a 60-page comprehensive guide for Central Committees and Clubs. Topics include: goal-setting, how to organize and run meetings, manage conflicts, how to run phone banks, how to recruit volunteers, how to be active online, and tons more.
2021 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Program: The DNC Best Practices Institute is excited to announce the launch of the 2021 Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program!
T3 is a free six-week, twelve-part webinar course covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. This program seeks to expand the skills of progressive activists and volunteers, by ensuring that comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country.
T3 trainings are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET, from March 16, through April 22. The deadline to register is Sunday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Participants must complete all twelve sessions in order to receive certification. All training sessions will include a skills test to track retention and participation. Trainings will be recorded and made available following each session via a weekly wrap-up email, delivered on Fridays.
CLICK HERE to submit your registration for the 2021 T3 Training Program! Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. ET, on Sunday, March 14.
DNC Training Newsletter: Sign-up for the monthly DNC/ASDC BPI Newsletter to stay updated on training opportunities available to activists, volunteers, candidates, and more.
DNC Training Resources: Sign-up for the DNC/ASDC BPI Victory Vault for on-demand training resources, tailored towards activists, volunteers, entry-level staff, and candidates! New members added each Wednesday.
Bookmark and check out the new training calendar made available by our friends at GAIN Power, to share public training events and stay updated on training opportunities from our allies and partners.
NDTC Local Leaders On-Demand Courses: NDTC’s curriculum team has been working nonstop to develop on-demand trainings for our local leaders (county party chairs, caucus leaders, etc). We believe these trainings are critical in a year like 2021 to strengthen and grow our local level infrastructure after a long presidential election. Already launched courses I want to highlight include:
- Member Recruitment and Retention for your Local Democratic Parties
- Fundraising for your Local Democratic Party’s Future
- Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
- Mobilizing your Membership, Digital, and Communications for local parties are coming soon!
REMINDERS & ALWAYS HELPFUL ITEMS
Political Job Resources: The DNC Talent Bank is a resource to help state parties and campaigns find the best applicants for a wide range of positions, from field organizers to digital directors to communications staff, and more.
If you are interested in pursuing a campaign position, please sign up for the DNC Talent Bank in order to receive information on available positions and other career opportunities. All levels of experience and fields of interest are encouraged to apply.
2021 Membership Drive: We held an online election in December to choose our 2021 membership card and the “I vote blue in beautiful Missouri” card one won! We’re now in our 2021 Membership Drive. Membership dues are due for committee members (state and local) and elected officials, and optional for other Missouri Democrats.
If you have any questions or if you’re unable to pay due to hardship reasons, please let us know at email@example.com.
U.S. Congress & Statewide Offices: $1,000
Executive Committee Member: $500
DNC Member: $500
State Committee Member: $200
State Representatives & State Senators: $100
County and City Elected Officials: $50
General Party Members: $35
General Party Members Youth (35 & under) & Senior Rate (65+): $25
You may pay online here or by mail to: Missouri Democratic Party, 4218 Roanoke Rd., Suite 306, Kansas City, MO 64111
Find Your Local Democratic Club! We all know politics is local, so if you haven’t gotten involved with your local-level Democratic club, check out our new Local Clubs page on our website to get connected! If your active club isn’t on our page yet, shoot us an email with your contact info, name of president, and website or social media accounts to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure supporters can find you!
Merchandise! Stay cozy, show off your politics, and support the Missouri Democratic Party all winter long! Check out our merch store today!
Submit Your Event! Is your club, committee, or allied group hosting an event? Let us know so we can publicize it on our website. A sense of community is even more important these days as we’re staying home and not gathering together in person. Submit your event here!
IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS
We’ve started planning out our 2021 calendar so please hold these tentative dates on your calendars (with more to come):
- March 10: Voter registration deadline for April 6 elections
- March 15-19: Missouri Legislature spring break
- March 27: March Missouri Democratic State Committee Meeting
- April 6: Municipal elections & HD45 special election
- May 22: May Missouri Democratic State Committee Meeting
- July 24: Annual Truman Dinner & July Missouri Democratic State Committee Meeting
- September 18: September Missouri Democratic State Committee Meeting
- November 20: November Missouri Democratic State Committee Meeting
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