December 20, 2021
Dear Friends and Supporters,
2021 turned into the most active “building year” we’ve experienced and now we face an election year. Please pause in these last days of 2021, as I will, and reflect on our accomplishments rather than our defeats. Our accomplishments are solid while our defeats are not final.
Yet, good things come to an end. Our long-time and extremely valuable Office Manager, Kelsey Blakley, will retire at the end of March 2022. Her support of our volunteer leadership has been essential in all that we’ve done in recent years.
Your county party has grown tremendously since 2018 and our work has expanded in ways previously unimagined. Last week, our Executive Committee voted to take another bold step to professionalize the work of our party: In 2022, we will become the 4th Arizona County Democratic Party to employ an Executive Director. We expect this step will help us better mobilize the hundreds of volunteers and precinct committeepersons who are affiliated with us as well as provide additional services to candidates, campaigns, and allied organizations.
Taking this bold step requires a new commitment to fundraising and we hope each of you will join me in increasing your financial support of our County Party in 2022.
Look for more news on this front in January. Meanwhile, enjoy the holidays!
Chair, Coconino County Democratic Party
Also, yesterday, Schumer announced he would bring a voting rights bill to the Senate during the first week of January.
(Final mapping deliberations by the IRC are happening right now.)
Our Legislative Committee works hard to follow what is happening in Congress and to create scripts for you to use in contacting our representatives. Please follow their Action Alerts and make some calls, write some emails.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
“All their wishes centered in one, which was, that the country would turn out and help them to drive the enemy back.
“I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake.
“Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.”
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis. December 1776.
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