Blount County Democratic Party Newsletter:  2 Dec 2018
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Message from Bob Hanye, Chair, Blount County Democratic Party

2018 was marked by a number of significant successes!  For the first time ever, an African-American woman, Jackie Hill, was elected to the County Commission.  Following that, Tanya Martin became the first African-American woman elected to the Alcoa City Commission. Jay Clark and Susan Sneed, our state house candidates proved that Democrats can run strong, competitive campaigns in deep red areas.  Kudos to both for standing up for our values.  Nathan Higdon ran as a write-in candidate for state Senate.  Five other outstanding individuals ran strong campaigns for County Commission seats.  It has been a long time since Democrats have had this many highly qualified people seek local and state office.  We expect to see even more people stand up and run as we go forward!

We were visible this year!  Through holding our own events and taking part in community events, we made it clear that the Blount County Democratic party is alive and well and continues to grow.  Our picnic drew 150 people this summer.  Around 280 people attended our Roosevelt dinner, “Celebrating Eleanor” in October highlighted by presentations from John Stewart and James Shaw J.  The party held a Candidates Forum at Maryville college, and our candidates held many open public events.  Democratic leaders and candidates attended numerous events including the Louisville Octoberfest and the Chamber’s Pigs and Politics.  Come join or cheer us as we march in the Christmas parade on December 8.

Communications is a key to success.  Our Facebook page now has 745 likes,  the website was improved and we have our own door knocker card “Lets Talk”.  We adopted our first ever comprehensive platform with input from the community.  It is on the website-check it out.  This newsletter is an excellent example of our new communications actions.  Thanks to Sue DuBois for leading our communications efforts.

Money Counts!  This year, thanks to many generous people, we were able to invest in our candidates and community efforts.  Please continue to support us through your donations so we can support even more candidates and take part in more events.

Power of the People!  Most importantly, our 2018 successes were driven by the hundreds of volunteers like you who knocked on thousands of doors, made thousands of phone calls and event texted until thumbs were sore.  I’d like to give a special shout out to all of the people and groups who registered voters and mailed “Get out the Vote” postcards every week.
Onward to 2019 and beyond!

December 2, 2018 Proclaimed Dorothy Mitchell Kincaid Day 


Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell proclaimed Sunday, December 2, 2018 Dorothy Mitchell Kincaid Day, honoring Dorothy's dedication and ongoing support of our community.  Some of the highlights noted in the proclamation:
  • Dorothy began non-profit work in 1989 as a founding member of the Hall-Oldfield Community Group.  She later founded the Beloved Community Outreach Foundation and CDJ Media Productions, which was formed to record video and oral history of Blount County citizens. 
  • Dorothy was chosen as a Southern Appalachian Leadership Training Fellow at Highlander Research and Education Center in 1989 and gained valuable experiences throughout her years of employment there.   
  • She also served on the Board of Commission on Religion in Appalachia, the Appalachian Community Fund, and 9-5 Working Women.  In 2016, she was chosen as Appalachian Hero of the Year by the Appalachian Community Fund and was recognized as Trail Blazer of 2018 from Men in Christ in Community.
Thank you Dorothy for your service and many contributions to the community.

Analyze • Organize • Mobilize • Knoxville, TN

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9 AM – 11 AM
Location:  1522 Bill Williams Ave, Knoxville, TN

TNDP Chair Mary Mancini and TNDP staff will meet with local Democrats across the state to discuss the outcomes of the 2018 midterm election and lay out our plans and path moving forward into 2019 and 2020.

This public discussion + forum will be an opportunity for East Tennessee Democrats to express their vision for the party’s future, speak to region-specific concerns, and hear insights from party leadership following the midterm elections.

We encourage Democrats at every level -- from activists and young Democrats to longstanding officeholders -- to join us on Dec. 8 in Knoxville!

Blount County Jaycees Christmas Parade

We Will Have a Blue Christmas!  Join the Blount Democrats for the Annual Christmas Parade. Line up begins at 9:00am and the parade will begin at 11:00am.

There will be one truck for non-walkers to ride in and room for 30 walkers.  Those who want to participate please meet at the Midland Shopping Center in Maryville at 10. Kathy Puckett is coordinating the BCDP's entry in the parade and will be there at 9 and the truck needs to be there at 9. The parade does not start until 11 so early birds will get our spot in line .  You will know us by our Blue Santa Hats. The parade starts at Midland and then up the hill and ends at Presbyterian Church parking lot.  What to wear:  Blue Santa Hat will be provided; Christmas theme attire, not political.  We will have the Blount County Dems Banner leading our group and if you can bring your own candy to give out (this will keep the costs down) we will also have candy available for those who don’t bring candy. Any questions, call or text Kathy Puckett 865-724-6277.


Saturday, December 8, 9-11 am: TNDP Analyze, Organize, Mobilize Tour

Saturday, December 8, 9am to noon - 10am - 4pm- Jaycees Christmas Parade:

Thursday, December 13,  6-9 pm, Empty Pantry Fund, 1721 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37801-3764, Wear warm clothes. Come help load the sacks with food for the Empty Pantry Fund.Fund,

Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8:00 PM - The  BCDP Executive Committee meets on the second Thursday of every month at the MLK Center in Alcoa. These meeting are open for anyone interested in connecting with Blount County Democrats.
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