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Blount County Democratic Party Newsletter:  December 28 2021
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Nathan's Take
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

As the holiday season brings us to the close of 2021 and the second year of the pandemic, the 2022 midterm election cycle is upon us.

We're kicking off the New Year with some big guest speakers at the BCDP Executive Committee meeting, a fundraiser wine tasting event on January 16th, and the annual MLK March.

We must hit the ground running in 2022 because there are a LOT of Democratic seats on the ballot this year from School Board to Governor. BCDP has done a great job increasing visibility into the community, but we're only just beginning. Far too frequently, folks are still surprised to see Democrats in the community, so our work is clearly not over. 

I am forming marketing and fundraising committees to address these long-term, strategic initiatives of getting Democratic candidates elected. Your help in taking your activism to the next level is critical. Transitioning folks from keyboard activism to phone banking, from phones to canvassing, and from canvassing to pulling a petition for office. 

Without candidates on the ballot, we can't overcome the gridlock of underrepresentation in leadership and perpetual gerrymandering of districts. When over 30% of the county votes for Democrats, but we only hold less than 5% of the available seats, our values are not proportionally represented.

Set up your game for 2022. Have you considered being the change YOU want to see in local politics?

J. Nathan Higdon
BCDP Chair

January BCDP Events



Thursday January 13, 6:30pm
BCDP Executive Committee Monthly Meeting


The Executive Committee meets on the second Thursday of every month. This is our monthly business meeting.  All meetings are virtual meetings due to Covid-19 until further notice. The meeting is open to the public. We welcome anyone who is interested in supporting the Democratic platform and participating in BCDP activities.

Get link here.
After you register for this event, you will receive a confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

Please contact blountcountydemocrats@gmail.com for more information.

Run for Office Information Sessions

 Wednesday, December 29, 7-8pm

Are you ready to be the change? All politics are local. Run for office in Blount County and have an impact on your community. Join us for an information session on what offices are up for election in 2022 and what it takes to run for office.

For more information, visit https://blount.tndp.org/run-for-office/

Register in advance to get the Zoom link and attend either session here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

Last day to qualify for the May 3, 2022 Primary is noon on February 17, 2022.  Pull a petition now. Go here for more information. 

 
 
Wine Tasting and support BDCP—January 16 2022
 

Gather under a heated covered patio with like-minded Democrats to raise funds to support candidates and causes that benefit our goal of building a new Tennessee of inclusion, health and prosperity for all.

Sunday January 16th

5pm-7pm

Friendsville

Donation required. Sign-up with a donation of your choice ($30-$50 per person is suggested but any amount is appreciated.)

The Friendsville location details will be sent with your ActBlue receipt.

The night will include 4 unique and inspiring California wines along with food pairings to bring out the hints and notes of the red and white pours. We'll have something for everyone to appreciate the experience. We'll discuss political policy which effects wine, industry workers and our lives. Ice tea will also be available.

Be advised that we will have COVID protocol: Wine tasting attendees are required to have been fully vaccinated or have been testing negative 24hrs prior to the event. 

Can't make the event? Your donation is important and appreciated.

Contribution rules
  1. I am at least eighteen years old.
  2. This contribution is made from my own funds, and funds are not being provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.
  3. I am a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident (i.e., green card holder).

 
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