RETHINK YOUR PRECINCT 2015By
by Gordon Smith
Are you excited about the victories we celebrated in November? Brian Turner defeated Tim Moffitt. John Ager defeated Nathan Ramsey. Todd Williams is our new District Attorney. Buncombe Democrats won every local race we ran, and now it’s time to gear up for next year’s big elections for President, County Commission, and more. That’s where you come in. Are you a Buncombe County resident? Are you a registered Democrat? We want you and need you!
When we know that the Koch Brothers intend to spend nearly a billion dollars in 2016 to elect people who want to make the rich richer at the expense of the rest of us, then it’s clear we need to begin organizing now. The battle for North Carolina will be front and center next year, and Democrats will have to organize like never before in order to combat conservative efforts to buy our democracy.
The county is made up of voting precincts. You know which one you’re in? If not, check here: http://www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/pollingplace_search/
On the morning of February 28th, Democrats from across the county will come together to lay the foundation for victory in 2016. You’re invited. We need your energy, ideas, and effort. Glenda Overbeck is a volunteer who’s marshaling Buncombe Dems’ precinct organizing this year, and I asked her “what’s this all about?”
Glenda told me, “Organizing at the precinct level is the best way to counter the money in politics. It also gives people a chance to get acquainted with their neighbors who share the same concerns. You can not have a voice if you don’t participate.”
Every precinct elects a chair and vice chair at the meeting on the 28th. If you want to lead your precinct, you can! If you’d rather not be an officer, but you want to contribute your time and brains, then come and meet your neighbors. Want to learn where/when your precinct meeting will be held? Check here: http://www.buncombedems.org/events_calendar
Buncombe County’s own Patsy Keever was just elected Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, and she reminded us that “it matters what happens in North Carolina, so it matters what each of us does.”
We lost Ms. Minnie Jones’ bright light recently. Minnie was always there at our annual precinct meetings, advocating for the less fortunate, wondering out loud why more people didn’t get involved. “Don’t they know how important this is?”, I remember her asking me.
Whether you show up to celebrate Patsy Keever, to honor Minnie Jones, to fight the Koch Brothers, to support the candidate of your choice, or just to meet like-minded Democrats – Show Up. This is important work, and it’s going to take all of us coming together to accomplish it.