I would like to extend a BIG BLUE THANK YOU to the dozens of Democrats who turned out to phone bank, write post cards, door knock, and support our endeavors during our 4-day GOTV marathon. Your efforts were outstanding and very much appreciated.

I would also like to thank the Communications Workers of America Union for lending us their office space. The CWA is a reliable and valued ally of the Kootenai Democrats and I appreciate their support.

Also, I cannot say enough about our Field Organizer Donovan Clymer who kept the pressure on us to make every effort to build our voter coalition despite difficult demographic headwinds.

And finally, thank you to all our fine candidates. I am so grateful that you were willing to stand up for Democrats by running for office.

Together, during this challenging election cycle, you have all demonstrated devotion to the Democratic Party and contributed to our goal of “restoring balance” to our politics. Your efforts contribute to our Party’s ongoing resistance against the steadily harmful actions of right-wing partisan activists throughout the state.

I acknowledge that we fell short of electing a Democrat to office this cycle. Yet, we did succeed in other ways. For example, through our concerted efforts, we confirmed that our pool of supporters is deeper and wider than we thought. We now know that we have Democrats of all ages and all persuasions who align with the values expressed in our Party Platform. We need to continue to engage with these supporters and build on the gains we have achieved.

So, pat yourselves on the back for the progress we have made, as we take a well-deserved break from politics.

Going Forward

When we do reconvene, please resolve to keep an eye on our elected officials and help hold them to account for the ways and means for which they govern. The people elected them to serve all of us, no matter what party they represent.

Also, if the county assessor continues to harm his staff and department, resolve to support these public servants, and raise their concerns with the board of supervisors.

And finally, if the NIC Board reverts to undermining the college administration, resolve to communicate their offenses to the college accrediting agency.

We are, after all, the loyal opposition, with the emphasis on the word loyal.

United Against Hate

This is short notice, but I wanted to let you know that November 13-19 is United Against Hate Week. As a result, a United Against Hate forum is being held to address the rising threat of expressions of hate in our communities. The event takes place at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in Worley on Thursday, November 17 from 1-4 PM. Hosting the event is our US Attorney Josh Hurwit, along with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, the DOJ Community Relations Service, and the FBI. This event is free and open to the public. Register Here

That is all for now, thanks for being Democrats.

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