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Making Waves Newsletter November 2023

As we bid farewell to the whirlwind of the municipal election season, it's time to pause, reflect, and celebrate the victories that have fueled our shared commitment to progress. 

In the aftermath of wins and losses, let us find comfort in the fact that our democracy is a dynamic force, shaped by the hands of the many. Each vote cast is a brushstroke painting the portrait of our shared values, aspirations, and dreams. While some battles may not have tipped in our favor, the strength of our democratic community lies in our resilience, our ability to learn, adapt, and continue the journey towards a more just and inclusive future.

Thank you to everyone who came out, showed up, gave time, donated money and worked hard to share our message of truth, justice, and opportunity for a brighter tomorrow. 

Municipal Election Recap

A heartfelt thank you to all our dedicated candidates and volunteers for the unwavering commitment and hard work you poured into the recent election, shaping a collective effort that echoes the true spirit of democracy. Here’s a recap of all the hard work we put into voter turnout. 

80,000+ texts sent

2,000+ calls made

100+ candidate events supported

31 Democrats elected

Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us to help elect Democrats this year. We greatly appreciate all of your support, especially the people calling us late into the night the day before Election Day. We couldn't have done it without you.

 If you have feedback or ideas about what we can be doing differently or ways to improve, we’d love to hear from you or have you join us at an upcoming training! We have open spots on our Events, Fundraising, and Candidate Recruitment Committees as well as within the Caucuses. 

HD Chair Spotlight - Mark Rothacher

1.  What’s your favorite thing about your community? I like that many of the voters in Murray and Holladay are educated and want the best for their communities. We also have excellent candidates and elected officials.  

2.  What is the one thing you would try to fix to make the world a better place? Right-wing billionaires who use think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth, and the American Enterprise Institute must be exposed. These think tanks generate talking points that are used by right-wing media and social media that the billionaires also fund. They use these talking points to get voters to fear Democrats, liberals, people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, and on and on. They use gerrymandering, voter suppression to win elections.  

3.  What motivated you to become involved in the Democratic Party? I got heavily involved with the Democratic Party when I saw Barack Obama's presidential announcement speech in Springfield, IL in 2007. I would encourage everyone to watch it. Here is the link to it.  It is still inspiring! Obama's goals of a fairer and more inclusive America are still important today. We cannot expect that all our candidates are as articulate as Barack Obama. We just need politicians who embrace a fairer and more inclusive society. 

4. What keeps you going, Mark?

We must do all we can to elect Democrats at all levels of government. We must fight back against Republicans who are taking us toward an authoritarian government and undermining democratic processes. Our democracy is truly at stake. We must continually remind voters of this. Democrats must win the 2024 elections at all levels of government. We must make this happen! Please help get your friends and family involved in this effort!

2024 Look-Ahead

Get ready for a whirlwind of democratic action! As we gear up for the 2024 county and school board races filing window from 1/02-1/08/2024, we're already in full swing, collaborating with key stakeholders to build a robust 2024 victory coalition. The legislative excitement continues with the 2024 Legislative Session from 1/16-3/01, paving the way for impactful change. Mark your calendars for Caucus Night on 3/05, a pivotal moment where grassroots participation takes center stage, electing new Precinct Chairs and delegates—because every voice matters in shaping our democratic future. Want to be a part of the success? Check out the Talent Bank and sign up to volunteer at your Caucus Night! 

Talent Bank Updates

Exciting news! We're thrilled to announce the launch of our Talent Bank—a one-stop hub where your skills meet meaningful opportunities. Finding the perfect volunteer position just got a whole lot easier. Explore, connect, and make an impact with roles tailored to your unique talents. Sign-up here.

Join Our Vibrant Community on Slack!

📢 Ready to connect and collaborate with fellow Democrats? It's where ideas are shared, plans are hatched, and change happens. Let's work together for a brighter future. 🤝💬 Click here and be part of the conversation! 👥🌟 #JoinUs #TogetherWeCan

We Want To Hear From You

Your voice matters, and we want to hear it loud and clear! 🗣️ Help us serve you better by taking a few minutes to fill out our survey. Your feedback is the secret sauce that spices up our recipe for improvement. Whether you've got praises to sing or constructive critiques to share, we're all ears! Together, let's sculpt an even more awesome experience. Click, type, and let the magic happen! 🚀 #CommunityVoice #FeedbackMatters

In Closing…

Remember, holidays are a time to cherish what brings us together—family, friends, and the values that ground us. Let the flame of inspiration burn bright within each of us, lighting the way forward as we continue to champion the principles that make our democracy strong and resilient. Here's to the holidays, to our democratic community, and to the unwavering belief that the best is yet to come.

With hope and solidarity,

Chair Jade Velazquez


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