I know that a lot of you great campaigners who worked so hard and won Monroe County for President Barack Obama have a ton of pent-up energy just waiting to be harnessed on behalf of the Democratic Party!
Here is your chance - Pitch in and help Elizabeth Colbert Busch win her election as U.S. Representative in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District!
Below are a number of ways that you can help, all of which are important. Based on the great work that you all did here in Monroe County you could add a real push to her election by volunteering to make phone calls on her behalf from your home starting today!
Please respond to this request from our colleagues in South Carolina and help us all in our efforts to take back the House of Representatives!!
Phil Schaeffer, Chair
A few weeks ago, the voters in South Carolina’s first Congressional District nominated Elizabeth Colbert Busch to be the Democratic candidate in the Special Election to be held on May 7th.
Elizabeth, most well known as the sister of Stephen Colbert, is showing that we can win this race. She has had a long and very successful career in International Trade, Education, and Renewable Energy. Visit her website to learn more about this remarkable woman and her candidacy.
She is now polling neck and neck with former Republican Governor Mark Sanford, of Argentina and Appalachian Trail infamy, and is now poised to be the first Democrat to go to Congress from the District in 30 years.
But this is not going to be easy – our friends in South Carolina need our help to send Elizabeth to Congress in May.
Three ways that you can help starting right now - Vote By Mail is already underway in South Carolina!
1. Virtual Phone Bank: Click below and sign up to volunteer to make calls for Elizabeth right now and talk to voters in Charleston about why she is the right choice in Congress.
2. Head to Charleston and Volunteer: If you think you can head to Charleston to help out with their Get Out The Vote Efforts, CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER. One of the members of their team will get in touch.
3. DONATE: Elizabeth’s efforts depend on your support. Click here and DONATE to support her effort to represent South Carolina in Congress.
We cannot afford to have more voices like Mark Sanford in the Congress. Join us to send another Democrat from the south to Congress.
Thanks for your great support!
MONROE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
MAY BUSINESS MEETING
Key West City Commissioner Tony Yaniz
A Regional Committee of the Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Thursday, May 16th, 5-8pm at the Caribbean Club in Key Largo.
Warm up for the weekend with us at our next social, T.G.I.Thursday!!!
Join us on the back porch and mix with other upper Keys Democrats and hear an informative and entertaining talk by Assistant State Attorney Demetrios Efstratiou, the supervising Attorney for the Upper Keys Office of Catherine Vogel, the Monroe County State Attorney.
Door prizes and appetizers at a bar on the water, with a great speaker, Don't miss out!!!
RSVP's appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-394-0585
Our purpose is to foster communication and participation among upper Keys Democrats and to raise our profile here in the upper Keys so that every Democrat in the upper Keys gets out to vote in 2014. The importance of the midterm elections can't be stressed enough!!!
Like our Facebook Page to stay in touch with Upper Keys Democratic events!
All Democrats and anyone interested in supporting our Party's progressive agenda are welcome to attend!
Sue Cunningham, Neal Golden and Debra Walker
Co-Chairs, Upper Keys Democratic Committee
Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee
CLICK HERE TO MEET YOUR DEC OFFICERS
KEY WEST - On the heels of a successful 2012 campaign in which Democratic candidates for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Florida State Senate, State Attorney, Supervisor of Elections, County Commission, Public Defender, Mosquito Control and School Board carried Monroe County, Florida Keys Democrats met this week to elect its leadership team for the 2013/2014 cycle.
“2012 was a great year for Keys Democrats. 2010 was an anomaly,” said Phil Schaeffer, who was reelected chairman. “I believe that people in the Florida Keys do not support Rick Scott’s tea party agenda, high windstorm rates and cuts to education. We’re going to work to make sure that he doesn’t win Monroe County in 2014.”
Key West resident Ian Whitney, who was the 2012 Democratic nominee for State Representative, was reelected State Committeeman. Liz Lustberg, a Summerland Key resident who also serves on the Monroe County Planning Board and is a local small business owner, was elected State Committeewoman. Both will represent the Florida Keys on the Florida Democratic Party State Executive Committee. Among their first duties will be to vote for a new state party chairperson.
“I’m excited about having the opportunity to represent the Keys at the state level,” said Lustberg, “and doing everything that I can to make sure Rick Scott is a one-term Governor.”
“We want to make sure that the next Florida Democratic Party chair understands the importance of grassroots organizing,” said Whitney, who has represented the Keys on the State Committee for the past three years. “2014 is the year that everything in Florida could change, in which the old Tallahassee power structure falls apart and we start making the investments that we need in areas like education and health care.”
Additional officers elected were Key Westers Pauline Sherman as Vice Chair, Sue Sullivan as Secretary, and Bert Sise as Treasurer.
Schaeffer also announced the formation of the new Upper Keys Democratic Committee which will help provide a strong presence across the length of the County. Co-chairing that effort will be Neal Golden of Tavernier and Sue Cunningham and Dr. Debra Walker of Key Largo. A Middle Keys Democratic Committee is in formation to continue to support Democratic Party efforts in the Marathon area.
Over the next two years, the Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee will focus on local as well as state races. “We built a strong get-out-the-vote operation in 2012, from Key West to Key Largo, that we’ll use to elect Democrats to both partisan and nonpartisan offices throughout the Keys,” said Schaeffer. “The groundwork is in place to win seats in Key West, pick up seats at the county level and to give our candidates the votes they need in Monroe County to reelect Congressman Garcia and send a Democrat to represent us in the State House.”
Right now, President Obama is working with leaders of both parties in Washington to reduce the deficit in a balanced way so we can lay the foundation for long-term middle-class job growth and prevent your taxes from going up.
Your voice and action helped re-elect President Obama, and hundreds of thousands of you have already responded to our survey, which will help shape our next steps.
Thanks to your feedback, we're taking immediate action on one of your suggestions: keeping you informed about how the President is fighting for you so you can continue to talk to your friends, family, and neighbors. So here's the deal:
These problems are challenging, but they're solvable. In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill to keep your taxes low. The House needs to pass it, and Congress should get it to the President as soon as possible.
There's a lot at stake. With your help we'll continue to move this country forward.
Share this and spread the word!
Monroe County DEC Live Twitter Feed
With all of the serious challenges ahead of us let's smile and enjoy our important work on behalf of Democracy!