"I want our actions to tell every child in every neighborhood, your life matters, and we are committed to improving your life chances... I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we're a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen -- man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino, Asian, immigrant, Native American, gay, straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability. Everybody matters."
President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address January 20, 2015
When I listened to those words, spoken by the President, I found myself firmly reassured in my own commitment to living a life of progressive activism. I am proud to be inspired by the principles and core values of the Democratic Party, most especially the fundamental belief in the working together for the common good.
Having recently been elected as chair of the Democratic Party of Washington County, there are moments of feeling quite elated. On the other hand, in all candor, there are also those humbling, heart-pounding moments when I think to myself “Oh, bleep! You were just elected as chair of the Democratic Party of Washington County!” But mostly I just defiantly stare down the long list of tasks and responsibilities before me, thinking of what an honor it is to serve the Party that I love so completely.
2015 brings us an exciting opportunity to help send another Democrat to the White House as our next President. We will also re-elect Senator Ron Wyden, along with re-electing our US House Delegation. As well, we will re-elect our statewide and legislative officeholders, and do everything within our collective abilities to defend and expand our legislative majorities.
In support of these broad Democratic Party goals, as chair of Washington County, I have outlined four related goals and a number of important strategies for achieving these goals: