Over the last several years I have become very involved in my local Democratic Party. It seems that I have talked to several people recently who want to become more active, but don't know anyone in the party or how to even start. Well, it is a great time of the year to jump in!!!
During the month of April there is a one week period (covering two Saturdays) for every county to hold its county convention. The dates this year are April 14th through the 21st. I have only been to the Cleveland County Conventions, but I bet they all have some things in common. The main purpose of this meeting will be to elect new officers. Of course, if you are just getting started in the party you might not want to run, but there are many other opportunities. The county convention is the one time in the year you get all of the local dems together. It is a great opportunity to meet like minded people and find out what your local party is up to. Just by speaking up you can influence the type of issues the party tackles or the local projects the party takes on.
In Cleveland County we usually have an auxiliary group selling hot dogs as a fundraiser, and we have an annual cake sale. The cake sale has received some repute in the state because our cakes go for some big bucks (let me give a big shout out to the bakers of the Cleveland County Democratic Party). The cake auction usually gets some competitive spirits rolling and the spirit of the crowd is boisterous.
The county convention is also a great place to meet your local leadership. Maybe you will run across a State House Member, or you local County Commissioner. It is a great time to give them a pat on the back or to tell them what is really bothering you with the government.
To find out more about the schedule contact your local party chair.
No matter what your personal agenda is the county convention is an opportunity to meet new folks and join in the decision making process. I hope everyone will find their meeting and make a point to attend!