Seeking House District Leader Volunteers to Make 2020 a Better Tomorrow

By Adam Gretzinger, Campaign Committee Chair

Washington County had great success in activating over 500 Neighborhood Leaders in 2018. However, a lot goes into voter mobilization, and we’re in need of more leadership to reach more voters in the run-up to 2020.  Behind every batch of Neighborhood Leaders, there must be a support structure to get them materials, training, and assistance to do that most vital organizing work–the work of talking to voters.

House District Leaders provide an indispensable organizing backbone for the Washington County Democratic Central Committee (WCDCC). The Leaders help bring the party directly into communities at the house district level. The House District Leaders facilitate recruitment of PCPs, Neighborhood Leaders, and coordinate local events with candidates, such as house parties.

For 2020 we need to reach even more voters to both grow the party and leave nothing to chance in future elections.

One key aspect of this job is to be an organizer of organizers, and that takes time to be ready. The Campaign Committee (a collection of all House District Leaders) is seeking new people to join us to do organizational work. There is a lot of safety in numbers, as we can then divide up responsibilities and that makes it less work for everyone. In particular, during the last 60 days before an election, the pace gets pretty furious–you’re having those vital conversations with voters, distributing slate cards and so much more.

Since we have several elections to go before the 2020 general election, there is plenty of time to join up and become a pro!

The House District Leaders act as independent organizers in their districts, creating plans using the tools the party makes available to them and engaging Neighborhood Leaders and PCPs to visit neighbors. The House District Leader position comes with rich campaign tools, voter file access, Neighborhood Leader turf/admin access, recognition as a leader in your house district and participation in crucial campaign operations to get the word out.

Many people serve as House District Leaders prior to running for office both inside and outside the party.

Serving is a great way to gain campaign skills, name recognition, and of course to meet your fellow activists.

The position involves a good deal of critical responsibility, including connecting people in different sections of the party, hearing concerns, and making commitments to deliver materials and to support the work of the Neighborhood Leaders.

House District Leaders are appointed by the county party chair, and serve a term that will end at the first central committee organizing meeting after the 2020 election. We’re looking for people of all types, abilities, languages, and skill sets to join us.

Feel free to contact the campaign chair at campaign@washcodems.org to inquire!