The March Central Committee Meeting is CANCELED
March 25, 2020
Dear Central Committee Members,
Like you, I have been following the concerning news regarding the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our members. With that in mind, the party’s Executive Board voted tonight to direct me to cancel the March Central Committee meeting because of the state of emergency and because many of our members may be at heightened risk during this pandemic.
The March 25, 2020 Central Committee meeting is cancelled.
I do not take this action lightly, but I respect the decision of the Board members. The Board took note of the fact that we do not currently have the technological capacity to hold official Central Committee meetings online, and that if we went ahead in person, dozens of members have indicated they would feel unsafe attending, and thus would be disenfranchised.
We have much work to do in preparation for upcoming elections and outreach programs. So the work of our various committees and work groups continues. I have directed the volunteer leader of our Information Technology committee to work with committees to help them implement teleconferencing arrangements so they can meet virtually to do the party’s work.
I want to also let you know that the State Democratic Party has cancelled their quarterly meeting scheduled for this weekend for the same reason, in case any of you were planning to attend that.
There were three local tax ballot measures that we had a request to support and were planning to vote on at this now-cancelled Central Committee meeting.
Some board members believe the Executive Board should vote on whether to support them so that they can be on our slate cards, since the Board is empowered to carry on the business of the party between meetings of the Central Committee. Others feel that we should remain neutral on these topics since the Central Committee cannot meet. Please feel free to send input to the Board on whether they should take this step or not.
The measures are:
- Washington County 34-296: Replacement Local Option Levy for Countywide Public Safety Services
- Washington County 34-297: Renewal of Local Option Levy to Support Countywide Library Services
- Metro Council: Provides homeless services through higher earners’ tax, business profits tax
We are just two months out from critical local elections. Our volunteer campaign leadership will be reaching out to train and prepare neighborhood leaders, and to discuss alternate methods to contact voters if door-to-door canvassing becomes unsafe.
Please look after your neighbors during this time of heightened concern. We will come through this as a community if we rely on one another.
Patrick Maguire, Chair
Washington County Democrats