Monday, April 24, 2017

Schedule for Local Democrats' Reorganization Efforts

Local party, decertified last August, will begin its reorganization via a series of "community forums," the first of which will take place this weekend.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 11:26 AM

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Remember the Shelby County Democratic Party? it ceased to be, formally, when Tennessee party chair Mary Mancini and the state party's executive committee acted, in August 2016, to decertify it after what Mancini called "many years of dysfunction."

But it's on the verge of being reformed. Here's a reminder, in the form of a communication from the state party,  of how that process will operate, Note that the first "community forum" in a series of several will occur this coming weekend:


SHELBY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANNOUNCES PATH TO REINSTATEMENT

Beginning on April 29, the Shelby County Democratic Party Reorganization Ad Hoc Committee will host a series of community forums to encourage feedback from Democrats throughout Memphis and the surrounding Shelby County suburbs as the body works to reinstate the area’s largest political body.

Meeting Dates & Times:

North
Saturday, April 29, 12 p.m.
Black Market Strategies
5146 Stage Rd #102, Memphis, TN 38128
Hosted by State Representative Antonio Parkinson

Midtown/Downtown
Wednesday, May 3, 6:
0 0 p.m.
Gallery At Madison Square
1819 Madison Ave, 38104
Hosted by Shelby County Young Democrats & College Democrats

East
Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.
Pickering Center
7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
Hosted by Germantown Democrats

South/Whitehaven
Monday, May 15, 6:
0 0 p.m.
Abyssinian Baptist Church
3890 Millbranch Rd, Memphis, TN 38116
Hosted by Democratic Women Of Shelby County


Background:
On August 19, 2016, local leaders of the Tennessee Democratic Party voted to temporarily halt Shelby County Democratic Party operations, recruit new leaders from within the community, and create a framework for winning elections in 2018 and beyond. With support from the TN Democratic Party, local leaders established a Reorganization Ad Hoc Committee – a diverse group of thirteen local Democrats who were unanimously appointed by local party representatives.

Current Status:
The ad hoc committee is headed by local attorney and former Shelby County executive committee member Carlissa Shaw and David Cocke, an attorney whose party involvement dates back to the 1970s. The two will lead the creation of a framework for reorganization that:

· considers past challenges and success,
· is welcoming to local Democrats,
· prioritizes efficiency and innovation to mobilize voters,
· and ultimately helps strong Democrats win elections.

Other committee members include Cardell Orrin, Corey Strong (Community Meetings Chair), Danielle Inez (PR Chair), Dave Cambron, Deborah Reed, Emma Meskovic, George Monger, Jeannie Johnson, Jolie Grace Wareham (Secretary), Keith Norman, and Van Turner.

Together, committee members outlined a framework for developing the Shelby County Democratic Party’s new bylaws and orchestrating the 2017 Summer Convention, where new Shelby County Democratic Party leaders will be elected.

Going Forward:
The Democratic Party has a long-standing reputation of supporting the diverse interests of its constituents. As a result, the ad hoc committee is committed to open communication in various forms – via social media discussions, online surveys, and at several forums across the city.

Members of the community are encouraged to register on shelbydem.org for important announcements, follow real-time updates at Facebook.com/ShelbyDem, and email any questions to info@shelbydem.org.


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