November 28, 2020
Hope for a Better America
Here are two videos from President-Elect Joe Biden. They are inspiring reminders of why we worked so long and hard to elect this man and his history-making running mate. The video above features Ray Charles' "America the Beautiful," and it brings me to tears every time I watch it. The one below is the President-Elect's Thanksgiving message to his supporters. Please take a moment to watch them both.

Reflecting on the Election Results
While we were deeply disappointed at our lack of success locally, we note that there was a small but measurable movement toward Democrats in our state and county: just under 2% in our direction statewide and 1.7% in Polk County. Furthermore, this trend continued across the entire 11th Congressional District.

Turnout was up for both parties in Polk. Overall, 76% of Polk's registered voters cast a ballot in the November 3 election. That's a record, and it's a good thing.

But the reality is that there are more Republican than Democratic voters in Polk County. 25% of Polk voters are registered Democrats, 37% are Republicans, and 38% are Unaffiliated -- but a strong majority of those independent voters appear to vote as Republicans.

In just about every race from president to state House of Representatives, Polk's results were virtually the same: 63% for the Republican candidate and 37% for the Democrat. 

As pointed out in my last email, that translates to 1.7 GOP voters for every Democratic voter. That's a hard reality, but we must recognize it for what it is. You've often heard me say that there are more of us than you think, and that's true. But for now, there are more of them than there are of us.

Don't let it discourage you. We know beyond a doubt that we're on the right side of the issues and of history. Besides, we may be outnumbered locally, but we're way ahead nationally. We've elected our guy to the White House by a wide margin. We've elected the first woman and person of color to the vice presidency. And we can look forward to at least four years of competence and strong leadership. That's worth celebrating, wouldn't you say?

Our time will come in Polk County. In the meantime, we need to support one another, build our party, provide a welcoming alternative when voters are ready to come into the light, and live with our fellow community members.

Stay tuned for a new initiative to help us build our community of Democrats.
An Open Thank-You Note to Ray Gasperson
Dear Ray,

The citizens of Polk County are in your debt. You have represented us faithfully and honorably for 12 years. It’s not always easy for a Democrat to get elected in this neck of the woods, but you did it four times. Much of your time on the Board of Commissioners has been spent in the minority; in fact, you’ve been a minority of one for a while now. But you never let it stop you from representing ALL of the citizens of Polk County. Your special blend of openness, friendliness, humility and humor has earned the enduring respect of your fellow commissioners and the entire community. Please know that you are appreciated, cherished, and honored by the entire community.

With pride and gratitude,

Your Fellow Polk Democrats
Coming Events
Democratic Women of Polk County: NO MEETING in DECEMBER

PCDP Executive Committee
  • Thursday, December 3
  • 7:00pm
  • via Zoom
  • Pat Salomon will email instructions to EC members
  • Everyone is welcome; email Pat for the link
The Virus is Still With Us
Do you know anyone who has died from Covid? I know at least five. Friends and family members are testing positive at an alarming rate. With cases spiking nationally, statewide, and locally, we urge everyone to follow the latest guidelines from Governor Cooper: basically, don't swap air with others. Keep your distance, wear your mask, and stay away from groups. If we can get through the next 6 months or so, we should be all right.

Speaking of which, our own Susannah Hogan tested positive recently. In addition to being president of the Democratic Women of Polk County, Susannah is a teacher in Spartanburg County, and she takes every precaution. If she can get it, so can the rest of us. She's recovering and isolating at home, so don't worry too much about her.
Quote of the Month

"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."

- Anne Frank