January 24, 2021
Virtual Inaugural Ball a Big Success
We had about 50 attendees at our Virtual Inaugural Ball the evening of the inauguration. Senator Jeff Jackson celebrated with us, as did Sam and Deda Edney. Everyone had a chance to express their joy over the occasion. There were toasts and door prizes and singalongs. In his moving invocation, Dr. Warren Carson asked for a blessing "as we await the silver lining that comes after the dark cloud, as we await the bright new star that comes after every rainstorm." It was a wonderful way to ring in the Biden Administration.
The Biden Era Begins
Polk Dems:

As relieved as we are that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are ushering in a new era of competence in government, we have no illusions. The Polk County Democratic Party has a lot of work to do.

Municipal elections take place in November of this year. If you or someone you know are thinking of running for town council or mayor in Tryon, Columbus or Saluda, please let me know!

Our building committee has approved a preliminary concept for a new headquarters building, and we're gathering cost estimates. Stay tuned.

It is not too early to be thinking of 2022. We'll need strong candidates for U.S. House and Senate, state House and Senate, county commissioner and more.

The state party will elect a new chair this spring. We have much improving to do if we are to be competitive at the state level in 2022 and 2024.

We're looking forward to the end of the pandemic, when we can once again get together in person. In the meantime, stay safe, and get vaccinated as soon as you can!

~Andy
"This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve.

Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge.

Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy.

The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile.

And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed."

- Opening passage from President Biden's inaugural address
Coming Events
Democratic Women of Polk County

PCDP Executive Committee
  • Thursday, February 4
  • 7:00pm
  • via Zoom
  • Pat Salomon will email instructions to EC members
  • Everyone is welcome; email Pat for the link
Quote of the Month
But one thing is certain.

If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.

We will rise from the golden hills of the West.

We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.

We will rise from the sun-baked South.

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.

And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.

The new dawn balloons as we free it.

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

closing lines from "The Hill We Climb"
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman