March 15, 2021
Precinct Meeting This Saturday: We Want YOU!
We will hold our 2021 Precinct Meeting this Saturday, March 20 at 10:00am. It will be fun, it will be brief, and it will be on Zoom. We need you there!

After an initial welcome, we will breakout into 7 "rooms," one for each precinct. The breakout process is effortless for attendees: Pat Salomon and Jim Clarke will make sure everyone gets assigned to the appropriate sub-meeting.

Each precinct will elect its officers (Pat has confirmed volunteers for every office), and we'll also leave time for your precinct to discuss plans and strategies going forward.

We want to to make sure we get everyone assigned to the appropriate breakout session, so if you're planning to attend the meeting, please indicate below which precinct you live in. If you're not sure, click here to look it up. Or, just select the last answer - we'll look it up for you!
What Polk County precinct do you live in?
Tryon (Precinct 123)
Saluda (Precinct 4)
Coopers Gap (Precinct 5)
White Oak (Precinct 6)
Columbus 1 (Precinct 7)
Columbus 2 (Precinct 8)
Green Creek (Precinct 9)
I'm not sure of my precinct
New Project Asks:
What Are We Doing Right?
After having many conversations about how to deal with the current political tensions in Polk County, the resounding opinion seems to be that the best thing our party can do is to work on ourselves. To do this, we have decided to use a relatively new social management process known as Appreciative Inquiry. It builds on what is good rather than looking at everything as a problem to be solved.  

Our goal is to provide positive, constructive conversations about politics and our local party as a way to counter the current hostile political environment that has left so many of us angry and hurt. We also believe this process will strengthen, energize and grow our local party.

In the next few months, we will be forming a team of "inquirers" who will contact a sampling of committed Democrats and Democratic leaning Unaffiliated voters to do two things:
       
  • Let them know how much their support and engagement in our political process is appreciated; and 

  • Ask them to talk about 2 or 3 things that they like about the Polk County Democratic Party or that they think our local party does particularly well.

We know that there are plenty of areas where we can improve, but for this project, we want to know what we're doing right. The confidential responses will be compiled and analyzed to help us rediscover and remember the Party's successes and strengths that can then be used to grow our party and plan for the future. We believe the process itself will enhance our sense of identity and shared values and will renew our group's hope, motivation and commitment.

Please be thinking about the 2-3 (or more!) things you like about our local Democratic Party or the things you think we do particularly well. You may be getting a call or email from our "inquirers" for your opinion!

~Margaret Parker, Chair
Polk Dems Appreciative Inquiry Committee
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
Josh Remillard
Update on NC11 Candidates
So far we have two confirmed Democratic candidates running to oust Madison Cawthorn in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a Buncombe County Commissioner and well known LGBTQ activist. She's also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She was able to raise $100,000 within 24 hours of announcing her candidacy, which is a crazy good number. That number is now over $200,000. (I know, we shouldn't put so much emphasis on the money side, but that's politics in 2021.)

Josh Remillard is a 38-year-old veteran of the United States Army. He served for eight years, including two combat tours in Iraq. Born and raised in North Carolina, he ran unsuccessfully for NC House District 117 in 2020. His top issues are healthcare, the economy, and education.

I know both of these fine people, and of course either one of them would be a vast improvement over what we have now. I'm also aware of several other prospective candidates, at least one or two of whom look very promising. One complicating factor is that, thanks to the Trump Administration's meddling in the 2020 census, we won't even know what the district lines will be until sometime this fall.

~Andy
Call for 2021 Municipal Candidates
This year, all three of Polk County's towns will hold elections for mayor and at least some town commissioners. While these elections are nonpartisan, Democrats are woefully underrepresented in all three municipalities.

Even worse, our own Chrelle Booker, who is a Tryon Commissioner, is the only woman and only African-American elected official on any of the governing bodies in Polk County, with the exception of the school board (which has five women but no minorities).

If you've ever thought about running for office, this year might be a good time to start. Email or call me, and let's talk about it.

~Andy
Coming Events
2021 Polk Precinct Meetings
  • Saturday, March 20
  • 10:00am
  • via Zoom
  • Everyone is welcome; only registered Democrats may vote
  • Email Pat for the link

Democratic Women of Polk County

PCDP Executive Committee
  • Thursday, April 1
  • 7:00pm
  • via Zoom
  • Pat Salomon will email instructions to EC members
  • Everyone is welcome; email Pat for the link
Quote of the Month
"The greatest gift is the ability to forget - to forget the bad things and focus on the good."

- President Joe Biden