[ Please Note: Due to its proximity to Thanksgiving, and to the lack of pressing agenda items, the Davis County Democratic Party Central Committee WILL NOT meet this Tuesday, November 25th. ]
Odds Are You Didn’t Vote
Voter participation this year was below 29%. The lowest in Utah’s history.
Davis County’s first foray into mail-in balloting was a rather disappointing. Though turn-out in our county was generally better than in most Utah counties that didn’t utilize such balloting, we still only achieved about 25% voter participation as a whole, and only about 23% for Democrats. That’s not great, (in fact, it’s terrible) and the number of registered Democrats, and left-leaning Independent/Unaffiliated voters who did not vote could have swung the vote to a Democratic win in many (or most) races in the county.
We can be very proud of our excellent candidates who ran as Democrats in Davis County, however. Some even achieved a higher percentage of the vote than Democrats have in years. We’re influencing the political debate, and we’re challenging the status quo. We’re no longer just handing a win to Republicans. But there’s still much work to be done. I challenge all you Davis County Democrats to step-up your commitment to building our party and becoming politically active over this next year.
A Loss and a Big THANK YOU!
It is with regret and sorrow that I must announce the resignation of Kathy Dennis as co-vice chair of the Davis County Democratic Party. Citing health concerns, and political weariness after months (and years) of hard work trying to build the party, and laboring on behalf of Democratic candidates, Kathy submitted her resignation at last month’s Central Committee meeting, effective as of November 5th. I’m sure everyone in our party shares my immense gratitude to Kathy for her unwavering dedication to our party. We wish you well, Kathy.
We retain Brad Asay as the other co-vice chair. And as our bylaws don’t require us to fill the vacancy left by Kathy’s departure, and as new officers will be elected at the next county convention this coming spring we won’t call for nominations for a new co-vice chair.
A Thanksgiving Message
When I thought about what message I wanted to offer in commemoration of the upcoming holiday, especially in light of the number of Republican wins in Utah and throughout the nation, I kept coming back to the themes of hope, and a commitment to the values we hold true. I realized I could not match the eloquence of the words President Kennedy spoke in his 1961 Thanksgiving proclamation (below). All I can add is, Happy Thanksgiving, Democrats!
“We are grateful for the blessings of faith and health and strength and for the imperishable spiritual gifts of love and hope. We give thanks, too, for our freedom as a nation; for the strength of our arms and the faith of our friends; for the beliefs and confidence we share; for our determination to stand firmly for what we believe to be right and to resist mightily what we believe to be base; and for the heritage of liberty bequeathed by our ancestors which we are privileged to preserve for our children and our children’s children.” -John F. Kennedy, October, 1961
JFK ‘pardoning’ the White House turkey.