Our 2015 county organizing convention is history, and although, like last year’s election, turn-out was atrociously low, some big changes came from it. Here’s what happened at convention:
New Party Leadership
County party delegates elected new officers, and retained a couple officers to lead our party for the next two years. Here is your new executive committee:
Chair – Stroh DeCaire
Vice Chair – Bob Buckles
Secretary – Allison Hess (Retained as Secretary)
Treasurer – Kevin Nagle (Retained as Treasurer)
Our party is in very good hands with our new leadership Please offer them your support as they guide our party into the future.
Our platform committee offered a few alterations to our Statement of Values, and after a brief debate, the motion to approve the recommended changes passed unanimously by convention attendees. You can view our revised Statement of Values by clicking on the tab above.
A Farewell Message
As your outgoing party chair, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supported me over the last couple years. It has been my honor to serve the Davis County Democratic Party.
In the last two years, we’ve seen the largest turn-out at the neighborhood caucuses in years, and the second highest attendance in the state (right behind Salt Lake county). We’ve facilitated the formation of several officially recognized issues caucuses, (and it should be noted that we’re currently the only county party to have issues caucuses and a mechanism to officially recognize them as part of our party structure). We fielded a full slate of candidates in the 2014 election cycle. And we raised the visibility of our county Democratic party to a point that at least one state-wide candidate, Charles Stormont, believed Davis county voters could make the difference between a win and a loss for him. Unfortunately, however, Davis county was part of the lowest voter participation in Utah’s history, and we didn’t deliver for Charles. But despite low voter participation, our party has grown significantly over the last few years, and continues to grow. It’s humbling to me to be a part of that.
I chose not to run for a second term as party chair because I believe we benefit from a change of leadership from time to time, and because I’ve put much of my life on the back burner for the last few years as I’ve dedicated my energies toward helping build our party. It’s time for me to focus some attention on other goals, but I step down knowing our party is in the hands of such capable leaders.
Remember, though, our leaders can’t do it alone. Our party is nothing if you don’t get involved. In our last election some of our candidates lost by less than the number of Democrats who didn’t bother to vote, (even with the ease of a ballot being sent to every registered voter’s home). Whether it’s apathy, resignation, or a feeling of hopelessness, Democratic losses in our county have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Our party leaders can only do so much, the rest is up to you. Step up when offered the opportunity help your party. Take the initiative to get involved. And when the elections come around, there is no excuse not to vote.
The end of my term is a bittersweet moment for me. I’m proud of our accomplishments, even though there is much more to be done, and more I wanted to achieve, but the future of our party is very bright, and Stroh, Bob, Allison, and Kevin will serve us well as we move forward.
Taylor and Mayne Dinner
June 12th marks the date of of the State Party’s Taylor and Mayne Awards Dinner taking place this year at Tracy Aviary. This fundraising event (tickets can be purchased here) is also an opportunity to honor some hard-working Democrats, and grassroots organizers. If you’d like to nominate someone for either the Todd Taylor or Ed Mayne award, the State Party is accepting nominations online by following this link: Taylor & Mayne Awards Nominations
And Speaking of Awards…
Each year at our county convention, we honor one of our dedicated Davis County Democratic volunteers by presenting them with the Spirit of our Community award. This is a way of recognizing those people who go the extra mile to make build our party, who represent our Democratic values, and who help better our community. This year’s recipient is Kathy Dennis. Kathy is one of our hardest working, and most dedicated volunteers, and it’s very right that we acknowledge her for her the tremendous amount of time and energy she has given to our county, and party.