Weld Dems have so much to look forward to and to be thankful for in 2024. But first, I would like to recall all the hard work of so many volunteers and donors this last year. We have had a lot of volunteer participation, and our last event was no exception. The holiday party, Fezziwig Frolic, was a great success. We had over 90 people attend, and we had so many contributions to our bake sale that we needed four tables to hold it all. I am in such debt to Pat Kiovsky and the entire events committee for putting the party together, from securing the venue, setting up and cleanup and running the bake sale. The potluck was a great success, and I want to personally thank our entertainment volunteers, Ira Liss and Duane Liese for their wonderful musical contributions to make the season bright. We were also blessed to have Tannis and Casey Bator entertain us with a fabulous live action, interactive rendition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Thanks too to Rose Cunningham for putting together a great trivia game. It was a really great event, we raised almost $900.00 and everyone went home with good memories, maybe some tasty treats and some holiday cheer. It was great to welcome several candidates, and to give them our support.
Speaking of candidates, there will be a battle in Weld County, in Colorado and across the nation. So much is at stake, so brace yourself, it will probably be the most expensive election year ever. More than any other year, we will need dedicated volunteers. We will need funds to help candidates, we will need voter registration volunteers, canvassers, texting and letter and post card writers, precinct leaders, election judges and candidates to step up.
If you are passionate about maintaining our democracy, or curbing gun violence, supporting voter rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, environmental justice, sustainable immigration reform, maintaining a strong economy, increasing access to affordable healthcare, lowering drug prices, protecting Social Security and Medicare, supporting education and teachers, tuition debt relief, support for Ukraine, NATO, and conflict resolution in the middle east; then vote Republicans out. Help us vote out every Republican, every one.
Margaret Mead once said “Never underestimate the power of a small group of dedicated individuals to change the world, because indeed, that is all that ever has.” A small group of dedicated volunteers can inspire more volunteers, can inspire a movement, change hearts, change the world. Are you up for the challenge this year?
If you have been paying attention, you know what is at stake this election year. You know that misinformation, lying, fraud, voter suppression and conspiracy theories have become mainstream. Whatever we tolerate we encourage. That is why we must vote and get everyone to vote. It is the only way we can maintain our democracy, and our place as leaders of the free world.
I know it is overwhelming, and a big ask for this year. But we can’t accomplish any goals, and have no hope of turning the tide toward democracy and away from authoritarianism without you. We are counting on your help, in any way you can offer it, bucks and/or bodies.
Caucus will be March 9 this year and county convention and assembly will be March 16th. This is a place to start. Participate in caucus, participate in our convention and assembly. Help us pick our leaders, step up to be one. Mark your calendars now for our virtual caucus and assembly. You can make a difference and help us turn the tide in 2024.
Beverly Wallace, Chair of the Weld County Democratic Party