Democrats Flip House District 97
In an impressive upset, first time candidate Mike Revis won last Tuesday's special election for Missouri House District 97 in Jefferson County, a district won by Donald Trump 61-33 and had been controlled by Republicans for the last several cycles. The win drew national attention as a sign that Democrats look poised to win in waves come November prompting commentary from CNN, MSNBC, and others. It wasn't just a great win for Missouri Dems, it was also a spark toward more infighting among Missouri Republicans. Shortly after the result went final, former Executive Director of the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee and State Representative Scott Dieckhaus tweeted what a lot of us were thinking: "Missouri Republicans just lost a MO House Seat because of Eric Greitens and his refusal to put our part over his ego." The millstone of Eric Greitens and his numerous scandals hangs heavy around the neck of every Republican in Missouri and November elections are closer every day. This is a fantastic sign of things to come for Democrats in every county. Read about the political ramifications of HD97 here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article198855974.html
Filing Period for State and County Offices In Two Weeks
Are you wanting to run for office? 2018 is going to be a good year for Democrats! The following positions are on the ballot this year in Jackson County: all State Representatives, State Senate in the 8th District, US Senate, State Auditor, County Executive, all County Legislators, all County Committeemen and Committeewomen plus local and municipal elections. The filing period opens for these races on February 27th. If you would like to learn more about how to run for office, email the Missouri Democrats at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you up to speed.
Big Plans Require Help from Everyone
Jackson County will play a major role in the future of Missouri politics in 2018 and beyond. We have several competitive State House and Senate districts in play this year, voter turnout for Senator Claire McCaskill and Auditor Nicole Galloway will be critical in our area, and we stand to be an example of a pending wave of Democrats reclaiming state-wide offices in 2020. To get there, our staff and committee members have developed bold plans and aggressive campaign strategies, but we need the funds to do it. Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Jackson County Democratic Committee HERE. Our money stays in the area and is always spent wisely with minimal overhead. Every bit counts!
Notes on Upcoming Events
1) Keep an eye out for events featuring our candidates in our "most likely to flip" areas, such as Lee's Summit and Blue Springs. Tuesday is an event for Hillary Shields, who is running for a full term in the 8th Senate District. This is the only State Senate seat on the ballot in 2018 in Jackson County and we're certainly going to fight for it.
2) The Wiggins Fund is dedicated to keeping JCDC staff year round. This is what makes Jackson County special in the Democratic community. The annual fundraiser is just a few weeks away in March 2nd. If you can't make it but still want to give to this important fund, donate securely here: http://www.jacksoncountydemocraticcommittee.org/EDCircle
3) Mark your calendars for the 31st annual Truman Gala: June 9th at Arrowhead 2018 Stadium. As always, we will be targeting nationally recognized names as a keynote speaker. Senator McCaskill, Auditor Galloway and other top Democrats will be there, so you should too!
Club Meetings and Events:
- Save the Date: Annual Wiggins Fund Event is scheduled for March 2nd, 5:30-8:00pm. Hosted by Plumbers and Gas Fitters Local 8 at 5950 Manchester Trafficway, KCMO. Special speaker to be announced.
- 40 Club Lunch: Monthly luncheon February 13th, noon at Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd. KCMO 64129). $15 goes to support labor friendly candidates and causes.
- Hillary Shields for State Senate 2018 Kickoff: February 21 at Llywelyn's Pub in Lee's Summit, 6-8pm. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011179252495023/
- Raytown Democratic Association: Thursday, February 15th 7pm at Las Chili's (6210 Raytown Trafficway). Special guest speaker: State Rep. Brandon Ellington.
- Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monthly meeting February 26th, 5:30-7:00pm at Californo's (4124 Pennsylvania KCMO). "The New Poor People's Campaign." Rev. Dr. Rodney E. Williams, President of Missouri Faith Voices and Pastor of Swope Parkway United Christian Church; Michael Enriquez, Executive Director of Stand Up KC; and a Stand Up KC worker, who will explain why the Fight for 15 and a Union has joined forces with the New Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The PPC, led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation's distorted morality. The PPC is planning 40 days of coordinated action in the spring of 2018, at statehouses and various venues across the country, to advance a public policy agenda consistent with the values of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s original Poor People's Campaign. Facebook RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1991698337823528/
- JCDC Quarterly meeting: February 22nd, 7pm at Independence courthouse (308 W Kansas Ave). Regular business meeting.
- Upcoming--voter registration training (will be scheduled for February)