Help make the 2018 #BlueTsunami come to DRC country!

The #BlueTsunami won’t come to New York unless we make some waves! We’ve all heard about what a good year it looks like it’s going to be for Democrats, but that’s not just going to happen by itself. It’s not going to be a weather event; it’s going to be the result of our work. Throughout upstate New York, there has been greater energy and enthusiasm on the ground since the 2016 election than most of us have seen before, but Facebook posts and protest signs won’t mean much if we don’t translate them into votes. We have to make sure Democrats in our counties turn out in November, because so many Democrats don’t bother going to the polls unless there’s a presidential race.

New York is consistently toward the bottom of the pack when it comes to voter turnout. In fact, in the last midterm election in 2014 only 34% of eligible New Yorkers cast their ballots! And we lost a lot of races we needed to win. We simply must do better in 2018!

With better Democratic turnout this year, we can help flip the House and put a crucial check on the Republicans in power who seem intent on jeopardizing everything that truly does make America great. We can elect Democrats up and down the ticket, so that New York can become “true blue” throughout the state. We can also make sure we’re creating a bench of future candidates upstate to run for higher offices in the future. But it won’t happen if we don’t turn out our voters who don’t usually show up in off years.

That’s why the DRC is proposing our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program to help you get more Democrats to the polls. It’s a simple and easy way to connect with our potential voters and show them how important their vote can be on Election Day. As the pamphlet lays out, it’s a 3-step process. Each county committee distributes the names of 10 inconsistent Democratic voters to each county committee member. Each county committee member then contacts the 10 people they’ve been assigned 3 times over the course of the campaign season, explaining the importance of their votes, answering questions, and doing everything possible to encourage them to show up at the polls in November.

Pilot programs like this have dramatically increased Democratic turnout. And each county will be able to track their results for themselves. We’d love to hear back from you after the election how the Neighbor-to-Neighbor worked in your county, but we’ll all get a sense when we hear the results on Election Night!

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Congressional Ballots Are Set!

Congressional races in DRC territory will include some of the most important in the nation, when it comes to taking back the House this fall. Please, help your local Democratic congressional candidate however you can, but you might also consider becoming a small donor supporting candidates in the other DRC districts.

NY 18: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney*
NY 19: Antonio Delgado (https://www.delgadoforcongress.com/)
NY 20: Rep. Paul Tonko (http://paultonko.com/)
NY 21: Tedra Cobb (https://www.tedracobb.com/)
NY 22: Anthony Brindisi (https://brindisiforcongress.com/)
NY 23: Tracy Mitrano (https://tracymitranoforcongress.com/)
NY 24: Dana Balter (https://electdanabalter.com/)
NY 26: Rep. Brian Higgins (https://www.facebook.com/higginsforcongress/)
NY 27: Nathan McMurray (https://votemcmurray.com/)

*Rep. Maloney does not have a website for his congressional campaign.

Please note that NY 25 is entirely within Monroe County, which is not classified as rural.

Here are some great signs for our upstate Congressional candidates!

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2018 DRC photographs

Many thanks to Dennis B. Laughlin for the great photos!

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DRC Bulletin #33, January 2018

We’re pleased to publish the winter edition of our DRC Bulletin from Lorie Longhany, Editor. Many thanks to Lorie for her continued effort in bringing us important DRC news.

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New York State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

Andrew Cuomo

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New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

Kathy Hochul

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New York State Tom DiNapoli at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

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Welcome from our Chair, Irene Stein

Welcome to the Democratic Rural Conference (DRC) website!

The DRC was organized in 1996 to support upstate rural New York elect Democratic candidates at all levels of government through uniting our individual counties as a single force.

Our motto was and remains “Unity and Victory.”

We have been very successful. Over the last twenty years we have attracted statewide and national candidates to our annual conventions. Our work with the State Committee to assist local counties has been constant.

In spite of the results of the last election, I still believe Republicans cannot take upstate for granted. 2017 is a year of local races. We will organize to act locally and at the same time, think longer range and even globally. We will develop and execute plans to proclaim that the Democratic agenda is and always has been the political path to meeting the needs of our people for good jobs, good health insurance coverage, clean air and water, a fairer tax structure, a sound education, voting rights, and civil rights, with opportunity, fairness and respect for all our people.

Many of our county committees are already planning meetings to come up with concrete steps to analyze their 2016 results, improve outcomes, articulate our messages, fight back on bad ideas, and to act locally to achieve our goals with a view to building a stronger Democratic Party at all levels. The DRC is committed to helping in this process; we are also working on developing comprehensive regional campaign training to help our membership in 2017 and beyond.

I was first elected Chair of the DRC in 2008. My goals have not changed since then: to work with the Board and the membership to strengthen our bonds with one another; to provide assistance to member counties through a speaker’s bureau, to promote political mentoring and better use of technology; to maintain and increase our visibility with the State committee and with our elected officials at all levels.

Our membership is composed of the dues-paying Chairs and State Committee members of our member counties. Any New York Democrat can become an Associate member by paying dues of $10.00 per year.

These times are more challenging than ever before. Therefore, I remain more steadfastly committed to “Unity and Victory” than ever before.

Sincerely,

Irene W. Stein

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