Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Blue in the Northwoods

There are challenges, and then there are challenges.

Running for elective office as a Democrat in the Northwoods is definitely a real challenge. Much of the challenge comes from long-standing Democratic practice of ignoring rural areas, resulting in weak county party organizations. These weak organizations allow others to define what Democrats value and what they might do if elected. Years without blue victories in the Northwoods reinforces the challenge of running as a Democrat by convincing potential candidates that winning a local partisan office is too much of an uphill climb.

As we enter the 2022 electoral season, we know we have an uphill battle. But we have been preparing for it, and have developed new strategies, enlisted new volunteers, and engaged various resources specifically tailored to winning in rural communities. We aren't fooling ourselves: it's still going to be an uphill battle, but we believe we are making the kinds of changes that can only help improve our performance in this fall's elections. 

We have much more to do before we can expect to prevail in November. We will be seeking your help this year for many of same things we have in prior years: phone calls, door knocking, funding, staffing our office, and help in getting signs distributed. But we will also be asking for your help in engaging new voters: hosting small groups of your neighbors, staffing pop-up events where we can cross paths with folks outside of our usual supporters, and in general creating opportunities for voters to see the real differences between us and the GOP.

Beyond efforts to engage new voters, we are committed to having serious conversations with traditional Republican voters who are concerned about the recent direction of the GOP. We intend to lead with our values: a fair shake for everyone, support for elections where every vote is counted, and our commitment to addressing the real problems being faced by families and the small businesses in the Northwoods.

The 2022 election season is upon us, and I think we are ready to make a difference.