Sunday, June 08, 2014
Democrats declare a convention as prevailing reality takes an ugly, profound beating.
Think about New Albany. Consider where we've come from, and where we are going. It needn't be at a deep, probing level; rather, just pause and look back on the past two or three decades, and ruminate about municipal government's relentlessly adversarial attitude towards modernity -- the absence of creativity, and the persuasive evidence that ideas generally are regarded with the same tender loving care as trees on Main Street.
Now, ask: Which of the two major political parties can claim consistent hegemony during this very same period?
Clue: It isn't the GOP, at least at the city level.
Finally, read the unexpurgated text of the local Democratic Party's call to conventioneering. Note that it remains the party that Ted Heavrin calls home. Weigh the past and the present. Reach your own conclusions.
If you can make it all the way through this exercise without resorting to hallucinogenic substances, congratulations.
Some say that party identity doesn’t matter on the local level. We disagree.
Over the past few years under Republican leadership, Floyd County has faced difficult challenges: financial scandals, ethical wrongdoing, and just poor decision-making. While other areas are moving forward, Floyd County is falling further behind. Take just two startling facts: Our poverty rate has increased by 30% since 2000, while our per capita income has dropped from 1% above the national average to 3% below it. That’s the wrong direction for our community!
Now more than ever, it's important that we work as citizens to improve our community. To kick our efforts into high gear, we're hosting our first "County Convention" to bring our party together and offer our shared vision for the future of Floyd County. At our convention, we will showcase our candidates, adopt our local platform, and begin to coordinate our outreach activities. The event will be held on:
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. - Noon
40/8 Voiture #1250 Club
221 Albany Street
New Albany, Indiana
You can be part of the team! The strength of our local Democratic Party has always been local Democrats. Without your input, hard work and dedication, we wouldn't be able to field top-notch candidates for public office, build a grass-roots support network, or spread our positive vision throughout the community. If you want to make a positive difference in Floyd County and help our Democratic candidates, we are inviting you to attend.
Mark your calendar and join us on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. The future starts now!