By Katherine Chipps
Just like team, there is no “I” in Democrat. We are a shared voice, a team, made up of many people that share the same values.
From the single mother working two jobs that takes her sample ballot to the polls, to the Firefighter that just pulled three children to safety from a fire and had the best equipment for his safety through collective bargaining to ensure he was able to return home to his children. To the volunteers that wake up at 7:00 A.M. on a Saturday after a long week of work to go door-to-door canvassing for candidates, to the immigrant that just took their oath to become an U.S. citizen in hopes of providing a better life for their children.
All of us that consider ourselves Democrats are for a reason. Whatever issue(s), or candidate inspired us to vote Democratic. Whatever level of participation we have in our party, whether an elected official, member of the Central or Executive Committee, a volunteer, campaign staff, or a voter. The elected officials would not be where they are without the voters, the volunteers that got their message out, or the Executive and Central Committee that endorsed their candidacy. We’re all in this together. Which over the years we have become a majority in Franklin County. This was through the work of many people, not a few.
I’m not expecting the next party event to have people break out guitars and sing a stirring version of Kumbaya. But, to those reading this; take a moment and think why you are a Democrat at whatever level of participation in politics you are, because you are just as important to the party as a whole as the next person. We all have the same core values. We are a team. If we work together as a team, we can make sure that our voices are heard, and we have laws, programs and ordinances that reflect our shared values, and stand together in the fight to ensure we keep the programs, like collective bargaining and a woman’s right to choose, safe. Working together we can get a lot more done then working as an individual.