Dear NDCO and DMO Leadership –
Thank you for taking the time to reach out to the candidates running for officer positions of the
Democratic National Committee. The input we have received from Democratic organizations over
the past three months has without a doubt elevated the discussion taking place about how to better
serve our Party and be more inclusive of our elected officials.
In response to your letter outlining the opportunities for the DNC to collaborate with the NDCO
and DMO, below you will find my thoughts on how we can make such partnerships happen. My
responses are reflective of my knowledge from previous roles as a DNC member and staffer, and
also from my work with the American Federation of Teachers and engagement with elected officials.
Director of State and Local Affairs: This position should be housed within the DNC Political
Department. By having this staffer housed within the Political Department, they would be able to
liaise easily with DNC Communications, Community Engagement, and the Association of State
Democratic Chairs to ensure inclusion of state and local elected officials. In addition, they could
coordinate with all of the other Democratic Party Committees to not only ensure the issues of state
and local elected officials are reflected, but are also being included in the pipeline as candidates for
Targeting Data: Without a doubt, the DNC should be able to share access to this data with the
NDCO and DMO through a data-sharing partner agreement.
Grants: In coordination with the DNC Finance Department, we should work to seek out donors
who are committed to state and local engagement of elected officials and ask them to commit to
donating/raising $150,000 per year over the next four years for these Party Committees.
County & Municipal Director / State Party Grants: I will need more information on this topic.
It is my understanding that State House Committees handle the hiring of state house and state
Campaign & Media Trainings: A huge component of my platform is the Blue Activist Training
Center where I want to work with the Democratic Party Committees on trainings of activists,
campaign staff, and candidates (current and future). There is not only the opportunity for the DNC
to train NDCO and DMO elected officials and candidates, but for NDCO and DMO members to
be trainers as well at the other DNC sponsored trainings.
DNC Caucus & Councils: The DNC Bylaws state that all caucuses must have “immutable”
characteristics. Due to this clause, we could not have a Local Elected Officials Caucus, but could work
with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee to create a council that serves elected officials within
the Party. I have experience in this area as I worked to create the DNC Youth Council under
Governor Howard Dean’s chairmanship.
DNC Membership: You have my support that the DMO and NDCO should retain its DNC seats.
I would also work with the DMO and NDCO to see more elected officials appointed and elected to
the DNC, but would also extend this to the Democratic National Convention delegate slots and
committees. We can work with the DNC Secretary’s Office to ensure all elected officials are
identified in the DNC member database.
Surrogates/Speakers: We should without a doubt have key surrogates and speakers at NDCO and
DMO conference and events, and we should also be using DMO and NDCO elected officials as
Party surrogates and messengers.
Convening: As the DNC has the Progressive Table to convene Democratic and progressive
organizations, I would recommend that we should create and convene the Elected Officials Table to
keep these organizations updated on all DNC activities and opportunities for coordination,
particularly around messaging and voter expansion and engagement efforts. Director of State and
Local Affairs would oversee convening and managing the table.
I know that there are great things that we can do together at the DNC. A large part of the Party’s
strength lies in having elected officials who are equipped with the tools they need to effectively
govern, message, and get re-elected.
If you would like to talk with me more about my ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-429-0705.