Is the BlueWave for Real?
As we get closer to election day it seems that the conventional wisdom is that Democrats will have a good day. The national trends show stagnant presidential job approval and generic ballot numbers that favor Democrats. This is great news, but election day is still 75 days away. Be careful not to read too much into overly optimistic polling, undecided voters will break late and national news can quickly change.
As we discussed during our briefing in Nashville, voters are giving Trump some credit for the economy and some of his foreign policy endeavors. His momentum did stall but this should serve as a reminder to the points raised in Nashville. County officials need to run on local issues and connect with voters in a meaningful way.
Now is the time to build solid relationships, encourage candidates in your communities to advocate and articulate Democratic values. Running against Trump will only work when he is relevant and is a recipe for disaster in 2022 and beyond. Take the time now to build your campaign infrastructure, raise money, connect with stakeholders and help other Democrats. NDCO is always here to help and we encourage you to call on us for guidance and help as we build a better Union one county at a time.
NDCO is identifying the key races that will make a difference in 2018 and beyond. Highlighting viable candidates that represent shared values is central to the NDCO mission.
NDCO Spotlight Race
When we talk about county races to friends and allies we often characterize the Harris County Clerk’s race as the most important race you have not heard about. Democrat Diane Trautman is running against an incumbent Republican in this blue territory of Texas that needs to take a fresh look at a wide-variety of policies and procedures. Trautman has experience in county government and will bring an open-mind to voter access, election security and administration. Voter suppression has long been a tactic used by Republicans across the country, it is time for Democrats to do something about it.
And if you want to know what that will mean in the future…. A county of 4.5 million people that supported Hillary Clinton with 54% of their vote having a fair election administration might just have an impact on the six Congressional seats, and 15 state legislative seats currently held by Republicans in Harris County.
Electing Democrats to Countywide Office. Winning Democratic Majorities on County Boards. Defending Democratic Incumbents
and Assisting Democratic Challengers. Increasing Minority Representation in County Government.