Reinvigorating Local Ward Politics
Purpose of Reinvigorating Local Ward Politics Action Team. At one time, Wards were a hub of political conversation and activism, as depicted in the picture at left. No more. While some Wards remain active, some almost never meet except to hold elections for Ward Chair and County Central Committee, and some Ward Chairs do not even respond to inquiries. Over the past year, County wards have been reinvigorated to a significant degree. This has translated into both more local activism, but also has led to the election of a far more progressive County Party Chairs and County Central Committees. This has translated into an even more progressive State Central Committee and the key Committees that determine state party policies, practices and its platform. With an active, progressive Central Committee, Santa Fe can advocate for Party reform at the State level, as Central Committee members vote for party leadership, appoint members to committees such as the Platform Committee, and vote for our Democratic National Committee representatives. One of our current elected DNC members, Raymond Sanchez, is a lobbyist for the exploitive payday lending industry, so there is work to be done. On Feb 3, members of an emerging yet-to-be named caucus but essentially a progressive or reform caucus, to be the locus of advocacy within the Party.
We want to continue this process in 2018 beginning by electing at each Ward meeting this February, progressive delegates to the State Pre-primary Convention on March 10.