— by Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary
This week, Organizing for Action (OFA 4.0) will begin holding planning sessions to discuss steps we can take to help President Obama pass the agenda we all fought so hard for. OFA will advocate for those policies and mobilize citizens to speak out for speedy passage and effective implementation of programs like gun violence prevention, sensible climate change environmental policies, and immigration reform.
OFA will encourage the formation of grassroots chapters that are dedicated to this effort and committed to identifying and working for progressive change on a range of issues at the state and local levels.
So, check out the calendar and find an event near you. Don’t see an event taking place in your area? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nevada State lead organizers Tyson at (702) 306-6461 or Bridget at (702) 378-2242 to talk about hosting your own event.
In other news…..
So many important hearings take place every week. You do not have to be in Carson City to attend. You can attend at a satellite location or watch hearings stream live over the internet. Here are the committee meetings taking place tomorrow and Tuesday. Check back on our website under the “blog” tab for summaries of the rest of the week.
Early Voting Starts This Week!
Check out these cities and find a location near you.
· Henderson: March 16-29
· Las Vegas: March 16-29
· Mesquite: March 18 – 20 and March 25 – 27
· North Las Vegas: March 13 – 29, In-Office and Early Voting Schedule
Solo Democrats in Municipal Races
Several municipal races have only one Democrat running against their opponent. City statute stipulates that any candidate who wins more than the majority vote in the primary is considered to have won the election and no general election need be held. With early voting rapidly approaching, all Democratic candidates can use our help. How great would it be to get these Southern Nevada solo Democrats elected at the primary level?
- Isaac Barron: candidate for North Las Vegas City Council, Ward 1 against incumbent Robert Eliason. Mr. Barron is a teacher in North Las Vegas and would be the first Latino to serve on the council if elected. Find out how you can help by contacting Esmeralda Villeda at (702) 716-9596.
- Fayyaz Raja: candidate for Las Vegas City Council Ward 2 against incumbent Bob Beers. Mr. Raja is a successful businessman and 30+ year resident of Ward 2. Canvasses are taking place daily with multiple shifts to choose from. Contact Raja at (702) 321-4512 or his wife at (702) 321-4513 for more information.
- Frank Geary: candidate for Las Vegas City Council, Ward 4 against incumbent Stavros Anthony. Mr. Geary is an investigative reporter who is not afraid to dig under the rocks to get at what’s buried underneath. Email email@example.com or call (702) 439-4850 to help out.
New Democratic Party Leadership
The following individuals were recently elected to serve their respective Democratic party or organization. Please help congratulate them and thank them for stepping up to serve:
- Churchill County Democratic Party: Chair: Nyla Howell, Vice-Chair: Larry Jackson, Secretary: Jeanette Strong, and Treasurer: Carol Roeder
- Douglas County Democratic Party: Chair: Kim Cole, Vice Chair: Bo Statham, Secretary: Kathleen Winans, Treasurer: Eric Griffin, Member at-Large: Melanie Meehan-Crossley, Member at-Large: Gim Hollister, and Campaign Liaison: Cindy Trigg
- Stonewall Democrats of Southern Nevada: Chair: Christopher Preciado, Vice-Chair: Helen Caddes, Secretary: Laura Martin and Treasurer: Chris Miller
- UNR Young Democrats: President: Maddie Poore, Vice-President: Hawah Ahmad, Secretary: Lisa Wayne, Public Relations Chair: Shelby Wilburn, Treasurer: Terika Lambert. Advising board: Ian Fluellen, Danika Peterson, Ben Clark, and Antonio Gonzalez
- Clark County Young Democrats: President: Justin Howard, Vice-President: Rachel Rekowski, Secretary: Christine Herril, and Treasurer: Sebring Frehner.
Additionally, the Democratic Party of Washoe County will hold officer/Executive Board elections on April 2, 2013 at 6PM. Members of the Washoe County Democratic Central Committee are encouraged to attend and vote for the candidate(s) of their choice. For detailed information, visit the WashoeDEMS website.
Nevada Legislative Reports
- State Improvement Plan for Education from the Nevada State Board of Education and Department of Education, containing a five-year plan to improve state of education in Nevada.
- The 2013 proposed K-12 Education Budget as presented to the NV Legislature last week.
- Legislative Committee on Public Lands has a new report available. View the report titled Bulletin No. 13-12
Speaking of Education…..
On Thursday, the Clark County School District will hold a special meeting at 9:00 a.m. to appoint an interim superintendent and discuss recruiting procedures for Dwight Jones’ permanent replacement.
Have a great week, and as always, be well and do good.