LAD Mid November Update

“If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner.  ~Lindsey Nelson”

In case you didn’t know the Colorado State House is still up for grabs!!  
So much for early returns…

1) Thank You
2) Hickenlooper Needs Your Help 11/17/10
3) LAD Potluck 12/1/10
4) Remembering Doug Brown

1) Thank You
Thanks to all of you that voted, canvassed, called, sign-waved, blogged, brought volunteers food, cleaned up, etc.
The Democrats didn’t win big, but as Longmont Dem Ray Rodriguez summarized,  Red Hurricanes were replaced by Partly Cloudy Blue Skies. I want to offer my personal congratulations to all of those that threw their hat in the ring this year and all that volunteered.  It takes courage to speak your mind, and even more to talk politics to a total stranger, but hundreds of you did that in Longmont this year.  Democrats held onto the Governor’s seat, a US Senate seat, and the State Senate (the State House is still up for grabs).   Democrats won in every Boulder County Office they ran for.

  • Congratulations to HD 11 Candidate Deb Gardner, HD 12 Candidate Matt Jones, Commissioner Cindy Domenico, Treasurer Bob Hullinghorst, Assessor Jerry Roberts,  Surveyor Jason Emery.   Also, Congrats to State Reps. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and Claire Levy, and Senator-Elect Jeanne Nicholson
  • My sincerest thanks to State Treasurer Carey Kennedy (possibly the best State Treasurer in Colorado’s history), SOS Bernie Buescher, Regent Candidates  Robert Bishop-Cotner and Melissa Hart, and solid Progressives like Rep. Diane Primavera, and Rep. Dennis Apuan.  They all fought great races but came up short this year.  In the words of  “BC”,  Never Settle!
  • A Special Thanks to Rep. Betsy Markey.  She ran and won in a District  that went for John McCain in 2008.   2010 was not the same year and we wish her the best.  She took principled votes on tough issues and then came back to Colorado coffee shops and community centers to explain those votes. Let’s hope that her opponent takes this page out of her playbook and shows a commitment to outreach.

2) Hickenlooper Needs Your Help 11/17/10

Regional Transition Meetings
Date: Saturday, November 17th
Time: 6PM-8PM
Location: 1st Bank Event Center
Address: 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO 80021
Gov. -elect Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov.-elect Garcia want to engage people from all parts
of Colorado in a meaningful way. Their goal is to include diverse political views, party
affiliations, gender, ethnicity, background, age and experience in and out of government
throughout our transition process.
Our new Governor and Lt. Governor are tasking Coloradans to help assess the challenges
and opportunities facing the state and provide a menu of ideas to the incoming
administration for specific executive and legislative actions that could be pursued during
the administration’s first 100 days. We are all Colorado and our future begins right now!

3) LAD Potluck 12/1/10 at 6:30pm
Join us at 723 Main St. on Dec. 1st for our annual Holiday Potluck.
We will be electing new Officers for the LAD 2011 Cycle.
Members can nominate and vote for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and at-large Board Members.  
– The President and Vice President are responsible for the general direction of the group and organizing regular monthly meetings.  
– The Treasurer manages our bank account and is responsible if there are any campaign finance expenditures.
– The Secretary  takes minutes at all meetings.
– At- Large Board Members put together special projects and make sure that meetings run smoothly.
Average time investment is between 5 – 25 hours per month.
If you would like to nominate someone, you can do so ahead of time by replying to this email.

Reminder: Annual Dues are $20.00 for a single adult, $40.00 for a couple.  Donations help to pay for space rental and our website maintenance.  
If you would like us to meet in your house instead, let us know and we will refund your dues 🙂

4) Remembering Doug Brown
Former City Council Member Doug Brown passed away November 8th at the age of 68.  Doug is survived by his wife Mary Neal who frequently attends meetings here at LAD.   Doug served our community in numerous ways including on the Board of Environmental Affairs and the Mental Health Center Board.

For those of you who would like to say goodbye, services will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be at Fort Logan Cemetery.

Click on this link if you wish to see my special note about him or if you would like to add your own thoughts.

Thanks Doug for helping open the door to Longmont policy and politics for me. Your efforts to get me involved in Longmont Civics has made my life fuller and more exciting. I will not forget your influence on the City or me.

In Peace,

Jonathan Singer
President – Longmont Area Democrats

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