Oct 102013
Club member, Ann Porter, forwarded some great ideas from NewOrganizing.com about how to get women to run for office and how to support them once they’ve made the decision to run.

Ask a woman to run for local office. Here’s how:

  • Make the ask . . . more than once. After asking sincerely in person at least once, be creative — maybe send a singing telegram, or write it on a cake, or put it on a billboard that she passes regularly. However you need to do it, just get it done.
  • Help her make inroads with a local political party. Local party support is often key to getting elected even at the local level, so offer to be her wing-person when she goes to local party events and meetings, and introduce her to relevant people you may know.
  • Support her as she runs for local office. Knock on doors, host a fundraiser, get everyone you know to vote for her for county council/school board/water commission.
  • Help her succeed. When the zoning board meetings run late into the night, offer to help with any personal needs she might have, from errands to pet care to family stuff.
  • Encourage her to pursue higher office. After she’s done such a great job as a local elected official, chances are that you won’t be the only one pushing her to run for state legislature or Congress.
  • Repeat steps one through five until we have gender parity and then some in congress.
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Sep 192013


St Tammany Democrats are hosting a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate – John Bel Edwards – on Friday Oct 18th, 6-9 pm, at Patton’s in Slidell.  Follow link below to purchase tickets and for more information. Once you purchase your tickets and click submit, you will be sent a confirmation email.  The purchase price includes a catered menu. Cash bar extra.


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Aug 192013

DPEC member Breanda Ann Palmer, NDWC/DPEC/Team Blue Dat members Ann Porter and Shannon Cockayne enjoy the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, August 17th, 2013 at the Hilton Roverside hotel in New Orleans. Former Governor Crist (FL) was the keynote speaker.

(L-R) DPEC member Brenda Ann Palmer and NDWC/DPEC/Team Blue Dat members Ann Porter and Shannon Cockayne enjoy the Jefferson-Jackson event, August 17th, 2013 at the Hilton Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Former Governor Crist (FL) was the keynote speaker.

 Posted by at 10:46 am
Jul 102013


Democratic Party officials and progressive activists, local elected officials and prospective candidates should plan on attending what will be the most informative grassroots training and best networking session of the year as we POWER UP to win in 2014 and 2015.


Saturday, July 20

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Training program will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., to be followed by a jobs and vendor fair.


Hotel Acadiana 1801 W. Pinhook Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508

To reserve an overnight room, call Hotel Acadiana’s reservation line at 337-233-8120 and use the code “DEM” to receive the special $85/night rate.


Wi-fi will be provided, so bring your laptops, tablets and smartphones! Event participants can register for one of three training session tracks:

  • DPEC/DSCC members
  • Elected officials/candidates/surrogates
  • Team Blue Dat members/activists

Parish Executive Committee Members

Activists / Team Blue Dat Members

Candidates / Surrogates

7:30 – 8:00


8:00 – 8:30

Strategic Blueprint with Stephen Handwerk

8:30 – 9:45

VAN 101

Social Media

Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Panel

10:00 – 11:15

DPEC Best Practices & Keeping it Legal

VAN 101

Media Training

11:30 – 1:00

Lunch & Special Guests

1:00 – 2:15

What Makes a Good DPEC?

Story of Self

VAN 101

2:30 -3:45

Team Building

Social media

4:00 – 5:15

GOTV and Orchestrating the WIN

5:30 – 6:00


Light breakfast and lunch will also be provided. Breakfast will be sponsored by the St. Landry Democrats and Lafayette Democrats. Thanks to our local Dems for their support!

Registration information:

Event registration is $25. A limited number of scholarships are available; email Michelle Brister at mbrister@lademo.org to apply for a scholarship.

Eventbrite - Power Up Grassroots Conference and Training

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