Fresno County Democratic Party (FCDP)
Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 1
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Blue Wave in Fresno County
The Nov. 6 election is fast approaching. By Oct. 8, absentee ballots will start being mailed so time is running out to make a difference in this election, which is shaping up to be a referendum on the fundamental ethos of our country. Here in the Central Valley, districts that were once firmly and unquestioningly Republican are now looking more purple than red. Andrew Janz is facing Devin Nunes and narrowing the race despite the avalanche of lies Nunes has started to unleash. T.J. Cox stands against incumbent Republican David Valadao and does so with enthusiastic support from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. It is not just the big flashy elections that are important. Democrats are running for office at every level, and every race is crucial to putting our country back on track toward our ideals of equality and intelligent governance.
In many places throughout the Central Valley, Democrats hold a strong majority when it comes to registered voters. However, time and time again we have seen that they just don’t come out to vote as much as Republicans. This year is our chance to change that. We here at the Fresno County Democratic Party are eager to help. Stop by our headquarters at 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno or call at 559-495-0606.
No matter what your level of experience, there is always something you can do to help with this election. If you have time, volunteer for the party or a campaign. Opportunities are listed in this newsletter every week. If you have money, you can donate. Even if you just hang out on your computer, you can help by reaching out over e-mail and social media to friends, family and colleagues. Politics can seem like a big, daunting challenge. There are many who want to make things seem hopeless so we do nothing. Don’t give in. We are all in this together, and together we can win.
Promote and Protect the Vote
T he California Democratic Party is launching the 2018 Promote and Protect the Vote (P2TV) Program to help ensure that elections are well and fairly managed. This will work to assist voters with voting-related questions as well as investigate and troubleshoot election-related issues with our network of volunteer attorneys and election officials. The program will provide voter protection resources and training to Democratic campaigns, County Central Committees, clubs/organizations and activists, and allied/partnered organizations.
Another key part of the program is the hotline, 877-321-VOTE (8683). If you or anyone you know has any questions or encounter issues with voting, or if your campaign/organization encounters issues relating to elections and voting, contact the Promote and Protect the Vote Hotline, which is operational from early October through Election Day:
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, to Friday, Nov. 2—weekdays 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 3, through Monday, Nov. 5—9 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Election Day)—6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
- There are also information resources to help educate and prepare for this upcoming election. The P2TV Primer on Voting and Election includes a general overview and key points on voting and election for this election cycle. Click here to download the Primer . In-language voting rights and FAQ palm cards will be available in mid-October. Later this month, the party will also host a P2TV Voter Protection Webinar. Click here to sign up and join our Voter Protection webinar . The webinar will include key information on voting and elections to protect the vote.
Please visit our Promote and Protect the Vote webpage for all these and more resources: www.cadem.org/p2tv .
Janz Opens New Fresno Headquarters
This week, Congressional District 22 candidate Andrew Janz opened a new headquarters in Fresno, at 5135 N. Blackstone Ave., Suite 102. The event was celebrated with an open house party where the district’s constituents were able to join in support and making themselves heard. It is evident that Janz’s strategy of raising money only from private sources, with no corporate donations, is working. The campaign outgrew its old location and now has a bigger headquarters from which to coordinate the fight.
This comes the same week that Devin Nunes’ campaign mailed out thousands of copies of a massive 40-page glossy magazine ridiculing the Fresno Bee with a long series of conspiracy theories. Nunes evidently spent some of his $6 million war chest on this personal trip into alternate history. Residents across Nunes’ district will be receiving these mystifying monstrosities regardless of party affiliation.
It is clear where the priorities of these two Congressional campaigns land: one with community outreach, the other with delusional ego.
Democrats at the Fresno Fair
This week, Fresno Democrats will be at the Big Fresno Fair and they are looking for help. The local party will have a booth and is looking for volunteers to help staff and hand out information. There will be three shifts per day and three people per shift. Interested Democrats should call the Democratic Party HQ at 559-495-0606.