Getting Political 101

By Mary McManus

 

The Madison County Democratic Women have been so encouraged by the level of political interest and activity in our area. Our membership has quintupled over the past year and we know that other Democratic and progressive organizations around the state are seeing similar gains. Alabamians are motivated. All of this boils down to one thing: We have a real chance to elect Doug Jones as our next Senator on December 12th!

With so many new followers, we’d like to take a moment to share some important information. Whether you’ve been politically involved for a long time or you’re new to the conversation, it’s our hope that this post can serve as a resource for those interested in being more active.

Electing Doug Jones

Getting Involved Politically

  • Identify your local Democratic County Chair and reach out.
  • Identify local Democratic and progressive organizations. If you live near a large city, you will likely have many to explore. If you live in a remote area with fewer groups, broaden your search to neighboring counties and municipalities. Once you identify groups you’re interested in, find the answers to the following questions:
  • Attend events that are promoted and/or hosted by your local Democratic and progressive organizations. Introduce yourself to other attendees and get to meet your like-minded neighbors.
  • Join NextDoor, if you aren’t already a member, and create a Democratic or progressive sub-group within your neighborhood. Your like-minded neighbors can join the sub-group and you can target updates towards the people eager to receive political information.
  • Keep in mind that organizations are run by volunteers. If there’s something about the organization that you’d like to see changed or improved upon, get involved. If you identify a gap in service, offer to fill it. If you’re an event planner, let folks know that you can help them plan events. If you do fundraising, let folks know that you can help raise money. If you have a talent for web design, offer to help revamp a website. If you have a great idea, let people know and be willing to spearhead the effort. Your talents are needed and appreciated so let’s get to work!