Bernie v Hillary (etc.!) — People Power NOW

Just 14 days left to our PA Primary on April 26 — and time to muster all the grassroots people power we can!

Under Bev Hahn’s energetic leadership, we at Montco DFA have met a great many of 2016’s most progressive candidates for both state and national races. We urge you to support our endorsed candidates (listed below with links) in as many ways as you can.

Among all the important races this year, Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton is clearly the most momentous. Last December, national DFA polled its members nationwide, and BERNIE SANDERS won a record-breaking 87.9% of the vote and national DFA’s endorsement. As a local group, Montco DFA did not take an endorsement vote, but the clear sense of Montco DFA’s April 7 meeting had about the same ratio as national DFA’s poll — Montco DFA leans strongly for Bernie.

Members agreed that we should send information out to our MDfA members to make it easier to learn more and connect with campaigns to volunteer, canvass, phone bank, and/or donate what you can (small donor power!) to win the Primary.

So put on your walking shoes, charge up those cell phones, and warm up your computer — the home stretch is at hand.

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* VOLUNTEER to WIN THE PRIMARY! *

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* The Presidential *  
BERNIE’s official Montco campaign office is now open!
Lauren Scheiderer, Bernie organizer for Montgomery County
laurenscheiderer@berniesanders.com
140 S. Easton Rd., Glenside, PA
(757) 510-1021

Other local Bernie organizers:
Germantown
Andrea Putnam
310-872-7089
5736 Greene Street, Philadelphia PA

Trooper
Sabrina Fedrigo
610-425-7187
2828 West Main Street, Trooper PA

Conshohocken Cafe
Michael Oraschewsky
717-341-6889
521 Fayette Street, Conshohocken PA

Pottstown
Desiree Peterman
484-772-0773
596 Wilson Street, Pottstown PA

Lansdale
Greg Myers
215-512-1480
319 W Main Street #4, Lansdale PA

Bryn Mawr / Lower Merion
Rachel Bruce
845-325-9986
(student organizer)

Plymouth Meeting
Jamie Malley
610-731-5439
104 Township Line Road

Find Bernie Events near you at:  http://map.berniesanders.com/

The Bernie Dialer — call PA voters from home:  https://go.berniesanders.com/page/content/paphonebank/

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Reflecting that a small minority at our meeting supported Hillary —
HILLARY’s local campaign office has opened at:
Hillary Clinton for President
12 Butler Ave., Suite 119,
Ambler, PA
More information at:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/

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* Montco DFA Endorsements *  

U.S. SENATE
* Katie McGINTY for U.S. Senate

U.S. HOUSE
* Mary Ellen BALCHUNIS for U.S. House District 7
* Steve SANTARSIERO for U.S. House District 8

STATEWIDE
* Josh SHAPIRO for PA Attorney General

PA HOUSE
* Al DERMOVSESIAN for PA House District 152
* Joe CIRESI for PA House District 146
* Steve McCARTER for PA House District 154

SPECIAL ENDORSEE:
* Our own Montco DFA Chair BEVERLY HAHN is running to be a Delegate to the Democratic Convention — and was unanimously endorsed by MDfA.  If you’re a registered Democrat in Brendon Boyle’s 13th Congressional District, please vote for Bev!

Help win the Primary:
“WE are the people we’ve been waiting for!”

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* GET WELL SOON, BEV!*
Many of you already know that our Fearless Leader Bev Hahn is recovering from major surgery. While she recuperates, I will fill in as Acting Chair. All of us at Montco DFA wish Bev a full and speedy recovery. Get well wishes can be emailed to Bev at MontcoDFA.Bev@gmail.com.

Mary Clark
Acting Chair, Montco DFA

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Endorsement Votes: US Senate & Ciresi for HD-146 (and Discuss Presidential?)

At last month’s meeting, we unanimously endorsed Josh Shapiro for PA Attorney General and Al Dermovsesian for HD-152. Congratulations to both!

At this month’s meeting on April 7, with such a full agenda, we’ll start by deciding how much time to allot to our endorsement decisions, and how much to reserve for sharing our thoughts about the Democratic Presidential Primary.

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* ENDORSEMENT VOTES *
In Montco DFA, only voting members can cast votes. Voting members are those who have validated attendance by signing in at least 2 of our meetings within the previous 6 months. If we do vote to endorse and there are several candidates, we will then choose which one.

On April 7, we will consider the following races:

  • for HD 146:  Joe Ciresi
  • for U.S. Senate:  John Fetterman, Katie McGinty, or Joe Sestak

The Senate race:  Among the many important races this season, Montco DFA’s decision on this Senate race is the most important one that we will decide.

Democrats need to flip 5 seats to Democratic hands currently held by Republicans to make the Senate once again majority Democratic. The ramifications are immense — most recently demonstrated by the Republicans’ obstruction of Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.

Pat Toomey’s U.S. Senate seat is one that our national DFA organization has on its short list, and they use the endorsements by local DFA groups like ours as an important gauge of local DFA member support — one of their major criteria. So Montco DFA’s endorsement can be instrumental in bringing DFA’s considerable support to a candidate who has demonstrated strong progressive values like those held by DFA members.

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* DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY *
If we decide to reserve meeting time, we will share our thoughts about the two Democratic Presidential candidates.

Last December, as a grassroots-based organization, DFA polled its members across the country about which Democratic presidential candidate we wanted them to support. The members spoke, and Bernie Sanders won with an unprecedented 87.9% sweep, earning DFA’s vigorous support in the subsequent caucuses and primaries both on the ground and with small donor fundraising.

At the same time, national DFA’s endorsement in no way obligates Montco DFA or any of its members to support Bernie. And as a grassroots organization ourselves, it’s important that we share some of our thoughts about the candidates and this election before our primary on April 26.

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* WHAT *   * WHEN *   * WHERE *
Montco DFA’s April meeting
Thursday, April 7, 2016
7:30 pm
Jenkintown Library    (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road    (across from IHOP)
Jenkintown, PA 19046

To stay politically informed, come on by!

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One last note: 
  If you’re a voter in 13th Congressional District (US Rep. Brendon Boyle), you will see my name on your ballot as a candidate to be a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. I would very much appreciate your vote. Thanks for your consideration.

Beverly Hahn
Chair, Montco DFA

 

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Posted for Bev by Mary Clark
Paid for by Montco DFA, Ken Mirsky, Treasurer
This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
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