Chesterfield Township Democrats to Feature Two Speakers – February 6th

The February 6th meeting of the Chesterfield Township Democrats (6:30 p.m. at Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis County Library, 300 Clarkson Road, Ellisville, MO 63011) will feature, in addition to its regular mobilization activities, two distinguished speakers:

Cort

Cort VanOstran, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives, MO district 2, a seat currently held by Ann Wagner (R). Mr. VanOstran will present his platform and credentials to the membership. For more information on the Cort of Congress campaign, please visit their website.

 

James Loomis photoJimmy Loomis, Treasurer of the St. Louis County Democratic Central Committee – Chairman and Committeeman of the Clayton Township Democrats. Mr. Loomis will speak to the financial and economic burden on the City, County and State resulting from the divide and to the benefits to all parties for City/County reunification.

 

Be sure to attend this vibrant and surging new township organization which continues to seek membership from any western St. Louis county Democrat/Progressive or Independent seeing a resource for political common sense, integrity and morality. Chesterfield Township Democrats is ethnically, culturally and racially inclusive. It is gender and orientation diverse and welcomes the participation of anyone from any faith, belief, nationality or age demographic.

Chesterfield Township Democrats Take Important Step Forward

In a significant step toward consolidation and sustainability, the Executive Board of the Chesterfield Township Democrats announced it will sponsor elections for officers of the nascent political organization for 2018-2019. To be sure that the thousands of progressives and democrats in Ellisville, Clarkson Valley Chesterfield and Wildwood have viable active representation to the Missouri Democratic Party in the coming months and years, elections for four officer positions will be held at the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th.
Offices seeking nominees are 2 Co-chair positions (1 for a one year term and 1 for a 2 year term), CTD secretary for a 2 year term and CTD treasurer for a 2 year term. Currently those offices are held by CTD members who voluntarily stepped up last year to help form Chesterfield Township Democrats in response to the veritable absence of Progressive/Democratic resources in West County. “During the past election cycle, Chesterfield had no operating Democratic club or organization to represent its sizable population of Democrats and Progressives who live out here.” Said Brian Legate, CTD Committeeman. “This sizable block of voters needs a focus point and a voice in the region and the state.”
A nomination form is presently on the website at ChesterfieldDemocrats.org and people are encouraged to nominate their friends or themselves. The only qualification is that a nominee be a member in good standing of CTD, that is . . . dues paid. “We still have a lot of organization development to accomplish.” Said Sue McCool, acting Co-Chair of CTD. “We need to adopt some bylaws and procedures. We have several ad-hoc committees that need oversight, leadership and membership and we need to find a way to integrate ourselves further into this community.”
Here are the essential duties of the positions for which nominations are being sought.

Co-Chair (2 Positions, served simultaneously, alternating meeting responsibilities.)
1. Chair and Lead monthly Executive Council & Membership meetings including development of agendas, securing of speakers and compiling of minutes
2. Direct formation of standing committees and assure results
3. Communicate with Committee persons, other township clubs and independent clubs and the regional Democratic Party organization
4. Report regularly on CTD activities, initiatives and progress
5. Direct and oversee the continued organizational development of CTD by
directing and overseeing committee activity.

Secretary
1. Attends Executive Council and Membership meetings.
2. Documents proceeding of meetings.
3. Compiles and reports minutes of each
4. Facilitates coordination of communication with community
5. Assists chair in conducting meetings and coordinating committee activity.

Treasurer
1. Regularly accounts for and documents CTD financial assets.
2. Maintains bank account and issues checks for documented CTD expenses incurred at the direction of the Executive Committee or officers.
3. Ensures compliance with Missouri Ethics Commission guidelines
4. Prepares and monitors an annual CT budget
5. Provides and issues monthly financial reports to membership and officers

Nominations will be accepted up to and including March 6 at which time an election will be conducted. Any interested person is encouraged to download and complete the nomination form which is attached. Return int via email on-line, in person at the February 6th General Membership Meeting (Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis Public library, 6:30 pm) or via mail to:

Mark Kumming
16821 Chesterfield Bluffs Circle
Chesterfield, MO. 63005

Nominations will close at the convening of the March 6th meeting.

NOMINATION FORM

 

 

 

 

THE URGENCY OF 2018 IN MISSOURI: JOIN CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP DEMS

There are now about 300 days until the midterms and the Missouri House and Senate elections.  Candidate filing deadline is March 7 and the Missouri primaries are August 7th.  All 435 US House seats are in play and 33 US Senate seats, along with 163 Missouri House seats and 17 Missouri Senate seats.  We need enthusiasm and energy.  Use this link to view a list of pre-filed Bills and then use the Subject Index to search by your issue of interest.  The bill’s sponsor is listed as well as a summary of content.  Look especially for the Republican party’s attempts to further hurt the poor and the elderly in Missouri, curtail voting rights of citizens, privatize government services to the people and decimate public education.

If your are reading this, then you care.  You want to correct the egregious error foisted upon Missourians and the American people by the Republican Party and its armada of fascists, misogynists, pedophile condoning, racial profiling haters in form of last year’s elections.  The only antidote to the insanity of the Trump/Greitens agenda is your activation and your vote.  Come work at the local level with the Chesterfield Township Democrats, progressive democrats working together to return civility, decency and morality to local, state and national government.

Chesterfield Township Democrats needs and welcomes your energy and input as it organizes and consolidates to support local Democratic candidates for election to state and federal seats, to register and turnout the vote this November, and give a loud and certain voice for progressive democrats in west St. Louis County.  Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm at the Daniel Boone Branch of the St. Louis County Library, 300 Clarkson Road, Ellisville, MO 63011

Next Mobilization Meeting Features Candidate for Missouri House – District 101

Candidate Photo MainGenevieve Steidtmann is a candidate seeking the nomination from the Democratic Party to run for the Missouri State House of Representatives from District 101.  The district includes parts of Wildwood, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Ballwin, and Ellisville.  She resides in Wildwood with her husband and daughter.  The seat is currently held by Republican Bruce DeGroot of Chesterfield.  Read more about Genevieve’s candidacy and qualifications here.

Genevieve will be joining the Chesterfield Township Democrats at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting is held at the Chesterfield City Hall on the corner of Swingley Ridge Road and Chesterfield Parkway, in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Please plan on attending this meeting to meet Genevieve, hear her platform and answer your questions.

Chesterfield Township Democrats Sets Sights on Winning

Chesterfield Township Democrats (CTD) presented its first “programs” meeting to a near capacity crowd Tuesday evening.  Chesterfield Township Democrats chesterfielddemocrats.org is a newly reconstituted club welcoming members from not only Chesterfield, but Wildwood, Ellisville and any part of western St. Louis County.  Among the 31 people in attendance was Bill Haas, candidate for the Democratic nomination to challenge for the 2nd Congressional District and Senator Scott Sifton, from the 1st District in Missouri.  Additionally, numerous Committee Persons from surrounding townships were present.

On the dais was Mark Travers of StrongBlue, a political consulting group dedicated to grooming and supporting Democratic and Progressive candidates for upcoming election cycles.  Check out StrongBlue.us for specifics.

In this prepared talk, Mr. Travers offered two visions of Missouri.  Vision one was strikingly similar to today’s Republican sponsored status reflecting a state in which funding for education, healthcare, and infrastructure is being cut, driving Missouri’s rank among all states in services to its citizens to the lowest reaches.  The results, Travers pointed out, are that Missouri students are less well prepared to compete for jobs, Missourians are sicker and less able to obtain treatment that is available but beyond their financial reach, and deteriorating transportation systems that cost small and large businesses both customers and money. All three of these services play a large role in attracting, or not, businesses and jobs.

Travers counterpointed a second vision in which the focus is on raising Missouri’s standards for education, healthcare, and infrastructure so that it ranks , ultimately, among the top 5 states in the nation; a more hopeful and compelling vision with a strong Progressive underpinning.  Key to this presentation is the plethora of facts researched and validated by StrongBlue. The speech and others like it will be made available to any candidate interested in working with StrongBlue.

Preceding Mr. Travers’ presentation was an equally fact loaded brief on DACA and the current administration’s declaration of non-support.  The timely presentation was made by Pedro Guerrero, a legislative aide in the Missouri House of Representatives, and a member of the Chesterfield Township Democrats.

The evening opened with a hospitality hour affording attendees the chance to mingle, order food and beverage and otherwise get acquainted with their fellow Democrats.  Most refreshing, however, was that, after the meeting adjourned, people stayed to get acquainted, talk and further build a Democratic and Progressive community positioning itself to act.

The next meeting of the CTD is scheduled for October 3 at the Chesterfield City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.  This meeting will focus on club organization and mobilization plans.

Strong Blue to Present at Chesterfield Township Democrats September 5th at Walnut Grill

StrongBlue

By Mark Kumming

Mark Travers, former Marketing Executive and Tim O’Sullivan former Trial Attorney joined together several month ago to form StrongBlue, a consulting and advisory LLC dedicated to finding, grooming, training and supporting Democratic and Progressive candidates for local, regional and national races.

Mark Travers, Principle at StrongBlue, will speak at the monthly meeting of Chesterfield Township Democrats on September 5th at the Walnut Grill in Ellisville (Dierberg Shopping Center at the Corner of Clayton and Clarkson Rd.)  A 6:30 start time is scheduled.  Drink and Food menus will be available.

“We’re providing centralized marketing and campaign management services at economies of scale to candidates for the Missouri House and Senate.”  Travers stated.  To date, their accomplishments include:

  • The development of digital resources for use by candidates around the state
  • Policy papers for new candidates to quickly get them up to speed on significant issues of interest to Missourians
  • Establishing a social media presence through Facebook, Twitter and the website, www.StrongBlue.us
  • Commentary on the website about the Republican legislature and its mismanagement of state resources
  • The creation of a contribution guideline chart, and other tools.

At the Tuesday evening meeting, Travers will share some of the work his company has developed, and he will use us as a test group for a speech that is being prepped for Democratic candidates.  StrongBlue has been working with a small group of candidates so far.

Be sure to put this meeting on your schedule.  You don’t have to be a member of Chesterfield Township Democrats to attend or even live in Chesterfield.  Anyone interested in learning more about StrongBlue and their strategies for electoral success is welcome and should attend.  And even if you are just interested in what StrongBlue is all about, join us.