On October 20, Forsyth County Democrats joined together to attend the Vote Common Good Rally in Winston-Salem. The Vote Common Good Rally brought together people of faith––regardless of age, political leanings, or faith interests––to raise their voices to stop the re-election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The event also sought to inspire and mobilize people to make the common good the principal voting criteria this election. Many candidates delivered messages of hope and inspiration while many musicians performed for the attendees.
A special thanks to Pastor Scovens and Chad Armstrong for hosting the event at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Here are some photos from the event:
Voters in Forsyth County are out in waves on this first day of Early Voting. Many of the early voting locations have lines wrapped around the building; others have lines extending down the road. Near the Anderson Center, Winston-Salem State University students marched to the polls while the marching band played music. This is a wonderful day for Forsyth County and Democracy.
Although this voter turnout is a great sign for American democracy, we want to let everyone know that there are many other early voting sites that do not have wait times! You can find the early voting locations and most recent wait times by clicking here.
The Young Democrats of Forsyth County Registering Winston-Salem State students, including the Basketball and Volleyball Teams!
On Tuesday, October 7, the Young Democrats of Forsyth County were on the Winston-Salem State University campus to register students for the upcoming election. During this voter registration drive, YDFC was able to register both the WSSU Basketball and Volleyball teams! Forsyth County Commissioner Fleming El-Amin was also in attendance, assisting in the registration of many WSSU students.
This is only one of many voter registration drives that the Young Democrats of Forsyth County have been recently hosting all over Forsyth County. These efforts will continue until the voter registration deadline has passed. The voter registration deadline is this Friday, October 9, so be sure to register to vote if you have not done so already! You can register to vote here.
Over the past few weeks, volunteers have filled bags with campaign literature, candidate slate cards, and information regarding how to vote this year. These bags are then placed on the doors of residents in Forsyth County. These efforts will ensure that all eligible voters have the resources they need to cast informed votes this election season. Thank you for all of your hard work!
Want to get involved in these efforts? Sign up to Assemble Bags for Precinct Lit Drops! Don't worry – this opportunity occurs in a mask-wearing, socially distant, and safe environment.
Even the pandemic can not stop the volunteer momentum of the Forsyth County Democratic Party. People have stepped up to meet the challenges we face and to do that with the safety protocol required. Since August volunteers from across the county have turned out for door hanger drops in several of our low turn out precincts in East Winston. As of this moment, we have distributed approximately 3,500 door hangers. And we still have 5 more drops scheduled!
Our precinct chairs have been incredibly helpful, offering insight and leading us forward. Along the way, we have had great conversations, handed out voter registrations and encouraged our voters to turn out. Every precinct has been different and offered lessons on how to do this better. The one constant has been the determination of our volunteers. This is the energy that turns the tide!
The African American Caucus of Forsyth County has spent numerous days in the month of August serving the members of unorganized precincts in Forsyth County. During these Voter Engagement Canvassing events, members have shared candidate literature and voting information with unorganized precincts in the Northeast, Southeast, and East wards. Even on rainy days, the African American Caucus have not stopped serving the community.
Keep up the great work!
On Friday, August 14, Forsyth Democrats gathered on the plaza at the upper end of Bailey Park for a photo op with their "United For Biden" signs as part of Presidential Nominee Joe Biden's Signs Across America campaign. The participants showed up with their favorite Biden swag, including Joe's signature aviator look, to show their enthusiasm for Joe Biden's presidential campaign.
The Signs Across America Campaign traveled through Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina before reaching North Carolina. After leaving North Carolina, the campaign traveled through Virginia and onto Michigan in time for the Democratic National Convention. We are proud that Forsyth County Democrats took part in such a nationwide campaign to support our next President of the United States, Joe Biden.
Here are a few pictures:
The Forsyth County Democratic Party's Communications Committee recently launched "Don't Boo, Vote!", a weekly Facebook Live series where one special guest is interviewed each week for the Facebook community. Each special guest is typically asked to give their take on a variety of political issues, anywhere from the economy to the Black Lives Matter movement. Additionally, host Jordan Lee provides his take on those political issues as well. This back and forth dialogue makes for must-watch live streamed content!
The Facebook Live weekly series has been fortunate already to have guests such as young political activist Drew Skilton, activist and precinct chair Kerry Peay, First Chair of the Democratic Women of NC Elizabeth Goodwin, Director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest Law Mark Rabil, and FCDP Third Vice Chair, Jon McLamb. We have also been fortunate to have Sixth Congressional District Candidate Kathy Manning and Mayor Pro Tempore D.D. Adams.
"Don't Boo, Vote!" airs every Sunday afternoon. This upcoming Sunday, we are interviewing Rhonda Foxx, former Sixth Congressional District candidate and chief of staff to Congressmember Alma Adams. After that, we have Quamekia Shavers, the president of the Young Democrats of Forsyth County!
If you are not able to watch at that time, no worries! All videos remain posted to our Facebook Page and are uploaded to our Youtube Channel, so you do not have to miss a single episode!
President Barack Obama, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, announced endorsements of 118 candidates in the United States. Of those 118 candidates, two were Forsyth County Democrats. Those two candidates are Terri LeGrand and Dan Besse.
Terri LeGrand is a candidate for state senate, and Dan Besse is a candidate for N.C. House of Representatives. Both candidates hope to win their respective seats, so that Democrats can gain control of the N.C. Legislature.
With the redistricting of the North Carolina legislative map for the 2020 general election, these districts have become more competitive for Demoracts to win. Some experts even say that winning these seats will ensure that one or both chambers of the NC General Assembly flip from red to blue.
Congratulations, Terri and Dan! We cannot wait to vote for y'all this November!
On Monday, July 27, The Protecting Our Community Program team, along with Democrats from Precinct 504, handed out masks and hand sanitizers to the Forsyth County community at the Food Lion located at 1000 Waughton Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. These volunteers also took the opportunity to register new voters and sign up new volunteers.
Several auxiliaries of the Forsyth County Democratic Party were represented by members of their respective groups, including the African American Caucus of Forsyth County and the Progressive Democrats of Forsyth County. Candidate for District Judge, Whit Davis, also volunteered at this event. As always, Kerry Peay, the founder of the Protecting Our Community Program, was in attendance.
A special thanks to Progressive Democrats Vice Chair, Cheryl Malaguti, and the Progressive Democrats Treasurer, Gabe Malaguti, for securing the Food Lion as the location for voter outreach and mask giveaways. We would also like to thank Ellen Lowdermilk for showing her support by bringing the volunteers baked goods.
If you are a precinct leader and would like to set up a Protecting Our Community Program event in your precinct, please email the Progressive Democrats at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some photos for the event:
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