Taking on a leadership position is a great way to get involved and contribute your talents to the Cville Dems (see also our Committees Page).
In some years a Campaign Liaison has helped the co-chairs interact with Democratic campaigns and helped connect the campaigns with the local party and voters. It’s a fun and interesting role; you get to be on the front lines of multiple campaigns, learning who’s running and what they stand for. Examples of the really important work involved (starting in the upcoming critical midterm elections!) include:
Contacting Democratic campaigns to connect them with us, particularly during primaries (note that this is a neutral role giving all candidates equal opportunity for access and assistance)
Being the personal contact and information conduit between our party and the campaigns (e.g. inviting them to our meetings and events, organizing forums to share their information with local voters)
Helping campaigns with logistical issues like finding local housing and helping set up office space
Providing backup to our co-chairs for campaign communication and events.
Albemarle County Dems Liaison
The liaison attends the monthly Albemarle Dems meeting to keep them posted about our activities and also reports back to us about their activities. This back-and-forth is critical to making sure our two committees are working well together to turn all of our region blue! It’s a great role for anyone looking to be well-connected with all the key Dems in both the City and County!
We still need a few more Precinct Reps for Buford, Carver, Clark (also needs a co-chair), Jackson-Via, Key Rec, Venable, and Walker. This role isn’t very time-consuming at all and is a great way to “dip your toe into the water”!
Way back (i.e. pre-Covid!) the Cville and Albemarle Dems took turns hosting monthly Saturday morning breakfasts where interesting speakers shared their knowledge on topics like maternal health, economic realities for Millennials and Gen Z, and educational equity. The breakfasts went on hiatus when Covid struck, and we’ve not yet found a replacement for them. This role is a great way to get involved and, as a bonus, turn a spotlight on progressive issues important to you. Here’s what’s involved:
- Working with the Albemarle Dem’s breakfast chair to plan and schedule the year’s meetings.
- Every other month arranging the speaker/panel details (if in-person reserving a meeting place arranging coffee/food, not much required for Zoom).
- Communicating those details to the speakers and to the Communications Chair for publicity purposes.