Bailey Wants To Be SCDP Chair
Javier Bailey email me what he calls his Blueprint For Shelby County Democrats.
Just before I left for my trip to Washington, Bailey sent out a letter to members of the Shelby County Democratic Party telling them he wants to be the next chair. Here is Attorney Bailey's Blueprint for change.
The following is a comprehensive review of the platform and plan that I truly believe will strengthen our Democratic Party, here in Shelby County. It is my fervent belief that it is our mission and duty to reach out to Democrats throughout this community and region, in order to empower them; not just to win elections, but to likewise give our people a platform for change. In short we must make the people relevant again.
Over the past decade or so, we have lost touch with the very people that made our party the party of the common man and woman since the days of John Kennedy. We have let go of the mission that Democrats across the country hold dear; that is the mission of caring for our neighbor and uplifting the less fortunate. Here in Shelby County, we have allowed party apparatus to evolve into a committee that meets once a month, with no real social or economic agenda.
It is my hope that you will join with me in reorganizing, strengthening, and operating our party like the “Party of the People”. I stand ready to give it everything I have. I will be a hands on Chairman with these stated goals in focus:
1. We will develop and implement a working year round ward-precinct infrastructure, for mobilization of the electorate. This will allow us to not only get out the vote as needed, but also it will serve as a resource to our nominees and elected officials as needed. The ward-precinct operation must be in place year round in order for the Democratic Party to truly be a part of the political landscape in Shelby County and the Mid-South region. Each member of the Executive Committee will be responsible for identifying precinct captains in their respective House of Representative Districts from which they currently serve. Each captain will remain in place even when we are outside of election cycles. They will be our eyes and ears to the neighborhoods.
2. We will create a Shelby County Democrats Council. The council will consist of elected and appointed Democrats who will meet monthly in order to co-ordinate policy, share opinions, air-out differences, and strengthen relationships. This is essential to our creating a network between our officials. Many of them never have contact with each other. It is incumbent upon us to facilitate this effort.
3. We will create and maintain a database of Democrats for purposes of identifying volunteers, poll-workers, and fundraisers. This will also serve as the resource center for our elected officials and their campaign staffs.
4. We will develop and maintain a “COORDINATED CAMPAIGN WAR-CHEST” for use in soft money advertising, GOTV, and assistance to our candidates.
5. We will maintain files on the voting records of all of our nominees, elected officials, and appointed officials in order to assure greater accountability. Accountability to the electorate and this party is essential to office holders who were elected under our banner.
6. We will eliminate cross-party endorsements by elected officials who were elected as Democrats. This has become a phenomenon unique to Shelby County. Our elected officials have shown no hesitation in endorsing Republican candidates over Democrats. This happens because we have not held them accountable.
7. We must appoint an ORGANIZED LABOR TASK FORCE, to serve as our link with our greatest allies. Traditionally organized labor has been the backbone of our party. However, locally we have absolutely lost touch with our brethren in organized labor. This relationship must be rebuilt and sustained.
8. We will immediately fill all of our committee appointments, appointed positions, and other vacancies; and require dedication from our Executive Committee Members.
9. We will maintain a QUALIFIED CANDIDATES DATABASE, for candidate recruitment, and for use by elected officials when looking for appointed personnel.
10. We will raise and maintain $250,000 per year in our treasury. This will allow us to properly administer our duties with paid staff and a full time ward-precinct operation.