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Unicoi County Democratic Party Holds Special Election April 22

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

When_Did_the_Republican_and_Democratic_Parties_Trade_Places_757_3613Erwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold a special election on April 22nd at 8:30 a.m. at Erwin Town Hall. A new Vice Chair and Executive Committee members will be elected. Anyone interested in these offices should attend this special meeting. The election will be conducted in accordance with the party Bylaws. View the party Bylaws at this link.

UCDP Elects new Officers and Executive Committee members

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Erwin – Today members of the Unicoi County Democratic Party elected new officers and Executive Committee members:

Chair – Michael Briggs
V Chair – *
Secretary – Sally Dillon
Treasurer – Brunhilde Tober

Executive Committee:
Michaela Platt
Steven Wilcox
Virginia Hampton
John Hashe
Nikki Engle
Mike K Hampton

* A special election to be held in April to elect a new Vice Chair. The newly elected V Chair was unable to serve. Date of the special election is forthcoming.

Unicoi County Democratic Party to Elect New Leaders at Reorganization Convention

Friday, February 17th, 2017

When_Did_the_Republican_and_Democratic_Parties_Trade_Places_757_3613Erwin, Tenn. — The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold a Biennial Reorganization Convention to elect new leaders on Saturday, March 25th at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place at Erwin Town Hall.

Local Democrats will elect a new Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and the Executive Committee for Unicoi County for a two-year term. All Democratic residents who are eligible voters of Unicoi County are urged to attend to discuss the party’s agenda and events for 2017-18. During reorganization, attendees will review and adopt the County Party bylaws. We are anxious to build a stronger grassroots organization.

The Reorganization Convention is open to all Unicoi County Democrats. Attendees should arrive early to complete credentialing forms. Doors will open at 8:30 for registration and reorganization committees will meet. and be admitted to the convention prior to 9 a.m. The reorganization will be conducted in accordance with the Unicoi County Democratic Party bylaws. The bylaws can be viewed on this website at under the GOP Dirty Tricks tab at the top right side of the home page.

For more information, contact Michael Briggs at 423-341-1555 or Mike Hampton at 423-743-7608 or visit our facebook page.

Mancini Elected Tennessee Democratic Party Chair

Monday, February 6th, 2017

mary mNashville – Last Saturday, Mary Mancini was re-elected to lead the Tennessee Democratic Party for two more years. Party [leaders] Executive Committee members gave the progressive activist from Nashville a unified show of support in re-electing her new chair of the state party.

Her decisive win marks a departure from close and divisive Democratic chair races in recent years.

In picking Mancini, Democrats have stayed with the former executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, a voting rights advocacy group that has criticized the state’s voter identification law. Mancini is a well-known voice in liberal circles, and at one time was a co-host of Liberadio, a political radio talk show in Nashville.

Mancini presented a two-year plan to executive members prior to Saturday’s election. The plan advocated Democrats recruit strong statewide candidates, effectively use voter data, raise more money, make strong gains in the state House and Senate and ensure that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting in 2020. She said the party must include a strategy that includes all 95 of Tennessee’s counties.

“Republicans want us to think this is a completely red state, but it’s not,” she said. “There are Democrats all over the state. We’re going to find them and we’re going to work with them.”

She has now assumed leadership of a state party that has experienced damaging losses in recent years after controlling the state legislature and governor’s office less than a decade ago. In November, Republicans expanded supermajorities in both the 99-member Tennessee House — from 71 members to 73 — and the 33-member Tennessee Senate, where Republicans now hold a 28-5 majority.

Yarbro, addressing the executive committee Saturday as an ex-officio member, reminded those in attendance that the upcoming 109th General Assembly, which begins session this week, would feature fewer Democrats than at any point in Tennessee history.

Unicoi County Party Reorganization Set for March 25th

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

aaaaaaaaaaaaErwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold a Party Reorganization meeting on March 25th at 9 am at Erwin Town Hall on Main Street in Erwin, TN. The purpose of the reorganization is elect new officers and Executive Committee members. Elections will be held for the following offices: Chairman, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. New Executive Committee members will also be elected. The party Bylaws will be open for revision.

For more information on party reorganization, attend the next regular meeting of the Unicoi County Democratic Party on March 4th at 9 am at Erwin Town Hall.

Get involved and make a difference in your life and future. For more information on the Unicoi County Democratic Party visit us on facebook at this link.

Erwin Women to attend Women’s March in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

15025213_1773912992858868_3559608008422432000_oWashington – While Donald Trump can’t give away tickets to his inauguration, the Women’s March in Washington is drawing growing interest and projected massive crowds. There are sixteen times more buses requested for the March vs the inauguration. Interest in the Trump inauguration is dropping as fast as his poll numbers. His current popularity is at 37% according to recent polls.

Scores of women across Tennessee are planning to join the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place this Saturday, Jan. 21, near the Capitol. The event is expected to draw women and men alike who are concerned that women’s rights could be rolled back by Congress and the new Republican White House.

Organizers in East Tennessee have chartered three buses to take some 150 people to the rally. These buses will be leaving throughout the day on Friday. Other busloads of marchers will depart from Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

Erwin – Several Erwin residents will be attending the march; some are loading up their cars with women from across NE TN while others from Erwin are riding on the buses leaving from Kingsport. The Unicoi County Democratic Party is giving financial assistance to help offset cost of local women and students attending the March for Women.

Some of the Erwin marchers are supporters of Hillary Clinton but virtually all are attending because they fear the rhetoric of the campaign threatens to spill over into everyday life and deal a death blow to women’s rights. Several women are concerned with issues such as gender discrimination, reproductive rights, equal pay and the fair treatment of minorities, immigrants, gays and lesbians.

Yesterday, a group of Erwin women and their supporters observed Martin Luther King Day, in Erwin, making signs for their Washington trip. Cars will be leaving Erwin early Friday morning as they make the trip to Washington. We wish these women and their supporters a safe trip.

UPDATE: Record crowds gathered in Washington and across the nation and world to protest on behalf of people. Here are some photos from some UCDP friends who attended.
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Early Voting Begins Wednesday, October 19th

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

12931245_1593623430963751_8337854735101877452_nEarly voting in Tennessee begins October 19, 2016 and ends Thursday, November 3, 2016. In Erwin, you can vote at the Election Commission downtown Erwin, TN.

The Unicoi County Democratic Party urges you to vote for Hillary Clinton. She is the only qualified candidate for president. She has spent her life of service working for the poor and middle class. Hillary Clinton will make an excellent president. Go to Hillary Clinton’s website to learn more about her life of service and policies to more America forward.13631554_10202035292160011_573393441831653436_n

Unicoi County Democratic Party Headquarters Opens August 27th

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

a headquartersThe Unicoi County Democratic Party Headquarters will open on August 27th at 5 p.m. at 511 North Mohawk Drive (the same location as 2008 and 2012). We have Hillary Clinton yard signs, bumper stickers and campaign badges. Call 743-7696 to pick up your Hillary campaign items. We will be open 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th.

The grand opening of our headquarters will kick off with a pool side cookout followed by a wine party and political conversation with like minded Democrats. Tickets for the fundraiser have sold out

Headquarter hours of operation will be announced in the near future.

For more information visit us at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UnicoiCountyDemocraticParty/ or call 743-7696.

Unicoi County Democratic Party Meeting Saturday, August 6th

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

UCDP MThe Unicoi County Democratic Party will meet Saturday, August 6th at 9a.m. at Erwin Town Hall. Hillary Clinton signs will be available at this meeting.

This meeting will involve continued conversation about our county party’s path forward. We will be discussing the latest news on Insure Tennessee, Haslam’s push for privatization of state jobs and the decline of the state focus on middle class families in Tennessee. We will also discuss the state legislation focus on bills designed to cater to special interest and lobbyists.

Additional topics will include the Democratic Convention, building the county party, Hispanic Community outreach, and the August 27th Pool side fundraiser.

Discussions will continue on ongoing area activities of the Tri-Cities Tennessee Young Democrats and College Democrats of America at ETSU.

Discussions will also include a vote to approve expenditures for the Unicoi County Democratic Party General Election and finalize plans to conduct phone banking to Tennessee and North Carolina voters for Democratic Voter turnout.

The public is welcome to attend. Get involved and help our county, state and nation move forward. For more information visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnicoiCountyDemocraticParty to get information on ongoing activities and events.

Democratic Convention Ends in Unity

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

DNC_300X250_REV02Philadelphia – Last night the Democratic Convention ended with Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination for President of the United States. The Convention was a big success as Democrats united for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. There was a stark difference in the Conventions. Shockingly, Republicans embraced Trump’s message of doom and gloom, while Democrats put on a flawless display of Americana reminiscent of 1980 Republican [Ronald Reagan] Convention. It was amazing to watch roles reverse as Democrats portrayed a message of hope and reminded Americans that America has always been great!

The Convention began as Bernie Sander’s supporters were given a lot of attention and time to vent their disappointment. Unlike the stop Trump movement in the GOP Convention where dissent was shutdown, the Democrats took great strides to bring the Sander’s supporters on board. According to polls during the Convention, they were successful by the midpoint of the Convention as 90% of Sander’s supporters were saying they would vote for Hillary Clinton.

President Obama started the attack on Donald Trump portraying him as a dangerous unstable figure and a friend of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Some Democrats suggested Trump has authoritarian beliefs and spoke like a dictator when he said he alone could solve America’s many problems. He speaks as if he is promising to be a one-man ruler.

Hillary Clinton pounded Trump repeatedly for depicting the United States as a nation in decline and declaring, “I alone can fix it.” That sentiment, Clinton said, is inconsistent with democracy. She said that Trump’s proclamation should “set off alarm bells for all of us.”

“Remember,” she said, “our founders fought a revolution and wrote a Constitution so America would never be a nation where one person had all the power.”

On Thursday night, Khizr Khan, whose son, a Muslim and a United States Army captain, was killed fighting in Iraq, stirred the convention crowd as he denounced Trump’s lack of moral character by attacking unjustly attacking Muslims, calling it an offense against the Constitution. “Donald Trump, you’re asking Americans to trust you with their future,” Mr. Khan said. “Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” Mr. Khan reached in his pocket and pulled out a copy of the Constitution and offered to let Trump read it.

It is obvious that Democrats and some Republicans intend to keep up their wall-to-wall assault on Mr. Trump’s worldview and fitness for office. During the Convention, Democrats reminded Americans that Trump is “not a normal Republican.”

aaDC Bernie Sanders addresses Tennessee and Minnesota delegations.