Thu 7/11 @ 5:30PM
While much of the focus surrounding 2020’s presidential election has been on the national Democratic primary race, Northeast Ohio Democrats aren’t missing this opportunity to talk with voters about the importance of voting in every election.
The Cleveland Heights Democrats and the Ohio Democratic Party are organizing a canvass of East Cleveland on Thu 7/11. According to Cleveland Heights Democrats president Mallory McMaster, the group will be knocking on doors and asking disengaged Democratic voters what issues matter to them as the calendar barrels toward 2019 and 2020.
“We’re facing an existential crisis with Donald Trump in the White House and Mike DeWine in charge of our state,” she said. “If you care about the future of this country, the time to get engaged is now. We can’t afford to wait.”
From DeWine’s statewide policies to Trump’s positions on issues like immigration and climate change, the Cleveland Heights Democrats are “fired up” about current policies and ready to change the country using civic action. Other progressive groups, including the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and Ohio Democratic Party, have signed on to support the event.
“When people talk to their neighbors about important issues, they’re talking about the things that really matter to Ohioans: healthcare, freedom, and education,” said David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. “If everyone who has posted on Facebook or tweeted about their frustration with the way this country is headed signed up for a shift to help expand our electorate and mobilize people who care about these things, the Republicans wouldn’t stand a chance.”
While the intraparty race gets heated, loyal Democrats are devoted to harnessing their members’ energy for whoever the party’s voters choose to head off against President Trump’s re-election campaign. According to McMaster, they will be registering new voters, updating addresses, and surveying what priorities voters have for 2020.
Volunteers should meet at the parking lot of the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center at 5:30pm on Thu 7/11 to get assignments and instructions. Anyone is welcome to join. Register at this link.
“We have the power to change the future,” McMaster said. “It starts with talking with our neighbors.”
[Written by Zachary Nosanchuk]