Happy New Year From The Saugerties Democratic Commitee

Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe 2023 is here!  Thank you for all you did in 2022 to make our Saugerties Democratic Committee strong and successful!  Here are some wins we achieved in 2022.

  • We successfully tackled three elections!
    • This included getting voters to the polls in June, August, and November; effectively communicating about TWO primary elections and an August Special Election; navigating redistricting mayhem; and showing up for a redrawn congressional district 19 with new challenges.
  • We turned out voters!
    • 70% of Saugerties Democrats turned out in November!  This is extraordinary in a non-Presidential election year.  This is a testament to our door-knocking, phonebanking, and general GOTV energy!
  • We established a pop-up campaign office on Main Street!
    • This office was supported by so many of you who staffed it and managed it.  As a result, we raised our visibility and provided a Northern Ulster headquarters for many of our candidates and our activities.  And we hosted out of town canvassers by the busload!
  • We won elections!
    • Thanks in part to our efforts, we are sending so many great candidates to represent us – Michelle Hinchey, Sarahana Shrestha, Jen Metzger, Juan Figueroa, and two of our three Supreme Court nominees.  Our work also includes contributing to the elections of Chuck Schumer, Kathy Hochul, (our own) Antonio Delgado, Letitia James, and Thomas DiNapoli.
  • We raised money!
    • At our fall fundraiser, thanks to the amazing Fundraising team, we raised $8,000 for our committee.  We used these funds to support our local candidates, our election communication efforts, and our office space.  WOW!  It is a testament to the faith our supporters have in our amazing work.  We also had a blast together at that event dancing and eating.

And now we turn our attention to 2023.  Please join us at our next meeting – in person at the Senior Center or by zoom (link to come) – on Jan 24th at 7pm.  We will talk about the work we did in 2022 and what we have on our radar for 2023.  We hope you will be part of the great work we are doing!  Please check out our website for more information.  https://saugertiesdemocrats.org

Overall, we have a lot to be proud about as the Saugerties Democratic Committee.  Thank you to all of you who worked so hard in 2022.  We look forward to building on these amazing successes in the coming year and continuing to show our strength as Democrats committed to a world of justice and equality for all!

Warmly,
Nejla Liias, Chair
Saugerties Democratic Committee

Message from our Chair: Uvalde, Texas

Dear Democratic Friends,

It is with deeply sorrowful and heavy hearts that we listen to the news and aftermath of the events in Uvalde, Texas.  As the mother of three young, beautiful girls, I cannot imagine the grief and deep sadness that must be in the hearts of the families who have faced this domestic terrorism in their school.  It is unbearable to think how I could go on.  And I am so angered at the unwillingness of Republicans to protect the people they represent.  In the words of Chris Murphy (D-CT), “WHAT ARE WE DOING?”

Enough is enough.  We must all stand up and raise our voices and demand sensible gun laws across this country, many of which are supported by over 80% of Americans, and yet the gun lobby still holds its grip on the Republican politicians that it funds.  Enough is enough.  Our children and citizens deserve to know they are safe when they are in school, when they are shopping at the grocery store, when they are living their lives.  And it is SHAMEFUL that we have Republican representatives who choose money over protecting the lives of U.S. citizens.

We stand in solidarity and honor the victims of the domestic terrorism tragedies in Buffalo and Uvalde.  Let us grieve together and then stand up and fight.  We will vote.  We will win.  Enough IS ENOUGH.

In solidarity,

Nejla

Nejla Liias, Chair

Saugerties Democratic Committee 

Saugerties Democratic Committee