Democratic Club Committee Outlines Top Issues; Volunteers Needed

Posted 29 September 2017CCDC

To effectively arm Calvert County Democratic campaigns, the Issues Committee has ramped up research for the top identified issues facing residents.

The committee, which includes Sylvia Batong, Bill Peil and Gary Dzurec, on Tuesday told the Democratic Club that it has identified and begun work to research and analyze the top issues local candidates will need to address in upcoming campaigns, which are:

  • Smart growth: traffic congestion, emergency evacuation feasibility, ground water availability, Planning Commission bias, land preservation.

  • Transparency in county government

  • Teachers’ pay: There is a link between well-paid teachers, good schools and enhanced property values. Teachers are behind in step increases promised in their contracts and are beginning to leave Calvert for better pay in neighboring counties.

  • Bay health: The Bay is essential to tourism and watermen sustainability. EPA cuts could affect funding for preservation efforts.

  • Environmental safety: Cove Point discharges threaten our air and water quality.

  • Climate change: Need mitigation measures in planning and zoning, construction codes for coastal flooding

  • Agribusiness/watermen support: Land and farm preservation, as well as agri-tourism are critical to maintaining the county’s rural character.

  • Affordable housing: The lack of affordable housing affects young people entering the workforce and senior citizens.

Volunteers needed

There’s a place for everyone to help with the Party. A call out for volunteers was loud on Tuesday.

The precinct committee, which met after the Democratic Club on Tuesday, is working to better organize residents at grassroots levels. While door knocking can help garner votes, the real benefit is a chance to hear where voters stand on the issues that matter to them and build trust in the Democratic Party. Precinct volunteers are needed in every precinct to help with canvassing. Please contact us for more information.

For a little sweeter of a reward, the Club is seeking candy donations ahead of Halloween in the Garden as part of the End Hunger campaign, which has brought in more than 1,000 pounds of food between the Democratic Club and the Democratic Women’s Club. The two clubs are competing to bring in the most donations.

To test your smarts, join the Calvert Democrats’ Pub Quiz team for a night at the Prince Frederick library at 6:30 March 10. We need five know-it-alls with a creative team name to compete in three rounds of about 50 questions -- there’s a guarantee for some book-related trivia. Contact Liz Demulling to join our team.

The Events and Budget/Fundraising committees are also looking for volunteers. If you’d like to help coordinate events between the Democratic Club and the Central Committee, or help develop fundraisers and prepare the annual budget, please contact us.