INDems grassroots momentum shifts into high gear

From knocking doors to expanding the battleground to the suburbs and rural areas, Hoosier Dems are organizing

INDIANAPOLIS – Over the weekend, Hoosier Democrats reached out to more than 10,000 voters in a coordinated outreach push that stretched from South Bend to Evansville and included 35 locations statewide. Since late 2016, the Indiana Democratic Party has focused on channeling new energy into organizing action. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody believed results from the Weekend of Action are just one manifestation of those efforts.

“Hoosier Democrats are going to win in November one conversation at a time, so we’re taking our message directly to voters’ doorsteps,” said Zody. “We’re expanding the battleground and burning up the shoe leather to win up and down the ballot.”

Big voter contact numbers aren’t the only sign of new energy. In traditionally ruby-red Hamilton County, more than 30 Democrats are on the ballot this fall.

From the Indianapolis Business Journal Hamilton County Democratic Party fields more than 30 candidates for fall election

“Democrats have also found a candidate for Delaware Township Trustee, bringing the total number of local Democrats running for state and county seats to 34, easily the most Democratic candidates that have run in Hamilton County in years.

“Historically, only a handful of Democrats have filed to run. In 2014, for example, only nine Democratic candidates ran for office.”

Hoosier Democrats are expanding the battleground to rural areas, too. Last month, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody joined the Ripley County Democratic Party in cutting the ribbon on new office space in Versailles. It’s all part of an approach to build the Party’s bench across the state.

“Our Party has more women, more millennial and more first-time candidates running up and down the ballot and across the state,” said Zody. “Today, they’ve stepped up to run. Tomorrow, they’ll be our Party’s future leaders. It’s a win-win for Hoosier Democrats.”

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