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Western Montana Democratic Gubernatorial Forum - Hope You Watch!

Attached is the link to watch the Gubernatorial Democratic Candidate Forum.

Missoula County Democrats were pleased to host this event along with the following Western Montana County Democratic Central Committees: Ravalli, Sanders, Mineral, Flathead, Lincoln, and Lake. 

Just click the link below to watch Democratic Gubernatorial candidates Mike Cooney and Whitney Williams and their running mates, Casey Schreiner and Buzz Mattelin discuss issues important to Montanans. 

MCAT will broadcast on channel 189: 

May 20 6:30pm

May 23 9:00pm

🚨Thank you to:

✅Erin Erickson, Missoula Attorney and founder of Missoula Rises, for moderating. 

✅Nathan Stein, Montana State Democratic Party Communication Director for all his help. 

✅The many Missoula County Central Committee volunteers who developed the format, questions, organized, and helped to advertised the event widely.

✅ MCAT and MPR for broadcasting. 

✅ Western Montana counties for joining, sharing and watching this informative forum.

YouTube:

https://youtu.be/N1ghYiUNJ7o

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Democratic Candidate Governor Forum

The Democratic Candidate Forum for Governor will be uploaded and released through a link that will be posted here on 4/30 at 7:00 pm. This is a Western Montana co-hosted event by the following County Democratic Central Committees: Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders, Mineral, Flathead, Lincoln, and Lake.

Please join to watch Mike Cooney and Whitney Williams and their Lt Gov Candidates, Casey Shreiner and Buzz Mattelin discuss issues important to Montanans.

MCAT will broadcast on channel 189:
May 20 6:30pm
May 23 9:00pm

Event will be moderated by Erin Erickson, Missoula Attorney and founder of Missoula Rises.

Please share widely!

Paid for by the Missoula County Democrats | Pam Walzer, Treasurer P.O. Box 9305, Missoula, MT 59807

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Democratic Candidate Governor Forum

The Democratic Candidate Forum for Governor will be uploaded and released through a link posted here on 4/30 at 7:00 pm. This is a Western Montana co-hosted event by the following County Democratic Central Committees: Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders, Mineral, Flathead, Lincoln, and Lake.

Please join to watch Mike Cooney and Whitney Williams discuss issues important to Montanans.

MCAT will broadcast on channel 189:
May 20 6:30pm
May 23 9:00pm

Event will be moderated by Erin Erickson, Missoula Attorney and founder of Missoula Rises.

Please share widely!

Paid for by the Missoula County Democrats | Pam Walzer, Treasurer P.O. Box 9305, Missoula, MT 59807

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How to Vote in the Primary Election

🚨June 2 Primary Fact Sheet🚨
On April 2, 2020, the Missoula County Commission approved a resolution allowing Missoula County to conduct the June 2, 2020 Primary Election via the mail. The all-mail primary will allow Missoula County voters to vote and have their votes counted while protecting voters, election workers and others from the spread of COVID-19.
Important Dates
• May 8 – Primary ballots go in the mail.
• May 26 – Regular registration closes. Until 5 p.m., voters may register or update an existing registration via the mail.
• May 27 – Late registration opens. New registrants or voters who want to change an existing registration must do so in person at the Elections Center. Late registration closes at noon on Monday, June 1.
• June 2 – Election Day. Same-day registration will be available, with special considerations (see below). Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Postmarks are not sufficient.
 Primary Election Procedures
Montana primaries are “open,” meaning voters get ballots for all eligible parties, but they may only vote one.
• Voters should vote and return just one party’s ballot.
• Voters do not declare a party affiliation when they register, so the decision of which ballot to complete belongs solely to the voter. If a voter votes on more than one ballot, none of the votes are counted.
• Voters should place the voted envelope in the secrecy envelope, place the secrecy envelope in the large envelope, sign the large envelope and return it, either in person or via the mail. Unvoted ballots may be destroyed. There is no need to return them.
Return postage is paid.
“I Voted” stickers will be included with the primary ballots.
 Same-Day Registration
In 2016 and 2018, hundreds of Missoula County voters opted to register and vote at the Elections Center on Election Day. On June 2, same-day registration will be available, but Social Distancing protocols will be in place.
• Elections Office staff members will be able to serve a limited number of voters at one time.
• There will be limitations on the number of voters allowed in the Elections Center at one time.
FOR THEIR SAFETY AND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR COMMUNITY, MISSOULA COUNTY VOTERS ARE STRONGLY URGED NOT TO WAIT UNTIL ELECTION DAY TO REGISTER AND VOTE.
 Links/Contact Information
• Missoula County Elections Office: 258-4751 or www.missoulavotes.com
• State of Montana page to check registration and address: www.myvoterpagemt.com
 https://www.missoulademocrats.org/candidates

🇺🇸 Volunteer to make calls to get out the vote -

https://www.missoulademocrats.org/volunteer

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What Do Democrats Believe?

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Honestly, Missoula Deserves Better

Fellow Missoulians,


As the news of the attack mailers in the City Council Election spread across social media and through the newspapers, many in our community were shocked at the negative tactics aimed at influencing our local elections. The Helena based bulk mailers had a carbon-copy format, misspelled names, and unedited dummy text. We know the treasurer is from Helena but as the Missoulian reported, there is no visibility of the founder nor the directors of the organization behind these negative deceptive mailers. It is very concerning that a group of wealthy business owners felt it necessary to attack respectable members of our community with a deliberate distortion of facts.

 
As Democrats, we stand for facts and for a fair contest of ideas and values. Our endorsed candidates share a very different vision than “Team Liberty”. Policy debates are healthy. Our country has had enough of lies and distortion, we are calling this out here and now. This race is about the Missoula we are proud to live, work, and raise our families in. As Democrats, we want to elect candidates who aren’t afraid to show up at neighborhood forums fully prepared and unafraid to discuss and debate the tough issues facing Missoula.


The Missoula County Democrats are invested in assuring our city continue a progressive path. This includes addressing the increasing cost of housing, supporting a culturally rich living environment, making sure Missoula continues to lead the state in job growth, and conserving our surroundings to hold on to our Montana way of life. We Democrats have worked hard to support our endorsed candidates in this election to fight the unprecedented big money organization, disinformation, and attempt to disrupt the good work of our city council. We have held public learning sessions so citizens can learn more about how City Council financing works. Our endorsed candidates show up with their homework done and are focused on helping Missoulians from all walks of life. Their seats and votes can never be bought.


The Missoula County Democrats renounce the deceptive tactics in the poorly edited mailers. We support and endorse the constructive message and positive campaigns of our endorsed candidates. If you are interested in helping elect candidates who share Missoula’s values and have been endorsed by the Missoula Central Labor Council, Montana Conservation Voters and the Missoula County Democrats, please contact chair@missoulacountydemocrats.org to sign up to knock doors with us on our last days of action, and don’t forget to turn in your ballot for our outstanding candidates: Heidi West, Amber Sherrill, Mirtha Beccera, Gwen Jones, Alex Fregerio, or Nick Shontz!


Sincerely,
Karen Wickersham
Chair, Missoula County Democrats

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Share Your Voting Pride with *NEW* Shirts for Summer!

Missoula County Democrats are excited about getting everyone involved and now we have a shirt to reinforce the fundamentals! Order your own Register | Volunteer | Vote! shirt today. All funds raised through sales of these shirts will help our volunteer-driven organization work locally to elect Democrats and further Democratic ideals.

Click the white or black text shirts to select and buy your shirts today!

 

Click here to purchase your Black Text shirts!

 

 

Click here to purchase your White text shirts!

 

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July E-Board Meeting

The July E Board meeting has changed to:
✅ Tuesday, July 23rd, 5:30-7:30 pm
✅ Fire Station #4, 3011 Latimer Street

Agenda
Approval of meeting minutes
Old Business
New Business

Please note that is a changed date and location.

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Protect our Water! ACT NOW to support Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

📢We need your voice to support Senator Jon Tester's Stewardship Act! 

Jon Tester is re-introducing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, that has been in the works for over 10 years. This bill is the culmination of years of effort, bringing disparate groups together to protect the Blackfoot Watershed. The Blackfoot Watershed is the last complete ecosystem in the United States and this valuable resource is in DANGER!

Senator Tester's Blackfoot Clearwater Bill will protect crucial landscape from development, expand the Bob Marshall Wilderness, plus additional protections and stewardship detailed in the MWA blog linked below.

Senator Tester believes the time is right, and that the bill has an excellent chance of passing, particularly because Sen. Daines is up for re-election next year, and 73% of Montanans support the BCSP.

It is crucial that we contact our representatives, especially if you live in rural or conservative districts! Please share this with your networks, community, and friends. 

Write emails, letters, engage on their Facebook, or call: 

Sen. Steve Daines 

Call: (202) 224-2651   

Email: https://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

Facebook page

 

Rep. Greg Gianforte 

Call: (202) 225-3211 

Email:  https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email

Facebook page 

☎️ Contact your Representative TODAY and tell them that you support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act!☎️

Learn more about the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act with this blog from Montana Wilderness Association.

 

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June Updates & Actions with Missoula County Democrats

☀️Summer has arrived in Montana! ☀️

The Missoula County Democrats have a number of events, volunteer opportunities, and updates to help you get engaged, involved, and connected this summer. 

News & Updates 📢

  • Democrats filled the Courthouse Room twice in the last month with such positive energy, first for our County Convention and next for the County Commissioner Forum.
  • Our “Stop the Bans” rally May 21st on the steps of the County Courthouse was a success. It was well attended, with great speakers including Kim Dudik, Tom Winter and Nancy Keenan. A statement of support was written for our event by Senator Tester and read by Deborah Frandsen.
  • We gathered signatures for a Missoula City Resolution to support Women’s Healthcare Rights.  Stacie Anderson carried our petition to the Mayor and City Council.
  • We elected a new executive board. 8 of the 14 members are either new to the board or new to their offices on the board. A big transition!

Upcoming Events 📆

  • Tuesday 6/11 at 6:00pm: We are hosting an event at Imagine Nation Brewing to hear from Monica Lindeen, the State Executive Director of the Democratic Party. Please join us to meet Monica, learn how you can help Montana Democrats win, and mingle with like-minded friends. 
  • 6/26 and 6/27: Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party. 7:00 pm each night at Paradise Falls, 3621 Brooks Street
  • Trivia night – Wednesday 6/19 7:00 - 8:30, Union Club (Make sure to follow Missoula County Democrats on Facebook for updates).
  • Sunday July 21st 4:00 to 7:00 Our annual picnic at Silver Park Pavilion. This is a great opportunity to meet elected officials & candidates from the Democratic party, connect with volunteer opportunities, and enjoy some time outside with friends! 
  • The City Council Candidate Forum will be Tuesday July 9th at 7:00 pm at the Courthouse. We will be hosting the candidate forum much like we did for the county commissioner race. The difference being the outcome will be a Missoula County Democrat’s public endorsement rather than the selection of candidates. This is a great chance to become involved and informed in the City’s leadership.
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