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I can think of few things more important to the Kent County Democratic Party than adding to its numbers on the Kent County Board of Commissioners over the next two elections. Local races provide Democrats with a chance to hone their campaign skills, gain valuable governing experience, and also provides the party with a farm system that ensures a reserve of future leadership. This is extremely important in an era of term limited government that requires strong new candidates every six years to replace legislators who have just finished learning necessary skills of governance.
Building the Kent County Democratic Party also requires expanding our party. While there is a Democratic majority in
I pulled up the last three election cycles (2002, 2004, and 2006) that feature country commission races since the last redistricting in 2000. Wwhile the results don’t appear that pretty in 2002, they look better by the year.
The total Democratic vote has increased enormously over the past four years (from 59,657 in 2002 to 91,291 in 2006). While this vote increase is due in part to Democratic gains in
As Myron Orfield noted in his seminal 2002 work American Metropolitics, many suburban communities are experiencing many of the social and economic problems once considered to be reserved to central cities. Orfield argues that a savvy political party would push for a regional agenda that creates a stronger regional economy that helps restore the fiscal health of first-ring suburbs.
It is time for the Kent County Democratic Party to push a regional agenda that unites the interests of suburban voters in communities such as
The Kent County Democratic Party should push a regionalist agenda of efficient county government to the voters over the next two election cycles. A regionalist Democratic agenda should pursue regional economic planning to ensure that
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While the road to a Democratic majority in