Grassroots Training Key to November Elections
Monday, June 18, 2012
Lisa Mosczynski, a member of the Democratic State Committee, is president of the Greater Blackstone Valley Democrats, a political action committee she organized following the 2010 elections.
“We wanted to be prepared for 2012,” Mosczynski said.
The Greater Blackstone Valley Democrats are committed to helping to elect Democrats in14 southern Worcester County towns from Southbridge to Bellingham, including Milford.
“We’re available to help Democrats in the district to get the resources they need,” Mosczynski said.
The Blackstone Valley Dems, have worked with the state committee to obtain voter information including name, address, phone number and voting history.
“That way we are able to be more targeted on whose door we knock on,” Mosczynski said.
The 75 minute sessions are designed to help Democrats become more effective canvassers.
“When we knock on a door, it’s very important to be able to effectively deliver a message for any and all candidates,” Mosczynski said.
The Campaign for Liberty, an officially nonpartisan organization, sponsored a one day grassroots leadership class Sunday, which was attended by 35 people.
Grassroots organizer Kirk Shelley was keynote speaker, and discussed the real nature of politics.
“It was all about building a coalition,” Brad Wyatt, a member of the Tea Party, who coordinated the event, said. “You have to wonder what’s in it for the politician when they say they are in favor of something.”
Wyatt said that the group learned that the primaries are where grass roots organizers can have their greatest impact.
“The primaries are much smaller than the regular election,” Wyatt said. “It’s there that you can engage a small group of voters and try and elect the best candidate.”
Wyatt said that while there are no candidates they are looking to support in the September primaries, there was still a benefit to the class.
“We kind of missed our window,” Wyatt said. “Nothing’s really happening right now except building an organization.”
The Republicans are also offering a Citizens Watchdog Training class, scheduled for Saturday. The day long class, sponsored by Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity and the Greater Boston Tea Party, will address how to hold elected official accountable and other local issues.