The next Monthly Meeting is March 18 at 7pm on Zoom.
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The first day to circulate petitions to get on the ballot in the May Municipal Primary is Tuesday, February 16. Last day is March 9, 2021.
Let's fill the ballot with Democrats. Consider running for an office. Local offices up for election are:
Coroner (Incumbent Tom Yanac)
School Board: East Stroudsburg, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain, Stroudsburg
Mayor: Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, DWG, Mt Pocono
Council: Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, DWG, Mt Pocono
Township Commissioner (Pocono Township)
Judge of Election
Inspector of Election
If good people don't run, bad people get elected. Are you a registered Democrat interested in running for an office? If so please send an email for more information and for soon to come candidate training sessions, to email@example.com
There are also very important Statewide Judge races on the 2021 ballot. You can see all the Democratic candidates on our Statewide Candidate page.
Updated 02/15/2021 on HB 38.
Republicans' goal of gerrymandering the state into judicial districts, referenced in January's newsletter, is on pause. Their goal was to have the proposed constitutional amendment appear on the primary election ballot. It would allow the General Assembly to divide the state into districts from which judges would be elected, instead of electing them statewide.
Thanks to the massive outcry from many sectors of the Commonwealth---bar associations, League of Women Voters, Fair Districts, the NAACP, and you, they have failed. Although HB38 passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 13-12 vote, there were not enough votes in the full House for it to pass. But don't let your guard down---they will continue to press this issue, perhaps with a view to putting it on the November general election ballot. Stay tuned.
Thank you All!
Now there is HB 55.
Another Constitutional Amendment: The Emergency Declarations Amendment would limit the ability of Governor Wolf, or any governor, to declare a disaster emergency for more than 21 days without the approval of the General Assembly. If you're alive today, it's partly thanks to Governor Wolf: The Dem State Committee recommends a "no" vote on this amendment.
“HB 55 would hinder our ability to respond quickly, comprehensively and effectively to a disaster emergency by requiring any declaration to be affirmed by concurrent resolution of the legislature every three weeks. This would force partisan politics into the commonwealth’s disaster response efforts and could slow down or halt emergency response when aid is most needed.
“A disaster response could be hamstrung by lack of action by the legislature (or by the disaster itself, if it were severe enough to stop the legislature from meeting) and the executive branch would have no certainty that disaster response measures put in place would remain past this short, arbitrary deadline.
“This is the latest in a long line of efforts by Harrisburg Republicans to undermine the current COVID-19 disaster declaration, after every one of them voted to end the disaster emergency last session but were unsuccessful. So, now they are attempting to amend the Constitution to get their way.
“Premature termination or non-renewal of the current COVID-19 disaster emergency will be disastrous for the commonwealth. It will undo all of the progress that has been made in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and saving the lives of Pennsylvanians and put the commonwealth in a poor position to address another resurgence.
“If the House GOP is successful, Pennsylvania would be the only state without some type of emergency in place for COVID 19, and could lose out on federal funding for businesses and individuals in future COVID-19 relief packages.
“The Pennsylvania Constitution is the cornerstone of our democracy. Indeed, the Republicans’ effort demonstrates that we need to rethink the very way that our Constitution is amended. No political party should control when and how our governing charter is changed. The citizens of the commonwealth should have that direct power. Make no mistake, these actions are thinly veiled power grabs and an attack on the other branches of government and on democracy itself, and I will oppose these efforts through every means possible.”
|Thanks to all those who joined us Wednesday, January 20th for our MCD Inauguration Watch Party. We heard from Representatives Matt Cartwright and Susan Wild, State Representative Maureen Madden and Lt. Governor John Fetterman. A truly beautiful day even though we couldn't be there in person.
Thank You to everyone who volunteered for this election. We need people to greet and watch at the polls every election. Same for those who canvass, phone and text voters. Please get involved with your local county Democratic Party to help get our candidates elected. Subscribe to our newsletter to find out how you can stay involved. In 2021 we will have local elections for county and municipal offices. Please consider running for office.
Official Statement from the MCD
We, the members and officers of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, are committed to fighting against racial injustice.
We, and the candidates we support, will work tirelessly every day to ensure our country lives up to the ideals and founding principles set forth in the United States Constitution.
The members of the Monroe County Democratic Committee are heartbroken by the loss of George Floyd’s life and the lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless unnamed others. We hope you will join us in taking direct action to root out the poison of systemic racism, because so long as Black men, women and children “can’t breathe”, we cannot rest. Complicity costs lives, and it will take all of us working together to fix this.
Here are some great places to get reliable information about the Coronavirus. You can also check these local resources for help with COVID-19 issues.
- Senator Bob Casey COVID-19 Resources for Pennsylvanians
- Rep. Susan Wild (7th CD) COVID-19 Information + Updates
- Rep. Susan Wild (7th CD) COVID-19 Business Resources
- Rep. Matt Cartwright (8th CD) COVID-19 Information