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Democrats continued efforts to reach out to young voters in Nashville , specifically Young Democrats: Addison - I am concerned about the phonebank you are holding at the DCDP headquarters this week. The officers were not allowed to "weigh in" on this use of the headquarters. As a strong Bob Clement supporter I am concerned that getting out young voters means getting out people who read The Scene and The City Paper, both of which have been strongly biased against Bob Clement. Although you have indicated you are not taking a side in this mayor's non-partisan race, the phonebanking gives an appearance that the Young Democrats are doing just that. Sometimes appearances DO MATTER. I have spoken with Billy to be sure he alone gave permission for this use of the headquarters. Our Vice Chair assured me he was not consulted. Another Regional Chair assured me she was not consulted and I know that I, as Regional Chair of Region IV, was not consulted. It is unfortunate you did not use this opportunity to use our headquarters for a phonebank to call undecided voters in Davidson County to help Identify Democrats for inputting into the VAN system. Sincerely, Alma Because of this e-mail, we are cancelling any further phone banking at DCDP HQ. Though use of the office and phone lines were approved by Billy, the issues that Alma raises have given the DCYDs cause for concern.
We have a history of phone banking to Young Democrats, as was seen during the Harold Ford, Jr. campaign, as well as outreaching through social events, community service activities, and other GOTV efforts. We think it is vitally important that the DCYDs have this mix of both social and more traditional campaign outreach. I have spoken to the DCYD Executive Board members and we are all increasingly concerned that our efforts to be a vital part of the Davidson County Democratic Party are not welcome. Specifically, in this e-mail, it is inferred that Young Voters are 1) stupid and uninformed and 2) bias without cause. That could not be further from the truth. First off, over 250 young voters came out to the Young Voters Debate Series Mayoral Debate with over 30,000 watching on TV. Young people also search far beyond "The Scene and The City Paper" for facts, and often strive to gain as much information as they can about the issues. And as far as bias goes, we have Young Democrats working on both campaigns, and even some of our most involved and active members have not yet made up their minds on who to vote for. We even have a safety clause in our by-laws which state that our organization "will never oppose a Democratic candidate for political office, either by supporting non-Democratic candidates or by not supporting all Democratic candidates in the primary." And we take this clause VERY seriously. Bob Clement and Karl Dean have both been great supporters of the DCYDs and therefore it is our duty to make sure we turn out all the voters we can in a non-partisan, nonendorsing manner such as GOTV phone banking. While we are not required to show this, At the bottom of this e-mail I have enclosed a copy of our phone banking script in order that there be more transparency with this process and to show that in NO way are the DCYDs endorsing or promoting one candidate for mayor. I would also like to remind everyone that there are eight people running for Metro
Council At-Large as well as individual district races including a member of our own Executive Committee, and these individuals deserve as much focus and attention by young voters as do the mayoral candidates. In the past the DCDP has been a loyal and strong supporter of the DCYDs. We have had the honor and pleasure of working side-by-side with our "parent" group to help elect great local, state, and federal leaders. But in the past the DCDP allowed the DCYDs to work with independence and without restriction, knowing that our goals were one in the same. It was and continues to be the intention of the DCYDs to educate, impact, and turn out Young Democrats. Be it for mayor races or presidential. And we would like to continue our partnership with the DCDP in the future. But we are increasingly concerned that the policy of the Davidson County Democratic Party is changing of one from openness and cooperation to one of restriction and approval. We have found that our previous working relationship had increased communications and partnership on activities, which in turn provided more volunteers and ultimately more Democratic activists. But with these new developments the DCYDs is questioning the viability of our partnership and wanting a clarification of where we stand as partnering organizations. Here's the bottom line: The Young Dems work hard, fight hard, and live hard to try and get Democrats elected. We have two Democrats running in a non-partisan race, so it is important to get Young Dems jumpstarted to vote. Because next year is even more critical. So if it is the opinion of the DCDP to restrict the use of its office and resources from the DCYDs, then the DCYDs need to start considering other alternatives for our efforts. As the president of the Davidson County Young Democrats, and as a member of the Davidson County Democratic Party Executive Committee, I want to say that I hope we can
continue this relationship and that the DCYDs want and desire a continued dialogue with the DCDP. It does no one any good for Young Dems and the Democratic Party to not work together, to not be united. I apologize for this lengthy e-mail. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Addison Pate President Davidson County Young Democrats CANVASS RESULTS KEY (9/5/2007) BZ=Busy WX=Disconnected RF=Refused CB=Call Back LM=Left Message WN=Wrong Number DC=Deceased NH=Not Home Hi ______________________. I am __________________ with the Davidson County Young Democrats. There is an important local election next Tuesday for Mayor and Metro Council. Have you already voted early? Y/N If no, do you plan to vote on September 11th? Y/N Would you be interested in receiving the DCYD update emails? If yes, email address: _______________________________. Thank you for your time and please remember to vote and encourage your friends and family to vote next Tuesday. Leave a Message Script: This is _____________ from the Davidson County Young Democrats. We wanted to remind and encourage you to vote next Tuesday in the Mayoral and Metro Council races. This is a vitally important election and every vote counts!