Welcome to the second installment of #NebDems News!
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This week I am highlighting our successful State Central Committee meeting, the Blue Bench training, and our intern team.
State Central Committee Meeting
This last Saturday we held our State Central Committee Meeting in Omaha. Our caucuses met and conducted their business for their membership. We were lucky to be able to have lunch from the great local restaurant, Big Mama’s. We conducted our meeting and passed several resolutions for the Party. We had updates of the work of the Party from the staff. We had guest speeches from Jennie Blackton and Michael Blake.
Blue Bench Training
This last Sunday we partnered with the National Democratic Training Committee to put on our third Blue Bench Training of the year. We had over a hundred democrats attend including candidates, campaign staff, and grassroots leaders.They were trained on topics such as field, digital, communications, and fundraising. Not only did we have amazing national trainers brought in but we also had our outstanding Nebraska native trainers in attendance.
Thank you to our co-chairs of the Blue Bench Project, Senator Wishart and Morfeld for their leadership in this project. We understand that we have to be building our party from the grassroots up, from people that are just getting involved for the first time to people that have been involved for over 30 years. We all have to work together to get democrats elected everywhere.
Our national training partner National Democratic Training Committee and the NDP created an online portal where you can see slides from this weekend and get your own account where you can explore and download other trainings and strategies to win.
Sign up here: https://www.traindemocrats.org/nebraskadems
You can also see some DNC trainings here: http://nebraskademocrats.org/blog/training/
NDP Intern Team
We have a great team of young Democrats that are helping with each member of our staff. There is an internship that aligns with each of the staff members so they are working and gaining experience in the area in which they are interested.
Ellie Clancy, Political and Field Internship
Ellie is a Senior Political Science Major at UNL. She will assist with scheduling meetings between elected officials, candidates and Party Leaders. She will be working with our Executive Director in managing the voter file and all of our data. She will assist with field planning and targeting for campaigns as well. Ellie got involved because she believes that Democrats will provide a brighter future for all people, not just those who support them.
Lauryn Wengert, Communications and Party Building Internship
Lauryn is a sophomore student at UNL and is currently majoring in Political Science, Global Studies, and Spanish. She is the communications and party-building intern that helps the communications coordinator get Nebraska Democratic Party’s message out to the public. Lauryn assists in managing the social media accounts, drafting press releases, updating the website, managing the press list, and assisting with media strategy.
Lauryn es una estudiante en su año segundo en la Universidad de Nebraska-Lincoln y está estudiando Políticas de ciencias, Estudios Globales, y Español. Ella es la en prácticas de las comunicaciones y la construcción del parte que ayuda conseguir el mensaje del Partido Demócrata de Nebraska al público. Lauryn asista en la dirección de las cuentas de medios sociales, redacción de comunicados de prensa, mantenimiento del sitio web, dirección de la lista de prensa, y asistencia de la estrategia de medios.
Sam Butterfield, Operations and Compliance Internship
Sam is a senior at UNL studying Political Science. He assists the Operations and Compliance director with coordinating the logistics for events, compiling post-event data, upkeep of the physical office, maintaining office records and recording this data for future use. When Sam is not working at the Nebraska Democratic Party he enjoys riding his bicycle and works at Scheels.
Sandy Griffin, Field Internship
Sandy is Sophomore at UNO and Political Science Major. She is working on building the critical infrastructure in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional for the 2018 election. She recruits volunteers and talks to voters about the issues that matter to them. Sandy also attends candidate and allied groups events. She is involved because she fundamentally believes that politics should be about helping people improve their lives and making their voices heard.
Alex Preston, Field Internship
Alex is a freshman at UNO. He is double majoring in Political Science and Pre-law. He is working on building the critical infrastructure in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional for the 2018 election. He recruits volunteers and talks to voters about the issues that matter to them. Alex also attends candidate and allied groups events. He is involved because he thinks justice is really important and wants to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.