Think young Democrats can't make a difference, or can't win? Think again.
On Tuesday, two young Democrats surprised the political establishment in Winston-Salem:
[Derwin] Montgomery got more than twice as many votes as Johnson -- 530 votes to her 228. Social networking through Facebook and early voting, in large part by WSSU students concerned about crime and economic development, sealed the surprise victory...
In the Southeast Ward Democratic primary, Councilwoman Evelyn Terry got 160 votes, enough to make her the top vote-getter among the three candidates in her ward but not enough to seal her bid for a second term, which requires 40 percent of the votes. So she'll have to face James Taylor, who got 150 votes, in an Oct. 6 runoff.
Winston Salem Journal, September 16, 2008.
Derwin Montgomery is a senior at Winston-Salem State University who won through hard work and political savvy. Hopefully he'll take that work ethic to the Winston-Salem City Council (he has no opponent in November). Congrats to him for a great victory and for bringing out a lot of voters to do their civic duty. You can read more about his amazing victory at the Winston-Salem Journal.
(The Grassroots Farm Team does not endorse in partisan primaries, but if James Taylor wins his runoff on Oct. 6 we'd be happy to support him against his Republican opponent.)
The message from Winston-Salem is clear - young candidates who work hard can make a difference - and win. We need your help today to help our young candidates win in November: support the farm team today!
If you're timid about donating, we hope you know that one of our biggest goals is to empower small-dollar donors. We're expecting the vast majority of our contributions to be for $50 or less - unlike the PACs that peddle corporate influence. Even $25, $10, or $6 can make a difference. With your help, we're working hard to make sure that there's strength in numbers come November.
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Thanks for taking the time to read this, and we hope you'll join us to elect the next generation of Democratic leaders!