Precincts: Where the Action Is

This is what “Resist” looks like when you get beyond snarky Facebook postings about Trump and turning out for one-off protest marches: A dozen people turning out on a Saturday morning for three hours of training on what it takes to organize and mobilize Democrats for political action in Seminole County.

“We are not looking to confront Republicans, or convert independents,” explains Precinct Activities Chair Paul Truman at one point in his presentation, “We are going after ‘warm’ Democrats (who have voted twice in the last year) and even ‘cool’ Democrats (who voted once or not at all)” to get them motivated to vote, signed up to vote by mail, get involved in SemDems’ events or even active in our canvassing and campaign activities.

The participants at this particular session all had experience canvassing, knocking on doors and phone contacting registered Democrats. They are moving on to the next level: Organizing, training and supervising others to do those tasks in their individual precincts.

“I love knocking on doors, talking to people, finding out where they stand. That is the fun part,” says Scott Cromar of Longwood, who has been politically active since his teens. With passionate candidates and campaign workers, he adds, “we can move the needle.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting other people in my precinct and hearing what they are thinking about,” says Leigh Bragg of Oviedo, who began her political work with the Hillary Clinton campaign. “The more we listen to them, the more we can do to create a meaningful Democratic platform.” She has a special interest in supporting women candidates.

None of this should be taken as a sign the SemDems do not need volunteers who can only provide a few hours on occasion. “A couple hours a month stapling flyers or entering survey data is a couple hours someone else can be knocking on doors or making phone calls,” says Truman, who can be reached at action@semdems.com. “It all helps.”