SPOTLIGHT

Channeling Down-Ballot Interest

The DLCC hopes to provide a strategic focus to an array of new groups that want to help the party.

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Trump is returning to Washington.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
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Kyle Trygstad
March 20, 2017, 10:05 a.m.

With Pres­id­ent Trump hit­ting the cam­paign trail again Monday sport­ing a new low Gal­lup ap­prov­al rat­ing and with a House vote on his health care over­haul ex­pec­ted Thursday, na­tion­al Demo­crats fo­cused on down-bal­lot races are start­ing the pro­cess of har­ness­ing and co­ordin­at­ing the grass­roots en­ergy cre­ated in re­ac­tion to the new ad­min­is­tra­tion.

On Tues­day, the Demo­crat­ic Le­gis­lat­ive Cam­paign Com­mit­tee is con­ven­ing the first of reg­u­lar meet­ings with new pro­gress­ive or­gan­iz­a­tions in­ter­ested in find­ing and re­cruit­ing Demo­crats to run for state le­gis­lat­ive of­fices. Many of these groups also met with the DLCC on Fri­day to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how each can fit to­geth­er without over­lap­ping ef­forts.

One such group, Run for Something, an­nounced Monday it is ex­pand­ing the scope of its ob­ject­ives, no longer lim­it­ing its 2017 state le­gis­lat­ive can­did­ate re­cruit­ment, ment­or­ing, and dona­tions to just five-to-10 races in Vir­gin­ia.

The DLCC, which kicked off its can­did­ate train­ing in Rich­mond over the week­end, hopes to emerge this Novem­ber hav­ing cut deeply in­to the GOP’s Vir­gin­ia state House ma­jor­ity and with con­trol of the Wash­ing­ton state Sen­ate. From there, a much busier and more crowded 2018 awaits.

Kyle Tryg­stad

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