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Following The January MCDP Meeting — Suggestions for Kurt Hatcher, New MCDP Executive Director

The new MCDP Executive Director, Kurt Hatcher

Mark Owens, MCDP Chairperson, has named Kurt Hatcher to be the new MCDP Executive Director. This is a paid position, but is not full time. Kurt is replacing Sarah Greathouse. Kurt was the campaign manager for Scott Dickerson in the OHD-42 contest that re-elected Republican Niraj Antani.

Kurt —

Congratulations for being named as Executive Director for the MCDP. I am pulling for you to a successful director. As a member of the Central Committee who is concerned about the disorder of the January 17 Central Committee meeting, I am requesting that you address the following:

  • Central Committee members should be given advance notice of each meeting with agenda.
  • There should be a requirement and a procedure for all attending Central Committee members to sign in.
  • In Central Committee meetings, Central Committee members should sit together in a more condensed setting as an identifiable group — and non-members would sit in a designated adjacent area.

In addition,

  • Minutes should be taken at each Central Committee meeting and each member should be provided with a copy of these minutes within a reasonable time.
  • The minutes of the meeting should include the names of the members who are present at the meeting.
  • A registry of the Central Committee — showing the precinct along with contact information for each member — should be provided to each Central Committee member, in either a paper or electronic copy, according to his or her preference.
  • This registry should include the job description of each elected officer, the Executive Director. It should include a list of members of committees should include a statement of each committee chairperson.

Another area that I hope you will address is the fact that the MCDP website seems in complete disuse. Anyone visiting the site would think that the MCDP is a pretty lame organization.  Everything is out of date. The new MCDP Constitution, for example, that was approved in June 2018 has never been posted. There is no invitation to make comments or to dialogue. I hope you will develop a 21st century vision of a transformed MCDP web-site.

I’m betting that will make a big effort to bring big improvements to the MCDP. There is lots to do. Two areas of focus that I am suggestion that you address are: 1) Empowering each member of the Central Committee to be effective and 2) Transforming the MCDP website into a website Democrats can be proud of.

Thank you. Sincerely,  Mike Bock, Kettering 4-J

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The Big Hairy Audacious Goal that The Montgomery County Democratic Party Should Focus On: “We Choose To BE BEST”

John Kennedy inspired Americans with his Big Hairy Audacious Goal of going to the moon

I keep coming back to this — Thank you Donald Trump — I’m gripped by the conviction that we are in desperate need of a strong Democratic Party. We need a sense of urgency that maintaining the Democratic Party status quo is not good enough — doing more of the same, but with greater enthusiasm, is not good enough. We need an inspiring vision of a twenty-first century Democratic Party. I like the notion of a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) — a

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After Losing His Clerk Of Courts Election, Russ Joseph Asks The MCDP To Appoint Him To The County Treasurer’s Office

Russ Joseph just lost his election to remain Clerk of Courts. Now he is asking the MCDP to appoint him County Treasurer to complete Carolyn Rice’s term

Russ Joseph is seeking to be appointed Montgomery County Treasurer, the office vacated because Caroline Rice was elected Montgomery County Commissioner. The Democratic Party is empowered by state law to make the appointment. In a letter sent to Central Committee members, Joseph wrote: “I humbly ask for your support for the appointment to Montgomery County Treasurer and hope you’ll attend the MCDP meeting on January 17.”

Joseph has a long-time relationship

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In 2019, The MCDP Should Focus On Advancing Its Radical New Mission To “EMPOWER DEMOCRACY”

My bad cat, Rocky, shown studying the new MCDP Constitution

Last year, I served on the MCDP Constitution Committee, chaired by Mark Owens. In its one and only meeting, the Committee voted on the nine possible changes to the MCDP Constitution that I had proposed. The Committee approved the first four — establishing that the mission of the organization is to “empower democracy” — but rejected the five proposals to establish new endorsement procedures.

I was happy that Mark agreed to the four changes to the MCDP Constitution. I was surprised. I had assumed that a proposal to

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April 8, 2024 — Our Representative Democracy: A Future In Search Of A Plan and A Script — 2:17:16 PM

What will our system of representative democracy in this region look like at 2:17:16 PM on April 8, 2024, when Dayton, Ohio, will be at the very center of a total eclipse of the sun? In five years, will the system be stronger or weaker than it is today? How will we know? What is our vision of a twenty-first century system of representative democracy that works to its greatest potential to empower a government of, by and for the people? And what should we be doing in the next five years to help bring that vision

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