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About Dan KovatsDan has been involved in campaigns for the last 10 years starting out in organizing and grassroots efforts, which are the lifeblood of the Democratic Party. During his last campaign he served as Campaign Manager to Rianne Hawkins for Springfield City Clerk and prior to that, Dan was the Downstate Regional Field Director for US Senator Dick Durbin’s reelection campaign. Dan also served for 11 months as an Outreach Assistant to State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.
IDCCA President’s Message by Doug House, IDCCA President @ILDCCA @RICoDemocrats @Doug_Dem_House Project Blue Wave: The Start of a Tsunami? Friends – After the votes of the March 20th Primary Election are counted, Illinois Democrats cannot waste a minute in getting behind our nominees. We’ll all need to come together and work harder than ever to ensure a historic “Blue Wave” in 2018. From Congress to the Statehouse, if we fight like never before, the opportunity to claim massive Democratic victories is within our grasp. The same is true at the county level, where new Democrats are challenging incumbent Republicans for the [...]
How to Run for Office: What’s Your Message by National Democratic Training Committee, @traindems Focus on the people getting you into office: your voters. We get it. It is so easy to get distracted on the campaign trail. When you’re talking about the same issues every single day, it’s tempting to go on a tirade about the current administration or your opinions on our relations with Russia. Resist the temptation! But if you do give in, here’s one piece of advice: Always bring it back home. Talk about what matters to your voters and issues facing your community. There’s enough [...]
Letter from NARAL Pro – Choice America by Kaylie Hanson Long, @NARAL Me Too– started in 1997 by activist Tarana Burke – has transformed the national conversation about sexual harassment and assault, transcending industries from politics to business to Hollywood. Women and survivors from all corners are using their collective voices to force the epidemic into the spotlight, igniting a fire that helps fan the flames of the Resistance today. The outpouring of #MeToo stories by people all over the country, from iconic celebrities to women in the workplace, to friends on our Facebook feeds, is simultaneously tragic and cathartic. [...]
Organic vs Paid Reach – What Does It Mean? by Jessica Ellison Thomas, @ActionMetroEast Now that we’re well into political season, and you’ve been managing your campaign’s Facebook page for a while, you’ve probably noticed that Facebook includes metrics on everything you post. If you haven’t yet paid to reach anyone, your metrics will only show organic reach only, but, once you start paying, the results will be divided by organic vs paid reach. Facebook is constantly adjusting its algorithm, but it recently announced a significant change to how and why posts are displayed in a News Feed – it [...]
How to Be a Teen Activist (at any age!) by Wake, Rise, Resist author Kerri Kennedy, email@example.com, @wakeriseresist “You and your peers are the innovators, the creative thinkers, and the problem-solvers,” my coauthor, Joanna Spathis, and I wrote to young people this fall in our book Wake, Rise, Resist: The Progressive Teen’s Guide to Fighting Tyrants and A*holes. We had no idea how right we were in predicting that the youth of this country were the ones who could lead us out of this political nightmare. (Here’s looking at you, Parkland teens crying out #neveragain, DACA Dreamers raising your voices, [...]
For Immediate Release: Monday February 26, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | firstname.lastname@example.org COUNTY DEMOCRATS CALL ON GOP TO PARTNER IN ANTI-HARASSMENT PLEDGE IDCCA President: “There’s no reason we can’t agree on proactive steps to address harassment.” SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A week after releasing it, Democratic candidates throughout Illinois are signing on to the zero-tolerance sexual harassment pledge developed by the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association. Today, IDCCA President Doug House offered the framework to Illinois Republicans, saying no one in Illinois politics should remain inactive or silent in working to protect campaign workers, interns, volunteers and [...]
For Immediate Release: Monday February 19, 2018 Contact: Toby Trimmer, Communications Director (217) 622-7547 | email@example.com ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT PLEDGE OK’D BY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRS Democratic Party candidates and campaigns at all levels asked to sign and promote pledge SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Executive Board of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) has unanimously approved a zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy and pledge that they hope all Democratic candidates and campaigns will embrace and promote. This morning, via e-mail, the IDCCA released the policy and pledge (ildcca.org/2018/02/sexual-harassment-policy-and-pledge/) to Democratic candidates and campaigns running for the March 20th Primary Election. Campaigns are encouraged [...]
Over the past several months I have been sickened every time I hear a story about sexual harassment within campaigns or political organizations. Brave women have started speaking out about their experiences and I’m thankful that they have brought this issue to the forefront of Democratic politics in our state. The type of behavior that these women experienced is unacceptable and the culture that has allowed it to happen needs to end immediately. This past December I called for the creation of a Sexual Harassment Task Force within the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association. In short order, this Task Force [...]