Throwing My Hat in the Ring

I’ve decided to seek the Vice Chair position with 22nd LD Democratic Party. The following is the nomination letter which I submitted yesterday. Wish me luck! Or vote for me if you’re a member!

I’m writing to express my interest in becoming the next Vice Chair of the 22nd Legislative District Democrats. I hope you will accept my name for consideration for this venerable position.
I’ve lived in the 22nd District for 23 years. As a senior at River Ridge High School, my senior project was focused on politics. I shadowed then Senator Karen Fraser throughout her campaign. I learned a lot from her and our team, and most importantly the experience lit a fire in me to give back and work hard for my community, and my party. I left for four years to serve in the United States Navy and returned home in the fall of 2000. Since then I’ve volunteered and worked for local nonprofits, in houseless services and community organizing, as well as for local progressive candidates and causes. Currently, I serve as District Representative to Congressman Derek Kilmer.

Over the years I’ve accepted increasing levels of responsibility on campaigns. In 2015 I managed the campaigns of Marco Rossi for Mayor of Olympia and Ray Guerra for Olympia City Council. Though not successful, I learned a tremendous amount from the experience. Those lessons were put in play last year when I managed Lisa Parshley and Carolyn Cox’s campaigns, which won, despite having well established and well-funded opponents. Those victories were in large part due to the support of the party, its PCOs, and especially the Young Democrats who I got to mentor through the campaign process.

The biggest lesson I learned from the campaigns last year, especially from looking at the precinct breakdowns from both the primary and general elections, is that we win in precincts with active Precinct Committee Officers. My reason for running for this position is because I want to help my party recruit and train PCOs. I also want to take it one step further, I want to challenge our PCOs to not just support our candidates during elections, but also to do the work during the off-season to recruit members, work on community education and engagement, voter registration, and to work hand-in-hand with our elected Democrats to fulfill our platform. If we’re going to live up to our ideal of being the party of the people, then we have to meet people where they are by being a continuous presence in the community, not just a campaign season pop-up shop.

I hope you’ll vote for me for Vice-Chair of LD22, I’m excited to take on this responsibility and to help lead our party into the Blue Tsunami!


Rob Richards

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