►The Bimonthly Newsletter of the Dorchester County Democratic Party◄ December 2011/January 2012 Volume 3, Issue 6
ELEVEN MONTHS TO GO!
The 2012 elections are now officially in full swing!
– no vouchers for the rich and their private schools. And we believe in a State and County Government that concentrates on good paying jobs for the people.
Hopefully all that attended the County Democratic Breakfast in November were duly motivated by State Representative Seth Whipper. It is great to have him representing part of Dorchester County now!
Our County Plan is clear and I need you personally to find a place where you can help contribute to our goal of getting Democratic voters to the polls in November 2012 and electing Democratic candidates.
Please keep these dates in mind and on your calendar: We need to energize ourselves for the upcoming 2012 elections March 3: Precinct Organizing Meetings and Primary vote in our march to turn Dorchester County BLUE. We need you to for President Obama, become active in our County Party now. Everybody that wants March 19: Dorchester County Democratic Convention, to become active to help re-elect President Barack Obama, let’s where you will elect the leaders for the next two years, and get going! May 12: the State Democratic Party Convention. We need you first and foremost to help organize and energize The next 11 months are going to be exciting, so find a place to the Democrats in your precinct. If you do not have a list yet, participate, and let’s go! just ask and I can get you a list of the people who voted in the Democratic primaries in your precinct. The easiest action to Richard Hayes, Chair take is talk with them, get their phone number and email, and In This Issue we will keep them informed this election year and remind them and get them out to VOTE. New District Boundary Updates—Page 2 Conventions/Party Elections/Delegates—Page 3 The Dorchester County Executive Committee has unanimously Gilligan’s Island comes to SC—Page 4 agreed on its Strategic Plan for 2012, and we are off and run 2012 Election Strategies—Page 5 ning with our sights set squarely on the November 2012 elections. Issues are our key – unlike the Republicans, we believe in BBQ & Blues Blast this February—Page 6 a moral budget that does not put balancing the budget on the Hundreds attend Blue Jamboree—Page 8 poor and middle class. Greetings from Springfield, Illinois—Page 9 We are thankful—page 10 Unlike the Republicans, we believe strongly in Public Education Calendar of Events—page 11
New District Boundary Updates
pootlian filed the lawsuit on behalf of six African-American voters in Florence, Sumter, Georgetown, Berkeley, Darlington and Charleston counties, and said that the state's new redistricting plans amounted to "voting apartheid."
In addition to our representatives to the Federal Government, the boundaries of our state representatives’ districts were also redrawn, including Rep. Patsy Knight’s District 97. The ReBy Richard Hayes publicans are taking aim at this district, as the minority population percentage under the new As most of you know, by law the states had to The lawsuit, filed against Gov. Nikki Haley, the boundaries is much lower. We will have to redraw all district boundaries after the 2010 Legislature and other state officials, claims that work hard for Patsy this coming November census. On the national level this year, South the new district lines create a system that segre- 2012 to ensure her reelection. Carolina gained another U.S. Congressional gates white and black voters and essentially district, rising from six to seven. puts a large amount of black voters into one Finally, the County also had to redistrict the congressional district. Those who worked on boundaries for our seven council members in The seven districts including the new 7th Conthe redistricting plans, however, say the lawsuit Dorchester. The County is under the Federal gressional District underwent the “redistricting” is basically without merit. Court’s watchful eye to ensure Dorchester process this last year by the State Legislature, maintains at least one majority-minority district controlled by the Republicans, and approved by The Justice Department said previously that it (Willie Davis’ District 3). the Governor, a Republican. As a result of the would not challenge the district layout, but that way the Republican Party accomplished the has no impact on whether or not any other The County achieved its goals in redistricting, redistricting, a lawsuit was filed in November group could protest the plans through a lawsuit. but as a result Councilman Willie Davis’ disby the state's Democratic Party. The decision on the lawsuit will ultimately lie trict is now huge, going from one end of the with a District Court judge. County to the other like a “horseshoe.” State Democratic Party Chairman Dick Har-
Recent Breakfast Meetings We covered the county in the last two months! (And please note that we will NOT have a December breakfast meeting!)
For our October breakfast, we enjoyed a great meal at St. Mark’s church in St. George. Lots of thanks to the folks (above) who prepared and served the food that morning. Sen. John Matthews (left, standing) gave us an update on vital issues from the State Assembly, like Voter ID and new district boundaries. (Thanks to Councilman Willie Davis, seated in the photo on the left, for arranging that breakfast meeting!) In November, DCDP met at Ryan’s in Summerville. State Rep. Seth Whipper, whose District 113 is proposed to expand into our county, spoke with us that morning. (In the photo on the right, that’s Seth with DCDP chair Richard Hayes.)
Conventions, Party Elections, Delegates & All That Jazz By David Rison, state executive committeeman As you probably know, the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 3-6. If you would like to be a delegate to the National Convention you first must participate in the reorganization of the Dorchester County Democratic Party. On March 3 at 10:00 a.m., the Dorchester County Democratic Party will reorganize the county precincts. You must participate in precinct reorganization to be eligible to file for election as a delegate to the Charlotte convention. South Carolina will not have a primary. All of the delegates will be pledged to President Obama since no other candidate has filed to run against Obama in South Carolina. The precincts will elect delegates and alternates to the County Convention to be held on March 19 at 7:00 p.m. Each precinct will also elect precinct officers on March 3. You must attend the precinct reorganization meeting to be eligible for election as a delegate to the county convention and election as a precinct officer. The sites of the precinct meetings and the site for the county convention will be published in the local newspapers, and will be found in the next edition of Blue Note, too. At the County Convention on March 19, the delegates will elect new Dorchester County Democratic Party officers. These offices include county party chair, 1st vice chair, 2nd vice chair and 3rd vice chair. The party rules declare that the 1st vice chair must be a person of a race different than the party chair. What this means is that if the chair is a black person, the 1st vice chair must be a white person. The second vice chair represents a gender different than the chair. The 3rd vice chair is a young person (under 30) of any race or gender.
Here’s a simple, step-by-step procedure to follow if you’d like to attend the national convention as a delegate. For more details, you can visit the state party’s website (click here), and look for the “2012 National Convention” menu option. Hover over that option to drop down the submenu, from which you’ll see “Delegate Selection Plan.” Choose that one for a detailed report on rules and requirements.
The convention also elects two persons, a man and a woman, to represent the county on the state executive committee, as well as alternates. At our County Convention, we will also elect delegates to the state convention that meets in Columbia on May 12. If you want to be a delegate to the national convention, please consult the state party website. You must file with the State Party by April 12. Filing forms will be available from the party or on the web at www.scdp.org.
The Idiot’s Guide to Becoming a National Delegate By Rob Groce, CD-1 Delegate in 2008 In 2008, I was elected a National Delegate. And statewide, and even both (if you don’t get completely by accident, too, so don’t think I’m elected to be your district’s delegate). telling you how to guarantee your election. I can give you insight on the procedure, though. Our state gets 62 national delegates plus four alternates; 37 are from the different congresFirst, you must start by attending the Precinct sional districts, and will be selected by state Reorganization Meeting. That’s a requirement; delegates from those districts. (Our Dorchester if you don’t attend that March 3 meeting, you is in both CD-1 and 6.) Another seven must be can’t be on the slate. You’ll also need to be a party leaders or elected officials, and 12 other county delegate and then state delegate. at-large delegates will be elected by all state delegates at the convention. Once you complete those requirements, you can throw your name in the hat yourself right If you’re elected, get ready for contact. You’ll after our county convention. You can be get mail from many organizations asking you to “nominated” by petition, but that can be diffi- support their causes. cult and time consuming—it’s easier just to pay the $50 to the state party (the cost might be The convention can be expensive, but because different this year). this year’s is in nearby Charlotte, you can just drive there instead of paying airfare. (You’ll You can then start advertising. Get a free web- want to stay at the hotel the state party books, site to list your contributions and accomplishthough, I’d recommend.) ments. You can get a listing of state delegates who’ll vote in this race from the state party, When you get there as one of the delegates, and contact them by email or phone. You can you’ll find yourself in elite company, and you even purchase an ad in the program of the might be approached by others as an elite, too. annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner that’s held You’ll sit near elected members of Congress. every year just before the convention. You’ll be approached by reporters, even ones from foreign countries, who’ll want to speak to And when the state convention comes around, you, the savvy political insider. you can meet those state delegates face-toface, give ‘em your own campaign speech, and Don’t let it get to your head, though. When the hopefully get elected. You can run for a deleconvention’s over, deflate your ego, and get gate of your congressional district or at-large/ ready to go back to work for the county party!
March 3 Precinct Reorganization Meeting You must attend this meeting You must participate in our caucus vote You must be selected a county delegate from others in your precinct
March 19 County Convention You must attend as a county delegate You must be appointed or elected (depending on number interested) a state delegate You can then seek written nomination or pay for nomination to be a national delegate (either for your Congressional District, at-large, or both) and can begin campaigning. You must file notice with the state party no later than April 12 that you’re running for national delegate.
May 12 State Convention You must attend as a state delegate You’ll get to make a “campaign speech” to the other state delegates, who’ll do the electing
September 3 National Convention You get to shuffle off to Charlotte You get to receive oodles of attention from press, who will believe you to be a very important person You must come home to Dorchester County after the event ready to tell us all about it! (We want souvenirs, too.)
They issue silly campaign statements And work to win at any cost If not for the courage of Democrats The country would be lost
Sit right back and you’ll hear the tale Of Republican candidates Who are campaigning all across our state Talking like idiots
(The country would be lost!)
The Skipper, too The clumsy-butcute Rick Perry has three assets on the island: his boyish charm, his threats to secede, and …. (I don‟t remember the third).
If the skipper sunk a small boat in choppy waters, what do you think Newt Gingrich will do if he‟s steering this country? (Whine and throw a hissy fit, maybe, like he became famous for while a congressman?) And his wife
The Millionaire Mitt Romney is a millionaire, alright. And it‟s a good thing, too, since not many people bother to donate to his campaign. His status in SC has remained unchanged throughout (25% support).
Yes, Herman Cain is the millionaire‟s wife— because he never stops kissing up to big money in hopes of getting their sizable donations. Just ask the Koch Brothers! The Professor
The Movie Star
Rick Santorum emotes like a bombshell babe, but he‟ll never make it in Hollywood—and not in the White House, either. He‟s a bad actor and everyone can tell he‟s tossing out scripted lines.
Ron Paul sure ain‟t no professor, but he does try to attract college students and recent grads by making them think he‟ll legalize marijuana. That‟s how he tries to get support for his confederate “states‟ rights” line.
And Mary Ann
Michele Bachmann tries to project herself as a homey, humble Mary Ann-type character, but she tarnishes that image every time she clamors approval of water boarding torture.
Here on GOP-ligan’s Isle! Two others aboard the GOP Minnow (and whose names will appear on the ballots in January) remain lost at sea, apparently. Jon Huntsman (left) is only scoring one percent in polls of South Carolina Republicans. Gary Johnson (right) doesn‟t even get invited to the debates.
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2012 Election Strategies: Key Voter Turnout The Dorchester County Democratic Party has a lot of work to do over the next 11 months—prepping for county and state conventions, candidate recruitment, June primaries, voter registration, Voter ID awareness and many other projects all gearing up for the General Election in November. We’ll be covering those topics in upcoming editions of Blue Note, too. In this issue, we’ll focus on one of them—improved voter turnout in particular precincts. In the 2008 election cycle, we busted our backs. Dorchester Democrats registered hundreds of new voters. We drove voters to the county building in St. George so they could early-vote. We canvassed and worked the phones to make sure voters showed up on election day. And a total of 71.52 percent of all registered voters in our county participated in the election that year. Sounds great, right? Well, Dorchester County actually had the thirdlowest turnout of all counties in our state for the ‘08 General Election. The statewide average was 76.02 percent. And in 2010, we dropped to second lowest in turnout (43.02 percent; statewide average was 51.89). Obviously, we need improvement in voter turnout all across the county.
Some side-note good news: This Delemars precinct historically leads our county in voter turnout and in percentage of votes to Democratic candidates. That’s due to the very hard work of Margaret Goodwine, DCDP’s 1st Vice Chair.
Particular precincts, though, might need some additional focus.
However, those precincts had very, very low turnout on Election Day.
There are seven key precincts where we know there’s a high presence of Democratic voters, for example.
If we can work to improve the number of voters from those particular precincts, we’ll greatly help the Democratic candidates who’ll appear on their ballots in the November 2012 elections.
In the 2010 elections, our candidate for governor (state Sen. Vincent Sheheen) led in votes from those precincts, and we also had the majority in voters who simply made the “straight party” selection, too.
Do you live in or near one of these precincts? Please contact DCDP about how you can help make needed improvements.
Keep Jobs in America By Marty Turney, American Maid We pick up the paper or turn on the news and all we hear are pledges to bring jobs to America. This is something we all should pledge to do. Even though we may not own a business we still buy services and products. We can save or create jobs. Remember back in early spring an email was circulating regarding American-made products? The suggestion was made to check goods we buy at the grocery store. We found that many of these items produced in America were less expensive, and they were “store brands.” How about other items? Appliances, packaging, tools, and other items we use every day – any made in the United States? How about the “American Companies” that do all of their manufacturing in other countries? We can save or create jobs by buying American made. There was another email that addressed calling help lines not for just computer or program assistance, but for help on other items and warranty work as well. When the person answers, it sounds as if that person is in a foreign country. At times it is difficult to understand the instructions we are given. It was suggested that we ask to speak to a person in the United States. It wasn’t always easy to convince that company representative in the foreign country that we really want to speak to someone in the U.S., but if you were insistent, you can save or create jobs.
Another “BBQ & Blues” blast coming this February! Remember the great party we had back in February 2010? We dished up some great food, danced to great music, and packed a room full of local voters along with just about every Democratic candidate on the slate that year. And guess what we’re doing in February 2012? You betcha—we’re doing “BBQ & Blues” all over again! We’re scheduling it for Saturday, Feb 25 (which is one week before our Precinct Reorganization Meetings, dontcha know).
We are coming to Christmas time when most of us are buying presents for family and friends. How about a one-year mowing gift, or leaf-raking or, if there is a matter of snow, you can have snow/ice removal when there is no grass to cut? This will even work for out-of-town recipients. I bet you can find someone to do that for out-of-town relatives for a good price, and what a gift! There is always tilling, planting and maintaining a garden for a friend or neighbor. We can save or create jobs.
The location we’re looking for hasn’t been fully acquired yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
Check the Yellow Pages for small owner-operated restaurants. A gift certificate for a meal a month would really be a great gift. Or, in our area, a gift certificate for golf, tennis or bowling. What about lessons for these various sports? That is certain to be appreciated. We can save or create jobs.
Come on down to chow down and boogie down with Dorchester Democrats!
Point being, we may not own a business, but we as Americans can save and or create jobs. Let’s try to bring jobs back to the United States. Each of us can do our part; all we have to do is want to buy and support American goods and services.
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Hundreds attend Blue Jamboree The recent Blue Jamboree was a unique occasion for Jim Clyburn.
congressman said in introduction of At this same one event, the representative of the DemocSouth Carolina’s 6th Congressional District ratic National watched his daughter win an award, named Committee’s after one of his heroes, in recognition of her chairwoman, own heroic accomplishments, and then intro- who then duced the woman who’s rapidly becoming the credited Clylatest hero of the Democratic Party. burn for mentoring her in Hosted by the West Ashley Democrats and the U.S. capithe Charleston County and state Democratic tol. parties, approximately 600 attended the October 23rd event at Charleston Maritime Cen- During her ter. second term Wasserman Schultz spoke from under a blue light at the Blue Jamboree from 2007-09, (this photo and others on this page by Nora Kravec) Mignon Clyburn received the Marjorie Amos- the congressFrazier “Pacesetter” Award for her woman from Florida was chief deputy whip extend this representation further, were it not “community service and professional accom- under then-majority whip Clyburn. for Republican congressmen’s recent delay plishments,” said Kaye Koonce, chair the tactics. event’s award committee. In August 2009, the With the same dedicated oomph she used congressman’s daughter was unanimously while aiding Clyburn, the DNC chair made the The American Jobs Act – which includes addiapproved by the U.S. Senate to assume the stance of the party quite clear, and on both tional federal funding for public schools, tax chair of the Federal Communications Commis- state and national issues. credits for companies hiring disabled vetersion, and was previously chair of the state’s ans, and federal income tax cuts of $1,500 on Public Service Commission. The Democratic Party is the party for the fumiddle-class families – was recently held ture of American children, she said, offering up by Republican senators. Both she and her father spoke in praise of the the recent renovations to student loans that late Amos-Frazier, known throughout the bypass secondary loaners. “Eight million more And for no valid reason, either, as the funding, region for community activism, and both atkids are now receiving college funding.” credits and cuts included in the proposal “are tributed her open-door policy of advising entirely paid for,” Wasserman Schultz said. community members, including themselves, Democrats are the future for a sound environto have had positive impact on following gen- ment, as well, Wasserman Schulz said, offerThe GOP seems to be delaying any programs erations in the Charleston area. ing the government’s new investments in for improvement until right before the 2012 green energy as example. election next November, said Wasserman “(Amos-Frazier) was one of the best friends I Schultz, and with apparent intentions to igever had,” said Rep. Clyburn, who credited It’s the party benefitting middle-class taxpay- nore public needs until it can benefit their the late county councilwoman for guiding ers in representation, and the party of Wall campaigns. many in the community to be “tenacious ad- Street reform, too, she offered, stipulating vocates for what’s just and what’s right.” how Democrats blocked investment firms “But if you’re working paycheck to paycheck, from ever receiving additional bail-out fundyou don’t have 13 months,” Wasserman And U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, ing ever again. Schultz said. And to counterpunch the stankeynote speaker for this second annual Blue dard GOP counterargument, “a child needs an Jamboree, is quite an advocate herself, the And Democrats in Washington, D.C. could education more than a millionaire needs a tax break,” she said. “We’re on your side,” Wasserman Schultz reminded the attending Democrats in her concluding request for their involvement in next year’s elections. “We’re going to surprise some people.” Other speakers were Mayor Joe Riley, former U.S. Rep. Liz Patterson, state Rep. Bakari Sellers and Jaime Harrison, SCDP 1st Vice Chair. State Rep. Patsy Knight with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
The Chairmen! DCDP Chair Richard Hayes and his Charleston County counterpart George Tempel.
(This article originally appeared in Examiner.)
Earlier this year, two regular contributors to our county party expanded their political reach, except they did so by making the move across the Mason-Dixon. That‟s right—Katharine and Dr. Jonathan Eastvold now reside in Springfield, the state capitol of Illinois, where the barbecue sauce has no mustard, the lingo has no y‟alls, and the GOP has nowhere near the pull it has here in SC. (They even have some weird flaky white stuff that falls down from the sky without even bothering Chicken Little.) Now how‟s that for big changes in lifestyle, huh? We with DCDP were sorry to see them go. Both contributed quite a bit of time and effort to our county party, after all. (They even loaned their little ones for qualified candidates to use in baby-kissing photo opportunities!) Their move doesn‟t mean they‟ve stopped making Democratic contributions, though. Jonathan is teaching Poli Sci at Illinois College, and Katharine is a legislative intern with the Illinois Senate Democrats. Just so we could learn exactly how our Palmetto State is regarded in the president‟s home state (and to make sure they don‟t ever forget pluff mud or noseeums), we invited South Carolina-native Katharine to once again write something up for Blue Note, like she‟d done so many times before. And without further ado …. Since Jonathan and I moved to Illinois, I've immersed myself in learning about the political culture of my new state. This has involved everything from reading about “budgeting for results” (an approach that South Carolina ostensibly has been using for years, although I'm not sure about those results...) to learning about the diverse neighborhoods of Chicago, a city I confess I've only visited twice. I haven't forgotten my native South Carolina, though.
does not pay a living wage still leaves government holding the check for whatever public assistance (food stamps, medical assistance, child care, etc.) the worker must have in order to continue working.
So, low-tax states that look attractive to businesses squeezed by the recession are not necessarily a paradise other states should envy. South Carolina has already neglected to fund its public schools adequately, to the point that it is difficult to imagine how we can resusWe hear plenty about you – Gov. Haley's infamous Texas fundraiser citate our education system and erase our reputation as a state with Rick Perry's overly helpful insurance regulator, the parade of with bad schools. Illinois, on the other hand, is known for providing Republican presidential hopefuls who visit South Carolina and vie to a quality education in many communities (although funding and burnish their ultra-conservative credentials, and of course hardly a outcomes are, on the whole, more unequal than in South Carolina – week goes by that I'm not asked, “Hey, did you know Alvin Green?” another big problem facing my new state). In its pursuit of job creaI also hear about my native state's finer points – the beaches of tion and retention, it must not underestimate the importance of Hilton Head, the pumped-up fans at a Carolina-Clemson game, or having a reputation for educating capable and innovative workers – the historic attractions of Charleston. There is a disconnect between a reputation it takes money and sustained political focus to mainwhat Illinoisans read in the newspaper about South Carolina and tain. what they know of our state from visiting relatives or taking vacations there. South Carolina may not have such a reputation for greatness in education (yet!), but it has many priceless qualities that other states One of the biggest issues facing Illinois right now is how to keep lack: a beautiful coastline, immense ecological diversity in a relalarge employers from leaving the state without giving away too tively small land area, rural areas and small towns within easy reach many concessions and failing to help individuals who need it, not to of larger cities, a world-class port, an established tourism industry, mention the small and medium-sized businesses that employ the and countless communities that are simply wonderful places to live. most workers and can't just pick up and move. Corporations threat- And that's not even mentioning the southern climate, which I'm ening to leave Illinois frequently mention South Carolina (in the really missing right now as I watch the freezing rain come down same breath as Indiana, Wisconsin, and Texas) as one of the states outside my window. that has made a competitive offer, thanks to its often non-existent corporate tax burden and its hostility to unions. Rob asked me to give an “outsider's view” of South Carolina, expecting (I think) that we had become the laughingstock of other I have reminded my co-workers here not to get too jealous. After states, but the truth, which may be surprising to some of us who all, we South Carolinians know that letting big business off the hook have become so discouraged with our state's politics, is that Illinoisfor state taxes is no guarantee they won't soon be begging for more ans' views of South Carolina are extremely positive. They recall vahand-outs: help with the utilities, help with construction costs, help cations here, relatives who live here, or the friendly welcome they fighting local impact fees, and the list goes on. And all job creation is got when they visited. Nearly everyone who finds out where I'm not equal; too often, corporations that move into South Carolina from says, “You must really miss it.” And I do. Which is why I don't with great fanfare bring in outside contractors to do some of the want South Carolina to sell itself short. most sought-after jobs, and South Carolinians are left with jobs that barely pay the bills and might not come with health insurance. -Katharine Eastvold What libertarian market optimists fail to realize is that a job that
We recently sent an email message requesting your personal answers to the following question: "What are you - as a Democrat, as a member of this local community, or just as a plain ol' Tom Turkey most thankful for as we near the holiday of Thanksgiving?" Here are some of the replies we received:
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Calendar of Events (This is a very loose calendar of important events coming up in the next few months. Please keep in touch with us to learn of other events coming up in the near future.) Note: There will be no Executive Committee Meeting In December. Meetings will resume next year and will be announced. December 25 Christmas Day Ho Ho Ho! January 1 New Year’s Resolution I, (state your name), resolve to increase my involvement in the county Democratic Party to ensure that we elect honest, quality candidates in this 2012 election year. January 21 DCDP Monthly Breakfast Meeting 9 a.m. at Ryan‟s (1301 N Main St in Summerville) State Rep. David Mack is invited to speak at this function. $8 for breakfast buffet (pay us in the back room) Republican Presidential Primary 7 a.m. „til 7 p.m. at polling places across the state! Stay glued to television news to see which Republican candidate our President Obama will defeat in November! February 1 Next Issue of Blue Note! February 18 DCDP Monthly Breakfast Meeting 9 a.m. at Ryan‟s (1301 N Main St in Summerville) District Solicitor David Pascoe is invited to speak at this function. $8 for breakfast buffet (pay us in the back room) February 25 BBQ & Blues March 3 Precinct Re-organization Meeting March 16 Candidate Filing Opens Everyone who wants to run for any federal, state or county office can begin campaign registration on this day. March 17 DCDP Monthly Breakfast Meeting 9 a.m. at Ryan‟s 1301 N Main St in Summerville $8 for breakfast buffet (pay us in the back room) March 19 Dorchester County Democratic Party Convention March 30 Candidate Filing Closes All candidates must register by 12 noon on this date.
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