Eric Mansfield released the first version of his plan to rebuild our Democratic Party, but it really is a plan that belongs to all of us. After hundreds of conversations the plan represents a vision for the Party that many of us share. I trust that by the time he speaks with all of us even more ideas will emerge!
I have spoken to many of you in recent weeks and I have been encouraged by your optimism, your hope and your faith in our state and our Democratic Party. Based on hundreds of conversations with SEC members and party supporters I believe that the simple, powerful idea that we're all in this together has to be basis of our work – not just a slogan.
Please check out the latest version of our plan to move the Democratic Party forward: http://www.ericmansfieldforchair.com/plan. It is our plan because I believe many of its best parts come from your suggestions. It is a plan inspired and informed by your call for action on how to build our party.
Our plan calls for us to invest, and engage, in all 100 counties. Mobilization is our strength and the grassroots are our foundation.
Our plan is only the beginning of our way forward. Email me, call me, text me, Facebook me or attend one of my events in the week ahead to share your thoughts. You can find my event calendar here: http://ericmansfield.nationbuilder.com/calendar
We will write the plan for the Party and reclaim our future together. The Democratic Party belongs to all of us and it is a shared love for North Carolina that must guide our work.
We are all Democrats because we believe that our state is one with a great destiny. We are all Democrats because we believe in equality, a fair shot and a level playing field.
We are the Party of Terry Sanford, Jim Hunt and Henry Frye. Look at our record. We built North Carolina’s public education system, kept our schools open during the Great Depression, invested in our schools even (especially!) in tough times, and pioneered early education initiatives like More at Four and Smart Start. We led the South in protecting our natural resources and beauty, in expanding Medicaid and other programs to guarantee health care access, and in transitioning to a modern, information-age economy. And every step of the way the NC Democratic Party fought for equal rights for all citizens.
It is our belief in justice and fairness that has guided us. We give a voice to the voiceless, a helping hand to those reaching out and we are champions for all of North Carolina. That is our legacy and that is our charge.
If you believe that we can accomplish great things together will you consider endorsing my candidacy?