A Reflection on 2015, and a Look Ahead to 2016

A message from our President.

As I reflect on 2015, I feel compelled to use some old, worn-out cliché, such as, “It was one for the record books,” or “It was a year like no other.” I hate the thought of it, because I feel that we often prematurely characterize our recent past too positively.

But I can’t get past the belief that even as we grow older and age out of the Young Democrats of Allegheny County, we’ll continue to look back on this year with fondness for our group, our Party, and ourselves.

We began the year with our talent show, a brand new event in which many of our judicial candidates — three of whom have thus since been sworn in as Judges of the Court of Common Pleas brought their talents together to help raise money and recruit members for YDAC. The event was a great success, and we’re very excited to hold it again with a new slate of candidates January 28th, 2016.

Throughout the primary, members of YDAC knocked on thousands of doors and made thousands of phone calls. We worked for and with candidates particularly close to our hearts, many of whom were victorious.

As the general election drew near, we partnered with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to celebrate another YDAC first: the Trick or Vote Rally. This get-out-the-vote event brought together many old friends and new ones as we committed to elect our five statewide judicial nominees and Democrats up and down the ticket.

And we kept that commitment.

In historic fashion, all 12 nominees for countywide or statewide office were elected November 3rd. Our rallies, days of action, social media campaigns, and individual volunteer hours no doubt contributed to those victories. I’ve never been so proud to be a part of this team as I was after the results came in that night.

In 2016, we plan to take an even more active role. We’ll work with the Democratic Party and other groups to make sure Democratic seats are protected and, hopefully, make sure that we can pick up a few more seats as well. We’ll work with statewide campaigns for U.S. Senate, Auditor General, Attorney General, and State Treasurer. And, of course, we’ll fight hard to keep the White House in Democratic control. It’s a tall order, yes, but one I know we’re up to.

I send my thanks to each of our members for their work. Thanks to our elected officials for their support. To our candidates, whether victorious or not, we thank you for shaping public debate and for your commitment to better Allegheny County. If we keep working together, I know we’ll have a lot to celebrate after the polls close on Election Day 2016.

Democratically Yours,

Dj Ryan

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