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This week I attended the steering and campaign committee meetings for my county Democratic Executive Committee. In most states, the DEC is the Democratic Party’s most local official body, and most DECs have several working committees that organize party activities. The steering committee consists of the DEC officers, the chairs of the working committees, and the leaders of the Democratic Clubs sponsored by that DEC. Our campaign committee both recruits candidates for state and local offices and plans our coordinated campaign. The first step in that coordinated plan – collecting petitions to get our candidates on the ballot for 2014 – began this week and will continue through January.

Your local DEC should soon be beginning or have already begun that same task, as well as registering voters and other activities in preparation for next year’s elections. Please contact your state Democratic Party to find your local DEC, and help them turn your state and our nation bluer!