Democrats can win big if we’re united, and we know that can only happen by healing divisions that still linger from last year’s bruising presidential nominating contest.
This has never been more important. This is one of the biggest stress tests our democracy has ever faced. Middle-class families and the working poor have not shared in the Wall Street boom. The Koch brothers and their band of ultra-conservative billionaire friends continue to assert an already outsize influence on our elections.
We’ve made considerable progress over the past year, but there is no doubt that we have a long way to go. We believe Democrats can win everywhere if we organize and lead with our values. That’s why we’ve implemented our “Every ZIP Code Counts” strategy and changed the DNC’s mission so that we’re no longer just focused on electing the president, but on electing all Democrats from the school board to the Oval Office.
The challenge that lies ahead is to build on the successes of 2017 and continue the progress we’re making to rebuild our party, organize, modernize and win. We have opportunities at every level in 2018. We can win back governorships and state legislatures. And we’re looking to 2020 to make sure the process is as fair and transparent as possible.
In addition to our commitment and in advance of the Unity Reform Commission’s report, we also want to express support for additional reforms that will help ensure the 2020 presidential primary is the most fair, transparent and successful in our history.
We will not win the future by re-litigating the past. But we do have to learn from our past mistakes. That’s why we hope DNC members and our Unity Reform Commission will vote to pass the following reforms:
Fair and transparent primary process
It’s critically important that the DNC doesn’t put its thumb on the scale — in perception or reality — or that any primary candidate has an unfair advantage. As chair and deputy chair we also believe that we must ensure:
• No party officer should be allowed to support, endorse or favor any candidate in the primary process.
• The debate schedule is decided in advance, instead of negotiating it after all our candidates have entered the race.
• Any and all joint fundraising agreements will be transparent and available to all official campaigns.
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