New leadership from the West
Ana Cuprill currently serves as the State Chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party. Her dedication to public service coupled with her focus on cooperation and bi-cultural background led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles in her community.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Ana is a wife and mother of two, who works as a Young Adult Librarian in Pinedale, Wyoming, a town with a population of 2,000, nestled between the Wind River Mountain Range and one of the largest natural gas fields in the US.
Ana has been active in the Wyoming Democratic Party, at various levels, including as a volunteer at the 2008 DNC, Treasurer and later County Chair of the Sublette County Democrats, and a member of Wyoming’s delegation to the 2012 DNC. She was nominated and elected to State Vice-Chair in 2013, State Chair in 2014 after a vacancy, and elected again in 2015.
Democratic leadership in Red states and those with large rural constituencies understand we have to work twice as hard to reach out to rural voters and to combat the social pressures that disproportionately suppress the rural vote.
DNC support exists for minority, ethnic, and interest groups, but is sorely lacking in states like ours that make up a large part of rural America. Now more than ever, the DNC and Democrats must develop a Rural American Strategy. Rural constituencies need to be heard at the national level and state parties deserve national support to connect with rural voters.
I propose that the DNC:
work with state parties to develop messaging that will resonate with rural voters.
design techniques and share best practices for winning rural elections.
initiate and support programs to train campaign managers, staff, and campaign consultants in rural areas from rural areas.
make grants available to state parties for constituency development projects designed to target rural voters and low population areas.
ensure every state party has the support necessary to sustain organized rural caucuses.
encourage and facilitate regional constituency outreach from Congressional and other Democratic leadership to traditionally red states without Democratic representation.
Staff the Rural Council! (The DNC Rural Council remains unstaffed despite the fact that every single state in the nation has a rural constituency.)
Encourage the National party committees, which lack rural desks, to develop comprehensive outreach plans that include a strong focus on rural Democrats.
If elected to the Executive Council as Secretary of the DNC, I will be an advocate for state parties, for a comprehensive Rural American Strategy to include programs like the ones I propose, and support for rural constituencies in every state.
As we face this new political landscape, it’s time to reconsider the position of the Secretary’s office. We must take advantage of communications to improve trust and confidence in the DNC by ensuring members know who is making decisions and that their voices will be heard.
I propose a way forward:
Devise a member communication plan that will stop filling up inboxes with emails that neither engage our members nor inspire them to action. Information should not be a burden.
Ensure that timely communications about meetings are a priority, and offer accommodation options for members at various budget levels. Members and state party staff cannot be expected to attend when they are constrained by the cost of participation. Membership should not be a financial burden.
Create opportunities for open dialogue and encourage feedback and critique. This is especially important when developing strategies, or setting policy.
Adapt. We must be willing to reassess if communication is ineffective and be ready to create new strategies that will keep our members informed and engaged not just at election time.
Our members expect and are demanding change, a change in leadership and a change in strategy. The DNC can not expect that things will go back to “normal”, and we can not move forward with business as usual.
I would be honored to have your support and your vote to work towards change for the benefit of our organization.
"The Office of the Secretary coordinates the planning of all National Committee, Executive Committee, and Standing Committee meetings. This office also serves as the DNC’s liaison to the National Committee members. As the Party’s official record keeper, the secretary’s office maintains the DNC’s official membership lists and coordinates archival storage of the Party’s official records. It also compiles the list of national convention delegates, oversees convention voting operations, and publishes the official proceedings of each convention."
I am writing to ask for your support as I seek to become the next Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
Specifically, I am running for the following reasons:
I believe that the party’s greatest threat is the erosion of our members' and the public's trust. We must find a way to build back that trust, as well as confidence in our organization’s ability to represent middle income and working class Americans, of all backgrounds. The Secretary’s office is directly responsible to our membership and will play a critical role in fostering communication and transparency in the coming years. This will be our first and best step toward rebuilding confidence and trust, and it will be my number one priority.
We are the party of inclusion and that means including all our members and state organizations in determining messaging, key policies, fundraising plans and an overall, national strategy to regain control not just of Congress and the White House, but also Governor’s seats and state legislatures, around the country. If I am elected, I will seek input from our members on how to better communicate with them on when, and how decisions are made. I will start with holding monthly conference calls with members and party leaders, publishing monthly bulletins regarding the latest developments at DNC headquarters, and offer monthly updates on the progress of our policy priorities across the states.
Our party must expand its vision of what it means to be a Democrat. I live in one of the many Western states with very large Republican electorates. We are energy-producing, public lands-stewarding, gun-toting states, the culture of which does not often match the messaging we see coming from the national party. I do not see the voices of states like mine represented in leadership or in our strategies. We can no longer afford to overlook and ignore the poor and the working class voices of these states.
Our party and leadership must reflect the economic and racial diversity of this country. We must work to broaden the DNC’s leadership bench. I am the first Latina in the United States to be elected chair of a state’s political party (for either major party). Beyond my duties as State Chair for the Wyoming Democratic Party, I currently work full-time as a Young Adult Librarian in a rural town, where my husband and I are raising two amazing children. I have been involved in nonprofit work and community service for over twenty years. I have served in either my County or State Democratic Party leadership, for the past ten. As a woman of color, I can appreciate the efforts made in our party to be more inclusive. By looking for leadership outside of the traditional establishment structure and encouraging people like me, to step up in our organizations, we will introduce new energy and new ideas to our party.
If elected, I am confident I can help evolve the position of Secretary to meet the unique structure and needs of our organization. I want to work with leadership to create a strategic vision for our internal and external communication that will increase transparency and accountability to our members and to Democrats at large. Additionally, I will work to make sure that our party continues to appeal to all kinds of people from diverse backgrounds and geographies. The next four years will be challenging ones indeed, but I understand the fight that lies ahead and am ready to do the work.
I look forward to speaking with you personally over the next few weeks to hear your ideas about DNC leadership. Together, I know that we can grow and strengthen our party, as well as ensure that all voices are represented, at the state and national levels. As your Secretary, that’s what I’ll work to do every day.
Boricua busca ser sec... 15 February 2017