Democrats Flip 33 State Legislative Seats in 2017
Throughout this past year, the Democratic National Committee has been focused on rebuilding and electing Democrats up and down the ticket. Through the Every ZIP Code Counts program, the new DNC is investing in state parties and races all across the country. The result? Democrats have flipped 33 seats from red to blue, including in deep red districts that Trump swept in 2016.
“When we said the new DNC’s strategy is to organize and compete in every ZIP code, we meant it and it’s working. This year, Democrats flipped 14 seats in elections in New Hampshire, Florida, Oklahoma, New York, Georgia, and Washington, and on Election Day, we flipped at least 19 more seats in Virginia and New Jersey. This isn’t just a fluke, this is a trend,” said DNC CEO Jess O’Connell. “And what we’re seeing all across this country is that women are at the center of these wins. Not only are we seeing women elect Democrats, but Democrats won a majority of these seats because we had strong women candidates. Our work here is far from over. We will continue to mobilize and organize the way we did this year in order to be successful in 2018, 2019 and beyond.”
Democratic State Legislature Seat Flips in 2017:
- Jennifer Carroll Foy, HD-2
- Wendy Gooditis, HD-10
- Chris Hurst, HD-12,
- Danica Roem, HD-13
- Kelly Convirs-Fowler, HD-21
- Elizabeth Guzman, HD-31
- David Reid, HD-32
- Kathy Tran, HD-42
- Lee Carter, HD-50
- Hala Ayala, HD-51
- Karrie Delaney, HD-67
- Dawn Adams, HD-68
- Schuyler VanValkenburg, HD-72
- Debra Rodman, HD-73
- Cheryl Turpin, HD-85
- Troy Singleton, LD-7
- Vin Gopal, LD-11
- John Armato, AD-2
- Roy Freiman, AD-16
- Allison Ikley-Freeman, SD-37
- Jacob Rosecrants, HD-46
- Karen Gaddis, HD-75
- Michael Brooks-Jimenez, SD-44
- Deborah Gonzalez, HD-117
- Jonathan Wallace, HD-119
- Georgia SD-6*
*Runoff in December with two Democratic candidates
- Erika Connors, Hillsborough County District 15
- Edie DesMarais, Carroll County District 6
- Charlie St. Clair, Belknap County District 9
- Kari Lerner, Rockingham County District 4
- Manka Dhingra, LD-45
- Annette Taddeo, SD-40
- Christine Pellegrino, AD-9
By DNC Chair Tom Perez
When I ran to serve as chair of the DNC following the 2016 election — a cycle unlike any other in American history — I knew that repairing our party’s structural flaws and healing the deep divisions among our supporters would not be easy. While we’ve made remarkable progress since last November, we still have a long way to go.
I am more committed than ever before to restoring voters’ faith in our democratic process because even the perception of impartiality or an unfair advantage undermines our ability to win. That is unacceptable.
To that end, the new DNC under my leadership is committed to the task of making sure that our 2020 nominating process will be unquestionably fair and transparent. And all the people I’ve brought on board since taking over as chair are working according to the following principles:
- We believe that only through transparency and accountability can we rebuild the trust we need to win elections.
- We believe that it’s critical to build an infrastructure that supports all candidates and helps Democrats win.
- We believe that a party must listen if it seeks to lead.
- We believe in the principle of equal opportunity for the American people and for our candidates in our party elections.
Of course, as any leader knows, principles only matter when they inform and inspire action. After listening to Democrats from every wing of our party, I’ve developed a series of concrete reforms to put our principles into action and guarantee that under my watch, the new DNC will work to rebuild trust with the people we represent. These principles are:
- To ensure that no candidate participating in our presidential nominating process gains any unfair advantage- real or perceived- during our primary season. We will decide the debate schedule in advance, instead of negotiating it after all our candidates have entered the race.
- I will ensure that any and all joint fundraising agreements will be transparent, including the new Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund agreements we’ve developed with all 50 state parties. This is the first time the DNC has signed joint fundraising agreements like this so early and before the mid-term elections.
- At all times, I will follow the rules established in the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party, not least of all as they pertain to the selection of our nominee for president of the United States. If there are opportunities for the DNC to make changes to the Charter and Bylaws to be even more transparent, I will work with the DNC body to pass those changes.
- I will continue to support the Unity Reform Commission, whose goals are both to unify and reform the party we all love. We will work with the Unity Reform Commission to implement their collective recommendations for meaningful change in our party.
- I will continue working to reform and revive our party by empowering diverse grassroots Democrats at the leadership table. We will build on our recent successes with small-dollar fundraising. And we will reject contributions from corporate PAC donors whose goals conflict with our platform.
- In addition to committing to a transparent process, I will work with all members of the Democratic Party to make the 2020 process as inclusive as possible, including working to protect the right of every Democrat to make their vote and their voice heard in the primary process.
- I will work with our DNC members and progressive partners to ensure that the 2020 process is transparent, accountable, and representative of the will of rank-and-file Democrats
We should never confuse unity with unanimity, and it is my unequivocal goal to regain the trust of voters and unify and strengthen our party to ensure we can elect Democrats from the school board to the oval office. I will not rest in the fight to restore the faith of hardworking families in the political party I love.
Watch the recording of the April 5, 2017 Democrats Live stream with Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, Vice Chair Grace Meng, and Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
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