Welcome to the Candidate Information Action Team blog space of the Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus! Before we begin posting new content, I wanted to introduce myself, share why 2020 is such an important election year, and introduce the Candidate Information blog space.
My name is Kati Newcomb and I grew up in the state of Oregon. I grew up in a small town in the Cascade Mountains, studied Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oregon, worked in education administration in the Willamette Valley, and now live in London, UK where I am a graduate student of Political Sociology.
I have been active in the Democratic Party in local, state, and national elections and spend most of my free time learning and writing about politics. You can ask my family and friends; they will all confirm.
I have taken on the position of Editor of Candidate Information for the Global Women’s Caucus because I truly believe that we are at a crossroads in American democracy and that the results of the 2020 election will have lasting effects on not only our country but also the global community that we are all a part of.
And it’s not just the presidential race, although it should go without saying that electing a Democrat to the White House is crucial, it’s about down ballot races all across the country. So, what does that mean? It means that this year we cannot simply vote for a Democratic President, pat ourselves on the back, and go about our day; we’ve got to dig a little deeper, take a look at our state and local elections, and elect Democrats to Congress, state legislatures, and city councils.
Now, it is not lost on me that doing research on political candidates is not everyone’s favorite task, but it is nonetheless important to be informed when performing your civic duty of voting for elected officials. That’s where Candidate Information Action Team comes in.
On this blog we will be posting content on everything from profiles on candidates running in close or crucial races across the country to guides on how to research candidates on your own local ballots. The team welcomes feedback, so if there is anything you are hoping to see or learn more about feel free to reach out.
Being informed, spreading the word, and voting are the best tools in our toolbox to win big in 2020. It is my goal for this blog to be a place where we can learn about candidates and races in 2020 and I encourage you to share these posts far and wide! And of course, vote, vote, vote!