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Disappointed in Adams Democrats

Dear Editor,

As a concerned member of the Adams County community, I feel compelled to express my disappointment with the recent performance of the Adams County Democratic Committee. This year’s presidential primary saw the lowest turnout in recent memory, indicating a significant disconnect between the committee and local Democrats. It is evident that changes are needed to reinvigorate and mobilize our party. 

One glaring issue is the committee’s lack of a robust social media presence. In today’s digital age, an active online platform is crucial for engaging voters and spreading awareness. However, the committee’s online presence has dwindled compared to previous years, leaving many Democrats feeling disconnected and uninformed. On neither of ACDC’s Facebook pages or its webpage does it say when and where the committee or any of its subcommittees has meetings. There is a calendar on the website but it is blank. In past years Committee Chair Marcia Wison had a monthly column in the Gettysburg Times which has disappeared. In addition, there is no media coverage of ACDC events.

Furthermore, under Wilson’s leadership of Wilson, who has chaired the party for nearly eight years, there has been a concerning pattern of stifling dissenting voices. Instead of fostering an environment of open discussion and collaboration, Wilson has reportedly shut down individuals with differing ideas, hindering the party’s ability to adapt and grow. Her stifling has caused a number of members to quit including at least three members of her executive committee.

Moreover, there seems to be a hesitancy to confront Republicans head-on. While Michelle Obama’s words, “when they go low, we go high,” once resonated with many of us, the political landscape has shifted dramatically, particularly in the wake of the Trump era. We cannot afford to maintain a passive stance while our opponents engage in ruthless tactics. It’s time for our party to recognize the need to fight fire with fire, even if it means getting our hands dirty.

Specifically, we must hold far-right-wing politicians like Doug Mastriano and John Joyce accountable for their actions and policies. We cannot allow them to go unchallenged or grant them a free pass while they push agendas that harm our community. It’s imperative that the Adams County Democratic Committee takes a more assertive stance in opposing such individuals and advocating for the values and interests of the constituents they serve.

In conclusion, it’s clear that changes are necessary within the Adams County Democratic Committee to better serve the local Democratic community. We need proactive leadership that embraces new ideas, engages voters through modern channels, and fearlessly stands up to opposing forces. Our party’s future success depends on it.

Sincerely,
Jason Officer
Littlestown 

Former Member of Adams County Democratic Committee

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P J
P J
23 days ago

As long as Trump has the Republican Party in his fold you will at least have me voting blue. I refuse to vote red for anyone who supports Trump even though I’m registered red. If y’all start to go low like he does, well, that would change my vote or have me just dropping out of voting altogether. I agree that the Democratic Party all over should start promoting what they have accomplished instead of just letting accusations go unanswered when there is plenty of evidence to the contrary, but that doesn’t mean going low. It boggles my mind that… Read more »

Jason Michael Officer
Jason Michael Officer
23 days ago
Reply to  P J

It’s not about going low like trump but it’s about answering attacks and not cowering in the corner. That’s what ACDC is doing l. Not responding to local attacks. The committee used to have a great online presence but not anymore.

Margaret Anne Berry
Margaret Anne Berry
24 days ago

I always do my own election research. I can’t ever find anything online from the democratic committee. They need to step up their game. Going high when they go low doesn’t work for the Trump era. He has made everything so divisive and nasty that we must hit back.

Cole Hoffen
Cole Hoffen
25 days ago

Until you walk a mile in her shoes…

Do you know how many “committee members” don’t show up to meetings or volunteer or help with accountability? No one will ever agree with everything all the time. It really does take a village, but that village needs to show up. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are most likely part of the problem. You should try a little going high instead of low.

And anyone who votes for RFK, Jr., is clearly part of the problem and hasn’t taken the time to understand the issues. Try joining the village!

Jason Michael Officer
Jason Michael Officer
23 days ago
Reply to  Cole Hoffen

Cole, I walked a mile in those shoes. I was on the committee for over 5 years. I helped run both of Obama’s campaigns and was a fellow for Secretary Clinton’s campaign.

Renee Kincaid
Renee Kincaid
26 days ago

My family have been “moderate” Democrats since Pres Roosevelt. We have all left the Party. These last years under Biden have been absolutely disastrous to this Nation. Voting Robert Kennedy, Jr because the Democrats have given the ones in their Party who are not Far Left no other option than Trump or Kennedy, jr.

Judith McLean
Judith McLean
23 days ago
Reply to  Renee Kincaid

Perhaps you can do some fact checking on Biden’s record on proven websites. Biden has accomplished a great deal with the bipartisan infrastructure bill and his other bipartisan work. He has a very good presidential record that is drowned out by MAGA and Republican comments who try to make his Age an issue. Biden has an excellent staff to help him. Did you listen to his State of the Union?

P J
P J
22 days ago
Reply to  Judith McLean

I voted against Trump in 2020, but I’ve been impressed with what Biden has accomplished during his term in spite of the divided political situation. I certainly don’t always agree with him, but in 2024 I’m voting for Biden because he’s done a good job and I sense the vibe that he really does care for the US, not just his own bottom line. That said, I wish we had two younger candidates to choose from. Age is an issue for both. Biden still has his overall mind in tact (understands the issues) even if his body sometimes fails him… Read more »

GettysburgWarrior
GettysburgWarrior
26 days ago

I agree 100%.

Marietta Witt
Marietta Witt
26 days ago

The attack on the Adams County Democratic Committee and on Marcia Wilson is absolutely ridiculous. The ACDC is more active, vital and visible than in any time in my very long memory. What on earth has prompted this suggests only one possibility: Jason Officer has tried to push an agenda that does not square with the party’s goals and has been rebuffed. Shameful! Keep up the good work, ACDC!

Jason Officer
Jason Officer
24 days ago
Reply to  Marietta Witt

Actually, I left ACDC three years ago and haven’t been involved since, other than signing petitions. I decided to write this because, when I voted in the primary at 5 PM, I was only the 37th Democrat to do so. I’m not alone in leaving due to Marcia’s leadership. Her former vice chair, secretary, and public relations chair all left or resigned around the same time I did. Her focus seems to be on how Republicans might react to our actions rather than taking a firm stand against them. One member called Mastriano and Trump Nazis, and as a Jewish… Read more »

lolly
lolly
24 days ago
Reply to  Jason Officer

thanks for speaking up……what can we do? How can I help?

Judith McLean
Judith McLean
23 days ago
Reply to  lolly

It seems that we could team up and form a group of Democrats who could do letter writing to the editors and do a social media presence, and other things that are not being addressed by the local Gettysburg Democratic committee. I know several from the Links who would be willing.

Judith McLean
Judith McLean
23 days ago
Reply to  Jason Officer

I am new to Gettysburg and am delighted we have a downtown store front. However, whenever I go in with questions, no one seems to know the answers. I asked if there was a Democratic club to attend and was told “No”. I heard about a Democratic committee but again, there seems to be no knowledge of who could attend and of whom it was compromised. A few years before moving to Gettysburg, my friends complained of the same problem and told me a new Democratic committee was needed as the current committee was not making a strong presence in… Read more »

Marty Qually
Marty Qually
22 days ago
Reply to  Judith McLean

Judith, if you would like to support the effort, please reach out to me. Martyqually@gmail.com I have been engaged with ACDC for 16 years. I’ve seen an ebb and flow of engagement. Usually we pick up volunteers on the four year presidential calendar, but it wanes other years. The challenge now is that we establish priorities and need people willing to engage. We also need local candidates, which is why we developed a training program for local candidates. It is hard to compete with the Rep committee, they literally have twice the pool of volunteers to pull from than us.… Read more »

Larry Wolf
Larry Wolf
21 days ago
Reply to  Marty Qually

I would love to become more active but I’ve been discouraged by a policy that soft pedals the characterization of the MAGA movement. It is clearly a fascist movement by any historical standard. Demonizing immigrants as “vermin” is just one tiny example. The rap sheet is very long. I know that the nuttier variety of Republicans call all Democrats “communists “ or more commonly “socialists “ and it might seem a silly tit for tat game. It is not. Anyone who studies history and the science of politics will recognize that the MAGA movement falls squarely into this category of… Read more »

Meghan OBrien
Meghan OBrien
21 days ago
Reply to  Jason Officer

Hey Jason, We haven’t met, but I am a current and very active member of ACDC. I’m also a member of Blue Storm Action, a local political action group that my book group started, maybe you’ve heard of us? You can find us on Facebook if not. There is A LOT going on in this county. If you’d like to volunteer to help that would be AMAZING!! We have the roadside clean up on 6/15 at 8am, we would LOVE to see you there. There are plenty of other things that we have planned for the upcoming election season. I,… Read more »

Larry Wolf
Larry Wolf
26 days ago

Thank you Jason. You have said what many have left unspoken.

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