Welcome to 2018!

Greetings One and All,

I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed the holidays and that the new year looks promising for you and yours. I am excited about what lies ahead for the Roanoke City Democratic Committee.   I look forward to working with you as we launch a campaign centered upon a theme that calls for us to VOTE EVERY DAY.   This is a standing invitation to join the Roanoke City Democratic Committee on January 18, 2018 and every day. This is a call for you to MAKE YOUR MARK on the ballot on election day, but in the community every day.

As I have become increasingly involved in the community and local politics, I have come to understand that voting isn’t an activity reserved only for election day. Making your mark or a difference in the community takes much more than an occasional effort. We must make a sustained effort. We must demonstrate consistency. We must run the marathon, endure the gauntlet, and make the sacrifice. We must fully appreciate the role casting a ballot has in defining policy. We must understand that policy or legislation is the defining component in the quality of life for the average citizen in the United States of America, the State of Virginia, and the City of Roanoke. We must organize ourselves in a manner that allows us to effectively assert our influence in the interest of our children, the environment, and those who have been marginalized or minoritized. We must make our mark. We must VOTE EVERY DAY.

My calendar is marked for Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6pm and for the same time the third Thursday of every month. I trust that yours is too. My ballot will be marked in the interest of the people, the planet, and progress. I trust that yours will be too.

Thanks for all you do,
Stephen Niamke
Chair, Roanoke City Democratic Committee

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