Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The MCDAC Record

The Medina County Democratic Action Committee was formed in 2003 by Joyce Kimbler, Steve Bailey, and Ferris Brown. All three had been candidates in Medina County. All three believed there was a need for an organization that would serve as a communication vehicle to deliver the Democratic message to the grassroots.

Since 2003 MCDAC has published 11 issues of Common Sense, Medina County's first and only Democratic newspaper. Publishing Common Sense involves raising the money for publication, overseeing the writing and editing of stories, and arranging for the distribution of the newspaper. The number of copies that came out each year were three in 2004; three in 2005; four in 2006; and one in 2007.

Since 2003 MCDAC has distributed weekly email newsletters to Democrats in Medina County and beyond. This email newsletter serves as a way for Democratic candidates and organizations to let interested Democrats know what they are doing and how they can get involved in Democratic campaigns.

Since 2003 MCDAC has allowed its account with Campaigner, the email marketing company that it uses for the newsletter, to be used by the Medina County Democratic Party, allied organizations, and Democratic candidates to email announcements of events and fundraisers to Medina County Democrats.

MCDAC established two blogs to help communicate with Democrats in Medina County and beyond. These blogs are this MCDAC blog and Dem TV, which used video clips posted on You Tube to promote Democratic candidates in 2006 and which will be available for use by Democratic candidates in 2008.

None of this would have been possible without the work of dedicated Democrats. Common Sense, for example, is now produced by a committee made up of approximately 30 Medina County residents and chaired by Julie Batey. In 2006, when MCDAC targeted Common Sense distribution in selected precincts, over 90 volunteers assisted in this effort.

It also wouldn't have been possible without the support of our donors. As mentioned above, the Medina County Democratic Party has supported MCDAC in the past by giving between $1000.00 and $1500.00 for each issue of Common Sense. While this money has been important, such donations don't even equal half the cost of producing each issue of Common Sense. The rest of the money has come from Medina County Democrats.

We are looking for volunteers to help MCDAC take the Democratic message to the grassroots in this important election year of 2008. If you are interested in helping MCDAC, go to and fill out the form. We will then contact you and put you on our email newsletter distribution list.

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