Online Town Halls

Usually during this time of the year, candidates are visiting our community to introduce themselves and talk with us. This year, the pandemic has forced us to move those types of events online. 

Through these online town halls, you’ll get to know the candidates you’ll be voting for in the Democratic Primary on August 6th. 

Here’s all the ones we’ve hosted so far:

Click on any of the images above to view the town hall video. 


Our Plan for COVID-19

A statement from our county party chair – Chase Clemons.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnoses continues to rise, I wanted to lay out how this affects our community and what you can be doing.

This is not the typical seasonal flu. With an estimated 3.5% mortality and a vaccine months away at best, this virus is not one we need to take lightly or minimize. For now, we can’t beat this virus through a vaccine or other medicine. But we can beat it through our collective actions.

That’s where you can help. It’s called flattening the curve.

Take precautions such as washing your hands, minimizing travel, and keeping social interactions to a minimum. Put off any non-essential travel. Check in on your neighbors. Contact our state reps and urge them to take the right precautions now rather than delaying.

After you read this update, look through this trusted source -> It’ll give you more background on the virus along with more actions you can take to help flatten the curve.

Lastly, all of our remaining local party committee meetings in March are cancelled. Those that are absolutely necessary will be held via conference call. Our April 4th public meeting stays on the calendar for now. We’ll make a call on April meetings closer to that time.

On the state level, the Tennessee Democratic Party is considering and working on different contingency plans for the TN04 Congressional District Convention set for March 21st. I’ll let you know as soon as I have more info on any changes being made.

In short – be informed and helpful to those around you. The next few months will be hard, especially for the most high-risk people in our community.

We’re in this together. Let’s look out for each other. It’s what Tennesseans do best.


2020 Lincoln County Convention

With our Tennessee presidential primary results in, we’re now ready for our County Convention.

Our Convention is set for this Saturday – March 7th – at 12pm Noon. Doors open for sign-in at 11am. We’ll meet in the auditorium at the Fayetteville Municipal Building.

Lincoln County has been allotted Nine Selectors per presidential candidate that receives 15% or more in the March 3rd Primary. If there are more than nine potential selectors per qualifying candidate, we’ll hold an election to elect the nine selectors for the Congressional Convention.

These selectors are who we send to our Congressional Convention to elect our delegates. The four delegates elected there will represent TN04 at the national convention in Milwaukee!

From our county, we’ve got one person running to be a delegate – Melissa Groce-Thomas. If you’d like to help her get elected for the national convention, make plans to be at the Municipal Building this Saturday. The more folks there, the better chance Melissa has at winning a delegate spot. 

We’ll see you on Saturday!


2020 DNC Convention

Let’s Go to Milwaukee!

The Lincoln County Democratic Party is preparing now to select our Delegation to the 2020 Presidential Convention in Milwaukee, to be held the week of July 13, 2020.  If you’re a dedicated Democrat who wants to serve your community, county, district, and state, then we welcome you to run to be a delegate for your preferred candidate and join us as a 2020 Presidential Convention Delegate to take your part in history!

At the 2020 Convention, Tennessee will have 73 delegates. Four of those delegates will come from our Fourth Congressional District.

If you’d like to run to be a delegate:

  • File your Candidacy Declaration by 12pm Noon Central Time on February 20th. You can fill out that form online at the TNDP website here.
  • Vote in the March 3rd Democratic Primary.
  • Attend our County Convention on March 7th at 12pm Noon Central Time.
  • Attend our TN04 Congressional Convention on March 21st at 12pm Noon Central Time. It’s held at the Middle Tennessee State University Campus.

Each delegate funds their own way to the National Convention. Expenses are estimated to be between $3,000 and $5,000. We can help with your fundraising efforts but keep in mind that the TNDP, the DNC, nor our Lincoln County Democratic Party can pay for you to attend.

Lincoln County’s Delegate Selection Convention

Our Convention is held on Saturday March 7th at 12pm Noon. We’ll meet in the auditorium at the Fayetteville Municipal Building.

Lincoln County has been allotted Nine Selectors per presidential candidate that receives 15% or more in the March 3rd Primary. If there are more than nine potential selectors per qualifying candidate, we’ll hold an election to elect the nine selectors for the Congressional Convention.

TN04 Congressional Convention

Our TN04 Convention is held March 21st at 12pm Noon. It’s held at the Middle Tennessee State University Campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Elected Selectors from each county in TN04 will gather to elect the DNC delegates from our Congressional district. We’ve been allotted four delegates – two women and two men. The four delegates elected here will represent TN04 at the national convention in Milwaukee!

If you’ve got questions about the selection process or want to run to be a delegate, send us a message below!

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No One is Above the Law

Last night, the House of Representatives voted for only the third time in history to impeach the President of the United States. This vote shows that no one is above the law — not even the president. 

As expected, our own Representative Scott DesJarlais voted with other Republicans to provide cover for the President’s corrupt actions. This is yet another vote from Representative DesJarlais in a long line of votes where he has failed our district. His decision to put party over people shows that it’s time for him to be voted out of office in 2020.

What does this impeachment mean going forward?

The President isn’t removed from office yet. Impeachment sets up the trial held in the Senate. Around 20 Republicans would need to vote with Democrats to reach the 2/3 threshold needed for removing the President from office. 

Now is the time to call our Senators – Alexander Lamar and Marsha Blackburn – and let them know your thoughts. You can find their contact info here.

We don’t know how the Senate trial will turn out. But we do know that 2020 is a pivotal election for our democracy. If the Senate doesn’t remove the President from office, we’ll do it ourselves through the ballot box in November. 

To do that, we’ll need everyone out organizing and working like never before. That means knocking doors, making calls, sending postcards, and more. This election will be close – one where every inch of ground gained matters. 

Stay focused on 2020. Don’t listen to those that say we can’t turn out Democratic voters in a rural Southern community. Let’s put in the work to defend our democracy just as our House of Representatives did last night. 


The 11th Hour, the 11th Day, the 11th Month

In our observance of Veterans Day, we’re publishing President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation that marked Armistice Day. 100 years ago today, World War I combat ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954, the day would become known as Veterans Day – a day set aside to honor American veterans of all wars.  


[The first anniversary of the signing of the armistice with Germany in the World War.]

The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.


The New TNDP Veterans/Military Families Caucus

The TNDP Veterans/Military Families Caucus (V/MF)) held its roll out at the Elevate Summit on May 19, 2019.

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice on our behalf and Republicans have dominated these discussions for far too long. There are over 500,000 veterans in our state. Including family members, this is a potential voting block of over 1 million voters. This is an opportunity for us in the TNDP to engage thousands of these voters to Vote Blue in the future.

The TNDP Veterans/Military Families caucus is committed to promoting the tremendous contributions of our Veterans and their families, while strengthening the ideals of Democratic values!

If you’re a veteran or military family, head over to the Veterans and Military Families caucus website here. You can connect with the caucus and stay up to date on activities planned for the coming elections!


Second Democratic Debates

It’s debate week! Here’s what you need to know fo the second round of Democratic Debates. 

What time does it start?

Debates begin at 7pm Central on both Tuesday July 30th and Wednesday July 31st.

Where can I watch?

Tune in to CNN, or listen on Westwood One radio.

Who’s appearing each night?

Tuesday’s lineup includes Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Marianne Williamson, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Tim Ryan, Steve Bullock.

Wednesday’s lineup includes Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Michael Bennet, Jay Inslee, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill de Blasio.

I heard there’s a bingo card?

Yep! You can add a bit more fun to your debate watching with this bingo card.


Fundraising and GOTV Committee Meetings

Mark your calendars – the first meeting for both the Fundraising Committee and the GOTV Committee will be Monday July 22nd at 6pm. We’ll get organized and start planning out the work.

We’ll meet at FLCWorks, the community coworking space on the square. It’s 102 Elk Avenue North. When you’re looking at the community garden there, you’ll see a black metal staircase to your left with a red door at the top. We’ll also have signs out so you know where to go.

Bring a notebook, a pen, and any ideas you’ve got!


Two Brand New Ways to Volunteer

We’ve got two great new committees that are forming – one focused on Getting Out the Vote and one focused on Fundraising for our local efforts.

Fundraising – More money gives us more options when it comes to strategy. The Fundraising Committee will focus on raising money through events, dinners, merchandise, digital campaigns, etc.

GOTV – Voter turnout is all about knowing who we’ve talked to and who plans to vote. Our Get Out The Vote Committee will focus on registration drives, door-to-door canvassing, and other creative approaches to registering voters and getting them to the polls.

If you’re interested in volunteering in either of those areas, send us a message below. Or if you’ve got another area that you’re interested working in, let us know.

Let’s keep the momentum going as we work to build a better community for everyone here in Lincoln County!

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