Upcoming Committee Meetings

The Legislative Election Task Force will meet Wednesday, October 4th, at 6:00 pm in the Flowood Panera Bread meeting room. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this meeting. Help us win back control of the Mississippi Legislature!

The Rankin County Federation of Democratic Women will meet at the Flowood Library at Winner’s Circle Park on Thursday, October 12th, beginning at 5:30 pm. The guest speaker is Mississippi’s DNC Committeewoman Vicki Slater. Come join the meeting and bring a friend!

The Rankin County Democratic Executive Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, October 17th, at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors boardroom located at 211 East Government Street in downtown Brandon. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm. This meeting is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to come and bring a guest. 

Breakfast with Democrats

Join your friends for breakfast and fellowship on Saturday, October 6th, at the Flowood Panera Bread on Lakeland Drive. We’ll catch up and discuss what’s going on in the news. Everyone is invited to join us! Hope you’ll come and bring a friend!

House District 102 Special Election

Kathryn Rehner, the Democratic candidate for House District 102, is heading to a runoff election on October 3rd! This election will either keep or break up the Republicans’ House super majority. If you wish to donate or volunteer, visit www.kathrynrehner.com to learn more.

State Party Dinner

Our annual Mississippi Democratic Party fundraising dinner has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 27th. Please stay tuned for updates!

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Saturday Breakfast and Donation Collection

Join us Saturday, September 2nd, at 8:30 am for breakfast with your Democratic friends to discuss the busy month ahead. We will meet in the event room at the Flowood Panera Bread on Lakeland Drive. This event is open to the public. We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend!

Studies have shown that millennial voters are more likely to respond favorably to a political figure or group when they are actively engaged in community service, not just running on a platform of supporting it. With this in mind, let’s consider how we can more visibly support civic work in our area.

Unfortunately, our county does not have a nonprofit animal rescue location. We only have the county shelter, which is a holding facility paid for with tax dollars. The Madison Ark runs a network of foster homes in the Rankin/Madison area and hosts many adoption events in our county. Major disasters such as Hurricane Harvey stretch already-thin budgets as organizations work to take in displaced animals from impacted areas. We can support their work during a crucial time by donating materials that most of us already have in our homes.

Please consider bringing one or more of these items to donate at our September 2nd breakfast: newspapers, old towels, blankets, garbage bags, cleaning supplies (bleach, wipes, etc.), paper towels, or buckets. A full list can be found at www.madisonark.org. Please consult for food information, if you are donating food. Items do not have to be new, just clean and in usable condition. Feel free to donate your pet’s old bowl or a half empty box of flea treatments.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE TODAY AND HELP US GROW OUR PARTY!

Pelahatchie Muscadine Jubilee

On Saturday, September 9th, Rankin County Democrats will have an information booth at the Pelahatchie Muscadine Jubilee. We need volunteers to operate our station. Please reply to this email if you are able to work anytime from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm. There is plenty of food and fun so come out and bring your family and friends!

Federation of Democratic Women

The Rankin County Federation of Democratic Women will meet on Thursday, September 14th, at the Pearl Library on Old Brandon Road. The guest speaker will be the state Federation of Democratic Women President, Tanya Gray! Please come out at 5:30 pm for the meeting. It is open to the public, and everyone is invited!

Save the Date!

Our annual Mississippi Democratic Party fundraising event will be held Saturday, November 4th. More details to come!

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Saturday Breakfast and Executive Committee Meeting

Join us Saturday, August 5th, at 8:30 am for breakfast with your Democratic friends followed by a 9:00 am executive committee meeting. We will meet in the event room at the Flowood Panera Bread on Lakeland Drive. This event is open to the public. We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend!

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Rankin on the Move

On August 17th at 6:30 pm in the Rankin County Saferoom on Marquette Road in Brandon, economic development expert Joe Max Higgins will make a presentation on smart economic growth. Through his work, Mr. Higgins has helped create thousands of jobs in the Golden Triangle of Mississippi. Come out and hear about how we can do that in Rankin County. CLICK HERE to learn more about this event.

In partnership with Mississippi State University, the Mississippi Democratic Party is sponsoring and promoting a training session for women ready to make a difference in Mississippi politics and advocacy. The event will be held at the Jackson Hilton on Saturday, August 19th, beginning at 7:30 am. Tickets are $25 per person. CLICK HERE to learn more about the event and to register. 

Trump(doesn’t)care Vote This Week

The Republican-led United States Senate is expected to vote this week to kick millions of Americans off of their health insurance plans while needlessly putting lives at risk. We need you to make a call to our United States Senators to share your views about this legislation. Every call from Mississippi matters.

CLICK HERE OR CALL 202-224-5054 TO CONTACT THAD COCHRAN
CLICK HERE OR CALL 202-224-6253 TO CONTACT ROGER WICKER
 

Breakfast with Democrats

Join us Saturday, July 1st, at 8:30 am at the Flowood Panera Bread for an in-depth workshop about organizing within Rankin County. Come prepared with information about your legislative and supervisor district. This meeting is open to the public. We hope to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE $5, $10, OR $20 ONLINE TODAY AND HELP US GROW OUR PARTY!
Congratulations to Pelahatchie Mayor-elect Ryshonda Harper Beecham on her election earlier this month! She becomes the first African-American to become a mayor in Rankin County! Her inauguration is Friday, June 30th, at 7:00 pm in the Pelahatchie Town Center on Highway 80.

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Pearl Democratic Primary

Polls will be open on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm! Remind your family, friends, and neighbors who vote in Pearl to vote in the Pearl Democratic Primary.

Candidates
Mayor: Willie Robinson
Alderman At Large: Betty Taylor-Lloyd and Jody Renaldo
Ward 5: Milton Brown, Todd Jenkins, John A. Stevenson
 

Monthly Breakfast

Join us for breakfast on Saturday, May 6th, in the Flowood Panrea Bread event room beginning at 8:30 am. Panera Bread is located at 249 Ridge Way, Flowood, MS 39232. Everyone is welcome to attend! Please bring a friend!

Thanks to Rep. Jay Hughes

We send our thanks to Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford for joining us at the home of Joy and Tom Williams to bring us up to date on the issues facing the state legislature!

Pearl Democrats

There will be a Pearl Democratic candidate forum on Thursday, March 30th, at Mt. Elam MB Church which is located at 701 Old Whitfield Road in Pearl. It will begin at 6:30 pm. This event is open to the public, and we hope to see you there while we learn more about our candidates!

The voter registration deadline to vote in the party primaries is Saturday, April 1st, at noon so please get in all registration forms.

Poll worker training will occur on Thursday, April 20th, at Pearl City Hall beginning at 6:00 pm.
 

Monthly Breakfast

Join us for breakfast on Saturday, April 1st, in the Flowood Panrea Bread event room beginning at 8:30 am. Panera Bread is located at 249 Ridge Way, Flowood, MS 39232. Everyone is welcome to attend! Please bring a friend!

 

Fundraising Reception

Join us Tuesday, April 25th, from
6:00 pm until 7:30 pm for a discussion with state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford. 

We will meet at the home of
Joy and Tom Williams
106 Colony Crown
Brandon, MS 39047

This is a fundraising opportunity for our county party, and a minimum donation of $20 is requested. A light dinner will be offered. All are welcome!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE EVENT WITH REP. JAY HUGHES
 

Federation of Democratic Women

The Rankin County Federation of Democratic Women will meet on Tuesday, April 11th, in the Pearl Public Library, located on Old Brandon Road, beginning at 5:30 pm. We will have a meet and greet with our Democratic candidates running in the city of Pearl followed by a brief meeting. If you have not yet done so, please bring your membership dues renewal with you.
 

3rd Congressional District Town Hall Meeting

There will be a town hall meeting to discuss important issues on April 15th from 2:00 until 3:30 pm at the Willie Morris Library located at 4912 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211. Bring a friend to join in this discussion.

March 7th Election

There will be an election for voters in the Rankin County School District whether or not to approve a bond issue to construct new facilities across the school system. During this election, voters will use new voting machines approved by the county board of supervisors last year. Call 601-825-1466 to confirm your voting precinct.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOND ISSUE
 

Fundraising Reception

Join us Thursday, March 30th, from
6:00 pm until 7:30 pm for a discussion with state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford. We will meet at the home of
Joy and Tom Williams.

This is a fundraising opportunity for our county party, and a minimum donation of $20 is requested. All are welcome!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE EVENT WITH REP. JAY HUGHES
 

Monthly Breakfast (date and location change)

On Saturday, March 11th, join us for our monthly breakfast at the Flowood Panera Bread, located at 249 Ridge Way, Flowood, MS 39232, to discuss our path forward. We will get underway at 8:30 am in the event room. We welcome everyone to come and share their thoughts. We need your input! 
 

Municipal Elections

We will hold municipal elections in cities across the state this year. Candidate qualifying ends Friday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm. Party primaries will occur on Tuesday, May 2nd. The General Election will be held Tuesday, June 6th. If you want more information about qualifying, please contact your city’s clerk or reply to this email.

If you are or someone you know is interested in serving as a poll worker for the May 2nd Democratic Primary in Pearl, please email rankincountydemocrats@gmail.comor call 601-761-0755 for more information. We need 15 individuals to serve so please consider this important opportunity to lead. Poll worker trainings will soon commence so we need a list available in short order.
 

Federation of Democratic Women

The Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women will hold its statewide convention on Saturday, March 25th, at Jones County Junior College (900 S Court St, Ellisville, MS 39437) beginning at 9:00 am in the Home and Health Auditorium. The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Email rankinfederation@gmail.com for more information. 

Dues for the Rankin County Federation of Democratic Women are due March 15th. If you would like additional information, please email rankinfederation@gmail.com.
 

Town Hall Meeting

There will be a town hall meeting to discuss important issues on April 15th from 2:00 until 3:30 pm at the Willie Morris Library located at 4912 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211. Bring a friend to join in this discussion.

Call Your Congressman

If you feel compelled to call our members of Congress to express your views about an issue or a presidential nominee, please call or email them to share your thoughts. 

CLICK HERE OR CALL 202-224-5054 TO CONTACT THAD COCHRAN
CLICK HERE OR CALL 202-224-6253 TO CONTACT ROGER WICKER
CLICK HERE OR CALL 202-225-5031 TO CONTACT GREGG HARPER
CLICK HERE TO DONATE $5, $10, OR $20 ONLINE TODAY AND HELP US GROW OUR PARTY!

Monthly Breakfast / Executive Committee Meeting
Join us for our monthly breakfast at the Flowood Corner Bakery, located at 108 Market Street near Dick’s Sporting Goods, to discuss our path forward. We will get underway at 8:30 am in the event room. This breakfast will serve as the time we meet for our county executive committee meeting. We welcome everyone to come and share their thoughts. We need your input!

March 7 Election
There will be an election for voters in the Rankin County School District whether or not to approve a bond issue to construct new facilities across the school system. During this election, voters will use new voting machines approved by the county board of supervisors last year. Call 601-825-1466 to confirm your voting precinct.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOND ISSUE
Municipal Elections
We will hold municipal elections in cities across the state this year. Candidate qualifying ends Friday, March 3rd at 5:00 pm. Party primaries will occur on Tuesday, May 2nd. The General Election will be held Tuesday, June 6th. If you want more information about qualifying, please contact your city’s clerk or reply to this email.

Federation of Democratic Women
Dues for the Rankin County Federation of Democratic Women are due March 15th. If you would like additional information, please email rankinfederation@gmail.com.

Dearest Ladies & Gentlemen – Members & Friends:

As I sit, smile and think about our Holiday Luncheon at Berry’s Seafood Restaurant / Buffet today, I can’t help but think about the many strides and accomplishments our members have made these past eight years.  I am so very proud of each and every one of you; we have built a great team and have forged wonderful friendships along the way. See attached photos ~ please send some to share as well!

Special thanks to our 2016 Program Committee: Chair – Helen Cox, Treasurer – Elouise McLaughlin, Ron McLaughlin, Grace Logan, Phone Tree Chair- Alice Geoghegan, Joy Williams, Louise Patterson;  And many thanks to all those who attended and participated, making for a fun and happy holiday gathering! To those who could not attend today – we missed you and hope to see you next time!!! 

Reminder – it is time to renew RCFDW membership ~ 2017 ~ dues are: $15.00 by: March 15th

[2008 – 2016]  Together we have laughed, cried, hoped and sighed. We have won some and lost some but we have done it together.  We have grown and learned, we have met challenges and at times, seems like we have moved mountains.  We have become friends and colleagues and have created a strong team.  I am so proud of the actions taken and the strides we have made, always… “stronger together”.

With appreciation to our 2016 Nominations Chair Augustine Kelly, who represented our officers as an Apple tough, strong, but also sweet and lovely.  Each bringing their own strengths to the team to create a wonderful tapestry threading similar beliefs with a common sense of purpose in order to meet our goals.  With that said I would like us to think about sharing our many strengths with our newest members, mentoring and growing strong leaders from within to carry on in the future!  I would like hold several mentoring workshops this coming year in order to pass along our knowledge. I will endeavor to update our Committee assignments and to work more outside our regular general membership meetings.

We will enhance our social media presence while at the same time continue to connect utilizing Phone Tree when needed and look for more interesting ways to engage our Membership.  I will be calling on our new members to join in this effort so that we can continue our mission of encouraging full participation of women at every level of the Democratic Party structure and supporting and promoting our Rankin County Democratic Party.  We will endure, growing even stronger to meet the coming challenges! Please bring your ideas in 2017!

With Warmest Regards,

Thelma H. Lorentz

President RCFDW

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