When she was elected as Party Chair, Daisy Thomas came into an organization with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, no administrative transition plan or staff, and a multitude of broken relationships. Over the past year, she has worked diligently and tirelessly to clear the clutter, rebuild, and strengthen our party. Her professional experience, non-profit and political fundraising and fund development, and community organizing both within the party and in Utah at large, has helped Utah Democrats get on our feet and back on the radar of the national party.
To begin the process of rebuilding the Utah Democratic Party, Chairwoman Thomas ran on three issues: Grassroots Fundraising, Rotational Trainings, and Community-focused outreach, and has since implemented initiatives to address each issue.
- Grassroots focused. We launched Hour Party, which is both a giving program and a community building initiative. This socially-driven program works on an exchange-trade basis. For an hour’s commitment every month, either by volunteering or donating an hour’s worth of time, members are invited to a monthly event. Part of party building is making sure that casually invested people can be involved, while also building up our grassroots recurring donor program.
- Fundraising for specific needs. We have our baseline operation expenses, which we always have a need to fundraise for, but we also have opportunities that arise that go beyond that baseline budget. Clearly communicating what we would like to implement and how donors can help us get there is ever-present process and we are seeing more enthusiasm and energy the more we are able to clearly define our goals.
Knowledge is power and the more we are able to educate one another, the better. We have spent months traveling to Utah’s different regions, facilitating both internal and external facing trainings to encourage more engagement and a working knowledge of democratic politics. We have trained countless candidates, campaign staff, and volunteers on the ins and outs of running for office and we will continue developing these programs to ensure we are running the most prepared community leaders we can.
We have increased our monthly and quarterly trainings / seminars, community outreach, which helps raise the Utah Democratic Party’s name ID, helps us communicate our values, and encourages more community giving.
Daisy Thomas has spent the bulk of her administration focusing on building up our community outreach efforts. She launched the Women Who Lead series, which elevates women Democrat leaders on issues that effect our communities. She also launched Dems in the Trenches series, which targets vets, seniors, and other community groups and leaders on their specific issues, tying them into how the Utah Democratic Party is key to helping solve many of our state’s issues.