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Message from CCDC

July/August 2022

The Future is What We Make Together

Over the past several weeks as our new CCDC leadership team has worked through logistical and administrative tasks associated with our transition, what has stood out to me is that our party is made up of tireless activists who won’t take no for an answer. We know the change we’re working towards is vital to protect the foundations of our democracy. Pundits may say that Democrats are disadvantaged and that conditions suggest that victory in November is a long shot. Don’t believe them. Last week I saw this inspiring tweet from political communications expert Anat Shenker-Osorio.

Anat is right. What will happen in November is not inevitable. The world has changed, and the stakes have changed. We have the ability to determine the outcome of this election. Through the hard work of personal contact with our neighbors, we will demonstrate that the people of Cumberland County will choose Democracy, defy expectations, and send our candidates to the State House, the State Senate,  the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the Governor’s Mansion. They will elect officials who believe in our system of government and who will use government as a vehicle to improve our lives. Thank you all for your hard work as we make the future together.

Woman in business suit, smilingCommissioner Corner

There’s so much craziness going on right now –

  • the overturn of Roe v. Wade,
  • a barrage of mass shootings,
  • attacks on voting rights,
  • almost daily news reports of Scott Perry’s orchestration of election fraud lies,
  • Doug Mastriano,
  • a New Jersey resident running for a PA senate seat,
  • a state legislature attempting to turn back time on women’s rights.

It’s a lot to deal with….

Fortunately, we have candidates to combat the nonsense.  Josh Shapiro, Austin Davis,  John Fetterman, Shamaine Daniels, Jim Massey, Sara Agerton, Kristal Markle, Patty Kim, and Alan Howe – all are proven leaders taking on the hard work of defending our Democracy. Let’s get them wins in November. Please volunteer, donate, and VOTE.

Since the last Dem Notes much has happened countywide. Here are a few highlights:

  • Cumberland County Commissioners are the first in the Commonwealth to create a real estate tax credit for active firefighter and EMS volunteers – https://www.ccpa.net/5023/Volunteer-Firefighter-EMS-Tax-Credit
  • Review of the ARPA grant applications commenced. We expect to complete this process in early fall.
  • More than 200 farms are part of the County’s Farmland Preservation Program.
  • The Planning Department debuted online Land Development Plan review maps https://gis.ccpa.net/sld/activity/
  • My Ascension -A free movie and discussion about suicide prevention will take place on Thursday, September 8th. Make sure to register as seating is limited  https://www.facebook.com/events/421998103297459/?ref=newsfeed
  • You can now call 988 to reach the National Suicide and Crisis Hotline.

 As always, please let me know if I can help in any way.

Thanks for the opportunity to serve you!

-Jean Foschi, Cumberland County Democratic Commissioner