Fighting for candidates who will fight for us.
The Yale College Democrats support the campaigns of Democratic candidates running for local, state, and national office. In addition to canvassing, phone banking, and executing Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operations, we also hold voter registration drives, organize issue education projects, and inform students
about absentee voting procedures. If you have any questions about Elections Committee, please contact our Elections Coordinator Timothy White ’20.
This fall, we'll be focusing on the gubernatorial race in our home state of Connecticut. 2018 is going to be a very important season for campaigns as the midterms are approaching. We will also be using our Dems Fellows Program to direct students to support key races across the nation.
The Dems Fellows Program pairs Yale undergraduates with Democratic campaigns in competitive districts to serve as remote press assistants, finance assistants, researchers, graphic designers, or outreach interns. Last fall, our members worked for six Virginia House of Delegates campaigns: Willie Randall for the 100th District, Kathy Tran for the 42nd District, Cheryl Turpin for the 85th
District, David Reid for the 32nd District, Debra Rodman for the 73rd District, and Elizabeth Guzman for the 31st District.
At Elections Committee meetings on Monday nights, we phone bank for progressive candidates in critical races. Last fall, we made calls for Ralph Northam, Phil Murphy, Virginia state legislative candidates, and Connecticut Democratic candidates. We use every possible moment to contribute to campaigning for the candidates we support. During Fall Break, we traveled to Virginia to knock on doors for Ralph Northam and down-ballot Democrats.
In the past, Dems have campaigned on behalf of:
Senator Maggie Hassan
Senator Maggie Hassan has unseated Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, in one of the most competitive races of 2016's election cycle, winning by just 1, 023 votes. Senator Hassan has worked tirelessly in New Hampshire, serving as the majority leader of the State Senate, where she worked to pass same-sex marriage. She also served as the Governor of New Hampshire from 2013 to 2017. In the United States Senate, climate change and reproductive rights will be her priority.
Caroline Simmons-- State Representative for Connecticut's 114th District
Representative Caroline Simmons has served as the representative for Connecticut's 114th district since 2014. During her first term in the State House of Representatives, Simmons championed legislation supporting small businesses, women, children, and Connecticut students. As the Co-Chair of the Connecticut Young Democrats' Women's Caucus and a board member of the Stamford Women's Business Development Council, she has been one of the most consistent advocates for Connecticut women in the House.
In 2015, we worked at the municipal level to elect:
Ward 1 Alder Sarah Eidelson
Sarah, JE '12, has served as Alder for Ward 1 since 2011, working tirelessly to connect youth services to young people throughout New Haven. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Alders' Youth Services Committee and has been elected to other leadership positions by her colleagues. In 2015, Sarah faced off against Ugonna Eze, PC '16, a highly conservative Republican challenger. From October until Election Day, the Dems campaigned vigorously on Yale's campus to turn out students to vote for Sarah. In the end, our efforts were critical to reelecting Sarah to an unprecedented third term, securing her victory by a margin of just 17 votes--the closest margin in Ward 1 history.
Mayor Toni Harp
Toni Harp has served as New Haven's first female and second African-American Mayor since she was first elected in 2013. Under her administration, New Haven has invested in progressive policies like community policing and public transportation. In 2014, Harp introduced Youth Stat, a collaborative program to identify at-risk teens and connect them with city services which has been praised by President Obama and other national leaders. While Mayor Harp received only nominal competition this year, we were proud to support her reelection campaign as we worked to turn out Yalies in Ward 1.
In 2014, Dems campaigned on behalf of:
Governor Dan Malloy
Elected by a mere 6,404 votes in 2010, Dan Malloy has served as Connecticut's first Democratic governor in over 20 years, enacting one of the most progressive legislative agendas in the country during his first term. The Governor's reelection campaign marked one of the closest statewide races of 2014, and New Haven quickly became the center of Democratic campaign operations in the state. On Election Day, Dems turned out over 1,000 Yalies to vote, contributing significantly to the Governor's statewide reelection margin of about 23,000 votes.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Esty has made her name in politics through making principled stands on progressive issues, losing her seat in the Connecticut General Assembly after voting to repeal the death penalty in 2012. Today, she represents one of Connecticut's most conservative congressional districts, having won the seat in 2012 with 51% of the vote. After working with the Esty campaign in 2012, Dems returned to her district in 2014 to canvass for her reelection campaign. In November, Esty won her race against Republican Mark Greenberg in Connecticut's closest congressional race.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Shaheen has shattered glass ceilings throughout her political career, having been elected New Hampshire's first female Governor in 1996 and first female Senator in 2009. In 2014, Shaheen faced one of the most competitive Senatorial races in the country, as former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown challenged her after claiming residency in New Hampshire. Dems visited the Granite State in October of 2014 to canvass for the Shaheen campaign. Shaheen secured a narrow victory, marking an important progressive win in a year dominated by a conservative congressional wave.