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Elkins Seeks to Restore Activist Base of the County Democratic Party!

Elkins Seeks to Restore Activist Base of the County Democratic Party!

In a conversation with Scene a few days after the primaries, Elkins said that he thought the media portrayal of a centrist vs. progressive fight within the party ought to be recalibrated.

"That's just not an accurate assessment of what's going on," he said. "The fight that's occurring today is a generational fight. It's a fight between a new generation of leaders that are ready to take a different approach to authority and power and the very transactional leadership that exists."

C. Ellen Connally Will Run for Chair of County Democratic Party on Progressive Ticket; Trevor Elkins to Run for Vice-Chair

C. Ellen Connally Will Run for Chair of County Democratic Party on Progressive Ticket; Trevor Elkins to Run for Vice-Chair

“Because I believe Judge Connally’s steadiness, wisdom, experience, and accomplished record of service are exactly the unifying qualities our party needs, I asked her to step into the lead role for our party," Elkins said in a press release. "She and I have tremendous chemistry and we are committed to reforms intended to nurture activist energy to win elections." 

Energizing the Democratic Party

Energizing the Democratic Party

He also said his coalition will strengthen, not harm, Democratic electoral chances, since one of his group's stated goals is to recruit committee members who will commit to helping increase voter turnout. It reflects activists' frustration with party stalwarts, and a desire to push the party in a more progressive direction, he said.

County Party Establishment Targets Elkins Allies

County Party Establishment Targets Elkins Allies

"When we have a narrow group of people looking to consolidate power for themselves, we create a climate where the minority leader [Yuko] can't get what in any other county should be a rubber-stamp endorsement," Elkins said.

...and a willingness to buck the system.

...and a willingness to buck the system.

Trevor Elkins spoke next. He's the Mayor of Newburgh Heights and an RTA board member known for staunch leftism and a willingness to buck consensus. Though he didn't call Shontel Brown by name, Elkins affirmed that one of his opponents would indeed be a puppet if elected. He said that the same people who approached Brown to run had also approached him. They went searching for Brown one week after Elkins "had the audacity to say 'no.'" 

"They wanted to dictate the direction of the party from behind the scenes," Elkins told Scene by phone Wednesday. "I told them, 'there's a difference between loyalty in working together and blind obedience."