ACDC Annual Fall Dinner
October 10, 2014
Come join us for the annual Adams County Democratic Committee dinner at the Gettysburg Hotel on Friday October 10. We will begin the social hour at 6:00pm, dinner will be served at 7:00pm.
We will be honoring Helen Sajer with our annual "Hero Among Us Award", for her work supporting Democratic candidates and especially her support and leadership of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors. A special introduction to Helen will be posted shortly.
Tickets are $50 per person, and the meal choices will be either a Marinated London Broil with Sherried Mushrooms or a Polenta Napoleon with Braised Greens & Roasted Pepper.
Please RSVP by October 1st.
Email Susan Knight
with any questions.
An Introduction to Our "Hero Among Us"
The late Maj. Gen. Gerald Sajer and his wife, Helen, have been on the frontlines of aiding veteran families. They founded the non-profit Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors
Since the passing of General Sajer in May 2011, She tirelessly kept up the work of PA Wounded Warriors.
This work started simply by visiting wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington DC.
The Sajers began bringing wounded soldiers and their families for weekend trips to their farm in northern Adams County. Helen recalls the first families that came and how one soldier, heavily medicated for depression, slept all afternoon. At the end of the weekend, the soldier told her, "This is the most relaxed we've been since we came back from Iraq."
Through the years, the Sajers continued to bring veterans to their farm. A nurse, Helen is able to provide special care and cater to dietary restrictions. As friends and neighbors learned what was going on, they donated food, transportation and recreation.
As word spread, PA Wounded Warriors started working with the VA Hospital in Lebanon and getting calls about other veteran needs. These included helping wounded veterans with rent assistance, financial counseling and providing prepared gas cards so families could visit their wounded vets in hospitals. When she gets a call PA Wounded Warriors will respond within 24 hours. They don't give money directly to soldiers, but they will help with gift cards or to pay certain critical bills. PA Wounded Warriors focuses on the long recovery process and is a true grassroots effort. All "staff" are volunteers. Organizations as diverse as the Camp Hill Woman’s Club, Girl Scouts troops and AFSCME retirees raise money.
Caring for others, especially wounded Veterans is what makes Helen Sajer tick. This is why she will be honored by the Adams County Democratic Committee as 2014's Hero Among us award.
Adams County Federation of Democratic Women Patriot's Day Picnic
September 11, 2014
Firemen's Pavilion, Gettysburg Rec Park
Let us be together on this day - to celebrate the resiliency of the American people, and to honor those that we lost on September 11, 2001.
The picnic is sponsored by the Adams County Federation of Democratic Women. The Federation will provide: hot dogs, rolls, condiments, beverages, ice, paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic flatware. We ask our guests to bring a dish to share.
We expect the following Adams County candidates to be with us with some remarks, and the opportunity to answer your questions:
Linda Thompson: Candidate for the 4th U. S. Congressional District
Surrogate for Tom Wolf: Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania
Bring your family and friends with you, but PLEASE RSVP so that we know how many people to expect. Email Helen Cook
or call at 259-5755 with any questions or to RSVP.
Come to First Friday on the 5th of September
Thank our Teachers!
Adams County Democratic Committee (ACDC) will join other downtown merchants in celebrating First Friday in Gettysburg on September 5. Please join us at this First Friday event, with an "Adams County Thanks Our Teachers" theme!
Every teacher who stops by will get a crisp Adams County apple, courtesy of Rice farms. We appreciate all of our teachers and wish them a good school year.
A Reunited Party
After the Primary, the Democrats unite behind Tom Wolf
Pictured from left to right around the table... Secretary McGinty, Senator Casey, Treasurer McCord, Congressman Bob Brady (who is also the County Chair of Philadelphia), Governor Rendell, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf, Congresswoman Schwartz, PA Democratic Party Chair Jim Burn.
"Lest anyone doubted our team would come together, please look at this picture taken this morning at a Unity Breakfast. We are united. We are part of the Wolf Pack. We are ready to beat One Term Tom in the fall. Please spread this far and wide to dispel ANY notion there is disharmony in our party. Great job Mr. Chairman!"- Adams County Democratic Committee Chairman- Roger Lund
First Wave of Food Drive Complete
Almost 1,000 Food Items Raised
Thanks to the incredibly generous donations of the citizens and friends of Adams County, Adams County Democratic Committee was able to raise almost 1,000 food items to donate to local food banks and shelters!
This food drive was a massive success, but the problems it was meant to help with have not disappeared. Now, let us raise more every day until unemployment benefits are restored, the minimum wage is raised, and the SNAP program gets all of its funding back!
Thompson Announces Bid for Congress
By Jim Hale, Gettysburg Times Staff Writer
"I'm not afraid to knock on Republican doors," former Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson said Thursday in Gettysburg.
The Democrat was in town to promote her candidacy for the Fourth District Congressional seat now held by first-term Republican Scott Perry.
Bridging the gap between the urban and the rural portions of the district will be mostly a matter of "listening to the people," Thompson said, so Adams County residents shouldn't be surprised if she shows up on their doorsteps.
"I'm a grassroots campaigner, she said. I don't know how to win an election any other way."
Adams County is familiar territory, Thompson said, noting that she has family here and her great-great grandfather Floyd Watts, a member of the U.S. Colored Troops, is buried in Gettysburg's Lincoln Cemetery.
Thompson was in town for a petition-signing event at county Democratic headquarters on Chambersburg Street. Her attempt to gather enough names to get on the primary ballot is going well, she said.
During her term as Harrisburg's mayor, she said, she led efforts to pull the financially troubled city out of state receivership, which in fact ended this month.
Solving the "structural deficits seemed impossible to get done in four years.," she said.
Thompson attributed success to her willingness to "step on some toes" - which may have contributed to her loss in last year's mayoral primary - while also engaging in bipartisanship.
The later is among legislative skills gained during her eight years on the City Council that would also serve the district well in Congress, Thompson said.
"I know how to roar," she said, 'but I also know how to be a lamb."
At the same time, she said, "I've never ducked a debate," and would love to have one or more with Perry.
However, Thompson said her interest isn't in taking aim at her opponent, but rather in stating the case for protecting Social Security and Medicare, stimulating the economy to create job opportunities, and making sure students are prepared to seize those opportunities.
Solutions need to be found in the context of "our crippling national debt," she said, and she admitted that she has no, "magical wand."
People at Democratic headquarters liked what they heard from Thompson.
"I think she's going to give Representative Perry a run for his money," said Marcia Williams (sic: Wilson) of Mount Pleasant Township, who is vice-chair of the party's County Committee.
Tom (sic: Tim) Diehl of Biglerville was among those signing petitions for various candidates at Thursday's event.
"I'm a lifelong Democrat," he said. I"I believe in what the Democrats stand for. We should be helping the middle class and the people who aren't rich."
New Candidate for Congress
Former Harrisburg Mayor announces her Candidacy
Former Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson announced on Saturday she would be challenging rookie Congressman, Scott Perry.
"This is terrific news," said Roger Lund, chair of the Adams County Democratic Committee. "Mayor Thompson inherited a terrible financial situation in Harrisburg when she took over as mayor. Her combination of grit, determination and purpose led to the restoration of a sound financial footing for our Capital city."
This was not done without controversy, of course, and Mayor Thompson was defeated for reelection when she ran for Mayor in the Democratic primary.
"It's tough being a leader. The better you are at it, the more enemies you can create," said Lund. "In Thompson's case she needed to step on a lot of toes to avoid bankruptcy for the city while at the same time show fiscal responsibility. That creates enemies."
Tellingly, Mayor Thompson's replacement as mayor, Eric Papenfuse said during a press conference, "I am very aware I inherited a city in a much better place than Mayor Thompson did four years ago."
Mayor Thompson viewed the best route to righting the financial crisis in Harrisburg was to put it under receivership, rather than to file for bankruptcy. The receiver, Gen. William Lynch, is quoted to have said to Thompson, "This city is in a better place because of you... You earned my trust and respect."
What we need in Washington is someone who will challenge the status quo in Washington while at the same time actually accomplish something. Mayor Thompson has shown that she is willing to do what needs to be done to get the job done, in direct contrast to Scott Perry who is proud of his record of doing nothing in Congress. "Perry's record is clear: he is much better at grandstanding and pointing fingers than he is at getting the job done, Democratic chairman Lund stated. "He is a classic Teapublican. Community destroyed by Hurricane Sandy: tough luck; on unemployment: oh, well; need healthcare: so. This is not the kind of principled minded, leadership our area deserves. It's time for a real leader, and Linda Thompson will be that leader.
Petitions for Thompson may be signed at Democratic Headquarters on Chambersburg in Gettysburg until Thursday, March 6th. The primary for the Democratic nomination will be May 20th.
For more information, view an article about her announcement at the Progressive Summit here.
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Join us today!
The Adams County Democratic Committee is always looking for driven, inspiring democrats to further our message and goals throughout the Adams County Community. If you haven't gotten involved yet, but want more information, check out our detailed explanations of duties and process here.
We hope to see you soon!!
For more information, please contact the Political Action Committee.
VOTER ID STRUCK DOWN
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Have you heard the news? This morning a judge ruled that Tom Corbett's Voter ID scheme was an unreasonable burden.
"We knew what the Republicans were doing with voter suppression was wrong; now we know it is unconstitutional," said Roger Lund, chair of the Adams County Democratic Committee. "We have enough checks and balances in the voter registration process now and there is virtually no voter fraud. It's time for the Republicans of this state too let go of this bone."
Since the beginnings of this bill, Republicans have admitted that the sole purpose of this bill was not to fight voter fraud, but to steal elections for Republicans. And Tom Corbett even launched a million dollar, taxpayer funded misinformation campaign to confuse voters.
But our fight's not over yet.
Since Republicans can't win elections the fair way, they'll do anything they can to try to rig elections in their favor. This decision will almost surely be appealed.
Please help spread the word that the bill has been struck down, but the fight is not over.
SCRAP THE CAP
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LET'S MAKE SOCIAL SECURITY STRONGER AND INCREASE BENEFITS AT THE SAME TIME - WE CAN DO THIS IF WE "SCRAP THE CAP."
Working Americans are in trouble. 401(k)s were decimated by Wall Street, home values have plummeted, and nest eggs are gone - yet some in Congress continue to defend a lower Social Security payroll tax rate for millionaires than for middle class families.
Social Security has a surplus of more than $2 trillion - enough to cover benefits for 25 years or more. It is fully funded by the payroll contributions of American workers; it doesn't contribute a dime to the nation's deficit.
Now more than ever, Social Security benefits are critical to the more than 50 million Americans who rely on them. Instead of cutting benefits or raising the retirement age, we're relying on you to protect working class families by scrapping the cap on payroll taxes.
Currently, workers are taxed only on their first $110,100 of income. People earning over that amount don't pay taxes on that income. By simply requiring upper-income taxpayers to contribute at the same rate as many middle class families, Social Security's benefits could be improved, benefits could be increased by as much as $70 per month, and its funding would remain in balance beyond the longest projections.
Please support the 50+ million working people and families who rely on Social Security benefits, and Just Scrap the Cap.
Congratulations to the Democratic candidates
Congratulations to the Democratic candidates we supported who won on Tuesday. We lost 14 races and won 42. Pretty wonderful, I think.
We also want to thank those 14 who tried and did not succeed this year. You all fought terrific races and we thank you for trying to serve our community. We also thank you for running as a Democrat. Slowly but surely we are changing the perception that Democrats can't win in this county. Stay with us as we continue to grow.
Thank you also to the volunteers who gave of their time and money to make this a successful year. Special thanks for out to the Gettysburg College Democrats and the Adams County Federation of Democratic Women. Your assistance as we got to crunch time was amazing.
Folks, the Democratic Party in Adams County is on the move. Join us. Be a part of a winning team. See us about running on our banner in the upcoming elections.
Our winners were:
Terry Adamik, County Treasurer
Craig Peterson, mayor, Abbottsttown
Dale Reichert, Borough Council, Abbottstown
Barbara Howell, Judge of Elections, Bendersville
Theresa Valera, Judge of Elections, Berwick
Sharlene Ericson, mayor, Bonneauville
Rose Bollinger, Borough Council, Bonneauville
Phillip Little, Tax Collector, Bonneauville
Elaine Clabaugh, Auditor, Bonneauville
Paula Callahan, Judge of Elections, Bonneauville
Kenneth Lundburg, Borough Council, Carroll Valley
Louanne Boyer, Supervisor, Conewago
David Meckley, School Director, Conewago
Donna Maring, Tax Collector, Cumberland
Jason Wood, Borough Council, East Berlin
Lorraine Welcomer, Judge of Elections, Fairfield
Chris Kellett, Judge of Elections, Freedom
Maryann Cookerly, Judge of Elections, Germany
William Troxell, mayor, Gettysburg
Holly Fox, School Director, Gettysburg
Eldridge Moses, School Director, Gettysburg
Robert Krummerich, Borough Council, Gettysburg
LuAnn Dille, Supervisor, Hamiltonban
Leslie Baker, Auditor, Latimore
James Eline, Mayor, Littlestown
Carl Thompson, School Director, Littlestown
Anthony Weaver, Mayor, McSherrystown
Nancy Greenholt, Tax Collector, McSherrystown
Francis Baker, Judge of Elections, McSherrystown
Charles Wilson, Supervisor, Mt. Pleasant
Rose Marie Gebhart, Judge of Elections, Mt. Pleasant
Carrie Cserr, Mayor, New Oxford
Stan Wannop, Borough Council, New Oxford
Donna Stoner, Judge of Elections, New Oxford
James Lafferty, Supervisor, Oxford Township
Lisa Kaiser, Tax Collector, Oxford Township
Terry Mobley, Judge of Elections, Oxford 2 Township
Sharon Redding Hamm, Supervisor, Straban
David Shupp, Supervisor, Tyrone
Joseph Albert, Auditor, Tyrone
Elaine Jones, School Director, Upper Adams
William Seibert, School Director, Upper Adams
Land Conservatory's Road Rally
County Chair Roger Lund and Vice Chair Marcia Wilson enjoyed a scenic, fun-filled and fact-filled afternoon on October 19th as participants in the Land Conservancy of Adams County's Annual Road Rally. They were chosen by their fellow "ralliers" as the best-costumed team according to the Rally Theme of "Civil War Road Rally - Everything BUT the Battle!"
They were also very pleased to get all 21 Rally questions correct, including the bonus, and to answer all questions correctly on the trivia contest handed out at the finish line party at Eisenhower Inn.
Along the approximately 60 mile route through mostly rural areas of the county, they visited Great Conewago Presbyterian Church, FX Smith's Sons Cigar Factory, McAllister's Mill, Evergreen Cemetery, Sydney @ Willoughby Run, and Oyler's Organic Farm & Market. Aside from the wonderful snacks and treats provided throughout the route, a highlight was being stopped by two families of tourists who requested their picture at Evergreen Cemetery.
The Committee has supported this Land Conservancy fund-raising event of for a number of years and anticipates continuing to do so - looking forward to next year's rally!
Perry's Adams office gets 'cease and desist' order
A coalition of organizations (Keystone Progress; Move On; US Action; True Majority; Organizing For America; Democracy For America, Gettysburg; Adams County Democratic Committee and others) organized a protest at the Gettysburg office of Congressman Scott Perry today, Tuesday, October 15th. Participants in the protest met at the Adams County Democratic Committee's headquarters on 52 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg. From there the crowd of approximately 80 marched to Congressman Perry's office on 22 Chambersburg Street.
"This Congressman has shown an appalling lack of respect for the democracy we live in and the constitution he swore to uphold," said Roger Lund, chair of the Adams County Democratic Committee. "Perry's Republican leadership voted to allow the Speaker of the House to be the only one who can present any bill on the floor of Congress on September 30th. This rules change subverts our democracy and does not allow the bipartisan majority of Congress to vote to on a clean bill to reopen the government. This clean bill was passed by a bi-partisan majority in the Senate and President Obama promised to sign the bill. Perry has been silent on this dangerous breach of what is well established decorum in our democracy. "*
Read the York Dispatch report
Read the Gettysburg Times report
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Great Pennsylvania Clean-Up
Above is a photo of the Adams County Democratic Committee
Lincoln Hwy clean-up crew
on Saturday morning, April 20. The 5 students in the upper right are from the
Gettysburg College Democrats
. Twice each year a clean-up crew, under the direction
of Bruce Tushingham, volunteers to clean-up a 2-mile stretch of Route 30 west of New
Oxford. What an amazing group of citizens. Thanks all for your efforts!
Roger Lund, chair
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for the next PA Clean-Up, call Jane or Bruce Tushingham at 717-624-8250.
Sometimes people ask: "What has President
Here is a small list of
President Obama's accomplishments:
- Signed into law an economic plan that saved
America from a depression, restored growth, and created or saved as many as 3.6 million
- Signed into law landmark health insurance reform that holds insurance companies
accountable, gives people and small businessess greater control of health care, and
improves the quality of health care for all Americans.
- Fought against Wall Street
lobbyists to sign into law historic consumer protections and financial reforms that shield
American families from unfair lending practices from credit card and mortgage companies,
rein in the excesses of Wall Street, and work to prevent future financial crises.
- Reformed the college loan system by ending subsidies to banks and using the money to
make college more affordable. He also invested in community colleges that are providing
Americans with the skills they need to succeed in today's economy.
- Rescued the
American auto industry, which saved millions of American jobs and helped GM and Chrysler
become profitable again while repaying taxpayers.
- Repealed �Don�t Ask, Don�t Tell,�
which makes it possible for individuals to serve in the military regardless of their
- Helped women get the equal pay they deserve by signing into law
the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
- Supported the Returning Heroes Tax Credit and the Wounded
Warriors Tax Credit.
- As a result of the Heathcare Act over 500,000 veterans previously
denied care will now be eligible for VA Health Care by 2013.
- Increased funding for the
VA every year of his administration.
- Ended the war in Iraq, initiated a responsible
drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, and ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
Read more about the President's Record:
A Short List of Democratic
- 8-Hour Workday
- Social Security
- Minimum Wage Law
- G.I. Bill of Rights
- Marshall Plan
- Peace Corps
- Operation Head Start
- Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Voting Rights Act of 1965
- Water Quality Act
- Clean Air Act
- First Man on the Moon
- Women's Suffrage Amendment
- Workers Compensation Act
- Unemployment Compensation Act
- Rural Electrification Act
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federal Home Loan Program
- Securities & Exchange Act
- Guaranteed Student Loan Program � Family and Medical Leave Act
- School Lunch Program
- Motor Voter Act
- 100,000 New police on U.S. streets
- Balanced budget in 1998 as a result of the Balanced Act 1993
- Davis-Bacon Act
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