I want to take the time to thank the Democratic Women of Clifton. I was one of several young Democrats who were honored yesterday for the work that we have done for the Democratic Party. As the recognition came during an event celebrating the organization’s 5th anniversary, I am humbled to have been part of the celebration and to have had the opportunity to work with many of the DWC’s members over the years.
Those of us who are from the Clifton/Centreville area are well aware of the fact that it’s one of the few parts of Fairfax County that can still be considered heavily Republican. Nonetheless, we’ve seen a lot of progress in recent years and I think that’s in large part to the work that the Democratic Women of Clifton have done. Whether it’s through working the polls on election day, taking action on important issues, or canvassing precincts in the area, the members are DWC are always active in the community and are most definitely making a difference.
I also think it’s important to note that while the organization was celebrating it’s fifth anniversary yesterday, they were taking the time to focus on young Democrats. Whether it was through elementary and middle school students who have performed some volunteer duties, high school students who have already shown leadership and active participation in campaigns, or activists who have begun their adult lives by giving back through working for campaigns or other community organizations, it was clear that even in the group of people honored yesterday there was a fair amount of diversity which I think shows some promise for progressive activists in the area. I also think that the DWC’s decision to focus on the group of younger people also goes to show that the organization is interested in standing up for the best interests of everyone in the area. It is this type of action that I think will not only making the organization stronger in the future, but will also mean good things for the community at large in coming years.
So with all that being said, as I was one of the people being honored yesterday, I simply want take the time now to publicly say thank you to the Democratic Women of Clifton and to commend them for all the work they’ve done over the last five years. I most definitely look forward to seeing the great work that the organization will continue to do as it continues to grow.