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Chris England: 2020 was a year of building for Alabama Democrats

“This year we became a voice that can no longer be ignored,” the ADP chair said. “The numbers speak for themselves.”

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman State Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, wished supporters a “Happy almost New Year” on Thursday and said that 2020 was a year of building for the Alabama Democratic Party.

“2020 has been an isolating year in more ways than one, but there is also powerful unity in what we have been through,” England said. “Every single one of us has faced loss and unprecedented fear, and I have watched neighbors care for neighbors, a deep sense of community forming around caring for the common good.”

“In many ways, our party has been the voice of that collective care for the common good in Alabama, and this year we became a voice that can no longer be ignored,” England said. “The numbers speak for themselves.”

England listed several of the Alabama Democratic Party’s achievements this year:

  • 7,458 volunteer shifts completed
  • 4.83 million voter contact attempts
  • 50 staffers trained
  • $6.86 million raised
  • 3.27 million direct mailings sent
  • 33,000 social media followers with over 3.7 million impressions served
  • 62% record voter turnout

England thanked Democratic donors and volunteers for their support.

“Supporters like you across the state came together through the difficult circumstances to make 2020 one of the biggest years of growth our party has seen,” England added. “Looking forward, 2021 is full of hope. Vaccine distribution is underway, and in just a few weeks Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be in the White House. For our party, too, there is so much to come this year. The work we did in 2020 built the infrastructure to enable us to look forward, not only to the next election cycle, but towards a long-term vision of where our state could be in 5, 10, 20 years and a plan for how to get us there, together.”

“Thanks to your work this year, there are great things to come for our party in 2021, 2022, and for years to come,” England continued. “We’re just getting started, Brandon, and we need you with us.”

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England was elected Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party late in 2019 after a lengthy battle for control of the party with then Chairwoman Nancy Worley. England is the first Black man elected to chair the Alabama Democratic Party in its long history.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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