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Welcoming Alejandro Chavez to the DMO Team

DMO is pleased to announce the hire of Alejandro Chavez as our Political Director.  Alejandro was born and raised in the progressive movement.  He identifies strongly with the values of his grandfather, Cesar Chavez, and has dedicated his life to supporting candidates and causes both locally and nationally.  We are honored to have him on our team and hope you will give him a warm welcome.  Read more about Alejandro’s experience below.

Alejandro’s hire marks the launch of a strategic new direction for Democratic Municipal Officials.  Following a professional strategic planning process, we are restructuring our staffing to allow us to build upon our successes and enhance our priority work.

Under Alejandro’s leadership, DMO will prioritize two key areas of work.  We will greatly expand our data work to ensure we connect, engage and empower our 40,000 Democratic Municipal Officials.  And we will be asking for your help to make that happen.  With strong data we will be poised to better support you and our allies.  While we enhance our data, we will simultaneously be launching pilot programs and developing a strategy for stronger political engagement to better support candidates for municipal office and DMOs who have actively been involved in our organization who are now seeking wider office.  We will strengthen the blue wall and build our bench.

Meanwhile, Jesse Maldonado who stepped in as our Interim Political Director will now serve as our Alumni Director, ensuring that when our members leave municipal office, we will still have a meaningful role for them within DMO.  Learn more about our Alumni Council.

Nils Robbins remains our Communications and Operations Director and leads our policy work.  Dan Besse now serves as our Labor, Policy and IGA Advisor.  Barbara Moore maintains the helm as our Executive Director.  With your help, we will add a Deputy Political Director in 2022 to continue strengthening our State Chapters and our Labor Council.  These are exciting times at DMO!  We hope we can count on your enhanced support as we grow to serve you.

With over a decade in political advocacy and organizing, Alejandro knows how to run a candidate for local office and advocate for international diplomacy across the nation. In Arizona, he was the Campaign Manager for Ruben Gallego’s successful run for State Representative. He then joined MoveOn.org to promote diplomatic solutions in the Middle East, successfully gaining public support from MoveOn members to push their elected officials to support the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Following his time at MoveOn, Alejandro became the Senior Electoral Campaign Manager with Democracy for America. There he worked to elect Rep. Veronica Escobar, the first Latina Congresswoman in Texas, and Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto as the first Latina US Senator. In 2020 he was the Political Director for Prop 207 Smart and Safe campaign in Arizona to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use and passed by 60% the most of any marijuana initiative in the country.

Alejandro’s work takes him where he is needed most – a worldview that runs in the family. Alejandro’s grandfather was the renowned labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. Today, Alejandro takes up that mantle in his work and his volunteerism with various community groups, including The National Redistricting Foundation, where he supports community engagement efforts in their lawsuit to stop the 2020 Census from adding a citizenship question that would stifle an accurate count of the people.

Biden Administration Calls On Local Officials To Help Pass American Rescue Plan

Dear Democratic Municipal Official,

Time is of the essence and I need your help!

The Biden Administration has reached out directly to Democratic Municipal Officials looking for help in your state with passing the American Rescue Plan. Our cities need direct funding; assistance with vaccine distribution; resources for PPE; stimulus checks and unemployment insurance; and help paying for water and energy costs. We need the American Rescue Plan to pass, and we need it immediately.

The White House is calling for strong statements of support from local leaders in your state, and we need you to put pressure on your federal representatives. Here is what you can do:

  • Call your Representative and your Senators and highlight why your community needs this relief. If you have their cellphone number, now is the time to use it!
  • Schedule a meeting with your Representative and your Senators. District work week starts February 15th. Call their office today to get on their calendar for that week.
  • Get on the news. Whether it be local television news, local radio, or national outlets. Tell the story as to why your city and state need the American Rescue Plan to pass now and emphasize that your federal officers can make that happen.
  • Write an op-ed.
  • Make it bi-partisan. If there are Republicans on your council or in a neighboring town who will stand with you in support of this legislation, be sure to elevate that – don’t be afraid to share the byline on this.
  • Be specific and keep it local. Talk about local issues, jobs, services, and people. Make it undeniable that your community in particular needs this relief.
  • Share with DMO. Be sure to load any news clips and letters to this folder, and tag @NationalDMO on social media so that we can share your efforts with the White House.

President Biden and your constituents need you to act now – there is no time to waste.

Sincerely,
Barbara Moore
Executive Director
Democratic Municipal Officials