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The new Democrats

New Bethlehem leaders work to bring party under one tent after tumultuous election season

— The Democrats are also working to better inform the public about the political process.

Dan Coffey, a committee member since 2005, said he is often asked what being part of the committee is all about and what the party actually does. He said a new effort is to update the party’s website on a regular basis and offer resources so people can find out what district they live in, who represents them and be able to contact that representative about concerns.

“For us to do our jobs as individuals and as a committee most effectively, the channels of communication need to be very easy and open for the general public,” said Kuhn. “The website will allow us to do that, as well as get our message out.”

Midge Bulgaro, a new member representing District 3, said transparency is key. Frank Zeoli, a member for four years, agreed.

“Finding out who is on the committee shouldn’t be an issue,” he said. “You’re an elected official, so as a result of that I don’t think member’s names or the districts they represent should be a secret.”

Not everyone in harmony

With so many new committee members, a new issue is that many within the committee do not know one another. Older members are now advising new members about what it means to be on the committee and steps to take to be a good representative.

“Our number one goal as a party is to elect Democrats to office,” said Zeoli. “From there, there are a lot of subgoals we have and you have to put in the door-to-door time to reach those goals. That’s how you meet with people and hear from them.”

Zeoli said he and other district leaders have been meeting with members on a monthly basis to answer questions and discuss strategies. They also talk about town issues and about how to help those who want to become more involved in the party.

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