USC Democratic Committee Meeting Minutes
September 22, 2020
The meeting started at 6:35pm at the Upper St. Clair Recreation Center on McLaughlin Run Road. Mary McIntyre stated there were lawn signs available for anyone that needed them. Mary also had new members stand up and introduce themselves.
Peg Babnik submitted the treasurer’s report. The September 10th bank statement ending balance is $3,228.60. In our account today there is $2,760.80 which includes $492.80 in expenses (three checks) and 2nd Act Blue Donation of $25, minus a fee of $1.16.
Sharon Guidi spoke about her campaign. She said she had a successful Scavenger Hunt fund raiser last week. She also stated that her opponent is not a moderate. Sharon thanked everyone for being in attendance.
Tom Duerr is Pam Iovino’s campaign manager. Pam’s opponent is not a moderate. Tom then stated Pam’s accomplishments. He asked for volunteers to text, phone call, write postcards and literature dropping. Tom said that there are many volunteer opportunities. Tom is working closely with Pam. Tom will inform Mary about when and where to volunteer.
Tom Duerr is also on City Council. Tom said that there will be eight satellite offices. They will be operating on October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. Citizens can a request a ballot or mail in their ballot at the satellite office on those days. If you want to vote in person, but received a ballot – take it to the polls. Don’t open it. If you do not bring your mailed ballot and have not voted, you may fill out a provisional ballot. Tom said that he does not know if they are going to count the ballots early. Tom stated that Allegheny County was the best in state for counting ballots.
Both Sharon Guidi and Tom Duerr emphasized the need to follow the ballot directions exactly as written. They also emphasized that only you can drop your ballot in the box.
Mary passed out Biden buttons and masks. Mary said that Upper St. Clair is part of Char Valley, where there are 36 Chair people. On October 13, there will be a rally starting in Moon Township continuing through Carnegie, Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, Upper St. Clair (around 1:30pm), South Park, and Collier Township. Representatives Conor Lamb, Mike Doyle, and Pam Iovino will be at each stop. Everyone is invited to participate with car window posters.
There was further discussion about how to get the message out. Discussion was about phone banking, texting, Instagram, Facebook, pool watching, distributing literature, and poll workers for satellite places.
The meeting ended at 7:25pm.
USC Democratic Committee Meeting Minutes
Old Recreation Center
August 25, 2020
The meeting started at 7:00pm at the Upper St. Clair Recreation Center on McLaughlin Run Road. There were many new faces, so Mary McIntyre had everyone introduce themselves.
Mary stated that there are five wards and 18 districts in Upper St. Clair. She also said that the county is sent out applications for mail-in ballots to citizens today. Mary reviewed the proper procedures for mail-in voting, specifically that you cannot put someone else’s ballot in the mail or ballot drop-off box. Everyone must handle their own ballot. There was discussion about the lack of ballot boxes and Mary said that the legislature has to decide if there can be more drop-off boxes. The actual ballots will be mailed to recipients on September 15, 2020. Ballots can be tracked on the Allegheny County website. All polling locations will be open. Jason Fincke noted that if a school is closed due to coronavirus outbreak, the polling place may also be closed. Also, ballots may be counted early.
It was suggested that we could drive organize a caravan of residents into Pittsburgh to drop their ballot in the ballot drop-off box.
Peg Babnik submitted the treasurer’s report. The balance remained $3,179.76 through June, July and August. Outstanding checks are: $100, $300 (signs), $92.80 (postage), $100 Biden (Don W.) with a balance of $2,586.96
Mary McIntyre said that our Biden/Harris signs were ordered through CharValley. Delivery will be this Saturday, August 29, 2020. Sharon Guidi will also have signs delivered this Saturday. Mary and Deb Allen spoke about Sharon’s fund raiser which is a treasure hunt. Cost is $100/ per one person in a car or $200/car. Also, if anyone wants to attend the after treasure hunt get together, the cost is $25.
Jason Fincke drafted a letter which will be sent to all independents. He stated that there are about 2,000 independents in Upper St. Clair. He asked for help sending this letter out as soon as possible. If anyone needs money for stamps, please see Mary. New member Charlotte from Friendship Village said that she had five or six residents ready to help send out the Democratic letter to independent-registered voters. Jason’s letter will be available for mailing on Sunday; Mary McIntyre will send an email to everyone regarding time. There was a discussion about voting. Charlotte stated that she moved from Virginia and wants additional drop boxes in Allegheny County, and extended hours for residents to vote. She is thinking about a petition for drop boxes and asked if there are rules for drop boxes. Jason suggested if ballots are mailed early October, then no one will have to worry about drop boxes. New member Paulette stated that she has a 10 x 4 Biden/Harris sign in her yard. A new member volunteered to temporarily replace Katie Mazzocco as a Facebook administrator.
Sharon Guidi’s campaign manager Alex Franco suggested that we tie Natalie Mihalek to Donald Trump. Natalie (Republican) is running against Sharon. It was mentioned that in North Strabane there are weekly Republican rallies along Route 19. Alex said to take videos of the rally. It was also strongly mentioned that we need more visuals and should put an American flag next to Biden signs.
Mary McIntyre will organize an afternoon Zoom meeting at 2:00pm. She will send an email with specifics.
The meeting ended at 8:05pm.
USC Democratic Committee Meeting Minutes
Zoom Meeting – April 28, 2020
Mary McIntyre welcomed Zoom participants to the on-line meeting at 7:03pm.
Mary asked for approval of the minutes. Fran Campbell moved to approve, Maria Miller seconded. Minutes were approved.
Peg Babnik read the treasurers report. The Committee had a balance of $3,807.44, with two outstanding checks, which leaves a balance of $3,587.00 in the account.
Mary said that because of social distancing, there will be no fundraiser. Peg Babnick said that perhaps in the fall we can have an activity. Mary said that the USC Democratic Committee high school scholarship is not going to happen this year.
Mary gave an update on the Department of Elections online meeting which ran one hour, fifteen minutes. Jason Fincke and Deb Allen also viewed this meeting. There were 90,000 requested mail-in forms, and 35,000 votes were processed as of last Thursday. Rich Fitzgerald would like to limit the number of polling places to one per township. They are currently waiting for the state to approve this request. There are 800,000 voters in Allegheny County. They are going to mail out applications for mail-in votes to everyone. Bernadette Fincke reported that 13% of Democrats in Upper St. Clair applied for the main-in ballot; very few Republicans applied.
Mary also spoke about the Zoom meeting for Joe Biden’s campaign, which was also viewed by George Bockosk, Deb, Allen, and Jason Fincke. Jason said that it was suggested that posters should be posted in windows thanking workers. George also commented about the posters, saying that Joe Biden’s name (at the bottom of the poster) was hard to read from the street.
Erin Urban reported that she attended a Zoom meting for Southwest Pennsylvania. They are going to have a letter writing campaign.
Mary reminded everyone that Sharon Guidi is organizing a calling campaign for her election.
There are few campaign signs because employees are not working. Mary does have Mike Lamb signs for distribution.
Jason Fincke named individuals that sent letters to all wards/districts. He thanked them and reported that there was terrific response.
Mary said that she receives calls to the Allegheny County Democrat Committee phones. She then sends out requested information.
Bernadette Fincke reported that Vote Builder is updated daily
Mary McIntyre reported that Don Williams 4-4 sent in his resignation at committeeman. Alex Cashman will be the new committeeman for 4-4.
Katie Mazzocco phoned in and said that she is on day 49 of COVID. She does not know if she is still contagious. She has had fevers, headache, nausea, stomach problems, cough, lung pain, and has been in the ER three times. Her first test was negative, but two weeks ago she tested positive. She thanked her husband Jesse for doing “everything.” The group asked if she needed anything, or could help in any way.
Mary would like to have Zoom meetings every two weeks on Tuesday at 7pm.
Deb Allen suggested that the Committee do some outreach within the community to show appreciation. She suggested pizza and drinks to say thank you to workers and get some positive PR. Bethel Park Manor Care was suggested. Blaine Aiken said that Terry’s father is residing at that location.
The meeting ended abruptly with Zoom closing at 7:45pm.