ST. GEORGE – With the Democratic National Convention 2012 now a wrap in Charlotte, N.C., Washington County’s one and only Democrat to enjoy the honor of representing our region at a national convention in decades, will be returning home, fully charged to fire up her fellow party members with a focused eye on the upcoming election.
Dorothy Engelman, Washington County Democratic Party’s chair, said that this was her first national convention. She said she heard a quote during the convention that describes her experience to a T; she paraphrased:
“You can always tell first-time delegates because they’re walking about a foot off the ground, they’re just floating they are so buoyed up with the energy and the enthusiasm that comes from the synergy of the convention.”
Engelman said it is just incredible being in a space with that many people who are that diverse yet so focused on our country. She found it remarkable the multitude of nationalities, backgrounds, and colors represented.
“It was just a cacophony of humanity,” she said in a crescendo of delighted reflection. “It was such a beautiful mix of people and,” pausing in search of words, quieting in decrescendo, “it was all so polite.”
Of course, Engelman’s profuse enthusiasm came on the dawn of the day after an energetic culmination of the convention, a night she called absolutely amazing that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.
And her point in remarking on how polite everyone was, how she never heard a cross word the entire convention, was to counterpoint reports she said she heard of the speeches being “all attacks.”
For Southern Utah, she said, the message that came home to her is that the Democratic Party cares about the middle class and makes sure that we’re all in this together.
For example, Engelman said the Party emphasized supporting our military families as (servicemen and women) return.
“I know we have the armory there in St. George – the Democratic Party as a whole is so grateful for the service that our military has provided. That resonates in Southern Utah especially with the new Veterans Home in Ivins, a wonderful tie-in to the importance that we place on the men and women who serve our country.”
Speaking for the collective of her party, Engelman said, “We want to put everyone back to work, and retrain them (for employment).” She said that there is definitely strength in numbers and that by helping each other, the Democratic Party and the middle class will succeed.
Engelman is anxious to come home and start working with the Democrats in Washington County because: “It is not a me thing, it’s a we thing; we all have to work together.”
This retired schoolteacher has no intention of lounging in leisure any time soon.
Engelman returns with a list. She has action items for her local party members – three in particular – for the immediate season: Knock on doors, make phone calls and empower people to vote through voter registration.
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