J.D. Scholten: Rural Voters Support Democratic Policies

JD Scholten Exec. Director, RuralVote.org

Please check out this super important message from J.D. Scholten and share with the Democratic candidate of your choice.

It’s been quite a year, and we’re just getting started. I joined RuralVote.org this past summer as their new Executive Director to help improve the Democratic brand in rural communities, and support rural organizing efforts at the local level.

This year we convened a National Rural Strategy Session and brought together rural organizers from more than 50 organizations to discuss how we’re going to win in 2022.

Our rural strategy session was covered by Insider, and our work has been written about in the New York Times, Axios and other publications.

We also released polling this year showing that rural voters support policies championed by Democrats, but that Democrats are not getting the message out in those communities. The polling was covered by the Washington Post and shared widely on social media. We have also distributed our polling to rural organizations to give them insights on messaging and rural voter outreach.

We are excited for next year when we’ll begin recruiting rural messengers to lead rural organizing and outreach efforts in their communities. We need to empower and invest in local rural organizers! It’s the only way we’re going to beat back misinformation, and make blue waves in red communities.

Our 2022 mission is to move the needle by 5% in 39 counties that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. We’ll be announcing our targets early next year so we can hit the ground running before the 2022 Election. More on that in the new year…

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday and thank you for all of your support!

Standing Tall for All
J.D. Scholten

P.S. We’re extending the deadline to apply for Sioux City Sue Legacy grants until the end of December. If you know of a group doing rural organizing in your community, please send it their way! Thank you!

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