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Nov 10-14th

"Bringing People Together" - James Vandermaas' Official Announcement Tour

Be prepared to be heard! Jim is planning to officially announce running for the 1st Congressional District of Idaho on Veterans Day weekend. The Campaign plans to start our announcement 'Bringing People Together/Listening Tour' in Sand Point, then Coeur d'Alene, and continue working southward to, Plummer, Moscow, Lewiston, McCall, Eagle, Meridian, Caldwell & Nampa, New Plymouth/Fruitland area, and ending in Kuna! Stay tuned for more specific details for your area, as we will put out a more detailed itinerary. "Bringing People Together" is so much more than a slogan, and so much more than a campaign message; it is the character and driving concept of our campaign! Most of us want the same things for ourselves, our families, and for Idaho; realizing that our differences are actually smaller than they seem, and that putting those differences aside and voting as one strong block is the solution to winning in 2018! The Tour details will be posted on our calendar soon - as soon as our calendar is done being built!

Oct 13-15th

Clint Stennett Fall Meeting and Training

James went to Pocatello for the Clint Stennett Fall Meeting and Training Weekend! He attended Saturday and Sunday, and was very pleased to meet with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley from Oregon, who was the keynote speaker for the conference. James and Jeff hit it off from the start, both very down to earth, sharing family stories as well as agreement on many issues. And both clearly concerned about putting people and their interests before politics. They will be keeping in touch...

Oct 6-8th

Kootenai County Democrats

On his latest trip to North Idaho from October 6th-8th, James Vandermaas met with the Kootenai County Democrat Candidate Recruitment and Support Committee to introduce himself and listen to what Kootenai Democrats are concerned with. Some of the Democrats in attendance included Paula Niels, the Chair of the Kootenai Democrat Central Committee, Richard Rolland, the Vice Chair of the KCDCC, Christopher Matthews, the Chair of the Candidate Recruitment Committee, and Shem Hanks, the President of the Kootenai Democratic Club. James showed genuine knowledge and a precise plan for what he would do if elected in areas of Education, Business Relations, Healthcare, and an ingenious idea of factoring in cost of living factors to better adjust the livable wage for specific communities.

James was asked about DACA and the committee was very pleased with his support of these young productive members of our county, who have put themselves out there. When asked how he would respond to moderate and progressive Democrats, Mr. Vandermaas illustrated his plan for a ‘Coalition of Democracy” to bring everyone together to give all Idahoans in Congressional District 1 a voice, one unified voice regardless of whether you are conservative, progressive, Republican, Democrat, or anything in between.

James left the meeting with more support and greater excitement in the prospect of a competent, well-organized, and decisive Democrat running for Congress. A serious contender for a serious seat. The committee was very impressed with the ease and knowledge James was able to show when he answered questions on the fly, showing his genuine and decisive nature. The Committee felt confidant that James Vandermaas could bring together Idahoans regardless of party. On Saturday James and Cindy attended “Disco Inferno 2017: 80’s Dance Explosion": the fourth annual benefit for Coeur d’Alene School District 271 school libraries, taking the night to support our Schools.

-Christopher S. Matthews, Candidate Recruitment/Support Committee Chair

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