Statement regarding new members:
On behalf of the 37th Legislative District Democrats I write to apologize to Abdul Yusuf and the group of individuals who recently purchased memberships in our organization.
Questions of improprieties have been raised by members of 37th LD Democrats regarding a group of memberships that were purchased on August 27, 2015. I have spoken with Abdul Yusuf, who delivered the 15 membership applications and payment for them on that day. Based on my conversation with Mr. Yusuf I believe that to the extent that any campaign violations occurred, the violations were made by the 37th LD Democrats, not by Mr. Yusuf or by any campaign. As the chair of the organization, the blame for those errors lies with me. All political parties and campaigns must follow strict laws and procedures regarding elections and their finance and we are working hard to ensure that we remain in compliance with those rules.
These questions have made the new members feel unwelcome, which is the opposite of our goal as a district. We want all residents of the 37th district who share the values of the Democratic Party to feel comfortable and welcome at our meetings and as part of our community.
We will work even harder in the future to make the 37th LD Democrats open, accessible, and welcoming and to ensure that those who wish to join the organization have all the information they need. I look forward to working with new members and am always available to answer questions or concerns.