One website that has proven particularly useful to me in finding my interview subjects is Reddit. Not long after I posted in the Chattanooga community on Reddit, I was made aware of a meeting of the Democratic Party in Hamilton County. Chattanooga is the seat of that county. The event turned out to be the so-called “biennal reorganization”, during which registered members of the party vote for new leadership.
Intrigued by the opportunity to witness local politics first-hand, on Saturday, March 25th, I made my way to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in East Chattanooga. Turnout was twice what it normally was – having everything to do with aversion to Trump. The outcome was described by one party member as “a complete rout of the party’s current establishment in favor of younger, more progressive leadership.”