PITTSBURG — The Crawford County Democratic Party primed itself for election season with its biennial fundraiser.

The fundraising dinner began at about 4 p.m. Sunday at Meadowlark Elementary School at 1602 East 20th St. The event featured candidates seeking national, state and local offices in the 2018 election.

“We have a great opportunity in 2018 to take over a few seats and get a few seats back,” State Representative Adam Lusker, who is running for re-election, said. “Crawford County has been a strong Democratic area for a number of years, and I think we can continue to hold it as a Democratic stronghold.”

The fundraiser’s goal was to raise money for the party’s activities. According to County Chairperson Lynn Grant, the democrats are particularly interested in renting a headquarters.

“It has cost us probably $3,000 in the past,” Grant said. “We try to open in July and have it run through November — plus we have the utilities and wi-fi.”

Grant estimates the party made roughly $1,600 from the event.

“It was a good event and we were happy with everything,” she said. “We sent leftovers to the Lord’s Diner so it was a win-win for many people.”

The chairperson said she was excited to see so many democrats from throughout the community in one place.

“Having the candidates come in is good PR for the local party,” she said. “It’s mostly about them getting the chance to meet people and talk to them one-on-one.”

Lusker said he appreciates the energy on display during each fundraising dinner.

“We’re a very inclusive party and many of us have varying beliefs, but we all come together for the greater good,” he said. “That’s the most exciting thing — that we’re all in the same boat and we’re rowing in the same direction.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.