Hillary for America had a grassroots organization meeting Tuesday night at the McPherson Public Library to speak with local democrats about what the party's plan is for the remainder of the 2016 elections, as well as gather feedback on how democratic campaigns have worked so far.

Hillary for America had a grassroots organization meeting Tuesday night at the McPherson Public Library to speak with local democrats about what the party's plan is for the remainder of the 2016 elections, as well as gather feedback on how democratic campaigns have worked so far.

About 20 people were in attendance. Andrea Johnson, Kansas state director for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, facilitated the meeting.

Johnson first told attendees about Clinton's general strategy for the upcoming general election in November. She said Clinton while has a 50-state strategy and resources will be concentrated in swing states to improve Clinton's chances of earning 270 electoral votes.

However, Kansas Democratic candidates will get attention as well.

"With Trump on the ballot, anything is possible," she said.

In the past, Democrats in Kansas have only done work in battleground states like Iowa, asking voters to pick the Democrats' candidates. However, recent voter trends suggest Kansas voters are swinging in a more moderate direction, so Johnson said more emphasis will be placed in Kansas state and local campaigns than in the past.

"As someone who has seen what's happening in the state, I'm excited to put resources in Kansas elections," Johnson said.

Johnson said volunteer efforts will be focused mainly on personal conversations, which she said are the most powerful tool for persuading someone to vote for a particular candidate. This includes phone calls and door-to-door visits to share campaign information with voters.

"It's those personal conversations that make the difference in elections," Johnson said.

Participants split into groups to discuss various strategies they could use in convincing voters to choose a Democratic candidate, and in particular vote for Clinton. They identified Clinton's experience and more complete policy portfolio as strengths they believe Clinton brings to the table, as well as dissatisfaction at Kansas' Republican leadership, particularly Gov. Sam Brownback.

Participants said they believe a weakness is that Democrats in Kansas feel uncomfortable sharing their political views in a Republican-dominated state. However, they said if more people are willing to share their views, Democrats can more easily band together and campaign more effectively.

More information on McPherson Democrat activities can be found on the McPherson Kansas for Hillary Facebook page. It is a closed group, so membership must be requested.