From the Chair - July 2016
It's July 20th and I'm doing a couple of things, like deciding what to pack for Philadelphia and the Democratic National Convention next week (triple digit temperatures are predicted), and watching the television in horror at the RNC and their speakers and messages.
So far, the Republicans have told untruths, exaggerated, demeaned, seemingly plagiarized, and been united in their vitriol against Democrats. I'm unclear about their actual level of support for their own candidate, but his lack of experience at any level of government causes problems. He has no voting record and can't point to anything he's accomplished that helps humanity. So, instead of supporting him, the Republicans attack Democrats.
I'm honored to serve as a Hillary Clinton delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Our days will be long and filled with meetings. I'm looking forward to hearing some great speakers. We start each day with a breakfast meeting, where we get our credentials. Then it's off
to caucus and committee meetings from 10 to 12, and 12 to 2, and 2 to 4. Then we go over to the main hall for the floor sessions, which start around 4 each day. They end at 11. Then there are parties and musical entertainment and then, hopefully, some sleep. And up the next day to do it all again.
The best part, and the part I was elected to perform, will be the actual voting for the Presidential Nominee. I will be proud to vote for Hillary Clinton as the nominee for President of the United States. As I sign my name to that piece of paper, I will think of all the people who I'm representing. It's humbling and I expect to get tearful at this history making event. I'll try to get a picture for the next newsletter.
Maybe the Wisconsin delegation will be on television in one of those crowd shots - if you're watching, and you see me, please text me and let me know.
I'll be back with lots of stories for the August 1 meeting. See you there, I hope.
DPRC Award Winners Have Been Announced
Democratic Party of Racine County Announces Annual Banquet Awards Winners
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold to Keynote
Racine, WI – The Democratic Party of Racine County will hold their annual awards banquet on May 15, 2015 at Infusino’s Banquet Hall. The Party will present two annual awards, and will feature former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI).
The Democrat of the Year Award recognizes the person who has supported democratic principles, promoted the Democratic Party of Racine County (DPRC) to the community and beyond, supported Democratic candidates for elected positions, participated in related political events in a positive way and who lives by the principles of our organization.
The 2015 Democrat of the Year is John Scott. John is a teacher and administrator in Racine Unified whose career has spanned nearly 40 years. During those years, John has been an inspiration to hundreds of Racine students, showing by his life and example his belief in fairness for all, in dedication to one’s chosen work and in excellence in achievement. As a member of the Democratic Party of Racine County, John has continued the excellence, dedication and belief in progressive principles. John’s particular commitment is to advancing the local party by increasing membership, supporting candidates and by challenging us to develop outreach to the community.
The Phyllis Dresen Award honors a person who has worked to further democratic principles by his/her efforts in the community, state and/or nation. The person selected need not be a member of the Democratic Party.
The joint Phyllis Dresen Awardees are Linda Boyle and Sue Spicer. Linda Boyle and Sue Spicer have served the Racine community since coming to Racine because of a teacher recruitment drive. Linda, a North Dakota native, taught in Racine grade schools for 34 years. Sue, an Iowa native, taught here for 35 years. As grade school teachers, they both encountered instances of immigrant children whose parents were deported. Other children dreaded going home at the end of the day, fearing their parents would be gone – victims of Immigration Authorities. Linda, and later Sue, met with Sister Joyce Quintana, a member of the Racine Dominicans, and joined Racine Interfaith Coalition’s Immigration Task Force. Their work has resulted in what amounts to a textbook on immigration issues, covering everything from demographics in Wisconsin, employment, immigrant contributions and legislation. Linda and Sue keep current with Wisconsin and national legislation, spending hours at legislative hearings and demonstrations, as well as on conference calls with national leaders in the immigration field.
WHAT: Democratic Party of Racine County Annual Awards Banquet
WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2015
Cocktails: 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Infusino’s Banquet Hall, 3201 Rapids Drive, Racine
Tickets are available at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2016banquetawards or by mailing a check for $50 payable to the DPRC to P.O. Box 081825 Racine, WI, 53408. The banquet is open to the public and the media.
Happy Election Year!
From the Chair - January 2016
It's been a while since our last newsletter, and have we been busy.
We elected and swore in our new DPRC Board. The party was fun and it was great to hear from our new Executive Director, Kory Kozloski. You may remember him from the office on Washington Ave in 2006, when we elected John Lehman to the State Senate and we first elected Cory Mason to the Assembly.
We have sent out about 23 notices in the past 3 months, talking about fundraisers, forwarding notices from the State Party Chair, and inviting people to meetings and events.
SPRING ELECTIONS ARE SOON. The Primary Election is February 16th.
There are primary elections in the city of Racine in the 2nd Aldermanic and in the 6th Aldermanic districts. There are also Primary elections in 2 of the new RUSD School Board districts, in Districts 6 and 7. There are also primaries in Mt Pleasant for Village Trustee.
Another important primary is for Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Joe Daniel and Joanne Kloppenburg are running, along with Walker-appointed Rebecca Bradley.
We will be hearing from most of the primary candidates at our meeting on Feb 1.
Join us and learn which Democratic Party members are running for office.
Please note that the Primary is Feb 16th and the General election is April 5.
BUT the Presidential Primary for Wisconsin is April 5. Yes, the Presidential primary is the same date as the General election for other offices. That means it will be very busy at the polling places. With photo ID in place, it might be a good idea to get to your municipal office and cast your ballot early. You can do that starting Feb 1 for the primary.
New DPRC Board Elected
From the Chair - October 2015
At the Democratic Party of Racine County meeting in October, we held nominations for board positions for the 2015-16 cycle. This week, we had elections for these offices and the following people were elected:
Chair - Meg Andrietsch
1st Vice Chair - Randy Bryce
2nd Vice Chair - Beth Pramme
3rd Vice Chair - Sam Peete
Secretary - Heather Geyer
Treasurer - Joe Cushing
Sgt at Arms - Pat McManaway
Sgt at Arms - Stacy Steinike
Trustee - Jim Poplawski
Trustee - John Scott
Trustee - Jean Smith
Members at Large:
Linda Boyle, Ethel Gates, Tammy Hayward, Lynn Holtdorf, Cara Kinzelman, Julie Krautkramer, Mary Land, Kathy Laru, Melissa Lemke, Pat Meier, Andy Mitchell, Sue Spicer, Mary Totero and Don Trottier
I am proud to be the Chair of the Democratic Party of Racine County and am looking forward to the 2016 elections. We start in December of this year, when candidates take out and circulate nomination papers for non-partisan races. Non-partisan means the candidates do not have to declare themselves as a Democrat (or some other party affiliation).
We expect to have Democratic Party members running for these non-partisan seats and we will help them work to get elected.
I will write more about the elections when we get closer, but for now know that it will be a busy year and we will need everyone's help. We need to elect good Democrats to all levels in order to turn the state of Wisconsin back to the progressive state it once was.
So make sure you renew your membership, tell you friends to join the party and let us know that you want to help our candidates win elections.
2016 will be an important year. Please join in.
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