UNITED STATES SENATE CANDIDATES
So far there are four candidates vying for the chance to defeat Ron Johnson in the November, 2022 election.
Sarah Godlewski will be speaking at our May 19th meeting. She is a small business woman and our State Treasurer. She is running to fix Ron Johnson’s mess and get Washington laser-focused on the kitchen table issues facing Wisconsin families. www.sarahforwisconsin.com.
Tom Nelson has been the Outagamie County Executive since 2011. He previously spent six years in the Wisconsin Assembly. He believes we need real leaders in Washington who will take COVID seriously. www.nelsonforwi.com
Alex Lasry is a businessman and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. He served in the Obama White House. Alex is running to bring a new way of thinking to Washington and deliver real results for Wisconsinites. www.alexlasry.com
Gillian Battino is a radiologist from Wausau. She spent more than 20 years in medicine and public service. She wants to use her empathy to build a brighter future for all of Wisconsin. www.battinoforsenate.us
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It seems like yesterday that we elected Joe Biden President and Kamala Harris Vice-President. Now it’s time to take our enthusiasm for change into 2021.
The only state election is for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. There are seven candidates who will be on the ballot in the February 16th primary. Two of them have been invited to come to our January 20th Zoom meeting which will be held at 6:00 pm since the candidates will be involved in a Forum from 6:30-8:00 pm. Shelia Briggs is presently the Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jill Underly is the Superintendent of Schools for the Pecatonica Area. Also reaching out for support from the Shawano Dems was Dr. Shandowlyon Hendricks who is an author and consultant in Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals for District 3 has three candidates. Antigo attorney Aaron Loudenslager and Wausau attorney Rick Cveykus have both wanted help from the party.
Website information about all the candidates can be found on our website.
Those living in the School District of Shawano have an opportunity to vote for Robin Raber Bergeron for the Shawano School Board in the at-large member position. Robin works as a clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor In her private practice in Shawano . She is active in her daughter’s school’s PTA and PTO.
Also, in the primary will be candidates for Shawano Alderperson for District One. Maureen (Muffy) Culhane and Daniel Poels will be on the ballot with two others. Muffy is a pharmacist at ThedaCare and board president for SAM25. She is also on the board for Red River Riders. Dan is an insurance agent for Humana with 12 years of experience in the Medicare industry. He has done volunteer work for Shawano Pathways and is a volunteer driver with SHHS to bring people to their doctor’s visits.
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THE FINAL STRETCH
The countdown is on for the November 3rd election. Voters are encouraged to vote by mail. You can check the status of your request by going to www.myvote.wi.gov. Ballots will be going out on September 17th. Return them as soon as possible.
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GET YOUR SIGNS
One way you can show your support for candidates is by putting a sign in your yard. We now have signs for Joe Biden and Congressional Candidate Amanda Stuck. We will be having an office but it won’t be open until August 13th. In the meantime, you can get signs at different locations throughout the county:
Shawano: Call/Text – Jan Koch 715-296-6726
(Note: Signs aren’t allowed in the City of Shawano until September 4th.)
Bonduel: Text – Dan Weidner 715-250-1212
Gresham: Call/Text – Dea Bisley 715-853-6424
Wittenberg: Call/Text – Bill Switalla 715–253-2052
Marion: Call – Dan Mantsch 715-326-1245
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TIME TO FIRE UP THE BASE
There are several opportunities in March to volunteer before the spring election. On Sat., March 14th a phone bank will be held at the Shawano Civic Center between noon and 3:00 pm. Bring your cell phone or use a burner phone if available. We need to find more volunteers to knock doors on March 21 and 28 and to “Get Out the Vote” on April 4th. Let us know if you can help in any way.
We want to have more progressive nonpartisan candidates running for office at the state and local level. Spreading the word to vote for Jill Karofsky for State Supreme Court Justice is important. If you are interested in putting up a sign, let us know.
SHAWANO DEMS’ MEETING
The 7:00 pm March 18th
meeting at the Shawano Civic Center will feature some of the candidates running
for county board. District 1 Dan Poels and Nancy Cramer; District 3 Milt
Marquardt and District 24 Bill Switalla have been invited to participate.
District 23 candidate Aaron Damrau can’t attend but has submitted his
opinions on various topics.
MONEY IN POLITICS
The March op-ed will be about
the influence of money in our politics. The passage of the Citizens
United Supreme Court ruling in 2010 opened the flood gates to Political Action
Committees (PACs) being able to spend as much money as they want to influence
voter’s minds. Unfortunately, representatives who accept PAC money are
beholden to their contributors instead of to the citizens they represent.
Due to the grassroots United to Amend movement, states and municipalities are
passing resolutions and referendums in support of a movement to get a
Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizen’s United. Residents of the
Town of Wescott have an opportunity to vote “YES” in a referendum on April 7th.
April’s op-ed will be about Medicaid. Wisconsin’s failure to
accept funding and the Trump administration’s cuts have affected families’
healthcare. Amanda Stuck, candidate for Congress, will be on the Breakfast
Club on April 9th to further discuss this topic.
DELEGATES FOR CONVENTIONS
This year the 6th and
the 8th Congressional Districts will have a joint convention in
Oshkosh on April 5th. If you wish to be a delegate, text Dan
Weidner at 715-250-1212.
Those interested in being a delegate to the National Convention
can start by submitting the form online at www.wisdems.org/convention by April 17th. Please
keep in mind submitting this form only makes you eligible to attend the county
level caucus which will be held on April 26th at the Shawano
Civic Center. Registration is from 1:00-2:00 pm.
Delegates selected from the county level caucus will go to the 8th
CD Caucus on May 17th. At the Congressional Caucus 6 delegates, 2 males
and 2 females will be chosen to represent the 8th Congressional District
Volunteers will also be needed at the Convention. Sign up
online at www.Milwaukee2020.com/volunteer.
March 12: Listen
to WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:00-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.
March 14: Phone
bank at Civic Center noon-3 :00pm.
March 18: 7:00
pm County Board Candidate Forum and Shawano Dems’ Meeting.
April 1: Executive
Committee Meeting 5 :30 pm, Shawano
Vote in Spring Election!
April 9: Listen
to Amanda Stuck on WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:00 am-9:00 am on 960 AM &
April 15: Shawano
Dems’ Meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center. Speaker to be announced.
What a difference a week can make from the narrowing of the
presidential race to the unfortunate spread of the coronavirus. It’s hard
to turn off the news with so much going on.
It is crucial that our vote is protected in the upcoming
elections. Attorney Steve Menard has volunteered to be our county liaison
in case there are problems at polling places. But we also need poll watchers.
If you are available on April 7th and November 3rd, your
help would be greatly appreciated. You can sign up at http://tiny.cc/WisDemsVoPro.
The spring election is a chance to get your feet wet so you are a pro by the
The Dems like to help out where we can. SAM25 will be
selling brats and hamburgers at Charlie’s Red Barn on April 23 and 24. If
you are able to help, please call Connie at 725 -851-7252.
PBS will be presenting a documentary on the rise and fall of Senator Joseph McCarthy on Monday, January 6th at 8:00 pm. The Wisconsin Republican’s anti-communist campaign made him one of the most powerful men in America in the 1950’s. And one of the most reviled. Researchers for the documentary used the archives of the Shawano Historical Museum. Unfortunately, McCarthy’s picture still sits above the jury box in the courtroom of the Shawano County Courthouse.
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We are honored to have the President of the College of Menominee Nation as our speaker at our next meeting on September 18th. Dr. Paul Trebian will be speaking about what is going on at the college and his goals. The meeting begins 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center. The business meeting will follow.
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AUGUST 21ST MEETING AT THE ELAND DEPOT
The Shawano Dems will have their August meeting in western Shawano County at the historic Train Depot in Eland. Beginning with a Pot Luck at 6:15 pm, the speakers and meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. Tony Gonzalez will tell about what has driven him to become an advocate for diversity, inclusion and assimilation for the Hispanic Community in the Wausau area. He has been actively involved in re-establishing a dialogue between the community and legislators. He will be accompanied by Jeffrey Todd, a Certified Medical Practice Executive who now volunteers in social justice mission work. Text or call Dan Weidner if you wish to carpool from the Shawano Civic Center leaving at 5:45 pm.
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JULY 17TH MEETING
Speaking at the next meeting is Muffy Culhane from SAM 25. She will be discussing their new facility and future fundraising events. The Shawano Dems are thankful for the efforts of this wonderful organization which helps those who are temporarily homeless. We plan to help however we can. The meeting will be held on July 17th at the Shawano Civic Center at 7:00 pm.
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KICK-OFF WITH TACOS
The Shawano Dems invite you to join them as they enjoy a taco meal
prior to their meeting on May 15th. The event will begin at 6:00 pm at the
Shawano Civic Center.
The May meeting will be held at 7:00. Speakers include Lee
Snodgrass, candidate for the 2nd vice chair of the Wisconsin
Democratic Party and Jake Fenzl, Regional Organizing Director for northeast
WI. Plan to attend this event which will kick-off the 2020 campaign
season. It’s time to reconnect with fellow Democrats.
PLAN TO ATTEND THE
Now that Milwaukee has been slated to host the 2020 National Democratic
Convention, the state convention will be even more exciting. Since
Wisconsin will be targeted as a swing state, it will be interesting to see how
many of the 21+ candidates will be there seeking votes.
Milwaukee’s Potawatomie Hotel & Casino will be the site of the
convention which will be held on June 1-2. You can pre-register at https://www.wisdems.org/events/2019-wisdems-state-convention.
You do not need to be a member of the Democratic Party to attend but membership
THIS MONTH’S TOPIC
Every month the Shawano County Democrats will be zeroing in on
certain topics. Our views are being put forth on two separate media
outlets. The Shawano Leader will be printing our op-ed on their editorial page
each month. Also, tune into the WTCH Breakfast Club on the second
Thursday of the month from 8:00-9:00 am on 960 AM.
May’s topic explains the meaning of the term democratic socialism
It is an attempt to thwart the idea that some of the Democratic
candidates and some members of Congress are putting forth ideas that smack of
socialism or even communism.
The conservative right likes to compare progressive programs like
the $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All and the Green New Deal as government run
programs that would make our country socialist. Nothing could be farther from
When there are problems with the status quo, the government in a
democracy is supposed to initiate programs that help its citizens. Capitalism
can still thrive. Businesses and the government can work together to make
the needed changes that benefit citizens. Many times, liberal ideas are
necessary to make necessary reforms.
May 9: Listen
to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 AM and 96.1
May 15: Taco
meal at 6:00 pm prior to the Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 at the Civic
Center. Speakers include Lee Snodgrass and Jake Fenzl.
June 5: Executive
Committee Meeting 6:00 pm
July 25: Summer
Oct. 5: Fall
As we get bombarded with politics in the media, we need to take a
step back and try to make sense of it all. What is the truth and what are
lies? If you don’t plan to read the whole Mueller report, you can read the
summaries that were written by the Mueller team. As the March 27th letter
to Attorney General William Barr from Special Council Robert Mueller indicates,
they should be made public..(https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/read-mueller-s-letter-attorney-general-william-barr-n1000601)
You can read the summaries at https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/politics/full-mueller-report-pdf/index.html.
For the summary of Volume 1, go to “Pages” and click on Page 12 (which is p.
4-10 of the whole report). For the summary of Volume 2, go to “Pages” and
click on Page 215 (p. 3-8 of the whole report).
It is bound to be a momentous presidential campaign season.
We need all hands on deck to make sure our country elects a president who will
make the presidency truly great again. You can help out by coming to our
events and joining the WI Democratic party.