May and June, 2020 Newsletter


In the spring election a record number of voters cast absentee ballots contributing to the election of Jill Karofsky for Supreme Court Justice.  To keep everyone safe in the November election, it is recommended that voters request absentee ballots.  You can do that easily by going to or by requesting a form and then mailing it back to your municipal clerk.  You will need to submit a photo of your Wisconsin driver license or ID card.  If you have questions or problems, contact the Voter Protection Hotline at 608-336-3232 .  Now is the best time to complete the request.


There are hundreds of Shawano County voters who may be purged from the voter roles in the next election unless we alert them.  This will involve looking them up on the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and finding their phone number so we can contact them.  If you would be willing to help in this effort, please let us know at


Richard Sarnwick has decided to run again for State Assembly in the 6th District. Tyler Ruprecht is the Democratic candidate in the 35th District, which includes the townships of Birnamwood, Almon, Hutchins and Aniwa, .  No Democratic candidates have stepped forward to run in the 36th District of which the townships of Washington and Green Valley are a part.
District 23 Shawano County Board Supervisor, Aaron Damrau has declared his candidacy for Shawano County District Attorney as an Independent.  You will be getting another email with nomination paper attachments.          Please help these candidates out by getting signatures on their nomination papers, filling out your information on the bottom of the pages and mailing them to the address on the form.  Every signature will be helpful.


There will be fewer opportunities to reach out to voters in the era of COVID-19.  Signs are a way for you to show your support for candidates.  Knowing how many signs to order is always helpful as well.  Please contact Jan Koch through email at or call (or text) 715-296-6726 to let her know what signs you would like: Biden? Stuck? Sarnwick? Ruprecht? Damrau?  You will need to provide your name, address and phone number.  Signs will be delivered throughout the county. If you have a prime location for a 2’x4’ sign, let us know.


Our May and June meetings will online using a program called Zoom.  The good thing about having meetings in this manner is that those with a computer or smart phone will be able to take part virtually. 
Mike McCabe, the Executive Director of Our Revolution, will be the guest speaker on May 20th.  Amanda Stuck, candidate for the 8th Congressional District, will be introducing herself on June 17th.  Both meetings will begin at 7:00 pm. 
You will be sent a link a few days before each meeting.  If you have never used Zoom, please click on the link to download it on your device when you receive it so you will be ready to Zoom at the beginning of the meeting. If you have any issues, please let us know.

DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION A virtual Democratic convention will be held on Friday, June 12th.  Delegates must fill out a Delegate Form at by May 15th.  Let us know that you have applied.  Anyone can watch the Democratic National Committee speeches as a guest.


May 14 and June 11:  Listen to WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:30-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.

May 20 and June 17:  7:00 pm Shawano Dems’ meetings on Zoom

Chair’s Comments
The pandemic has caused vast changes in how we do things.   Chances are slim that we will be having our fall fundraising dinner.  We will continue to have expenses for mailings, radio and newspaper ads and signs. Thus, if you have the means and want to help in our efforts for change, please donate.  Either mail a check made out to the Democratic Party of Shawano County to our treasurer, Bob Koch at W4769 Birchwood Dr., Shawano, WI  54166 or go to our website at  Click on “Contact Us” and scroll down until you see the DONATE button. Help of any kind is appreciated.

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