Waukesha County Democratic Party
Dec. 19 Regular Meeting Is Holiday Pot-Luck
The December meeting of the Waukesha County Democrats will be the annual pot-luck dinner. No invitation is necessary. The meeting is open to everyone. Bring a main dish, desert or beverage. This year party officers for 2014 will also be elected at the meeting. The meeting takes place on the third Thursday—Dec. 19—at 7 p.m. at the Waukesha Labor Temple, 1726 S. West Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.
OconoDem Meeting To Feature State Candidates
As usual, the Oconomowoc Democrats second Saturday of the month meeting this Dec. 14 will be jam-packed with informative and timely speakers. Jon Richards, candidate for state Attorney General, Jessie Read, candidate for Assembly Dist. 21, and state Sen. John Lehman, candidate for Lt. Governor will be featured speakers. There will also be a speaker on social media. The Oconomowoc Democrats meet on the second Saturday of the month, usually at the Oconomowoc Library, starting at 10 a.m.
Dems Get Social Studies Lesson at Nov. Meeting
The Waukesha County Democrats received a lesson in social studies from the Washington County Democrats at the November meeting. Tanya Lohr, new Washington County chair, gave a power point presentation on some of the things she has been doing to revitalize Democrats in West Bend and surrounding areas. Lohr was a candidate for state Senator against Glenn Grothman in the highly Republican district in 2012.
Among the things that the party has been doing in Washington County are: local food drives, sending letters to veterans, participating in meet-and-greets, handing out Halloween candy, a book club, activities for children at Dem headquarters, creating buttons saying “Democrats Care.” The party also joined the local Chamber of Commerce, which Lohr said was the “best two-hundred and ten dollars we spent.”
Lohr said that the, in some cases, non-partisan activities have gained acceptance for the party in the community. And she noted that membership in the party has tripled. Lohr is a social studies teacher at West Bend high school. She said that she always voted but wasn’t active in politics until Scott Walker “dropped the bomb” of taking away the teachers unions in 2011.
In other business, Bill Hotz reported on the highly successful Nelson-Proxmire Dinner. He said we had reached a high point and now need to work on maintaining that level. Jessie Read talked said the Sussex Sun had an article about her candidacy for Assembly Dist. 21. Marga Krumins talked about a reception for Kathleen Vinehout on December 5.
Dr. Hari Trivedi spoke to the group about his possibly running for Governor. Trivedi ran in 2010 as an Independent candidate. This time he is thinking of running as a Democrat. Trivedi said he has been asked by many people to run again in 2014.
Chair Pas read two letters to Ramona Kitzinger congratulating her on her lifetime achievement award at the Nelson-Proxmire Dinner. One was from Sen. Tammy Baldwin and the other from state Sen. Chris Larson.
West Allis Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan Jr. attended the meeting. He said that people need to work together more and reach across borders.
N-P Dinner: Stars Shine In Waukesha County
Waukesha County Democrats reached a new high at the annual Nelson-Proxmire dinner at the Marriott-West in November. Beside the gala gathering of the local membership and special awards, the event featured a stellar line-up of candidates and speakers, including Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.With WCD Chair Dick Pas and Membership Committee Bill Hotz taking care of the M.C. duties, the evening’s program began with the county party’s annual honors. This year a special life-time achievement award went to Ramona Kitzinger, long-time party vice-chair and active volunteer. Besides being on the executive board, Ramona serves on the county Board of Canvass and often volunteers at area food pantries. Also receiving an award was O.F.A. worker Scott Trindl. Trindl received this year's Waukesha County Democrats “Democrat of the Year” award.
Then the speakers began, starting with Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Mike Tate. Following Tate, Tom Nelson, Outagamie County Executive, spoke. Nelson was Tom Barrett’s Lt. Gov. candidate in the regular Gubernatorial election in 2010. Then came two Democratic candidates running in the 1st C.D.—Amar Kaleka, son of slain Sikh temple minister, and Rob Zerban, Kenosha businessman and hard-running opponent of Paul Ryan in 2012.Then two Democratic candidates for state Attorney General—Jon Richards, Dist. 19 Rep. and Waukesha favorite son of local activist Iva Richards, and Ismael Ozanne, current Dane County District Attorney.Despite the program running well beyond expected time, everyone stayed for the final two candidates. First state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout from Buffalo County, one of the "Fab Fourteen." And, last but not least, popular Madison businesswoman and gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Who is tied in the most recent poll against Scott Walker. Guests had four entree choices along with desert. Among the guests were a table representing the Waukesha County Labor Council and a table representing Milwaukee County Democratic Party.
State Dem Convention Rocks Waukesha County
Democrats showed they were a force to reckon with as they staged their 2013 state convention behind enemy lines in Waukesha County in early June. The convention which took place on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, June 7 and 8, in Oconomowoc featured many names among state luminaries, such as Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Ron Kind, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Marc Pocan and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Sen. Russ Feingold. The keynote speaker, all the way from San Antonio TX, was rising star San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. The speakers talked about technological barriers shrinking the distance between people, at least in the “inclusive” Democratic party.
The convention started with the Unity Fair and state caucuses on Friday which were well-attended and busy. The Waukesha County Democrats had a Unity Fair table and sold T-shirts, buttons and distributed literature on what has been accomplished in recent years. Many people attended from northern counties and other areas around the state.
Speakers began in the convention hall around 6 p.m. on Friday. Following the speakers, hospitalities opened up, with a band in the downstairs lounge and Feingold’s famous Sloppy Joes in a dining area. On Saturday the convention reconvened with work on the party platform, resolutions and election of the state executive board. Current state Chair Mike Tate was reelected. Former Waukesha County chair Jeff Christensen was elected as 2nd Vice Chair.
The lively convention took place at the Olympia Resort and Conference Center just off Highway 67 on the south side of Oconomowoc. WCD Chair Dick Pas, of Oconomowoc, made the opening remarks. WCD Vice-Chair Ramona Kitzinger gave the pledge of allegiance. The color guard was from St. Johns Military Academy.
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