December Notes from the Chair

Thank you for electing me to be your new Chair of the Marathon County Dems!

The fall elections are over. We certainly did not get the outcomes that we worked hard for. Yes, it is discouraging. If you are like me, you are tired of losing. Keep in mind, the fight is far from over. It is easy to say Democrats are not good listeners and that we should have seen this coming. I prefer to think that far too many people would rather take words at face value and not do the research. Believing in the magic belongs in our holiday season, not our politics. We must remain committed to working on what we value: public education, good jobs, health care, equality for all, and our environment; to name a few.

Shortly after we were elected, Nancy Fisker (first chair), Kody Hart (second chair) and I met and talked about goal setting; we decided that going forward we will be inclusive and keep strong communication with our party members. We have exciting events in the works; so stay tuned!

We have many committees already in progress that you can join. We will get them listed and you can sign up if you choose. In the upcoming months, we hope to add more committees. We want your voice to be heard. We hope you will find your niche! Help make the Marathon Dems and Friends the strongest and best group out there.

Above all, please come; be engaged in the spirit of friendship and shared values!

Yours in the fight,

~Nancy Stencil

Get to Know: First Vice Chair Nancy Fisker

Hello Fellow Democrats. I am so pleased to be serving as your newly elected Marathon County Democratic Party 1st Vice Chairperson. Today I’d like to talk with you about the presidential election ballot recount here in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas reported the following on November 25th, 2016:

The Wisconsin Elections Commission received two recount petitions from the Jill Stein for President Campaign and from Rocky Roque De La Fuente. The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States, as requested by these candidates.

The state is working under a federal deadline of December 13 to complete the recount. As a result, county boards of canvassers may need to work evenings and weekends to meet the deadlines. “The recount process is very detail-oriented, and this deadline will certainly challenge some counties to finish on time,” Haas said. 

According to the Green Party campaign manager, Michael White there was a very large discrepancy between exit poll data and the reported vote tallies leading to a need for a recount. These discrepancies were by locale and by voting mechanism and so with the well documented reports of hacking attempts made on voting machines and software there is even more reason to pursue this recount.

It’s important for all of us to be clear on one thing. The only reason for this recount petition is to verify and validate that we have an open, free, and fair election process.

Recounting votes is an open, transparent process in which each of the candidates may have representatives present to raise objections, and where the public may be present to observe.

To participate in the recount please go to the on-line link: http://www.jill2016.com/recountwi?recruiter_id=2375372

Thank you,

Nancy Fisker

Get to Know: Second Vice Chair Kody Hart

November 9th, 2016 could have easily been the worst day of my life. The Democrats were defeated and years of progress were reversed. This, though, was not the worst day of my life. The worst day of my life was when I lost my Dad while moving my family out of our foreclosed home. I lost my Dad and my home in one month. That was also the month that I started my last year of college. In that final year, I received the best grades of my college career because I was motivated by my Dad who was so proud of me for being the first person in my immediate family to pursue a degree. This senseless tragedy in my life pushed me continue and make a better life for myself and the people around me. So when I woke up Wednesday morning I was not depressed; I was motivated. More motivated than I had ever been.

Things are bad right now. But we show our true selves when we are at our lowest point. My lowest point brought me motivation and I hope we as Democrats will do the same. We must show our true selves, we must be the party of the people. We must turn our anger and frustration into something that is entirely constructive. Our values and beliefs are winning ideas shared by most people, but we have to be better communicators. We have to win those tough upcoming elections, we have to educate and have critical conversations with those outside our social circles. And that is just the beginning. As always though, we must push forward.

I should probably introduce myself. My name is Kody Hart and I am the new 2nd Vice Chair. I am a millennial rural Democrat from Athens, Wisconsin. I work in marketing and have a B.A. in Mass Communications from UW- Eau Claire. If you haven’t already guessed, I am very motivated and very excited to get to work to grow our local party.

November Notes From the Chair

AndyBenedettoWe’re in the final stretch of what seems like a very long election cycle. With Election Day in sight, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

First, we have to finish strong. When you receive this Newsletter, there will be very little time left in the campaigns, but it is a crucial time, so dedicate yourself to reenergizing, recommitting, and finishing the job.

Second, there are plenty of activities and events in the days ahead. Some of these are campaign-related, but there are two that I want to highlight that are Marathon County Democratic Party-related. There will be an Election Night Watch Party on November 8th at Sconnie’s starting at 7. The large Northwest room is reserved for us. Please show up to have some fun.

The other event is our November Membership Meeting on the 17th. This is an important one as we will be nominating and electing our leaders for the next two years.

Finally, it’s worth keeping in mind that elections are just a pause in the political process. Regardless of outcome, the same things that we were organizing and working for before the election need to continue to be fought for after the election. Nothing is ever settled—not civil rights, not peace, not women’s rights, not environmental justice, not racial justice—everything must be committed toover and over, generation to generation. This is our continued fight.

November Events

Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4, & 7 Women 4 Women Phone Bank @5:00 Chris Bremer’s Office

Nov. 3 @ 7:00 Mary Hoeft/Sean Duffy Debate @NTC

Nov. 4 Last Day to Vote Early!

Nov. 8 Election Day! 7:00AM-8:00PM

Nov. 8 @ 7:00 Election Watch Party at Sconnie’s

Nov. 17 @ 6:00 Membership Meeting Marathon Co. Dem. Office