TIME FOR ACTION: Vote, Volunteer, Contribute

clintonThe first Presidential debate wrapped up last night with a decided victory going to Hillary Clinton. For many of us, despite the initial euphoria, unease crept in with the thought that Donald Trump may be down but not out. The prospect of him even POSSIBLY becoming President is terribly unsettling. It is our job to stop him.

In Wisconsin we have been to this rodeo. Small mindedness, greed, and corruption have become the hallmarks of a conservative dominated government that had once had a proud tradition of clean politics and social progress. We have seen tolerance, prosperity, and environmental protection stifled. We have witnessed, first hand, how out of state wealthy donors intrude into our local elections on all levels of government. With the wealthy donors has come the well-documented (Guardian Magazine) corruption of our governor, state legislators, and Supreme Court.

This sad state of affairs is playing itself daily. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being funneled from out of state donors into our elections. Misleading television and radio ads play against our candidates every day.

Because this election depends so much on everyone’s participation, this Newsletter is devoted to encouraging the membership of the Marathon County Democratic Party to act. Basic information about how to get in touch with the candidate
Campaigns as well as other options for participation are available to the membership.



If you have not already voted most of you can right now. If you do not know where to vote or if you are not registered to vote or if you need a ride to the polling station call the Marathon County Democratic Party at 715-298-4109.


Yard Signs, Bumper Stickers and Buttons are available at the Marathon County Democratic Party Headquarters for a small donation. The best pick up time is Monday thru Thursday from noon to 4:00.


Mary Hoeft for Congress
745 Burr Oak Pl
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Mandy Wright for 85th Assembly
216 Ewing Street
Wausau, WI 54403

Stencil for Assembly
119 Sunrise Drive,
Wausau, WI

Friends of Van Stippen
P.O. Box 453
Antigo, WI

October 2016 Pasta Feed


DATE: Sunday, October 23, 20016
TIME: 4:00 TO 6:00

The Marathon County will combine a Membership Meeting with a Pasta Feed. Phil Salamone and Andy Benedetto will be providing the main course for this southern Italy, peasant style dinner. This is the most recent metamorphosis of the chili feed. This year there will be no silent auction or competition. Just come and share in the camaraderie of fellow Democrats as we pump ourselves up to go into the last weeks of the fall campaign.


Donations will be welcome.

October 2016 Events

Sunday, October 2—Mary Hoeft fundraiser, 1016 West Blodgett, Marshfield, WI 4:00 to 6:00 RSVP jkcamp3@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 4— Citizen Action of Wisconsin has joined with Wisconsin 9 to 5 to draw attention to the need for family leave legislation. This is a round table discussion of the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Insurance to be presented in the next legislation session. 10:30 AM (Location to be determined

Tuesday, October 4—Drinking Liberally at MaLarkey’s 408 N. Third St. Wausau, 5:30-7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 4—Vice President Debate, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 5—Russ Feingold Event at The Peking, 221 Scott St., Wausau (TBD)

Thursday, October 6—Women for Women, Marathon County Democratic Office, 833 S. Third Ave., Wausau. 6:00 PM. Meet the Democratic candidates and learn about the new voter laws.

Saturday, October 8—Mary Hoeft Event at the Marathon City Sports Center, 1200 State Highway 107, Marathon. 12:00-1:30 PM.

Sunday, October 9—2nd Presidential debate, 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 13—AAUW presents Chris Clarke-Epstein. “Civic Engagement in an Age of Political Cynicism” 5/5:30 PM, UWMC Terrace Room. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 23—Pasta Feed, The Loading Zone, 2704 E. Hamilton St., Wausau (Replaces the October membership meeting) 4:00-6:00 PM

Thursday, October 27—Wausau United to Amend presents the Documentary, “Killing Us Softly” by Jeanne Kilbourne. How does the media define our society, how does it portray women and men’s roles, and how does it affect our political views. Universalist Unitarian Church, 504 Grant St., Wausau. 6:30-7:30 PM (Free and open to the public).

Notes from the Chair: September 2016

AndyBenedettoThe primary season is over. But before we move on I think we must first pause and thank the people who ran in the Democratic primaries and did not win. Both Joel Lewis (Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional District seat) and John Small (Democratic candidate for the 86th Assembly seat) ran spirited campaigns. We must thank them for putting themselves in the public arena and for making their opponents better candidates for the general election.

We now have our full slate of candidates and it is hard not to feel optimistic about success in November. At the top of the ticket we have Hillary Clinton, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable candidates ever running for President and the bright, courageous and tested, Russ Feingold, looking to retake his Senate seat. Both are polling well in the state. And although we know polls can change quickly the early leads heighten hopes for gains down ballot.

The 7th Congressional District Democratic candidate is Mary Hoeft. She has notable strengths. She has a substantial resume, knows the issues, has strong public speaking skills, and has a tenacious attitude. While her opponent has taken more money from Wall Street than he can ever spend in an election and is an ardent support of Donald Trump, Mary will take every opportunity to speak powerfully for Main Street.

The 85th and 86th Wisconsin State Assembly Democratic candidates are, respectively, Mandy Wright and Nancy Stencil. They have both been non-stop, hard-at-it for months. Both have a cadre of committed volunteers at the core of their campaign. Mandy looks to reclaim her assembly seat and Nancy is going to take a run at unseating an incumbent Republican.

At the Marathon County government level we have four candidates seeking office. First there are three candidates running for the first time: Theresa Wetzsteon for District Attorney; Connie Beyersdorf for Treasurer; and Jeff Johnson for Register of Deeds. The fourth candidate is Nan Kottke who is the incumbent County Clerk and familiar name on the ballot.

These are all great candidates who are deserving of your time, energy, and money. We have a great opportunity to perform well in this election but nothing is assured. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our office and we will find a place to put your talents to work.

Democratic Coordinated Campaign New Office

The Democratic Party has been operating the Coordinated Campaign from the Marathon County Democratic Office on 3rd Avenue for the past few months. They have now moved the office to a new location on a more visible street.

The new address is:
330 Grand Ave
Wausau, 54403

The easiest way to contact the office is by calling 971-330-6574 and asking for Colin.  Most of the staging for Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold’s campaigns will take place at this location. Mandy Wright and Nancy Stencil will be primarily located at the Marathon County Democratic Office at 833 S. 3rd Ave in Wausau.