May Letter from the Chair

Is spring here now to stay? After last weekend, everyone is eager to get out and enjoy the weather. Democrats know how to stay on top of things and I was happy to see the spring house cleaning we accomplished on the local level! It’s great to see so many new faces who are eager to make our community a more inclusive place to live, work and raise our families. 2018 is going to be the year! We got here with a lot of hard work. Never before have the Marathon Dems been so inclusive with our candidates. It started with something as simple as stuffing bags with everyone’s literature. When we went out, we not only had our candidate’s literature, we had the school board, the county board, city council, and state supreme court. As you can see, it paid off! Rebecca Dallet won in even the most conservative areas. We have much to do going into fall and it is going to take all of us, please volunteer. You don’t need to make a huge investment of your time, even two hours of one day, choosing something you are good at helps immensely. Join us to ride the Blue Wave!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in May. We will be holding both the monthly meeting on May 17. Our May monthly meeting has a VERY special surprise guest with news that you are not going to want to miss! It has been so hard keeping this a secret!
We have rescheduled the Spring into Action Banquet for Sunday, May 20. Watch your inbox as details unfold. We are hoping that everyone will still be able to join us. There will be a special room adjoining our dining area for our candidate meet and greet. This is your chance to talk with the candidates of your choice one on one, grab some literature, sign nomination forms, and express concerns. We will have speakers that will update you on important issues! Don’t forget to buy raffle tickets! We have some amazing prizes! If you haven’t signed up for the banquet, here is your chance:

April Letter from the Chair

By the time you read this, our spring elections will be over. I am currently sitting in anticipation of how the election will turn out. Never before have the Marathon County Dems been so involved in the spring races. We held the $18 for 2018 and you had the opportunity to meet and listen to the candidates. Many of you stepped up to help candidates do doors. There were several “Candidate Coffees,” giving our candidates the chance to let us know how things were going and what they needed. F.A.W.N. (Forward Action Women’s Network) also made calls to re-register voters who had fallen off. This is how we win elections and these experiences will carry us into the fall elections as well! Many of you continue to stay on top of the issues and show up with your voices where it’s needed. The Marathon County Dems and Friends have packed City Hall a number of times on the Thomas Street project. You have shown your face twice on mining meetings that have lasted many hours, stepping up to that microphone and telling your story. You have marched along with tens of thousands of people in the March for Our Lives. You have rallied with Citizen Action on Health Care and packed the Rib Mountain Town Hall; telling them to take the big money out of politics. Several of you have taken on the challenge of being poll workers and a few of you have expressed interest in writing referendums. Win or lose come Tuesday, ALL of our candidates have done an outstanding job! I won’t name all of you for fear of forgetting someone; however, to top it off, we have nine women competing for eleven open seats on the county board. We have 6 women running for City Council and four women running for school board. Marathon County Dems and Friends, I could not be more proud of how many candidates we have running! Win or lose, we are here to stay! ~Nancy

March Letter from the Chair

Never before have we seen so many ordinary citizens standing up for issues we believe in. I love Grass Roots Democracy! It is that radical resistance of seeking the unattainable.
Over the years our government seems to have lost the true meaning of the word Democracy. Its people became complacent and Democracy fell asleep. It grew a single minded focus.
Since November resistance has come calling. Marches and daily actions have become the focus. There has been an awakening to be persistent in holding our elected officials accountable.
We must continue to push back. When they try to take our right to vote away, we push back with automatic voter registration. When they have cut school funding, we have passed referendums to show how important our local schools are to us. The list goes on and we are gaining ground. This gives me hope.
Public opposition is a very effective tool in making policy!

October Letter from the Chair

Wasn’t that a great Labor Day Parade!!! We are so thankful to the Soczka’s and their beautiful wagon. The Dems have really stood out in the parades this year because of it. Thank you everyone who came out and rode or walked. Now Fall is upon us with beautiful colors, the smell of autumn leaves and apples; and of course, football! As the cooler temperatures prevail, we hope that you will come out and join us for some more fun activities.
Our fall “Souperama” will be happening at the end of October; so, watch for details. We have some great speakers lined up, a silent auction and of course, you will have your chance to vote on the soup you liked best. Is there a craft that you are good at? Contact us if you have something you would like a donate with a starting bid.
We hope you will join us as we partner with NAOMI and Citizen Action to canvass Rib Mountain on the 14th of October. We will be promoting the Metro Ride. Rib Mountain has many businesses along with the DMV for voter registration that people cannot access without a car. To quote Kathy Zoern, who serves on the Metro board, “You are only one accident, one life changing event from needing the bus.” Again, watch for details.
We’ve never seen so many great candidates for Governor. We have already started having Meet and Greets and I hope you have had the chance to attend. We want you have an opportunity to meet them all and make your informed decision on who you feel will serve us best.
Our candidate committee has been seeking input for spring elections. Nomination papers will be out in a few short months. Do you know of someone who is thinking of running for County Board? Maybe you yourself are thinking about it, step forward, take that leap! The Dems will have your back and connect you to all the resources you need.
As always, there is no better time to be involved. Happy Fall!

September Letter From the Chair

There is so much happening on the national level that it just boggles the mind. Between the situation with North Korea; to the recent tragedy in Virginia, it leaves us feeling helpless. Look inward to where you can make a difference. Maybe you attended the candlelight vigil on the 400 Block on August 13th. Be involved.
Our local Dems and Friends have been out in our community this summer. We have had a strong presence and we are having fun doing it! Hopefully you had a chance to visit us at the fair. We had a beautifully decorated double booth this year. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Wonder Woman were all there for picture taking! Our booth was much nicer than the Republican booth that had an elephant wearing a Trump hat. Certainly, that qualifies for animal abuse! We had a hard-working team that created tri-fold issue boards. People noticed and people commented on how informative our booth was. What’s even better is that as new information becomes available, we can swap it out on our boards. These boards are designed to go anywhere we go!
Some special thanks go to Ka Lo for securing us a spot at the first annual Hmong Festival. Our Dems were there with a screen tent, complete with a sofa to sit down and talk about issues! Again, our issue boards were there!
Did you attend the UNITY Concert on the 400 Block August 4th? Many Dems and Friends helped to make this happen. We voiced our opinion that there is no place for racism, homophobia, or misogyny in our community. What better way to spent time with friends and promote peace and love!
Progressive Dems and Friends have been closely following the Thomas Street projects and have shown up voice their opinion against the expansion. This next phase from First Avenue to Grand will destroy more homes. This is tax revenue your city is losing. There are many dangers due to contaminated soil being stirred up from the old factories that were there. Finally, there is no plan of replacing the bridge. It will remain two lanes according to the DOT.
If you haven’t been involved this summer, there are plenty of up-coming events. Join us for the Labor Day Parade! We will have a float! The Dems along with Marathon County Central Labor Council, will have a booth set up on Labor History. This will include some of our message boards on student debt, unions, and Health care. Be involved. Hoping to see you there!

June Letter From the Chair

Spring is a time of renewal and our Executive Committee is working on our yearly fundraising. Two words come to mind for me; responsibility and opportunity. Thinking more concrete, we have the responsibility of paying the rent, phones, and internet in our office. On the other hand, our office provides us with so many opportunities to grow as a County Party. This last weekend we hosted the class of Emerge Wisconsin 2017. I look back when Mandy Wright and myself were in the class of 2012. I may be a little biased; but we had the best class! We turned out LaTonya Johnson, Tanya Lohr, Melissa Sargent, Mandy and myself to name a few.

Looking at responsibility and opportunity more abstract, as Democrats we have the shared responsibility of taking care of each other. Two weeks before the election I can remember hearing on the news how Republicans were washed up; their party was failing. Two weeks after the election I would hear how Democrats were done. Are you going to cower and listen to that? Are you going to stand tight lipped when the GOP tells you to shut up? It is our responsibility as Democrats to stand up to injustice, to fight for issues that help everyone, and to support and embrace diversity. It is our responsibility as Democrats to take that message and write it to your local newspapers, to call your elected officials and voice your opinion, let them know you are watching. Take that message to the streets as a means of educating others. Our county party office has been the sight of a flurry of activity such as calling elected officials to the sign making that surrounds the many issues we take on. We also need to staff our office!

As your County Party Chair, I want to make sure you have opportunities at every corner. We have a wonderful party full of new progressive people who are willing to take on challenges. They are energized, full of ideas, and will jump in at a moment’s notice. We also have our life long retired Democrats with a wealth of experience for us to draw from. Where we have been helps to give us that direction. Together we need to push the party back a little more to the left. Watch your emails for upcoming events. Enjoy the warmer weather and ….Stand up and be counted!