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!

June Events

June 15: General Meeting, Democratic Office. Speakers: Kurt Hase on “Authoritarian Types and Politics” and Matt Rothschild will be speaking on Gerrymandering and Redistricting.

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