Before you know it we will be involved in another campaign season. There will be primaries on February 16th for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the District 3 Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Even though these are nonpartisan positions, it is important that we have the right people elected.
At our January 20th Zoom meeting we will have two of the seven candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Go to their websites to learn about them and download their nomination papers. Each of them would like help in getting signatures. You can only sign one of the candidate’s nomination papers. Signing does not commit you to vote for them.
In the spring elections we will also elect local municipal representatives including school board members. If you are interested in running for office, you need to contact the Shawano County Clerk or go on-line and get nomination papers. Contact your school district’s main office for school board positions. Filing deadline is January 5th.
Let me know if you have any questions. There are excellent no-cost on-line trainings that you are welcome to attend.
Have a very Merry Christmas.
Jan Koch, Chair
Democratic Party of Shawano County
Socialism is a scare word.” When speaking about the GOP in 1952, President Harry Truman went on to say, “Socialism is their name for anything that helps all people.”
The theme of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAP) Convention held last March was “America Versus Socialism”. Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, told attendees: “It’s a very intended theme. Our view is it’s not capitalism versus socialism because socialism isn’t just about economics. Socialism, we believe, gets to the very core of violating the dignity of the individual human being that has God given rights.”
There is a possiblity that there will be a ballot recount. If it happens, it will start as early as Saturday, November 21st and run to December 3rd (we expect all counties to adjourn for Thanksgiving Day). The recount occurs simultaneously in 72 counties, so we need a lot of help to support this effort. We know if they count all the votes again, our win will be reaffirmed.
The Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign is offering several online training opportunities over the next few days to give interested folks an understanding of the commitment and how we can safely help observe the recount. You can sign up here to join.
After this first training, anyone who is still interested in helping will fill out an interest form to learn more about the next steps. While a recount may or may not happen, we won this election by a clear and decisive margin, and a recount will only reaffirm this victory. If you know of someone else who might be interested, please let them know. PPE masks, shields and hand sanitizer will be available and social distancing will be observed.
The next (virtual) Shawano Dems meeting will be on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. We will not have a speaker but we will be celebrating our victory, Everyone will have an opportunity to say what is on their mind with the election results and what lies ahead. We won’t have refreshments, but we can all have our beverage of choice at hand.
This will be our Annual Meeting so we will have the election of officers for January, 2021 through December, 2022. Here is the Zoom link. I will be sending out the Zoom link again next week
On this election eve the Democratic Party of Shawano County wishes to thank all of you who gave your support in this election. Whether you donated to our county party, local or the national Democratic candidates, or volunteered to make phone calls and/or did lit drops, we appreciate every effort.
If you are a poll watcher or are going to the polls tomorrow, keep your eyes open for anything that needs to be reported. Attorney Steve Menard is our contact for election security. Call him at 608-354-5592 if you see something he needs to know.
Remember to bring your sign wires to the office on Wednesday between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Join us for our next Zoom membership meeting on Nov. 18th at 7:00 pm where we will be celebrating the future.
To those of you new our email list and those of you who aren’t used to getting more frequent emails than would normally occur, remember that it is an important time to be informed. The next few months are quite unpredictable. It may be necessary to stand up to do what we can to protect our democracy. Please stick with us as navigate what lies ahead.
We have lots of free Biden signs left. Show your support in the last few days by picking up several signs to fill up your yard. We also have cardstock signs for those without a yard.
On Wednesday, November 4th we will be collecting your yard sign wires at the office. Please throw away the sign but leave the wires outside our office before 6:00 pm. If you can’t make it by 6, please store your wires until the next election.
All larger signs that we placed in your yard will be picked up sometime next week.