If you haven’t voted yet, please take these announcements into consideration. 

Tony Lee had just announced that he is a write-in candidate for State Senate District 2.  If he receives 1700 write-in votes, he will be on the ballot in the November election against Rob Cowles.  You can learn more about him by going to his Facebook page at “Tony Lee for State Senate” and looking for “My Story”.
Simon Moesch has announced that he is suspending his campaign for the 6th District Assembly seat.  He has decided to pursue a master’s degree in public administration at this time.  We wish him well in his studies and hope that he will bring his progressive views back to Shawano County.
On another note, the demand for Biden signs has been great.  The Shawano County Dems have ordered 275 signs to tide us over until a vice president is announced and signs reflecting that are available.  The signs on order should be arriving any day and an email will go out stating where they can be picked up.  

Candidates Attend Shawano Dems July Meeting

Shawano County Dems virtual July 2020 monthly meeting.

Several area candidates attended the Shawano Dems July monthly membership meeting last night. The candidates were invited to the virtual meeting to speak about why they are running for their particular office and what their positions on various issues are if they are elected.

The first speaker was Ed Vocke. Vocke comes from a small business in the Minocqua area and is running for the State Senate seat in District 12.  He says he decided to run because he was tired of what Tom Tiffany was doing. He outlined four main concerns he has that he feels are important that affect the citizens of Northern Wisconsin:

  1. Clean Water and mining.
  2. Broadband Internet in rural areas
  3. Untie Healthcare from employment
  4. Nonpartisan redistricting

Our second speaker was Simon Moesch. Simon is 22 years old and decided to run to forward the voices of the younger generation in District 6 of the State Assembly.  Important issues to him include:

  1. Increase the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour
  2. Increase school funding
  3. Curriculum Reform in our schools
  4. Increase resources to our Veterans

The night’s last speaker was Richard Sarnwick. Sarnwick was a Medical Physician in our area and is also running for State Assembly District 6. He says he is running because: “He believes in having a Progressive Wisconsin again”. He believes Walker and the Republicans destroyed the Teachers Unions as well as other State Unions, had the Foxconn deal and refused the money for the high-speed rail system. Sarnwick’s concerns include:

  1. Healthcare – He would like to expand BadgerCare
  2. Rural High-Speed Internet, full coverage at an affordable price.

 Since he retired in January he says he can dedicate full-time to the position.

Note: The meeting opened up with the introduction of Aiden Johnson, Regional Communications Associate who spoke to the group about his duties and some of the plans for the future.


Protest March for Racial Justice

If you didn’t have a chance to march with the 350 activists in the Shawano rally this week, here is a chance for you to show your convictions.  On June 7th a march starts at Leicht Memorial Park in Green Bay with sign making and opening remarks from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The march will last until 2:00 pm.  Wear black and bring your mask. Continue reading

Vote in the Primary

It is important to make your choice for Supreme Court Justice in the Spring Primary on February 18.  Progressives Jill Karofshy and Ed Fallone are on the ballot along with conservative Justice Daniel Kelly. The two candidates with the most votes will be on the April 7th ballot.

February 19th Meeting

There will be two speakers at the 7:00 pm meeting at the Shawano Center.  Carlene Bechen, Fair Maps Organizer for Wisconsin Voices will be joined by Dee Sweet who is the First Nation Organizer for the League of Wisconsin Conservation Voters.  Carlene will talk about her group’s efforts to get county boards to pass resolutions supporting Fair Maps legislation.  Dee is a part of a group the engages voters to protect Wisconsin’s environment.  She will be talking about strategies for getting an accurate 2020 census.

February Op-Ed on Voting Rights – The following op-ed appeared in the Shawano Leader.



The State Supreme Court election will have an impact on generations to come.  Important issues will be decided by who we elect for the next 10 year term. With the census quickly approaching, we need someone who cares about the integrity of our democracy.

We need a fair and impartial judge.  

  • Jill Karofsky is an energetic former state and local prosecutor who says she has the experience and values to get our Supreme Court back on track. 
  • Ed Fallone says he has the independence, fairness and integrity to be a justice.  He has taught future Supreme Court judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.
  • Judge Kelly was put on the court by Scott Walker.  He consistently makes legal decisions not based on the rule of law but based on what his right wing special interest backers want.

Contact your municipal clerk to vote early or get an absentee ballot.


7:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center

Our speaker will be Carlene Bechen who is the Fair Maps Organizer for Wisconsin Voices.  She hopes to bring along a colleague of hers who is involved the census.


Wed., January 29th
6:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center

The most effective way to communicate with fellow voters is to speak with them face-to-face.  Knocking on a stranger’s door may take courage but it can be easier (and even fun!) when you have had some training and some practice.

Nick Morgan will be giving some pointers that will help you to feel more comfortable as you canvas.  You will meet others who can canvas with you.

The 2020 elections will require lots of “boots on the ground” for Democrats to be successful. If you have felt a little shy about canvassing but have wanted to do your part to elect progressives, now is the time to get involved.

The first Day of Action is February 8th (60 days from the April 7 spring election).  If you can’t make it at that time, there will be other opportunities to talk to voters.

Please come and bring a friend! 
Refreshments will be available.

Join us for these events on January 15th

Nick Morgan will kick off the campaign season by sharing winning strategies.
6:00 PM
Shawano Civic Center
(225 S. Main St.)
Fire up for 2020 with some refreshments.

Dems’ Meeting
7:00 pm
Speaker:  Heidi Russell,
Director of Aging at Shawano County Human Services

The following was submitted to the Shawano Leader.

 “It’s the economy, stupid.” This now infamous phrase has been used to point out how a country is doing financially.  Saying that “the economy” in the United States is booming is ignoring what is really going on.

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Fair Maps for Wisconsin

Amanda Stuck, candidate for the 8th Congressional District, will be speaking on the Fair Maps legislation.

October 16th
7:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center
Shawano Dems’ Meeting to follow.

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This month’s op-ed on guns was sent in to the Shawano Leader.


   What’s worth more?  Guns or our children?

   At the beginning of this school year, students had a new kind of drill.  They had to pretend that an active shooter was in the building.  Students should not have to go through the trauma of worrying about the possibility that someone could come into their classroom and try and kill them.

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Wednesday, August 21st
6:15 pm Pot Luck meal
7:00 pm Meeting
At the Historic Eland Depot

   Guest Tony Gonzalez has an interpreting business “E.A.G. INTERPRETERS” in Wausau.  He will be speaking about his experiences in bringing awareness to the needs of the Hispanic community.  He has attended various seminars around the country to get a better grip of the human effect, beyond the economic impact of immigration to our country.  He realizes that in our current political environment there needs to be bi-partisan solutions.  All of the people of America need to listen to each other.

    Accompanying Tony is Pastor Jeffrey Todd who has worked in the medical field and currently volunteers in social justice mission work.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling/psychology/administration-organizational behavior.

Text or call Dan Weidner at 715-250-1212 to car pool from the Shawano Civic Center.


(not Struck as in the newsletter)

Friday, August 23rd
5:00-6:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center
(225 S. Main St.)

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