March and April, 2018 Newsletter

   Gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn will be at the Shawano Civic Center on Wed., March 21.  He will be speaking at the Shawano Dem’s 7:00 pm meeting.  Flynn is an attorney who was a former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Come and hear Flynn’s views on jobs, health care, clean water, education, roads and political reform.

In addition to local elections, there will be a state wide judicial race and a ballot initiative.
Rebecca Dallet is running for Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  She has 10 years of judicial experience and is concerned about the use of outside special interest money in the election.  She believes that courts should stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves, that the right to public education is a core value, and that unions are important in today’s workplace.

The April 3 ballot will also include an amendment to eliminate the office of the Wisconsin State Treasurer from the Wisconsin constitution.  This office has been an elective office which has functioned as the watchdog of the people’s money.  If approved it would transfer duties to personnel appointed by, and/or overseen by the governor’s office.  Vote NO so Wisconsin doesn’t become the only state without a fiscal watchdog,

Citizen’s Action of Wisconsin is a non-profit organization which works to bring about progressive initiatives. Earlier this year the Northeast Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative was formed.  It is a member-owned coalition of individuals committed to empowering actions in the public sphere to achieve social, economic and environmental justice.

As an organizing cooperative it directs the desires of its members. It pledges to protect Medicare, Medicaid and affordable health coverage, to fight the opioid epidemic, and to make Northeast Wisconsin a more progressive place.  Those wishing to be a part of the group can join on-line at
Jolie Lizotte has been hired as the cooperative’s professional organizer.  She will be at the April 18 meeting of the Shawano Dems which will be held at the Shawano Civic Center at 7:00 pm.  Come and voice your concerns.


March 21:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker: Matt Flynn, candidate for governor.  Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments.

April 3:  Be sure and vote!

April 4:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Open to all DPSC members.

April 12:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.

April 18:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 at the Civic Center. Speaker: Professional Organizer Jolie Lizotte.

Chair’s Comments

In this election year, we need to come together and support the efforts to change the direction of our state. Membership in the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will also entitle you to be a member of the Democratic Party of Shawano County.  Membership, which can be secured at, starts at $10 a year.

State party membership also allows you to attend conventions.  On Sunday, April 22 the 8th Congressional District will have its convention at the Menominee Casino Resort beginning at 9;00 am.  The pre-registration cost is $35 which will be reimbursed.

The Wisconsin State Convention will be held at the Best Western Convention Center in Oshkosh on June 1-2.  The reimbursable pre-registration cost is $25.

If you wish to be a delegate to either or both of these conventions, please contact Dan Weidner at the phone/text number below.

Please fill out and return the survey that is either attached or will be emailed to you.  We need your help.

Jan Koch, Chair   715-526-2955; 715-296-6726
Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair  715-250-1212
William Switalla, 2nd Vice Chair  715-253-2052

Shawano Dems Newsletter for Oct., Nov. and Dec., 2017


The race for governor is becoming more competitive.  Thus far seven candidates have announced their bid with the possibility of others joining them.  Democratic candidates making appearances thus far in Shawano County include Mike McCabe, Andy Gronik and Kathleen Vinehout.

Candidate Bob Harlow will be at the October 18th Shawano Dems’ meeting.  His professional work has used his knowledge of physics to write computer software.  If elected governor, he says he would bring innovation to the governor’s office.  He has an 8 point plan for Wisconsin.  Some of it involves attracting better paying jobs, improving internet accessibility and building roadways to last.  Harlow will be speaking at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.

More candidates will be invited to future meetings.

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   The race for a Democratic governor is on.  In the next month, three of the candidates will be visiting Shawano County. 
   On Monday, September 18, Mike McCabe will be at the Civic Center in Shawano from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The Exploring Now Book Club has invited him to come to discuss his book, Blue Jeans in High Places, The Coming Makeover of American Politics.  Even if you haven’t read his book, you are invited to witness the discussion of the progressive ideas that are presented in his book.
   On Wednesday, September 20, Andy Gronik will be speaking at the Civic Center at 7:00 pm ahead of the Shawano Dems’ meeting. Andy is a businessman who believes he has the ideas to make Wisconsin a global leader with good-paying jobs in science, technology, manufacturing, and agriculture.
   The third candidate, Senator Kathleen Vinehaut, is from Buffalo County.  Senator Vinehaut will be the keynote speaker at the Shawano Dems’ Fall Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, October 7, at the Shawano Lake Golf Course.  She has been traveling the state talking about her alternative budget which uses taxpayer money in a manner which is fair to all Wisconsinites.
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   At the next meeting of the Shawano Dems, local resident Ellen Ramlet will have a presentation which will reflect the research she has done for the Shawano Historical Society on the political history of Shawano and Shawano County.  The meeting will be on August 16th at the Shawano Civic Center at 7:00 pm. 
   Also speaking at the meeting will be Beau Liegeois, a candidate for the 8th Congressional District in the 2018 election.  Beau is a Assistant District Attorney in Green Bay.  He is also a reservist in the WI National Guard.
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July 19th Meeting

The next meeting of the Shawano Dems will be held at the Mohican Veterans Lodge at W12790 County Road A near Bowler.  Speakers include Nikki Javarek, a surrogate for the Tammy Baldwin campaign, and Angel Montes, Community Outreach Director for the Democratic Party of WI.  The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.   If you wish to car pool, call Jan at 715-526-2955 or email    We will be meeting at 6:05 pm and leaving from the Civic Center parking lot promptly at 6:10 pm.

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One Wisconsin Now is a progressive voice on many issues.  It’s Executive Director, Scot Ross, will speak at our June 21st meeting about the Voter ID law which is being challenged in the courts.  He will also give us some messaging training so that when we want to persuade others, we will be more effective in our conversations.  He will speak at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.
If you want to participate in one action every week, the internet site is:

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Mike McCabe will be speaking at two events in Shawano County on Wednesday, March 17th.  His first stop will be at the Historic Depot in Eland where a pot luck will be held at 5:00 pm.  He will speak at 5:30pm and then travel to the Shawano Civic Center where he will speak at 7:15 pm.  The public in invited to attend.

McCabe is the founder of a nonpartisan group, Blue Jean Nation.  He is the author of the book Blue Jeans in High Places:  The Coming Makeover of American Politics.  Blue Jean Nation works to promote the transformation of the democratic institutions that are failing America and reinvigorate our republic through community outreach, civic education, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy and social action.

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January/February 2017 Newsletter


January 18th:  Environmental concerns are abundant both locally and nationally.  We will be having Native American speakers address the following topics at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.)

  •    The Menominee Nation is concerned about the ground water issues that could affect Wisconsin if gold and other metals are allowed to be extracted in open pit and shaft mines.
  •    Many of the local Native Americans have visited Standing Rock in North Dakota and we will hear about their experiences.

Come and learn more about these topics.
February 15th:  The movie “Requiem for the American Dream” will be shown to the public at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Naom Chomsky, one of America’s most important thinkers, narrates the ten principles that have brought our county to its present state.  It traces the origins of our democracy and how it has evolved through history.
Following the showing there will be a discussion of the ideas in the film and their importance for future Democratic goals.

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Newsletter July, 2016 MEET THE ORGANIZERS

The state party has been hiring several new organizers who will help with the Nov. election. Becky Dickman is a field organizer for the Tom Nelson campaign.  Meg Sievert is an organizer for the northern part of the 8th Congressional District.  You will have an opportunity to meet them at the membership meeting on July 20.  They will be speaking at 7:00 pm. at the Civic Center.

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Shawano County Democrats Newsletter – May, 2016


Several people have declared their candidacy for the November election.

Tom Nelson is running for the 8th Congressional District’s open seat.  He is currently the County Executive for Outagamie County.
John Powers will seek to unseat Robert Cowles for the 2nd State Senate District.  John is a retired teacher who previously ran for the 6th District Assembly seat.
Dave Polashek would like to represent the 12th State Senate District which includes the Shawano County townships of Washington and Green Valley and the village of Cecil.  He is the past superintendent of the Oconto Falls School District.
William Switalla is wanting to defeat Gary Tauchen in the 6th Assembly District.  He is a businessman who is on the Shawano County Board and the president of the Village of Wittenburg.

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