The Shawano Dems invite you to join them in a special night.  Prior to the May meeting, there will be a Mexican dinner (a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration) to be held at the Shawano Civic Center from 6:00-7:00 pm. The dinner which includes a chimichanga, rice, beans, salad, dessert and beverage is $10.  If you plan to attend, please call Jan Koch at 715-526-2955 or email her at

Those who will be present include the Candidate for the 8th Congressional District, Beau Liegeois, the Candidates for the 6th Assembly District, Richard Sarnwick and William Switalla, and the Candidate for the 36th Assembly District, Tim Comer.  They will each have an opportunity to speak.  Donations are appreciated.

Candidates need to have their nomination papers signed in order to be on the ballot.  Forms will be available for Senator Tammy Baldwin, Secretary of State Douglas LaFollette, Attorney General Candidate, John Kahl and Treasurer Candidate, Sarah Godlewski.  There will be nomination papers for eight of the candidates for governor as well.  They include Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Andy Gronik, Mike McCabe, Mahlon Mitchell, Kelda Roys, Kathleen Vinehout and Dana Wachs.

The Shawano Dems meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. Anyone wishing to stay for the meeting is welcome.


There are important elections coming up.  On August 14th Wisconsin will have a primary. This election will determine who the candidate will be for the 6th Assembly District and who will oppose Governor Walker in the General Election on November 6th.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is in the process of hiring a District Organizer for the upcoming elections in Shawano County.  Housing is needed for this person until the election in November.   If you can help, please let us know.

The Shawano Democratic Party is looking for an office space.  This would be a place for the District Organizer to work, for sign distribution and for phone banking up until Election Day.

Please let us know if you know of a reasonably priced location.


May 10:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.
May 16:  6:00 pm dinner and 7:00 pm Shawano Dems’ meeting at the Civic Center.  Speakers include Beau Liegeois, Richard Sarnwick, William Switalla and Tim Comer.

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

Future Events for your calendar:
June 27:  Changes:  Dems’ Meeting in Eland
July 26:  Picnic at Kuckuk Park
Oct. 6:  Fall Dinner at Shawano Lake Golf Course

Chair’s Comments

The Wisconsin State Democratic Convention will be held at the Best Western Convention Center in Oshkosh on June 1-2.  To be a delegate, you must notify us by May 11th.  The pre-registration cost is $25 before May 19th.   The cost at the door is $30.

Membership in the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will also entitle you to be a member of the Democratic Party of Shawano County.  Membership starts at $10 a year.  You can join at or by requesting a paper form.

The Democratic candidates need our help to get them elected.  May 19-20 will be a Weekend of Action.  Help will be needed to knock on doors and make phone calls. Volunteer today!  You only have a few more days to fill out our survey.

Go to

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 Meeting

April 18th
Shawano Civic Center
7:00 pm

Speaker:  Jolie Lizotte
Organizer for NE Wisconsin’s Citizen’s Action Cooperative
Learn about the progressive actions of this group.

April 14th Event

Join Citizen Action’s Northeast Organizing Cooperative as they gather together cooperative members and progressive folks from across the Northeast region to learn how they can collaborate on issues and electoral organizing! There will be a potluck from 11:30-12:30 followed by the General Assembly.

They have taken on issues of healthcare, fair maps and more! Join them as they announce a new organizer, a new steering committee and what they believe is a brand new Organizing Co-op for 2018!

RSVP here today!

WHEN: April 14, 2018 at 11:30am – 3:30pm

WHERE: Kaukauna Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 400 (2700 Northridge Dr Kaukauna, WI 54130)

11:30 – 12:30 Potluck/Networking Hour

12:30 Welcome from the NE Co-op Organizer, Jolie Lizotte

Appleton Raging Grannies Performance

Steering Committee Introductions

Campaign Presentations from Northeast Co-op Members

  • Fair Maps
  • Fox Valley Healthcare
  • End Child Poverty
  • Winnebago County Jail Expansion
  • Proposals of new campaigns

Fall Elections Discussion

20-30 min Regional Breakout Session

3:00 Report Backs from Breakouts/Conclusion

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

2017 Christmas Party!

Join us for our Christmas Party

Wed., Dec. 6th
7:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center

Bring a snack or dessert to share.

Our speaker will be Matt Rothchild from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.  He will be sharing what actions his group is doing to preseve our democracy.

Come and have some like-minded conversation with friends.

Mark Your Calendar

Wed., November 15th 

Shawano Dems 7:00 pm Meeting and Movie
“The Price of Sand”
Learn about what is going in Western Wisconsin with frac sand mining. Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.)

Mon., November 27th

7:00 pm movie at the Civic Center
Michael Moore’s – “Roger and Me” shows the economic impact of the closing of several General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan.

Wed., December 6th

Shawano Dems’ Pot Luck
Christmas Party
7:00 pm
Civic Center
Bring a holiday snack or treat to share.
Speaker:  Matt Rothchild from the Wisconsin Democrary Campaign

Shawano County Democrats Hold Annual Fund Raiser

Last Saturday, Shawano County Democrats gathered for a night of dining and getting together with hopeful political candidates at their Annual Fund Raiser at the Shawano Lake Golf Course.

After the meal, candidates were introduced by Shawano County Dem’s Chair Jan Koch to address the group. Each Candidate presented their positions on current issues explaining why each of them deserved our votes.  It was a very informative evening and allowed Local Democrats to meet and know their Candidates.

Beau Liegeois

Assistant Brown County District Attorney Beau Liegeois says he will run as a Democratic Candidate to try to unseat incumbent 8th Congressional District Congressman Mike Gallagher in the 2018 fall election.

Jan Koch

Shawano County Dem’s Chair Jan Koch introduces Democratic Candidates at the Fund Raiser.

Tim Burns

Tim Burns a well-known Madison Lawyer has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court for Michael Gablemans’s seat.

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, Wisconsin is one of several Democrats seeking to challenge GOP Governor Scott Walker next year for the top Wisconsin seat.


(Photos by John Durben)

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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