Nemaha County Democrats 3.17.18
Submitted by JoLene Rae Bloom, Chairperson
The Nemaha County Democrats met Saturday, March 17, at the Seneca City Library. Attendees signed a card recognizing Jeff Steinlage, Nemaha Valley High School graduate, whose current Army job involves Arlington Cemetery in Washington , D.C.
Participants were asked to sign campaign petitions for two Democratic candidates: Paul Davis of Lawrence, for United States Congress, No. 2 District; and Mel Baker of Seneca, for Kansas House, No. 62 District. Davis has two Democratic opponents announced, but not filed. Baker has no Democratic opponent, but would face Randy Garber in the general election. Dustin Brinkman of Holton has announced his intent to run against Dennis Pyle and has filed for the Kansas Senate, District No. 1, for the 2020 election.
Reports by Chair JoLene Bloom included Washington Days caucuses and the forum of the seven Democratic Gubernatorial candidates at the lunch on Saturday. Sherri Grogan of Leavenworth is the Second District chair as the past chair is working for the Brian McClendon of Lawrence, co-creator of Google and UBER, in his campaign for Secretary of State.
Vice Chair Don Honig reported his attendance at Kansas Democratic Party training for precinct committee members, his invitation to Republican Ray Shinn to appear at area high schools and to invite teens to register to vote, and representing our group at the February meeting of Marshall County Democrats.
The group is finalizing plans for all Democrats who will file and appear on the Aug. 6 ballot to be hosted at a dinner in late June, and primary election winners would be hosted again in late September or early October. A location, date and caterer need to be chosen.
The group spoke of recent mass media and social media communications on content, truth and opinions. The May 19 agenda will include election of a secretary and a discussion of summer events such as parades and celebrations at which we could appear to encourage registration of all voters and then encouragement of eligible citizen to vote on Aug. 7 and Nov. 6. The meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.
• 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Home Plate Café, Governor candidate Robert Klingenberg of Salina;
• Tuesday, April 3, Presentation to Sabetha High School seniors;
• Wednesday, April 4 (tentative) evening meeting (time to be announced) with Governor candidate Jim Ward of Wichita;
• 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, Seneca Public Library, Governor candidate Josh Svaty of Johnson County;
• 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19,Seneca Public Library, regular meeting;
• Noon Friday, June 1, committee men and women need to file for the primary ballot by precincts;
• Tuesday, July 17, deadlines to register to vote for the primary election and for early voting;
• Tuesday, Aug. 7, primary election;
• 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Seneca City Library, Nemaha County reorganizational and regular meetings
For questions, contact JoLene Rae Bloom at 785-336-3641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.