Organization News: Nemaha County Democrats
Submitted by JoLene Bloom
With the 2020 election cycle in place, the Nemaha County Democrats are meeting one week earlier than usual — on 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Seneca Public Library. All Democrats and interested parties are invited. More participation of Democrats from the east and west sides of the district are desired. Meeting locations can change if the attendees increase in the outer areas of the county.
The date change for the regular meeting is due to the Democratic U.S. Second District Reorganization caucus that is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Franklin County Fair Ground in Ottawa. Nemaha County officers JoLene Bloom and Don Honig are voting delegates.
The agenda for Jan. 12 meeting includes setting priorities for the new year and determining how best our time and funds can be used in 2019, prior to the Presidential election and the Kansas State positions of Senate No. 1 and House No. 62. Dustin Brinkman of Hoyt has announced his candidacy for the Kansas Senate, and the local party is seeking a willing Democratic candidate for the Kansas House. Also, the group is interested in county, city, and school board elections for the coming terms.
Any Nemaha County Democrats who are willing to serve as precinct committee men and women should contact JoLene Bloom, County Chair, as she has more than half of the positions filled and is waiting on the 2018 registered Democrat list to continue to make contacts with those who might be willing to serve for two years. These positions are important in the case of the death, resignation, or retirement of a Democrat in public office, which requires filling an uncompleted term, and the individuals are important in grassroots communications of the party.
Governor-elect Laura Kelly has been extended and has accepted an invitation to formally visit Nemaha County in the spring, either during or after the 2019 legislative session. Besides the excitement of returning a Democrat to the Governor’s office, the County Democrats look forward to encouraging individuals to register to vote at KSVotes.org, which is easy on the internet or mobile phone.
Also, individuals of 18 years of age can register when renewing drivers licenses. If individuals move, even next door from their original residences, they must re-register. Family members of older voters in apartments, care or independent facilities need to assist their relatives to remain current in their registrations.
The Nemaha County Democrats meet on the third Saturday of each month at the Seneca Library at 10 a.m., unless otherwise announced. Officers are JoLene Bloom of Seneca, chair; Don Honig of Onaga, vice; Cindy Rogers of Seneca, secretary; Lois Kuckelman of Axtell, treasurer; and Karen Holthaus and Larry Strathman, both of Seneca, alternate delegates. If you have questions, contact Bloom at 785-336-3641.