Convention time: Participate in the governance of your party

Dane Dems members can participate in the governance of the party by attending upcoming conventions at the congressional district and state levels.

  • The 2nd Congressional District Convention, to be held April 23 in Verona, will elect new officers, two of whom serve on the state party's governing administrative committee. In addition it will take up resolutions that will be considered at the state level and can ultimately affect the state Democratic platform. Attendees will also hear from Rep. Mark Pocan and other important speakers. 
  • The State Convention, to be held June 2-3 in Middleton, will elect a party chair and other officers, as well as a new representative to the Democratic National Committee. It will also vote on resolutions and will feature caucus meetings, networking opportunities and many interesting speakers.

To attend these conventions you must have a current party membership and pay registration fees at the links above or at the door. (Advance registration is cheaper.) You must also be listed as a delegate by the county party. To be so listed, please fill out the form at this link. Deadline for requesting delegate credentials to the district convention is April 3. Deadline to request credentials for the state convention is May 6.* 

Dane County is capped at 329 delegates to each convention. That sounds like a lot, but two years ago we were over the limit for the State Convention, so some people became non-voting alternates, though they were all eventually elevated to voting status due to no-shows. 

We have not exceeded the cap at district conventions in the past, but if we do then we will hold a lottery for delegate slots and make others alternates. Anyone who attends the 2nd CD Convention as a delegate will automatically qualify as a state delegate. 

Those who wish to attend the State Convention but do not attend the 2nd CD Convention will be able to fill delegate slots that remain. Again, if we exceed the cap we will hold a lottery to assign delegate and alternate slots. 

It is possible to attend the conventions without voting privileges. If you wish to do that, you do not need to fill out the form to become a delegate. 

For more information on the conventions, including instructions on how to run for officer positions or submit resolutions, go to the 2nd CD party or the state party websites.

 

*You may receive communications from the state party that allow you to request state convention delegate credentials through the DPW. The state party will share those names with the county party, where you will be placed on the list along with those who fill out our form. In the event that we exceed our attendance cap, neither method of requesting credentials provides an advantage. Note that if you wish to attend the 2nd CD convention as a delegate, you MUST fill out our form; the DPW is only collecting names for the state convention. 

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Endorsed candidates for April 4

Our endorsement process is complete. Please support these great progressive candidates in the April 4 election.

Candidate

Race

District

Tony Evers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

At Large

Joe Parisi

Dane County Executive

At Large

Dorothy Krause

Fitchburg City Council

1

Wanda McCann Smith

Fitchburg City Council

2

Julia Arata Fratta

Fitchburg City Council

3

Dan Carpenter

Fitchburg City Council

6

Tony Hartmann

Fitchburg City Council

8

Barbara McKinney

Madison City Council

1

Ledell Zellers

Madison City Council

2

Amanda Hall

Madison City Council

3

Mike Verveer

Madison City Council

4

Shiva Bidar

Madison City Council

5

Marsha Rummel

Madison City Council

6

Steve King

Madison City Council

7

Zach Wood

Madison City Council

8

Maurice Cheeks

Madison City Council

10

Arvina Martin

Madison City Council

11

Sara Eskrich

Madison City Council

13

Sheri Carter

Madison City Council

14

Denise DeMarb

Madison City Council

16

Samba Baldeh

Madison City Council

17

Ali Muldrow

Madison School Board

6

Kate Toews

Madison School Board

6

Nicki Vander Meulen

Madison School Board

7

Carolyn Clow

McFarland Village Board

At Large

Brevin Becker

McFarland Village Board

At Large

David Peterson

Monona Grove School Board

At Large

Jenna Jacobson

Oregon Village Board

At Large

Lisa Reeves

Stoughton City Council

2

Jon Coughlin

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Steve Jackson

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Tim Bubon

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Emily Lindsey

Sun Prairie City Council

1

Bill Connors

Sun Prairie City Council

2

Mike Jacobs

Sun Prairie City Council

3

Liz Doyle

Verona City Council

1

Sarah Gaskell

Verona City Council

2

Lukas Diaz

Verona City Council

3

Heather Reekie

Verona City Council

4

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Tony Evers yard signs

Tony Evers yard signs are in! Get yours at our next membership meeting, on Wednesday, March 8. (Scroll down for details.)

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DNC chair voting

The Democratic National Committee has released results of balloting in last month's DNC chair election. Because no candidate reached the threshold for victory in the first ballot, there was a second round of voting, which elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chair. 

Wisconsin has six DNC members. This is how they voted:

For Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison in both rounds: David Bowen, Martha Laning, and Andrew Werthmann.

For Tom Perez in both rounds: Janet Bewley.

Abstaining in the first round and for Perez in the second round: Jason Rae.

Failed to sign ballot, making it invalid in both rounds: Martha Love.

 

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Greet Veep in Janesville

Sharing a Wisconsin Progressive Alliance event of interest to Dane Dems.

What: Get Out Pence Protest
Where: Blain's Farm & Fleet, 3507 E. Racine St., Janesville
When: Meet at 9:45 a.m. Friday, March 3. Pence is expected at 10:15 a.m.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/254748598316740/

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March membership meeting

We'll hear from state Superintendent Tony Evers, a champion of public schools who is running for re-election against a conservative opponent, and from Dane County Circuit Court candidates Jill Karofsky and Marilyn Townsend.

We’ll also vote on a second round of spring election endorsements.

See you there!

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

 

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Ed Garvey

The following is a statement from Democratic Party of Dane County Chair Michael Basford on the passing of Ed Garvey this morning after a lengthy illness. He was 76:

"We are very sad to learn of the passing this morning of progressive champion Ed Garvey.

Through his long career that included working for the National Football League’s Players Association, the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice and through his private practice, Ed Garvey fought for labor rights and environmental justice among many other progressive causes. He was well-known for a long time as a fighter speaking truth to power and who worked to provide a voice for the voiceless. His impact on Wisconsin politics was felt far and wide.

Like many Dane County and Wisconsin Democrats, I was proud to stand with Ed Garvey and volunteer for his campaigns for U.S. Senate in 1986 and Governor in 1998. In particular, his campaign focus on the need for campaign finance reform was decades ahead of its time. Fighting Bob Fest, which Ed founded, continues to inspire and activate progressives in our area.

We will keep you updated about pending memorial services. I hope you will join me in keeping his wife Betty, his family, friends and the many people he inspired through his work in our thoughts and prayers."

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Help your county party organize for upcoming events

We need you! Come out on Feb. 27 to help us build power through outreach and development, as we discuss volunteer opportunities including:

  • Get-out-the-vote efforts for progressive candidates in the April election.
  • Tabling at the Dane County Farmers Market.
  • Raising funds at a huge yard sale at the Labor Temple.

We'll also discuss new committees for engaging voters and recruiting candidates outside of Madison, building membership, improving communications, and coordinating with many like-minded organizations around the Resistance and other activities. We'll finalize some of these plans at our April 12 membership meeting, after the spring election.

Please come!

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27
Where: Brocach Irish Pub (downtown), 7 W. Main St., Madison
More info: Christine Lazar, renazantz@gmail.com, or Dorrie Sundquist, dorriesundquist@yahoo.com

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February membership meeting report

The room was packed to overflowing for our Feb. 8 membership meeting, as many new faces joined veteran party activists to address our normal business but also the extraordinary challenge of the Trump presidency.

 

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February membership meeting

During our February meeting, we'll hear from Verona Alder Elizabeth Doyle on the need for affordable housing, and its interconnectedness with equity issues like access to education, jobs, transportation, and public services. 

We'll also vote on spring election endorsements, and we will discuss ways to resist Trump while building progressive electoral power. Please come!

What: February membership meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
Details: Meeting is open to all, but only members may vote on endorsements. (You can join or renew at the meeting if necessary.)  First-time attendees, and those who bring newcomers, may enter a drawing for a special prize!

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