2015 Spring Endorsements

For the Spring 2015 elections on April 7th, the Democratic Party of Dane County has made endorsements in 34 different races:

  • Madison District 1: Barbara McKinney
  • Madison District 2: Ledell Zellers
  • Madison District 3: Amanda Hall
  • Madison District 4: Mike Verveer
  • Madison District 5: Shiva Bidar-Sielaff
  • Madison District 6: Marsha Rummel
  • Madison District 7: Steve King
  • Madison District 8: Zach Wood
  • Madison District 10: Maurice Cheeks
  • Madison District 11: Chris Schmidt
  • Madison District 12: Larry Palm
  • Madison District 13: Both Sarah Eskrich and Zach Madden
  • Madison District 14: Both Sheri Carter and John Strasser
  • Madison District 16: Denise DeMarb
  • Madison District 17: Both Samba Baldeh and Joe Clausius
  • Madison District 18: Both Peng Her and Rebecca Kemble
  • Madison School Board Seat 1: Anna Moffit
  • Madison School Board Seat 2: Mary Burke
  • Fitchburg Mayor: Steve Arnold
  • Fitchburg City Council Seat 2: Michael Childers
  • Fitchburg City Council Seat 3: Both Julia Arata-Fratta and Roger Backes
  • Fitchburg City Council Seat 4: Patrick Stern
  • Fitchburg City Council Seat 6: Dan Carpenter
  • Fitchburg City Council Seat 7: Jake Johnson
  • Fitchburg City Council Seat 8: Tony Hartmann
  • Verona City Council District 1: Liz Doyle
  • Verona City Council District 2: Dale Yurs
  • Verona City Council District 3: Heather Reekie
  • Verona City Council District 4: Luke Diaz
  • Sun Prairie District 2: Bill Connors
  • Sun Prairie District 2, (1 year term, filling a vacant seat - not the seat Connors is seeking): Diane McGinnis
  • Sun Prairie City Council District 3: Mike Jacobs
  • Sun Prairie City Council District 4: Al Guyant
  • Stoughton City Council District 2: Mike Engelberger
  • Stoughton School Board: Allison Sorg


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March Membership Meeting on the 4th - Early Date!

Note - this month's meeting is a week earlier than usual!

Please join the Democratic Party of Dane County for our March meeting on Wednesday, March 4th, 7pm, at the Madison Concourse Hotel. This month, we'll be hosting a Mayoral Forum with Paul Soglin and Scott Resnick.

The moderators for the forum are Madison Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, former Chief of Police of the Madison Police Department Noble Wray, and television and radio journalist Deana Wright.

The Forum is open to the public, so please feel free to invite your friends. There will also be a members-only straw poll.

We will also be wrapping up our endorsements for the spring elections.

We have a Facebook event for the meeting, where you can RSVP and share with your friends.

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February Membership Meeting

The February meeting of the Democratic Party of Dane County will be on Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm at the Concourse Hotel in Downtown Madison. Our guests in February are Shelia Stubbs, Dane County Supervisor (D23- South Madison) and Isadore Knox, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, along with others from Dane County who will present on Dane County's efforts to address racial inequities. You can RSVP and invite your friends at our Facebook event for the meeting. 

The slides presented by Angela Russell of Madison & Dane County Public Health are available here.

At both meetings, we will also continue with our spring elections endorsement process. 

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Dane Dems January Meeting: Senator Jennifer Shilling

Please join the Dane Dems for our first meeting of 2015. Our guest this month will be the new leader of the Senate Democrats, Senator Jennifer Shilling. 

The meeting is Wednesday, January 14th at 7:00pm, at the Madison Concourse Hotel. You can RSVP and invite your friends at our Facebook Event for the meeting

We will also be considering a change to the Dane Dems Bylaws. This will be the second reading, the changes were adopted at the November meeting. You can read the proposed changes and background information here, and you can read the current bylaws here.

Finally, we'll start the 2015 Endorsement Process. January will mostly be endorsements of candidates that are unopposed or are candidates we have endorsed in the past and are running against conservatives. Endorsements will continue in February and in March. 

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Dane Dems Holiday Party - December 7th 2014

In lieu of a December meeting, the Democratic Party of Dane County holds a holiday party. This year's event will be on Sunday, December 7th from 1pm to 4pm at the Cardinal Bar. Please join your Democratic friends for a celebration of the end of the year holidays and to enjoy each other's company.

All contributions are accepted. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email Dane Dems Chair Mike Basford at mabasford@charter.net

You can RSVP at our Facebook event for the party.

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November Monthly Meeting: Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell

An important note: The Dane Dems monthly meeting is a week later than usual this month. It will be held on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00pm at the Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison. Our guest this month is Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell.

You can RSVP and invite your friends at our Facebook Event for the meeting

We will also be considering a change to the Dane Dems Bylaws. You can read the proposed changes and background information here, and you can read the current bylaws here

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Help Get Out The Vote!

You’ve followed the election. You’re anxiously trying to wait out the next six days. And you are more than ready to finally see a new day in WIsconsin with Mary Burke as our Governor, John Lehman as our Lieutenant Governor, Susan Happ is our Attorney General and more people in the State Senate and Assembly who reflect Wisconsin values and not the out-of-state special interests than have been in power over the last four years.

And you’ve read the polls and you know none of this happens if we don’t get out our voters. This is where you come in. We need you to work to Get Out The Vote!! Fortunately, we have several places where you have opportunities through Election Day to help our candidates win! The following list shows where you can go to canvass (C), phone (P) or both (CP). Dane County’s locations are:

Madison South Side (CP)2206 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713

Madison Downtown (P)304 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703

Madison Downtown/UW Campus (C)122 State St, Madison, WI 53703

Madison Downtown/UW Campus (C)333 E Campus Mall, Madison

Madison Near West Side (C)3404 Cross St, Madison, WI 53711

Madison Far West Side (C)6602 Normandy Ln, Madison, WI 53719

Madison Near East Side (CP)1148 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703

Madison Far East Side (C)1706 Tarragon Dr, Madison, WI 53716

Madison North Side (CP)1422 Wyldewood Dr, Madison, WI 53704

Fitchburg (C)3000 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711

McFarland (C)6616 Meredith Way, McFarland, WI 53558

Middleton (C) 6719 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave, Middleton

Monona (C)4903 Roigan Terrace, Monona, WI 53716

Mount Horeb (C)210 N 2nd St, Mt Horeb, WI 53572

Oregon (C)135 S Main St, Oregon, WI 53575

Stoughton (C)343 E Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589

Sun Prairie (CP)1150 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Verona (C)412 Edward St, Verona, WI 53593

Waunakee (C)904 Innisbrook Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597


All of these locations will need canvassers and callers to contact our voters and make sure they head to the polls if they haven’t already. Here are the shifts for the last four days:

Saturday: 9AMNoon3PM6PM

Sunday: Noon3PM6PM

Monday: 9AMNoon3PM6PM


Please click here to sign up for shifts and get out there.

Additionally, we have been asked to let you know about opportunities outside of Dane County to help Dick Cates win his campaign for the 51st Assembly District. These locations have shifts at the same time and are also Coordinated Campaign locations - so you’ll also be helping the rest of the ticket as well! The locations are:

Monroe1114 17th Ave., Monroe

Dodgeville334 N. Iowa St., Dodgeville

For more information on the Monroe and Dodgeville campaign work, you can contact Tim Liszewski at 919-264-6403.

Can we count on you to help us win on Tuesday? Our candidates and campaigns have worked as hard as possible to get to this weekend. The result of this election is in your hands. Please help us make history by getting out the vote this weekend!

To Victory!

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Fall Meetings for 2014

We've got some great events on tap for the Fall of 2014. 

At our September meeting on Wednesday the 10th, at 7pm at the Concourse Hotel, we'll be joined by Democratic Representatives Dianne Hesselbein, Melissa Sargent, and (hopefully) Chris Taylor. They'll be updating us on the work they're doing around the region and the State to elect more Democrats to the Assembly and grow the Democratic Caucus. 

Our October meeting, Wednesday October 8th, also at 7pm at the Concourse, we're thrilled that Congressman Mark Pocan will be our special guest. 

Outside of our monthly meetings, on Friday September 19th at 5:30pm we'll be hosting a "Party With a Purpose", a fall fundraiser to support the Democratic field effort. You can find info about the event by clicking here or by checking our Facebook Page

Finally, stay tuned for an October fundraiser for State Legislative candidates!

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August 2014 Dane Dems Meeting: Fall Elections Update!

Please join us for our monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00pm. We will be at the Madison Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison. Our guest this month will be from the DPW Coordinated Campaign to give us a fresh update on what is happening for the fall elections and to share ways that we can help take back the Capitol this November. 

The meeting is the day after the Primary election, so we'll know who the Democratic nominee for Attorney General will be, as well as the nominee in a number of legislative races here and around the State. 

Please join us as we kick off the general election campaign!

You can invite your friends with our Facebook Event for the meeting.

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July Candidate Forums for Attorney General and the 78th Assembly District

The 2014 Primary election is in less than a month, and we've got two candidate forums this month to help you decide who will get your nod to represent the Democratic Party in the fall.

On Tuesday, July 22nd at 7pm, at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St, Madison), please join Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, and State Representative Jon Richards in a forum for the office of Wisconsin Attorney General. The moderator will be former Madison Common Council member Satya Rhodes-Conway.

Then, on Thursday, July 24th at 7pm, at Our Redeemer Lutheran School (1701 Mckenna Blvd, Madison) please join Madison City Council members Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck in a forum for the 78th Assembly District. The moderator will be Dane Dems chair Mike Basford. 

Both forums are open to the public, so please bring your friends. 

The Facebook event for the Attorney General forum is here:


And the Facebook event for the 78th Assembly District forum is here:


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