August Newsletter

We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South.

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

 Holy End of Summer, is it August already?!? There’s a lot going on this month, including early voting, so hang on to your blue hat!


August Speakers

North Meeting

When: August 1st, 6:30pm

Where: Lucky Brewgrille, 5401 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS 66205

Lynn Horsley of The Kansas City Star.

Lynn Horsley is delighted to speak to the Johnson County Democratic Women gathering on August 1 and looks forward to a lively discussion. She’ll speak about the challenges facing local media today, plus the key political races and big issues facing Johnson County, and will also take audience questions.

Lynn was a reporter for 30 years for The Kansas City Star until she took a buyout earlier this year. She’s now doing freelance reporting and consulting for the KCUR public radio station.

Most recently at the Star, Lynn covered politics, government and business development throughout Johnson County. It was a very busy beat, with smart, engaged and active citizens who kept her on her toes. The big story in Johnson County today is constant growth and change, and how to manage that while preserving the quality of life that so many people value.

Before that, Lynn covered Kansas City government for 19 years and the Kansas City School District for nine years before that. Previously, Lynn worked for the Associated Press; the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.; and the Miami Herald.


South Meeting

When: Thursday, August 15th at 6:30

Where: Old Shawnee Pizza, 19617 W 101st St, Lenexa, KS 66220

Our guest speaker in August will be a representative from Equality Kansas of Metro KC.

Equality Kansas of Metro KC is the local chapter of a statewide legislative action group focused on ending LGBTQ discrimination. This organization works with the local municipalities to help them understand how they can create a more inclusive and welcoming community for the LGBTQ folk and help LGBTQ-friendly candidates get elected to office.  They have been involved in many of the recent Non-Discrimination Ordinances that have been passed in Northeast Kansas as well as helping pass LGBTQ friendly policies within the local school boards.




FOR SEPTEMBER, North is planning on hosting another “Speed Dating with the Candidates” at our monthly meeting. This is where you meet with a candidate for a minute or less to listen to their elevator speech and ask a question or two. How fun is that (Spoiler: A LOT!)?

Going to meetings is a great way to meet like minded friends, get new and important information, and meet the leaders in our community who are making a difference! And, it’s just really fun! Please join us!

Contact us if you have any questions: Anne Pritchett, President, JCDW North, 913.940.4414 or Becca Steffens Peck, President, JCDW South, 913.634.0506.

September Fundraisers


JCDW South is at it again, hosting their second annual Flip it Blue Barbeque! This is one of two fundraisers they host for the year and all proceeds to go towards Johnson County Democratic candidates. For more information and to purchase tickets, go HERE!



Yes, it’s that time of year again. Can you spare a couple of hours to staff barricades at the Old Settlers Days in Olathe? All proceeds for this service will go to fund candidates.

Follow the link to reserve your preferred time slot(s). The festival runs from September 5th – 7th.

If you are unable to participate this year, we understand and thank you for all you do.

Thank you for supporting South JCDW and our Johnson County candidates!


The November 2019 election is coming, have you joined JCDW yet?

We invite all members of JCDW to join the North Caucus for the Candidate Endorsement Meeting, to be held August 12th at 6pm at the Johnson County Democratic Party office, located at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 6620. We will not be voting on any candidates for endorsement at this time, we will instead be going through the process of credentialing. All members welcome.

It’s very exciting to watch so many candidates sign up to run for office on this November’s ballot! Please remind all of our Democratic candidates to join JCDW and contact us for info on our endorsement process. To join JCDW, go HERE.

To see a full description of requirements for endorsement by JCDW North and JCDW South, see the Letter to Future Candidates on our website HERE.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 KFDW State Convention a huge success!

The 2019 state convention of the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women in Olathe in June was a huge success! It was the largest the state has ever seen, with about 150 people participating in one way or another. This was the first year we offered concurrent workshops for the community as well as a la carte options for participating, and the change was well received. Thank you to all the JOCO Young Dems, workshop presenters, luncheon and banquet speakers and everyone else who had a hand in the convention, with a special thank you to Anthony Marie Johnson, Chair of the 3rd District Convention Planning Committee.

The Kansas Federation of Democratic Women (KFDW) will continue to work to provide educational and networking opportunities at other conventions as we move forward. The 2020 State Convention will be held in Wichita and we are looking forward to attending!

It was at the state convention in June that the KFDW delegation voted to host the 2020 National Convention of the National Federation of Democratic Women, to be held in Lawrence, Kansas, June 10-14, 2020. We are honored and thrilled to be on the national stage next year for a crucial presidential election year and for the 100th anniversary of the ratification of Women’s Suffrage, which was formally adopted into the constitution on August 26th, 1920. If you have any questions about the convention or would like to volunteer on a committee, contact Planning Committee Chair, Hollie Niblett at 913-291-6800.

The delegates of KFDW also voted for a slate of new officers this year, four from the 3rd District. The new officers are in blue, returning officers in black. They are:

President: Candace Ayers, Topeka

Vice President: Anne Pritchett, Overland Park

Treasurer: Becca Steffens Peck, Overland Park

Recording Secretary: Kristen Armstrong, Hutchinson

Corresponding (Communications) Secretary: Hollie Niblett, Overland Park

Auditor: Anthony Marie Johnson, Kansas City

Parliamentarian: Phyllis Kelly, Topeka

Scroll through the photos of the 2019 State Convention!