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.

North Meeting

Thursday August 4,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Micah Kubic, Executive Director of the Kansas Chapter of the ACLU

Dr. Micah W. Kubic has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Kansas since January 2022.  With more than twenty years of experience in civil rights and racial justice work, Micah leads one of the largest advocacy organizations in the state, defending and strengthening the rights that belong to everyone under the Constitution.  Micah previously served as the ACLU of Kansas’s executive director from 2015 to 2018.  From 2019 to 2022, Micah was the executive director of the ACLU of Florida, one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the country. 

Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU, Micah was the Director of Planning, Development, and Evaluation at the Full Employment Council.

Micah previously served as a Senior Program Officer at Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where he worked directly with six urban core neighborhoods to improve their quality of life. Micah has worked as legislative director for a Kansas City councilman, an analyst of education policy at the American Federation of Teachers, an analyst of housing policies at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and as a political consultant.

His first book, Freedom, Inc. and Black Political Empowerment, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2016.

South Meeting

Thursday August 18,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Melanie Haas, a member of the Kansas Board of Education, to speak to us about the future of public education in Kansas.

Melanie Haas is a member of the Kansas State Board of Education representing District 2, which covers school districts within Johnson County and a portion of Wyandotte County. 

Vote No August 2nd

The big news this month is that the future of reproductive health care in Kansas is on the ballot. A big shout out to everyone who is knocking doors, making phone calls, writing postcards, donating their hard-earned money, and VOTING NO! We’ve only got one weekend left, so let’s make it count!

On August 3rd, win or lose, we still have the future of women’s rights in Kansas to think about. If the measure fails, Republicans in Topeka will try again. If it succeeds, Republicans in Topeka will waste no time stripping our rights. That’s why this year, our state-level races are so critically important. The entire Kansas House of Representatives is up for election, and if nothing changes, the Republican supermajority will be making healthcare decisions for us, one way or the other. So please, find a local campaign to support. We still need that door knocking, phone calling, postcard writing energy through November 8th! 

If you’re not sure who is running in your district, check out the Johnson County Democratic Party website. If you’re not sure which district you’re in, the site also has information on how to look up your ballot. 

Next month, JCDW North and South will endorse candidates who are 1.) members of our organization and 2.) are committed to women’s equal rights. 

Flip it Blue Update

What a terrific event! Special shout out to Juliet Sinclair, our new Vice President of Fundraising, who managed her first event spectacularly. Our total fundraising, after accounting for expenses, was right around $5,000. This money will go to the candidates we endorse next month.

Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, volunteered, and came out to have a great time. We could not have done it without you!

Costume Party — Save the Date

JCDW North and South are teaming up to host a costume party the Saturday after the November election. That is November 12th for those who don’t have a calendar handy. This event will be a celebration of 2022 and a fundraiser to help us win important elections in 2023/2024. This will be an adult-only (21+) event. Look for more details in the next month or two, but for now, save that date! 

July Meeting Recap

 

Jim and Jennifer Schmidt with Eden Village came to discuss homelessness and their plans to end it at our last JCDW South Meeting, Care and Compassion for the Homeless. They spoke of their 20-year journey and the various people they met along the way (excellent video here).

The waiting list for housing vouchers, commonly referred to as “section 8 housing”, is 1-3 years. (How fun! Spending 3 years on the street waiting on housing…)

Eden Village aims to change all this by providing section 8 housing and multiple on-site services enabling people a path towards success. It has already been successfully rolled out across the other states like Nebraska. Jim and Jen are bringing Eden Village here to KC and have purchased the land, now they are raising the millions of dollars for the structures.

Jim and Jennifer and Eden Village are looking to end homelessness and give people a way to exit to supportive housing. For more info: https://edenvillageusa.org/

Upcoming Events

August 2: VOTE NO!

August 13: Forever the Free State Gala

August 19-20 Demfest (Kansas Democratic Party)

November 8: General Election

November 12: JCDW Costume Party

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday July 7,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest:s Sheila Albers and Clay Norkey

JCDW North is pleased to welcome Sheila Albers and Clay Norkey as our speakers on July 7th. Sheila and Clay were instrumental in recruiting candidates for the November 2022 election. Clay is an attorney who recently ran for mayor of Overland Park. Sheila is an education administrator who is running for KS State Board of Education. Their combined expertise has been instrumental in recruiting high quality candidates among Johnson County Democrats.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday July 21,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guests: Jim & Jennifer Schmidt from Uplift (Delivering Care and Compassion to the Homeless)

Jim and Jennifer have been volunteering with Uplift, both serving weekly and cooking for their monthly Sort Saturday event, since 2002. The Schmidts have made caring for Kansas City’s homeless a large part of their lives ever since. The Schmidts not only open their home every Thursday night for dinner and Bible study for their homeless friends, but they also serve overnights and mornings at Johnson County’s only overnight cold weather shelter Project 1020.

As active Uplift Board of Directors, they are instrumental in finding new ways to serve Kansas City’s homeless population, but it is working directly with the homeless that is their found passion that led them to being a part of the Eden Village of Kansas City team.

Flip it Blue is Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM!

 

At a time when SCOTUS is denying our individual freedoms and handing them over to state governments, it is more important than ever to elect state representatives who will work for we the people. Here in Kansas, Republicans continue to maintain a supermajority in the legislature, meaning they can pass devastating laws and overturn any veto that might get in their way. We must break this supermajority by FLIPPING MORE HOUSE SEATS BLUE!

Join us on Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. We’ll have food, a silent auction, a fabulous raffle, balloon animals, and cotton candy. 

We will also have a chance to meet and mingle with like-minded friends, candidates, and representatives, including Sharice Davids, Lynn Rogers, and Chris Mann. 

Most importantly, we will RAISE MONEY for candidates running for state and local office. The proceeds from this event will go directly to candidates running in 2022 — the more we make, the more we can spend! Tickets cost $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers, and $15 for children under 10 (yes, bring the kids). Additional donations are WELCOME. We set the prices low to include as many people as possible, but if you can, open your wallets and give big! 

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Thank You, Governor Kelly!

It was a pleasure to welcome Governor Laura Kelly to Johnson County and have her address our JCDW of Kansas Joint Meeting on June 2nd. She imparted the importance of voting, promoted the Golden Shovel Award (now won 2nd consecutive year), investment in roads and highways, and the Food Tax. She has pulled Kansas from nearly last place under Brownback to first in the nation for business investment winning the coveted “Golden Shovel for economic development last year, and again, this year).

Thank you too, for the volunteers who assisted with set up and tear down and all that came. We had about 125.

Points from Governor Kelly’s visit

  • Governor Kelly’s talk focused on her economic and business successes. She thanked us for working to get her elected in 2018, and asked us to work even harder this year.
  • After several years trying to eliminate the food tax that was imposed to offset the disastrous Brownback tax cuts, Governor Kelly succeeded this year in ending the food tax in incremental amounts over the next few years.
  • Governor Kelly has prioritized education funding, in contrast to the Brownback education cuts.
  • The Site Selection magazine awarded Kansas the Governor’s Cup, given to the state with the most capital investment and economic development projects per capita. In two years, with Governor Kelly’s leadership, Kansas has moved from #20 to #1 with an influx of $8.7 billion in business investment.
  • Brownback let our roads and highways fall into disrepair as he used the Kansas Highway Fund to fill budget holes. Governor Kelly has invested money in the highway and bridge infrastructure for maintenance and repair.
  • Governor Kelly inherited a $350 million budget deficit and managed it into a $3 billion surplus. She has cut taxes for everyday Kansans and has added to the rainy day fund.
  • Governor Kelly cut property taxes for everyday working Kansans and provided more tax credits for veterans and teachers.

At JCDW, our passions run with a woman’s right to determine her life path and health decisions, in trans girls getting to play team sports, and peaceful transfer of power. But these financial details are essential in running a state, and the economy is important to everyone, but especially conservatives. Get ready to tell a few conservatives about her financial successes!

Please consider donating to Governor Kelly’s campaign. It is the most important race in our state this November because we need her to have our backs when it comes to women’s reproductive health, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights. It’s going to take a real team effort to raise the funds needed to court voters across this state. 

Postcard Project

My-O-My !

We had about 30 people attend our first ever Postcard Writing event and we completed ALL the Vote No Aug 2nd postcards and almost ALL the Mike Kelly – THESE WOMEN ROCK!

Thank you to all who attended to make this a fun, lively, productive and engaging event. I look forward to working with you on this fight.

Upcoming Events

July 9: JoCo Dems Second Saturday 8:30-10

July 9: Flip it Blue! 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. 

August 2: VOTE NO!

August 13: Forever the Free State Gala

August 19-20 Demfest (Kansas Democratic Party)

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

JCDW North/South Joint Meeting with Governor Laura Kelly

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Location: Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church; 9400 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting. 

This month, JCDW South and JCDW North have teamed up to welcome special guest Governor Laura Kelly!

Registration Required

Growing up in a military family, Laura Kelly learned the values of integrity, accountability and resilience that she’s carried with her throughout her career in public service.

As Governor, Laura Kelly fulfilled her promise to be a moderate leader who would put Kansas back on track after years of fiscal mismanagement, harmful budget deficits, and underfunded schools. She’s worked with both parties to balance the budget, fully fund schools, grow the economy, and rebuild the state’s infrastructure – all while guiding the state during unprecedented times and fighting to cut costs for families, including axing the grocery tax.

During the Governor’s first term, Kansas continues to break records for new economic development projects. Under Kelly, Kansas has seen a record of over $8.6 billion dollars of investment in new business initiatives and the creation and retention of over 41,000 jobs. There are over 425 new infrastructure projects in development, including fixing roads, rebuilding bridges, and expanding efficient and reliable internet access to rural communities. In 2021 alone, Kansas exported $53.35 billion in agricultural goods for the first time in a decade.

Under Laura’s leadership, CNBC named Kansas the “Comeback State of 2019,” and in 2021, Kansas received the “Golden Shovel” award for excellence in economic development. Governor Kelly earned the prestigious “Governor’s Cup” from Site Selection Magazine for record economic growth in 2021 – ranking Kansas first in the nation for economic development investment per capita.
Previously, Laura was executive director of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association and served in the Kansas Senate, where she built a reputation as a no-nonsense leader who worked with both Republicans and Democrats to build common ground and get things done.

Laura lives with her husband, Ted Daughety. They raised their two daughters, Molly and Kathleen, in Topeka, where they both attended public schools.

Join Team Kelly to help Laura continue serving Kansas for a second term to keep achieving record success for Kansans.

June Meetings Explained

 

On June 2nd (first Thursday), we are thrilled to have Governor Laura Kelly come out to talk to our groups. Allison Hougland and Dawn Olney, respectively the South and North programming coordinators, worked hard to bring us this special treat. The date falls on North’s regular meeting date by virtue of the fact that this is when the Governor could fit us into her busy schedule. 

On June 16 (third Thursday), our groups will join forces again to host a postcard writing get together at the JoCo Dems office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204. As always, the meeting will run from 6-8 PM, but it will be a time to work and socialize. Our efforts will go toward defeating the August 2nd Constitutional Amendment aimed at ending a woman’s right to bodily autonomy in Kansas. 

Flip It Blue

 

JCDW South’s biggest annual fundraiser, Flip it Blue, is right around the corner, and we need your help to make this the best event ever!

Raffle items needed: In addition to being a crowd favorite, each year the raffle brings in thousands more that we turn around and donate to Democrats running for state and local office. With the entire Kansas House of Representatives up this year, we’ve got a lot of races to support! You can support our efforts by donating a raffle item or basket. Please contact JCDWS with your donation pledges. 

Early Bird Special: Early ticket sales help a ton when the caterer (this year, a food truck), asks for a head count. So we’re offering 2 free raffle tickets for each Flip It Blue ticket purchased by June Friday, June 24th. 

This just in: We will have LIVE music!

When: Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM

Where: Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park and West 87th Street Parkway, Lackman Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

Tickets

Member: $25

Nonmember: $30

Child Under 10: $15

We strive to make this event as family friendly and inclusive as possible, but if you can donate a bit more, we welcome your contribution and honor your efforts to help move Kansas Forward. Special recognition will go to those who donate at the following levels (unless you request anonymity):

Sapphire: $50

Royal: $100

True Blue: $250

Get Tickets Now

Our THEME is patriotism, so come in red, white, and blue. Feel free to get competitive; prizes will go to the most patriotic outfit.

This year, we will be joined by candidates running in the 2022 election including Sharice Davids, Lynn Rogers, and Chris Mann!

2022 NFDW Convention (51st Annual)

On behalf of the 2022 National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) Convention Committee, we are pleased to announce that registration for the Virtual 2022 NFDW 51st Convention is now open!

The theme for 2022 is Good Trouble… Necessary Trouble.

Friday, June 10, 2022 11:00 AM (EST)
Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:00 AM(EST)

Our Virtual Convention will be hosted on Zoom. Details to follow…JUNE 10-11, 2022

Register

Banned Book Brunch

Join us the First Saturday of each month to dive deeper into what the @GOP and Rev. Shaw Moore don’t want you, or your kids, to learn.
This month’s brunch will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 11-1, where we will continue our discussion of The 1619 Project. 

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday May 5,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest:: Keti Maghradze-Lindeman will join us to talk about the Russian invasions of Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia.

Keti Maghradze, MA in social sciences, born 1984, Tbilisi, Georgia.  From 2007 to 2012 she worked for the US Embassy in Georgia and with the US Marine Corps and worked as an interpreter on numerous diplomatic and military missions and training operations.  From 2012 to 2015 she worked with the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection as an interpreter for the minister’s office. Starting from her university years, she worked with Georgian and Polish debating organizations as a coach and judge for youth debates.  She currently works for Autism Therapeutic Services in Fayetteville, NC as an administrative assistant and recently started volunteering for a nonprofit called Ukrainian Efforts which delivers relief and medical supplies to the front lines in Ukraine.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday May 19,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.

Special Guest: Claire Iwai Reagan will tell us about “Freedom to Learn”

My husband, Scott, and I have three kids — Evan 7, Abbie 5, & Isaac 1 — Fun fact: All three have November birthdays! We decided to plant roots here in Olathe in February 2018; we closed on our house the week before the Parkland tragedy. While I have always been a voter, that horrific loss of life combined with our son’s identification as being autistic prompted me to, as they say, get off the couch. I became and remain a mama on a mission. I want good governance and leaders who, as we tell our children, want everyone to have what they need, even if those needs are different for each one of us.

During the 2018 election, I knocked on hundreds of doors, made dozens of phone calls, and found a robust community of like-minded, compassionate friends and neighbors here in Olathe. I became a key volunteer in 2019 rather than a precinct leader because my neighborhood was already well taken care of.

I managed Dean Vakas’s campaign for Olathe City Council in 2021 and am currently the Finance Director for Mike Kelly’s campaign for Chair of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.

Earlier this year, I helped form Freedom to Learn, a Kansas political action committee dedicated to saving our public schools, with other concerned parents and community stakeholders.

It’s Time to FLIP IT BLUE!

 

Come celebrate freedom with us at our annual Flip It Blue event, JCDW South’s biggest annual fundraiser! The money we raise at this event will go to amazing Democratic candidates right here in Johnson County who are running to preserve freedom and democracy for all Kansans.

This year, we will be joined by candidates running in the 2022 election including Sharice Davids, Lynn Rogers, and Chris Mann!

Our last Flip it Blue brought in over $6,000 for candidates, and this year, we hope to make it even bigger and better. That’s why we’re pulling out all the stops: we’ll have cotton candy, balloons, prizes, and a fabulous raffle. Dinner (via Mexican food truck), water, and soft drinks are included in the cost of your ticket.

Our THEME is patriotism, so come in red, white, and blue. Feel free to get competitive; prizes will go to the most patriotic outfit.

When: Saturday, July 9th from 4-8 PM

Where: Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park and West 87th Street Parkway, Lackman Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

Tickets

Member: $25

Nonmember: $30

Child Under 10: $15

We strive to make this event as family friendly and inclusive as possible, but if you can donate a bit more, we welcome your contribution and honor your efforts to help move Kansas Forward. Special recognition will go to those who donate at the following levels (unless you request anonymity):

Sapphire: $50

Royal: $100

True Blue: $250

 

Get Tickets Now

 

Note: You may buy more than one ticket at a time, but you will have to do some math. For example, two member tickets plus one child ticket = $65. Please indicate the # and type of tickets you are purchasing in the tickets field. (ie: 2 adults and 1 child)

Come for the food, the fun, and the fellowship. Together, we can flip Kansas BLUE!

 

Never Again

Long before Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, desperate women sought solutions to seemingly impossible problems. And there have always been ways, especially for those with means. In the years before the landmark Supreme Court decision, the nation was a patchwork quilt of restrictive abortion laws that had an outsize impact on poor, disadvantaged women without the ability to travel. Those poor women, disproportionately women of color, also sought solutions, but with far more frightening and evocative results. To this day, though it was hardly the only sharp implement used, the coat hanger is symbolic of a long and bloody fight for freedom sometimes waged on the corpses of women whose self-inflicted or back-alley abortion took a deadly turn.

Those days are not over. Once again, the nation is fragmenting, with unequal abortion laws from state to state putting undue burdens on women who cannot drive or fly halfway across the country. Women from Texas were fleeing to Oklahoma, but now Oklahoma has shut its doors. Where will they go next? Here, to Kansas? Our rights, too, are in jeopardy.

Make no mistake: the coat hanger abortion is not a thing of the past. In 2015, a Tennessee woman, unable to obtain a safe, legal abortion due to her state’s restrictive laws, used a coat hanger on herself to terminate her pregnancy. She was jailed for more than a year before finally being released, all because she could not seek the medical care she required.

When JCDW chose the hanger and the slogan “Never Again” to put on our merchandise, it was intended to evoke a response, to remind us all of what’s at stake. Our freedoms, our health, our very lives are at risk.

But let’s not forget, too, that most of us at JCDW are privileged. Should this constitutional amendment pass and our access to abortion be denied, many of us can fly to New York or California or even Canada (assuming the need is non-urgent). What about our friends? What about our neighbors? What about the poor women, who are still disproportionately women of color? 

Protecting every woman’s rights is a central tenet of the National Federation of Democratic Women, the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, and Johnson County Democratic Women. This is why we have taken up the Kansas Constitutional Amendment fight, and why you can count on us to have the health and well-being of every woman in Kansas at heart.

2022 Kansas Federation of Democratic Women Convention in Topeka 

We had a fabulous time at the Topeka Country Club. Around 50 women were there discussing the political divide, campaigning, fundraising, and more. The camaraderie was amazing. We heard from Usha Reddi, Kansas Democratic National Committeewoman, Senator Carol Alvarado as well as Barbara Bollier, and capped the day off with Sharice Davids!

*The Third Congressional District will be hosting the convention next year, so save the date!

April 28-30, 2023

Shortly after the August primary, we will begin looking for volunteers for the Convention Committee, so stay tuned!

Banned Book Brunch

Gayle Asher will lead our discussion on the 1619 Project – through Chapter 12. Saturday May 7th, from 11-1. The 1619 Project explores the history of slavery in America and its countless toxic consequences. We’ll be discussing Undemocratic Democracy and Medical Inequality as well as others. If you haven’t started, you can have time to grab a copy and catch up.

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday April 7,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

 

Topic: Afghanistan History, Culture, and Crisis

Special Guest: Sina Baha

Join Johnson County Democratic Women North as SIna Baha comes to tell us about Afghanistan refugees. SIna is an Afghan American who has been in the US for almost 30 years. She is the mother of four children and is involved in volunteer efforts helping refugees with settlement and translation. She will give us a history of Afghanistan and some cultural information.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday April 21,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office or on Zoom.
Topic: Recruiting Great Candidates

Special Guest: Deann Mitchell, Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party

Deann Mitchell was elected Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party in November 2020. She ran for Olathe City Council in 2017 and House District 26 in 2018. Her husband, Greg Mitchell, was elected to the Board of Water One in 2019.
Professionally, Deann is a Wealth Manager with Frontier Wealth Management. She is a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.
Deann holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Applied Organizational Leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Western Governors University.
Deann enjoys being involved in many civic and philanthropic pursuits. She is an active member in Central Exchange and is has been a board member of the Veterans Voices Writing Project for 10 years. Deann is a former member of the Kansas Credit Union Council and the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.
She lives in Olathe, KS with her husband, Greg and has two adult daughters.

Stories From the Fight

By: Dawn Olney

Laying nearly forgotten among countless painful abortion stories is another insidious problem caused when Republicans fail to treat women as humans or give them the freedom to make their own medical decisions: complicated miscarriages. Last weekend, as I made phone calls for the Democratic Party regarding the abortion constitutional amendment, I had the chance to speak to a woman named Carrie, who shared troubling insights into how we’ve chosen to make an already painful situation even worse.  

In Kansas, women suffering miscarriage cannot get the most effective treatment for a miscarriage unless they go to an abortion provider.  

The best treatment for miscarriage is a two-drug combo: one that detaches the tissue administered alongside a second that contracts the uterus. If an ob/gyn prescribes both, they must register as an abortion provider, which sets them up to be targeted by protesters.  Carrie took the contraction prescription drug for her miscarriage, but it was incomplete, forcing her to go back to the doctor. There she learned that it is not uncommon for women to have to repeat the one -drug dose because of incomplete passage. As she expressed frustration, her physician finally explained the real reason why she could not prescribe the more effective, two-drug regimen. At that point, her ob/gyn sent her to Planned Parenthood, where she had to run the protest gauntlet in order to receive appropriate medical treatment.

Carrie was no stranger to miscarriage. After the birth of her first child, she suffered four miscarriages, two of which required D&Cs costing (with insurance) $800 and $1200 respectively. A D&C is much more complicated than the simpler drug miscarriage, and involves sedation. She now believes these more invasive procedures were only necessary because she couldn’t get the two-drug option.

It’s hard for women who suffer miscarriage to talk about it and share their stories. It opens them up to insensitive comments, lack of emotional support, and outright dismissal. It is an emotional subject. It’s hard to go to a hearing or rally and tell this personal, painful story, made more painful by cruel abortion laws. So I’m telling it for her.

Now is not the time for silence. When we restrict women’s access to routine healthcare, we don’t value anyone. To help us win this fight, we need you do commit to two things:

1.) Vote NO on August 2nd.
2.) Volunteer to help us spread the word and get out the vote!

Become a Member of Johnson County Democratic Women!

JCDW North and South are PACs whose primary mission is to recruit, educate, and support candidates for state and local office. We’re also here to support, educate, and energize local Democrats, especially women, by providing top-quality programs and opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals.

In the past year, we’ve welcomed Vicki Hiatt (Chair of the Kansas Sate Democratic Party), Juliet Sinclair (to share stories from Wuhan, China), Senator Ethan Corson (District 7), Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes, Rachel Sweet from Planned Parenthood, Sharon Rodriguez to share stories of local homelessness, Stacey Knoell (Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission), and more! We like to bring in experts on current, relevant, and topical information such as combating misinformation and supporting schools, and elected officials (and supporting members) to help us stay current.

You can help us support these and other great programs by joining our organization. Joining either JCDW North or JCDW South makes you a full member of both, and you are always welcome to attend meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month! If you’re not sure which group to join, we refer you in very loose terms to 435; if you’re north of that loop, you’re more likely to want to join JCDW North. If you’re south of the loop, JCDW South might be your home. But this is only a guideline; if you’re unsure, try coming to both meetings to check them out.

Annual dues are $40. We use this money for facilities rental, website management, incidentals, and as our fundraising seed. If $40 seems like way too much money to you, we may be able to sponsor a membership; reach out to Cassie Woolworth with your (confidential) request.

Join or renew through the link below to help us keep these opportunities alive! (You will be asked which group you wish to join at the end, when you submit your payment.)

Join or Renew 

Speaking of great opportunities…

Banned Books Brunch

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Banned Books Brunch on March 5. We kicked off our discussion of the 1619 Project with the general consensus that this book is fact, not fiction. Then we dug deeper!

This book is so full of wonderful information that we did not get quite as far as we expected. So in April, we’ll be discussing chapters 3-7, and we encourage anyone and everyone to join us (even if you weren’t able to make the first chat).

Next meeting: April 2nd (first Saturday) from 11-1.

Zoom Registration

KFDW Convention

 

KFDW’s annual convention, HEAR US ROAR IN THE 20S, will be held April 22-24 at the Topeka Country Club. For more information, visit the kfdw.org

Dates to Remember:

April 22-24: KFDW annual convention

July 9th: JCDW South’s annual Flip it Blue fundraiser from 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa (family friendly). 

August 2: VOTE NO to “Value Them Both” and vote in the primaries!

November 8: VOTE in the midterm elections!

November 12: JCDW North and South team up to host a Costume Party and fundraiser (adults only).

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday March 3,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guests: Ethan Corson, Stephanie Clayton, and Jerry Stogsdill

Ethan Corson represents Senate District 7 in the Kansas Senate. First elected in 2020, he serves on the Assessment and Taxation; Utilities; Redistricting; Judiciary; Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight committees.

Stephanie Clayton represents House District 19 in the Kansas State. First elected in 2012, she serves on the Redistricting; Taxation; and Federal and State Affairs committees.

Jerry Stogsdill represents House District 21 in the Kansas State House. First elected in 2016, he serves on the Taxation; Education; and Federal and State Affairs committees.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday March 17,  2022

This meeting is hybrid. Either join us at the JoCo Dems office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204 or on ZOOM.

Zoom link 

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Special Guest: Former Representative Nancy Lusk on Reconciling Faith and Politics in the Reproductive Choice Debate 

 

The Pro-Choice argument of “my body, my choice” always fell short for me against the counter argument that after a fetus becomes viable, there are two bodies to consider, not just one.  At the same time, I believe that there are philosophical and intellectual arguments that challenge and discredit the moral high ground claim by supporters of the Pro-Life position. Given the unknowns and many complications that can arise in pregnancies, I believe the best choice is to trust women. 

Nancy Lusk served in the Kansas House of Representatives for eight years representing an area that included downtown Overland Park and the Central Resource Library. In that role, she stood against unfair attacks on public education, and actively pushed for improved social services for children and the disabled.  She is proud of having been a part of turning around the state’s failed tax policy that bankrupted the state budget, and of the successful struggle in the legislature to increase K-12 public education funding.

Never Again: The Fight for Women’s Rights

By: Dawn Olney, JCDW North Programs Chair

Bill took ahold of the priest’s coat lapel and slammed him against the wall. “If my wife dies, I’ll kill you!”

His wife, Alice, had developed toxemia, and her doctor recommended ending the pregnancy to save her life. It was the early 1960s, before Roe v Wade. At that time, an abortion was only allowed to save the life of the mother, and it required the permission of two doctors, a pastor, and a priest. The two doctors concurred, as did the pastor. But the priest would not agree, so the abortion would not proceed. The government had forbidden Bill to make a medical decision on behalf of his wife, and had denied him the right to use his own faith and ethics in his own life.

Alice told me her story in the 1980s. She survived the pregnancy, as did her child. She said that, since they survived, people often told her that the priest had made the correct call. But I remember her face as she said, “They had no right! They had no right to interfere into our lives! We weren’t even Catholic! Who cared what that priest thought?”

At the time, I was secure in the belief that those days were over, and women would have control over their health and very life with the help of their doctor and family. Never did I dream that forty years later, women would again face death from a pregnancy they cannot end.

Thanks to Kansas Republican legislators, there will be a question on the ballot on August 2, 2022 that will take away women’s right to decide what is best for their own health and family. The question is to amend the Kansas Constitution to state there is no right to abortion in Kansas. Democrats tried to at least make exceptions for rape, incest, and to save the health and life of the mother. All were voted down by Republicans. Many other religions and denominations do not share the same attitudes towards abortion, and this amendment would infringe on their right to practice their religion. A simple majority of Kansas voters will amend the constitution.

Republicans want to control women, take away our autonomy; we are nothing but a vessel to them, our lives completely subordinate to any unborn fetus. This amendment is the first step to ban all abortion in Kansas with no exceptions. And our husbands and families will only be able to look on helplessly as the State prevents us from getting life-saving care.

We need all hands on deck to get out the vote and defeat this amendment. What can you do?

  • Donate to the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, and Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, which is a coalition of organizations mobilizing to defeat the amendment.
  • Volunteer with the Democratic Party to write letters, call, or canvass voters to get out the vote.
    Volunteer with Planned Parenthood and call voters every Tuesday.
  • Display yard signs, bumper stickers, bags, and buttons.
  • Learn about the amendment and talk to your friends and family.
    Share your story.

 

Johnson County Democratic Party

Planned Parenthood

Kansans For Constitutional Freedom

Banned Book Brunch Starts March 5!

First Meeting: Saturday, March 5 11 – 1
JCDW is starting our Banned Book Brunch and this month we’re talking about the 1619 Project – A brief History – the BLUE BOOK. NOT the shorter version (sorry) In our first meeting, we will go over chapters 1-5, and delve through Origins to Dispositions and the impact they are still having.
The 1619 project is a wide-ranging, landmark summary of the Black experience in America: searing, rich in unfamiliar detail, exploring every aspect of slavery and its continuing legacy, in which being white or Black affects everything from how you fare in courts and hospitals and schools to the odds that your neighborhood will be bulldozed for a freeway.
Join us the First Saturday of each month to dive deeper into what the @GOP and Rev. Shaw Moore don’t want you, or your kids, to learn.
You can get the book in print, ebook, and on audio. We will also have members copies for sharing.
Consider supporting LOCAL booksellers such as our own Kelly Stromberg  … message her on FB and she will set you up! You can also try Rainy Day Books (Fairway), Raven Books (Lawrence)Green Door Books (Overland Park), or Blk + Brwn Bookstore in KC, MO
Special thanks to JCDW member Gayle Asher for organizing this book club! 

Save the Date!

 

 

Flip It Blue, JCDW South’s annual summer fundraiser, will be on Saturday, July 9, from 4-8 PM at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. Last year’s event was an unparalleled success, with $6,000 raised to help fund local elections. This year, that’s the number to beat! And with every House District up for grabs, we’ll need every dollar we can get. 

Thank You

 

 

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make JCDW South’s Game Night a success. We had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, AND we raised $1610.00 to donate to candidates running for office in 2022!

North January Meeting Recap

On February 3, Leslie Mark joined us to talk about messaging. It is very clear we need good strong messaging to defeat the abortion amendment and reelect Governor Kelly and Sharice Davids. If you buy one of the books she recommended, consider going to Rainy Day Books in Fairway or Bliss Books and Wine, which is Black-owned.

Here are two slides from her presentation.

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday February 3,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest: Leslie D. Mark

Born in Geneva, Switzerland at the height of the Cold War, daughter of American diplomats, Leslie spent much of her childhood in Europe, Africa and the United States.

She attended University of Maryland, College Park, MD while working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Les Aspin on the big push of the day: an All-Volunteer Military force. The congressman went on to serve as President Clinton’s first Secretary of Defense. Leslie transferred to Smith College, Northampton, MA., to pursue a Studio Art degree, leaving her home and politics in DC behind.

Hallmark Cards recruited Leslie from Smith, who was eager to work with internationally acclaimed calligraphers working at HQ in Kansas City. That quick answer to a first job has morphed into a thirty-eight year design and calligraphy practice. Leslie retains membership in several guilds, including the Washington DC calligraphy society.

In volunteer work, Leslie has focused on long-term, sustained alumnae development and participation for Smith College as well as mentoring many young women from high school through Smith and beyond. Until 2016, she also served the Kansas City community on projects supporting education, elder care, inter-faith dialogue and environmental awareness.

After the 2016 election, however, Leslie refocused on politics. She fell in with the local group of (mainly) women activists who stood up the Kansas City chapter of Indivisible. They committed to raising community engagement, training on harnessing power to change the political landscape and bringing more attention to the failures of media to keep citizens informed. Indivisible Kansas City (now Missouri Action Alliance) continues to focus on primary issue advocacy topics: voting rights and access to the ballot, Medicaid expansion (MO & KS), equitable school funding, including higher education, and implementing better gun safety laws. Leslie continues her work with a national grassroots group targeting messaging to better reclaim our national narrative and help activists as well as candidates use those tools to support relational voter outreach efforts.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday February 17,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link 

Special Guest: Stacey Knoell, Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission

Stacey Knoell is the Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Stacey plans to speak to us about voter suppression, redistricting, bills attempting to subvert the teaching of history in our schools, and the upcoming abortion amendment. 

JCDW South Game Night

Looking for a fun way to support Democrats in Kansas? Join us for our GAME NIGHT on Saturday, January 29th from 7-9 p.m. Using ZOOM to stay safe, we’ll be playing Jack Box and Cards Against Humanity for honor and glory and for the future of Kansas! All proceeds will go to Democrats running in state and local races in 2022, when every seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs. 

Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for nonmembers, but additional donations are welcome. 

 

Get Your Game Night Tickets

Urgent Redistricting Update!

HB 2522, which includes the blatantly gerrymandered Ad Astra 2 Congressional Map, has been voted out of committee and heads to the House floor.
Contact your representatives NOW.
Talking points:
  • You are an OPPONENT of HB 2522 as it puts Johnson County in with Miami, Franklin and Anderson counties.
  • We do not have close economic, culture, or social ties with Miami, Franklin, and/or Anderson counties.
  • Johnson County is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area and the core of the County needs to be included with Wyandotte County for the Third Congressional District.
  • VOTE NO on HB 2522.

For more information, visit The League of Women Voters Redistricting Page.

Exciting Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in writing a Letter to the Editor in support of Governor Kelly’s re-election? Reach out to Emma O’Brien, Communications Advisor with the Kansas Democratic Party to learn more. You can reach her at emma@kansasdems.org.

JoCo Young Dems Revival

In these troubled times, it is essential to engage and energize young voters early. This is why Johnson County Democratic Women proudly supports and encourages the Johnson County Young Democrats, which has faced many challenges in the past couple of years. Now, as we enter another critical election year, an effort to revive the Young Dems is underway. If you or someone you know is interested in helping to restructure and organize this group, contact JocoYoungDems@gmail.com

 

North January Meeting Recap

On January 6, Christina Haswood came to our meeting. She is one of three Native Americans to serve in the Kansas State House of Representatives. She serves District 10 in Wichita.

She discussed Native American issues that should be addressed in the legislature, such as changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day; finding and returning children’s remains that may be found in Indian boarding school grounds; and House Bill 2008 (which she cosponsored) which coordinates law enforcement agencies in investigations of missing and murdered Native American women.

Join us February 3 when Leslie Mark comes to talk about messaging. We have Governor Kelly’s reelection and the abortion amendment in August, and we need to find a way to motivate and engage voters.

South January Meeting Recap

On January 20, we held board elections. Congratulations to:

For Vice President of Programming: Allison Hougland

For Vice President of Membership: Kat Hooley-Lickteig 

For Treasurer: Carol Shimeall

*We are currently looking for someone to take over the role of Secretary. If you’re interested, contact Cassie Woolworth at cassiewoolworth@gmail.com.


We hoped to hear from Kat Hooley-Lickteig on campaign finance, but she was forced to reschedule due to illness. We wish her speedy recovery and will look for an opportunity to reschedule her in the future.

In the meantime, Cassie Woolworth spoke to us about Voter to Voter, an important voter outreach tool we’ve been using to engage our friends and neighbors in the political process. 

We also heard from Representative Linda Featherston about the blatantly gerrymandered map passed out of the Kansas Senate that very night. 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday January 6,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

This Meeting is Online Only

Zoom link

Special Guest Christina Haswood will tell us about Native American issues and policies.

Christina Haswood is a public health professional and lifelong district resident who represents District 10 (Lawrence) in the Kansas House of Representatives. At age 26, Christina is among the youngest members of the Kansas Legislature, and is one of three Native Americans elected to the 2021-2022 legislative session.
Christina’s parents moved to Lawrence from the Navajo reservation in Arizona in pursuit of a better life and more opportunities. Christina and her family struggled with poverty, and had to rely
on public resources such as WIC, Section 8 Housing, reduced-fee school lunch, and tribal clothing programs while growing up.
Christina graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Community Health. She then transferred to Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. Most recently, Christina graduated with a Master’s in Public Health Management from the University of Kansas Medical Center in May 2020.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday January 20,  2022

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

**We will hold our annual board elections at this meeting. Members of JCDW South or North who identify as female may participate in these elections.

This Meeting is Online Only

Zoom link 

Special Guest Kat Hooley-Lickteig will speak to us about campaign finance.

Kat Hooley-Lickteig is a Texas native that has found her forever home. She is a mom to 6 wonderfully diverse children, wife to 2 incredible men, and an avid college football fan (Go Horned Frogs!) She has served as the JCCC Campus Election Engagement Fellow and the President of JCCC’s College Democrats. She is currently studying Political Science with a minor in Public Administration at the University of Kansas, with plans to graduate in May 2023. She first joined the JCDWS Board in December of 2020, and looks forward to seeing how this group of passionate women make a difference in our community. Rock Chalk!

Game Night Fundraiser

 

 

We are here to WIN!!

JCDW South invite you to GAME NIGHT, an evening of fun, fantasy, cards, and laughter. Join us for ZOOM Rooms where you’ll find Cards Against Humanity, You Don’t Know JACK, HASBRO, and others!

This is a fundraiser, our first of 2022. All proceeds will go to helping elect DEMOCRATS in local elections … and since every House seat is up this year, we’ve got a lot of amazing candidates to support. Come for the games, the fun, and the thrill of victory in November!

7-9 pm

Saturday, Jan 29th. 2022

$15/ Ticket Members

$20/ Ticket Non-Member

$10 per ticket after that

 

 Sign Up Now!

 

After donation you will receive the registration ZOOM link for entry.

Join NOW to become a member: New Member Sign Up – Kansas Federation of Democratic Women (kfdw.org)

Celebrating Our 2021 Election Victories

What an incredible election year! In 2021, JCDW (North and South) endorsed 24 amazing candidates for local offices from school board to mayor and INCREDIBLY, 18 of them won their races! That is a 75% success rate, and it is due entirely to the incredibly hard work of volunteers, donors, and most especially, the candidates themselves. 

JCDW North and South would like to offer a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to every Democrat who stepped up to run for office in 2021. We recognize you both for your courage and hard work. You matter, and you made a difference, whether you won your individual race or not. Year by year, we are moving the needle, and we could not do that without the efforts of our amazing candidates. 

And now, give it up for our JCDW-endorsed WINNERS:

 

Blue Valley School Board: Gina Knapp

Gina Knapp and her husband Christopher live in Overland Park with their three children. She has a business degree from the University of Kansas and an MBA in finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Gina works remotely as the Vice President of Finance for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. She currently serves as the treasurer for the Blue Valley Northwest Quarterback Club.

 

Desoto School Board: Calley Malloy

Public education can reach unrealized potential in all children, I have witnessed this on several occasions, even in my husband, whom was the first member of his family to graduate from college. He credits access to advanced public programs and superb teachers for his current career as a Medical Research Scientist at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. My passion for high quality public education led us to western Shawnee in 2015, as well as its small-town atmosphere and strong sense of community. As the mother of two young boys and Kindergarten mom, I feel now is the opportune time to put my passion, skillset, and talent to work by bringing a fresh perspective to our community.

 

Lenexa City Council: Melanie Arroyo

Melanie Arroyo is 29 years old and a Lenexa resident since 2016. Prior to that, she was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, moved to Kansas City at the age of 11, and is a graduate of Shawnee Mission Schools. Melanie is incredibly proud to have become an American citizen in 2018. She currently serves as Democratic Precinct Committeewoman for the 5th precinct in Lenexa, Ward 3.

Arroyo graduated from the University of Saint Mary in 2014 with a Bachelors in Studio Art and Psychology. She continued her education at Emporia State University where she graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling and a Master’s in Art Therapy.

Arroyo is a clinical counselor and art therapist in private practice, with experience working with children and adults from a range of cultural backgrounds including inmates, individuals in substance recovery, at-risk youth, low socioeconomic status individuals, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, LGBT and people with disabilities.

Arroyo will be the only Latina serving in local office in Johnson County, as well as the only person of color on the Lenexa City Council.

 

Mission Mayor: Sollie Flora

I am dedicated to transparency and community participation. I engage with my constituents through regular social media posts and quarterly Ward 4 meetings. I work hard to ensure that my neighbors and Mission residents understand my positions, and am always willing to explain the “why” behind my votes.

I believe that implementing good policy begins with being a good listener, and I’m always interested in engaging in meaningful dialogue on the important issues facing our city. But beyond talk, I’ve delivered results. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together over the next four years.

 

Merriam City Council: Amy Rider

As your City Council member, I would be committed to making Merriam a resilient, sustainable and comfortable community for all.
I want to:

  • Advocate for high-value gathering places, like community gardens and a dog park.
  • Make Merriam walkable
  • Support the development of affordable housing options in Merriam.

 

Olathe School Board: Julie Steele

Julie Steele grew up in the Olathe School District where she benefited from unique educational opportunities, compassionate teachers, and strong community support. That’s why, after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at KU and then a Master’s Degree in Special Ed (Early Childhood) at Emporia, she returned to Olathe to teach and to give all four of her children the same great opportunities.

A strong supporter of public schools in general, Julie is passionate about our local Olathe schools. She has a great deal of respect for the qualified and dedicated decision-makers in the Olathe School District, from the administration through to the classroom teachers and staff who have always focused on providing a model of lifelong learning. As a member of the Olathe School Board, Julie’s focus will be to support the continued funding of our vital programs and exceptional staff. But she also recognizes that we need to meet the evolving demands of preparing our students for their future. Three areas that contribute to our district’s success are greater diversity engagement, safety for all students, and a more open channel of communication with our citizens. Julie is prepared to put words into action as she helps Olathe to grow into the future.

 

Overland Park City Council Ward 1: Logan Heley

Council Member Logan Heley was elected to the City Council in November 2017. 

Heley cares about our neighborhoods and he is active in our community. Sustainability being important to the future of our city’s quality of life, Heley is involved with the Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council and has served on the city’s Advisory Council on Parks + Recreation. He is also the Council representative of the Legacy of Greenery Committee.

Heley also serves on the advisory board of Climate Action KC and the board of the Metropolitan Energy Center. He previously served on the Shawnee Mission UU Church Board of Trustees and the Alumni Network Advisory Board for the Youth Volunteer Corps. Heley is a Johnson County Citizens Academy graduate.

Professionally, Heley works as the community engagement manager for Harvesters—The Community Food Network. At Harvesters, he engages people with Harvesters’ mission by giving their time, food, money, and voice to help feed the 360,000+ people in our region who don’t know when or where their next meal will be. He serves as Harvesters’ liaison to the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Heley was the press intern at the White House and worked in constituent services as a Congressional intern. To help pay for his education, he worked as a package handler for UPS and was a member of the Teamsters union.

 

Overland Park City Council Ward 2: Melissa Cheatham

Melissa Cheatham was elected to the Overland Park City Council in November 2021. Melissa is a mom, community advocate, and policymaker with experience solving problems at the federal, local and neighborhood levels.

Cheatham has lived in Overland Park since 2012. She and her husband,Chris, are the parents of two children, who are students in the Shawnee Mission School District.

Cheatham has been an active community volunteer during her years as a stay-at-home parent. She served on the Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council, where she was the group’s representative to the Residential Building Code Development Task Force and Incentive Policy Stakeholder Group. As a member of the Policy Committee for Climate Action KC, Cheatham was the primary author of the regional Climate Action Playbook. Cheatham previously served as Legislative Chair for her children’s school Parent Teacher Association, as an officer on her neighborhood’s Homes Association, and as a Board Member of Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City.

Previously, Cheatham worked at a national environmental advocacy group and as Professional Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Prairie Village City Council Ward 1: Cole Robinson

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I reflect on our campaign and last night’s election results. As a third generation Prairie Village resident, I am so proud to be a part of the future that voters have chosen for our city.
This election validates the tradition of service that has defined Prairie Village and gives us a clear mandate to continue the work of making our community a place that everyone can be proud to call home. As a member of City Council, I will strive to maintain the standards that residents have come to expect while upholding the values we share.
I would like to acknowledge Thorne Daimler and the time and effort he committed to this campaign. Running for public office is not easy and I respect that he stepped up to put his name on the ballot.
I look forward to working with residents, city staff, and fellow council members to address the issues that impact our everyday lives and create smart policy to guide the continued progress of our great city. Thank you for this opportunity.

 

Prairie Village City Council Ward 5: Greg Shelton

Greg and his wife Kim made Prairie Village their home in 2012, shortly after the birth of their first child. As a native of Prairie Village, this was a homecoming for Kim. And, soon after settling into their new home, Greg began to seek out new ways to support the community. His involvement with child advocacy centers lead him to the Sunflower House where he became a board member in 2017 and continues to be a staunch advocate for the Sunflower House’s work to support children and their families dealing with the trauma of abuse.

Greg’s community advocacy has opened several new opportunities, and most recently he was appointed to the Johnson County Charter Commission. This select group of citizens works for a year evaluating the County’s charter to assess how our government could and should work more efficiently for residents.

 

Roeland Park Mayor: Mike Kelly

A lifelong Johnson County resident, Mike was elected Mayor of Roeland Park on November 7, 2017, and began his term on January 8, 2018. Before being elected Mayor, Mike served as the Chairman of both the Roeland Park Sustainability Committee and the Community Foundation Advisory Board. Mike and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their daughter Virginia to Roeland Park in August 2017. The Kelly family live on Roeland Drive with their dog, Margot, who at the city-wide Bark in R Park event was awarded “Longest Tail in Roeland Park.”

Prior to joining the Roeland Park community, Mike attended Cure’ of Ars Catholic School and Rockhurst High School. A lover of sports and the outdoors, Mike attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and was a high school All-America Rugby selection.

 

Roeland Park CIty Council: Tom Madigan

My wife and I chose Roeland Park for our home in 1985. We raised our children here and our grandchildren attended preschool at Roeland Park Community Center. We are now retired and enjoy taking our great grandsons to the Aquatic Center and City Parks.

I have a wide-ranging background in investigation, communication, and negotiations.

I am U.S. Army veteran and I have been engaged in public service for our city on a number of levels. I have served as Chairperson of Board of Zoning Appeals, Neighbor to Neighbor Strategic Planning, and Ad-Hoc Branding Committee. I will continue to be an active member of the Neighborhood Watch Captains.

One of my top priorities is the implementation of a convenient, 21st century, two-way communication application for our citizens. Open discourse is good for our democracy.

 

Shawnee Mission School Board: April Boyd-Noronha

I believe access to opportunities is the gateway to success in life. My motivation is to ensure all of our kids have pathways to fulfill their goals and dreams. Emerging technology continues to transform our world. It is vital for leaders in education to prioritize preparing students to thrive in the workforce of the future.

 

JCCC Board of Trustees: Lee Cross

Lee is a seventh generation Johnson Countian and is dedicated to preserving the broad range of opportunities the College offers to students. Lee is a father of two, proud husband and an attorney. Before attending the University of Kansas and UMKC Law School, JCCC provided Lee with the launchpad he needed to jump start his career.

 

JCCC Board of Trustees: Joy Koesten

I am thrilled that the people of Johnson County were able to see through the ideological absurdities of the campaign season and focus on the real purpose of our community college – providing affordable, world-class education that launches students to career success. As your Trustee, I will work hard to recruit, recognize, and retain the best teachers and staff, so that every student who passes through JCCC can have the same great experience that I did.

I look forward to working with Dr. Andy Bowne and my colleagues on the board to make sure that our community college is accessible and affordable to every student across their lifespan, creating the strongest and most resilient workforce in our region.

To every person who supported my campaign, THANK YOU! I am forever grateful for your support.

 

JCCC Board of Trustees: Dawn Rattan

Thank you to the voters of Johnson County. I’m honored to become a Trustee and look forward to keeping JCCC growing into the future! I’m also humbled to make history as the first Black Trustee in the history of JCCC! This is the cultural center of our county and I intend to honor it and make it the best it can be. I look forward to working with the administration, the faculty, the students, and the 6 other Trustees. I’m excited to learn more about the college and board responsibilities. The needs of students and the workplace are quickly changing and I’m excited about taking our strategic plan into our future!

Thank you to campaign supporters and volunteers. Your support came in many forms: prayers, putting up yard signs, phone and text banking, canvassing, sharing social media posts, encouraging me, donations, and hosting events! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for you. Thank you for believing in my ability to be a Trustee. We made history together and I’m committed to making you proud of your choice.

Finally thank you to my family and my business. My attention and time has been dedicated to the race and I’m excited to turn attention back to you! Your patience and encouragement lifted me up throughout the campaign.

 

WATERONE Position 3: Kay Heley

Hi, I’m Kay. I was elected to the WaterOne Board in 2017. During my first term, I have been an advocate for public health and fiscal responsibility while moving WaterOne towards increased use of renewable energy sources. I continue to support staff efforts to protect our source water, towards fleet electrification and for participation in Climate Action KC’s regional Climate Action Plan. Our Board has strengthened its commitment to environmental stewardship. As a result, WaterOne applied for and was awarded a 2019 Sustainable Water Utility Management Award by AMWA (Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies) for its years of proactive, energy efficient, educational and source water protection strategies. I am committed to WaterOne as an employer of choice that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion. I’m proud that my 2017 campaign and Board participation have helped raise community awareness of and engagement in the safe, reliable, affordable and delicious water that our essential WaterOne employees provide us daily.

 

WATERONE Position 5: Jill Westra

Not only am I passionate about protecting our planet’s natural resources, I do it for a living. As an environmental scientist with a 20-year career in environmental management and sustainability, locally and internationally, I will bring an important perspective and skill set to the WaterOne Board.

 

 

November Meeting Recaps

Every month, we hear from tremendous speakers who take time out of their personal schedules to come and share their expertise with our groups. This month, we thank Sherri Grogan and Alana Cloutier for their time, passion, and insights. 

  • Sherri Grogan joined JCDW North to discuss redistricting. She encouraged us to write the committee and urge them to make fair districts. You can download her power point here: 

Generic Redistricting_COI Presentation

  • Alana Cloutier joined JCDW South to discuss rural outreach. In order to flip Kansas blue, or even purple, we need to engage rural voters and make them feel like they have a home in the Democratic Party. You can help by donating to Kansas Dems. Among other things, these donations support staff across the state, and we need to get to the point where every congressional district has an organizer. 

JCDW South Board Elections

JCDW South will be holding its annual board election on January 20. Each year, half the board is up for election (or re-election), and the winners will serve a two-year term. In even years (such as 2022), we will vote for a Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Membership, and a Treasurer. 

Any Active Member may vote or nominate someone for the board. Nominees must also be Active Members. An Active Member Identifies as a female, Is registered as a Democrat, and Is current with annual dues. Nominations may be made from the floor and require a second.   

Join or Renew Membership

Current nominees for January 2022 are:

For Vice President of Programming: Allison Hougland 

For Vice President of Membership: Kat Hooley-Lickteig (she/her)

For Treasurer: Carol Shimeall

If anyone would like to put forward another name, please contact us at jcdwsouth@gmail.com. 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

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JCDW North

 

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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday November 4,  2021

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest: Sherri Grogan

Sherri Grogan is active in the Kansas Democratic Party and has served as Chairwoman for Leavenworth County Democrats and 2nd Congressional District. She currently serves as Core Team Lead for the KDP’s leadership program, a partnership with Kansas Leadership Center. Sherri is also President of Rural Leavenworth, Inc., an organization focused on property rights and land use; a member of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature and League of Women Voters. Sherri comes to us as a private citizen with expertise and is not representing any organization.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday November 18,  2021

Hybrid Meeting

Either join us in person at the JoCo Dems office (8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204) or on Zoom.

Zoom link 

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Special Guest: Alana Cloutier

Alana Cloutier is originally from Northern California but now lives in small town Humboldt, KS. Her husband Paul is a native Kansan, and they moved from Oakland, CA to Southeast Kansas in 2017 to help start a non-profit after kind of freaking out after the 2016 election. (Didn’t we all?!) Currently they are restoring buildings and opening a bar and a bookstore, as the town currently has neither. Alana is a precinct person, the Allen County Democratic Party Vice Chair, and the Chair of the Second Congressional District.

Game Night — Mark Your Calendars!

JCDW South will be hosting an online game night Saturday, January 29th from 7-9 PM. We’ll be playing Jack Box and Cards Against Humanity (18+) and, if history is any indication, laughing until our sides hurt! The event is, in part, a fundraiser, a way to support the 2022 midterm races, so “tickets” will cost a minimum donation of $20 per person — or minimum $15 for JCDW members. 

Mark your calendars and watch for an e-mail next month with your official invitation to Game Night, along with a donation link. In the meantime, make sure you’re a member in order to receive updates and member benefits: 

Join or Renew Membership

Note: The link above will take you to the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, our parent organization, which handles statewide membership. If you are already a member, you will be asked to renew. New members will have to answer a series of questions, then choose a chapter to join; membership in either North or South entitles you to member benefits and discounts. 

Merchandise!

If you’re looking for a fun way to support our organizations, check out our merchandise, available NOW at the JoCo Dems office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204.

JCDW South is selling t-shirts for $15 each celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. 

JCDW North is selling yard signs for $10 each thanking Governor Kelly for her excellent leadership during the pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JCDW South Board Elections

JCDW South will be holding its annual board election on January 20. Each year, half the board is up for election (or re-election), and the winners will serve a two-year term. In even years (such as 2022), we will vote for a Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Membership, and a Treasurer. 

Any Active Member may vote or nominate someone for the board. Nominees must also be Active Members. An Active Member Identifies as a female, Is registered as a Democrat, and Is current with annual dues. Nominations may be made from the floor and require a second.

Join or Renew Membership

Current nominees for January 2022 are:

For Vice President of Programming: Allison Hougland 

For Vice President of Membership: Kat Hooley-Lickteig (she/her)

For Treasurer: Carol Shimeall

If anyone would like to put forward another name, please contact us at jcdwsouth@gmail.com. 

Forever the Free State Gala

 

This year, the Johnson County Democratic Party will be hosting its annual fundraiser, Forever the Free State, online on Saturday, November 6th. Representative Davids and her special guest Representative Colin Allred will be there to share insights and inspiration. 

Forever the Free State is the primary fundraiser for the Johnson County Democratic Party, and we need your help to make it a success. Next year, in 2022, we will be re-electing Congresswoman Davids and Governor Laura Kelly, as well as working to fill more seats in the Kansas House with Democrats. 

We hope to see you there! 

 

JCDW North October Meeting Recap

In case you missed it, here is the power point from Planned Parenthood: 

Johnson County Democratic Women, 10.7.21

JCDW South October Meeting Recap

Sharon Rodriguez has been photographing the homelessness of Johnson County since 2016 in order to share their stories and to awaken us to the truth that there are homeless people in our wealthy county. She has two books available for purchase, which you can get by emailing her. You can also find her on social media here: 

FB: Sharon Rodriguez Photography
Website: www.sharonrodriguezphotography.com

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!


 

 

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.

North ZOOM Meeting

Thursday October 7,  2021

Online Only

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 to hear from our speaker.

Zoom link

Special Guest: Rachel Sweet from Planned Parenthood

Join us on October 7 when Planned Parenthood will tell us about the ballot initiative to ban abortion in the Kansas State Constitution. Rachel Sweet will join us to explain the bill and procedure, and what we can do to fight it. Rachel has been with Planned Parenthood for several years, working in legislative action and lobbying. She was involved when we successfully blocked this bill in 2020.

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday October 21,  2021

Hybrid Meeting

Either join us in person at the JoCo Dems office (8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204) or on Zoom.

Come at 6:00 to socialize or at 6:30 for the meeting.

Special Guest: Sharon Rodriguez on Homelessness

Sharon has photographed and interviewed the homeless of Johnson County, Ks since 2014.  She started documenting the homeless of Johnson County to dispel the perception that this wealthy county does not have a homeless population.  The images in this exhibition depict the face of the Johnson County Homeless.  Sharon takes this project a step further by giving her subjects the power to voice their personal story and the opportunity to write it in their own hand.  These personal stories are displayed next to their photographic likeness.  Throughout this work Sharon dispels the myth of “there are no homeless here (Johnson County)”.  I hope you will take the time to not only see the face but hear their stories tonight.

She has published “Homeless Not Invisible” and “Homeless With Honor” which include these photographs and hand written stories. Please enjoy these stories that are being read to you by Sharon Rodriguez tonight. You can get these books from Sharon Rodriguez by emailing her.

FB: Sharon Rodriguez Photography
www.sharonrodriguezphotography.com

Women’s Rights Protest

On Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM, please join the women of JCDW North and South as we join the march for women’s reproductive rights. Across this nation and in the state of Kansas, the right of women to make decisions for and about their own bodies is under threat. We’ll be handing out the postcards pictured below, designed by our own Kat Hooley-Lickteig.

Visit March for Reproductive Rights for more info.

 

Let’s Get Organized to Fight for Women’s Rights! 

The Johnson County Democratic party is gearing up to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban abortion, which will appear on next August’s ballot, and you have indicated an interest in joining our efforts. But we need your help NOW so we are prepared for the fight ahead.

We are testing a relational organizing platform for friend-to-friend outreach over the next 7 weeks to see if we can mobilize people to get out to vote in November. Our main focus will be on the two county-wide races: JCCC Board of Trustees and the WaterOne Board. But everything we do with this outreach initiative should help all Democratic candidates, if everyone works hard to reach out to their friends. If we are successful, we will continue to use the platform for the next 8 months to build our coalition to defeat the Constitutional ban.

While I know your passion is around the abortion ban, we can’t test this platform without your help right now. And local elections are super important. With this platform, it’s super easy to send specific messages (already created for you) to people we already know via text, email, and sharing on Facebook – whichever you choose!

Currently, we have 58 supporters on the platform, and we are meeting for about 30 minutes each Friday (on Zoom) to work through specific actions and talk about any problems people may be having. Once you understand how easy the platform works, you won’t spend more than 30 minutes each week (total) to change the outcome of the November election and to prepare for our bigger fight next year.

So…. Are you with us? If so, please click on the link below and create an account on OutreachCircle. Once you’ve joined you can see the Zoom Link for the Friend Banking event at 6:00 every Friday.

https://outreachcircle.com/KCK674

2021 Voter Information

The Johnson County Democratic Party has put together a terrific guide to all things election this November. Learn how to volunteer, check your registration, and most importantly — VOTE! 

You can see JCDW North and South endorsements here. Please note that we only endorse candidates who meet our strict criteria, which means that this is not an exhaustive list of all races or even all Democrats running this year. If you’d like to discuss the races or candidates, our Johnson County Democratic Women FB group is a good place to ask questions and seek opinions from like-minded people. This is a private group; if you would like to join, simply make a request — and don’t forget to answer the screening questions so we know you’re not a bot! 

Merchandise!

If you’re looking for a fun way to support our organizations, check out our merchandise, available NOW at the JoCo Dems office at 8971 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204.

JCDW South is selling t-shirts for $15 each celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. 

JCDW North is selling yard signs for $10 each thanking Governor Kelly for her excellent leadership during the pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JCDW South September Meeting Recap

Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes came out to speak to us about the critical redistricting process taking place right now. We learned that thanks to population growth in Johnson County, we will be gaining 3-4 State House seats and 2-3 State Senate seats. This is great news, but it also means that we need to get busy recruiting candidates to run in those new districts. We might not have district lines until just before the filing deadline of June 1st, 2022, so recruiting excellent candidates for the House begins NOW. Contact Deanne Mitchell if you would like to run. 

Our legislators have only just received the final numbers, so we’re in a holding pattern right now while we wait for maps to be proposed. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to stay informed about this important democratic process: 

1. Sign up to get weekly updates from KS Senate Democrats
2. Visit http://www.KSLegResearch.org to research legislative action, past and present. 
3. You can submit written redistricting testimony at any time. Send testimony to: redistricting@klrd.ks.gov.

Message From JCDW North

We are sorry to report the September 2 meeting of JCDW North was cancelled due to an abundance of caution. We were going to hear from the candidates for the November 2 election, but the Democratic office had some disturbing incidents. Several people have called with threatening comments, and on the day of the meeting, a man called several times before coming to the office in person. Police were called and the man departed. The Shawnee Mission Post and Kansas City Star had articles on the incident.

 

 

About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women

 

Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

Donate Today!

JCDW South

 

Act Blue Link

JCDW North

 

Act Blue Link


Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!