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, August 6,  2020

Come at 6:30 to socialize or at 7:00 for the meeting!

Zoom link

Speaker TBA

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, August 20,  2020

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

Before the meeting, we highly recommend that you read White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

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Special Guest: Dr. Robert Newby

Robert Newby is professor emeritus in the sociology, anthropology and social work department at Central Michigan University. Newby was a member of the department for about 20 years. Prior to his appointment at Central Michigan University, Dr. Newby was on the sociology faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Professor Newby received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1974.

Prior to academe, Dr. Newby worked as both a regional director and education specialist for the Michigan Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. Newby taught public schools in Pontiac, Michigan after receiving his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University in music education.

Dr. Newby has published extensively on issues of race and class inequality.
He has served as president of the North Central Sociological Association, the Association of Black Sociologists and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists.

Dr. Newby continues is now a columnist for a group of Michigan newspapers writing on issues of the day.


Dr. Newby is the father of Bukeka Bosede Blakemore of Lenexa and Makeda Hawk of Kansas City


Johnson County Democratic Women are hosting a GAME NIGHT!!!

Supporting Democratic candidates has never been more fun!

JOCO Dem Women South invites 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!

Sign up now by donating to JCDW South. A donation of $20 or more gets you in the door, and we have MATCHING FUNDS FOR DONORS!

JCDW South has been given up to $5,000 – YES – $5,000 to match to your donation. So GIVE TILL IT HURTS as 2020 is going to be a whirlwind.

And, if you can, make it monthly to help elect MORE and MORE JOCO Democrats!

The ZOOM link will be sent after we receive your donation.

The more the Merrier – Join Game Night Today!

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August 4th Primary

We have a primary election coming up on August 4th! Those of you who signed up for advanced ballots may already have received them — these can be dropped in the mail (they must be postmarked by August 4th and received no later than August 7th) or returned directly to the election office (by the election day).

If you haven’t registered to receive an advanced ballot you still have time!  Go to KSVotes.org and request your advanced ballot application. Requests end 7/28/2020 – so get your’s now!

You can look up your voter information or get a sample ballot at the Johnson County Election Office websitehere

Notice of Proposed Bylaws Change

Dear Members,

The Board of JCDW South is proposing amended bylaws, which will be voted on at our August 20th General Member Meeting. All Active and Lifetime Members are eligible to vote, and a simple majority passes the bylaws.

Holding elections during the height of campaign seasons has been a problem, and COVID is exacerbating the issue.

These changes primarily:

  • Decreased requirements for Board Members
  • Decreased the requirements for President
  • Decreased VP requirements
  • Changed to one signature due to covid.
  • Specified duties related to Treasurer
  • Added training to Planning Meeting
  • Changed date of our Annual Membership meeting to January so we can hold elections AFTER National/Local elections.

In addition, we will be holding a separate vote to ask the membership to extend all currently held Board positions to January to cover this Annual Membership Meeting gap.

Our CURRENT bylaws can be found on our website here.

Our NEW PROPOSED bylaws are located here.

The vote on approval of changes shall occur on Thursday, August 20th at our Monthly Meeting.

See you on Aug.20th!


Becca PecK

President, JCDW South

Membership Renewal August 1

Don’t forget to renew your membership to JCDW by August 1st. Candidates, your membership must be current to receive an endorsement. All other members, you must be current to be eligible to vote in elections. 

The easiest way to register is to click on the link in the reminder e-mail you were sent. To renew even without your email reminder, login to the “renewal” section of the KFDW website. A popup immediately reminds you to renew your membership. 

KFDW State Convention — Save the DATE!


Greetings KFDW Members!

Yes, we are having a virtual State Convention!

When: October 2nd-Executive Board Meeting
October 3rd-Business Meeting


While plans are still developing, we will likely split into Zoom “breakout rooms” to meet about specific issues members would like to discuss. Watch for our survey so you can have input about those topics.

*If you are an officer of a chapter whose members have not submitted emails to KFDW, please forward this information to your members.

Thank you,
Candace Ayars
President, KFDW

Our Newest Board Member

JCDW South would like to offer a warm welcome to our newest board member, Laura Wiltanger. Laura is the mother of three as well as a middle school teacher in the Olathe school district. She was raised in Olathe and is proud to call the area home, particularly as we watch the political landscape shift. She is eager to connect with like-minded women.

Laura has been appointed to fill the recently vacated position of secretary. 

Our PAC offers more than endorsements. Each month, we bring in interesting speakers to help inform an educate. We also offer candidate training and support. This is why JCDW membership, and especially board membership, can be a springboard into running campaigns or running for office.

We are still actively seeking a Vice President, Fundraising Chair, and Membership Chair. If you’re interested, please contact Allison Hougland at ahoug@kw.com. 

Forever the Free State Gala


This year’s Forever the Free State Gala will be held on August 23, 2020. Due to COVID-19, it will be online. You can learn more here