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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, September 3,  2020

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

Zoom link

Presenter: Avis Smith, ACSW, LSCSW, LCSW

Avis Smith is a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct instructor at the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. She has 35 years experience in child/adolescent mental health and was a diversity, equity and inclusion trainer for over 10 years. Avis learned far too late in life that being passionate about anti-racism and having a good heart does NOT prevent one from acting in ways that are harmful and damaging to people of color.

Presentation: Deconstructing Whiteness

Avis will introduce us to a 17-minute video presentation about White Privilege by Dr. Robin Diangelou, Associate Professor of Education at University of Washington, Seattle. Afterwards, Avis will facilitate a discussion about the unintended ways white progressives often cause harm to people of color and reinforce white supremist structures. Come prepared for straightforward, honest dialogue and self-reflection!

South ZOOM Meeting

Thursday, September 17,  2020

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

Zoom link

Special Guest: Jamie Katz, MPH, CPP from Johnson County Mental Health

Jamie currently serves as a prevention coordinator for Johnson County Mental Health Center. She has over 15 years of experience in working with communities on adaptive change to address substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion by focusing on facilitating collaborative approaches to leverage resources addressing priority concerns to support optimal behavioral health outcomes.

Jamie is an internationally recognized credential as a certified prevention professional. She holds a Master’s degree in public health from University of Kansas Medical Center and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Jewish Studies from Indiana University – graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and With Honors in psychology.
Jamie enjoys spending time with family and friends, including her husband, two amazing children, and two dogs. She also enjoys working out, eating out, and cheering on the Indiana Hoosiers.

JCDW 2020 Endorsements

August 18, 2020

One hundred years ago today, the Tennessee State Legislature approved the 19th amendment to the constitution, finally establishing the right of women to  vote across the United States.

 The fight was long, its roots established well before the founding of this nation. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the women’s suffrage movement was fought state by state. A handbill published by Florence Luscomb in 1919 depicted the effort through three maps illustrating the movement’s progress over time, beginning in 1869 when only Wyoming guaranteed this right. At the bottom, the words “Finish the Fight” spurred readers into action.

Though women have had the right to vote for a century, the fight is not over. Voter suppression is alive and well, especially among people of color. Today, though we have worked hard to create a “more perfect” union, we know that the struggle continues. It never really ends, only changes shape, requiring us to be constantly adapting to new challenges.

Today, JCDW is proud to endorse candidates who we believe will continue to #finishthefight. These women and men will work for fairness, for justice, for the rights of women and minorities still being denied their share of the American Dream.

We hope you will join us in supporting these candidates.


For Kansas State Senate


Senate 6

Pat Pettey

Senate 7

Ethan Corson

Senate 8

Cindy Holscher

Senate 9

Stacey Knoell

Senate 10

Lindsey Constance

Senate 11

Joy Koesten

Senate 21

Dinah Sykes

Senate 23

Wendy Budetti

Senate 37

Becca Peck


For State Board of Education

District 2

Melanie Haas


For District Attorney 


Zach Thomas


Ethel Griffin

For Kansas House of Representatives

House 14 Angela Justus Schweller

House 15 Cole Fine
House 16 Linda Featherston
House 17 Jo Ella Hoye
House 18 Cindy Neighbor
House 19 Stephanie Sawyer Clayton
House 20 Mari-Lynn Poskin
House 21 Jerry Stogsdill
House 22 Lindsay Vaughn
House 23 Susan Ruiz
House 24 Jarrod Ousley
House 25 Rui Xu
House 26 Mike Shimeall
House 28 Sally Jercha
House 29 Brett Parker
House 30 Brandon Woodard
House 38 Sherri Grogan
House 43 Pam Finley
House 48 Jennifer Day
House 49 Katie Dixon
House 78 Kathy Meyer


*Johnson County Democratic Women endorse Democrats running for state and local offices who meet our endorsement criteria. If a candidate in your district is not listed here, it doesn’t mean we don’t support them. We want to see as many Democrats elected to the Kansas Legislature as possible to break the Republican super majority. Candidates who receive endorsements have joined our organization, attended our meetings, practiced their stump speeches on our members, and generally allowed us to get to know them well.

We do not endorse for President, US Senate, or US House of Representatives, though we encourage you to vote for Biden/Harris, Barbara Bollier, and Sharice Davids.

Dear Members,


JCDW North and South are pleased to announce we are donating over $20,000 to 2020 Johnson County candidates. The recent matching campaign was a huge success.

Over a 3 year period, we’ve jointly donated $44,000 to Johnson County local candidates. Nancy/Anne, how many JoCo candidates won their races over this period?

I am so pleased and proud of the passionate hard working men and women in our organizations that are working to flip JoCo blue!

To those of you that donated, worked, or attended a JCDW North or South fundraiser, thank you!

We are very excited and pleased! You all rock!



Becca PecK

President, JCDW South

Get your Mail-In Ballot!

The Johnson County Democratic Women recommend you request your advanced ballat as soon as possible and we have a very simple way to do that in Kansas (Missouri – not so much). Below is how you can APPLY for an advanced ballot application. You still need to fill it out and return it – but in Johnson County, Kansas they have USPS, FAX or Email. If you choose to mail it in please use a 55 cent stamp to apply first class postage.

A separate application must be submitted for each election unless the voter qualifies for permanently sick/disabled status.


Download the Advanced Ballot form here:

Snail Mail:
Johnson County Election Office
2101 E. Kansas City Road
Olathe, KS 66061

Or FAX: (913) 791-8931, (913) 791-8932 or
(913) 791-8933

Or Email: Scan (take a picture) and email the application to 


Download the form here:

Either Way, Snail Mail it is…
(use 55 cent stamps)


Or just take the Advanced Ballot to the Library –
any KCMO Public Library should be able to take it.


September Events

September 1st: Blood Drive at Jo Co Dems office. Appointment is required. 

September 12th: Johnson County Dems Virtual Breakfast Meeting 8:30-10:00 

Mark your Calendars!

The KFDW virtual state convention is October 2nd and 3rd. It will cost$10 per delegate and will be free to all other participants. House parties are encouraged! Watch the KFDW website for details. (