October 2019 Newsletter

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

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


October Speakers

North Meeting

The October speaker on October 3rd was Tony Schmidt, state coordinator for Kansas of Citizens Climate Lobby  Tony explained the current bipartisan bill in the U.S. Congress known as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) and appealed to members for support.

 This Bill has already been sponsored and cosponsored by about 63 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The EICDA is a CCL-backed plan to reduce carbon emissions in the United States by 40% over the next 12 years while creating some 2 million new jobs.  Also known as Fee & Dividend, it will be revenue neutral meaning the money generated will not be made available to the whims of politicians.  This will be accomplished by placing an increasing fee on carbon at its source and then passing that money on to all Americans on a per capita basis in the form of a monthly dividend.  This dividend will especially help low-and-middle income Americans with their energy costs as we transition away from fossil fuels.  It lets citizens decide how they want to adapt to rising fossil fuel prices.  The bill also signals the market that the cost of fossil fuel is going up and thus will encourage new green energy technology and discourage the use of fossil fuels.

Print this:   energy-innovation-act-nonsponsor-letter

Schmidt has asked all members who support the idea of action on climate sooner rather than later, to print out the form above, fill out all spaces (so Sharice, Jerry and Pat will know you are a constituent), scan it, and return to him at tschmidt@eaglecom.net or mail it to PO Box 1259 Lawrence, KS 66044 before November 1.  Sharice has told us, that she has to hear from a great number of constituents about their support in order for her to support the action.  CCL members from Kansas will be delivering these letters in mass on their November 12 Lobby Day in Washington D.C. when we set down and meet with our Congressmen and Senators.  In June we delivered over a 1000 letters.  We need this bill in the worst way.  Schmidt said, “If we wait until the next Congress is sworn in, in 2021 we will only have 9 years to half our carbon emissions to reach the modest goals set by the IPCC.”

South Meeting

When: Thursday, October 17th at 6:30pm

Where: Old Shawnee Pizza, 19617 W 101st St, Lenexa, KS 66220 (new location starting in 2020!)

Our speaker this month is Carla Orner, MBA, MT(ASCP) from Heart to Heart International.

Carla has worked for several large hospital systems including the Mayo Clinic. She has more than 43 years of laboratory experience including management, microbiology, hematology, chemistry, blood banks, and immunology.
Currently, Carla is the Program Director for Heart to Heart International. Oversight includes:
-Clinical laboratories in HHI Haiti clinics
-World Health Organization Laboratory Standards training to laboratory managers in Haiti and Papua New Guinea
-Emergency and trauma medicine training in Chengdu China
-Safety net clinic laboratories in the United States
-Fellow management in CDC HIV assessment projects in 20 African countries
-Hospital improvement project in Fotabong, Cameroon
-Midwife training in Papua New Guinea
-Community health worker in Puerto Rico
-Pediatric anemia project in Jamaica
-Developing a medical education project in Cuba.

We’re excited to hear her speak!

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

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

Letter From the President

Becca Peck-President, JCDW South

JCDW Members!

This past quarter has been action packed and exciting. 


JCDW South is happy to endorse all Democratic candidates listed on the www.JoCoDems.org website. We are excited to share our list of member candidates on www.JCDWks.org website your donations funded with $4,900! Thank you very much to all of you that donated to JCDW South and helped our JoCo candidates. We encourage you to knock doors, donate, and call for all JoCo Democratic candidates! *Endorsed by JCDWS only

2020 candidates, please join or renew your membership at www.JCDWks.org before December 31, 2019 to ensure you qualify for contribution and endorsement consideration from KFDW, JCDW North, and JCDW South; a maximum contribution of $1,500 between all 3! See JCDWks.org for our Candidate Endorsement Requirements.


We are excited to announce you helped raise almost $3,000 for Johnson County candidates! Thank you to all of you that attended, supported and donated to JCDW South and JoCo Candidates. Thank you to all our Sponsors who ensured a successful fundraiser.

Burnt End Boosters: Allison Houghland, Anonymous

Baby Back Boosters: Theresa Hyde, Marlys Shulda, 

Baked Bean Boosters:  KS Dem Party, Roberta Eveslage, Gerald Gentry, Joy Koesten, Sally Levitt, Carol Shimeall


Carla Orner, Program Director of Heart to Heart International Programs speaks at our Oct 17th meeting. HHI strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide. They engage volunteers, collaborate with partners and deploy resources to achieve this mission.


To be located further south in the county. January 16th, 2020, JCDW South will begin holding general membership meetings at the new Olathe Indian Creek Library, 16100 W 135th St, Olathe, KS 66062. You are welcome to bring your dinner to the library. Or purchase from the on-site deli. Since the library closes at 8 pm. We are shifting our meeting time. 

Time: Social 6 – 6:30 pm/ Program 6:30 – 8 pm

Thank you for all you do!

Becca Peck

President JCDW South



EARLY VOTING in Johnson County is from October 28-November 2. For a complete early voting schedule and to apply for an advance mail-in ballot, go HERE.

To verify your registration status and to see a sample ballot for your precinct, go HERE.  You can also verify your registration and request an advance ballot HERE.  Printing off a sample ballot is a great way to research and pre-select your candidates before you head to the polls!

Voting Guides Here…

The Johnson County Democratic Party has provided general election voting guides for Senate Districts in the county. You can  print them off or save to your phone and take them with you to the polls:

Senate Districts 6, 10 and 21:  SD 6, 10, 21 General

Senate Districts 8,9,11,23,37:  SD 8, 9, 11, 23, 37 General

Senate District 7:  SD 7 General

Voting Tips Here…

  • If you’re voting by mail, follow the instructions EXACTLY.  Your signature on the envelope MUST match the signature on your drivers license.

  • Photograph the signed ballot and envelope for your records.

  • Make sure your ballot will arrive at the specified location by the deadline!

  • Anyone can request a paper ballot when voting in person!

  • Vote down the ballot. Don’t stop at the candidates you know at the top of the ballot. MAKE SURE you go to the bottom of the ballot before you submit your vote. The local races often affect our day-to-day lives more than the national races.


  • To find your Kansas state representative and senator, along with the House and Senate district in which you live, go HERE.

October Events

Wyandotte Progressives are throwing a party! All are welcome.

Join Rep. Sharice Davids at a grassroots fundraiser in support of Kansas House Democrats!


Kansas House Democrats are one seat away from breaking the GOP supermajority. Gaining a seat in 2020 allows House Democrats to stop extremist constitutional amendments, support Governor Kelly’s vetos, and stop gerrymandering in Kansas!

Hear from Rep. Davids and local Kansas House Democrats about growing the caucus, building the party, and winning in 2020!

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased with the link below or at the event!


Take the Survey!


Sunset in the Flint Hills of Kansas with Cattle grazing in the far background.


We want to know what you think. Go HERE to take our convention survey and tell us who you want to hear from , what you want to learn and what you want to experience at the national convention next June.

Watch THIS SPACE for updates about speakers, workshops, sponsorship details and opportunities to come. Registration will open November 1, 2019. Those interested in being a part of this exciting planning committee should contact Hollie Niblett at hollie@hollieniblett.com.