Home of the Winn-Dems...

You are invited...
We are planning a rally and canvass launch on August 22nd. People can begin gathering at the office at 5pm for refreshments. Charlotte Hubbell will be speaking at 5:30pm (30-45 mins), then we will head out to knock doors between 6-6:30pm.

Join Us As We Work To Elect Democrats

The photo below shows the action during “Democrats, Donuts, and Doors”. Winneshiek County Democrats gathering to do the necessary work to elect candidates who support causes PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST. Following is a list of the current opportunities to get involved. For these activities or for any information, stop by the office at 216 W. Water St., most days from 10 am to 7 pm. Taylor Stout, Campaign for Iowa Field Organizer, 563-299-6287, tstout@campaignforiowa.com, or anyone else in the office will be glad to help you. 

Join us.

Opportunities To Get Involved
Phone in PJs  At-home phone banking group

Young Democrats  Meeting at the WinnDems office on Thursdays 5pm-9pm; Meeting at The Cellar on Sunday evenings after canvassing from 4 to 8 pm
Dems and Donuts  Group of individuals that meet in the mornings at the office for donuts, coffee, and conversation prior to phone-banking (Tuesdays 9 AM - 12 PM) or canvassing (Saturdays 9 AM- 12 PM)

Women and Wine Wednesdays 5pm - 9 pm/ Group of women that gather at the office for community while phone banking

Calling/Canvassing for a Cause  Group that will meet at the office for phone banking/canvassing (Tuesdays 5 pm- 9 pm/Phonebank) (Saturdays 12 PM - 4 PM/Canvass)

Phonebank and CanvassTrainings  Meet at the office; May have weekly or bi-weekly training; (TBD and announced as happening)

Sunday Stroll -- Group of individuals that meet at the office prior to canvassing on Sundays from1PM - 4PM
garden party
Winneshiek Democrats Annual Garden Party
Sunday, August 26th, 3:30 to 5:30
Doug and Sue Burks
712 Valley View Drive, Decorah
Music by Jed Becker. Good Food, Good Conversation. Free will donation.

Rob Sand,

Candidate for State Auditor
Steve Bullock,
Governor of Montana
Rob Sand and Gov. Steve Bullock were here on Friday, July 27th, 2018. 
Four Candidates

Iowa House Candidate Kayla Koether, First District Congressional Candidate Abby Finkenauer,
Iowa Senator and Lt. Gov Candidate Rita Hart, and
County Supervisor Candidate Melissa O'Rourke
 helped us open our new Democratic Headquarters! See more photos...
Stop in at 216 Water Street in downtown Decorah and find out how you can help elect Democrats to county, state, and federal offices.

2018 State Convention

Five Winneshiek residents attended the state Democratic convention in Des Moines on June 16, 2018 and had their photo taken with Fred Hubbell, Gubernatorial candidate and Rita Hart, Lieutenant Governor candidate. Pictured from right to left are Jan Heikes, Joyce Becker, Paul and Rita Hart, Fred and Charlotte Hubbell, Carl Haakenstad, Leslie Sand, and Jim Tripp. 

Stallwell Reception

Help Turn Iowa Back to Blue

Iowa Democratic Party “Back to Blue”
Fund Raising Event with

Congressman Eric Swalwell

Stillwell and Sand
One hundred twenty-five Democrats from three counties heard U. S. Representative Eric Swalwell speak on  the importance of the 2018 elections at Pulpit Rock Brewery on May 6, 2018. He said it’s essential to elect Democrats at all levels in order to give every American the opportunity to be  free from fear and want.  
and Rob Sand

Rob Sand

Decorah native Rob Sand, candidate for state auditor, also made remarks. He stressed that Democrats need to work together after the primaries, when candidates are chosen.

February Central Committee Minutes
April Central Committee Agenda

Parades for 2018 with times to be announced:
              Gay Pride May 12. Decorah*
              Tractor Days  June 10 Castalia*
               Laura Days. June 23 BurrOak*
               Nordic Fest. July 28 Decorah*
Fair Booth July 10 -14* and Book Sale  July 21*
* Volunteers needed.
Please consider helping out with events throughout Winneshiek County.
Volunteer for your preferred candidate before the June 5th Primary Election . Democrats have a contested primary in the US 1st District and Iowa gubernatorial races.
We will need your help to elect Democrats at all levels in the November 6th General Election. Volunteers will be needed to knock doors, make phone calls, register Democratic voters, and help with other campaign tasks between June and November.

County Convention speaker 2018

 Winneshiek County Convention 2018 

The Winneshiek County Democrats met at their annual convention on Saturday, March 24 to discuss issues of local, state, and national importance and elect delegates to the district and state conventions. The resulting platform covered agricultural, environmental, economic, and gun control issues as well as immigration reform, and international affairs. 

“This is participatory democracy at its best, with active and informed citizens debating policy priorities that reflect our values,” said Nathan Thompson, vice-chair of the Winneshiek Democratic Party.   “After this convention, we’re ready to fight for policies that will help to put our state back on the right track, with fully funded educational opportunities for our state’s future leaders, access to affordable health care, and high quality of life for farmers and rural Iowans.” 

 Policies that promote the success of beginning and small farmers were an important part of the formally adopted platform, which also included planks in support of programs to protect soil and water resources, regulation of CAFOs, and programs to strengthen the sustainable agriculture practices followed by many Winneshiek farmers.

The forty-nine elected delegates also supported statements to reduce dependence on fossil and carbon-emitting energy sources through the use of renewable energy. Dealing with economic concerns, the assembly also affirmed the need to maintain Social Security and Medicare benefits, assist veterans, and provide economic equity.

Kayla Koether,  Iowa House District 55 candidate, Decorah native Rob Sand, Democratic candidate for State Auditor,  and John Beard, Supervisor District 3, addressed convention participants. Representatives for US House District 1 candidates George Ramsey, Abbey Finkenauer, and Thomas Heckroth also spoke to delegates, as did a representative for Iowa House 51 candidate Tim Knutson, gubernatorial candidate representatives for Fred Hubbell, John Norris, Nate Boulton, and Cathy Glasson.  

Parts of the platform will be combined with other county platforms and further debated and voted on at the First District Democratic Convention held on Saturday, April 28 in Cedar Rapids.  Democrats elected to represent Winneshiek County at the convention are Geoffrey Dyck, Carl Haakenstad, Jan Heikes, Steve Mc Cargar, Leslie Sand, Jim Tripp, and Laura Wright. The Democratic State Convention will be held Saturday, June 16th  in Des Moines.

St. Pat's Celebration

Kayla Koether, running in District 55, and Tim Knutson, running in District 51, appeared at the Winn Dems annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser on March 18 at Lindonberry Event Center in Decorah. 

St. Pat's Day Speakers

          GatheringSpeaker and Crowd

2018 Precinct Caucuses

2018 Precinct Caucus 1

All eleven Democratic precincts were represented at Precinct Caucuses, some with overflow crowds (See photos), as Winn-Dems begin building neighborhoods (Precincts) that are "Putting People First". Throughout Winneshiek County Democratic preparations have begun for the very important 2018 mid-tern elections this June and November.

2018 Precinct Caucus 2

Putting People First