With the Winn-Dems
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate for Governor,
spoke with more than 100 people on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018
Put People First.
The College’s $39 million bond levy measure is NOT a new tax. It is a CONTINUATION of the CURRENT 28.8-cent bond and interest fund levy rate per $1,000 assessed valuation. This means a homeowner with an assessed valuation of $150,000 would only pay $1.89 a month, or about $23 a year, after application of the residential property tax rollbacks.
How will the Funds be Used?
- to Enhance Security
- to Update Technology
- to Improve Infrastructure
- to Create Collaborative and Flexible Student Learning Spaces
- Noon - 8:00 PM
- Decorah Community School District residents: Winneshiek County Courthouse
- South Winneshiek Community School Districts residents: Calmar Lutheran Church
- Turkey Valley Community School District residents: Lawler City Hall
- Should you wish, you may vote early at your county's courthouse as ballots are available.
Deidre DeJear for Secretary of State
Winn-Dems Chair Nathan Thompson welcomed Iowa Sec. of State candidate Deidre DeJear to Winneshiek County, along with House District 55 State Representative candidate Kayla Koether and 2nd District Winneshiek Supervisor candidate Melissa O'Rourke on Sunday, Sept. 9th.
DeJear brought her powerful, progressive statewide message to N.E. Iowa with a stop at the Winn-Dems office. "We must be making voting access easier for citizens, not harder!" DeJear said.
Join Us As We Work To Elect Democrats
The photo left 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.
For Opportunities below 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or anyone else in the office will be glad to help you.
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
Winn-Dems Garden Party
With his back to the camera but a forward looking vision for Iowa agriculture, Tim Gannon, Democrat for Iowa Sec. of Ag., visits with Democrats at the home of Sue and Doug Burke during the Winn-Dems Garden Party Aug. 26. (Left)
Winn-Dems Chair Nathan Thompson introduces Tim Gannon, Democrat for Iowa Sec. of Ag. at the "Garden Party." (Right)
Our New Democratic Headquarters
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.
State Democratic 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.
Help Turn Iowa Back to Blue
Iowa Democratic Party “Back to Blue”
Fund Raising Event with
Congressman Eric Swalwell
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.
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.
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.
2018 Precinct Caucuses
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.