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Winneshiek County Democrats will meet Thursday, May 26th, 7:00 PM at the Decorah Congregational UCC Social Hall. Items on the agenda include discussion of volunteers for the various parades and the County Fair booth. Legislative candidate Kayla Koether and Supervisor candidate Melissa O’Rourke will give updates on their campaigns.  The meeting will be chaired by newly elected Vice-Chair Carl Haakenstad as Nathan Thompson, Chair will be out of town. 

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Thanks, Georgie Klevar

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 CrowdDiscussions

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