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Stallwell Reception

Winneshiek County is known for supporting local Democrats. 2018 is the time to show we can support Democrats around the state. Come share the BLUE WAVE and a beer at Pulpit Rock Brewery with Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative from California, who is coming to share our rural Iowa progressive energy and enthusiasm on Sunday, May 6th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. As a native Iowan, Eric Swalwell shares our Iowa values and our resolve to turn Iowa BLUE.

Our Democratic candidates need your support and your money to turn this state BLUE. Bring your progressive ideals and your checkbook. We hope to see you, and we hope to raise a lot of money to help Democrats win in Iowa. Enjoy hors-d'oeuvres furnished by the Winneshiek Democrats and a beverage furnished by the Iowa Democratic Party.



Eric Swalwell, 37, represents California’s 15th Congressional District, in the East Bay.

As co-chairman of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, he helps set the caucus policy agenda and oversees committee assignments. As founder and chairman of Future Forum, he is the House Democrats’ point person on outreach to millennials – the nation’s biggest, most diverse and best-educated generation. As Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee’s CIA Subcommittee and a member of the Judiciary Committee, he is playing a key role in keeping our nation safe.

Born in Sac City, Iowa, he is the son of a retired police officer (and former police chief of Algona, Iowa) and a still-working mother. The oldest of four siblings, he was the first in his family to attend college. After earning a law degree, he worked as a county prosecutor and served on the Dublin City Council. He won election to his first U. S. House term in 2012.

Representative Swalwell speaks for a new generation of Democrats. Come hear what he has to say.

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

Speaker 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

Over 60 Winneshiek Democrats enjoyed the music of Maritza at the Aug 27th Garden Party. They also heard comments from Supervisors John Beard, Mark Kuhn, and Dean Thompson. 
Maritza is a popular quartet both locally and nationally. Democrats will hear three of the talented musicians playing the melodies of Eastern Europe. Its website describes some of its repertoire as “ twisting rhythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.”

2017 Nordic Fest Parade
Winn Dems in the 2017 Nordic Fest parade

Putting People First at Burr Oak's Laura Days 2017
Laura Days Parade Entry

It's a parade thing at Laura Days, Burr Oak, Iowa on June 24, 2017
Winn-Dems Putting People First - it's a Policy thing!

Castalia Tractor Days

Winneshiek Democrats marched in the Castalia Tractor Days parade. The new float, pulled by Boyd Wasson, features our message, "Putting People First."  

Watch for us at the Nordic Fest Parade on July

        Winneshiek County Democrats,

            active in the community,

                        PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST! 

Participating in community events (social, political, community) ensures that Winn-Dems have a presence throughout Winneshiek County and NE Iowa. We invite volunteers to join the fun by lending a hand to one or two events. Call or email Matt Tapscott  563 387 7413 or tapscottdecorah@gmail.com

              Join us,


2017 Winneshiek County Caucus

Iowa flag/map
Following the close of the caucus, the new Central Committee members held a brief organizational meeting to elect County officers. Elected were Matt Tapscott, Chairperson; Nathan Thompson, Vice-Chairperson; Boyd Wasson, Treasurer; Carl Haakenstad, Recording Secretary; and Barb Dale, Correspondence Secretary.

New Winneshiek County Committee Members 2017

John Lof, Alex Sekora, and Matt Anderson, all of Luther College; Sonja Sola, Decorah, and Clara Muggli-Toyloy, Freeport, were elected as new Central Committee members.


In support of our constitution, our neighbors and refugees everywhere

Rally for Refugees

Tuesday Jan. 31, 5:30 P.M

Water Street Park (next to the Coop): Moved to Courthouse with 600+ attending

Decorah, Iowa