Platte Dems
Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
    Volume 11 No. 2                                                                                                                                  February  2019
In This Issue
Northland Progress
Quick Links
February 28- Northland Progress' 3rd Annual Stand Up for Progress - Info
March 7 - Meet Julie Stutterheim, candidate for Park Hill School Board - Info 
March 11 - Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club - Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 5:30 pm.     
March 12 - At the State Capitol - Missouri Federation of Women's Democratic Club.  See below. 
March 19 - Northland Democratic Club - 4120 NW Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO (SHEA office,across from Penguin Park). 7:00 pm.
March 21 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee - Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO.  7:00 pm.  
March 30 - 2019 Spring Meeting - Missouri Federated Democratic Clubs, 6th Congressional District.  See below.
April 2 - Election Day for School Board and Municipal Election.  Primary for Kansas City MO Mayor and Council   
Other Events:
Jackson County Democrats - click here.  
Indivisible Kansas City - click here.
Greater KC Women's Caucus - click here.
Heartland Alliance for Progress - click here.  
Northland Progress - click here.
ResistHate KC - click here.
Buchanan County Democrats - click here.         
It seems that this shortest month of the year has gone on forever. We've had snow storms that cancelled events followed by a few days of spring like weather followed by subzero temperatures and more snow and ice.

Meanwhile Missouri's Republican Governor and state legislators are working hard to reverse the will of the people. They are taking aim at initiatives passed last year including Clean Missouri, the increase in the minimum wage and they have renewed efforts at making Missouri a Right-to-Work (for less) state. Because these regressive Republican legislators did not like the results of last year's initiative elections they are also trying to make the petition process more difficult. We won those battles last year. We should not have to fight them again! Our elected officials need to hear from you. We don't want to fight the same battles over and over again!

Contact information for all state Senators

Contact information for all state Representatives
Northland Progress - Third Annual Stand Up for Progress Event  
Third Annual Stand Up for Progress! Thursday February 28, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 The Royal Room at Briarcliff, 4131 N. Mulberry Dr., Ste. 100, Kansas City MO 64116
Guest Speakers:
· KC Mayor Sly James
· MO State Senator Lauren Arthur
· MO State Representative Greg Razer
· North Kansas City Superintendent Dan Clemens
· Park Hill Superintendent Janette Cowherd
· Representatives from Moms Demand Action
Click here for more information.  Hope to see you there!
Platte County Democratic Central Committee     
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met on Thursday February 21st at the Platte Count Resource Center. Preliminary plans for the Spring Fling were discussed. The location will be the Argosy Casino on April 13th. The Committee approved the date to allow time to reach out to unions; details to be worked out in the next month. Wanda Park reported that the Events Committee had a first meeting and was exploring the possibility of organizing a series of issue based meetings as an outreach mechanism to connect to the community at large.
Paula Willmarth reported that Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker is the new Missouri Democratic Party's Chair and Lauren Gepford is the new Executive Director. She reported that the highest priority of the Party is finding candidates to run for every position in every election. To become a card-carrying member of the Missouri Democratic Party...$35 per year; seniors (age 65+) and young Democrats (age 18-25) are only $25. Paula also asked for support in running for reelection to her position as Trustee of the Platte County Public Health Department Board. She is one of four people running for three seats in the April 2nd municipal election. School Board Elections will also be on the April 2 ballot.
This year Kansas City will be electing a new Mayor and City Council. Half the current City Council is running for Mayor plus an equal number of outsiders. Watch for forums to keep you advised. The non-partisan primary election will be on April 2nd. The top two candidates will face each other for the general election on June 27th. No matter what happens between now and then, we will have a new Mayor and City Council. This is your opportunity to choose candidates who will represent your views on what should be happening with the City. Get informed, talk to your neighbors, VOTE. Who is running for Mayor and City Council KCMO . 
Two guest speakers made presentations following the business meeting. The first, Victor (Vic) Abundis, a teacher at Park Hill High School announced that he has initiated FEC filing to run as a candidate for the 6th Congressional District. He said his experience includes working as staff in a Congressional office in Washington D.C. He told us that Julian Castro urged him to run against Sam Graves. The current leadership of the National Democratic Party is determined to have a Democrat running in every race. He is working on a website at . He currently has a Facebook page at Vic for Congress.
The second presentation was by Candidate for Mayor of Kansas City Phil Glynn. He spoke about his priorities of building communities by bringing together public and private investments for family and Senior Citizen housing, hospitals, childcare centers, and critical infrastructure. His highest priority is affordable housing. Further information can be found on Facebook at Phil Glynn for Mayor or on his website 
Northland Democratic Club
The February meeting of the Northland Democratic Club was cancelled due to the weather. The next meeting of the Club will be on March 19th at the SHEA Office, 4120 NE Vivion Rd, KCMO.  7:00 pm (across street from Penguin Park).     
Platte County Federated Democratic Women's Club  
The Women's Club met on Monday February 11th at the Platte County Resource Center. There were two candidates for the April 2 Mayor/City Council Primary on hand to make presentations. Councilman Dan Fowler currently representing the 2nd District made the first presentation. He spoke about progress toward the new Airport, about developments like the Northland Costco that have been achieved during his tenure on the City Council. For additional information see . 
The second presentation was by Candidate for Mayor Scott Wagner who currently represents the 1st District at-Large and is Mayor Pro Tem. He spoke about the momentum that has been building over the last eight years and his aspirations to carry this energy forward. For more information about Councilman Wagner go to . 
President Melba Nicolaisen invited members to register for the 2019 Spring Meeting of the Federated Women's Democratic Clubs - Sixth Congressional District. The date is March 30 and the location is the Lavon Burris Center, office #1, Brookfield MO, 64628. RSVP to Melba ( - required for the catered buffet luncheon by Sprague's Locker of Brookfield. The cost is $12 and may be paid at the door along with the registration fee. Total cost for both is $22. Registration - starts promptly at 10 a.m. The theme is "Remembering the Suffragettes" (Wear White if You Like!) 
The MFWDC Women In Blue (WIB) Day will be held on March 12th at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. This year we will be advocating early voting in Missouri. Our plans are to meet in front of Deb Lavendar's office at 10:00 AM and visit as many legislators as we can until 2:00 PM. If we get hungry, there is a cafeteria in the Capitol. Details and directions will be posted closer to WIB Day. If you are interested in attending, please contact Cookie See at  Don't forget to wear blue!