Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 14 No. 2                               February 2022
Calendar 

March 14 - Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club - 5:30 p.m. Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. Speaker will be Jamie Johnson, candidate for 12th Missouri Legislative district.

March 15 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 6:30 pm.

March 15 - Meet John DeFoor Sr, candidate for Platte Co. Presiding Commissioner. Click here for information.

March 17 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee, Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 7:00 pm.

Northland Democratic Club - click here.
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club - click here.
Clay County Democrats - click here
Jackson County Democrats - click here
Indivisible Kansas City - click here.
Greater KC Women's Caucus - click here.
Northland Progress - click here.
Buchanan County Democrats - click here
SAVE THE DATE - April 24 - "Music and Mimosas"
For more information - click here.
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women’s Club met via Zoom on February 14. The guest speaker was Traci Gleason from the Missouri Budget Project. She explained that the purpose of the Missouri Budget Project is education and outreach. They provide analysis of budget, tax and economic policy issues that can be used to build coalitions intended to help all Missourians thrive. https://www.mobudget.org

Among the issues discussed were Bill 3014 currently before the state legislature that would provide funding through the American Rescue Plan to schools and child care providers to help with extraordinary expenses incurred because of the pandemic. She noted that Missouri was the only state that had not yet accepted the funds. The legislature finally agreed to accept funding in late February. The other legislation she spoke about were proposals to add work requirements to Medicaid Expansion. Our current legislature is still working to repeal or defund Medicare Expansion.

Meredith Peace gave a brief report on plans for the April 24th spring fundraiser. It will be called Music and Mimosas and it will be held at the View at Briarcliff starting at noon on that Sunday.

Ideas to pursue in this year’s elections include: further distribution of the Democrats Believe document, letters to the editors of local newspapers as well as the Kansas City Star and a voter registration drive.

Shereka Barnes, candidate for the Park Hill School District Board of Education gave a brief presentation of her priorities for the Park Hill District. There are eight candidates for the two open seats on the Park Hill School District Board of Education.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The PCDCC met via Zoom on February 17, 2022. Guests included: Timothy Zanders, Rita Mc Guire, Chair of the Women’s Club; Ashley Aune, Missouri State Representative District 14; Charles West, Candidate for the 6th District U. S. House of Representatives, Josetta Watts and Michael Nance.

Chairman David Christian led a discussion of progress on this year’s redistricting. The Kansas City Missouri redistricting process was completed in December of 2021. The new district plan splits the Northland horizontally rather than vertically using Barry Road as the dividing line between the 1st and 2nd districts. MAP

Ashley Aune reported that the new Missouri House of Representatives map will include substantial changes to Northland districts. There will be a new District 12 that will cover Parkville and Riverside, District 14 will now include Weatherby Lake and District 13 will cover most of northern Platte County. Jamie Johnson announced that she will run for the seat in the new Missouri House District 12. Ashley also noted that although the Missouri House has approved new Congressional Districts, the Missouri Senate is still locked in turmoil. Results are not yet known.

We are still looking for candidates for county offices. John DeFoor is our candidate for Presiding Commissioner. We need candidates for the other county offices which include: County Assessor, County Auditor, County Clerk, County Prosecutor, County Public Administrator, County Recorder, County Tax Collector and County Treasurer.

The Committee was reminded that Clay County’s Winterfest is coming and an announcement was made that the Platte County spring fundraiser Music and Mimosas will be on Sunday April 24th at beginning at noon, The View at the Briarcliff, 4000 Mulberry, Kansas City, MO. The special guest will be former Kansas City Mayor Hon. Sly James. We hope to have candidates for the November election as well.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club met via Zoom on February 15. Guest speakers were Shereka Barnes and Daryl Terwilleger, candidates for the Park Hill Board of Education and Laura Wagner, candidate for the North Kansas City Board of Education.

There was a brief discussion about the February 26th Winterfest at the Harrah’s Hotel. Guest speakers will include: Kansas City Mayor, Hon. Quinton Lucas and Candidates for the U. S. Senate Lucas Kunce and Hon. Scott Sifton. Honorees for Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, True Blue Award, Labor Liaison and Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented.

The Platte County Democratic Central Committee will present their fundraiser, Music and Mimosas at the View at Briarcliff on April 24th starting at noon.
Report on Clay County’s Winterfest
The CCDCC presented Winterfest at Harrah’s Hotel in North Kansas City on February 26, 2022. The crowd included many local representatives and unions.

Master of Ceremonies was Chris Gahagan, CCDCC Chairman. Special remarks were given by Candidates for the U.S. Senate Lucas Kunce, and Hon. Scott Sifton. The Guest speaker was Hon. Quinton Lucas, Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri.

Awards included: Woman of the Year – Sandy Hudson; Man of the Year – Jason Starr; True Blue Award – Sherry Duffett; Labor Liason – Jay Bosler and Lifetime Achievement Award to former Kansas City Council member and Mayor Pro-temp Hon. Bill Scaggs.
Learn About the Missouri Sunshine Law
Celebrate Sunshine – Learn About
Open Government Rights & Regulations

Kansas City, MO – March 3, 2022 – The League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson-Clay-Platte Counties proudly presents an online presentation and discussion of the Sunshine Law, 6 pm, Monday, March 14. 
 
The event features Casey Lawrence, director of Sunshine Law Compliance and Records Management in the Missouri Attorney General’s office. 
 
The event, which is free and open to the public, recognizes Sunshine Week. To register for the event on Zoom, visit lwvkc.org. The event will also be available via livestream from the local league’s Facebook page
 
Ms. Lawrence has worked in the office of the Missouri Attorney General since 2013. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 
 
Sunshine Week is sponsored by the News Leaders Association, formerly the American Society of News Editors, as an initiative to promote open government. The observation week encourages education on the importance of government transparency and open access. 
 
The League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson-Clay-Platte Counties is an active, nonpartisan organization that works on legislation and policies of concern to members and the public. Hallmarks of the organization include registering and educating voters, informative, timely meetings and actively working on issues. We neither support nor oppose candidates or political parties.




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