Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 14 No. 3                               March 2022
Calendar 

April 11 - Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club - 5:30 p.m. Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. Speaker will be Dan Fowler, 2nd District KCMO councilman.

April 12 – Campaign Kick Off Party for Jamie Johnson - candidate for MO District 12 State Representative at the Riverpark Pub and Eatery beginning at 5:00 p.m. 2 Main St. Parkville.

April 19 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 6:30 pm. The speaker will be Spencer Toder, Democratic candidate for MO US Senate.

April 21 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee, Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 7:00 pm.

April 23 - Northland Ethnic Festival at Staley High School, 2800 N.E. Shoal Creek Parkway beginning at 11:00 a.m.

April 24 - "Music and Mimosas" Fundraiser - Platte County Democratic Central Committee/ See below

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
April 24 - "Music and Mimosas"
For more information - click here.
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Women’s Club met in person on March 14th at the Platte County Resource Center.

Local candidates were then introduced. Jamie Johnson is running for the new House District 12 seat, John DeFoor is running for Platte County presiding commissioner and Susanne Rutherford is running for county clerk.
 
Our first speaker of the evening was Jamie Johnson, candidate for House District 12. This seat is a new seat following redistricting and is open. Jamie and her family moved to Parkville in 2006 from New Orleans, LA, following Hurricane Katrina. Jamie spoke about her family’s involvement with local politics and social issues in New Orleans from the time Jamie was a young lady and many years before. Jamie works at Commerce Bank. She has two children who have graduated from Park Hill School District, and her youngest child is in junior high in Park Hill. Her focus will be building relationships in the House and with the constituents in her district.  
 
Our second speaker of the evening was Susanne Rutherford, who has recently signed up as a candidate for county clerk. In 2018, Susan became a United States citizen, having previously lived in Germany. She was motivated to run because everyone on the Platte County ticket were Republicans. She believes that all seats need to be filled. (Susan has since withdrawn her candidiacy).
 
Our third speaker was John DeFoor, who is running for Platte County Presiding Commissioner. He echoed Susanne’s position that all seats need to be filled on the ballot. He informed the group that it has been 26 years since a Democrat has been elected to the county commission.  
 
The Executive Committee meeting from February was discussed. Redistricting has resulted in a new District 12 and Ashley Aune’s current District 14 has been expanded.  
 
Voter registration drives were discussed. Rori DeFoor, John DeFoor’s wife and guest, offered to provide a list of voter registration drive information to Rita McGuire. Possible registration events at Riverstone Apartments and local YMCAs were discussed.
 
Alice Wadsworth provided an update on the membership committee. She and Lee Karbaumer have discussed ideas regarding moving our meeting time. Lee passed around a survey to members present tonight regarding times, dates, and locations of future meetings in an effort to increase membership. Other ideas regarding increasing involvement are invited. Discussion was held regarding including the local union women’s group.
 
Fundraising committee report: Alice Wadsworth reported that the Executive Committee had discussed a couple of fundraising ideas. One was selling items on Ebay or Marketplace, or having a used book sale at a local place that supports Democrats and buyers of several books would be given a discount, which we would have to cover. A third one was brought up, of selling plant starts (flowers and maybe herbs) at a farmer’s market. Sharen Hunt and Laurie McGuire will be looking into that option.
 
Platte County Democratic Central Committee report mainly focused on the upcoming spring event. Meredith Peace and Jamie Johnson are co-chairwomen of this event. Meredith will email Rita the flyer and information. Meredith also invited anyone who can think of others to invite to provide her with names, addresses, and emails that she might send invitations.  
 
90st Annual Missouri Federation of Women’s Democratic Clubs State Convention:
Helen Weigman gave a report regarding State Convention. The dates are from June 3-5, 2022, at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Participants would spend both Friday and Saturday night there.  
 
Our group is allowed 3 delegates. Each county is allowed 1 delegate per 10 paid members. There is information regarding the registration fee and cheat sheet information available from Rita. 
 
Motion: Kathy Bray moved for a quarter page advertisement for $35 (half pages are $75). Sharen Hunt seconded the motion and the motion passed. We are requested to participate in providing for the Hospitality Room at State Convention as well. The suggested donation amount is $100. $130 was collected this evening from individual members and so that will be used for the Hospitality Room and advertising.
 
Part of the State Convention also includes memorials for past members. It was suggested that the late Pauli Kendrick be honored from Platte County. Sharen Hunt will write up the bio to be printed in the program.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met in person at the Platte County Resource Center on March 17th. Guests included John DeFoor, Candidate for Platte County Presiding Commissioner; Rita McGuire, President of the Platte County Federated Women’s Democratic Club; Henry Martin, Candidate for Missouri’s 6th Congressional District; Sarah Short, Candidate for the U.S. Senate and Mathew Patterson from the Missouri Democratic Party.

Final plans for Music and Mimosas were discussed. Meredith Peace reported that we have sold at least one table to a union sponsor. Ken Hunt noted that the Northland Democratic Club would likely buy a table.

The upcoming April 5th election was discussed. It was noted that the NEA has endorsed Shereka Kelly Barnes and Daryl Terwilleger for the two Park Hill School Board seats that will be on the ballot. Kansas City ballot issues recommended yes on Question 1, Sewer and Revenue Bond and Question 2, Health Care Levy and Yes on Park Hill Proposition 1, general obligation bond to update facilities and construct a new elementary school and Proposition N authorizing an increase in the operating tax levy for the purposes of supporting operating costs and teacher salaries.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club met on March 15th at the ACA Club. Guest speakers included Darron Story, candidate for next year’s Kansas City Council Third District at large race, Cody McElroy, candidate for Gladstone City Council and Ken Jamison for Clay County Commission.

Bob Saunders Democratic Chair of Missouri’s 6th Congressional District reported that redistricting was still stalled in the Missouri Senate. He reported that a lawsuit has been filed. At issue are boundaries for Missouri’s 5th Congressional District. There has been an effort to gerrymander the district to favor a Republican candidate. The Senate finally passed a redistricting map but made changes that require a return to the Missouri House of Representatives. The final decision is still pending but it appears that Missouri will retain the current 6 Republican districts to 2 Democratic districts configuration.

Margaret Miles, the new director of the Clay County Democratic Party Headquarters was introduced. She reported that Winterfest has been a great success and that plans for a Night at the Elms was being planned for August this year.
NEWS
Congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for her historic confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Congratulations to our new Parkville School Board members Shereka Kelly Barnes and Daryl Terwilleger.
Paid for by PCDCC, John Kirchmeier Treasurer