Newsletter of the Platte County Democratic
 Central Committee
Volume 15 No. 3                               March 2023

April 4 - Election Day General Municipal Elections/ KCMO City Council Primary/ Ballot Questions - Here is a list of all candidates and questions that will be on the ballot April 4, 2023

April 10 - Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club, Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO. 6:30 pm. The next meeting will be at KCPD North Patrol, 11000 NW Prairie View Road, KCMO.

April 18 - Northland Democratic Club, ACA Business Club, 1400 NW Vivion Road, KCMO. 7:00 pm.

April 20 - Platte County Democratic Central Committee, KCPD North Patrol 11000 NW Prairie View Road, KCMO. 7:00 pm. Note: new meeting site!

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.
Buchanan County Democrats - click here
Election Day - April 4
Tuesday’s primary election for the Kansas City’s City Council, general Municipal elections including school board elections and Platte County Health Department Board and Ballot Questions are all choices that will have direct impact on Northland communities. April elections usually do not draw more than about 14% of eligible voters. That means your vote will have more weight than it does in elections with large turn outs. Please check out what will be on your ballot. And please make your voice heard!
Music and Mimosas
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee’s 2nd annual fundraiser “Music and Mimosas” was held on March 12th at the Argosy Casino Hotel. The Master of Ceremonies was Darron Story. Jazz performance was provided by KC Youth Jazz. Missouri State Representatives Ashley Aune and Jamie Johnson provided a legislative update. The featured speaker was Jess Piper, host of Dirt Road Democrat podcast and the Keynote Speaker was Lucas Kunce, Missouri’s candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2024.

This enthusiastic gathering of Northland Democrats made this a spectacular success! Thank you to all who were there!

Photos are available here.
Platte County Legislative Town Hall
On Tuesday March 14th ,State Representatives Ashley Aune, District 14 and Jamie Johnson, District 12 hosted a Northland Town Hall at the KCPD North Patrol meeting to discuss the 2023 legislative session including information about which bills are moving and which budget items will impact the Northland. This was the first Town Hall meeting in Platte County in many years. Every seat in the house was taken. Ashley said afterwards that they hope to do at least two such legislative updates each year.
Platte County Federated Women's Democratic Club
The Platte County Democratic Women’s Club meeting hosted a forum for candidates for the Platte County Health Board. Sharen Hunt, the Club’s 2nd Vice President served as moderator for the panel of five candidates vying for three seats on the Health Department Board. Follow this link to The Platte County Landmark’s article on the panel discussion.

The next meeting of the Women’s Club will be the last meeting at the Platte County Resource Center Our guest speaker will be Barbara Luetke, with the Washington Chapel CME Church. Barbara will be giving us an overview of the church. They will be partnering with the Women’s Club for our Spring Cleaning fundraiser. This link is a story from KCUR about the church.
Platte Country Democratic Central Committee
The Platte County Democratic Central Committee met on March 16th at the Platte County Resource Center. Treasurer John Kirchmeier reported that Music and Mimosas had been our most successful fund raiser to date. Chair Meredith Peace thanked all who worked, sponsored and attended to the event. She reported that there have been many compliments on the event. Meredith and Jamie Johnson reported that Union support was especially helpful. It was a great event with good speakers and lively entertainment provided by the Kansas City Youth Jazz!

Jamie reported on the Engagement effort with the river as a dotted line for cooperative efforts with other Democrats and groups. She reported that Russ Carnahan is the new Chair of the State Democratic Committee.

Chair Peace suggested the following committees. Sign-up sheets are still available:

Candidate recruitment – New Candidate packet, work with other groups as Lead MO and HDCC; host events, spread the word that something exciting is happening among Missouri Democrats.

2023 events Committee: Host meet and greet, get togethers for different areas of Platte County residents, possibly community service/outreach efforts.

Outreach to Young Democrats.

Volunteer Team: recruit new volunteers, organize current list, make list of strengths and contacts to reach out.

Garrett Jacobson reported on Northland Democrats plans to consolidate and promote Democrats.
Sharen Hunt agreed to work with Elisa Neilson on Health Department Board bios.
Note: The April meeting will be at KCPD North Patrol, 11000 NW Prairie View Road.
Northland Democratic Club
The Northland Democratic Club met on March 21st at the ACA Club. Guest speakers were:

Chris Gahagan, candidate for KC City Council 1st District. Additional information is available at his website:

Chrissy Dastrap candidate for KC City Council 4th District sent a video. Additional information at

Jim Oldebeken, Gladstone activist and editor of Gladstone News stressed the importance of local involvement and news sources.

Laura Wagner, incumbent candidate for NKC School District Board shared information about a MO Dot public hearing on the I29/35 exchange. The event will be held at Northland Neighborhoods Inc., 5340 NE Chouteau Trafficway
Kansas City, MO on April 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. More info.

Club reports included Platte County report on Music and Mimosas, Clay County report on Winterfest. Both were very successful events!

Membership dues for 2023-2024 of $15 are now due.

President John DeFoor listed possibilities for group involvement to include: litter cleanup along Barry Road/ Clay and Platte Counties; T-shirt, banners, events, a summer staple, club assistance to help with travel costs to Jeff City. Other suggestions are most welcome.
Chris Gahagan
Jim Oldebeken
Laura Wagner
Paid for by PCDCC, John Kirchmeier Treasurer