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If you’re like most first-time candidates that run for office, you probably have questions, concerns, and doubts about your first campaign. Your friends and neighbors at the local Democratic Party are here to support you.
We provide mentorship and a community of support for new candidates who join the party. We help you reach voters and recruit volunteers to power grassroots campaigns. Members of the party get access to our campaign infrastructure—including a login to our voter database, use of our bulk mail permit, a press list, candidate photography, free yard sign wires, event space, and introductions to mentors, volunteers, and donors.
Please connect with us if you’d like to take advantage of any of these opportunities as a candidate. We appreciate your dedication to the community. Thank you for serving!
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The Brown County Dems invite you to one of our fall events to get to know us. For the safety of our community, please be vaccinated and masked.
Monday, November 22, 5-7pm: Candidate Open House
If you are considering running for office, we invite you to one of our fall open house events to ask questions, meet other potential candidates, and chat with current elected officials. In-person at our office at 118 S. Chestnut Ave. Green Bay. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Saturday, December 4, 10am: Wisconsin Progress Candidate Training
We have lent our office to Wisconsin Progress, a premier campaign training organization in Wisconsin. You will learn the basics about running a campaign for office. Contact Becky Rasmussen at Wisconsin Progress for more information on attending the training: Becky@WisconsinProgress.org.
Sunday, December 5, 4:30pm – 8pm: Winter Gala
Our Winter Gala held at the Radisson in Green Bay is a great opportunity to meet mentors, volunteers and donors. We will help you coordinate signature collection to get on the ballot in your district. Purchase tickets here by Thanksgiving to reserve your spot.
Green Bay, Wis. – Brown County Democrats call for the resignation of State Assembly Republican Shae Sortwell after allegations of child abuse were revealed to the public in a Green Bay Press-Gazette report.
“I am horrified by these allegations and call for Rep. Sortwell’s immediate resignation from the Assembly,” said Renee Gasch, Chair of the Brown County Democrats. “The people of the 2nd Assembly District deserve a representative who, at minimum, they feel is a safe person for them and their family to be around.”
The Press-Gazette reported that Sortwell was referred for felony charges of child abuse in 2013 when four-inch bruises were discovered on his child’s body. He confessed to police that he used an object to beat his child because, according to police records, “the Bible commanded him to strike his children as punishment.” However, no charges were ever brought against the politician who now serves on the Wisconsin Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which has jurisdiction over child abuse laws in the state.
“Our elected officials need to hold themselves to a higher standard of ethics,” said Gasch. “Unfortunately, these disturbing allegations add to a long and troubling list of ethics concerns against Representative Sortwell.”
Sortwell, who represents West De Pere and Two Rivers in the State Assembly, has violated state ethics rules by blocking constituents from commenting on his official social media accounts. He has also been a boisterous conspiracy theorist in Brown County using his elected position to spread disinformation about the 2020 election and to disseminate anti-vaccine and anti-mask information.
“Wisconsin children deserve safe homes and bright futures,” said Gasch. “We re-commit to supporting leaders who live by family values.”
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Democrats are working hard to improve child well-being in the state and across the country. Earlier this year, they united to pass a child tax credit that cut child poverty in half. Currently, they are working to add more early education and quality, affordable childcare to benefit all American families.
Press Contact: Renee Gasch, Chair, Brown County Democrats 920-366-3780
Thursday, October 21, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Renee Gasch, 920-366-3780
Green Bay, Wis. – The Wisconsin State Legislature released new election maps on Wednesday that once again disenfranchise voters in Brown County and across Wisconsin. The Democratic Party of Brown County calls on the State Legislature to redraw election maps so that Wisconsin voters can choose their representatives freely and fairly.
The newly proposed set of maps deepens the unconstitutional Republican gerrymander started in 2011 by making it mathematically impossible for any other party to win a majority in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Brown County districts that were marginally competitive in the 2011 maps are even less competitive in the new maps. For example, Senate District 30–encompassing parts of the Green Bay Area and Marinette—was redrawn to have a 14 point advantage for Republicans. Assembly District 88, which Democrat Dr. Kristin Lyerly lost by only five points in 2020, was redrawn to have a 12 point Republican advantage.
“No matter what party you support, you should want Wisconsin elections to be fair and competitive,” said Renee Gasch, Chair of the Democratic Party of Brown County. “New candidates should have a fair shot at winning their district and all candidates should have to work hard to earn the votes of Brown County residents.”
Brown County is one of the most gerrymandered areas of Wisconsin. Assembly District 90 in Green Bay, for example, is packed with Democratic voters. The suburbs, which lean Democratic, are carved up and lumped in with heavily Republican rural areas that stretch across several Northeast Wisconsin counties. Despite Brown County’s history as a bipartisan swing region, gerrymandering has enabled Republicans to win all but one Assembly seat in the county plus every State Senate seat.
“Brown County residents deserve fair election maps that respect our community interests,” said Gasch. “We live, work, and play together. We should vote together too. The State Legislature must redraw maps that put the interests of Brown County residents before their own.”
The People’s Maps Commission (PMC), a nonpartisan redistricting watchdog created by Governor Tony Evers, also released a set of maps Wednesday. The PMC maps provide a comparison for voters to see what fair maps look like in Wisconsin.
The Brown County Democrat is a community newspaper featuring news and commentary from members of the Democratic Party of Brown County.
The Fall 2021 issue features articles on democracy reform, union rights, and candidates declared for the 2022 elections. You can also find helpful peer advice, such as how to make calls to your elected representatives.
The first issue of The Brown County Democrat in Spring 2021 was well received by the community, and the Admin board increased its print run for the fall issue. Volunteers distributed advanced copies at the Brown County Fair, and members will be receiving theirs in the mail this week. You must be a member to receive a copy in the mail—join the party here to get yours.
If you already are a member, will you consider chipping in to fund mailing costs to members that have low access to the Internet?
The name The Brown County Democrat pays tribute to a newspaper first published in the county a century ago. We are proud to keep a local tradition going. Thank you Editor Robbie Phillips for bringing the vision of The Brown County Democrat to life!
We are looking for an editor and contributors for our Spring 2022 issue. Please email info@BrownCountyDems.com to pitch your ideas for articles, artwork, or business advertising (with a $35 donation).
Green Bay, Wis. – Brown County Democrats are pleased to announce their participation in the Mural & Busker Festival happening August 26th – 29th in downtown Green Bay. The party has donated the north wall of its office building at 118 S. Chestnut Avenue to On Broadway and United Art to be live painted during the public art event.
“We are thrilled to make a donation to public art in Green Bay,” says Renee Gasch, Chair of the Democratic Party of Brown County. “It’s a great way to give back to the neighborhood we love and contribute to revitalizing the local small business district.”
Dr. Pooja Bambha-Arora, a local Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant and board member of United Arts, served as project manager for the mural. United Arts is a local group focused on creating opportunities for underrepresented artists in the area. Buskers—live street performers—commissioned by On Broadway will also be set up outside the party office during the art event.
“We need to have inclusion and representation in every decision that we make when it comes to hiring for jobs and reflecting our community in public spaces,” said Dr. Bambha-Arora. As project manager, she interviewed several artists and contracted Claire Erickson to design the mural based on the themes of diversity and democracy.
Community members and press are invited to come down to the event to see the live art throughout the weekend and help document the mural’s progress. Photography can be posted online using the party’s hashtag #VoteBlueBrownCounty or emailed to email@example.com.
Coinciding with the public art event, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is hosting a Weekend of Action for volunteers to get out into the community and talk to voters. It will be the first time Democratic Party volunteers have knocked doors since the beginning of the pandemic in Spring 2020. Volunteers will be vaccinated and masked; anyone interested in participating can sign up here.
Interviews with the following representatives will be available throughout the weekend outside the building located at 118 S. Chestnut Ave in Green Bay:
Loren Prince, 2nd Vice Chair, Democratic Party of Brown County Availability: Saturday 10-11am; Phone: (906) 235-0740
Dr. Pooja Bambha-Arora, Project Manager, United Art Availability: Saturday 12pm to 1pm Sunday – 12 to 1pm. Phone: (716) 418-0990
Rep. Kristina Shelton, Wisconsin State Assembly (D – Green Bay) Availability: Sunday 12-12:30 pm; Phone: (303) 883-2482
Following the completion of the mural, the Democratic Party of Brown County will take responsibility for the protection and upkeep of the mural. Members are hosting a small fundraiser for its building fund to cover the expense of maintaining the mural long term. Community members can donate here to support.
The Democratic Party of Brown County acknowledges that its office building resides on Indigenous land and recognizes the sovereignty of the First Nations of Wisconsin, including the local Menominee and Oneida Nations.
It was lovely to see so many of you at our Welcome Back Party! Nearly 100 of us Brown County Democrats gathered on a stormy night in June to celebrate our wins together in-person for the first time in 15 months. Members were vaxxed, relaxed, and ready to party 🎉
Photo Credit: Chad Entringer
There was much to celebrate! In the fall, volunteers made thousands of phone calls to voters and distributed 30,000 yard signs to help win the state for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. In a few short months, the Biden Administration has already vaccinated close to 70 percent of adults and will cut child poverty in half in the U.S.
During the Spring elections, we helped Dr. Jill Underly win Brown County by ten points—and the state by 15—in her State Superintendent race. Plus, we supported more than a dozen local progressives in running for office.
Through it all, membership in the Democratic Party of Brown County grew by 40 percent!
Photo Credits: Chad Entringer, Lynn Gerlach
There were many new faces at our Welcome Back Party and many familiar friends who we‘ve missed over the past year. We had the privilege of wishing our favorite State Senator, Dave Hansen, a happy retirement after 20 years of service in the Wisconsin Legislature.
The Brown County Democrats are building back better, and we plan to make some waves in 2022. We know that if we can win Brown County, Democrats can win the Midterm Elections. Will you help us keep the momentum going by signing up to join our Blue Crew of monthly donors?
Blue Crew donors contribute $15 a month to support the Democratic Party of Brown County in building the campaign infrastructure needed to turn Brown County blue in 2022. Plus Blue Crew donors get free perks! Sign up now here.
Thank you everyone for your support of Brown County Democrats.
– Chair Renee Gasch, Vice Chair Terry Lee, and 2nd Vice Chair Loren Prince
We are accepting article submissions for the June edition of the quarterly The Brown County Democrat newspaper. No need to be an expert writer. We will handle the editing and you will receive full credit for your work.
Articles should be between 300-450 words and focused on local, county, or State issues.
The Administrative Council of the Democratic Party of Brown County sent nine resolutions to the 8th Congressional District Convention on Sunday, May 2nd. The resolutions that passed and advanced in the top ten at the district convention will go on to the State Convention June 4-5, 2021. Sign up to be a delegate to vote on resolutions.
A special thanks to our Policy and Advocacy Committee, which wrote, edited and discussed resolutions throughout February and March. The resolutions will help shape party priorities and the state platform, which all Democratic candidates use to guide their campaigns.
Ranked Choice Voting – Passed, did not advance
Whereas a thriving, functional democracy requires fair elections.
Whereas ranked choice voting makes elections less divisive and results in campaigns with higher voter engagement.
Whereas ranked choice voting results in greater diversity of representation, especially for minority and female candidates.
Resolved. DPW supports the implementation of ranked choice voting for all elections in the state of Wisconsin.
Raise the AgeDid not pass
Whereas Wisconsin is one of the few states to prosecute children in adult court.
Whereas incarceration can have detrimental effects on the emotional, social and intellectual development of a child.
Whereas scientific research has confirmed that the human brain is not fully developed until an individual reaches their early 20s.
Whereas individuals under age 21 are not allowed to drink alcohol, receive a concealed carry license, or rent a car.
Resolved. DPW supports legislation to raise the age of juvenile court to age 21.
Care EconomyPassed, advanced
Whereas everyone should be able to earn a living and care for their loved ones without having to choose between their livelihood, health and safety, and family.
Whereas families with qualified childcare thrive—allowing more parents to enter the workforce and benefiting children with early education.
Whereas investments in care work boost the economy, lift families and children out of poverty, and address systemic inequities in the care economy made worse by Covid-19.
Resolved. DPW support investments in the care economy that would make certified, home and community-based caregivers available to every Wisconsin family that requests it.
Indigenous Sovereignty Passed, advanced
Whereas Wisconsin is home to the Ho-Chunk Nation, Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation, Forest County Potawatomi, Bad River Band, Lac Courte Oreilles Band, Lac du Flambeau Band, and Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, St. Croix Chippewa, Sokaogon Chippewa (Mole Lake), Stockbridge-Munsee, and Brothertown Nation.
Whereas treaties between sovereign tribal governments and federal, state, and local governments have historically not been honored, which has disrupted the cultural connection between tribes and their land.
Resolved. DPW acknowledges and respects tribal sovereignty, and commits to being stewards of Indigenous land and resources.
Safe, Affordable HousingPassed, advanced
Whereas safe, affordable housing is a human right.
Whereas housing instability creates significant obstacles to accessing opportunities such as employment, healthcare, education, and civil rights.
Whereas affordable housing stock shortages have created an inaccessible housing market for many Wisconsinites and unsafe overcrowding during the pandemic.
Whereas eviction law unfairly disadvantages tenants, and an eviction on one’s record hinders the ability to secure future housing.
Resolved. DPW supports legislation and funding to improve housing quality through code enforcement, increase availability of subsidized housing, and improve access to legal representation for tenants.
Family Values Passed, did not advance
Whereas Democratic policies supporting public education, higher minimum wages, child friendly tax policy, and affordable childcare all contribute to supporting the family.
Whereas a conservative narrative of Democrats being antithetical to family life has largely gone unchallenged.
Resolved. DPW develop messaging and materials for candidates and county parties emphasizing the family supporting nature of Democratic policies.
Data RightsPassed, advanced
Whereas the human right to privacy includes data rights, and the values of American democracy enshrine a life free from surveillance.
Whereas our personal data reflects vital and sensitive information about our lives and its misuse can be discriminatory and potentially life-threatening.
Whereas our data is our private property and should not be bought or sold without our express permission.
Resolved. DPW supports broad protections on personal, biometric, and medical data from unauthorized and unethical government or corporate use.
Northern Wisconsin Development CorporationDid not pass
Whereas. Economic development in more remote parts of Wisconsin is often limited because small communities and counties cannot afford specialist staff or access sufficient funds; and that such communities often feel ignored by the Legislature and Executive of the State.
Whereas. Statewide economic initiatives are often focused on developments in our largest communities.
Resolved. Convention supports the establishment of a Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, with wide powers and resources to sponsor sustainable economic development in communities north of Highway 29 with a population of less than 30000; focusing on value added manufacturing and diversifying the economic base of communities
Medicaid Personal Needs AllowancePassed, advanced
Whereas, the Personal Needs Allowance for Medicaid recipients residing in long-term care facilities is the monthly sum of money they may retain from their personal income;
Whereas, this allowance is all that is available to obtain clothing and shoes, and to cover the cost of telephone, television, internet, a meal out, cards to send family, reading materials, hobbies, etc.; and,
Whereas, the PNA in Wisconsin is among the lowest at $45 with other states allowing up to $200;
Resolved. DPW supports increasing the PNA to a minimum of $100 and implementing annual automatic increases.
Green Bay, Wis. – The Democratic Party of Brown County announces that it will host an Ecycle Event for Earth Day to collect personal electronics for recycling. Brown County residents are invited to drop off personal electronics 1-4pm daily from April 21st to 24th, 2021 at its Green Bay headquarters at 118 S. Chestnut Street.
“This is a great opportunity for people in the area to clear out their unwanted electronics they have collected over the years while ensuring that this potentially toxic stream of waste is disposed of responsibly,” said Brown County Chair Renee Gasch.
The Democratic Party of Brown County in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and Sadoff Iron & Metal is collecting unwanted computer equipment, laptops, monitors, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, stereos, cables and cords during the event. (See a complete list of requested items.) The party also accepts yard signs it distributed for the Spring election to reuse for future campaigns.
“Earth Day is a time to recommit to our value of environmental stewardship,” said Gasch. “The Ecycle Event is part of a sustained effort to reduce our collective environmental impact and live our values.”
The Democratic Party of Brown County recently switched its Green Bay headquarters to run on renewable energy using Arcadia, a company that allows energy consumers to choose where their energy comes from. Community members are encouraged to do the same using the party’s referral link, which earns the party a credit on its bill. Learn more about the initiative here.
Earth Day is celebrated in memory of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat, who founded the day in 1970 to bring awareness to environmental conservation. It comes as Democrats in Congress discuss The American Jobs Plan, which would help put people to work on the nation’s clean energy transition, and Governor Evers works to advance his budget priorities, which include historic investments in clean water.
The Democratic Party of Brown County is entitled to send 103 delegates to the Conventions of the 8th Congressional District on May 2nd and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin June 4th-5th.
Applications to be a delegate from Brown County will be considered in the order that they are received subject to membership being current. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible! You will be advised if your membership needs renewal.
8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CONVENTION
Sunday, May 2nd 12:30-4:00pm
Convention will be held online.
Election of Officers of the 8th CD Democratic Party: Chair (also serves on State Admin Committee); 1st Vice Chair; 2nd Vice Chair; Secretary; Treasurer; 8th CD District Representative to State Admin Committee.
If you wish to stand for election you must notify the 8th CD Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 22 to be included on the ballot. All those who register to be a delegate will be sent a detailed email about this.
Election of State Platform & Resolutions Committee Members: 1 3- year term Member; 1 1-year term Alternate
Resolutions Debate and Selection of ten resolutions to be submitted to State Convention from those submitted by County Parties.
Registration Fee $25.00 ($10 Students)
Note the Registration fee for Convention is the major source of income for the 8th CD Party.
April 26th is the Deadline for Brown County to submit Delegate Names for the 8th CD Convention, and the deadline for your membership to be current.
Obviously for reasons of practicality you should submit your name as soon as possible to the County Party if you wish to be a delegate. Use this link
Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th, 2021.
Convention will be held online. There is no registration fee for the state convention.
1. Promote Party Unity
2. Consideration of the DPW Platform
3. Consideration of 2021 Resolutions
4. Consideration of Constitutional Amendments
5. Election of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Party Officers. This includes the State Party Chair, and Vice Chairs.
MAY 15th5pm is the Deadline for Brown County to submit the names of Delegates for the State Convention. Obviously for reasons of practicality you should submit your name as soon as possible to the County Party if you wish to be a delegate. Use this link.
MAY 225pm is the deadline to pay Membership if you are not current. People registering as a delegate will be advised of their membership status.