FREE Rides to Early Voting

The Coalition of Voting Organizations of Brown County, WI – COVO – is offering FREE rides to early voting hours. COVO is a  non-partisan group assisting with voter registration, absentee ballots, getting a photo ID for voting, and any other help you may need to vote. Call them at 920-445-8671 to schedule your ride, at least one day ahead of time. Avoid the lines on Election Day.

COVO is a non-partisan, all-volunteer organization located in Brown County, Wisconsin.

Reward Offered to Stop Theft and Vandalism of Political Signs

I will find you and I will reward you.

The Democratic county parties that comprise the 8th Congressional District have pooled their resources to create a $300 reward system that will pay for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals who are doing malicious damage to and theft of Democrat candidates’ signage. This behavior by individuals who have issues with the First Amendment is not only illegal and has stiff penalties but is morally wrong. Anyone with information on offenders should report that person to local law enforcement, and also contact the Democratic chairperson of that county, recommends Mary Ginnebaugh, chair of the Democratic 8th Congressional District.

“The widespread theft and destruction of political candidate signs is unprecedented in my years of experience,” says Ginnebaugh. “Local law enforcement officials do what they can, but the problem is clearly widespread and requires citizens to help stop this behavior. Hopefully, this reward will encourage people to keep a closer watch in their neighborhoods for political candidate sign thefts and destruction.”

More than a hundred signs have been reported as stolen in Brown County alone in this year’s election season.

For more information contact:

Brown County Mike Moran (920) 216-8096
Calumet County Jim Brey (920) 203-2686
Door County David Hayes (920) 493-1113
Kewaunee County Mimi Dobbins (920) 360-3087
Marinette County Tom Faller (906) 290-3312
Oconto County Mark Smith (920) 671-4495
Outagamie County Matt Lederer (920) 284-0054
Shawano County Jan Koch (715) 296-6726
Waupaca County Clif Morton (920) 472-1021
Winnebago County Marcia Steele  

Democratic Party of Brown County Statement on the Shooting of Jacob Blake

On Sunday, a police officer in Kenosha shot an unarmed man seven times in front of his children.  That alone is a tragedy for his family and a trauma his children will have to endure for the rest of their lives.  The fact he was a black man means Jacob Blake is another victim of a system that treats a black man’s life as having less value.  We join his family and community in the hope that he will recover.

We stand against excessive use of force by the police that has killed all too many in this country.  There is a sickness that is pervasive within our society that makes incidents like this all too common – and one that needs to be rooted out. 

Our party stands in solidarity with the movement across Wisconsin and nationwide to eliminate the racism that has systemically poisoned so many of our institutions.  We also support Governor Evers’ and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ Executive Order #84.  Our Legislature needs to act before more lives are shattered or lost.

Statement of Neutrality

Hello Friends,

I’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately about who the county party is supporting in either of our local primaries.  The answer is neither – and both.  The county party is required by our constitution to remain totally neutral in all primaries.  It’s the reason we didn’t support any candidate during the presidential primary or during the gubernatorial primary in 2018.  What we do is provide equal time and access to all candidates.  Any primary candidate may keep their signs at our office for pickup, they are also allowed all the benefits of being a member.  In a pre-covid world, they would all be eligible to use our office for campaigning activities.  Individuals (other than the chair) may personally support a given candidate or even endorse them – so long as they aren’t using their current position in the party as part of their endorsement.  The position of the party is we will support whoever wins the primary and move forward as one.  That position is occasionally contentious – but only with the candidates who’ve lost.  If their primary had gone the other way, I guarantee they would feel differently about us supporting the winner.  If we’re not willing to respect the will of the voters, then the primary serves no purpose and our own legitimacy is at stake.  Thus, the reason we’ve been completely neutral and will remain so.

Finally, I’d like to address a few questions I’ve fielded about the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee or ADCC and their role in a primary here in Brown County.  Contrary to the assertions some people have made, the ADCC is not the county party or even affiliated with it.  They are a legislative campaign committee out of Madison with the goal of defending incumbents or electing their preferred candidates.  I have had no communication with them, and their actions are their own.

Our county party is committed to being fair and evenhanded in the both primaries and supporting the winner of those primaries in the general election.  Let’s all plan on moving forward together.

Stay safe,

Mike Moran

Chair, Democratic Party of Brown County