Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County

Our Purpose:
To unite women of the Democratic Party
To encourage active participation of women in politics
To promote community and educational functions
To promote the principles of the Democratic Party

 For 2017:
Jan Bradshaw, President

Martha Sullivan, Vice President
Melanie Kish, Treasurer
Gretchen Fathauer, Webmaster and Corresponding Secretary

Why we are PROUD to be Democrats!

The Democratic Party's achievements that benefit us all:

  • Social Security Act
  • GI Bill of Rights
  • Civil Rights Act
  • Fair Labor Standards:  Minimum Wage, 8 Hour Day, 40 Hour Week, Overtime Pay, Child Labor Laws
  • Federal Farm Loan Act
  • Safe Food, Drug, Air and Water Acts
  • Pell Grants/Student Loan Reform
  • Women's Right to Vote
  • Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  • Free Public Schools
  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Voting Rights Act
  • American Reinvestment & Recovery Act
  • Fair Pay Act
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Affordable Care Act

 Help end voter suppression!

to demand that Congress restore the Voting Rights Act.

Join the ODP Truth Team--
Text Ohio to 90975 to get involved.

The Truth Team is a rapid-response coalition of volunteers, neighborhood team leads, writers and fact-checkers coming together against the party of Trump.

Votebuilder software workshop, Central Committee, March 28, 2017:

Photos, Barney and Vina Reilly

Upcoming Events

Tue., Aug.15, WDC meeting, 7 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main, Zanesville.

Wed., Aug. 16, Muskingum County Democrats, 7:30 pm, at Democratic HQ, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.

Sat., Aug. 19, 2017 Annual Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus Luncheon, Doors open 11 am, Hilton Hotel, 401 N. High St., Columbus.  Please note that there is no access to the Hilton from northbound High St. due to road construction.  Valet parking is available, and there are also lots surrounding the Hilton that may be cheaper (Vine St. Garage, Columbus Convention Center Parking.)  More info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/665827803615626/

Tue., Aug. 29, Zack Space rally, 11:00 - 11:50 am.  Zack will be announcing his campaign for Ohio Auditor at Old Munson School, 109 Brighton Blvd., Zanesville.  Zack wants to use the backdrop of the shuttered Munson School to emphasize the plight of education in Ohio.  (More photos:  Zack Space for Auditor, 8-29-2017)


CANCELLED: Tuesday, September 19, WDC meeting, 7 pm, at Gant house, 1845 W. Main, Zanesville.

Wednesday, September 20, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:30 pm, at Democratic HQ, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.  Last month we decided to hold a discussion on Issue 2, the drug cost issue.  Also, if you have any petitions to turn in, please bring them.  We do have more petitions if anyone is interested in circulating one.

Saturday, September 30, Federated Democratic Women of Ohio State Convention luncheon, 12 noon, at Clarion Inn and Conference Center, 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway (off Rte. 8), Hudson, OH.  Casual attire. 

Meet invited guests, 2018 candidates for Governor:
Former State Representative Connie Pillich
State Senator Joe Schiavoni
Former US Representative Betty Sutton
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

$27 donation, indicate Fish or Chicken Marsala, paid RSVP accepted before September 25.  For more info:

Contact Renee at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330-861-2932

Checks or money order payable to FDWSC

Mail to:

FDWSC--Renee Greene
477 Mineola Ave., Akron, OH 44320

Anti-Gerrymandering Petition

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM - We will have a petition for the Bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Reform Amendment (Gerrymandering) at the headquarters (46 S Sixth St). We need approximately 400 additional Muskingum County signatures to reach our goal.

If you wish to sign the petition, but cannot make it Tuesday, let Jack Boyd know to make other arrangements.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will also have extra petitions available for you to circulate at events and gatherings to assist with this effort.

We are very sorry to announce the death of TED ZAKANY, 90, who died Wed., Oct. 4.  He had been active in the Democratic Party for many years.  He served on Zanesville City council for over 30 years, and was on the Democratic Central Committee.  He contributed so much to the community, and will be missed.  To see his obituary, CLICK HERE.

Visitation Friday, Oct. 6, 5-8 pm at Hillis, Combs & Nestor Funeral Home, and on Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 am - noon at Northside Church of the Nazarene, 739 Frances St., Zanesville.  Funeral services will follow at the church at noon.

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This slide show is from 12-9-2013, when our club had a retirement party for Ted, who had served many years as an at-large City Council member. It was held in the Conference room of Zanesville City Hall. After the party, Ted attended his last Zanesville City Council meeting.  (Photos, Gretchen Fathauer and Brooke Anderson)

Tue., Oct. 17, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main, Zanesville.

Wed., Oct. 18, Muskingum Democrats meeting, 7:30 pm, at Democratic HQ, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.

Sat., Nov. 4, Reception for Connie Pillich For Governor, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, at 305 Woodlawn Ave., Zanesville.  Catered by Zak's Resuraurant.  Enjoy visiting the 1840's historic home across the street from the Dr. Increase Mathews House Museum.  The home was built for one of the Increase Mathew children and is currently undergoing restoration.  Host, $250; Sponsor, $100; Guest, $25.  Write contributions to:  "Friends of Connie Pillich."  RSVP either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online at www.conniepillich.com/november4

Quilt Raffle fund raiser

Final Drawing:  Wednesday, Nov. 15 at  Muskingum Democrats regular meeting, 7:30 pm, at Democratic HQ, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.

We’re having a raffle on a quilt handmade and donated by one of our members, Vina Reilly, to help raise money for candidates.  The quilt is full-sized, and the pattern is “Birds in Flight.”  The underside of the quilt is blue.

To buy raffle tickets, please contact club President Bobbie Durfee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or the Central Committee member in your precinct (see http://muskingumwomendemocrats.com/2016-election-results for full list.) 

Tickets are $1 each, OR 6 for $5.

We the People Muskingum--resisting Trump agenda
OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This group is not affiliated with the Democratic Party, but may be of interest because it's opposing the Trump agenda.

Wed., May 3, 6:00 pm, We The People meeting at McIntire Library, 220 N. 5th St., Zanesville, Meeting Room B.

Wed., May 10, 1:00 pm, We The People meeting at McIntire Library, 220 N. 5th St., Zanesville.

Tue., May 16, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Planned Parenthood Centennial.  Dinner and program.  Gloria Steinem, political activist and feminist organizer, speaker, and Yvette McGee Brown, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, special guest.  General registration begins at 6:00 pm.  Greater Columbus Convention Center, Battelle Hall, 400 N. High St., Columbus.  Tickets, $250, and more details at:  http://www.bit.ly/ppgohcolumbus  Parking at:  South Garage, 50 E. Nationwide Boulevard, and West Garage, 37 W. Vine Street.  If you can't attend, you can still make a contribution online.

Fri., May 19, 7:00 pm, General meeting, focusing on gerrymandering, at Weasel Boy Brewing, 126 Muskingum Ave., Zanesville.

Sat., May 20, 11:00 am, Science March (rescheduled), on the steps of Muskingum County Courthouse.

Gerrymandering in our county:


Muskingum County is in 2 congressional districts, which dilutes the county's voice in the U. S. House of Representatives.

*6th District contains Zanesville Ward 1B precinct 2, and townships--Adams, Cass, Highland, Jackson (Frazeysburg), Dresden North, Dresden South, Licking A and B, Madison, Monroe, Muskingum A-C, Perry North and South, Salem, New Concord, Norwich, Union, Washington A-C.

**12th District contains Zanesville Wards 1A, 1B precinct 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5C, 6A, 6B, 6C, and townships—Blue Rock, Brush Creek, Clay, Falls A-H, Harrison (contains Philo), Hopewell A-C, Meigs, Newton (contains Fultonham, Ironspot, Moxahala, Rolling Plains, White Cottage), Rich Hill, Salt Creek, S. Zanesville, Springfield A-C, Wayne (contains Wayne Twp. A-C, and Duncan Falls).

The current congressional map, based on the 2010 census, was gerrymandered to favor Republicans in 12 out of 16 districts.  Districts are NOT compact:

6th Congressional District (left), 12th District on right



Some proposed maps that would result in more competitive and fair districts: 


How Gerrymandering works:

(The above illustration shows how odd-shaped districts can overcome a blue majority, giving red control despite being outnumbered.)

List of Indivisible groups within 100 miles of Zanesville:  CLICK HERE

(Indivisible is not a Democratic group, but may be of interest because it's resisting the Trump agenda.)

For more info on newly forming Indivisible group in Muskingum County, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DOWNLOAD "Indivisible:  A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda"

(Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.)

Press Conference coming up 4th week of January in Zanesville about methane gas health threats in our area from fracking; we encourage the Trump administration to keep regulations on Methane gas.  The map shows that Muskingum County is in the area most affected.  Cancer and respiratory illnesses are among the effects of high methane exposure.  Conference date and time will be posted when we get them.

Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County




(St. Patrick's Day fund raiser, March 12, 2017)

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Dale Phillips, candidate for County Commissioner,
receiving a donation for his campaign from our PAC.

The Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County meets on 3rd Tuesdays, 7 pm at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville...no longer at Democratic Headquarters, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.  We no longer meet Mondays; at the January 2016 meeting it was changed to Tuesdays.

Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville,
where the Women's Democratic Club meets.

Democratic Headquarters, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville,
where Muskingum County Democrats Club meets.

Our concession stand at Memorial Band Concerts,
Zane's Landing Park, Zanesville.
(Martha Sullivan and Amy Underwood)

(Mary Shrader, Sandy Gentry and Mary Bates, at 2012 Ice Cream Social)

90th Birthday party, 2013

Update on Mary Shrader:
Mary has moved.  She'd welcome cards and letters.

Wingate Residence
353 Blackstone Blvd., Apt. 4315
Providence, RI 02906

Links to our friends...

Ohio Democratic Party

Muskingum County Democratic Party

Ohio Young Democrats

Morgan County Democratic Party

Indivisible Group--resisting Trump agenda

We the People Muskingum--resisting Trump agenda

Kathleen Clyde, State Representative, 75th House District
http://www.kathleenclyde.com   ~   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muskingum County Young Democrats


Ian Dooley and Sen. Sherrod Brown

Ian Dooley receiving a scholarship from Muskingum County Democrats;
Bobbie Durfee, Ian, and Jim Crannell

 Heartbeat Bill - Our club urges our members to protest this bill by writing to:

Troy Balderson
Senate Capital Building 1
Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone:  614-266-8976

TPP "Free Trade" Deal

Jim Crannell is strongly opposed to the TPP "Free Trade" agreement that is now being debated in Congress, and brought several article printouts to the June 17, 2015 meeting of the Muskingum County Democrats Club.  He has been researching this issue, and shared with the club some articles. He urged us all to ask our representatives to block this deal.

Sen. Sherrod Brown has been speaking out against this deal.  Bernie Sanders has consistently opposed proposed free trade agreements, and Hillary Clinton has more recently opposed the TPP as well.

Here are links to these articles:

How the Shenanigans in Congress Over the TPP Trade Deal Threatens the Fundamentals of Our Democracy

How the TPP Amounts to a Corporate Takeover

Awesome Power Is On the Verge of Being Handed Over to Private Banks If TPP Passes

Ponzi Scheme America - You’ve Been Scammed! 

Will TPP Kill the Post Office?

The Real Meaning of Obama’s Trade Defeat

What the TPP Really Means: The Weakening of Capitalism

TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors

Is the TPP Okay With Slavery? Really?

WikiLeaks Strikes Again: Leaked TISA Docs Expose Corporate Plan for Reshaping Global Economy

Is US Trade Rep a Wall Street Crony? Groups Demand Transparency

Barney Frank: Obama Is Making 'A Big Mistake' On TPP

Progressive Change Campaign Committee--Facebook page, scroll down to June 2

Progressive Change Campaign Petition: Tell Congress: Vote NO on fast track for fake trade agreements that kill jobs