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

 Officers for 2019:
Martha Sullivan, President
Kristine Geis, Vice President
Amy Underwood, Secretary

Gretchen Fathauer, Treasurer
Gretchen Fathauer, Webmaster and Corresponding Secretary

WDC email address:
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The Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County meets on 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 pm at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville, January - November.

Muskingum County Democrats meet on 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville, January - November.

Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.

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Fri., Jan. 10--Deadline to apply for city council vacancy in New Concord.  With Jennifer Lyle now transitioning to her mayoral duties, her council seat is vacated. Anyone interested in filling the remainder of this term, ending on Dec. 31, 2021, should submit a letter of interest to Charlotte Colley, village administrator, and deliver it to Village Hall or submit electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Jan. 10. The letter should include information about the applicant, reasons why they would like to serve on Village Council, valid contact information and any other information thought to be helpful in the selection process. All applicants must be residents of the Village of New Concord. Village Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss letters of interest, interview applicants and make a decision on a new council member to fill the remainder of the term.

Wed., Jan. 15, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant house, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.  We will be electing new club officers to serve in 2020. The following positions to be elected (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer).  We are in need of a secretary.  Please come and bring a friend or neighbor.
We will also have a spokesperson from Elizabeth Warren's Campaign, Jordan Kelley.

Alaina Swope, Democrat Candidate for the Ohio's 97th House district, has her online fundraising link up and running through actblue. If you'd like to contribute, please follow the link, http://secure.actblue.com/donate/swope2020 or simply speak with Alaina or Grant at Wednesday evening's meeting. 

Sat., Jan. 18, A. J. Harris Meet and Greet, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Zanesville Civic League, 928 Jackson St., Zanesville.  Candidate for Ohio House, 36th District.  He grew up in Zanesville.  Candidate statement:  "I grew up in public housing, witnessed the damage from addiction, and experienced what a good education and a well-paid job could do to lift up families like mine. I've seen and experienced the struggle. That's why I'm standing up and speaking out. Today, as an educator and jobs creator, I know the change Ohio needs."  https://www.facebook.com/ajharris740
DONATE HERE or write a check to 'AJ Harris for Ohio' at 828 Sackett Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

Sat., Jan. 18, Women's March in Washington, DC.  10:00 am.  For more info, CLICK HERE

Sat., Jan. 18, Women's March in Columbus, OH.  For more info:  CLICK HERE

Mon., Jan. 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund Prayer Breakfast, 9:00 am, at North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd., Zanesville. More info:  Kathy Brantley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740-844-0203.

Tue., Jan. 21, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant house, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.  From President Martha Sullivan:  "2020 promises to bring many exciting opportunities and challenges to our Democratic Party and the future of our country.  Our role as a grass roots organization is more important than ever!  The help and action of all our party’s members will enable us to make a difference by spreading our message and supporting our candidates.  Please make an effort to attend our first meeting of this year.  This will be an organizational meeting and a time to share your views and ideas of how to proceed in the coming months.  Bring your family and friends.  All of us working together is our best chance to return Democratic ideals to our government."
Josh Weaver, Republican running for Muskingum County Sheriff as an Independent, will be sending a representative to our meeting.
Wesley Frank, Republican running for Muskingum County Commissioner as an Independent.
Alaina Swope, Democrat running for the Ohio House, 97th District.
To contribute to her campaign, http://secure.actblue.com/donate/swope2020

Sun., Feb. 9, Canvassing for Elizabeth Warren's Campaign, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.  If you'd like to help out, contact Amy Nern at 740-704-5489 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tue., Mar. 17, 2020, Partisan Primary Election, for the following offices:  County Commissioner, Coroner, Engineer, Prosecuting Attorney, Record, Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Republican Central Committee, Democratic Central Committee, and State Representative.

More Upcoming Democrat Events in Ohio from ODP Update news:

IMPORTANT--NEW OHIO DRIVER'S LICENSE OR STATE ID REQUIREMENTS--Renew well before October 1, 2020 deadline!

In order to vote, they usually ask to see your driver's license or state ID at the polling place.  While technically there are other ID's that are sufficient, such as a recent utility bill or bank statement with your name and address on it, they will always push for your driver's license.  Now that Ohio is participating in Real ID, there is considerably more documentation required to get a driver's license or state ID card.  To get a "Compliant" license or ID card that will be acceptable proof of your identity to the TSA to board a plane or enter a federal building, you will have to provide documentation for your full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, proof of legal residence, and 2 proofs of your Ohio street address.  More documentation will be required to show name changes from the last name on your birth certificate because of marriage or divorce.  They no longer give you your license at the facility; it is printed at a secure facility in Columbus and then mailed to you at your mailing address, and can take 3 weeks...so apply early!  Your old driver's license will no longer be recognized by the TSA after October 1, 2020, even if it expires after that date.  Even the standard, non-compliant license or state ID card requires more documentation than it used to.  I'm not sure if a TSA-compliant license or ID will be required to vote by the time of the November 2020 election, or if you can still use the standard, less documented ID to vote.

More info:  http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/NEWDL-ID/ 
List of acceptable documentation:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/odx-odps-content/links/bmv2430.pdf 

Voting Info Links:

Voter ID Requirements at the Polls

Voter Eligibility Requirements

General Voter Information

To join our club, please CLICK HERE for a membership application.

Election Results and Analysis

I am uploading several files to dropbox.com.  There are studies I did of local results in both the 2016 Presidential and 2018 Mid-term Elections.  There is also a more extensive “Post-Mortem” of the 2018 Mid-term Election done by the Ohio Democratic Party analyzing state-wide election results.  I am also including a sign-up form to join our club. 

To access these files, please click here:

In terms of our county, my local studies show that precincts with the highest Democratic registrations, primarily in Zanesville, have the lowest turnout rates.  Our judges did better than many of our other candidates.  Many of our candidates polled around 1/3 in the county, whether or not they campaigned extensively.  The “Post-Mortem” state-wide report shows county-by-county comparisons as well.  As you well know, our county is a very red county.

The “Post-Mortem” done by the Ohio Democratic Party did see some cause for hope in that turnout was higher in the 2018 Mid-term, and we performed a little better than in the last mid-term.  However, gerrymandering will remain a serious hurdle.

How Gerrymandering Inflated GOP Gains in Ohio in the 2018 Mid-term Election:
Despite only getting half the State House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 63% of Ohio House seats.
Despite only getting 52% of the US House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 75% of Ohio’s US House seats.

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

Midterm Election Results, Nov. 6, 2018:

Muskingum County:
Governor and Lt. Governor of Ohio:  Mike DeWine/John Husted (R)
Ohio Attorney General:  David Yost (R)

Ohio Auditor of State:  Keith Faber (R)
Ohio Secretary of State:  Frank LaRose (R)
Ohio Treasurer of State:  Robert Sprague (R)
US Senate:  Sherrod Brown (D)
US Congress, 6th Dist.:  Bill Johnson (R)
US Congress, 12th Dist.:  Troy Balderson (R)
State Rep. 78th Dist.:  Ron Hood (R)
State Rep. 97th Dist.:  Brian Hill (R)
County Commissioner:  James Porter (R)
County Auditor:  Debra Nye (R)
County Engineer:  Mark Eicher (R)
Ohio Supreme Court:  Craig Baldwin
Ohio Supreme Court:  Melody Stewart 
Judge Court of Appeals:  John Wise
Judge Court of Appeals:  Scott Gwin 
Judge Court of Appeals:  Patricia Delaney 
County Court:  Scott Rankin
State Issue 1:  No
County Library Levy:  Yes

For more details, vote tallies, and local ballot issues:  https://boe.muskingumcounty.org/pdfs/SUMMARY.pdf

The party affiliation of registered voters in Muskingum County (as of Nov. 9, 2018):
Independent:  32,963
Republican:  15,951
Democrat:  6,029
Green:  72

Nationwide, Democrats had a sizeable gain in seats in the US House of Representatives, and will have a majority.  Democrats lost a little ground in the US Senate, where the Republicans have a thin majority. Several races are still not settled, so we don't have a final count yet.  Democrats gained overall in the number of governors as well.

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Gerrymandering in our county:

The recent June 2019 Supreme Court decision allows gerrymandering to, if anything, get worse.

In the May 8, 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION, ISSUE 1 was approved, which may slightly reduce gerrymandering, but it's still going to be a Republican-controlled map.

Muskingum County is in 2 congressional districts, which weakens our county's voice in the U. S. House of Representatives.  Both the county and the city of Zanesville are divided in half.

*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:

Present 6th District

Present 12th District

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.)

How Gerrymandering Enhanced GOP gains in the 2018 Mid-term Election:

Despite only getting half the State House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 63% of the Ohio House seats.
Despite only getting 52% of the US House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 75% of the US House seats.

State House Votes:

Total Vote Share:
Republicans, 50.3%
Democrats, 49.3%

Congressional Votes:

Total Vote Share:
Republicans, 52.3%
Democrats, 47.0%


Seats Won:
Republicans, 62.9%
Democrats, 37.1%


Seats Won:
Republicans, 75.0%
Democrats, 25.0%

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 raisers, March 12, 2017, and March 18, 2018)

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Links to our friends...

Ohio Democratic Party

Muskingum Women Democrats

Muskingum County Democratic Party


Ohio Young Democrats

Matriots Ohio
(Group promoting women in Ohio running for public office.)

Morgan County Democratic Party

Guernsey County Democrats

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.

Andrew Joseph for Zanesville Municipal Court Judge

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