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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UPCOMING EVENTS:

CANVASSING--contact Susan Haas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 740-607-3940, for more info, or to volunteer.  Her schedule varies, so contact her.  Prime canvassing times are Saturdays midday, Sunday afternoons and weekday early evenings.  They're using a new app on your phone to simplify getting lists and maps, and recording notes.  (Android users can get MiniVAN software from the Google Play Store; the program for Apple phones is MiniVAN Touch on iOS.)  Paper lists are also available if you prefer that approach.  The emphasis at this point is to ask voters about their concerns rather than promote individual candidates.

Petition packs for Primary Election, Mar. 17, 2020, available now at the Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville, for the following offices:  County Commissioner, Coroner, Engineer, Prosecuting Attorney, Record, Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Republican Central Committee, Democratic Central Committee, and State Representative.

Thur., Oct. 3, MEET THE CANDIDATE: meet Dale Raines, write-in candidate for City Auditor, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, at Weasel Boy Brewing, 126 Muskingum Ave., Zanesville.  Stop and talk with Dale for a few minutes, or buy a local brew and hang out awhile. You will also have a chance to bid on some paintings by the candidate, with all proceeds going to the Write In Dale Raines Committee.

Thur., Oct. 3, Friends of Putnam Community Watch Walk, 6:00 pm.  Meet at 3i Holsters, 923 Putnam Ave., Zanesville.  We want to show our presence in the community, locate problem areas, and to clean up any trash we encounter on the streets.  We will walk north along Putnam Ave. to the 6th Street Bridge.  We will have some t-shirts available, we are asking our business owners to wear their logos to represent their business participation, and we are extending an invitation to all of you to strengthen our relationship. We are asking our Safety Director and law enforcement partners to join us.

Go to our Facebook Group: “Friends of Putnam Community Group” to sign up on the "community watch walk" event announcement and tell us if you are attending. Also, read through other posts about other ways you can participate.  Invite other friends and neighbors to join our cause.  Small steps lead to big change.  Thank you all. 

Mon., Oct. 7, Deadline for voter registration for Nov. 5 General Election.

Tues., Oct. 8, First day of in-person voting for Nov. 5 General Election, at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville.

Sun., Oct. 13, Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner, Battelle Grand Ballroom, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus OH, $250.  Contact Travis Boll with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (614) 696-2894. 

Happy Hour, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, 463 High St., Columbus--sponsored by Young Democrats, Young Black Democrats, and College Democrats. https://www.facebook.com/events/781231558994605/

Speakers:  Speaker of the House NANCY PELOSI, DNC Chairman Tom Perez, and 2020 Presidential Candidates--so far, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro.  JUST ADDED--PETE BUTTIGIEG!  

WATCH ODP DINNER SPEAKERS ONLINE, starting at 6:30 pm, at:  https://go.ohiodems.org/live 

MISSED THIS EVENT?  YOU CAN STILL WATCH THE SPEAKERS:
https://www.facebook.com/OHDems/videos/439019633581315/

Tue., Oct. 15, 6:30 pm, DEBATE WATCH PARTIES:  Click here to find a debate watch party near you!

Tue., Oct. 15, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main, Zanesville.  On the agenda:  candidate campaign updates, Farmers Market booth update, initiative petition update, and general election preparation.  We will also discuss and vote on financial support for Democratic write-in candidate Dale Raines, who is running for City Auditor.

Wed., Oct. 16, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main, Zanesville.

Fri., Oct. 18 and Sat., Oct. 19--Nelson T. Gant Foundation Chili Fest, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main, Zanesville.  Eat-in Saturday only (includes chili, crackers, dessert and drink, $10) or carry-out or delivery both days.  Randy Case makes this outstanding chili.  Reservations needed:  Connie Norman, 740-453-0988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Please note--earlier I had this listed as $7, and eat-in only on Friday; this information has since been corrected.  Eat-in only Saturday, and price is $10.  Take out or delivery available on both Friday and Saturday.)

Tues., Oct. 22, Zanesville Think Tank on Poverty LOCAL CANDIDATES FORUM, 5:30 pm food, 6:00 meeting, at Muskingum County Library, 220 N. 5th St., Zanesville. Sponsored by ZTTP and The Voice of Youth.

Wed., Oct. 23, Blue Cocktail Hour, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, at Weasel Boy, 126 Muskingum Ave., Zanesville.  Special Guest:  David Pepper, ODP Chairman.
RSVP by calling Megan Reenock at 614-364-2837 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Make checks payable to ODP, and mail to ODP, 340 E. Fulton St., Columbus, OH 43215) 
Or sign up/contribute online:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/muskingum2019
Suggested contributions: 
Host: $200 ~ Sponsor:  $100 ~ Supporter:  $50 ~ Attendee:  $35

Sat., Nov. 2, NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, 6:00 pm, at Bryan Place, 49 N. 6th St., Zanesville.  The Muskingum County Democrats are trying to arrange a table again; $35 each.  Contact Jack Boyd to join the club's table: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To attend joining another table, $30 each.  For more info, contact Sharon Johnson at 740-408-5088 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tickets must be paid for in advance--deadline is Oct. 25.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  If you want your tickets mailed to you, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your check made out to Muskingum County NAACP.  To make a reservation, mail checks along with your contact info to NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Committee, c/o Sharon Johnson, 2746 Maple Ave. #109, Zanesville 43701.
Theme of the banquet is "A Time for Change."
Speakers:
Tony Thompson, who runs an online tutoring program in Atlanta, GA for high school and middle school students to help them become academically eligible to play college sports, will be the keynote speaker.

Honorees:
Mrs. Louise Kyle, who started the 8th Ward Reunion in Zanesville

Mrs. Hortense Jones, for her support of church and community functions in Zanesville
Misty Cromwell, Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board 

Mon., Nov. 4, Last day of in-person early voting for Nov. 5 General Election, at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville.  Closes at 2:00 pm.

Tues., Nov. 5, General Election Day.  Polls open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Tue., Dec. 11, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7 pm, featuring chili made by Bob Pletcher, plus desserts, and bring your own (non-alcoholic) beverage.  Voluntary donation appreciated.

Wed., Dec. 18, Declarations of candidacy for partisan primary election must be filed by 4 pm.  Petition packs available at the Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville, for the following offices:  County Commissioner, Coroner, Engineer, Prosecuting Attorney, Record, Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Republican Central Committee, Democratic Central Committee, and State Representative.

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.


Other Democrat events in Ohio:


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:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y3cn33zktlq7feg/AAD0Jv9p7S3hPdXTwjmy2SkUa?dl=0

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: 

http://www.fairdistrictsohio.org/blog/what-could-fair-congressional-districts-look-like


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
http://ohiodems.org 

Muskingum Women Democrats
https://www.facebook.com/groups/366058967201268/about/

Muskingum County Democratic Party
https://www.facebook.com/muskdems

Ohio Young Democrats
http://ohioyd.nationbuilder.com/

Matriots Ohio
(Group promoting women in Ohio running for public office.)
http://www.matriotsohio.com

Morgan County Democratic Party
http://www.morgancountydemocraticparty.org

Guernsey County Democrats
https://www.facebook.com/guernseydemocraticclub/

Indivisible Group--resisting Trump agenda
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

We the People Muskingum--resisting Trump agenda
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1850436748568541/

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
https://www.josephforjudge.com/

 
Muskingum County Young Democrats

http://www.muskingumcyd.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MuskingumCountyYoungDemocrats


Ian Dooley and Sen. Sherrod Brown


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