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 2020:
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.

The Mueller Report--ORDER Your Own Copy!

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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.To sign up online, CLICK HERE  Please bring your smartphone and download our canvassing app, MiniVAN, before arriving. We will provide literature and train you to use MiniVAN before we head out. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes! RSVP so we know how many people to expect. All are welcome.

Tue., Feb. 11, Community Forum, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Anchor Church, 1365 Chamberlain St., Zanesville.  About returning from prison and re-entry into the community.

Sat., Feb. 15, Zanesville Annual Taste of Color, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Zanesville Civic Center, 928 Jackson St, Zanesville, $8 at the door.  Celebrating Black History Month.  Ethnic foods, entertainment, door prizes and awards ceremony.  More info:  740-452-7401.

Sun. Feb. 16, St. Paul AME Church Celebrates Black History Month, 3:30 pm, at 561 Pine St., Zanesville.  Church dinner at 1:00, $12, call 740-454-9700.

Tue., Feb. 18, Last Day to Register to Vote in the March 3 Primary Election.  Office open 8:00 am -9:00 pm on this date at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville.  Questions?--call 740-455-7120.

Tue., Feb. 18, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.  Alaina Swope, Candidate for Ohio House, 97th District, will be there.  We'll also be discussing plans to fundraisers and rallies, and the proposed budget.

Wed., Feb. 19, Early Voting begins, at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville.

Wed., Feb. 19, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.  Agenda:  Reports--Secretary, Treasurer, Central Committee, ODP.  National and local events.  Alaina Swope, Candidate for Ohio House, 97th District--campaign update.  Raffle winner, scholarship deadline March 15.  2020 fundraisers will be discussed.
Guest speakers:  Christian Johnson, Candidate for Ohio Senate 20th District, and Jennifer Bell, Candidate for US Congress 12th District.  Fundraiser for Alaina Swope, The Roast of John Furek, Sat., Feb. 29, 7:00 pm, IBEW Hall at 5805 Frazeysburg Rd., Nashport, Ohio.  Bill's Barbecue will be catered.  More info, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thu., Feb. 20, Movie: The Story of the Strong Women Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement.  7:30 pm on WHIZ-TV, Channel 2 (or 18?)

Sat., Feb. 22, Tour of Putnam's Underground Railway Stops, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Stone Academy Historic Site and Museum, 115 Jefferson St., Zanesville.  Bus tour of important Underground Railroad and Abolitionist sites in Zanesville.  Adults.

Sun., Feb. 23, Black History Program, 3:00 pm, at St. Paul AME Church, 561 Pine St., Zanesville.  Black History Program presentation by Hands of Faith Church Pastor Michael Bullock.  Music by ZHS Satin Strings, Laura Gardner, Orchestra Director, and Pastor Philip Tabler and the Faith Choir, Liturgical Dance by the Glory Dancers, Pastor Michael Bullock, and sermonette.

Tue., Feb. 25, Think Tank on Poverty meeting.  Location and time to be announced later.

Sat., Feb. 29, Alaina Swope Fundraiser (The Roast of John Furek), 7 pm, at IBEW Hall, 5805 Frazeysburg Rd., Nashport.  $20 paid in advance online, or $25 at the door.  Alaina is running for the Ohio House in the 97th District.  Food will be served.  To contribute to her campaign online:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/swope2020

Tue., Mar. 3, Super Tuesday Primary Election, in Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado, California, Arkansas, and Alabama.

Sat., Mar. 14, Mailed Absentee Ballot Applications must be received by noon for Mar. 17 Primary Election.

Sun., Mar. 15, ODP Legacy State Dinner, Battelle Grand Ballroom, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus OH.  Speaker:  Rep. Joe Kennedy III.  Other speakers TBA.  (All presidential candidates have been invited.)  $250.  Contact Megan Reenock with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (614) 221-6563.  Tickets can be purchased through ActBlue.com

Tue., Mar. 17, 2020, Partisan Primary Election, 6:30 am - 7:30 pm, for the following local offices:  County Commissioner, Coroner, Engineer, Prosecuting Attorney, Record, Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Republican Central Committee, Democratic Central Committee, and State Representative.  Also, Presidential Primary Election.

Calendar of Primary Elections Nationwide:  


Troy Balderson, Republican incumbent in the 12th District, US House of Representatives, dodging interviewers:


Vote for Alaina Shearer for US House, Ohio 12th District! 

The article in Christianity Today urging Trump's removal from office on moral grounds:

For too long, Democrats have ceded Christianity to the Republican party.  The Republicans claim to be more Christian because they oppose abortion, approve of public funding for parochial schools, back Israel, and support "religious liberty," which is about enforcing female chastity by making birth control harder to get, and pressuring school children via school prayer and the like.  But didn't Jesus preach welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry and giving to the poor?  Is imprisoning refugee children at the border and separating them from their parents Christian?  Is turning our backs on our own poor Christian?  Did not Jesus chase the money changers out of the temple, rather than embrace and cater to the rich at the expense of the poor?  We need to be asking these questions more.

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.)

Guernsey County Democrats

Indivisible Group--resisting Trump agenda

We the People Muskingum--resisting Trump agenda

Charlotte Owens, candidate for Ohio State Representative, District 78
Facebook:  Owens for OH78

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