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 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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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


Open enrollment for Medicare plans ends Dec. 7, 2018 for 2019 coverage.  For more info, CLICK HERE
Open enrollment period for 2019 is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2018.  During this period you can change your coverage from original medicare to a medicare advantage plan, from one medicare advantage plan to another, or switch back from a medicare advantage plan to original medicare.  This is also a period where you can change carriers or add plans for Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement ("Medigap").

Affordable Care Act enrollment period ends Dec. 15, 2018 for 2019 coverage.  For more info, CLICK HERE
Open Enrollment for 2019 runs from November 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018. Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you generally can enroll in a health insurance plan only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. 

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 (Democrat endorsed)
Judge Court of Appeals:  John Wise
Judge Court of Appeals:  Scott Gwin (Democrat endorsed)
Judge Court of Appeals:  Patricia Delaney (Democrat endorsed)
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.


Wed., Dec. 19, Muskingum County Democrats meeting and HOLIDAY PARTY, open to all, 7:00  pm, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.  

From President Bobbie Durfee:

This will be a business meeting, as well as a Holiday Celebration.

We will start with a critique of the election, a state legislative report, a discussion of the next election and our need for candidates, and plan for how we will move forward in the coming year. 

After all of that heavy business, I hope to celebrate the upcoming Holiday season with food, fun and friends. We will serve cheese, fruit, and sweet treats. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine for your enjoyment; otherwise soft drinks and water will be available. Please bring an inexpensive wrapped ornament, decoration or gift to exchange in a game. You can buy or make this gift; use your imagination!!  We will also be drawing for a few door prizes! 

Grab some friends and family and come. Let's try to get a good-sized crowd; you don't have to be a current member to come. Hopefully we can recruit some new folks. See you there!! 

No December meeting for WDC.

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

Wed., Jan. 16, Muskingum County Democrats, 7:30 pm, at Democratic HQ, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.  (If the location is changed to Gant House, I will update this site.)

Sat., Jan. 19, Women's March in Columbus, OH, 11 am - 2 pm.  More info:  https://www.womensmarch.com/sister-marches (Enter zip code 43215 to search on the Sister Marches page for the Columbus, OH march RSVP form.) 
Organizer:  Rhiannon Childs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

Gerrymandering in our county:

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).

In the May 8 PRIMARY ELECTION, ISSUE 1 was approved, which will help get rid of gerrymandering.

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.)

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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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.  Please note, we have changed the time back to 7:00 pm.

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
on third Wednesdays of the month at 7 pm. (Note time change.)

Exception:  September and October, 2018, meeting
at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.

Links to our friends...

Ohio Democratic Party

Muskingum Women Democrats

Muskingum County Democratic Party

Ohio Young Democrats

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.

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