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 2021:
Martha Sullivan, President
Amy Nern, Vice President
Amy Underwood, Secretary

Joan Alexander, Treasurer
Gretchen Fathauer, Webmaster and Corresponding Secretary

WDC email address:
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The former Democratic HQ at 46 S. 6th Street, Zanesville, is no longer being used.  Both Democratic clubs in Muskingum County moved their meetings to Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.  Since the coronavirus pandemic, we are having virtual meetings via Zoom and teleconference calls, rather than in-person meetings.

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.  Due to coronavirus concerns, these meetings will be held by conference calls until further notice rather than at Gant House.

Muskingum County Democrats meet on 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville, January - November.  Due to coronavirus concerns, these meetings will be held by Zoom meetings until further notice rather than at Gant House.

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

To join our club, please CLICK HERE for a membership application, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 JoeKamala Win Confetti

Congratulations to Democrats who won in the November 2020 Election!
President of the United States:  Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Vice President of the United States:  Kamala Harris
Justice of Ohio Supreme Court:  Jennifer Brunner
Judge of the 5th District Court of Appeals:  William Hoffman
State Board of Education:  Michelle Newman

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Judge William Hoffmann, Judge Jennifer Brunner, Michelle Newman

Tue., Jan. 5, Georgia Senate Run-off Elections for 2 seats that will determine which party will control the Senate.  Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face competitive challenges from Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.  The race is close, and it will be a while before the results are final.

Wed., Jan. 6, Congress meets to count electoral votes for the Presidential and Vice Presidential race.  At least Vice President Mike Pence has publicly stated that he does not have the power to unilaterally disqualify votes for Joe Biden, which President Trump has been urging him to do.

The rioting at the Capitol by Trump supporters was a stunning display of sedition encouraged by President Trump.  I hear impeachment proceedings will be next.

Sat., Jan. 16, "What Matters" documentary film followed by discussion, 6:00 pm, documenting the fight for racial equality in Zanesville, movie shown over the Zoom platform about the events that led up to the peaceful demonstrations in Zanesville in May 2020, including the death of George Floyd, and the state of advocacy for equality today.  Filmaker Doug Swift, Zanesville Mayor Don Mason, Kyle Johnson and Darryl Grave discuss the film afterwards.  In association with Reel Meal, Zanesville Museum of Art, the Muskingum County Library System, and the Muskingum County Social Justice Coalition.  Sign up by January 11.  More info and to signup link:  Reel Meal | 'What Matters': Documenting the Fight for Racial Equality in Zanesville — Zanesville Museum of Art (zanesvilleart.org)  (Scroll down on the page for signup link; they'll email you a Zoom link for this presentation.)

BLM protest 2020a

Around 500 people participated in this event.

Tue., Jan. 19, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm, via telephone conference.  (This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)  
Reports from Audit Committee, Budget Committee, Membership Committee.
Treasurer's report, Gant House rental account, 2021 fundraising and 2021 candidates.
To Join this Conference Call:
Dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code:  115-604-189, followed by #

Club dues ($20) are due now.  Please mail checks made out to WDC and your contact info to:
Joan Alexander, WDC Treasurer
PO Box 4
Duncan Falls, OH 43734

Wed., Jan. 20, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm, Zoom meeting. 
If you haven't received an invitation with connection info, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Secretary's Report, Treasurer's Report, Central Committee Report (Bob Pletcher)
Club Scholarship--Bobbie Durfee--need to come up with an essay question
Speakers--Al Zakany, and Kyle Johnson, candidate for City Council-At-Large
Fundraising ideas for 2021
Carr Cake Auction, April 28-29
BOE report, Bobbie Durfee
ODP report, Jack Boyd
Filing deadline to run for public office in 2021--February 3, 2021
Club dues ($25) due by March 1st.  Please mail $25 check made out to MCDC and your contact info to: 
Jack Boyd, MCDC Treasurer
5324 E. Sheffield Cir.
Zanesville, OH 43701-7406

Wed., Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, noon.  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President.  There will be extensive coverage on TV, and this year it will be more of a virtual event because of the pandemic.

More Upcoming Democrat Events in Ohio from ODP Update news

Many of these are virtual meetings due to corona virus concerns.

The Lancet, among the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals, accuses President Trump in a new editorial of injecting partisan politics into his response to the coronavirus pandemic and suggests that a change is in order in the White House.

“Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics,” the editorial says.

The publication, which has offices in London, New York and Beijing, criticizes the Trump administration’s “inconsistent and incoherent national response” to the coronavirus outbreak and accuses it of relegating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to only a “nominal” role in the U.S. response.

“The Administration is obsessed with magic bullets — vaccines, new medicines, or a hope that the virus will simply disappear,” the editorial says. “But only a steadfast reliance on basic public health principles, like test, trace, and isolate, will see the emergency brought to an end, and this requires an effective national public health agency.”

The Mueller Report--ORDER Your Own Copy!

The redacted version of the Mueller Report, plus additional material by The Washington Post, is available on amazon.com

Free Download--CLICK HERE  (Large file--long download)

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"—to impose their beliefs on everyone.  Often this is about enforcing female chastity by making birth control harder to get, or pressuring school children via school prayer and the like.  But didn't Jesus urge welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, 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.

Voting Info Links:

Voter ID Requirements at the Polls

Voter Eligibility Requirements

General Voter Information

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

Democratic Primary Election Results, April 28, 2020
For Muskingum County

President of the United States: Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
(Neither of Ohio's US Senate seats will be up for election in 2020.)
US Congress, 6th District:  Shawna Roberts
US Congress, 12th District:  Alaina Shearer
Ohio Senate, 20th District:  Christian Johnson
Ohio House, 78th District:  Charlotte Owens
Ohio House, 97th District:  Alaina Swope
Justice of Ohio Supreme Court:  John P. O'Donnell
Justice of Ohio Supreme Court:  Jennifer Brunner
Judge of the 5th District Court of Appeals:  William Hoffman
Muskingum County Democratic Central Committee:
Ward 2, Grant Hutcheson
Ward 3, Connie Norman
Ward 4, Sandy Gentry
Blue Rock Twp., Gretchen Fathauer
Brush Creek Twp., Robert Pletcher
Clay Twp., Emmett Abella
Falls Twp., Roberta Durfee
Hopewell Twp., Melanie Kish
Muskingum Twp., James McGreevy
Perry Twp., Marlee Gibson
Springfield Twp., Jayden Curtis
Wayne Twp., Barry McElfresh

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 have a majority.  Republicans have a thin majority In the US Senate. On the national level, Democrats gained overall in the number of governors.

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.)

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

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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

Muskingum County Young Democrats