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- a monthly reprint from our
South Washoe DEMS newsletter

An Accidental Encore
– with Gratitude

Here I am again, filling the role of your intrepid leader for the 5th year in a row. Believe me, no one is more surprised than I am!
At the end of last year, I said I was ready to pass the baton and all that. And I meant it. When I took on this job at the beginning of 45’s term, I planned to stay on just until he was gone. That took longer than anticipated but, at long last, he has moved on. And so, I thought, would I.
That was not meant to be. I held out the baton and, it seems, no one was ready to take it just yet. So, out of love and respect for this group and what we do – I’m back again.
But I return with renewed energy and passion because, while there was no one to replace me, there were a good number of members willing to assume new leadership roles on our Steering Committee.  I am so grateful for the fresh ideas, enthusiasm and commitment they bring to our administrative group! I am delighted and excited to welcome Priya Ahlawat, Mary Ann Gaebe, Elaine Carrick and Karen Bickel to our Steering Committee. And to welcome back Joyce Newman, former SC member whose past stellar service has been greatly missed. This amazing group of new leaders has already made a positive impact on our team and I’m truly excited to for the opportunity to work with them in the future.
And I am so grateful to continue to have the solid, loyal, indispensable skills of returning SC members: Mary Katz, Tracey Lane, Deb Kladney, Kathy Peltier, Suzy Williams, Barry Cernoch, Fred and Millie May. Some will continue in the same roles as before, some have assumed new positions. These dedicated volunteers have helped to make us the very best Democratic affiliate in the area, if not the state, and will continue to do so.
A special tribute goes out to Reed Williams, who has served in one capacity or another on the Steering Committee since this group’s inception, 11 years ago! While Reed will still remain an active member of the South Washoe DEMS, helping out as needed and serving in an advisory capacity as an Emeritus member of our SC team, he has chosen to step down from the demands of active leadership to take a well-earned rest. In all honesty, he has done so many things for us that it will take several people to fill his shoes.
Lastly, to our members – whose interest, support, participation and dedication motivate us to keep this Barbara Twitchelldynamic group going – thank you all. You are the wind under our wings!

Barbara Twitchell
South Washoe DEMS Chair
March 29, 2021

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Recent News from the State Democratic Party...

MAY 18, 2021
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, released the following statement regarding North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee—a former Democrat—who recently announced that he will be running for Governor of Nevada as a Republican: Read more...

MAY 17, 2021
Judith Whitmer, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair, issued the following statement today, Monday, May 16, 2021, on the Omnibus Energy Bill (Senate Bill 448): Read more...

MAY 3, 2021
Today, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer released a statement on Senate Bill 420, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, to create a public option to ensure that Nevadans always have access to affordable healthcare. The bill, which has received a broad base of support from across the state's Democratic party and progressive organizations, will provide Nevadans with another option on the healthcare menu. Insured Nevadans can keep the coverage they already have or can join other Nevadans in purchasing the state's new high-quality, lower-cost healthcare option. Chair Whitmer's statement follows: Read more...

APRIL 23, 2021
The NV Dems Executive Leadership is proud to support AB395 to abolish the death penalty in Nevada and congratulates the 26 Assembly Democrats for unanimously voting to pass the bill in the Nevada Assembly. Their full voiced support of total death penalty repeal marks a noteworthy departure from previous stalled efforts in our state and necessary step in our mission for a more just society. Death penalty abolition strikes at the core of our party's values. It is rightfully supported by our President, Joe Biden, along with countless Democrats around the nation and Nevada. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Jason Frierson and Assemblyman Steve Yeager, this racist, biased, broken, costly, and inhumane institution of death may finally see an end in the Silver State. Read more...

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