Monday, March 5, 2018

March Forward to the Primary - The  Governor and Lieutenant Governor Races

This month we welcome Kate Marshall, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and representatives for Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak who will face off in the Democratic primary for Governor. Join us to get to know more about the candidates, and bring your questions! 

Former Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  As treasurer, Kate proved a staunch supporter of public education. She initiated the Silver State Opportunity Fund, a private equity investment fund to increase funding for K-12 education. She created the Nevada College Kick Start Program allowing parents to open college saving accounts for a mere $50.00 - at no expense to taxpayers. Kate is known for her honest and efficient leadership. As treasurer, she got rid of no-bid contracts and off-the-books deals. She promises to bring that same ethic to the lieutenant governor's office.

Former Nevada State Assemblywoman and State Senator Sheila Leslie will be representing Chris Giunchigliani, candidate for Governor. Chris's life has been dedicated to public service - as a teacher, two-term member and current vice chair of the Clark County Commission, and assemblywoman for eight regular and five special sessions of the Nevada State Legislature. She is the past president of the Clark County Classroom Teachers' Association and the Nevada State Education Association. If elected governor she plans to focus on clean energy and protecting the environment, protecting women's right to choose, and creating a climate where  everyone  - small businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers - all succeed.

Steve Sisolak, a candidate for Governor, will be represented by Will Adler. Steve is a successful businessman who built his own communications business where he created hundreds of jobs. He served as a member of the Board of Regents for ten years, and he is the current chair of the Clark County Commission. Steve's civic and business involvement is extensive. He believes his experience in the public and private sectors helped guide Nevada past the recession. If elected, Steve will fight for increased investment in education, better teacher pay, smaller class size. and reduction in student debt. He will work to diversify Nevada's economy, and promote clean energy and quality healthcare for all.
Our meeting location is at the:

South Valleys Library.
15650 Wedge Pkwy
Reno, NV 89511
[see map at Our Next Events page of the South Washoe DEMS website] 

There is no admission charge.  Our meetings start at 5:30 p.m. with a social time where we serve light appetizers. A brief business meeting commences at 6 p.m., then our featured program runs for about an hour. Donations are welcome to cover the cost of appetizers. Please invite your friends as we welcome both new and long time members to our meetings. We look forward to seeing you!

Our monthly meeting date is now the first MONDAY of the month. 
SAVE the DATE: Monday, April 2nd, for our April meeting, at the South Meadows Library.
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Notes from the Chair -
When Children Lead the Way 

"It's déjà vu all over again," as Yogi Berra would say. 

Another day. Another school shooting. Another round of "thoughts and prayers" with no real plans to rectify the situation. Wouldn't want to offend the NRA gods, now, would we? 

But as I watched the children of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School take to the streets, the legislatures and the airwaves, I experienced another déjà vu. For those of us who came of age in the Sixties (which, I suspect, would be most of us reading this) the passionate activism of these children should seem uncannily familiar. They are rising up and taking on the establishment, the government and the NRA – planting the seeds of change. This is truly the beginning of a MOVEMENT! 

At our meetings, we have sometimes wondered how we could get the younger generation interested and involved. Well, they certainly are engaged now. In fact, they are leading the way! This is the moment for us to stand behind them and support them in any way we can. Speak out! Call or write your elected officials –  state and federal – and let them know that you demand reasonable and effective solutions to the gun problem, starting with expansion of background checks, along with sensible limitations on the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. 

For years we've been told that this gun battle cannot be won. These children believe otherwise. Who are we to doubt them? Remember? In our youth we were told our battle was hopeless – and we ended a war. 
                                                                    -- Barbara Twitchell, SWD Chairperson

Spring Neighborhood Gatherings -
Moving Forward in 2018 

We begin our next round of South Washoe DEMS neighborhood meetings in March. These meetings, which will be held in members' homes, will feature candidates or their representatives for various state, local, and Congressional offices. Check the schedule to see which candidates will be in your neighborhood. You are welcome to attend any meeting, regardless of the precinct where the meeting is located. Note that we do not endorse any candidate until after the Primary,

MARCH 2018  Meetings:

MEET KATE MARSHALL - Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor
  • SUNDAY, 3/4 at 5:30 PM, Virginia Foothills and Curti Ranch, Precinct #8254, hosted by Sarah & Tony Ramirez,
  • THURSDAY, 3/22 at 6:00 PM, Double Diamond, Precinct #2031, hosted by Paul Nguyen
  • MONDAY, 3/26 at 6:00 PM, Double Diamond, Precinct #2041, hosted by Tracy Warriner 
Click here to RSVP to attend any of these meetings and get the host addresses. We look forward to seeing you there!

Watch our South Washoe DEMS website,, monthly newsletters, and our Election Alerts (Opt-In now to be sure you get all the news) for specific addresses, dates, and program information. If you'd like to volunteer to host, make outreach calls, help with sign-ups and greeting, or in any other way at these meetings, please contact Suzy Williams. 

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful - Cleanup on March 10th! 

The next KTMB cleanup along Wedge Parkway will meet at the Washoe County South Valleys Library on Saturday, March 10th at 9:00 am.
For more information or to sign on to our fabulous work crew, email Wally Prendergast

South Washoe DEMS Annual Leadership Elections at our March Meeting

On March 5th, we will elect our leadership for the next year, April 2018 – March 2019. Our elections officer, Tracey Lane, will present a Slate of Officers and will take any nominations from the floor.

As of now, the Slate of Officers for 2018-2019 are:
  • Chair: Barbara Twitchell
  • Vice-Chair: Fred May
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Kathy Peltier / Reed Willaims
  • Communications Coordinator: Mary Federico Katz
  • Program Coordinator: Carol Cooke
We are always looking for new leadership.  For more information about the duties of the positions, see our South Washoe DEMS website/By Laws section, Section III or contact anyone on the Steering Committee. All South Washoe DEMS members attending the March meeting will vote on the completed slate to choose our new 2018-2019 officers.  

If you would like to run for any of the elected positions please contact our elections officer, Tracey Lane, to be added to the slate. These positions may be co-positions, so if job-sharing appeals to you, then let Tracey know. Tracey may be reached at: or 
      (203) 415-7044.  

The Eddy House - Another Meal Contribution

On February 16th, South Washoe DEMS members, Anne Beroza and Sandy Scott, prepared a hot meal for 75 hungry young people at the Eddy House. Gift cards were also provided. The Eddy House website's Contribute Page lists donation options available.


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
March 8th, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm hosted by Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning. Their home is located in the Saddlehorn community at 14210 Powder River Court (from Thomas Creek Road, turn west onto Saddlehorn Drive and then south onto Powder River Court.) See map inside our Book Club webpage.

Our next book is How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky.


"Cool and persuasive... How Democracies Die comes at exactly the right moment. We're already awash in public indignation—what we desperately need is a sober, dispassionate look at the current state of affairs. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, two of the most respected scholars in the field of democracy studies, offer just that." 
    —The Washington Post

Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. 

Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved.
The book is available in hardcover and eBook formats from your local or online bookstores.

Please email Joyce for updates or details. For more information about our current book, a list of articles, and past books we have reviewed, visit our Book Club webpage.

Save The Dates...

  • March 4th, Virginia Foothills and Curti Ranch Neighborhood Meeting 
  • March 5th – Monthly meeting, new day on Monday
  • March 8th - Book Club
  • March 10th – Clean-up for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
  • March 22nd - Double Diamond Neighborhood Meeting
  • March 25th – Lunch at Record Street
  • March 26th -  Double Diamond Neighborhood Meeting
  • April 2nd – Monthly meeting