Monday, May 7, 2018

Primarily Speaking

We are happy to introduce more Democratic candidates to our South Washoe DEMS at our last regular meeting before the Primary Election on June 12th. May's meeting will be a "Meet & Greet" of candidates having a runoff in the June Primary Election as well as some of the candidates without a primary who are running for positions representing the south county. The exact format will depend on how many of the candidates are able to attend. All have been invited. With a large group of candidates expected, we plan on foregoing our usual business session so everyone will have a chance hear from the candidates and to go around the room to meet and talk with all of those candidates you are interested in learning more about.

Don't be shy! This will be a great opportunity to get your questions and concerns answered.
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. 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 the first MONDAY of the month. 
SAVE the DATE: Monday, June 4th for our annual Picnic in the Pines in Galena Forest. Complete details will be in the June Newsletter.
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Primary Elections: 
Hear From CD2 and Washoe Sheriff Candidates

Do you feel the excitement in the air with all the activity surrounding the upcoming Primary Election in June and the General election in November? With so many candidates, choosing one can be overwhelming. In addition to our "Meet and Greet' Democratic candidates at our May South Washoe DEMS meeting, here are a couple other events where you can learn more about candidates running for Congressional District 2 and Washoe County Sheriff: 
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - Congressional District 2 Candidates Debate, Cathexis Building, 250 Bell St, Reno. This debate is hosted by the Heart of Reno Democrats. The entrance to the building is not on Bell Street, but in the back of the building across the parking lot bordering Ralston St. All six candidates have been invited: Vance Alm, Patrick Fogarty, Jesse Hurley, Clint Koble, Jack Schofield Jr. and Rick Shepherd. 
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - Washoe County Sheriff Candidates Community Forum, Word of Life Reno, 2375 S. Virginia St, Reno. This forum is co-hosted by ACTIONN, Indivisible Northern Nevada, NAACP and Nevada Gun Safety Coalition. Candidates are: Darin Balaam, Sherman B. Boxx, Jerry Guzman Cossio, Allan Fox, Adam Eugene Hopkins, Heidi Howe and Kim Meyer.

2018 Primary Election Dates
The Primary is Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Important deadlines:

Voter Registration

  • By Mail:  Postmarked no later than May 15, 2018
  • In-Person:  Last day to register in person is May 22, 2018
  • Online:  Last day to register using NOVA is May 24, 2018 (11:59:59 p.m.)

Absent Ballot Request (see the Mail-In Voting article in this Newsletter):

  • Received no later than June 5, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. 

Early voting:

  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018.

Spring Neighborhood Gatherings  
...Introduced Our Candidates – And More to Come 

More than twenty-five volunteers coordinated and hosted ten candidates at our spring neighborhood gatherings so far. We held events in Galena Forest, Arrowcreek, Fieldcreek, Toll Road/Kivett Lane, Virginia Foothills, Double Diamond, Damonte Ranch, and Steamboat/Pleasant Valleys. What a treat to get together socially with old friends and meet Dems new to our group in so many neighborhoods. People are excited. These gatherings meet our goals of providing information, offering opportunities for activism, and creating a progressive community that's ready to elect these folks. Thanks so much to everyone who helped, attended, and spread the word about our strong Democratic candidates and South Washoe DEMS. Here are the scheduled meetings in May and June: 

MAY 2018  Meetings

MEET NAOMI DUERR, Democratic Candidate for Reno City Council 
  • MONDAY, 5/14, 6:00-7:30 PM, Damonte Ranch, south end of Precinct #2041, hosted by Joe and Sue Cacibauda.
MEET JUNE JOSEPH, Democratic Candidate for AD26;
           TINA DAVIS-HERSEY, Democratic Candidate for State Senator #16
  • THURSDAY, 5/24, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Rolling Hills, Precinct #8233, hosted by Karen Faehling.
JUNE 2018  Meeting

MEET AUTUMN ZEMKE, Democratic Candidate for AD40 
  • SUNDAY, 6/10, 4:00-5:30 PM, Virginia Foothills, Northeast part of Precinct #8254, hosted by Cecelia and Dennis Colling.
Click here to RSVP to attend any of these meetings and get the host addresses. 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 WilliamsAny updates to these meetings will be on our South Washoe DEMS website, Our Next Events section. Watch the site because there may be a newly scheduled meeting near you. Invite your friends, meet the candidates, and vote in the Primary. We look forward to seeing you at a Neighborhood Gathering!  

Note that South Washoe DEMS does not endorse any candidate until after the Primary in June. In races with multiple candidates, we've extended invitations to all Democratic candidates for that office. All may not be available to attend each gathering.

Join WashoeDEMS GOTV Every Week!

WashoeDEMS leads canvassing and voter registration every Thursday and Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

To join the team or for more information, contact WashoeDEMS Executive Director, Denise Lopez: or 775-323-8683.

NVDEMS' Vote Nevada - Online Tool 

 Vote Nevada is an online resource for Nevadans to register to vote, get involved, and learn more about voting in Nevada. This tool is going to be our one stop shop to share voting information, register people to vote, and help voters get involved.

The complete list of resources at Vote Nevada are: 
  • Register to Vote
  • Get Involved
  • How to Vote
  • Election Calendar
  • Truth Dealers
  • Attend an Event
Share this Vote Nevada information! 

Mail-In Voting in Nevada: Any Registered Voter Can Vote by Mail!

There Are So Many Reasons Why Signing Up to Vote by Mail ("Absentee" voting) Makes Sense ("Absentee" voting)
  • More people participate when they can Vote by Mail
  • No line to stand in at the poll
  • No waiting to vote
  • No chance of being rejected because you're at the wrong polling place
  • No taking time off from work or other activities to vote
  • No forgetting to go to the poll
  • No other important crisis interfering with getting to the poll
  • No car failure on the way to the poll
  • No ride that didn't show up to take you to the poll
  • No intimidation possible, as might happen at the poll
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Save gas required to drive to the poll
  • Save time to drive to the poll
  • No decision making at the poll: Study the ballot, Lookup needed information on the WEB, Question friends for help, Call the party headquarters for help (775-323-8683), Call the candidates for information in making decisions, Access the candidates' Websites, Refer to information you may have received in the mail.
Consider these facts:
  • In 2004, Gore lost by 537 votes.
  • In 2016, Clinton received three million more votes than Trump. 100 million qualified voters did not vote. How many more might have voted if they had known they had an option to vote by mail? Might it have changed the outcome of the election? 
  • In 2016, 92% of Absentee/Mail-in-Ballots requested in Washoe County were cast.
  • According to Senator Alan Grayson, who put on a very strong mail-in campaign: (1) A voter who does not vote by mail has around a 30% chance of voting, and (2) A voter who signed up for vote by mail has around an 80% change of voting.
  • Oregon only has mail-in voting, their percentage of return has been quoted as an increase of as much as 10%.
Note: Voters in precincts without a polling place receive an Absentee/Mail-in Ballot from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters.

Consider Mail-In/Absentee voting! For complete information about Mail-in/Absentee voting in Washoe County, click here.

Highlights from this site include:  
Voters who cannot or do not wish to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day may request an absentee ballot in writing. The written request must be done at least 7 days (i.e., the Tuesday) prior to Election Day at 5 p.m. 

If you are 65 or older and/or have a physical disability, you may request permanent absentee ballot status for all future elections for which you are eligible to vote.  

For all others, an absent ballot request can be filled out and processed at the beginning of each election year. The absent ballot request is only valid for the calendar year in which received. It is necessary to select the elections for which you want an absent ballot.  

Click here for an absent ballot request form. An Absentee (Mail) Ballot with voting materials, which includes a paper ballot and voting instructions, will be mailed: 
  • to overseas and military voters: 45 days prior to any election 
  • to out-of-state mailing addresses: 40 days prior to any election
  • to in-state addresses: 30 days prior to any election.
In order to be counted, mail-in ballots must be received at the Registrar of Voters Office by 7:00 pm on Election Day.  Polling places will NOT accept mail-in ballots on Election Day.  

Click here to view frequently asked questions regarding absentee/mail ballots.


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
May 10th, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 10, 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 We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.


In these "urgently relevant essays," *the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath — including the election of Donald Trump.
       *Kirkus Reviews (starred review)                                                                         
"We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president."

But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.
The book is available in hardcover, paperback 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...

  • May 7th - Monthly meeting
  • May 10th - Book Club
  • May 10th- CD-2 Candidates Debate
  • May 27th - Lunch at Record Street
  • June 4th - Our Annual Picnic in the Pines, Galena Forest  - Details in the June Newsletter