Monday, September 10, 2018

More Conversations with Local Candidates

Our DEM candidates are out there working hard in these waning days before the election. We are lucky to have Naomi Duerr, seeking reelection to the Reno City Council, Ward 2, and Kalie Work, candidate for Washoe County Recorder, joining us for our September 10 meeting.

They will bring us up to date on their campaigns, what they're hearing from voters, and the issues they feel are most important in their races.
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, October 1st for our next meeting at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway.
To suggest future topics, please email Carol Cooke. 
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Guest Editorial by Sarah Mahler:
Local Issues, Candidates Drive Democratic Enthusiasm


The following opinion piece appeared in the Reno Gazette Journal, August 7, 2018. 

In the pages of this newspaper and beyond, there is debate about the competence, character and intentions of President Donald Trump. Our neighbors, ethnic and religious minorities, the LGBTQ community and immigrants are being vilified. Families are being torn apart, while children are put in holding cages. Our lands, water and food supply are being poisoned and their protections are being reversed.

This is the worst presidency in my lifetime without question. Trump's outrageous policies and behavior have fired up Democrats, independents, nonpartisans and moderate Republicans who all want to put a much-needed check on his presidency.

As important — indeed historic — as this national dilemma is, Nevada has just as many critical issues in local and state elections that demand our attention — we need change at every level.

As chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party, I see unprecedented interest in our local elections, as national politics is fueling people to become involved like never before. Where once we struggled to find candidates, we now have candidates running in every district across Northern Nevada. People are showing up at events and donating their time, talents and energy in record numbers. This is happening across political parties, professions, ages, ethnicities and religions. People are angry about and afraid of the ugly turn our country has taken and are showing up to combat it at the local, state and federal level. We must compete in every single electoral contest and on every issue up and down the ballot to enact change.

Nevada still ranks near the bottom nationally on education. With Democratic majorities in the Legislature and a moderate Republican governor, we have begun to make needed improvements to schools and curriculum. Yet the Republican nominee for governor, Adam Laxalt, has vowed to undo all the progress we've made together. He is the candidate most hostile to improving Nevada since the failed Jim Gibbons administration. This regressive and anti-Nevada candidate has sought the endorsement of and endorsed Trump. Money is flowing into Nevada from the Koch brothers and other corrupt special interests to affect the outcome of this election. If Laxalt wins this race, Nevada will end up further behind.

In Washoe County, affordable housing has hit a crisis point. Property prices and apartment rents are skyrocketing as government's willingness and ability to deal with such issues have not kept up. We lack the political will, resources and courage to take care of our own citizens. Washoe County offices have been dominated by Republicans for years; however, in this cycle we have a Democrat running for every single race. Of 13 elected Washoe County positions, only one is currently held by a Democrat. The Republicans running our county and state have failed to protect our children, our housing, our lands and our livelihoods. It's time for new ideas and leadership.

If Nevadans want real change, we need to keep the Democratic-led Legislature and add more Democrats in office at every level. This is how real change — and improvement — in Nevada can happen.

The goals of our local party align with the Nevada State and National Democratic parties. We are committed to reversing the corruption and incompetence that defines Trump's administration. Trump and his enablers Dean Heller, Mark Amodei and Laxalt are hurting real Nevadans, but they are not alone. They are helped by other elected officials who either explain away or even cheer on the worst policies and behaviors of Trump. We can only turn the tide if we fight them at every level of government.

The increased involvement of a diverse group of people across our county and state has been inspirational. We must continue to get involved, be informed and encourage everyone we know to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot. The party of Trump has hijacked our democracy with the barest minority of support, and our most vulnerable citizens are paying the price. I've already seen the fires of outrage mobilize people, and it gives me hope. We need all voters in Washoe County to express their outrage where people have the real power: at the ballot box.

Sarah Mahler is the chair of the Democratic Party of Washoe County and is a Spanish Springs resident. 

Feeding the NV State Dems Coordinated Campaign Organizers

South Washoe DEMS come through again. Thanks so much for everyone who's volunteered to provide healthy meals on summer Thursdays for our Nevada State Coordinated Campaign organizers and volunteers. The reception for our home cooking has been enthusiastic. This program will continue until November 1st. Watch the next newsletter for any continuing plans. In the meantime, a huge thanks to our volunteer chefs:
  • Elizabeth Burton
  • Elaine Carrick
  • Gayle de Frutos
  • Karen Faehling
  • Terri Farley
  • Bonnie Hill
  • Mary Katz
  • Paul Nguyen
  • Karen Olson
  • Kathy Peltier
  • Suzy Williams
  • Larry Wurzel
When we work together we get big things accomplished.  
                                                                                                      ~ Suzy Williams 

Neighborhood Gatherings  
~ On Break ~

We are enjoying summer now, but in the fall, our next phase of Neighborhood Gatherings will focus on pairing interested candidates with home hosts. If you are interested in hosting a candidate, please contact Suzy Williams

We are hoping our team of amazing volunteers will be making calls, knocking on doors, registering voters, training new folks, hosting events – doing all the things that bring home our WIN in the fall. Enjoy your summer, and think BLUE.

South Washoe DEMS Cares: 
Lunch at Record Street  

As most of you know I will be out of town for the August, September, and October Record Street lunches. Thanks to the amazing volunteers all three months are covered for 200 lunches each month. THANK YOU ALL.

Because of the changes EDDY HOUSE has requested regarding lunches, the model we use for Record Street lunches will not work. We have decided to postpone Eddy House lunches until I return when we will revisit the issue.

I thank everyone who has participated over the years to help make Lunch at Record Street such a huge success.
                                                                                                               ~ Debbie Kladney

News from the WashoeDEMS
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Canvassing and Voter Registration
WashoeDEMS leads canvassing and voter registration every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday:

Shift Times: 
Thursday:  3:00 pm, 5:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am, 1:00 pm  
Sunday:    10:00 am, 1:00 pm 

Phone Banks 
Phone Banking happens every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All of these events occur at the WashoeDEMS headquarters:
1465 Terminal Way 
Reno, NV 89502

Also needed at WashoeDEMS headquarters: 
  • Hosts to house campaign workers
  • Food items for the workers and volunteers
  • Office supplies
To canvass, offer housing, make contributions or for more information, contact WashoeDEMS Executive Director, Denise Lopez: or 775-323-8683.

Candidates' Contact Information
WashoeDEMS maintains a listing our federal, state and county Democratic candidates and their contact info: The site also helps you locate your ward and district information.

Fundraising and Community Opportunities

Fundraising Receptions for Clint Koble
Come support Clint Koble, Candidate for 2nd Congressional District at a fundraiser in Scotch Pines Estates (off Mt. Rose Hwy) or Incline Village. 
 Date   Friday, September 7, 2018
 Time   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
 Location   The home of Melissa & Matt Kirtley
​  244 E. Jeffrey Pine Rd.
  Reno, NV 89511
  (RSVP required for gate code)
 RSVP    Jessica Hastings, 702-673-0888 or
 Suggested Donations   All Contributions Welcome
  Individual contributions cannot exceed $2,700.
  (Contributions are not tax deductible.)
 Campaign Website
 Date   Thursday, September 13, 2018
 Time   5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
 Location   The home of Kathleen Watty
  824 Donna Dr
  Incline Village​, NV 89451
 RSVP    Jessica Hastings, 702-673-0888 or
 Suggested Donations   All Contributions Welcome
  (Contributions are not tax deductible.)
 Campaign Website
Rise for Climate March - Reno
Join with others in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil fuel free world that puts people and justice before profits.
 Date   Saturday, September 8, 2018
 Time   10:00 am  
 Location   Virginia Lake
  1980 Lakeside Dr.
  Reno, NV 89509
 RSVP / Information   Online

Mark your Calendars: Mid-Term Election Dates! 

It's not too early to plan for this extremely important election this year. The GENERAL ELECTION is November 6, 2018.

Here are important dates for voter registration, absent ballot requests and early voting:  

Voter Registration Deadlines for the 2018 General Election
  • By Mail:  Postmarked no later than October 9, 2018
  • In-Person:  Last day to register in person is October 16, 2018
  • Online:  Last day to register using NOVA is October 18, 2018 (11:59:59 p.m.)
Absent Ballot Request Deadline
  • Received no later than October 30, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
Early Voting
  • October 20, 2018 through November 2, 2018
For more information, click here for the Washoe County Registrar of Voters website. 


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South Washoe DEMS Book Club
September 13, 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm hosted by Joyce Destefanis and Dave Penning. (Note: the Book Club is not meeting in August.) 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 In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu

The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past. A passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate.
"There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state legislator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 19070s. Landrieu grew up with a progressive education in one of the nation's most racially divided cities, but even he had to relearn Southern history as it really happened.

Equal parts unblinking memoir, history, and prescription for finally confronting America's most painful legacy, In the Shadow of Statues will contribute strongly to the national conversation about race in the age of Donald Trump, at a time when racism is resurgent with seemingly tacit approval from the highest levels of government and when too many Americans have a misplaced nostalgia for a time and place that never existed.


"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." ― Walter Isaacson,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs

"[Mitch Landrieu] has done something, in his speech and his book, that other politicians should emulate. He's tried to reckon with America's sins while offering an optimistic, big-hearted and deeply patriotic defense of cosmopolitanism as the source of American greatness." —The New York Times  

"[A] thought-provoking piece of political writing…Uncomfortable as it might be to think of our country's history…we have to do so, if we want to live within the truth. Landrieu has shown the way." —The Washington Post

"[A] compelling reconsideration of what it means to be a Southerner in contemporary America." —

"Part memoir and part manifesto, the book follows Landrieu's political path as well as the evolution of his thoughts on race and history." —

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...

  • September 10th - Monthly meeting ** Note: 2nd week of the month due to Labor Day holiday
  • September 13th – Book Club
  • September 23rd – Record Street
  • October 1st – Monthly Meeting