History

 

Walworth County Democrats is the official county party of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and comprises parts of both the 5th and 1st congressional districts. Our members live in and around Walworth County, Wisconsin, which includes Whitewater, Lake Geneva, Delavan, and more in the southeastern part of Wisconsin and directly bordering Illinois. We were incorporated as The Democratic Party of Walworth County, Inc. on 1/14/2015.

Board Members

Colleen Robson, Chair
colleen-robsonColleen Robson believes in democracy and working for the common good.  She has been a campaign volunteer since high school and has been an active member of the Democratic Party of Walworth County since 2011.  Colleen is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in Kenosha who also enjoys prescribed burning, trail building and camping, as wells time spent with family and friends. “Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  ~ Robert F. Kennedy

 


Michael O’Connell, Vice-Chair


Mary Jo Fesenmaier, Secretary
Mary Jo Fesenmaier lives and teaches in Lake Geneva, and believes that participating in our democracy is critical – which is why she is currently serving as the Secretary of Walworth County Democrats, and has previously been an active member and Board Member.


Steve Doelder, Treasurer

steve-deolderSteve is currently the Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Walworth County.  His interest in politics began as a UW-Steven Point Young Dem where he worked on the Johnson, Humphrey and Robert Kennedy campaigns. After graduation, he was hired as a science teacher at a Catholic school in his hometown of Sheboygan. He worked on the McGovern campaign in Sheboygan County and ran for county board.  A new teaching job moved him to Green County, where he was Green County Chair of the Democratic Party and ran the Dave Leeper’s campaign for Assembly.  Accepting a teaching job in Racine moved he and his family to Racine, where he lived and worked for twenty-one years. He was active in the Racine Education Association and served as president of the REA.  After retiring, he moved to the Pell Lake and is currently working part-time as an adjunct professor of chemistry at UW-Parkside and Carthage College.  He helped the Welcher for Assembly campaign and recently ran for Bloomfield Village Trustee.

Chris Hammerstrom

Chris-HammerstromChris Hammerstrom has been an active member of the Walworth County Dems for several years and interested in government for decades! Chris has a background in teaching, has worked in independent sales, and has volunteered her time and energy to her children’s school activities, Cub Scouts, and her church community. Chris loves spending time with her children, grandchildren, and a large extended family the most! She also enjoys traveling when the opportunity arises. She and her husband, Bill, along with their son, own and operate a grain farm in rural Genoa City.


 

 Bob Cole
bob-coleBob Cole worked as a union ironworker for 40 years throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. After retirement, Bob became active in the Recall Walker campaigns with the Democratic Party of Walworth County.  Bob does everything from knocking on doors and lit drops to putting up campaign signs around the County.   Bob has been promoting the Walworth County Dems in various parades driving his antique tractor. Look for him at the County Fair in the Dems tent every day!


Bob Schuren

bob-schurenBob has been involved with the Walworth County Democrats since the Walker recall, but his activism extends back to the early 70’s when he worked for environmental causes. Among other things, he convinced a number of southern lakes area high school libraries to accept subscriptions of the Friends of the Earth paper “Not Man Apart.” A self-educated writer and poet, he is also reviving his artistic efforts for the Dems. Bob also is a member of the Madison 350 climate change activists group, where he serves on a steering committee.

The Walworth County Dems Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm. Members interested in attending are welcome, more on upcoming meetings here.

Committees

 

Membership

The membership committee for anyone who is interested in growing our membership base! Membership in your local county party also means you are automatically a member of the state party (Democratic Party of Wisconsin) – in order to vote as a delgate at the state convention for items like DNC reps and State Party chair, you must be a member of your local county party. Join here, more info on upcoming meetings here.

 

Fundraising

The fundraising committee is in charge of raising funds to keep our doors open and lights on, and ensure we can continue to grow and #RESIST! Donate to help support our efforts here; more info on upcoming meetings here.

 

Political Action

The political action committee is for all who are interested in developing a local plan to influence elections and create real political action! Subcommittees of the political action committee include the environmental committee, the writing committee, and the legislative action committee.  The writing committee is for all members who are interested in writing effective letters to the editors of local news outlets and posts for our blog.  Political Action committee meets the last Thursday of every month at the Democrats of Walworth County office at 6:45pm – more info on upcoming meetings here.

 

Communications and Outreach

The communications and outreach committee is tasked with developing our weekly email newsletters (sign up here), updating our website, being present at local events, and ensuring all members are informed of meetings and events through the mail. More info on upcoming meetings here.