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

Steve Doelder, Chair
steve-deolderSteve is the former treasurer of the Democratic Party of Walworth County.  His interest in politics began as a UW-Stevens Point Young Dem where he worked on the Johnson, Humphrey and Robert Kennedy campaigns.  After graduation, he was hired as 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 the Chair of the Democratic Party of Green County and ran the Dave Leeper’s campaign for assembly.  He accepted a teaching job in 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 for two terms. After retiring, he moved to Pell Lake and worked part-time as an adjunct professor of chemistry at UW-Parkside and Carthage College.  He was involved with the Welcher and Gaulke assembly campaigns.  He also ran for Bloomfield Village Trustee and Walworth County Board supervisor.   He recently re-retired and looks forward to making Walworth County a darker shade of blue.

David Block, Treasurer
Dave is a retired special Ed teacher living in Delavan with his wife Dori. Their 3 grown daughters and 2 young grandsons are scattered around the country. While teaching Special Education, gifted and talented, and computer multimedia, Dave was involved with the extra curricular activities of drama, forensics, and creative problem solving. He continued some of these after retirement and then became involved with local community activities like the Phoenix Park Bandshell, AFS, Walworth County Arts Council, and Aram library foundation Board. Time now to get real and into politics before the world falls apart. Dave is a firm believer that if there is going to be a world left for the next generation, we need to change the direction of our politics to be more positive and progressive. This attitude and his computer math skills do him well in the role of WCDP Treasurer.

 

Monica Los, Secretary
Monica is a new board member of the Democratic Party of Walworth County. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru and became a US citizen in 2008. Her political engagement started right after she became a citizen as volunteer for the Obama campaign. She has been an active member at the local party for over three years and has worked with the Latin@ community in Walworth County to promote civic engagement. Monica was elected School Board member for the Delavan-Darien School District and continuous to be involved in social justice issues, such as fair public education funding, immigration reform, racial disparities and reproductive rights.  

Mary Burpee
Mary Burpee is a retired union organizer/negotiator from AFSCME, the public employees union.  Mary learned that solidarity and direct action are the most important principles towards effective change.  Mary volunteers as a reading instructor with the Walworth County Literacy Council and teaches reading class to Walworth County Jail inmates.  Mary believes community activism is important and tries to give back in political, spiritual and cultural areas.

Bob Cole
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Bob 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!

Char Staples
Charlene was raised in Sugar Creek township and is a life-long resident of Walworth County. Her love of history fuels her political views and care for her community. Charlene retired after 22 years of service caring for the residents of Lakeland Health Care Center as a C.N.A.. She served as a union steward, Vice President and President of her local Union and was elected to serve on Wisconsin state executive board for AFSCME Council 40. She has served as past officer of the Daughters American Revolution and presently serves as President of Daughters of UNION Veterans of the Civil War chapter. Her commitment to community has called Charlene to serve on the Walworth County Board of supervisors and the Walworth County Democratic Party.

 

The Walworth County Dems Board meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm. Members interested in attending are welcome, more on upcoming meetings here.

 

 

 

 

Committees

 

Membership/Hospitality

The membership/hospitality committee is for anyone who is interested in growing our membership base and welcoming new and existing members! 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.  It’s thanks to this committee that we have lots of tasty treats around the office. Membership/Hospitality committee meets the last Monday of every month at 1:30pm. Join the Walworth County Democratic party here; more on upcoming meetings here.

Fundraising/Finance

The fundraising/finance committee is in charge of raising funds to keep our doors open and lights on, keeping our financial house in order, and ensuring we can continue to grow and flip Walworth County Blue! Donate to help support our efforts here; more info on upcoming meetings here.

Elections/Legislative

The elections/legislative 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 and the legislative action committee. More info on upcoming meetings here.

Communications/Outreach

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