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.

Patti Guilfoyle, Treasurer

Patti Guilfoyle, longtime Wisconsin resident, recently moved to Elkhorn from Fontana, where she raised four great kids with her husband of 50 years, Jim. 

Patti’s experience includes serving two terms as Fontana Village Board member, former owner/operator of the Grog Shop in Lake Geneva, co-owner/business manager of Hairloft Ltd and ten year employee with Horizon Behavioral Health. As a receptionist there, Patti was able to attend Gateway and Upper Iowa U in Beloit to earn both her Associates and Bachelor degree, graduating in 2004 with her BS in Accounting. Using her experience, she worked for Newport Financial Services LTD and Frederick Tax & Accounting.

Since retiring in January 2019, she has become more involved with the DPWC, finding a niche on several committees and volunteering for New Beginnings APFV. Patti is looking forward to the challenges as 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.  

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.

Chris Hammerstrom
Christine (Chris) is officially retired (education and farming) but found the changes in our government so shockingly negative that she needed to get involved in ways that were more pro-active. She has always been interested in government, and has noticed how over the past 40 years the power, money, and greed of a few has slowly but surely corrupted far too many politicians. They forget “service for the people.” During the past 10 years in our government, she feels the loss of ethical behavior and common sense norms by certain members of Congress is dangerous to a fair democracy.

Christine wants for future generations to enjoy a fair democracy in which politicians pay attention to the needs of the people in our country, and put country over 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.