Volunteers Needed for Northern Nevada Pride July 26

WashoeDEMS will support the local LGBT community by participating in this colorful and fun event at Wingfield Park onSaturday, July 26.  If you're interested in helping with voter registration and sharing information about our wonderful slate of Democratic candidates, please contact Fred Cooper atfred.i.cooper@sbcglobal.net.  Thanks.  

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The 2017 CRAB FEED
Reservations available online NOW!

Don't miss out on one of our favorite events of the year!  We have a feast-full of fun at the annual Crab Feed, so reserve your seat now.

We have kept last year's ticket price and plan to pack the place, so don't wait to reserve your seat.  And as always, we'll have some fabulous raffle prizes.  Here are the details:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
5:30 pm
City of Sparks Parks & Recreation Center
98 Richards Way, Sparks, NV

$65 per person
$500 - Table of 8
$620 - Table of 10

Checks payable to:
1465 Terminal Way, Suite #1
Reno, NV  89502
Reservations available now at

DPWC Executive Board Election April 4

The Democratic Party of Washoe County will hold an election for Executive Board positions on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at a time and location to be determined. 

The five Executive Board positions are:  Chair, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Descriptions of the duties of the Board and the individual members can be found in the DPWC Bylaws. 

Anyone who is a registered Democrat at a Washoe County address is eligible to run for a Board position.  Only members of the Washoe County Democratic Central Committee may vote in the election.  The list of Central Committee members will be posted here before the filing period begins. 

2017 Executive Board Election Nomination Form

2017 Executive Board Election Process and Procedures


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Bonnie Barber
Our Volunteer of the Month!

Bonnie has been a political activist since the late 1970's when she moved to Alaska and joined the Fairbanks Education Association.  She quickly learned how political decisions and who we elect affect education and many other aspects of our daily lives.  

After many years of lobbying for school funding, Bonnie and her family moved to Reno where she joined the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and then, soon after, became a volunteer leader for the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign.  She used her organizing skills to lead her neighborhood team and help carry Washoe County for President Obama and other Democrats on the ballot.

She has been actively engaged in every election since.  Bonnie also staffs our front desk every Friday morning, helps register new voters, and is a member of our 300/300 Campaign.  Thanks, Bonnie, for everything you do!  


Meet Thelma Matlin, WashoeDEMS Volunteer of the Month!




Very few people who've been around for awhile don't know Thelma.  She has been one of our most active volunteers since the John Kerry campaign in 2004.


After growing up in Connecticut, believe it or not, Thelma became an active Republican in New Jersey, where she raised her family.  But thank you, Ronald Reagan.  His politics helped Thelma find her way to the Democratic Party, which she joined after moving to California in the early 1980's.  There, she became active in the Sierra Club and remains so to this day.


Since coming to Reno in the late 1990's, Thelma has been involved in many ways - working on campaigns, helping with fundraising events, serving as WashoeDEMS Secretary, and doing what she loves most, registering new voters.  And every Tuesday for the last 10 years, you will have found Thelma staffing the front desk, answering phones, greeting visitors, and just generally keeping some sense of order around here!


Thank you, Thelma.  You're one-of-a-kind and we appreciate all you do. 

Get to Know WashoeDEMS Volunteer of the Month Jim Alanko




Jim grew up on a dairy farm in Owen, Wisconsin.  He sailed with the US Merchant Marines, was a full lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, and graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering. After that, Jim graduated from MIT with a master's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Jim enjoyed a long career as a naval architect with United States Lines shipping company, and as a construction engineer with Mervyn's. 

Upon retiring, Jim decided to move to Reno and immediately got involved with the Washoe Dems.  He has always been interested in politics and believes electing the right officials is very important.  Jim has done a wide variety of activities with the Dems, from canvassing and making phone calls to driving in Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade.  Currently Jim mans the front desk on Wednesdays, serves as a member of the Washoe County Democratic Advisory Council and is the co-chair of the Voter Registration Team.

Thank You to Our Affinity Partners and JJ Brunch Table Sponsors


2015 JJ Brunch Table Sponsors:


Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter


UAW Local 2162

Washoe Education Association

Shaaron Netherton

Sam and Mary Ellen McMullen

John and Bonnie Saludes

Fred Cooper and Alice Good

Matt Tuma and Alexis Hill

Chuck Zeh

Lyn Bremer


U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto greets guests at the 2015 Jefferson Jackson Brunch.


Thanks to Everyone for Making our 2015 JJ Brunch a Huge Success!


WashoeDEMS gives enormous thanks to Joyce Bettridge for the beautiful photos.


Featured speaker and candidate for U.S. Senate Catherine Cortez Masto and Marge Sill, recipient of the Progressive Leadership Award.



Marge delivering her very moving remarks about the value of wilderness.



Attendees included Jody Wicker, Marilyn Melton, Doug Smith, and Chris Wicker.



Virginia Cain's daughter, Mary Ellen McMullen, attend the brunch with other family members


 Chuck Zeh, one of our generous table sponsors, and Dave Kladney

 Deb Drum was a tremendous help with the raffle and silent auction

 Bonnie Barber checking out the fabulous prizes

 Lucille Adin and Bob Perry

 WashoeDEMS 2nd Vice Chair Alice Good and Sheila Leslie

 Three Democratic Party Chairs:  Kimi Cole of Douglas County, Marty McGarry of Carson City, and Chris Miller of Clark County.  

 Nevada State Democratic Party Communications Director Zach Hudson, State Party Chair Roberta Lange, and State Party Executive Director Zach Zaragoza


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