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.  

Democrats Making News

Join us Dec. 1 for a Mock Caucus and Holiday Potluck

The 2016 Presidential Precinct Caucuses are less than 100 days away, so it's time for all good Democrats to step up and commit to caucus!


To remind everyone how it's done, we will be holding a mock caucus on Tuesday, December 1, followed by a Holiday Potluck Party.  You bring a bite to share with your fellow Democrats and we'll provide the beverages. 


In the meantime, if you haven't already volunteered to do so, please consider signing up to lead your own neighborhood caucus as a precinct chair.  You'll receive thorough training on how to run your precinct caucus.  It's a very important job, and also a lot of fun!


What:  Mock Caucus and Holiday Potluck

When: Tuesday, December 1
            Starting at 5:30 

Where: WashoeDEMS HQ

            1465 Terminal Way, Ste 1., Reno

Senator Reid: To Deny Our Moral Obligation To Struggling Refugees Would Be To Abandon Our Principles

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the recent attacks in Paris and the need for the United States to accept refugees fleeing Syria. Below are his remarks:

The federal government has many obligations, but chief among them is to protect the American people from harm. That responsibility is now at the forefront of talk here in our nation’s capital. And rightfully so. ISIS continues to spread its campaign of terror across the globe. The United States is committed to combating terrorism. Our government will do all possible to protect the people of this nation.

In this fight against the evil ISIS, it is absolutely critical that we, as Americans, do not lose sight of our nation’s core principles. And those principles are eloquently etched into the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me”

All across Europe and the Middle East, there are huddled masses of Syrian families desperate to find refuge from the Syrian conflict and the ISIS reign of terror. Millions of Syrians have fled their country for neighboring nations like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. But the crisis in Syria continues to worsen and people are forced to seek refuge. What else can they do? On a daily basis, Europe’s borders are being flooded by people in search of safety and a better life – mothers cradling infants, and fathers carrying children in their arms.

Read the rest of Senator Reid's statement here.

Join Democrats Who Speak Out!

Letters to the editor give Democrats the opportunity to speak up and out in our community! 


Come join us with an idea or a draft letter!



When:     Monday, November 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Where:    Democratic Party Headquarters


Bring:     Idea or rough draft on data stick  


Snacks:  There’ll be plenty of snacks to keep you



Facilitators:   Lou Alanko, ilovetoread@sbcglobal.net

                       Alice Good, gooda@unce.unr.edu

Caucus Training Was a Big Success!

More than 60 people showed up on Wednesday, November 4th, to brush up on how caucuses work and learn how to play a leadership role in their neighborhoods!  Caucus-goers had the choice of supporting Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, or Kermit the Frog.

There will be more caucus trainings to come, so stay tuned for more information! 

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. 

Hispanic Heritage Month


WashoeDEMS participated in the first annual Fiesta on Wells last Sunday to help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.  Our volunteers registered a lot of new Democrats and helped highlight the indescribeably huge difference between us and the Republicans on immigration reform, as well as other issues that concern Latino families. 

WashoeDEMS is looking for new activists to help build our Latino Democratic Caucus, so if you're interested in volunteering, please respond email ed@washoedems.org or call 323-VOTE (8683).  Thanks!   



Thanks to volunteers Sarah Mahler, Rosalinda Castaneda, John Saludes, Jim Alanko, and Linda Herrick for staffing our booth at Fiesta on Wells.  Thanks also to volunteers Jorge Ramos and Thelma Matlin.

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.

WOW! What a Wonderful Wine Tasting Event!


Thanks to everyone who attended our 2015 Sensational Summer Tasting of Wine and Food at the beautiful Duerr home & garden last Friday.

We relaxed with friends, sipped some great wine, noshed on fabulous food, and just had a good time.  Watch for the photo gallery on Facebook soon!

We have a lot of people to thank, so here goes.  So many people helped out, we hope we don't miss any of you!



Reno City Councilwoman Naomi and Herb Duerr


Wine Sponsors:

Senator Debbie Smith

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson

Assemblywoman Amber Joiner

Reno City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus

Reno Firefighters Local 731

Democratic Women of Washoe County

Truckee Meadows Democratic Alliance

John Springgate

George Davis

Alice Good

Cecilia Colling

Mike & Laurie Haley

John Saludes

Deb Drum
Thelma Matlin

Dan and Elaine Carrick - winemakers



Marilyn Allen

Cecilia Colling

Fred Cooper

Pam duPre

Laurie Haley

Debbie Kladney

Bonnie Saludes

Raffle Prizes:

Bonnie Saludes

Pam duPre
Elaine and Dan Carrick

The String Beings:

Joan Kruse

Alice Good


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