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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Questions About the Nevada State Democratic Convention? Get your answers here...


You can direct all questions NVDems should answer to: stateconvention@nvdems.com
The delegate lists are available here:  http://nvdems.com/caucus/caucus-to-convention/
For questions that should go to the campaigns (such as why someone isn't on the list) contact the emails below:



Democratic Primary Election Candidates


The following is a list of Democratic candidates who will be on the June 14 Primary Ballot and who have reached out to the Democratic Party of Washoe County for support.  Early voting begins May 28.


Other Democratic candidates are also running for office, but do not have a primary opponent and will appear on the General Election Ballot.  


United States Senate

Catherine Cortez Masto


United States Congress, District 2

Vance Alm

Chip Evans

Rick Shepherd


Washoe County School Trustee

Scott Kelley - District A

Kathleen Little-Bolotin - District D

Malena Raymond - District D

Emily Reese - District D

Angie Taylor - I - District E

Katy Simon Holland - District G

Michael Millerick - District G


Reno City Council

Jenny Brekhus - I - Ward 1

David Bobzien - I - At-Large


Sparks City Council

Denise Lopez - Ward 1


Reno Municipal Court Judge

Shelly O'Neill - Dept. 2

Henry Sotelo - Dept. 2



 I = Incumbent



Final Draft of the 2016 DPWC Platform!

Please read in advance of the April 2 County Convention

A Message from Platform Committee Chair, Nancyann Leeder

Here is the final pre-convention draft of the Washoe County Democratic Platform from the platform committee.  

It is the product of  months of work by 24 volunteers.  We tried to cover the issues we all consider important.

Please read it carefully before the convention.  If you seek an amendment, bring it in writing to the platform committee meeting during convention before the time set on the agenda for floor passage.  Then be prepared to vote on this platform as amended and shown on screen to the delegates on the floor.

Rules for Platform Discussion at the Convention


 Procedures for the Platform Committee:

 1.  The Platform Committee shall be composed of registered Washoe County Democrats with a Chairperson appointed by the Chairperson of the Washoe County Party.

 2.  The Platform Committee shall meet as necessary prior to the county convention to draft an initial Platform and approve or reject any resolutions submitted by the precinct caucuses. All votes shall be by simple majority for approval. All of these meetings shall be open to any registered Democrat to attend; however, the Committee does not have to allow any non-member to speak or give input.  Persons with a particular interest in the Platform are encouraged to attend Platform Committee meetings. 

3.  At the county convention, the initial draft Platform shall be presented by on screen viewing or other means as determined by the Platform Committee Chair. 

4.  Any Delegate may submit amendments for the initial draft Platform (meaning changes, deletions or additions) to the Platform Committee. All amendments shall be submitted the day of the convention by 11:30 am. Each amendment shall be considered by the Committee with a simple majority vote.  The Chair of the Platform Committee may limit debate due to time constraints.  

5.  At the conclusion of voting on any amendments the Platform Committee shall submit a revised draft platform to the convention for adoption. 

Procedures for adopting the platform at county convention:

1.  Amendments not approved by the Platform Committee may be brought before the convention with the signatures of twenty-five (25%) percent of the seated convention Delegates in support of the amendment. These signatures must be confirmed by the Credentials Committee. Amendments not submitted to the Platform Committee may not be brought to the floor under any circumstances. 

2.  Any amendment that comes to the floor must be approved by an up-or-down vote.

3.  The Platform committee chair will call for a vote of the convention upon planks proposed by the Platform committee for which no amendment is sought.   Majority vote approves these planks.  Then, any amendments sought and previously considered by the platform committee or by 25% attendee signatures as approved by the credentials committee, may be raised and voted upon by the convention delegates.  A majority vote in favor of passage will operate to include that plank in the platform.

4.  The revised Platform shall be re-submitted to the Convention for a final majority vote with no further floor date. 

5.  The adoption of the Platform shall be by a majority of the Delegates remaining in the Hall, without regard to quorum.

6.   If any spelling or grammar changes need to be made, the Platform Committee will make those changes in the final completion of the platform after Convention.  Such changes are not reason for raising an amendment. 


Volunteer of the Month

                   LOU ALANKO                    



Lou has always been a busy person.  She worked for an alternative weekly newspaper in the Bay Area and was an active mom raising active kids.  She made the big decision to move to Northwest Nevada in 2003 to care for ailing family and settled permanently in Reno in 2005.  She joined a progressive book club and that's how she found her way to WashoeDEMS. 


Club members were looking for a way to become more involved politically, so, in 2012, Lou and her fellow readers planted the seeds for the WashoeDEMS Letters to the Editor Committee.  Under Lou's leadership as co-chair, the group has grown and penned an impressive number of letters that express the thoughtful views of the left-leaning community in Washoe County.   She is active in other ways, as well, as an advocate for local community issues. 


Lou is also 1st Vice-Chair of the Democratic Women of Washoe County where she is responsible for lining up speakers for the group's lunch programs.   She still leads a book club, whose members don't shy away from topics like religion and politics...in fact, they embrace them!


Thanks, Lou, for everything you do.

Catherine Cortez Masto Contrasts Her Record With Joe Heck and His Party’s Bosses in Washington


 US Senate Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto speaks in Minden last Saturday


Minden, NV – [Last Saturday], former Nevada Attorney General and Democratic candidate for United States Senate Catherine Cortez Masto campaigned in Minden at the “First in the West Rural Blue Dinner.”  In her remarks, Cortez Masto highlighted the clear choice in the race for U.S. Senate.  While her opponent, Congressman Heck, votes with his Party 90% of the time, Catherine Cortez Masto is a problem solver who works with both Parties to get things done and help Nevadans.


 “Whether it was the sex traffickers or the big banks, I made it my business as Attorney General to see that people who violated our trust paid the price,” said Cortez Masto.  “I’m running for Senate to continue my record of working with both Parties to solve problems and help Nevadans.  In contrast, my opponent, Congressman Heck, is part of the problem in Washington. From wanting to abolish the Department of Education, to opposing Governor Sandoval’s bipartisan increase in education funding, to his opposition to raising the minimum wage, Congressman Heck’s narrow conservative agenda is out of touch with Nevada families.”

WashoeDEMS Support Rural Dems at the 1st in the West Dinner in Minden

Dave Kladney, Fred Cooper and Dennis Colling


Sharon Stander, Dean Schermerhorn, Jody Wicker (standing) and Deb Drum


Chris Wicker and Rudy Viola

Mark Your Calendars

Help Support Our Rural Friends!


Douglas County Democrats are hosting a 1st in the West Rural Blue Dinner on Saturday, January 30th, 2016, to benefit efforts in rural Nevada to get out the Democratic vote.  


Join us in making the drive to scenic Douglas County for the event featuring guest speaker, retired 4-star general and former Presidential candidate Wesley Clark.  Tickets are just $55 and include a Nevada Grill Buffet dinner at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. 

Checks should be mailed to:

First in the West

4160 Bottom Road

Fallon, NV  89406


RSVP Now! Battle Born/Battleground Caucus Countdown Dinner in Las Vegas


The Nevada State Democratic Party and U.S. Senator Harry Reid will host the "Battle Born/Battleground" Caucus Countdown Dinner in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 6. 2016

The event will feature special guests Hillary ClintonMartin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders as we gear up for Nevada's First in the West Democratic caucus.


RSVP here so you can be the first to buy tickets when they become available.

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.


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