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Friday, September 18, 2020

Call for Volunteers: All Hands on Deck!

If you've ever thought about volunteering to help elect Democrats, NOW is the time! Absentee ballots will start going out September 17th, and of course Election Day is November 3rd.

We all know every vote in Wisconsin will matter, and so will every action you take and every hour you can volunteer in these final weeks. Please sign up here.

We need volunteers to...

  • Make phone calls to voters (from home)
  • Walk door-to-door distributing campaign literature
  • Send postcards to voters
  • Help staff the Dems HQ in Rice Lake
  • Make Biden-Harris Buttons
  • Distribute or set-up signs
  • Write letters to the editor
  • "Host" Zoom Fundraisers for our candidates
  • Record endorsement videos for our candidates to share
Please sign-up today!
Let's win this thing!

Barron County Dems HQ
16 W John St, Rice Lake (map)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

Due to the pandemic we will not be holding any group events at the Dems HQ in Rice Lake, but we are opening it from 10am-4pm Monday thru Saturday for people to briefly stop in to pick up signs, campaign materials, and get in touch with the party. There is plenty of space for a few people to maintain social distance. And of course, masks are required at all times.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Thurs 9/17 - Zoom Fundraiser for John Ellenson

Thursday, September 17th
6:30-7:30pm - via Zoom

Click here for a Zoom invite

Join State Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley, Assembly candidate John Ellenson, and the Barron and Washburn County Democratic Parties for a Zoom fundraiser for the Team Ellenson campaign!

We'll also be giving away books to 2 lucky attendees:
  • Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump
  • Rage, the new book by Bob Woodward

With Romaine Quinn stepping down, we have a great opportunity to win back this open seat. Please join us in supporting John Ellenson's campaign!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Barron County Democratic Party offers $1,000 reward for arrest of sign vandals

$1,000 Reward for arrest of Barron County sign vandals

After unprecedented levels of vandalism, the Barron County Democratic Party announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone damaging or stealing signs promoting Democratic candidates in Barron County. 

“I’m disgusted that it’s come to this,” said Party Chair Gerry Lisi. “We run into isolated incidents of vandalism every campaign year, but 2020 has been a whole other order of magnitude. By Labor Day weekend, about 30 of our hand-painted 4-foot wooden signs were damaged. Our volunteers worked hard painting and setting up these signs to express their political preference as guaranteed by the First Amendment. But it seems that some people have lost respect for law and the security that supports a civil and safe society.”

A one-time $1,000 reward will be given to a person in Barron County who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is vandalizing Democratic signs.

The Party encourages everyone to express their political views peacefully and respectfully. Citizens who experience sign theft or damage should report it to the local police department or sheriff.  Those with information or questions about the $1000 reward can stop by the Party office between 10am and 4pm at 16 W. John St. in Rice Lake.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Democratic & Republican Parties Joint Statement on Sign Vandalism

In the last few weeks, vandals have destroyed a considerable number of political signs in Barron County. These incidents have all occurred on private property, in violation of personal rights to privacy, property and free speech. Signs for candidates of both major political parties, Democratic and Republican, have been targeted.

None of this activity is sanctioned or appreciated by either of our political parties. Signs are placed with considerable work and expense by volunteers. Our volunteers have opposite political views, of course, but share a passionate commitment to their chosen candidates. Vandals who tear down a sign might be thinking they've hurt the candidate. They forget that their criminal act has offended those who paid for, those who delivered and those who proudly displayed the sign. One sign stolen probably assures 10 more votes for that candidate.

Passions are understandably high for the 2020 election. Nevertheless, passions need to be channeled to lawful and productive ends. We encourage everyone to conduct themselves with the restraint and civility required of participants in a free democracy.

Gerry Lisi, Chair, Barron County Democratic Party

Tim Wold, Co-Chair, Barron County Republican Party

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Barron County DNC Virtual Tailgates!

The 2020 Democratic National Convention is going all-virtual this year, and we're excited to announce 2 special "Virtual Tailgate" events just for Barron County on the first and last nights of the convention. Whether you're a longtime activist or looking to get involved for the first time, we hope you'll join us on Monday and Thursday!

Monday, August 17

Barron County DNC Virtual Tailgate @ 7PM
(Online via Zoom: Click here to RSVP)

Where have we been? Where are we going? What can I do to help turn Barron County Blue?

Join fellow Barron County residents and local field organizer Will Zolecki as we kick off the 2020 DNC, get to know each other, and discuss the issues that resonate most in our communities. Click here to RSVP!

DNC Primetime: 8PM-10PM
(Watch on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, or stream online)

Speakers include: Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Cuomo, Gretchen Whitmer, Jim Clyburn, Gwen Moore, & Amy Klobuchar

Tuesday, August 18

DNC Primetime: 8PM-10PM
(Watch on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, or stream online)

Speakers include: Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Dr. Jill Biden, & Sally Yates

Wednesday, August 19

DNC Primetime: 8PM-10PM
(Watch on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, or stream online)

Kamala Harris accepts the Vice Presidential nomination!

Speakers include: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Tony Evers, & Gabby Giffords

Thursday, August 20

Barron County DNC Virtual Tailgate @ 7PM
(Online via Zoom: Click here to RSVP)

This will be our monthly Barron County Democrats meeting. State Senate Minority Leader (and our Senator!) Janet Bewley will get us fired up and ready to go. We'll also hear from State Assembly candidate John Ellenson. Chair Gerry Lisi and Field Organizer Will Zolecki will provide updates on our voter outreach efforts, volunteer opportunities, yard signs, our campaign headquarters, and more. Click here to RSVP!

Stay on the Zoom after 8pm to watch Joe Biden's acceptance speech with us...

DNC Primetime: 8PM-10PM
(Watch on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, or stream online)

Joe Biden accepts the Presidential nomination!

Speakers include: Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Gavin Newsom, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Duckworth, & the Biden Family

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Weekend of Action: Aug 8-9

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin continues to build up its field program and we've got a new organizer whose whole job is turning Barron County blue! Everybody, meet Will Zolecki...

Hey Barron County Democrats,
My name is Will Zolecki and I am the new field organizer for the Coordinated Presidential & State Campaign with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. We are officially 3 months away from the general election on November 3rd - I think we can all agree that it could not come soon enough!
Even more pressing, Wisconsin's Primary election takes place next Tues 8/11. I'm organizing a group of volunteers to phonebank from home calling folks right here in Barron County this Sat 8/8 & Sun 8/9, to ensure that we all have safe plans to vote for John Ellenson and Tricia Zunker on August 11th. With the COVID-19 spike over this last week, I think we can all agree that keeping our community safe is more important than ever! Below are links to sign up for a shift next weekend.
Sign up to help:
Sat, Aug 8 (9am-8pm) or Sun, Aug 9 (Noon-8pm)

Feel free to email me at william.zolecki@2020victory.com if you have any questions or concerns!