The Democratic Party of Dane County (“Dane Dems”) is dedicated to electing progressive candidates and supporting progressive policies. As an all-volunteer organization with a modest budget, we can use your help. Here are some ways:

  • Join the Party! Wisconsin is one of the few states where members pay modest dues to support the local and state party. When you join the Dane Dems, you become a member of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (“DPW”) as well, and the revenues are shared. As a member, you can vote on candidate endorsements, resolutions, and party governance at meetings and conventions.
  • Attend a Membership Meeting! The county party meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month (except June, July, and December), usually at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. See the calendar and blog for information on upcoming meetings.
  • Help Win Elections! In 2017, neighborhood teams around the county will be knocking on doors during special off-year canvasses. To plug into this work, please contact Gabbie Stasson, Dane County organizer at the state party.
  • Join the Dane Dems Board! Elections are every two years, in November, and sometimes vacancies are filled in between elections. For information, contact Lindsey Lee, vice chair for nominations.
  • Join a Dane Dems Committee! We have several operating committees working on a variety of topics:
    • Campaigns. Yes, Dane County is blue — but not universally so. There are plenty of important local governments where conservatives dominate. And it was only a few years ago that conservatives controlled the County Board. We need to recruit and support progressive candidates up and down the ticket, in every part of the county. This committee is currently on hiatus pending a new vice chair for campaigns.
    • Communications. Your county party communicates with members and the public through social media, this website, e-mail, postal mail, and through in-person conversations at meetings and other events. This committee is currently engaged in ramping up digital efforts. Contact: Eric Sundquist, vice chair for communications.
    • Cross-county assistance. Sometimes, when state and national legislative races in Dane County are mostly uncompetitive, we have very important races right next door where we can be helpful. Contact: Ron Biendsell, vice chair for volunteers.
    • Development and membership. Your county party runs efficiently, devoting most of our resources to in-kind or dollar contributions in races where they make the most difference. Dollars we raise go a long way. Even better, when we sign up or renew members, we not only receive a donation (shared with the state party) but also have the opportunity to grow and strengthen our community. Contact: Christine Lazar, vice chair for membership, or Dorrie Sundquist, vice chair for development.
    • Grassroots-group liaison. There are a host of progressive policy and activist groups in Dane County. We want to stay in touch with them and co-operate where possible. Contact: Michael Bell, board member.
    • Resistance. As long as Trump and the GOP are in power nationally, it is critical that we do everything we can to mitigate the damage they will cause. Contact: Karen Edson, board member.
    • Resolutions and policy. It is not enough to elect progressives to office. We also need to support, and if necessary nudge, them as they work through policy decisions. The county party expresses its views through resolutions, voted on at membership meetings and forwarded to relevant elected officials, the media, or others. Contact: Kelly Danner, chair of the committee.
  • Staff a Table! The county party has an ongoing presence at the Dane County Farmers Market and at other events throughout the year. For information, contact Chrissy Lazar, vice chair for membership.
  • Run for Office! Consider serving your community as an elected official. A good way to start is to seek appointment to a local or county committee. For more information, contact the vice chair for campaigns when that position is filled, or any board member in the meantime.