Southwest Missouri Democrats is unusual in Missouri in being one of the few Democratic organizations outside of large cities that has a full-time paid Executive Director, Krista Stark. Otherwise we consist of many volunteers and donors. Various unions are generous donors, but we receive no money from the state party. Fundraisers and individual donors help sustain our work.
We work to provide a place where area Democrats can come together and meet like-minded people. We inform each other about issues and work toward good legislation, both in Missouri and in Washington. We work for Democrats in Jasper, Newton, Lawrence, Dade, and McDonald counties.
During campaigns we work hard, calling on voters to realize the importance of their votes and to agree to go to the polls on Election Day. We work equally hard during those periods between elections, when we can bring more people into the group, expand our influence, and above all educate the public about issues.
We work to find candidates for area offices and then to help those candidates with their campaigns. Our committee votes in Town Hall format to work for Democratic causes and for or against legislation and petition initiatives in Missouri.
We engage in political and social education in many forms. We have monthly meetings where we conduct business and discuss our plans. We have public forums and Saturday brunches where guest speakers argue for a point of view on an issue and members discuss and ask questions. Subjects have included labor issues, ballot amendments, Medicaid expansion, and candidates. We also participate in county fairs, festivals, parades, Third Thursdays, and Rock the Vote.
We do public education in other ways: social media such as Facebook and Twitter, our emailed newsletter, our website (www.swmodems.org) and even our T-shirts and bumper stickers. And we plan on doing more of this via our web site. We have an Op Ed group that publishes frequent editorials and letters in the Globe.
We organize many events involving prominent speakers such as Senator McCaskill, Jason Kander, our Auditor Nicole Galloway, our 7th District candidate Genevieve Williams, and many others. We are proud to host yearly:
- Eleanor Roosevelt Days Mixer and Banquet (Autumn)
- Valentine’s Day Fundraiser In Honor of a Member each year
- Annual Pie Auction/Cute Pie Competition (Spring)
- Annual Chili Cook Off (Winter)
- Donor Thank You Event (Summer)
- Monthly Breakfasts (Most Months with a variety of Speakers)
- Educational Town Halls
- A wide variety of campaign events
Southwest Missouri Democrats was formed in 2007. We continue to grow, especially in response to the election of November 2016. In order to expand the work we do, we now have seven volunteer committees: Finance, Candidate Recruitment, Field Organization, Educational Events, Public Relations, Bridging Generations, and Member Mining. Please join one!
We still have to work hard to get our message to the thousands of sympathetic voters in our area. But we do have over 1500 folks on our email lists and of course very many who read our Facebook posts. In short, we want to engage all of you and enhance your experience as a Democrat in southwest Missouri.
If you would like to contribute financially to our effort, click here. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, click here. Thank you for your dedication to making Southwest Missouri a more tolerant, equal, and inclusive place.