Monday, September 19, 2016

September Monthly Membership Meeting

(Please imagine a fanfare of trumpets here.) Our September meeting is the culmination of why the 15th Ward Democrats exist. Please be sure to attend our Volunteer Fair for working to elect Hillary Clinton as our next President; Jason Kander as our next Senator; and Chris Koster as our next Governor this Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 PM at a new location for us. Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill at 3503 Roger Place will host us as we welcome our guests from the campaign offices of our biggest races this fall. Bring your sign-up pens with plenty of ink and your calendars with plenty of open dates.

Our goal is to put everyone to work for this last month and a half building toward a sweep on November 8. If you have kids, bring 'em. If you are sick, bring Kleenex. If you are in school, skip class. If you are scheduled to work, make up an excuse. Bring your neighbors, bring your friends, bring your relatives. None of us wants to wake up Wednesday, Nov. 9th to read about President Trump or Governor Greitens or Senator Blunt.

 




Saturday, September 10, 2016

Now Accepting Online Payments!

15th Ward Democrats get on board with 2016

We're happy to announce that the 15th Ward Democrats now accepts online payment for membership dues and fundraising activities.  If you haven't paid your dues for 2016, or want to make sure you're set for 2017, follow the link below to get started!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Please note: NEW location for tonight's meeting

It has come to our attention that our normal meeting place, Mekong, is currently closed for some repairs. We'll be moving our meeting tonight from Mekong to Mokabes, located just a block north on Grand. We're going to keep the same time of 7pm. Again, we are meeting at Mokabes at the intersection of Grand and Arsenal Street. Apologies for the last-minute switch.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 25th - General Membership Meeting

Please join us!  The next 15th Ward Democrats general membership meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, August 25th at Mekong Restaurant (3131 S. Grand Blvd.). Come early, order dinner and support a local business!

Agenda items include: update from Alderwoman Green, legislative update (in preparation for veto session), Central Committee update from our new Committeewoman Torrey Park, call for volunteers for our South Grand Fall Fest voter registration tent, an announcement of upcoming officer elections in October, an announcement about our upcoming issues forum, and a discussion about recruitment of members and volunteers.  As always, the floor will will also be open to announcements from members and discussion.

We have a lot of work to do as we head into the fall, electing Democrats up and down the ticket.  Let's roll up our sleeves and busy (busier, actually)!

You do not need to be a member of the ward organization to attend the meeting. See you there!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Call for Volunteers!

Dear neighbors -

As we move into the high gear for the election in November, we're going to need your help in the numerous activities coming up.  Please join us August 25th at Mekong Restaurant on Grand, 7pm.  The event details can be found on our facebook page here.  As we start the planning process, I'd encourage those of you who might be asking "How can I get involved?" to consider signup up using our online form - which you can find here.  Don't worry - it's free to sign up, and our meeting are open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you at Mekong on August 25th!



Thursday, August 04, 2016

Ward by ward results - great turnout in the 15th Ward!

The ward by ward results from Tuesday's election have been posted (link below). All 14 candidates endorsed by the 15th Ward Democrats carried the 15th ward including those who won the citywide vote (Jason Kander, Chris Koster for Governor, Russ Carnahan, Robin SmithPat ContrerasLacy Clay, Vernon Betts for Sheriff, Tishaura O. Jones), those who lost the citywide vote (Jake Zimmerman, Patrick Hamacher) and non-citywides endorsed by the 15th Ward Democrats (Jamilah Nasheed, Peter Merideth, Tod A. Martin - Democratic Committeeman, 15th Ward, Torrey Park for 15th Ward Committeewoman). Great work by our members with literature drops, social media, speaking with neighbors and supporting our endorsed candidates! Thank you everyone. And, congratulations to all of the candidates who stepped up and ran for office!

In terms of turnout percentage, we came in 5th highest of the 28 wards, just behind perennial heavyweight wards 16th Ward Democrats8th Ward Dems STL, 28th Ward Regular Democrats, and St Louis 23rd Ward news. That's a big improvement from when we used to fall in the middle of the pack. While it was driven in part due to the focus on specific races in our ward, it follows a trend we have seen over the past 10 years of increasing turnout in the 15th Ward. We were 5 percentage points above the citywide turnout number. We're 9th highest in terms of registered voters and clearly have some additional room for improvement there.

Now, we're on to November and working to elect as many Democrats as possible up and down the ballot, especially at the national and statewide level!

-Tod

https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/…/Aug2016FinalUnofficialAll28War

Friday, July 29, 2016

August 2nd Primary Election - 15th Ward Dems Sample Ballot

I have received a number of calls and emails today from 15th Ward voters expressing confusion over a mailing they received that included a sample ballot. The mailing includes a letter of support for a candidate for State Representative.

Voters expressed confusion over whether the sample ballot included with the mailing is the one they normally receive from the 15th Ward Democrats -- our open, democratic ward organization. It is not.

The 15th Ward Democrats will be delivering voter guides (which include the list of candidates endorsed by the 15th Ward Democrats) to doors this weekend and will distribute sample ballots - as is our normal tradition - on Election Day at the polls. For clarification, I have included a picture (below) of the official sample ballot listing the endorsements made by the full, eligible voting membership of the 15th Ward Democrats.

For additional information about the 15th Ward Democrats or to read the candidate questionnaires submitted by all democratic candidates on the ballot, please visit us at www.15thward.org.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming meetings!! We list meetings on our website as well our Facebook page and welcome any and all democrats in the 15th Ward to join us. Trying to incorporate aspects of policy, politics and a little fun, we have a number of different kinds of events throughout the year -- from parties to membership meetings, candidate forums and more. There's something for everyone, and we always welcome new people to join our active and engaged membership.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me: tod@todamartin.com; 314-771-6292

Sincerely,
-Tod A. Martin
15th Ward Democratic Committeeman



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Endorsements for the August 2nd Ballot

The 15th Ward Democrats endorsements are based on the vote of our eligible members. We are pleased to announce our endorsements for the August 2nd primary.  Links to the candidates' responses to the 15th Ward Dems questionnaires and to the candidates' websites are included, so you can learn more about the endorsed candidates.

     US Senate  Jason Kander   responsewebsite

     US House (CD 1)  Lacy Clay   responsewebsite

     Governor  Chris Koster   no response ● website

     Lt. Governor  Russ Carnahan   responsewebsite

     Secretary of State  Robin Smith   responsewebsite

     State Treasurer  Pat Contreras   responsewebsite

     Attorney General  Jake Zimmerman   responsewebsite

     State Senator (Dist. 5)  Jamilah Nasheed   responsewebsite

     State Representative (Dist. 80)  Peter Merideth   responsewebsite

     Circuit Attorney  Patrick Hamacher   responsewebsite

     Sheriff  Vernon Betts   responsewebsite

     City Treasurer  Tishaura Jones   responsewebsite

     15th Ward Committeeman  Tod A. Martin   responsewebsite

     15th Ward Committeewoman  Torrey Park   responsewebsite





Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 28th - General Membership Meeting

Come one, come all! The next 15th Ward Democrats general membership meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, July 28th at Mekong Restaurant (3131 S. Grand Blvd.). We hope you can join us. Come early, order dinner and support a local business! We expect to have a relatively short meeting. One of the items we'll cover is signing up volunteers for the August 2nd primary election activities (GOTV canvass, working the polls). We'll also take nominations to elect a new Treasurer since our current officeholder - Diane Bounds - will be moving out of the ward. Thank you Diane for your service!

You do not need to be a member of the ward organization to attend the meeting. We hope you will join us!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Two fun volunteer opportunities





Join us this weekend as the 15th Ward Democrats register voters at "Keep Pride in Tower Grove" and host the city, county and state democrats on a float in the St. Louis Pride Parade. Details below. 






Saturday, June 25 - Keep Pride in Tower Grove

We'll be set up on South Grand (near Hartford and Juniata cross streets) under a blue tent, decked out with 15th Ward, St. Louis and pride banners and flags --- talking to and registering voters from 11am - 6pm.  Last year, we registered over 100 new voters and are looking to break that goal this year.  This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors, talk politics and pride, and encourage Democrats to turn out to vote in August and November.  Shade, chairs, and cool drinks will be provided.  If you're interested in volunteering for a 2 hour shift or even for an hour, please contact us at info@15thward.org.


Sunday, June 26 - St. Louis Pride Parade

Join us as we march in the St. Louis Pride Parade!  This is a lot of FUN and we'll have dozens of Democrats from all over the area participating on our float!
  • Date: Sunday, June 26 (this Sunday!)
  • Time: Arrive by around 11:15-11:30am (parade starts at Noon)
  • Location: We’ll be at the parade staging area next to Kiener Plaza. Kiener is under construction this year, but parade entries are still lining up on Market and on Chestnut. We’ll be on Market just west of Broadway.
  • How to get there: drive and find parking downtown (meters are free on Sunday; Ballpark Village surface lot and ballpark garages will be available for a small fee) or take Metrolink (the 8th and Pine stop is only 2 blocks away). 
  • How to find us: we’ll have a large truck and float with the city skyline including the Arch. In addition, our float will be covered with St. Louis, Pride, Missouri, Democratic, and U.S.A. flags and bunting. We should be easy to spot. 
  • What you need to bring: nothing besides yourself, your friends, comfortable shoes/clothes, sunscreen, and a desire to throw beads, celebrate pride and have fun
  • What is provided: float, truck, drinks (soda and water), food, throwing beads, i.e. everything needed
  • Who is participating: 15th Ward Democrats (organizers), St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee, St. Louis County Democratic Central Committee, Gateway Democrats, and Missouri Democratic Party!
If you have questions about the parade or want to let us know that you'll be joining us, please email info@15thward.org.  An RSVP is not required, though.  Please join us!!!