Thursday, November 01, 2018

Vote on Tuesday, November 6th!

Fellow 15th Warders,

Please look for our voting guide at your doorstep this weekend and for our sample ballots at the polls on Tuesday!

Friday, October 12, 2018

October Meeting - 10/25/2018

Our October meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, October 25th at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church.

This is our last meeting before the November election that we've been looking forward to all year. So our meeting is all about taking action!

At the meeting you'll have the opportunity to sign up to participate in the 15th Ward Sample Ballot Lit Drop and to work the polls on Election Day! Then make sure you bring your cell phone because we're gonna do some phone banking for Clean Missouri and the minimum raise increase!

It's also the last meeting of the year, so it's time to elect our officers for next year! Several of our current officers may be moving on, so if you are interested in getting more involved in the group, let any of the current officers know and we'll be happy to tell you about the different positions!

This is your chance to be involved in our efforts to make the Blue Wave as strong as possible in Missouri! It's time to Clean up Missouri politics, to raise the wage, and to reelect Senator McCaskill and Auditor Galloway! Let's get it done!

See you on the 25th!

      Date: Thursday, October 25
      Time: 7pm
      Location: Oak Hill Presbyterian Church -  4111 Connecticut St., St. Louis, MO 63116

Dan Kuehnert
15th Ward Democrats, President

Issue Endorsements for the November 6th Ballot

The 15th Ward Democrats endorsements are based on the vote of our eligible members. We are pleased to announce our endorsements for the propositions on the November 6 general election ballot. 

   Amendment 1 SUPPORT (vote "YES")
               (Clean Missouri; Ethics; Redistricting)

   Amendment 2 SUPPORT (vote "YES")
               (Medical Marijuana - New Approach Missouri)

   Amendment 3OPPOSE (vote "NO")
               (Medical Marijuana - Find the Cures; 15% tax )

   Proposition BSUPPORT (vote "YES")
               (Minimum Wage Increase)

   Proposition COPPOSE (vote "NO")
               (Medical Marijuana - MO for Patient Care; statutory only; Sinquefeld)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

15th Ward Dems meeting -- a focus on the needs of immigrants - 8/23, 7pm

Due the ongoing vilification and mistreatment of immigrants by the Trump administration, we have decided to focus our upcoming monthly meeting on learning about the needs of immigrants in the St. Louis community and about the ways to support immigrants and refugees through political engagement.

We will have two outstanding speakers:

Diego Abente - Vice President of Economic Development Services and President of the International Institute Community Development Corporation

Annie Rice - Immigration Attorney, board member Migrant and Immigrant Community Action project, 8th Ward Alderwoman

Please help us spread the word by inviting your friends and family to this event. As always, children are welcome to attend this event.

Date/Time: Thursday, 8/23/2018 @ 7-8 pm

Location: Oak Hill Presbyterian, 4111 Connecticut St. St. Louis, MO  63116

For more information and updates: or

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Primary Election ACTION Meeting - 7/26/2018

This Thursday is the last 15th Ward Democrats meeting before the August primary! Come on down to phone bank for No on Prop A and to sign up to volunteer to help with our sample ballot lit drop and working the polls on Election Day!

Hope to see you there!

7 PM at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church 
4111 Connecticut St.
St. Louis, MO 63116

Bring your phone!

Canvassing Opportunities for Michael Butler for Recorder of Deeds

I've reached out to our endorsed candidates to see if they have canvassing opportunities that we can get involved with, and I'll pass them along to the group as I find out. Previously, I sent some No on Prop A opportunities. Today, I heard from Michael Butler, our endorsed candidate for Recorder of Deeds. He passed along the following info:

"Here are our canvassing hours....
Monday-Friday: 4:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday: 11am-2pm and 2pm-5pm
Sunday: 2pm-5pm

We meet at 2306 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 20 minutes before each shift, utilize the MiniVAN app to canvass, and provide snacks and water for all canvassers. We would welcome any 15th Ward Democrat to assist us."

Check it out if you are interested in helping his campaign!

And if you know of any opportunities with any of our endorsed campaigns, let me or another Executive Committee member know! We'd be happy to share it!

Have a great week (and see you at our meeting on Thursday!),

Dan Kuehnert
15th Ward Democrats, President

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Issue Endorsements for the August 7th Ballot

The 15th Ward Democrats endorsements are based on the vote of our eligible members. We are pleased to announce our endorsements for the propositions on the August 7th primary. 

     Proposition A  OPPOSE (vote "NO")
             ("Right to Work")

      Proposition 1  OPPOSE (vote "NO")
             ($50 million city bond issue)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Candidate Endorsements for the August 7th Democratic Primary

The 15th Ward Democrats endorsements are based on the vote of our eligible members. We are pleased to announce our endorsements for the August 7th 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  Claire McCaskill   response ● website

      State Auditor  Nicole Galloway   no response ● website

     US House (CD 1)  Cori Bush   response ● website

     State Representative (Dist. 80)  Peter Merideth   response ● website

     Collector of Revenue  Gregory F.X. Daly   no response ● website

     License Collector  Dana Kelly-Franks   response ● website

     Recorder of Deeds  Michael Butler   response ● website

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Candidate Questionnaire Responses - August 7, 2018 Primary

The 15th Ward Democrats sent a questionnaire to each Democrat running in the August 7th primary election for U.S. Senate, Missouri State Auditor, U.S. House (Dist 1), Missouri State Rep. (Dist. 80), St. Louis City Collector of Revenue, St. Louis City License Collector, and St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds.  We present here the responses received from the candidates. We hope that this information will assist you as you make your decision in the August 7th Primary.

The 15th Ward Dems will vote on endorsements in each of these races at an endorsement meeting of all eligible voting members.

For United State Senator:
  Carla (Coffee) Wright
  Angelica Earl - Response
  Leonard Joseph Steinman II
  John Hogan
  Travis Gonzalez
  David Faust
  Claire McCaskill - Response

For Missouri State Auditor:
  Nicole Galloway

For United States Representative (MO - Dist. 1):
  Cori Bush - Response
  DeMarco K. Davidson - Response
  Joshua Shipp - Response
  Lacy Clay - Response

For Missouri State Representative (Dist. 80):
  Peter Merideth - Response
  Mariah Vandiver

For St. Louis Collector of Revenue:
  Gregory F.X. Daly

For St. Louis License Collector:
  Mavis "Tessa" Thompson - Response
  Dana Kelly-Franks - Response

For St. Louis Recorder of Deeds:
  Michael Butler - Response
  Sharon Quigley Carpenter - Response
  Jimmie Matthews

15th Ward Democrats Candidates Forum - June 7

Please join us for the 15th Ward Democrats Candidates Forum. Invitations have been extended to all Democratic candidates for the following offices: U.S. Senate, U.S. House (Dist. 1), MO State Auditor, State Representative (Dist. 80), St. Louis License Collector, St. Louis Recorder of Deeds, St. Louis Collector of Revenue.

Response from Angelica Earl, Candidate for United States Senator

1. What do you view as the key role, and/or attributes needed for this position? What experience/attributes do you have that qualify you for this position?

A US Senator needs dignity, integrity, and witt with strong morals and values. Having the willpower to tell corporations and lobbyists that you will not except their bribes proves those attributes. I come from the Health Insurance Marketplace where I’ve seen the unexceptable income inequality and worked with immigrants on qualifying for ACA coverage. I’ve spoken with hundreds of people all across our country about their insurance and livelihoods. I was also told that I was the second largest petition gatherer for Show Me Cannabis in 2010 and have stayed involved with Cannabis reform since.

2. Why do you think you are the best person for this position? What differentiates you from your opponent(s)?

I know we can afford Medicare-For-All and helping our veterans. I know we can have affordable colleges and universities. I’m working for real criminal justice reform and busting up our farming monopolies that are slowly starving our state. I stand strongly behind unions by showing that renewable energy is the future for our country and our labor unions. I also have the attention of nursing unions because I am fighting for Universal Health care. I accept no money from corporations or lobbyists, meaning I work only for the people to secure a happy, healthy, and a successful future for all of us.

3. What do you feel are the most pressing issues currently facing this office and what plans do you have to address these issues? (please be specific)

Money in politics is the greatest issue we are facing as a country. You cannot fix any other problem correctly until money is no longer driving the discussion, and you can’t fix the problem if you are part of the problem. I have signed onto American Promise and Move to Amend, both promising that I will work to pass a constitutional amendment making it illegal to pay politicians. I live this promise by not accepting their help.

4. Describe how you work with, or will work with, others to address your priorities.

I have truth, statistics, facts, and history on my side. I tentatively listen to everyone, but will not bow to misinformation. Standing stern in the face of lies to work towards a better future. Holding listening sessions to get the voice of the people and recruiting local experts and local leaders to help craft policy and craft amendments to bills that make them a bit better for the people is an essential part of my strategy.

5. Who are your 3 largest campaign contributors? Are there donors from whom you will not accept campaign contributions?

I only accept small individual contributions.

6. Since the shooting death of Michael Brown and the national rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, criminal justice reform has become a national topic of conversation, yet few changes have been made on a national level. If elected, will you make criminal justice reform, and racial equity, a priority in Washington? If so, how?

Yes, criminal justice reform is one of our most important platform points. Working to bring the laws in line with the will of the people should also reduce tensions between police and the public and reduce unnecessary and potentially dangerous stops, so taking actions such as descheduling cannabis will go a long way to help.

I will work to end private prisons, which our entire country feels the effects of. I will also work to instate compassion training. This is ongoing training that police officers must be a part of on a monthly or bi-monthly basis that will continually teach our officers how to handle different situations such as mental health issues, physical health issues, and children.

With this ideas and goals, we can help bring communities back together.

7. What do you believe is the biggest danger posed by the Trump administration, and how do you plan to fight it?

Fighting the current administration starts with elected officials being strong enough to stand firm against him and not accept and vote for his goals. Standing against tyranny and oppression, instead of voting for it. Finding ways to reach across the aisle without sacrificing our future.

8. Are there any issues you believe you could work with the Trump administration on? Which ones?

Trump promised he would drain the swamp, balance our trade, and bring new jobs to the country. Legislation on getting money out of politics and reducing the influence of lobbyists and SuperPACs would turn off the tap and help us truly drain the swamp. Instead of these atrocious tariffs, I could work with the president to narrowly and carefully negotiate through the currency exchange abuses, nations like China engage in, that pushes our trade out of balance, without starting damaging trade wars all over the world. And finally, a Federal Jobs Guarantee that will help him fill that campaign promise and help provide good jobs for Americans.

9. If you could ask each of your opponents one question, what would it be? (You may specify a different question for each opponent or the same question for both.)

I have only one question:

Claire McCaskill: If you truly work for the people, will you give back all of the money you’ve accepted from major corporations and work towards spreading the truth about the banking deregulations, that you voted to approve, hurting the working people of Missouri?