Candidates need signatures in November 2019 to get on the 2020 ballot. This includes Mark Haasis, who's running against Darin LaHood for the 18th Congressional District, and some presidential candidates. Whether you want to sign petitions, circulate among friends and family, or walk petitions, we can get you anything you need:
Contact us and we can meet you with petition sheets. And if you want to walk but don't know who's a Democrat, we have a list of likely Democrat-friendly voters.
Come to our meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:30pm meal orders/mingle, 7pm business, Germantown Grille, 505 Ten Mile Creek Rd., Germantown Hills: No Democratic "membership" required. We'll also have candidates' petitions available to sign or circulate, and a notary on hand for people who already have petitions filled in. No "membership" needed: Meet new Democratic-minded people and watch democracy work.
We have these petitions as of Halloween (along with approximate due dates):
Statewide: Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren for president (all of November); Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate (due first week of November)
18th Congressional District: Mark Haasis for U.S. House (due in around our November 12 meeting); Bernie Sanders delegates to the Democratic National Convention (all of November)
Looking for candidates: If you want to be a Woodford County Board candidate (only 10 signatures needed), or you are with a presidential campaign not listed above, you should be contacting us immediately; we have people signing petitions right now.
Out-of-county petitions: If you have friends or family in McLean, Peoria, or Tazewell counties, we have petitions and contacts for you too. County candidates need their sheets in by Thanksgiving.
Also contact us if you'd like to be notified when we get new candidates or presidental delegate petitions in.
1054 days without impeachment • 98 days until you can vote them out for it
If you were wondering if there were Democrats, centrists, and progressives in Woodford County: Now you know! We all do better, when we all do better. Feel free to contact us with questions or to get on our local announcements list. Or click in any title below to expand it and get more information:
17 or older? Register to vote!
If you're a U.S. citizen, not in jail, and will be at least 18 years old by November 3, 2020, you have the right to vote, and should register to vote now, and again whenever you move. You can register online, by mail, or in person:
Everything above can also be used to update your address when you move.
Be a paid Election Judge
Election judges sit at the polls, get paid $115-$160 per election day, and get to meet all the voters at the precinct. There are usually only 1 or 2 election days per year, and election judges serve from 5am to around 8pm. Woodford County needs more judges! Want to know more? Contact us for election judge info.
Are you sure you're a Republican?
Does it bug you that adult minimum wage today ($8.25/hour) is less than teenage kids made in the 1950s ($11/hour in 2016 dollars)?
Does it bug you that American society has been rearranged to be "too busy" to provide for the mission you were raised to believe in, to feed the starving, cure the sick, and teach the masses?
Does it bug you that some politicians are so twisted inside that they say they "condemn" another politician they know is bad for America, but still "endorse" him/her at the same time?
Does it bug you when someone says that America's better off when fewer people are allowed to vote?
Most of America's traditional values — such as a family-supporting wage for 40 hours/week of work; the moral examples of curing the sick and feeding the needy; the drive to make every child into a responsible, learned, contributing adult even if the parents weren't; the basic principle that no innocent American citizen should be denied their vote — are all Democratic principles. If this sounds more like you, get it touch with us and we'd love to talk to you, or just come to our meetings (below) and see for yourself.
About the Woodford Democrats
The Woodford County Democratic Central Committee (WCDCC) encourages local involvement in political activities, based on Democratic principles. You do not have to join any political organization to come to most Woodford Democrat meetings or activities. We provide election oversight by recruiting precinct committeepersons and election judges. We endeavor to assist and recruit candidates and volunteers who will put the average citizen's concerns above special interests that enrich the few at the expense of the many. Our guiding principle is: We all do better, when we all do better.
Next meetings & events
(meet Democrats, talk politics, do business — and sometimes eat)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:30 meal & mingle, 7pm business, Germantown Grille, 505 Ten Mile Creek Rd., Germantown Hills: Regular Woodford Democrats meeting. Wherever you're from, you're invited — no Democratic "membership" required! Meet new Democratic-minded people and organize campaigning! If you haven't signed candidate petitions yet, this is your chance. We'll also have some extra presidential petitions if you want to circulate the petitions yourself.
Calendars: more Democratic & civic events
The first calendar shows Woodford County Democrats selected events: blue indicates Democratic and progressive events, and orange indicates other civic events.
The second calendar combines other group's calendar events; we don't control what is on these calendars, but provide them here for your convenience. Calendar sources by color: Progressive Events in the Peoria Area (from Kat Modisette, Washington Twp. Precinct 16 committeewoman)
Woodford County Democrats are locally controlled and organized, and get very little support from the state and national party. So your donations support local decisions on Democratic issues, organizing, and candidates, including local and county Democratic candidates and campaigns. You can donate instantly to us online by clicking here, or contact us to arrange for cash or check donations.
Volunteer, organize, and participate
We're always looking for good people, from barely political to very political, and from background helpers to people going out and making the case. We're locally operated and controlled, growing our own base, and do campaigning and events, as well as coordinating with other nearby groups. Just some of the roles: precinct committeepersons (who get to know their neighbors), election judges, and even people who want to run for local, township, county, and state offices, as well as normal volunteers who help us get the word out. Contact us if you want to get involved or just find out about local and Peoria-area events.
Get the announcements
E-mail us to ask about our announcement or volunteer lists, or other opportunities to meet. We get information about what's going on and when, as well as information on local candidates, and our locally-controlled e-mail list and meetings are a great way to get updated.
Links to political resources
Woodford County official government site: information and resources for each department, plus the boards' agendas and minutes