November Meeting

November 8: Medical Marijuana Fact and Fiction
Please join us in welcoming Shannon Stacy R.N. BBA and her team to Metro Dems! She’s a health advocate and she’s been working with legislators in Frankfort to legalize medicinal marijuana in KY.

Shannon will be covering the truth and myths surrounding medical marijuana. In addition she will be detailing her efforts in educating the public around the medicinal effects of marijuana.

Please bring lots of questions as this is a topic that deserves a closer look! Facebook event here.

Metro Dems November Meeting
Wednesday, November 8
IBEW Local 369
4315 Preston Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40213
Doors open at 6:00 PM — Program begins at 6:30 PM
Also November 8: Elections and Bylaws

The November meeting, we will also elect the officers and directors for next year. The following individuals have been nominated for the club’s offices and board of directors. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.

President: Daniel Grossberg
Vice President of Programming:  Vitalis Lanshima
Vice President of Activism:  Troy Ransdell
Treasurer: Jamie McGhee
Secretary: Mark Webster

Kirk Gillenwater
Jim Stammerman
Brenda Erickson
Mike O’Connell
Greg Leichty
Bob Brown
Dennis Benzel
Patty Stocker

The officers and board of directors have proposed additional revisions to the bylaws to restructure the roles of the officers, and in particular to split the role of Vice President into two positions, one for programming at the meetings, and one for activism in the community. The proposed amendments to the bylaws are made available to the membership here, with changes marked in red.

Next Actions

Friday, November 3 – 6:00 pm at Great Flood Brewing Company, 2120 Bardstown Rd, 40205 – Louisville Young Democrats will host its November social. Information here.

Saturday, November 4 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Jefferson County Democratic Party will host the 2017 Candidate Training Program. The Candidate Training Program is an intensive, one-day program that teaches the fundamentals of a winning campaign for elected office. This program is meant for first-time candidates and incumbent candidates alike, offering broad-ranging perspective to candidates seeking elected office of any size, from local campaign professionals.

Participants will learn the principles of running a winning campaign from the ground up. This program will begin by outlining everything a candidate ought to do to before they begin their campaign, proceeded by the following topics: Campaign Research, Campaign Fundraising, Campaign Field, and Campaign Communications and Digital strategies.

Only the first 30 candidates who RSVP may attend due to capacity, on a first-come first-serve basis. However, if there is greater interest, we will accommodate with future scheduled meetings.

Cost is $50, payable via Actblue (, or by check at the door. NO CASH ACCEPTED. RSVP required here.

Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, November 4 – 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Henry Clay, 604 S 3rd St, 40202 – Emerge Kentucky will host a reception and dinner with Jennifer Lawless, a national expert & author on women in politics. Dr. Lawless is the director of American University’s Women in Politics Institute. She will present her most recent research about perceptions of women running for office and discuss the solutions for how & why more women should run. This is a fundraiser for Emerge Kentucky, which trains Democratic women to run for office and to win. Tickets available here.

Tuesday, November 7 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Old Louisville Pizza & Pub, 1201 S 1st St., 40203 – Jefferson County Democratic Party will host a Virginia election night watch party, with pizza donated by Old Louisville Pizza Company. Information here.

Saturday, November 11 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Louisville Democratic Party Headquarters, 1501 Durrett Lane, 40213 – Together We Will: Louisville will host a voter registration training and fellowship program. Information here.

Monday, November 20 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at League of Women Voters of Louisville 115 S Ewing Ave, 40206 – the League of Women Voters will host Dinner and Democracy Meeting: Schools: The 5-Star Rating System to discuss local schools. Speakers will include Mary Gwen Wheeler, Chairman, State Board of Education, Susan Weston, Education Consultant and blogger for the Pritchard Committee, and Sadiqa Reynolds, President, Louisville Urban League. Dinner at 5:30 (donation), with program to begin at 6:00. Information here.

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