Muskingum County Women's Democratic Club

Our Purpose:
To unite women of the Democratic Party
To encourage active participation of women in politics
To promote community and educational functions
To promote the principles of the Democratic Party

Club President:  Melanie Kish
Vice President:  Nancy Harvey
Treasurer:  Barbara Anderson 
Recording Secretary:  Amy Underwood
Corresponding Secretary, Webmaster:  Gretchen Fathauer

 The Muskingum County Women's Democratic Club meets on 3rd Mondays, 7 pm 
at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., longer at Democratic Headquarters, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville

 Mon, Aug. 18 - 7:00 pm - WDC meeting, at Gant House, 1845 W. Main, Zanesville.

Wed., Aug. 20 - 7:30 pm - Muskingum County Democrats meeting,
at Democratic Headquarters, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.
At 7:00 pm, there will be a Central Committee meeting

Endorsed Democrats, Tues., Nov. 4, 2014 Election

Statewide Candidates:
Edward FitzGerald, Governor
Sharen Swartz Neuhardt, Lt. Governor
David Pepper, Attorney General
John Patrick Carney, Auditor
Nina Turner, Secretary of State
Connie Pillich, Treasurer

Congressional Candidates:
Jennifer Garrison (6th District--Northern)
David Tibbs (12th District--Southern)

Supreme Court:
Tom Letson (full term commencing 1-1-15)
John P. O'Donnell (full term commencing 1-2-15)

Court of Appeals:
Natalie Haupt (5th District)

County Candidate:
Linda Regula, County Commissioner

Thu. Aug. 21, 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Fund Raiser for Linda Regula, Candidate for Muskingum County Commissioner, organized by Katherine Mitzel, at 154 Muskingum Ave., Zanesville.  $15/person.  Please RSVP at 740-704-3321.

David Tibbs, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress from Ohio's 12th District. (12th District is the Southern half of Muskingum County).

Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus
Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair
Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus
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Women Activists:  Springing into Action

The Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus Regional Leaders are springing into action across Ohio.  We kicked off Spring into Action in Medina County.  Already, we've visited Ashland, Springfield and Medina, and ODWC is on the way to Akron.  If you'd like to join the ODWC in taking action please join us to learn how you can take part in our early grassroots efforts from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Want to Spring into Action together?  Please contact Jennah Craig to find out more details NOW either by phone or email at 614-214-4851 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Check out event photos on facebook!


On Wed., July 23, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Connie Pillich, candidate for Ohio Treasurer, will be at a meet and greet at Democratic Headquarters, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.

Zack Space will also be there.

Connie's web site:

In case you missed it:  Read Connie Pillich's article about How Ohio Can Help Military Families.


David Pepper's plan to prevent violence against women

David Pepper, Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General, released his plan to help prevent violence against women here in Ohio.  The full plan is online at and I've included some highlights below.  Please share as widely as you'd like!  Especially through social media.

The Pepper Plan:  An Intense Focus on Reform, Enforcement and Justice for Victims:

  • Reforms to Expand Protection of Ohio's Women from Violence -- In his first week in office, Pepper will empanel a Standing Committee on Violence Against Women--comprised of leaders and experts from around the state, including survivors of violence--to examine and recommend reforms needed to prevent violence against women and improve enforcement.  Among other changes, Pepper will push to expand Ohio domestic violence laws to include coercion and other non-physical abuse that can be a prelude to violence, will urge that Ohio join most other states to establish that strangulation is a felony, and will ensure that the federal ban on firearms possession for convicted domestic abusers is enforced.
  • Create a Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Unit in the Attorney General's Office - This unit will provide specialized prosecution, proactive enforcement, technical assistance and training support to agencies throughout the State.  The unit will be a resource, particularly for complicated sexual assault prosecutions and best practices implementation, and will step up enforcement of Ohio laws requiring citizens to report felonies and abuse that they witness.  And the unit will lead an effort to make sure all of Ohio's public universities and colleges are doing all they can to protect students from sexual assault.
  • Support Victims With More Resources, Quicker Action, and Immediate Answers - Pepper will shore up the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, which has seen claims filed by crime victims go up, but outlays to victims falling by millions.  Pepper will also clear the growing backlog of untested rape kits in the Attorney General's Office.  He will partner with the legislature and the state's regional crime labs to set a clear goal--to end the backlog in the first 150 days he is in office.  And he will greatly improve victims' access to both services and critical information.

Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair
Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus
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We endorse the Freedom to Marry amendment; our members signed a petition to put it on the ballot, and urge others to do the same.
Text of the amendment:  "Be it Resolved by the People of the State of Ohio that Article XV, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution be adopted and read as follows: Section 11. In the State of Ohio and its political subdivisions, marriage shall be a union of two consenting adults not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living, and no religious institution shall be required to perform or recognize a marriage."

We are pleased the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

Our Club encourages its members to frequently call Governor Kasich at 614-466-3555
to urge a line item veto of defunding Planned Parenthood in the State Budget.  (Or text EnoughOhio to 69866) 
The state budget cuts off Planned Parenthood from federal family-planning dollars and bans abortion providers from
transferring patients to public hospitals.  It also contains a requirement that women seeking abortions must have
ultrasounds to detect fetal heartbeats, and changes the definition of medical emergency.   The new budget also
ends support for Ohio State's Human Trafficking Center.  Tax reductions, primarily benefiting businesses
and upper income brackets, will be paid for with higher sales taxes and real estate taxes.  The new budget
also does not include a Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. 

Tues., Oct. 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Presentation on Human Trafficking Awareness at Health Sciences Building Auditorium, Zane State College.  Q & A to follow with community professionals.

Theresa Flores was trafficked in the 80’s from 15-17 years of age. The shame of what happened caused her to keep it a secret…even from her mother. The threat of harm to her family held her captive to her traffickers. She is the author of 3 books, including The Slave Across the Street. She received the Courage Award from the governor in 2012 and her story has been told on Dateline, Nightline, and many other venues. She is the founder of SOAP – Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution. Topics: Theresa’s story, human trafficking overview, solutions (SOAP), and red flags of trafficking.  For more information, call Cindy Brandi at 740-849-0297.


This year's band concerts, where we will have our stand again:
June 8
June 22
July 6
July 20
August 3

The concerts start at 7:00 pm at Zane's Landing Park, downtown Zanesville, at the West end of Market Street, over the railroad tracks near The Freight Shops.

(Mary Shrader, Sandy Gentry and Mary Bates, at an Ice Cream Social)

Mary Shrader's 90th birthday was celebrated
Sat. June 29, 2013 - 2 - 4 pm, at the Masonic Lodge, Mound Rd., Duncan Falls