Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County

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

 For 2017:
Jan Bradshaw, President

Martha Sullivan, Vice President
Barbara Anderson, Secretary
Melanie Kish, Treasurer
Gretchen Fathauer, Webmaster and Corresponding Secretary

Why we are PROUD to be Democrats!

The Democratic Party's achievements that benefit us all:

  • Social Security Act
  • GI Bill of Rights
  • Civil Rights Act
  • Fair Labor Standards:  Minimum Wage, 8 Hour Day, 40 Hour Week, Overtime Pay, Child Labor Laws
  • Federal Farm Loan Act
  • Safe Food, Drug, Air and Water Acts
  • Pell Grants/Student Loan Reform
  • Women's Right to Vote
  • Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  • Free Public Schools
  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Voting Rights Act
  • American Reinvestment & Recovery Act
  • Fair Pay Act
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Affordable Care Act

 Help end voter suppression!

to demand that Congress restore the Voting Rights Act.

Upcoming Events

There will be a telephone town hall meeting call Monday night, Feb. 6, 5:45 pm, sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters and the Ohio Environmental Council, about Scott Pruitt, the EPA nominee, and his record of attacking public health and clean energy.   Sen. Sherrod Brown will join this telephone town hall meeting.  

Call in at 216-810-5868, Mon., Feb. 6 at 5:45 pm, to participate.  

The League of Conservation Voters’ regular phone number is 202-454-4617.

Wed. Feb. 8, 1 pm - Trump resistance group meeting, at McIntire Library, 220 N. 5th St., Zanesville. 

For more info, CLICK HERE

Wed., Feb. 15, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:30 pm, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.


  • Call meeting to order
  • Pledge Allegiance
  • Secretary Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Greetings and Introductions.

1.  Election of Officers for 2017
2.  Report on candidates for next election
3.  Scholarship report
4.  Report on WDC St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.
5.  Other

1.  Discussion of new progressive initiatives and their plans
2.  Jack’s Report
3.  Report from WDC
4.  Formation of Membership and Outreach Committee
     a.  Report on membership  plan        Volland
     b.  Report on membership and outreach initiatives        Fraioli
5.  Formation of Ways and Means Committee
     a.  Fundraisers
     b.  Blue Cocktail Hour
6.  Other
7.  Work session for committees
8.  Adjourn

Fri., Feb. 17, 7 pm, We the People meeting, Weasel Boy Brewing, 126 Muskingum Ave., Zanesville.  Politics and postcards.

Tues., Feb. 21, WDC meeting, 7 pm, Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.

Wed., Feb. 22, We the People meeting, 12:30 pm, Muskingum County Library basement, 220 N. 5th St., Zanesville.

Fri., Mar. 3, First Amendment Friday, 4:30 pm, Muskingum County Library, 220 N. 5th St., Zanesville.

Sun., Mar. 12, St. Partick's Day Celebration, 5-7 pm., VFW Hall, 1318 Putnam Ave., Zanesville.  $20, or 2 for $35 donation.  All proceeds benefit Democratic Candidates.  Baked Potato Bar, Assorted Salads and Desserts, Cash Bar.  Speakers:  Zanesville City Democratic candidates Jan Bradshaw, Sandy Gentry, and Connie Norman
Reservations Requested. 

Checks payable to MAWDPAC can be mailed to:  Melanie Kish, PO Box 133, Gratiot OH  43740

Need more information?  Or call to make reservations?  Please call:  Melanie Kish 787-2203.  Sponsored by MAWDPAC, Melanie Kish, treasurer

We the People Muskingum--resisting Trump agenda

This group is not affiliated with the Democratic Party, but may be of interest because it's opposing the Trump agenda.

Fri., Feb. 17, 7 pm, We the People meeting, Weasel Boy Brewing, 126 Muskingum Ave., Zanesville.  Politics and postcards.

Wed., Feb. 22, We the People meeting, 12:30 pm, Muskingum County Library basement, 220 N. 5th St., Zanesville.

Gerrymandering in our county:


Muskingum County is in 2 congressional districts, which dilutes the county's voice in the U. S. House of Representatives.

*6th District contains Zanesville Ward 1B precinct 2, and townships--Adams, Cass, Highland, Jackson (Frazeysburg), Dresden North, Dresden South, Licking A and B, Madison, Monroe, Muskingum A-C, Perry North and South, Salem, New Concord, Norwich, Union, Washington A-C.

**12th District contains Zanesville Wards 1A, 1B precinct 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5C, 6A, 6B, 6C, and townships—Blue Rock, Brush Creek, Clay, Falls A-H, Harrison (contains Philo), Hopewell A-C, Meigs, Newton (contains Fultonham, Ironspot, Moxahala, Rolling Plains, White Cottage), Rich Hill, Salt Creek, S. Zanesville, Springfield A-C, Wayne (contains Wayne Twp. A-C, and Duncan Falls).

The current congressional map, based on the 2010 census, was gerrymandered to favor Republicans in 12 out of 16 districts.  Districts are NOT compact:

6th Congressional District (left), 12th District on right



Some proposed maps that would result in more competitive and fair districts: 


How Gerrymandering works:

(The above illustration shows how odd-shaped districts can overcome a blue majority, giving red control despite being outnumbered.)

List of Indivisible groups within 100 miles of Zanesville:  CLICK HERE

For more info on newly forming Indivisible group in Muskingum County, CLICK HERE

DOWNLOAD "Indivisible:  A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda"

(Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.)

Press Conference coming up 4th week of January in Zanesville about methane gas health threats in our area from fracking; we encourage the Trump administration to keep regulations on Methane gas.  The map shows that Muskingum County is in the area most affected.  Cancer and respiratory illnesses are among the effects of high methane exposure.  Conference date and time will be posted when we get them.

Muskingum Women Democrats Club:
Club President:  Melanie Kish
Vice President:  Nancy Harvey
Treasurer:  Barbara Anderson 
Recording Secretary:  Martha Sullivan
Webmaster, Corresponding Secretary:  Gretchen Fathauer

July 2014 Ice Cream Social
some of our club members with Ohio Secretary of State candidate Nina Turner

July 2016 Ice Cream Social

Guest Speakers:
Ed Albertson, candidate for Ohio 12th Congressional District

Stephanie Dodd, candidate for Ohio State School Board
Frances Strickland, wife of U.S. Senate candidate, Ted Strickland
Earl Wise, candidate for Ohio 5th District Court of Appeals

(Photos, Martha Sullivan)

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Dale Phillips, candidate for County Commissioner,
receiving a donation for his campaign from our PAC.

The Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County meets on 3rd Tuesdays, 7 pm at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville...no longer at Democratic Headquarters, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville.  We no longer meet Mondays; at the January 2016 meeting it was changed to Tuesdays.

Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville,
where the Women's Democratic Club meets.

Democratic Headquarters, 46 S. 6th St., Zanesville,
where Muskingum County Democrats Club meets.

Our concession stand at Memorial Band Concerts,
Zane's Landing Park, Zanesville.
(Martha Sullivan and Amy Underwood)

(Mary Shrader, Sandy Gentry and Mary Bates, at 2012 Ice Cream Social)

90th Birthday party, 2013

Update on Mary Shrader:
Mary has moved.  She'd welcome cards and letters.

Wingate Residence
353 Blackstone Blvd., Apt. 4315
Providence, RI 02906

Links to our friends...

Ohio Democratic Party

Muskingum County Democratic Party

Ohio Young Democrats

Morgan County Democratic Party

Indivisible Group--resisting Trump agenda

We the People Muskingum--resisting Trump agenda

Muskingum County Young Democrats


Ian Dooley receiving a scholarship from Muskingum County Democrats;
Bobbie Durfee, Ian, and Jim Crannell

 Heartbeat Bill - Our club urges our members to protest this bill by writing to:

Troy Balderson
Senate Capital Building 1
Capitol Square, Ground Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone:  614-266-8976

TPP "Free Trade" Deal

Jim Crannell is strongly opposed to the TPP "Free Trade" agreement that is now being debated in Congress, and brought several article printouts to the June 17, 2015 meeting of the Muskingum County Democrats Club.  He has been researching this issue, and shared with the club some articles. He urged us all to ask our representatives to block this deal.

Sen. Sherrod Brown has been speaking out against this deal.  Bernie Sanders has consistently opposed proposed free trade agreements, and Hillary Clinton has more recently opposed the TPP as well.

Here are links to these articles:

How the Shenanigans in Congress Over the TPP Trade Deal Threatens the Fundamentals of Our Democracy

How the TPP Amounts to a Corporate Takeover

Awesome Power Is On the Verge of Being Handed Over to Private Banks If TPP Passes

Ponzi Scheme America - You’ve Been Scammed! 

Will TPP Kill the Post Office?

The Real Meaning of Obama’s Trade Defeat

What the TPP Really Means: The Weakening of Capitalism

TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors

Is the TPP Okay With Slavery? Really?

WikiLeaks Strikes Again: Leaked TISA Docs Expose Corporate Plan for Reshaping Global Economy

Is US Trade Rep a Wall Street Crony? Groups Demand Transparency

Barney Frank: Obama Is Making 'A Big Mistake' On TPP

Progressive Change Campaign Committee--Facebook page, scroll down to June 2

Progressive Change Campaign Petition: Tell Congress: Vote NO on fast track for fake trade agreements that kill jobs