Did you know that county board seats are up for election in 2018? There are 15 board members for only 3 districts, and no Democratic representation right now. But the ballot is coming faster than people expect: You only need a dozen signatures to get on the ballot, but they need to be in by the end of this November, 2017. If you want to learn how to run for this or any other office, contact us any time!
We also have current candidates' petitions available for you to sign: governors/lieutenants; Secretary of State Jesse White; Comptroller/Treasurer; Junius Rodriguez for 18th Congressional District (all of Woodford); and Cheri Bustos for 17th Congressional District (parts of McLean/Peoria/Tazewell). The big offices all need hundreds of signatures by November, so contact us to sign a petition or to circulate petitions among your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers.
248 days without impeachment • 175 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. 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 6, 2018, you have the right to vote on both March 20, 2018 and November 6, 2018. You 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 $100-$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, September 26, 2017, 6:30pm meal orders, 7pm meeting: The Chanticleer, 744 N. Main St., Eureka IL 61530 (IL 117 at Mt. Zion Rd. on north end of town). Wherever you're from, you're invited — no Democratic "membership" required! We'll be taking a "straw poll" on Democratic candidates for governor. We'll also be talking about county and precinct candidates and how to find out what petition to sign to get Democrats in the election and avoid the dreaded "No Candidate" lines on the ballot.
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: Greater Peoria Progressive Coalition
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 opportunuties 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