Conversations with Candidates:

May 12th – Barbra Bollier, U.S. Senate Candidate, at 7:30 pm on Zoom

May 20th – Usha Reddi, U.S. Senate Candidate, at 7 pm on Zoom

May 27th – Michelle De La Isla, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, at 7 pm on Zoom

June 1st – Virtual Happy Hour at 5:30 pm on Zoom


WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has just endorsed Michelle De La Isla for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“Michelle De La Isla is a proven champion for women and working families who understands firsthand the challenges that Kansans face and EMILY’s List is proud to endorse her campaign. A single mother who overcame homelessness and survived domestic violence, Michelle has dedicated her career to empowering marginalized communities. As mayor of Topeka, she puts people before politics, and now she is fighting to do the same in Congress. EMILY’s List is confident that Michelle will be the advocate Kansans deserve in the House of Representatives.”
This endorsement reflects Michelle’s dedication, ability and hard work as well as the hard work and contributions of her many supporters. This is wonderful for all of us!


Our regular meetings are going virtual! We will be using a popular program called Zoom, which is free to use and does not even require installation (although it is more fun when you do). We realize that some of us are not familiar with the program so we created a very informal introduction video which you can view on our website: www.douglascountydems.org/zoom-help/
Or, if you would like a personal guide please email Nathan at dcdksnate@gmail.com.


We hope that you are all well and adjusting to life during the time of COVID-19. At this time, it is important to stay connected and know that we are all in this together. Our Happy Hours have always been an opportunity to socialize and build community and we would like to continue this during this time of social distancing by using an application called Zoom to meet virtually. We will gather on the screen at 5:30, have a quick introduction to the event and then break out into smaller groups. These small groups will gather for four 15-minute sessions. It is our hope that this format will allow us to meet new people and experience a variety of conversations.

Our next Virtual Happy Hour will take place on June 1st. Please RSVP at douglascountydems.org/virtual-happy-hours/ to receive a Zoom link and password to join the event.


Conversations with Candidates:

This is a new program which will be offered virtually through Zoom. We will schedule conversations (brief remarks by candidate followed by voter Q&A) with all candidates who are interested in participating. Our first 3 will occur in May with candidates for national office: Dr. Barbara Bollier and Usha Reddi, candidates for U.S. Senate; and Michelle De La Isla, candidate for U.S. Congress. Conversations will run throughout the campaign season for all races. For the June -July period we will prioritize our spots for our individual Conversations with Candidates with those candidates who will be competing in the primary and with newcomers who are running. Following the primary, we will focus on all Democratic candidates who are running in the general election.

Note: Candidate Conversations on Zoom will be recorded and can then be shared beyond the live event. They will be posted on our website and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. We will also share these with other community organizations in Douglas County who may be interested in hearing from our candidates.


Candidate Forums:

In June we will offer live Zoom forums featuring those races which have multiple Democratic candidates competing in the August Primary. All Democratic candidates in these competitive races are invited to participate. These will follow the same format for previous forums with questions addressed to all candidates, and all having equal time to speak. These can also be recorded to share on a variety of platforms.

Dear Voter Candidate Letters:

We will pose a series of questions that candidates may wish to respond to in the form of a ‘letter to the voter’. These letters would be similar to a short opinion piece or letter to the editor. We will share these virtually through our newsletter, email distribution list, and on our website, with promotion on Facebook and Twitter.

Virtual Happy Hour:

Our monthly Happy Hour tradition is now being offered virtually as a Zoom event. We have invited all candidates and elected officials to join us. We set up breakout rooms so that people can “mingle” in small groups for short periods of time and is a fun way to interact. Bring your own refreshment to your computer!

Website Candidate Section:

We will have a section of our website dedicated to candidate information.

Voter Engagement:

We cannot go door to door, but we are already calling and texting voters! We have a special initiative targeting first-time and younger voters, those voters who do not always vote, and unaffiliated voters. We are also promoting mail-in voting and early voting.

Conversations with Candidates

Our May Schedule of Conversations features our candidates for national office.

Barbara Bollier – U.S. Senate Candidate, Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Usha Reddi – U.S. Senate Candidate, Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

Michelle De La Isla – Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Wednesday, May 27, at 7p.m.

These events will be accessed by computer from your home through Zoom. Watch your email for event invitations and respond to make your reservation.


Thank you to our fifty volunteers for sending text messages to 2,900 voters to remind them to vote in Kansas’ Presidential Primary. During the second two-weeks of April, we connected with 325 voters. Once votes are tallied, we will assess the success of the campaign.

We are also excited that Douglas County mailed advance ballot request forms to all voters last month. We are contacting voters to make sure they submit these forms, so they can vote by mail for both the August primary and November general election. Please remind your friends to submit these forms too!

I’m always delighted to welcome new volunteers, so please contact me directly by email at jbruceroberts@gmail.com with your contact information. Thank You!



We all know that voting is a sacred right and responsibility of every citizen, and yet … about 44% of us did not vote in the last presidential election in 2016. If “Not Voting” had been a candidate, he or she would have won by a landslide!
To help us understand this peculiar situation we are requesting nominations for the most outrageous reasons for not voting.
Send nominations to Whatever…
PS “The dog ate my ballot” has already been submitted.


We are happy to have Nathan Clem, experienced campaign organizer and fund raiser, join us as half-time Operations Manager. We were fortunate to find Nathan whose expertise and experience will be of great value to us in these unsettled times. We look forward to much success under his guidance.

Upcoming Election Dates

May 4th – May 28th – Registered Democrats may request online ballots for the District Level Delegate Election

May 15th – Last day for district level delegate candidates to submit their “Statement of Candidacy” and pledge of support forms to the Kansas Democratic Party

May 29th, 12:00 pm – The online District Level Delegate election begins.

May 30th, 4:00 pm – The online District Level Delegate election ends.