2018 Richard Stallings Banquet

The Bannock County Democrats are proud to announce that the 2018 Richards Stallings Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the ISU Student Union Building.

This event is a great opportunity to meet the candidates who are running for state, legislative, and county positions. Our featured speakers will be two of the Democratic candidates for Governor of Idaho — Paulette Jordan and A.J. Balukoff! It will be a great chance to meet fellow Democrats and learn about our plans for the upcoming May and November elections.

Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets can be bought online at Eventbrite or in person at 1509 N. Arthur Ave. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the workweek.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization by phone at (208) 234-8908 or via email at bannockdemocrats@gmail.com.

2018 IDWC Annual Meeting Concludes

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus would like to thank all of the attendees who came to our recent Breakfast Meeting in Boise held last month. We had an amazing turnout filled with lots of fresh faces that are excited to help our organization accomplish our goals.

Barbara Harris

We would like to express our overwhelming appreciation and gratitude to our beloved President, Barbara Harris, who stepped down from her position at the recent meeting. We shall miss her wonderful leadership has kept our organization accomplish many goals and become a solid partner in electing Democratic Women into public office. She plans on spending more time with her grandchildren and continuing her involvement with the IDWC.

AJ Balukoff

We express our appreciation to our wonderful keynote speakers who energized the audience and showed us why we are proud to be a Democrat in Idaho. Our first speaker, AJ Balukoff, is a successful businessman who has created and managed multiple businesses in the Treasure Valley Area. He has been a Boise School District Trustee since 1997 and is a strong advocate for public education.  His gubernatorial campaign is focused on education, healthcare, public lands, and the gender pay gap.

Paulette Jordan

Our second speaker, Paulette Jordan, has served in the Idaho House of Representatives from District 5 from 2014 to 2018. She is a native Idahoan who is seeking to become the nation’s first indigenous Governor and Idaho’s first female Governor if elected. She believes in investing in public education at all levels, closing the coverage gap via Medicaid expansion, repairing our state’s deteriorating infrastructure, and creating a livable wage for all Idaho workers.

Kristin Collum

We had a last-minute addition to the program when Idaho Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kristin Collum speak to the audience. The Boise resident is a U.S. Army veteran and tech leader at Sensus, which is a small private energy company. Kristin, a mother of four children, believes in being a progressive voice for all Idahoans, especially women, children, and minorities. Her campaign is focused on ensuring that affordable and accessible healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.

Kristi Milan

The Dottie Stimpson Award winner for 2018 is Kristi Milan from Kootenai County. Milan is a 20-year resident of Kootenai County and a retired middle school teacher from the Coeur d’Alene School District. She is the Kootenai County Democratic Legislative District 4 Vice Chair and a strong Democrat who ran for public office in 2016. Her dedication to the Idaho Democratic Party is incredible and she even performed in the Sister Act Theater Night to raise money for the Kootenai County Democrats. Her enthusiasm and willingness to lend a hand makes her this year’s winner.

Colette Raptosh

The Young Distinguished Woman Award winner for 2018 is Colette Raptosh from Boise. She is a 17-year old high school student who was one of the primary organizers for the 2017 & 2018 Women’s March on Idaho in Boise. She was also a student organizer for the recent “March for Our Lives” held on the steps of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise. Additionally, she is the co-founder of People for Unity, an organization dedicated to bringing our community together in order to make progress in creating intergenerational connections and work towards common goals. Her advocacy and accomplishments make her this year’s winner.

Finally, we would like to thank our new Executive Board Members for their willingness to step up and try to make a difference. Our new President is Gini Ballou, who was the IDWC Vice President. The new IDWC Vice President is Tamara Code, who was the IDWC Region 4 Director. The New Region 2 Director is Melanie Wolf and the New Region 4 Director is Jennifer Martinez. Region’s 6 Director, Linda Leeuwrik, was re-elected at the meeting. The Region 1 Director position, which was previously vacant, is this year’s Dottie Stimpson Award winner Kristi Milan.

2018 IDWC Annual Breakfast Meeting

Paulette Jordan and AJ Balukoff

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus wholeheartedly invite Democratic Women throughout Idaho to our Annual Membership Meeting. The Meeting is on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 9 am at the Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, which is located at 1800 Fairview Avenue in Boise. Tickets to the breakfast are $25.00 per person and can be bought on Eventbrite.

We are proud to announce that our featured speakers will be two of the Democratic candidates for Governor of Idaho — Paulette Jordan and A.J. Balukoff! Come join us at the Sunday breakfast to hear about their respective campaigns and where they stand on the issues. It is a great opportunity to meet the candidates in person and learn more about their plans for moving Idaho forward.

We encourage all Idahoans to join our organization and to work together in electing more Democratic Women to public office. To become a member or renew your existing membership, you must complete the Registration Form and pay the annual membership dues. Annual membership dues are $20. Seniors (65 and older) and students can join for $10. Members are encouraged to attend and participate in the breakfast meeting as we will be electing the IDWC President and Vice President along with Regional Directors for regions 2, 4, and 6.

Although our annual membership meeting centers on enjoying a great breakfast and discussion, the agenda also includes the election of individuals to the above aforementioned vacant IDWC leadership positions. Therefore, we encourage our members to stand for election. Consequently, if you wish to be considered for an open position, please submit your name and a summary of your qualifications to Barbara Harris. If you seek to hold a Regional position, please include the region. Region information is available on our Officer page.

Additionally, don’t forget that we are seeking nominees for the Dottie Stimpson and the Distinguished Woman awards. The Stimpson award honors an IDWC member who demonstrates perseverance, persistence, patience, passion, commitment, and leadership. IDWC co-founder Dottie Stimpson inspired the award. The Distinguish Woman award, on the other hand, is a way for us to recognize the contributions of rising star. You can submit a nominee by filling out the online Nomination Form or submit the nomination details in an e-mail to our Committee Chair: Shirley McFaddan. All nominees must be active IDWC Members. Submissions are due by February 15.

Over the past year, women all across American have organized for action. This historic civil rights movement emboldened women around the country to take a greater role in our political process. In fact, more women than ever before are running for elected office even in Idaho. The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus celebrates this momentous change and is fully committed to making this potential political shift a reality.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization by via email at idahodwc@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Women’s March Draws Women In Blue

Women's March Banner

The second annual Women’s March Draws Women In Blue to State Capital is being held this weekend. The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus is proud to encourage our members who live in the Treasure Valley to attend. It is scheduled to begin on January 21, 2018, at 10 am at the Idaho State Capitol Steps. The rally is an effort to refocus attention on the Women’s Movement and rally local Democrats to the cause.

Democratic Women should wear blue t-shirts to the rally. The Women in Blue will meet just inside the front door. Show your support by helping us create a sea of Blue! Our voices matter and it is time that Democratic women of all backgrounds utilized their various abilities to make a difference in Idaho.

Remember that is was just under a year ago that the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus joined the Women’s March across Idaho and made history. On January 21, 2017, a Women’s March on Idaho took place in Boise in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. It brought together thousands of Idahoans to raise awareness about women’s issues.  It was one of many “sister” marches which took place throughout the country.

The Women’s March is an effort to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities. Working together, the organization intends to create transformative social change. This women-led coalition educates women on a diverse range of issues like ending violence against women and improving the rights of women, workers, immigrants and other oppressed groups. The group also serves as an entry point for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through training, outreach programs, and events. The movement is “committed to dismantling systems of oppression” using the principles of nonviolent resistance.