Rita Haggardt, IDWC Region 6 Director, Honored

Rita Haggardt

Rita Haggardt has been invested and involved in making a positive change since her days working in Washington DC at the height of the civil rights movement. The Pocatello branch of the NAACP presented Rita with the annual Ron Timpson Community Service Award during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon on January 18, 2014.

Rita lives a life dedicated to service to others, especially to the less fortunate in her community. She may be 70 years old but she remains very active in the Democratic Party in Bannock County and the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus in Region 6 as its director. Rita is a beloved member of our organization and we congratulate her on her wonderful recognition.

The presentation was covered by Chris Cole of KIDKNews in Idaho Falls. A video of the presentation and a written report about the event is available at LocalNews8.com.

Frank and Bethine Church Gala means IDWC Annual Breakfast

Every year, Idaho Democrats gather in Boise to celebrate the lives and legacies of Idaho’s first couple: Frank and Bethine Church.  This annual fundraising event will be especially meaningful this year with the recent passing of Bethine in December. We encourage anyone with a calling to work for progressive change in Idaho (especially women) to consider attending this event. This weekend long event also serves as the meeting place for IDWC faithful for our annual breakfast meeting.

The Gala takes place Friday evening, March 14 from 6 – 9:30 pm. Our breakfast follows, on Saturday morning, March 15 from 8-9:30 am. This breakfast is the time that the IDWC elects its new leadership and presents the Dottie Simpson Award which recognizes the contributions of an active member of the IDWC.

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Woodings Enters Secretary of State Race

IdahoDems.org

For Immediate Release
Date: Jan. 31, 2014

Idaho State Representative Holli Woodings announced today that she is running for Idaho Secretary of State. Woodings was prompted to run when Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced his plans to retire. Woodings pledges to continue Ysursa’s balanced, honest, and principled leadership to safeguard voters’ freedoms and to hold candidates and campaigns accountable.

The first thing I did when I turned 18-years-old was to go register to vote,” Woodings said. “I have always believed that my freedom to vote is the most sacred right I have in our democracy. I know that Idahoans feel the same. I promise to do everything I can to make sure our elections are open and honest and to make voting easy and accessible to all.”

Woodings, who was named one of the 2013 Women of the Year by the Idaho Business Review, was elected to the Legislature in 2012. Notably, she opposed legislation last year that limits the voter initiative process. This year, she is working on a bill to allow people to register to vote at the same time that they renew their driver’s licenses. And, as Secretary of State, she will use her vote on the Idaho Land Board She to push for much needed reinvestment in our public schools.

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Jana Jones: Ready to Restore Idaho Education

Jana_JonesJana Jones has spent her entire career as an educational leader Idahoans can trust to stand up for children and their families.

A fourth generation Idahoan and the first of Wayne and Janice Hammond’s 5 children, Jana was a born into the values that make Idaho great: honesty, hard work, and independence.  She grew up in Bonneville County and attended Idaho Falls School District 91, where she would eventually teach after graduating from Skyline High School and earning her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Utah State University.

Dissatisfied with the lack of early childhood education in the state before kindergarten was funded, and after earning a master’s degree in Special Education, Jana founded and operated Progressive Day School in Idaho Falls—one of the first early childhood centers in the state to include children with special needs.  Progressive Day School is still open today and is where countless children in Idaho started school, including all of Jana’s children and grandchildren.
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