Dr. Todd Wendt

Members of the Democratic Party from both Woodbury and Plymouth County voted to unanimously nominate Dr. Todd Wendt of LeMars as their candidate for the special election to be held on December 12, 2017.

“It is an honor for me to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for Iowa Senate District 3 by the county precinct delegates from Plymouth and Woodbury counties.  I’ve spent my life working for families from all sides of the political aisle.  If elected, I will continue that path to work to end the gridlock and turmoil that plagues us from the State House in Des Moines.”

Dr. Todd WendtBiography

Todd was born and raised in Sioux City and has spent the past 17 years as superintendent of schools in LeMars. During his time as superintendent he was very active in following the state legislature.  Todd is the son of late State Representative Roger Wendt.

After working with students, parents, employees, board members, and communities the past 34 years, Todd is ready to take his commitment to working for others to another level. He wants to work at the policy level to restore the legislative commitment to providing a quality public education for all, implementing responsible fiscal and tax policy, protecting the rights of individuals, and working together on Iowa’s priorities.

Todd Wendt’s Contact Information
(712) 539-0235
todd.wendt13@gmail.com
www.toddwendtforiowa.com
www.facebook.com/wendtforiowa
Twitter @ToddWendt4Iowa

October Meeting

The Plymouth County Democrats will be holding their regular monthly County Central Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017, at Lally’s Eastside Restaurant, 125 Plymouth Street NE, Le Mars, Iowa.
All interested Democrats are invited to attend.  Come an hour early to eat with the group.

September Meeting

Dr. Daniel McGuire
Dr. Daniel McGuire

The Plymouth County Democrats will be holding their regular monthly County Central Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017, at Lally’s Eastside Restaurant, 125 Plymouth Street NE, Le Mars, Iowa.  Special guest speaker Dr. Daniel McGuire will discuss his wife Dr. Andy McGuire’s campaign for Governor.

All interested Democrats are invited to attend.  Come an hour early to eat with the group.

Susan Leonard

Plymouth County Democrats, 9/1/2017 Edition 1, Volume 8

Tell me about your family:

I grew up on a farm about five miles south of Merrill, Iowa. I met my husband Mark when I was living in the San Francisco Bay area. He is originally from Berkeley, California. We moved to Merrill in 1991 and have two children. Our daughter Casey is in her fourth year as an art teacher in the Mid-Prairie District (just outside Iowa City). Our son Sam just finished his last deployment in the U.S. Navy and will complete his service to the Navy in December 2017. He runs the nuclear reactor on a fast attack submarine, the U.S.S. Santa Fe, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Susan Leonard
Susan Leonard, Precinct Committee Person for Plymouth County’s 7th Precinct, Chair of the Website Subcommittee

Tell me about your hobbies or interests:

One of my favorite hobbies is gardening, and I also enjoy doing arts and crafts projects. Both Mark and I enjoy cooking and entertaining. We appreciate many types of ethnic foods and delight in learning to prepare new dishes.

Tell me about your educational and occupational history:

I graduated from Le Mars Community High School and then attended Iowa State University; Laney College in Oakland, CA; San Francisco State University; and graduated from Oregon State University in Health and Human Sciences. I worked as a house painter and in interior design and publishing in California. Upon returning to Iowa I worked in the Student Services Office of Teikyo Westmar University. In 1994 I started working at the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation family medicine residency program as the Education Coordinator. The program is affiliated with the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and supported by the two Sioux City hospitals. I retired in June 2016. Since retiring I have become involved as a volunteer with the Mary J. Treglia Community House in Sioux City, which strives to serve the needs of the immigrant population in Siouxland through education, services, advocacy, and celebration of diversity.

Tell me about your involvement with the Democratic Party:

I’ve identified as a Democrat since I was first able to vote. I campaigned in most presidential elections, starting with Senator George McGovern’s run in the 1972 election. Since retiring I find that I have more time to be involved in political activities beyond presidential elections.

Tell me something not many people know about you:

I have earned the credential of Master Gardener through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office, although I may never actually consider myself a master but rather an undefeated amateur! Also, I recently sought and obtained ordination after being asked by two friends to officiate at their wedding.

Tell me what you’re most proud of:

I am most proud of my children, Casey and Sam. Both are bright, caring, respectful young people who are committed to using their time and talents to make the world a better place.

Who is your biggest hero, past or present?

Dr. Wangari Maathai, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is a Kenyan who started the Green Belt Movement. Through her work as an environmentalist over 30 million trees were planted across Kenya. She also worked throughout her life against political oppression and suffered greatly for her views but persisted until her death.

How long have you been active in your favorite causes and/or community in Iowa:

I am currently active with both the Plymouth County and Woodbury County Democrats; am on the planning committee for Siouxland Progressive Women; and am a member of Sioux City NOW, the Siouxland Pride Alliance, and the Sioux City Chapter of the NAACP. I am most passionate about working for social justice issues effecting the less privileged and oppressed members of our society. I continue to work to increase my awareness of my privilege as a member of the “white” class and the responsibility that privilege carries to do all I can to right societal injustices. I try to live by the creed “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Tell me your favorite quote:

I have so many that it is difficult to pick one. My favorite at the moment is from Alice Walker: “Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.”

To meet Susan and many other interesting Plymouth County Democrats, come to our monthly meetings, held the third Monday of the month (locations announced via email, on KLEM 1410 AM, and in the Le Mars Daily Sentinel)

Joann Simons

Plymouth County Democrats, 5/17/2017 Edition 1, Volume 7

Tell me about your early years:

Joann Simons
Joann Simons

I was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. I grew up in North Sioux City, South Dakota, where my mom and dad owned the Dean and Polly Café, Cabin oil station, and Skyline bar. I started working in the restaurant at eight years of age, doing dishes; by twelve years I cooked; and by sixteen years I was serving beer.

I moved away from North Sioux when my husband got a job with the U.S.D.A. meat department. We moved around for several years and finally settled in Armour, SD. My oldest daughter still lives there. I divorced my husband after eighteen years and moved back to Sioux City.

While in college I met another man and the two of us lived together until he died of asbestos cancer in 2003. Continue reading “Joann Simons”

August Meeting

The Plymouth County Democrats will be holding their regular monthly County Central Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, at Lally’s Eastside Restaurant, 125 Plymouth Street NE, Le Mars, Iowa.  All interested Democrats are invited to attend.  Come an hour early to eat with the group.

July Meeting

The Plymouth County Democrats will be holding their regular monthly County Central Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Lally’s Eastside Restaurant, 125 Plymouth Street NE, Le Mars, Iowa.  All interested Democrats are invited to attend.  Come at 5:30 p.m. if you want to eat with some of your fellow Plymouth County Democrats.

June Meeting

The Plymouth County Democrats will be holding their regular monthly County Central Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Doosky’s East, 101 Iowa 140, Kingsley, Iowa (the restaurant on the golf course).  All interested Democrats are invited to attend.

Anyone interested in coming early for supper and conversation are encouraged to be there by 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, after the meeting the group plans to pose for photos by the Freedom Rock, currently being painted by artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen a couple blocks away.

A tentative agenda is attached, but as always we are open to addressing anything you want to discuss that isn’t already listed.  Hope to see many of you there.  Remember, page two of the agenda is a list of your representatives and their contact information.

See you next week.

Pat Ritz

Plymouth County Democrats, 5/17/2017 Edition 1, Volume 6

 Tell me about your family:

I have five kids and eight grandkids.

Tell me about your hobbies or interests, past or present:

I enjoy fishing, and when I find time to get away Victoria Nicolls and I like to travel. We go down to Texas in the winter to see my daughter and one of Victoria’s friends in Corpus Christi, TX.

Tell me about your educational and occupational history:

I was born in Sioux City, IA, and raised on a farm outside of Merrill. I attended school in Akron and graduated from Akron High School in 1977. I started a trucking business in the summer of 1977 and ran it until the spring of 1979, at which time I went to work for John Deere for the next 25 years, doing everything from shop work to parts, sales, and then service manager. I left John Deere in 2004 to start my own business and built a shop/home outside of Akron by C38. I have also farmed for many years. I did it on the side while working with John Deere and still farm today. I have three full-time employees and three part-time employees. We work on equipment/tractors, farm, and have a trucking line hauling grain.

Tell me about your involvement with the Democratic Party:

Victoria and I both got involved in the Plymouth County Democratic Party last year when we could see people were very confused about the Democratic party. I was privileged to be a delegate at the State Convention in Des Moines last year and I attended the National Convention last summer in Philadelphia, PA, as an alternate delegate. I ran for Iowa’s 5th District House of Representatives in 2016. I lost that election, but I plan on running again. I consider the first run a practice run. I was nominated at a nominating convention and really got a late start in the race. I participated in many parades and other public events and knocked on a large number of doors during the run-up to the election. I was recently elected Vice Chair of the Plymouth County Democrats.

Tell me something not many people know about you:

Ninety-nine percent of my family is Republican; they were registered Democrats and switched when the churches began to enforce it. I used to race cars and did tractor pulling. I won a lot of trophies at tractor pulls.

Tell me what you’re most proud of:

I am really proud of how my kids turned out, and I have a bunch of very special grandkids. They’re all good workers and very respectful.

Who is your biggest hero, past or present?

I am very amazed with Warren Buffet, how he is so original, normal, and just a down-to-earth, simple guy. You’d never ever know he’s worth billions of dollars.

Tell me about your activities in your favorite causes and/or community in Iowa:

I enjoy assisting people and their needs. I have recently become very educated in the political system. This winter Victoria and I took several trips out of state to show our support and help fellow party members at marches across America and plan to do more.

Tell me your favorite quote:

A couple that I personally use a lot are “Move it or lose it” and, when telling someone to finish their food, “ There are starving families in Ethiopia.”

To meet Pat and many other interesting Plymouth County Democrats, come to our monthly meetings, held the 3rd Monday of the month (locations announced via email, on KLEM 1410 AM, and in the Le Mars Daily Sentinel)