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WASHINGTON DAYS 2021 SCHEDULE

10:00 – 11:00 AM:                     Morning Program with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lt. Gov. David Toland, Sen. Bob Casey, and Gov. Laura Kelly

11:30 – 12:30 PM:                      Executive Committee Meeting

2:00 PM:                                       Credentialing State Committee

3:00 PM:                                       State Committee Meeting (streamed live on www.facebook.com/KansasDems)

7:00 – 8:15 PM:                          Evening Program with Treasurer Lynn Rogers, Gov. Jared Polis, Rep. Sharice Davids, Sen. Cory Booker, and Sec. Julián Castro

WASHINGTON DAYS 2021
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2021

Join us virtually for our annual convention, the largest gathering of Democrats in the state

Washington Days 2021 will take place virtually to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Questions? Contact info@kansasdems.org
Note: Viewing links will be sent out one hour prior to the event

MEET THE CANDIDATES

KDP Chair:

Vicki Hiatt

Born and raised in Kansas, I grew up in Olathe and graduated from Olathe High School. My father worked for KCP&L as a truck driver. He was a strong advocate for unions and maintained his membership with IBEW for the duration of his work life. My mother stayed at home to raise me and my three younger brothers. I am the proud product of a traditional middle-class family with values of hard work, responsibility for myself, and compassion for others.

I am committed to increasing the number of Democrats in Kansas through grassroots activities.  The upcoming 2022 elections will bring new challenges. We must reelect Governor Laura Kelly, State Treasurer Lynn Rogers and again protect our 3rd District Congressional seat. The January 6th Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has shown us that we must have U.S. Senators and Representatives who will stand up for our Democracy and Constitution. Recruiting strong candidates to run for these federal seats will be critical. And with the turn to more conservative extremism indicative of the Brownback years in our state legislature, we must elect more Democrats to our state House and Senate. Organizing and recruiting for these goals must start immediately. With the KDP staff, I have prepared a proposal to begin organizing throughout the state this year. I am ready to begin on day one.

KDP Vice Chair:

Edgar A. Pando

I am an attorney in Dodge City who was born and raised in Southwest Kansas. My grandparents immigrated to Southwest Kansas decades ago and I’m blessed to still have family here. Like many in Southwest Kansas I grew up in a household with family who are immigrants. Also like many in Southwest Kansas I grew up in a household that was conservative-leaning. After 2016 I became completely disaffected with the Republican Party and in 2020 I officially changed my party affiliation and ran for State Senate in SD38 (the only majority-Hispanic district in Kansas). Despite a disappointing result, there has been a local surge in momentum on the heels of my campaign which has sparked multiple new candidacies and interest in organizing the area. I am now dedicating my time to fostering these new candidates and establishing relationships that will be the backbone of the future organizational structure I hope to help build in SWKS.

During my campaign I focused on using KDP policies framed in terms that would most appeal to Western Kansans. The result of my efforts was that I never once had any negative comments on my platform. But what I did run into was a consistent criticism against the perceived platform of the national Democratic Party. This criticism was nearly universal as it came from republicans, independents, and even the majority of democrats I had the pleasure of talking politics with. I believe that this is a problem that can be addressed with a conscious change. In the shadow of the January 6th insurrection, many Republicans are now beginning to re-think their party allegiance. I believe that the KDP has an incredible opportunity from this year forward to define itself as the sane option in Kansas politics with a distinct identity of what it means to be a KANSAS Democrat. We have the better policies. It’s time we now focus on outreach that is directed to invite more people to our party. I believe that my experience and background as an attorney, Western Kansan, child of immigrants, and former Republican competently informs me of what is necessary to be a leader within the KDP.

KDP Secretary:

Benjamin Cohen

I am a nonprofit attorney from Topeka, a KU alumn, and a Kansan since I was four years old. I’ve been a Kansas Democrat on paper since I was 18, an activist since I was first convinced to volunteer in 2006, and loud and proud about my allegiance since I took out an entire page of my high school newspaper to criticize Fox News for being anti-Semitic. I have been a member of the KDP State Committee for ten years, starting when I was elected President of the Kansas Young Democrats in 2011. Since then I’ve been Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Shawnee County Democrats, a delegate to the 2012 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions, and 2nd Vice-President of the Young Democrats of America.

The next two years are pivotal for Kansas. We have no idea what sort of wave we’ll see nationally in 2022. Leadership needs to be ready for every challenge thrown its way. I am running to be a badly needed young voice in party leadership, and to ensure it remains well organized and effectively communicates its activities and ideals, both to general membership and to those whose support we badly need throughout the state. We need to see Governor Kelly reelected. We need to make Jerry Moran squirm and expand our Congressional delegation. Secretary of the KDP can’t do it all on their own, but I will spend this term fighting tooth and nail to see our activists happy and our candidates successful.

Frances Calloway Jackson

Frances Calloway Jackson has devoted her career to leadership in the areas of citizen participation, community activism, and service on behalf of youth, their families, and other vulnerable groups that are victimized by poverty and discrimination. She continues to provide workshops, seminars and speaking engagements that address these topics.

Frances’ teaching and ability to inspire have touched thousands of lives. She has served as Dean of the School of Christian Mission for the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church; on the Kansas Corporation for Change; as President of the Kansas Family Partnership; and as President of the YWCA. Frances was also President of the Soroptimist International of Wichita; a founding member and Director of the Wichita Area Nonprofit Chamber of Commerce; President of Sedgwick County Democratic Women; President of The Kansas Federation of Democratic Women; and co-host of “Voices from the Village” on 95.9 FM.

Frances currently is Queen Mother of the African American Council of Elders, where she was also a past presiding Elder and has been a precinct committee woman for many years. Frances’ first experience running for elected office was USD 259 School Board. In 2015, Frances was the first African American woman to run for Mayor of the city of Wichita, KS. As an active member of AARP and mother to four children and four grandchildren, she believes it is important for elders to be living examples of civic leadership to younger generations.

                         Matthew Calcara

My name is Matthew Calcara and I am running for Secretary to accomplish 3 goals which I’ve developed in conversations with Democrats from across the state. The first goal is to build a web platform that small county parties can use to have a website, without making them worry about all of the backend administration, security, and costs associated with websites. This will address the visibility issue that so many folks felt that Kansas Democrats had with folks not even realizing there were other Democrats in their community. The second goal is to establish a process for translation services for county parties and candidates, starting with Spanish translations. This will allow us to reach the growing, diverse communities of Kansas. The final goal is to use my proven fundraising abilities to pay for the first two goals without impacting the state party’s budget.

KDP Treasurer:

Yolanda Taylor

I am Yolanda Taylor, a candidate for Treasurer within the Kansas Democratic Party. I have been committed to the Kansas Democratic Party for over 20 years where I have served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair for the African American Democratic Caucus of Kansas.

My commitment to the party also led me to served as past Chairperson for the African American Democratic Caucus of Shawnee County. After a number years of inactivity for the local Caucus, last summer with assistance from a few African American political leaders in our community, the African American Democratic Caucus of Shawnee County was re-started with the purpose of increasing the participation of African Americans in the Democratic Party. I am serving once again as Chairperson for our local Caucus where we meet monthly educating many within the African American community on the political process while encouraging active participation in the Democratic Party, which includes stepping into numerous leadership roles.

Your vote for me as Treasurer will give me the opportunity take on a major leadership role within the Executive Committee of the Kansas Democratic Party. In this position, I will share my knowledge, skills and abilities which I effectively demonstrated in my past role as Secretary/Treasurer for the African American Democratic Caucus of Kansas. When you cast your vote for Treasure, cast it for an individual with experience, honesty and integrity…. Yolanda Taylor!

#WD2021 SPEAKERS

Washington Days Tickets

1905 – Rep. William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska

1906 – Gov. Joseph Folk, Missouri

1907 – Gov. Ashton C. Shallenberger, Nebraska

1908 – Rep. William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska

1909 – Rep. William Patterson Borland, Missouri

1910 – Gov. Charles S. Thomas, Colorado

1911 – Sen. James Reed, Missouri

1912 – Gov. Woodrow Wilson, New Jersey

1913 – Gov. Alexander Monroe Dockery, Missouri

1914 – Gov. John Burke, North Dakota

1915 – Fred Close, Troy, Kansas

1916 – Gov. John Morehead, Nebraska

1917 – A.D. Nortani, Missouri

1918 – Chair Henderson Martin, Kansas

1919 – National Committeeman Sam Amidon, Kansas

1920 – U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer

1921 – John B. Pew, Missouri

1922 –Rep. Finis J. Garrett, Tennessee

1923 – House Speaker Henry Rainey

1924 – National Committeeman J.R. Files, Iowa

1925 – Rep. Chauncey Little, Kansas

1926 – State Rep. Charles M. Hay, Missouri

1927 – Rep. Cordell Hull, Tennessee

1928 – Sen. James Reed, Missouri

1929 – Rep. George Combs, Missouri

1930 – DNC Exec. Dir. Jouett Shouse

1931 – Gov. William H. Murray, Oklahoma

1932 – Paul V. McNutt, Oklahoma

1933 – Congressional Candidate Scott Lucas, Illinois

1934 – Sen. George McGill, Kansas

1935 – Sen. Aben Barkley, Kentucky

1936 – Postmaster General James A. Farley

1937 – Gov. Walter A. Huxman, Kansas

1938 – Asst. U.S. Attorney General Joseph B. Keenan

1939 – U.S. Solicitor General Robert H. Jackson

1940 – U.S. Secretary of War Harry H. Woodring

1941 – Sen. Claude Pepper, Florida

1942 – Sen. Albert B. Chandler, Kentucky

1944 – Sen. Harry Truman, Missouri

1946 – Gov. Robert S. Kerr, Oklahoma

1947 – Mayor William O’Dwyer, New York

1948 – DNC Exec. Dir. Gael Sullivan

1949 – DNC Chair J. Howard McGrath

1950 – DNC Chair William M. Boyle

1951 – Vice President Alben W. Barkley

1952 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Charles F. Brannan

1953 – Sen. Thomas C. Hennings, Missouri

1954 – Sen. Al Gore Sr., Tennessee

1955 – Gov. G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, Michigan

1956 – DNC Chair Paul M. Butler

1957 – President Harry Truman

1958 – Gov. Herschel C. Loveless, Iowa

1959 – Sen. Stuart Symington, Missouri

1960 – Rep. Chester Bowles, Connecticut

1961 – Rep. Floyd Breeding, Kansas

1962 – Gov. Matthew E. Welsh, Indiana

1963 – Gov. Jack M. Campbell, New Mexico

1964 – Rep. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., New York

1965 – Gov. Frank Morrison, Nebraska

1966 – Sen. Fred Harris, Oklahoma

1967 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1968 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall

1969 – Sen. Birch Bayh, Indiana

1970 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1971 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1972 – Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Washington

1973 – DNC Chair Bob Strauss

1974 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1975 – Gov. Jimmy Carter, Georgia

1976 – Gov. Robert Docking, Kansas

1977 – Rep. Andy Jacobs, Indiana

1978 – DNC Chair John C. White

1979 – Gov. John Carlin, Kansas

1980 – Sen. Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts

1981 – Gov. John Carlin, Kansas

1982 – Sen. John Glenn, Ohio

1983 – Sen. Gary Hart, Colorado

1984 – DNC Vice Chair Lynn Cutler

1985 – Rep. Dick Gephardt, Missouri

1986 – Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa

1987 – Gov. Chuck Robb, Virginia

1988 – Gov. Bill Clinton, Arkansas

1989 – Sen. Al Gore Jr., Tennessee

1990 – House Majority Whip Bill Gray, Pennsylvania

1991 – Gov. Joan Finney, Kansas

1992 – Gov. Roy Romer, Colorado

1993 – Rep. John Lewis, Georgia

1994 – Gov. Evan Bayh, Indiana

1995 – Rep. Dan Glickman, Kansas

1996 – Rep. Steny Hoyer, Maryland

1997 – Sen. Paul Wellstone, Minnesota

1998 – Jim Hightower

1999 – Bill Press

2000 – Democratic Leadership Council CEO Al From

2001 – Sen. Joe Biden, Delaware

2002 – Sen. Jean Carnahan, Missouri

2003 – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas

2004 – Gen. Wesley Clark, Arkansas

2005 – Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina

2006 – Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois

2007 – President Bill Clinton

2008 – Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia

2009 – Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana

2010 – Rep. Mike Honda, California

2011 – Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri

2012 – Gov. Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania

2013 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

2014 – Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan

2015 – Gov. Martin O’Malley, Maryland

2016 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman
2016 – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

2017 – Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont

2018 – Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana

2019 – Sen. Jon Tester, Montana 

2020 – Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas
2020 – Former Representative Jim Slattery, Kansas

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