Welcome to the South Washoe DEMS. We are glad you are here.


We were formed in 2011 as an affiliate group of the Washoe County Democratic Party. We currently meet on the first Monday of the month (see the events calendar). Our mission is to advance the goals of the Democratic Party of Washoe County within the community in the southern areas of Washoe County including:

We encourage everyone who feels connected to the south county to get involved. There is no membership application and there are no dues to belong. We hope you will explore our website and join us at our next monthly meeting.

What we have done over the years...

The South Washoe DEMS was a pilot project started in 2011 and later became an affiliate of the Washoe County Democratic Party. View our accomplishments over the years.

SWD Steering Committee


Jack Heinemann


Joe Chiaretti

Vice Chairperson

Barbara Twitchell

Vice Chairperson

Mary Anne Gaebe


Mary Frey


Jill Strawder-Bubala

Program Coordinator

Jess Hoffman

Program Coordinator

Karen Bickel

Communications Co-Coordinator

Mary Katz

Communications Co-Coordinator

Committee Leaders

Barry Cernoch

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Project

Fred & Millie May

South Washoe DEMS’ Book Club

Millie May

South Washoe Dems MeetUp ® Organizer

Kathy Peltier

Outreach Coordinator

Mary Frey

Hospitality Committee

Suzy Williams

Climate Change Champions

Emeritus Advisory Council

In January 2013, the Steering Committee created the South Washoe DEMS Emeritus Advisory Council. This council is for those stepping down from an active role in our organization and is a way to honor our most trusted, experienced, and loved activists. Those on this board will serve in the capacity of advising, supporting, and counseling the steering committee.

Wendell Newman

Kit Prendergast

Reed Williams

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