We are proud that Deb Lavender is the new Missouri State Representative for the 90th Congressional District.  Our club has supported Deb in her efforts to win this seat.  Members of the club have knocked on doors, made telephone calls, planned and participated in fund raisers, and donated funds to her campaign.  And it all paid off!

That is not to say the club was the reason she won.  Deb is a tireless worker who was able to assemble a great group of people who support and worked with her to make this happen.  She is a great example of what hard work, perseverance, and good political skills can accomplish.

We can be sure our area will be well represented with Deb in the House.

But winning was just the first challenge Deb has to face.  She is now part of a chamber that has 116 Republicans to 47 Democrats.  The ratio in the Senate is 25 Republicans to only 9 Democrats.  She has proven she can work with others regardless of their political affiliation but that does not mean the Republicans will feel the need to work with her.  They control the Missouri Legislature and do not need Democrats to pass the laws they want.  The Republicans need 109 votes in the House and 23 votes in the Senate to override a gubernatorial veto.  They have that and more.  

The best way for us to help Deb and the other Democratic elected officials is to build our club with our eye on the 2016 elections.  It is not too early to start to build our club into a more powerful organization that will have the ability to help our political friends successfully do the job we have elected them to do.

Our club meets the fourth Thursday of each month with programs that provide you with valuable information and opportunities to help make a better Missouri.  Your participation can make a difference.  Come, join, and help us be more effective at being a positive force in this area.

Dennis Roach

President, Bonhomme Township Democratic Club


Volunteers Needed This Weekend Across the State!

Arielle Joplin Vigil

Dear Democrats,

We believe closing the coverage gap and giving 300,000 uninsured Missourians access to health insurance is the most important thing Missouri legislators can do this year. This weekend, we are taking that message to communities throughout the state.

Volunteers are needed to go canvassing – door-to-door this Saturday. We will deliver information about Medicaid Expansion and ask supporters to contact their legislators.

Canvassing is easy and fun. We’ll provide training and all materials – all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and warm clothes.

Missouri Health Care for All and our partners in the Medicaid Coalition are looking for volunteers in the following locations:

Saturday, January 31

  • Des Peres (St. Louis County), 10:00 am
  • Kirkwood (St. Louis County), 10:00 am
  • St. Charles, 1:00 pm

To sign up or get details about any of these canvasses, please contact us at or 877-383-8884. Be sure to include information about which location you prefer.

We hope to see you soon!


Jen Bersdale, Crystal Brigman Mahaney, Drew Noblot, and Dottie Elbert
Missouri Health Care for All 

What:       Medicaid Literature Drop
When:      Saturday, January 31, 2015
               10:00 am – noon
Where:     Senator Schmidt’s District
               Staging  at Mary Clemons’ home  
                           412 Greenleaf Dr.
                           Kirkwood, MO  53122
               House Speaker Diehl’s District
                           Staging at Judith Parker’s home
                           11812 Bayberry Ln.
                           Des Peres, MO  63131
You may have received an email from the coordinator, Richard Von Glahn
with a form to RSVP.  If not, please RSVP to either Mary or Judith.
The literature to be dropped will provide the fact that people in
their district need Medicaid expansion.  It will tell a story or two re:
people in their district, and will provide information on how to take
action.  There is no door knocking.
These lit drops will be going on all around the state on the 31st.
LOBBY for Medicaid Expansion at the Capitol, Jefferson City
What:   Lobby legislators for Medicaid Expansion
When:  Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Where:  Jefferson City, MO
Transportation is being provided and the event will be well
coordinated.  A bus is available for those who so wish;  details
on the bus will be sent on Monday.  But it will be convenient
(Brentwood Commons) and will be back in St. Louis by 5 pm.
Several folks with stories to tell about being in the ‘gap’ will
be joining us on the bus and to tell their story in Jeff.
Click this link to RSVP for the bus:
Judith Parker
Consultant, Field Mobilization

MO Alliance for Retired Americans