Senator Eddie Melton Featured Speaker at 2019 Tri-State Cornfield Conference

Senator Eddie Melton Featured Speaker at 2019 Tri-State Cornfield Conference

The Tri-State Cornfield Conference is being hosted by the Democratic Party organizations in Noble, Dekalb, Lagrange, Kosciusko, and Whitley Counties.  The main conference will occur on Saturday, June 29th in Kendallville, Indiana at the Noble County Fairgrounds.  Special guests will include State Representative Karlee Macer and State Senator Eddie Melton. The conference will start at noon.

An extensive digital activist training seminar will occur over 3 days at the fairgrounds, June 28-30th, by Becker Digital Strategies, which has been featured at Net Roots Nation.

‘It is time for a revival of the Democratic Party, so that we can restore checks and balances in government at the Statehouses and in Washington D.C..  Getting candidates on the ballot for 2020 for Governor and for President starts this summer when the petition signature forms are available,” said Carman Darland, Event Organizer and Vice Chair of the Noble County Democrats. “This event is designed to get Democratic activists fired up for 2020.  It is important to learn about and remember just what it is we are fighting for and why election results matter.  We are also offering training tools at this conference to help get the job done in 2020 and beyond,” added Darland

Speakers for the Conference Include:

1) “The Story of Lordstown, Ohio” – David Green – UAW Local 1112 President

2) “Climate Challenges for the Midwest from the Latest National Climate Assessment”– Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State University

3) “Big, Beautiful Wall?: Trump’s Border Wall and What It Means for Communities in the Midwest” – Lauro Zuniga – Emerging Leaders Graduate, Pablo Hurtado – Allen County Democrats Latino Caucus, Sarah Burrow – Immigration Attorney

4) “Hunger in the Rural Midwest” – Emily Weikart Bryant – Director Feeding Indiana’s Hungry

5) “Women in Politics Panel Discussion” – Michelle Weitbrock – Emerging Leaders Graduate, Ilana Stonebraker– Tippecanoe County Council, Maria Norman – School Board Trustee, Kareemah Fowler – South Bend City Clerk

6) “Winning Local Referendums – Smith-Green Schools Case Study” – Madalyn Sade-Bartl

7) “Getting Real About Medicare for All” – Dr. Jonathan Walker – Physicians for a National Health Plan and Medicare for All Indiana

8) “Fundraising Know How from the Experts” – Brian Smith– Kosciusko County Democrats, Robin Winston – Winston-Terrell Group, Kristen Self – Campaign Management and Activist

9) “Gerrymandering and Redistricting” – Common Cause Indiana – Julia Vaughn

10) “Heartland Voter Registration: Yes, It’s Possible” – Jama Owens Brown, League of Women Voters

11) “Insights from a Small Town Mayor” – Mayor Gabe Greer of Peru

12) “Your Candidate is Not on the Ballot Until 4,500 Signatures are Certified…Plan Accordingly” – CarmenDarland – Noble County Democrats

13) “Project ID – Why an ID is a Big Deal.” – Amanda VinupNoell – State Director for Spread the Vote Indiana

14) “The Story of Marijuana Legalization in Michigan” – Jesse Riggs – Activist and Educator

Additional speakers have been invited and will be added as they confirm.

Tickets for the conference (includes all 3 days and training) are $10 per person.  A fundraiser lunch will occur on Saturday, June 29th for an additional $10 per person to benefit the 5 Democratic County organizations hosting the conference.  Tickets are available on Act Blue or by calling (260) 237-1199.

Additional information can be found on Facebook @2019CornfieldConference.  

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