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On Thursday evening the Johnson County Democratic Club held a meeting and social gathering at the Montserrat Winery east of Warrenburg. Approximately fifty Democratic Party activists were in attendance.

Johnson County Democratic Central Committee Chair Jane Van Sant (standing, upper right) addresses club members. Democratic Club President Gary Grigsby (standing, upper right) presiding.

The outdoor meeting was held at the hilltop winery, allowing for attendees to socialize prior to the scheduled program for the evening. Johnson County Democratic office holders updated attendees on the state of county government and took questions. Johnson County Auditor Kay Dolan Reynolds (of Dolan v. Powers recount case fame) gave a thorough briefing on the stressed status of the Johnson County budget. Other office holders spoke of the challenges and successes in their various local government offices.

Courtney Cole, announced Democratic Party candidate for the 121st Legislative District seat, speaks with local Democrats at the event.

Monthly Democratic club meetings in Johnson County (and across the state) keep grassroots party activists in touch with each other and are another forum for exchanging information and keeping up to date on issues and Democratic Party candidates.