Join Dems canvassing with Erin Greaves for Valley County Commissioner

Saturdays: August 13 and September 10

9 am- Meet at Bistro 45 Courtyard

Let’s get out and support Erin Greaves for Valley County Commisoner by talking to our neighbors. We will have a brief orientation outside Bistro 45 and then drive to area where we will visit door to door. Sign up for one of these days below.


Join the Valley County Democrats Letter to the Editor Group

Help us create meaningful letters to the editor in our local paper. With your support we will focus on these key topics :

  • The take over of the Republican Party Leadership by Right Wing Extremists
  • Protecting Payette Lake and our Public Lands
  • Underfunding and the general attack on Public Education
  • Loss of basic freedom of women with the forced birth laws

Our goal is to help our neighbors see that the only way to stop the attacks on our freedom and our way of life by the Radical Right Wing Republican Party Establishment now in power is to support Democratic candidates. Getting our message in print to our neighbors is critical in this effort. 

Contact Kim Apperson Valley County Democrats Communication Coordinator and Payette Precinct Captain below. and let Kim know of your interest in joining this group. Together we can begin to make a difference. kimapperson.valleycodems@gmail.com

2022 Valley County Democratic Picnic

The Valley County Democrats are sponsoring the “Valley County Democratic, Wednesday, August 3 at  6 p.m. at Woodlands Picnic/Pool area, 

634 Brady Drive, McCall.  Featured Speaker Terri Pickens Manweiler candidate for Lt. Governor. Other Invited Democratic candidates: Terry Gilbert, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, David Roth, U.S. Senator, Kaylee Peterson, Congress District 1 and Erin Greaves, Valley County Commissioner. 

 Entertainment will be provided by Mountain Fever.  Supervised children activites will be provided during the speaker section of event. 

Please bring a  pie/dessert or craft piece to be auctioned.  Proceeds from the auction will go to support state and county activities.

Food for purchase will be available onsite from Lonchera Rosita, Mexican Food Truck. Please bring lawn chairs. 

Please register below. Let us know if you are bringing something to auction. Obtain further details on event.

Meet and Greet with Kaylee Peterson, Democratic Candidate for Congress, Tuesday, June 28 at 5:30 pm, Bistro 45, 1101 North 3rd St. McCall

Come meet Kaylee Peterson who is running for Congress in the First District against Russ Fulcher. Kaylee Peterson is a sixth-generation Idahoan, a mother of two, a foster parent, and a full-time college student. She has worked behind the scenes on campaigns, local non-profits but now sees the need to stand up.

Keylee is running against Russ Fulcher who has aligned himself with the most extreme in D.C. As a part of the Freedom Caucus, Russ Fulcher has voted to overturn the 2020 election results, against veteran’s health, against education, against common sense, bipartisan legislation.

Come to the Bistro 45 to meet Kaylee and spend some time with fellow Democrats that are fed up with these extreme Republicans that have blocked resonable legislation. Food and Drink will be available for purchase.

Info on Kaylle go to https://kayleeforcongress.com/

Valley County Spring Highway Cleanup for Sunday, June 5 Cancelled due to weather. Rescheduled for Thursday, June 23 at 4:30 pm at Elk Creek Baptist Church Parking Lot

Valley County Democrats and friends will hold their rescheduled Spring Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on Thursday, June 23, at 4:30 pm. Afterward, a no-host social will be held at Hometown Pizza in McCall for those interested. 

Those helping should meet in the south parking area of Elk Creek Church on Highway 55 at 4:30 pm. 

Valley County Democrats have been cleaning up both sides of a two-mile stretch of Highway 55 twice a year since 2009. For more information contact Ken Enochs at (208) 630-4285 or krenochs@gmail.com. Sign up below to get details and updates.

Bans Off Our Bodies- Rally- Idaho State Capital- Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 am

Event by ACLU of IdahoAdd the Words, Idaho and 2 others Idaho State Capitol

The Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade. We’re prepared to fight like hell to protect our rights. Join us for a rally and march to send a clear message that abortion care IS health care, and we’re not backing down. Register at bit.ly/bansoff-boise

Valley County Democrat Central Committee Endorses Shelby Rognstad for Governor.

The Valley County Democrat Central Committee has unanimously voted this week to endorse Mayor Shelby Rognstad for Governor on the Democratic Primary Ballot. Here is why:

  • Shelby has been running an aggressive campaign since November and has been endorsed by many Democrats from across the state. He has over 17 years of community and political experience and is only the second mayor to be elected twice in Sandpoint.
  • The issues he plans to fight for include healthcare, education, public lands, and state government overreach which we see expanding and continue to expand into our personal freedoms and taking away local control. 
  • We see Shelby as the most qualified, dedicated, strategic, respectful, realistic candidate to endorse, vote for and see win the primary and be the best candidate representing democratic values to run against the Republican opponent in the general election this fall. 

You can find more information about Mayor Shelby and his endorsements here:  https://electshelby.com/endorsements.

As you know, Shelby is running a write-in campaign so we want to be sure everyone knows how to vote for Shelby so your vote counts! Regardless of your affiliation, you can request a democratic ballot at your local polling place this Tuesday, May 17th. Polls are open 8 am to 8 pm.

Meet and Greet with Democratic Candidates for Idaho Governor

Shelby Rognstad and his family

Meet and Greet with Democractic Governor Candidates

Saturday, April 30, 4 pm at Hotel McCall

1101 N. 3rd St, McCall in the Library Room

Shelby Rognstad, write-in candidate will speak. Shelby Rognstad is a fourth generation Idahoan, born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho. After graduating from the University of Idaho, he opened his own business and has been a small business owner and operator since 2005. Shelby began his career in public service in Sandpoint in 2007 and for the last 14 years has served in various positions in local government, including City Council President and was elected Mayor of Sandpoint in 2015. In 2019 he was re-elected Mayor. Other candidate Stephen Heidt has not responded to invite at this date.

For further information email valleycountydems@gmail.com


Vacancy on the McCall Donnelly School Board- Application Accepted for Replacement

Jenny Ruemmele has resigned from the McCall-Donnelly School District Board of Trustees seat she has held since 2018 in Zone 1.

M-D is accepting letters of interest from residents of Zone 1 to fill the seat until Ruemmele’s term expires in December 2024.

Letters of interest should be sent to M-D Board Clerk Bianca Imel at bimel@mdsd.org, or to 120 Idaho Street, McCall, ID 83638.

The board plans to select a candidate at its June 13 board meeting.

As tensions over best practices to keep local schools open and safe begin to ease, McCall-Donnelly school board continues to serve a vital role protecting and championing our students and public schools. My wish is that the Zone 1 vacancy be filled by an individual who will lead with integrity, utilize research, aid teachers and staff, and, ultimately,  guide our great community and it’s future leaders as timely issues affecting our children are examined monthly. Please considering sharing your voice and further growing our exceptional schools.

Anna Kinney, Local Parent Advocate for Public Education


Successful Valley County Democratic Caucus

Terri Pickens Manweiler, Democratic Candidate for Lt. Gov. speaks to caucus members

Over 30 people attended our Valley County Democratic Caucus at Holiday Express in McCall on Saturday, April 9 and elected six people to our the Idaho Democratic State Convention in Boise June 17 and 18. We heard from Terri Pickens Manweiler, Democratic Candidte for Lt. Gov., Terry Gilbert candidate for Superintendent of Public Eductation, Erin Greaves, candidate for Valley County Commissioner Distrcit 3 and Michele Applebee candidate for Valley County Commissioner District 2.

Valley County Democratic Party to Caucus on Saturday April 9th

Valley County Democratic Party Caucus- Saturday April 9 – 4 pm

Holiday Inn Express, 210 N. 3rd St. McCall

Bill Thomas, Chair of the Valley County Democratic Party is pleased to invite the public to help select Valley County Delegates to the Idaho Democratic Party State Convention to be held in Boise, Idaho June 17-18! 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Idaho Democrats to get involved with our Party and have a real say in creating  our party platform for the 2022 election cycle,” Bill said. 

The caucus location and address is Holiday Inn Express, 210 North 3rd St. McCall . Event begin at 4 pm pm and the caucus begins promptly at 4:45 pm 

Prior to Caucus, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Terri Pickens Manning will speak. Erin Greaves candidate for Valley County Commissioner District 3 and Michelle Applebee candidate for Valley County District 2 will address the gathering.   Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available. Just added, Terry Gilbert candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction will also speak.

Anyone who wants to participate as a Democrat and who will be a registered voter of the county on November 8, 2022, can participate in the caucus.

To register for the Valley County Democratic Caucus Click Here

In addidtion to registering for the causus if you want to run as a delegate fill out this form. Form 

Seeking Democrat to Replace Dave Bingaman for Valley County Commissioner

Press Release from Valley County Democratic Party 

2-28-22

Valley County Democratic Party is now accepting applications from registered Democrats for District 3 County Commissioner, replacing Dave Bingaman who is resigning. Three candidate names will be submitted to the Governor for appointment.  Please Submit resume, cover letter by 5 PM Friday, March 18, 2022 for consideration by email to valleycountydems@gmail.com or by mail to P.O. Box 1274, McCall, Idaho 83638

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • You must be a registered Democratic to request to fill Dave Bingaman seat. Deadline to registered as a Democratic is Friday, March 11, 2022.
  • You must be a resident of District 3 to run for Dave Bingham’s seat. The District boundaries has greatly changed since the 2020 census . District three is on both sides of Rt 55 now and below the City of McCall.  District 2 is now the City of McCall and north around the lake. District 1 is south of District 3. Go to this link to determine what County Commissioner District your are in by putting in your address. https://valleycounty.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?layers=37121ba82df34ebc9bf198ba78eb1ba4
  • After submission of your cover letter and Bio to the Valley County Central Commmittee you will be contacted for interview with committee. Valley County Democratic Central Committee will decide on 3 candidates to submit to the Governor for decision.

Need more information email us at valleycountydems@gmail.com or call Bill Thomas at 208-339-4583.


Dave Bingaman’s Resignation Letter

Dave Bingaman Resigns from Valley County Board of County Commissioners

Cascade, Idaho – Dave Bingaman has announced today that he will officially resign as the District 3 Valley County Commissioner, effective April 1st, 2022.  

Bingaman is resigning as Commissioner after competing for and being offered a full-time position as Recreation Planner for the Valley County Recreation Department.  Those who know Dave, know that his background and passion center around all things recreation.  In addition to leaving his post as Commissioner, Bingaman will be leaving his part-time position of 13 years as an Avalanche Forecaster for the USFS Payette Avalanche Center.  

Valley County began discussions of growing and supporting the recreation department in early 2021.  The county budgeted for the additional position to assist Larry Laxson, Director of Recreation for Valley County during the Fiscal Year 2022 budget process.  The Recreation Planner position was created to meet the growing demand for recreation and to guarantee access to recreation throughout Valley County. The duties of this position are: to identify and plan for current and future recreation initiatives, work with the Valley County Grant Writer to help secure recreational funding, identify potential new recreation assets and needs, to secure access and easements for recreation, and to work with citizens, agency and staff collaboratives on all recreational issues. This position will allow Bingaman the opportunity to continue to support sustainable recreation and a healthy recreational economy in Valley County.   

In November of 2022 Valley County posted the position.  Bingaman applied and competed for the position against 5 other applicants.  The position was originally offered to another candidate who declined due to salary.  Bingaman, being the next candidate in line was formally offered the job in February.  Due to Bingaman’s commitment to his position of County Commissioner, he will not assume his new position until May 1st, 2022. 

Dave Bingaman has been the District 3 Valley County Commissioner for the last 3 plus years.  During that time, Dave has enjoyed working with the Board of Commissioners as well as the other Elected Officials and County staff.  Dave has worked successfully on a multitude of projects yet is most proud of his work with the Waterways Ordinance governing all water bodies within the County, and Recycling and Solid Waste issues including the reorganization of the previous Recycling Centers into a staffed, centralized, and organized facility. Dave was also invited to participate on the Payette Endowment Lands Working Group at the request of the State Land Board. This group works to ensure access to public lands surrounding Payette Lake.  

In Dave’s own words, “Being a Commissioner has been one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs I have ever held.  I am honored to have served, saddened to be leaving my term early, yet excited for my new position and the ability to continue working for Valley County.  One of the things that I have realized over the last few years is that citizen participation is one of the most critical components of a strong and efficient government and I truly appreciate the people of Valley County that take the time to engage in local issues”.

The Valley County Democrats are currently seeking candidates to fill the remainder of Bingaman’s term. Please contact Valley County Democratic Party Chair Bill Thomas for more information. Interested parties wishing to run for the 2-year term for the District 3 seat will need to file their intent to run by March 11.

Taco and Politics (Virtual) with State Senator Melissa Wintrow- Saturday, Feb 26- 4pm

Valley County Democratic Party, “Taco and Politics “ will be held virtually this year Saturday, February 26th at 4 pm via Zoom. State Senator Melissa Wintrow  will discuss the pressing issues currently in the legislature. Bring your questions, concerns and comments on the topics that matter most to you.

Sign up below and you will get a link to access the virtual event on Zoom.