CARL JUNCTION --- More than 90 Democrat supporters attended the 4th Annual Jackson Days West at the Briarbrook Country Club. The event featured dinner, a live auction, a silent auction and guest speakers. Many attendees say the main goal of the dinner is to network and share ideas about how to move the Democratic Party forward.
"We're looking very closely at Medicaid Expansion. Of course, in my area education is a huge deal right now. Those are probably some of the big issues going on," says Gail McCann Beatty, D - 26th District State Representative, Kansas City.
"Particularly right now, as we stand here today, with the government shutdown and silly things like that with Republicans over-reaching, them fighting each other and things like that, this is our opportunity to organize ourselves and move forward," says Will Talbert, Rural Democrat Publisher
"It's really important for the rest of the state to know that Democrats are out there, we're fighting, and we're going to find some good candidates for office," Charlie Norr, D - 132nd District State Representative, Springfield.
Many Democrats say the next step is to get more of their party members elected into positions. They're especially focused on getting officials into the House of Representatives where Republicans out-number Democrats 2-to-1.