On Sept 27, 2013, 68 people from 10 counties gathering in Corning, New York to launch the Democratic Women of the Southern Finger Lakes. Speakers at the event included:
"What Gets Women into Politics in our Counties?" Led by Nancy Bargar
Nancy Bargar has been a trailblazer for Democratic women for many years. Nancy ran for New York State Senate in a tight race that was ultimately decided by a recount of absentee ballots. Prior to that, she was elected to the Chautauqua County Legislature in 1991, in an incoming class that included the first two Democratic women ever elected to that body. In 1996, Nancy was the first woman from Chautauqua County to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. As a lawmaker, Nancy chaired the Planning and Economic Development Committee, and served as Minority Leader of the Chautauqua County Legislature in 1997. During her tenure, the Democrats won the majority, leading to her service as Majority Leader from 1998-1999. Nancy remains active in encouraging Democratic women to run for office, despite odds that may seem daunting in predominantly Republican districts.
“Six Weeks to Win!” Led by Denise King and Clayt Freed
Denise King chaired the Columbia County Democratic Committee for nine years, chaired the New York State Democratic Rural Conference from 1999 to 2001, then chaired the Executive Committee of the New York State Democratic Committee from 2001 to 2005. She was a member of the Democratic National Committee, where she chaired the Rural Council, served on the Rules and By-laws Committee, and was a delegate to three national conventions. Denise has advised countless candidates in races at all levels, from local to national. She was a founding member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, and served as Campaign Committee Chair. She mobilized the rural counties for Hillary Clinton's Senate race in 2000, she was NY Co-chair of Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2004, and she served first as interim campaign manager, then as senior adviser, to Kirsten Gillibrand's successful race for U.S. Congress in 2006. Today, Denise is an adjunct professor at Elmira College, where her courses examine women in politics and gender role conflicts.
Clayt Freed is a national political consultant who has provided grassroots organizing advice for progressive organizations and campaigns such as the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, Vote Vets, and the Clean Air Defense Campaign. As the President of Grassroots Voter Outreach and the National Field Director for Grassroots Campaigns for the last eight years, he has helped with dozens of candidate campaigns in states from Pennsylvania to New Mexico to Oregon. Clayt helped launch the Progressive Voter Network, a national volunteer organization designed to provide a grassroots support base for political, social, and environmental groups. Clayt lives in Ithaca, New York.
“Leadership Speaks: Finding Your Voice in Politics” – Barbara Mink
Barbara Mink is a member of the faculty at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where she teaches courses in intercultural communication and persuasive speaking. Barbara was a Tompkins County Legislator from 1989 to 2001, where she served as Chair of the Legislature for five consecutive years and chaired the Industrial Development Agency and the Tompkins County Area Development Corporation. Prior to that, Barbara was News Director and morning anchor for WHCU AM-FM radio station. In addition to her political and business affiliations, Barbara is an artist and active painter, and was the founder and artistic director of the “Light In Winter Festival of Science and Art,” a nationally-recognized annual festival.