HISTORY

Back in the 70’s we had Harry’s Day…
Then in 1987, the story is that two loyal Democrats (Bill Baker and Lu Vaughn) were traveling on the way back from Jackson Days in Springfield, and while driving back the idea of a Jackson County celebration was born. Well, at least that’s the way we've heard it.  Truman Days turns 32 years old this year in large part due to the efforts of these two gentleman and countless other loyal and hard working Democrats wanting to celebrate Missouri’s only President, Harry Truman.  In recent years, the Truman Gala has become the most well attended annual ticketed event for Democrats in the state of Missouri and goes a long way toward raising the funds necessary to election Democrats up and down the ballot from state-wide offices to county and state legislative races in the KC area.  While the event has been held in a number of locations in Jackson County over the decades, 2020 is our very first virtual version.  Due to covid we had to reschedule the original event and hope you will join us for a fantastic night of entertainment!

Former Speakers & Award Winners

Former Keynote Speakers


1987 Missouri Lt. Governor Harriet Woods 1988 Congressman Martin Frost
1989 Congressman David Bonior
1990 Congressman Butler Derrick
1991 Senator John Kerry
1992 Congressman Jim Slattery
1993 Congresswoman Pat Danner
1994 Missouri Lt. Governor Roger Wilson
1995 Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan
1996 Reta Lewis, Washington D.C.
1997 Jim Hightower, Political Humorist
1998 Janet Murguia, Washington D.C.
1999 Missouri Speaker of the House Steve Gaw
2000 Missouri Lt. Governor Roger Wilson
2001 Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
2002 St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
2003 Senator Robert Menedez
2004 Vice President Joe Biden
2005 James Carville
2006 Senator Claire McCaskill
2007 Congressman John Murtha
2008 Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr
2009 Governor Jennifer Granholm
2010 Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
2011 Congressman Dennis Kucinich
2012 Governor Tim Kaine
2013 Congressman Raul M. Grijalva
2014 Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
2015 Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
2016 Senator Claire McCaskill
2017 Senator Debbie Stabenow
2018 Senator Catherine Cortez Masto




Harry S. Truman Award Winners


2019 Jerry Briggs & Elaine Brewer
2018 Fred Hartwell & Sandy Hartwell
2017 Ken McClain & Beth Low-Smith
2016 Richard Tush & Virginia "Dee" Evans
2015 Jack Hackley & Annmarie Jackson
2014 Curtis Jones & DeAun Young
2013 Steve Bough & Chere Chaney
2012 Keith Thomas & Sarah Starnes
2011 Michael Mauer & Orissa Kelley-Logan
2010 Jim Giokaris & Toni Thornton
2009 Sherwood Smith & Lanna Ultican
2008 Darrell Curls & Janet Lillis
2007 Elmer Taylor, III & Dorothy Kennedy
2006 Chris Hegan & Alta Stephens
2005 Garry Kemp & Mary Weidmaier
2004 Harry Wiggins & Rosemary Lowe
2003 Vince Accurso & Judy Briggs
2002 James B. Nutter, Sr. & Lali Garcia
2001 Bill Baker & Goldie Troutwine
2000 Tom Wyrsch & Cathy Spainhower
1999 Pat Hughes & Nancy Wessley
1998 Alan Wheat & Mary Ellen Miller
1997 Michael Wells & Thelma Hemenway
1996 Bob Hemenway & Doris Quinn
1995 Keith Querry & Les Lucille McReynolds
1994 Luva Vaughn & Vicki Fitzgerald
1993 Woody Overton & Sandra Querry
1992 Harry Springs & Jo Anne Sheil
1991 Matt DeVoe & Gigi Schulz
1990 Ed Drake & Joyce Villines
1989 Frank Hughes & Dutch Newman




Senator Ronnie DePasco Service Award


2019 Senator Victor Callahan
2018 Jackson County Legislator Fred Arbanas
2017 House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty
2016 Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders
2015 Senator Mary Groves Bland
2014 Senator Harold Caskey & Senator Ed Quick
2013 Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz
2012 U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
2011 State Senator Yvonne Wilson
2010 Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II
2009 Jack Cardwell
2008 Hila “Dutch” Newman
2007 Jackson County Legislator Henry Rizzo
2006 Governor Bob Holden
2005 Governor Roger Wilson
2004 Congresswoman Karen McCarthy
2003 Senator Ronnie DePasco




Sybil Daniels Young Democrat Award


2019 Addison Newberry
2018 Andrew Miller
2017 Kate Bergmann
2016 Rachel Gonzales
2015 Claire Cook & Jalen Anderson
2014 Manny Abarca
2013 McClain Bryant
2012 Brian Noland
2011 DaRon McGee
2010 Lauren Gepford




Harry Wiggins Award for Best Democratic Organization


2012 Committee for County Progress
2011 United Eastern Democrats
2010 Westport Landing Democratic Club
2009 Freedom, Inc
2008 KC Pride Democratic Club
2007 Raytown Democratic Association
2006 Democrats 21st Century
2005 Summit Democratic Club





Paid for by the Jackson County Democratic Committee
John Comstock, Treasurer

PO Box 344 | Independence, MO 64050

816-833-5232 | jacksoncountydemocrats@gmail.com