Sat Aug 26th

Join us for the 2nd annual

Forever The Free State Gala

Join esteemed guest Tim Kaine and the Johnson County Democratic Party for a very special evening. During the 2016 election, Kansas Democrats gained more legislative seats than any other state in the nation, and more of those seats came from Johnson County than any county in the state! Join us as we dine, dance and hear an inspiring message; what a great opportunity for old and new supporters to work together to provide support for Johnson County midterm election candidates. Be a part of Johnson County leading the way for Kansas to be Forever, The Free State!

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Our Keynote Speaker is Tim Kaine, an Overland Park native, who will be introduced by our very own Honorable Kathleen Sebelius.

  • Tim

    Tim Kaine

  • Kathleen

    Hon. Kathleen Sebelius

Former US Attorney Barry Grissom will be joined by local entertainer Missy Koonce as honored emcees. This unique duo of beloved Johnson County personalities will keep the program and laughter flowing during this special evening!

  • Barry

    Barry Grissom

  • Missy

    Missy Koonce

  • Kathleen

    Ponka-We Victors

Population Size

Johnson County has the largest population of any county in the state, and is home to more Democrats than any other county in Kansas.

Seats Gained

Kansas Democrats gained 13 seats in the state legislature in the last election (more than any other state in the nation), and one third of that gain happened in JoCo. We tripled the size of our Democratic House Caucus in one election cycle.

Competitive Races

We will run competitive Kansas House races in the 2018 campaign cycle, and expect to increase the size of Johnson County’s Democratic delegation in Topeka.

Talented Bench

Johnson County has a talented bench of candidates running for local offices now that will change the future landscape in Johnson County and potentially in the State Legislature.

Defense, Defense!

Our local incumbent Democratic Representatives must be defended after their grueling session defending our values and repealing the Brownback Experiment, and our time and money is committed to these legislators!

New Faces

In the last year alone, an additional 20,000 Johnson Countians have registered as Democrats. It’s time to roll out the welcome mat to newcomers and bring others home to the party that represents their values and vision.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Your donation will stay in Johnson County
  • Your donation will help support the election of Democrats in competitive local races
  • Your donation will help support a permanent office and staff for the Johnson County Democratic Party

The event is ‘black-tie optional’. So men, if you have a tux, wear it, and if you don’t, do not rent or purchase one for this occasion. Women generally wear cocktail dresses or something similar that’s semi-formal.

Yes, the bar will offer beer, wine and cocktails.

Easy parking is available in the lot on the north side of the convention center and in the parking garage to the east. Valet parking, if needed, is available in the front (south side) via The Sheraton Hotel.

You can order a vegetarian plate when you purchase your ticket.

There is a link on the registration page where you can list your guest names.


Overland Park CC


Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211

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Paid for Johnson County Democrats, Chris McQueeny treasurer