About Us


The Rusk County Democrats is a political action organization that coordinates fundraising and volunteer efforts for the Democratic party here in Rusk County.

We promote candidates for public office who support the values of our party. Wisconsin Democrats value good jobs with pay and benefits that sustain families, great public schools that prepare our kids for bright futures, and public policies that give every citizen their rightful vote. Democrats value fairness and the American spirit and believe that everyone should have a chance in the Land of Opportunity. Democrats value the farming life, the clean air and the clean water that make Rusk County such a great place to live.

Our County Party meets regularly on the third Thursday of every month. Monthly meetings usually start at 6:30pm and are held at Rusk County Courthouse (Use the law enforcement side door of the Courthouse) (map). Please check our Calendar for exact times and locations for all of our events. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting you!


  • Chairperson - James Kurz
  • Vice Chair - Chrysa Ostenso
  • Secretary - Linda Detra & Anita Dearhamer
  • Treasurer - Tom Ralston


Residents of Rusk County who join the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) are automatically members of the Democratic Party of Rusk County. There are no additional dues for the County Party.

Annual DPW membership dues are :
  • $10/year - Students, Seniors, or Limited Income
  • $25/year - Individuals
  • $35/yr - Pairs
Click here to join or renew your membership (via Democratic Party of WI).

Financial Contributions:

Contributions above and beyond your annual dues help strengthen our efforts to:
  • Recruit & support progressive candidates for local and state office
  • Register & turn-out voters
  • Get more people engaged in the democratic process
  • Promote progressive values throughout Rusk County.

Contributions can also be mailed here:

Rusk County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 44
Ladysmith, WI 54848