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February 2021

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

As I compose my column, my wife and I are huddled in our warm house away from the foot of snow surrounding us and away from the pandemic still threatening us all.  All that, plus Valentine’s weekend, mean that we will have a quiet weekend alone with no need to go anywhere.  Not too bad.  We have food, heat, and each other.

On the TV, the 2nd Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump plays in the background.  Seems to me to be a no brainer to convict, but I have no confidence that the Republicans will put their country first.  Trump seems to have them by the (insert your word here).  If he is not convicted of this incitement of insurrection, I’m convinced that he will do it again.

But in a surprise move, I've got to give some kudos to Jamie Herrera Beutler for her willingness to testify about what DT was doing during the capitol riot.  Although she did not get to testify in person, her statement was read into the trial record. She recounted a phone call House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had with Trump during the insurrection.

Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., backed reports late Friday that said McCarthy spoke with Trump as a mob was attacking the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and that the former president seemed unconcerned about the riot. 

According to Herrera Beutler, Trump initially tried to blame the attack on leftist members of "Antifa." When McCarthy insisted the mob was comprised of the president's supporters, Trump told the top House Republican, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are." 

Excerpted from Savannah Behrmann USA TODAY

I know that by the time you read this, it will be "old news", but it just happened in my reality.  Donald Trump was just acquitted by the Senate.  Big Surprise.

There is something that you can do.  Take an step up and Run for Something.  Rachel Maddow featured Run for Something yesterday. She reported that 57 elected republicans participated in the January 6 insurrection https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show.

Since launching in January 2017, Run for Something has recruited 70,000+ young people across all 50 states who want to run for local office.  We provide a safety net for new and exciting progressive candidates — at all stages of their journey — to help them run efficient, grassroots & voter-contact driven campaigns and not feel alone in the process.  Check them out.

This year we have a lot of municipal and school board elections in all the usual places.  Ask me for details.

Langley        Coupeville         Oak Harbor         La Conner         Mount Vernon         Burlington          Stanwood


Calendar and other News from around the NW Region

Public comments needed!  Friday, February 19, the Ways & Means Committee public hearing for SSB 5399, SSB 5377 & SSB 5203 will be open to public comments: written, live, or simply in support. The Committee needs to hear from you!

Click here to comment

SSB 5399 – Concerning the creation of a universal health care commission

Builds on the actuarial work done for the Universal Health Care (UHC) Work Group and begins the implementation of the plan favored by a majority of the Work Group: a unified plan for universal health coverage run through a state agency. 

SSB 5377 - Increasing Affordability of Standardized Plans on the Individual Market

Provides access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured NOW, until a more comprehensive publicly funded universal healthcare system can be established. 

SSB 5203 - Producing, distributing, and purchasing generic prescription drugs

This bill lowers prices of pharmaceutical drugs and allows a public agency to compete with private pharma companies and benefits managers.  

These bills are the result of years of HCFA-WA’s efforts toward the creation, implementation, maintenance, and funding of a universal healthcare system to provide affordable health care for every resident of Washington state.  And in this 2021 Legislative Session we are getting closer than ever!  Please join us with your comments on Friday, February 19. Click here to comment.

Is your Senator a member of  this committee?  Send them an email urging their support.  Yes he is. Senator Ron Muzzall is on the Ways and Means Committee

Health Care for All-WA  http://www.healthcareforallwa.org/

Public comment being taken on regional transportation plan until Friday, Feb 25
Click Here for the Skagit Valley Herald article. Click Here to see the draft plan.

The League of Women Voters of Skagit County is offering presentations on Redistricting and the Planning Commission
"Washington League of Women Voters has made Redistricting a statewide League priority. First step in the process is helping citizens understand importance of this once in a decade opportunity to reshape our legislative district maps. Join us for one of our presentations of Redistricting 101 to learn why these maps matter!" Presenting the full content (one hour) is scheduled multiple times, in conjunction with our partners at LWV of Snohomish County -- content is the same for each of the sessions below.    


Other Events and Meetings

  • Thursday, Feb 18 5PM Indivisible Town Hall with Patty Murray, via Skagit County Democrats
  • Thurs Feb 18th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM Camano Island Democrats monthly meeting focusing on the rise of hate groups in our area. 

    To Register for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpfuGurDgtHdPYkCF3ZtOx_Amf1USrZN6_

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Please be mindful of some simple do’s and don’ts.  DO Share the Registration Link above with your friends who you think would be interested in attending. DO NOT share your personal confirmation email with anyone else; This link should not be shared with others and it is unique to you.

  • Sat Feb 20th, 10:30 AM  10th LD Democrats E-Board Meeting - Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpdOmoqjsoGNJt7NYbvKDiBj0fgW9rpsGr  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Sat Feb 20th, 1:00 PM  Stanwood Democrats monthly meeting.  Email: [email protected] for link or more information.

  • Tues Feb 23rd, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Snohomish County Democrats E-Board meeting, on Zoom

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Democrats Take Control of the U.S. Senate

By Sahil Kapur NBC News

Democrats formally captured Senate control on January 20th after three new senators were sworn in, giving the party the White House and Congress for the first time in more than a decade.

Georgia runoff winners Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff officially became senators, replacing the two Republicans they defeated. And California's Alex Padilla was sworn in after being appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the vacated seat of Vice President Kamala Harris, who swore in the three.

All three represent historic firsts. Warnock is the first Black Democratic senator to represent a Southern state. Ossoff, 33, is the first millennial ever elected to the chamber. And Padilla is the first Latino senator from the diverse Golden State.

Their addition brought the Senate to a 50-50 split between the two parties, allowing Harris to recognize New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer as the "majority leader" for the first time.

The move ends Sen. Mitch McConnell's reign as majority leader after six years. The Kentucky Republican, who won re-election to a seventh term in November, becomes minority leader.

Harris then swore in Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., as Senate president pro tempore, a job held by the longest-serving member of the chamber's controlling party and which is third in line to the presidency.

It was also a historic for Schumer, becoming the first Jewish Senate majority leader.

"That I should be the leader of the new Senate majority is an awesome responsibility," he said. "Today, I feel the full weight of that responsibility. A sense of reverence, of awe, of the trust placed in me."


Chuck Schumer Finally Takes the Gavel

By Gabby Birenbaum VOX

It took weeks of negotiation between party leaders to decide how Democrats and Republicans would share power and resources in the evenly divided Senate, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stonewalled the process, trying to extract promises from Democrats about retaining the filibuster. That obstruction left Republicans chairing committees, despite the seating of a 50-50 Senate, in which Democrats, through Vice President Kamala Harris, hold the tie-breaking vote. But on Wednesday, the Senate finally passed an organizing resolution largely sharing power. The resolution was adopted by unanimous consent.

“Committees can promptly set up and get to work, with Democrats holding the gavels,” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, announcing the deal. “Senate Democrats are not going to waste any time taking on the biggest challenges facing our country and our planet.”

Under the agreement, Schumer will control what legislation gets brought to the floor and Democrats will chair committees. But due to the even split, committees will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans


Minnesota congressman says he now understands white privilege after riots.

'It took a violent mob of insurrectionists,' said Rep. Dean Phillips, 'and a lightning-bolt moment in this very room. But now, I know.'

In a powerful moment on the House floor  on February 4th, 2021, Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips said he did not truly understand white privilege until the Jan. 6 siege attempt on Capitol Hill. Phillips recalled how, as he and his colleagues heard insurrectionists banging on the doors to enter the House chambers, he realized that they may have needed to defend themselves, and “a pencil is about all we had.” 

“But I’m not here this evening to seek sympathy or just to tell my story [but] rather to make a public apology,” said Phillips. “For recognizing that we were sitting ducks in this room as the chamber was about to be breached. I screamed to my colleagues to follow me, to follow me across the aisle to the Republican side of the chamber, so that we could blend in — so that we could blend in.”

He said he thought it would be a way to protect themselves — if they could be mistaken for Republicans. He then said he realized that “blending in” was not an option for representatives of color. 

“So I’m here tonight to say to my brothers and sisters in Congress, and all around our country, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. For I had never understood, really understood, what privilege really means. It took a violent mob of insurrectionists and a lightning-bolt moment in this very room. But now, I know. Believe me, I really know,” Phillips said, his voice breaking with emotion. 

By Biba Adams https://thegrio.com/2021/02/05/phillips-speech-white-privilege/


Black History Month Links

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A Message from Dave Paul

10th LD State Representative

A quick update on the new Legislative Session. Although the Legislature is meeting remotely, we are working hard to address community priorities. Over the past weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with dozens of constituents, community organizations, and local leaders to hear their concerns.

I’ve talked with local school leaders, teachers, and students about how we can reopen schools safely and help support student learning now and once the pandemic is over. It is clear that there is much work to do to provide better mental health services for young people. I’m collaborating with local health care providers and fellow legislators to address this critical community need.

The Legislature is developing a major relief package to help families and small business owners most affected by the pandemic and economic recession. This priority legislation will help with rental assistance, childcare, healthcare services, and assistance for small businesses.

Finally, I’m collaborating with lawmakers to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure all members of our community have access to quality broadband. Broadband is an essential service for work, healthcare, and education—and we must do more to ensure equitable access.

I’m proud to be serving as co-chair of the Ferry Caucus with Sen. Liz Lovelett. We will be working with other legislators to ensure our ferry fleet is modernized with hybrid-electric vessels that will save taxpayers and reduce vessel noise and pollution. (See 2nd note below) As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I’ll also be fighting for better maintaining our community’s roads and bridges.

Community Meetings on Ferries - originally published in the La Conner Weekly News

Ferries are not just green-and-white boats to the families and businesses of the 10th District. To us, those boats are vital connections to work, school, and services like doctors and dentists. Reliable ferries are essential to our local economy and quality of life. So how can we improve ferry service today – and build a system that will work for the next 100 years? Part of the answer is we have to work together.

I formed the Ferry Caucus alongside Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), creating a space for lawmakers from both parties coming together to fight for better ferry service. Bipartisan work must continue if we are going to make meaningful investments and improvements. We held our first meeting this year on Feb. 1 and will keep working in good faith toward solutions.

Another part of the answer is modernizing our ferry system. It is time for the Legislature to prioritize replacing aging vessels – which often suffer mechanical issues and cause delays for commuters – with hybrid-electric ferries. Those ferries are not just better for the environment. They save fuel and taxpayer dollars.

The last piece of this puzzle is you. Bold investments to renovate our ferry system will only happen with strong support from people like you. Please continue to contact your lawmakers to express support for ferry investments in the next transportation budget. And take part in the community meetings the state Department of Transportation is having about our ferry system, the largest in the United States and fourth-largest in the world. There were two virtual community meetings recently on Feb. 9 and  Feb. 10.  They have already happened, but you can watch the recordings.  To watch the meeting recordings, you’ll need to provide a name and email to sign into the GotoWebinar page.

Winter 2021 virtual community meetings

Because in our democracy, real change only happens when people decide to stand up, speak out and get involved. Thank you to all who have taken the time to write and provide feedback about legislation. I’ll be participating in virtual town halls in February, and I hope to see you soon.

Dave


A Note from Janet St. Clair

Island County Commissioner District 3

One of the many responsibilities of local elected leaders is to advocate for legislation and issues important to the communities we serve.  I sit on the National Association of Counties health policy committee and Washington Association of Counties legislative steering committee.  As the Washington State legislature is in full swing in Olympia, I want to take a moment to focus on some important bills moving through session.  To move forward, bills must move out of the policy committees by Feb. 15 and fiscal committees by Feb. 22 (unless they are “necessary to implement budget” or survive through final negotiations by leadership) so we have a better idea now what is moving forward.  I want to share with you some important bills moving forward impacting health, environment, and broadband.  It is important for your opinion to be heard on legislation and you can track bills and submit testimony at leg.wa.gov.  Just click on bills for information and to add your voice.  Constituent input is deeply important to our elected leaders. 

In a recent conversation with Congressman Rick Larsen, we discussed significant support coming to Washington State for COVID response and recovery.  Governor Inslee has been quick to act and I believe we will see support moving from the legislature to local government for vaccination support, housing assistance, economic response and recovery efforts.  Congressman Larsen also has shared with me some important legislation being developed to address the childcare crisis, including childcare benefits to families to offset the rising costs that leave working families with impossible choices.  As we have seen an out-migration of women from the workforce due to this crisis, I believe this will be important in addressing child poverty and early childhood development as well as gender equity in the workforce.

There are several bills moving through the State legislature regarding public health.  COVID 19 relief bills can be found in SB 5344/HB 1368.  One unfortunate consequence we learned in the pandemic is the impact of under-funding foundational public health.  I am grateful to Senator June Robinson for her sponsorship of SB 5149 which recognizes the importance of funding public health.  While the details are still being negotiated, I encourage your support.  I also support HB 1340 which offers an important opportunity to set up a statewide task force to debrief and identify “lessons learned” in the pandemic.   I’m sure inequitable funding across counties will be one lesson.  I am opposed to HB 1152 as it is radical change during a time of intense uncertainty and usurps local government and local knowledge in public health.  I would offer that we should utilize HB 1340 before offering solutions to problems not fully identified or understood.  I would also note that the some of the confusion and frustration of vaccine delivery was related to State government not understanding local health systems or the health seeking behavior of our residents. 

In the environmental sector, I strongly support Rep. Lekanoff and her work on salmon recovery.  Substitute HB 1117 promotes salmon recovery through the state’s comprehensive planning framework.  Rep. Lekanoff worked hard to coordinate with stakeholders and local government on this bill which emphasizes the importance of net ecological gain in salmon recovery, critical as well to protecting our Southern Resident Orca Whale population.  Similarly, Senator Lovelett has sponsored important legislation to reduce carbon pollution, SB 5373.  What I appreciate about her efforts is her outreach to assess unintended impact on people in poverty, transportation and rural communities and attempts to mitigate those impacts. 

Another lesson learned in the pandemic was the importance of broadband.  Access to the internet is critical for economic, educational and health equity.  I have testified on behalf of HB 1336 which expands opportunity for broadband and telecommunications investment in infrastructure and retail authority.  By adding opportunities inclusive of and beyond for-profit entities, we can expand the market for ports, PUD’s and local governments to help expand broadband.  In addition, at the federal level I have worked to inform funding through USDA and to change “adequate” coverage from census tract data to real-time experience of customers. 

This year the legislature is considering the large transportation package in decades with infrastructure investments of $26 billion over the next 16 years.  This is not only an investment in bridges and roads at a state and local level, it is a significant workforce investment as we put people back to work.  I appreciate the efforts by Rep. Dave Paul and his support of ferries and an important Island County effort to improve access connecting SR 525 and the Whidbey Airpark.  Rep. Paul, WSDOT Todd Carlson and I also met recently to assure ongoing support for work on SR 532 connecting I5 to Camano Island. 

The bills I reference impact local initiatives in Island County – from public health to shoreline restoration to broadband and transportation, this legislation is critical.  In addition, it is important to support those State elected leaders who recognize and work to avoid unfunded mandates to local government and work with us, not against us in achieving the goals of healthy and sustainable communities.

Janet


A Note from Melanie Bacon

Island County Commissioner District 1

Well, my first month as your newest County Commissioner has been pretty action-packed. These are a couple of the highlights:

  • We approved a contract in partnership with the Whidbey Homeless Coalition to purchase the old Kingdom Hall outside Coupeville to retrofit for a homeless shelter. I am very excited about this, and look forward to working with Human Services and the Whidbey Homeless Coalition in the months ahead to make this important service a reality.
  • The Clinton Trail project from the ferry to Ken's Korner that Commissioner Helen Price Johnson worked so hard on is still firmly moving forward. Thank you, Representative Dave Paul, for continuing to support and monitor this important addition to our trails system.
  • The County Commissioners approved spending almost $500,000 to set up pop-up vaccine clinics on Camano and South Whidbey. We anticipate these will go into effect very soon--as soon as the federal government and Washington State release more vaccine to Island County--and the clinics are expected to remain in service for about six months. They should be able to provide vaccinations to about 200 people per day four days a week, plus in South Whidbey we're looking at a weekend drive-through vaccination site that should be able to provide about 1000 shots a day. We are also working with our community partners to identify easy solutions to serve our shut-ins and other citizens who may not have access to sign up online for vaccine appointments.

The big frustration citizens have now: the announcement by WhidbeyHealth that all of their vaccine appointments have been cancelled and the appointment sign-up is starting again from scratch. Citizens who waited hours to get their appointments in the first place are furious--rightfully so. And they are turning to their elected officials to complain--which I totally understand. Unfortunately, since this was a decision by WhidbeyHealth, not the County, I had no say on it--I only received a heads' up on the announcement a couple of hours before the public heard about it. The only comfort I can pass on is: this is a short-term problem. As soon as vaccine is available, we will be rolling out our pop-up clinics. Island County and our partners are prepared logistically to get the vaccine into arms just as soon as vaccine is here.

Please be patient. We hear you. And we are doing everything we can to keep you safe.

We were reminded last week of one of the most important jobs we do at the County: public safety during weather events. As I sat safely in my warm house watching the snow pile up, my thoughts kept coming back to our Public Works road crews, working hard to keep our roadways passable, and our Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies, who  are out there in the worst of weather responding to people in need.
I am grateful to be your Island County Commissioner for District 1, and very proud of the high caliber of our work force who make that job so rewarding.

Melanie


 

Washington State Redistricting Commission

Washington State’s once every decade process of redrawing congressional and legislative district boundaries is underway and the first two official meetings of the state Redistricting Commission are in the books.

The four appointed commissioners – one each named by the leader of a legislative caucus – will rearrange the state’s 10 congressional districts and 49 legislative districts to reflect changes in population that will show up in the 2020 Census. They had a virtual meeting broadcast on TVW, the state’s public access channel.

The final census numbers aren’t available yet, but based on preliminary estimates, Washington didn’t grow enough to get an additional congressional seat, as it did in 2010, 1990 and 1980. But the population growth in Western Washington has outpaced Eastern Washington.

Washington State has 49 legislative districts that each elect two state House members and one state senator. Every 10 years those legislators get a larger number of constituents. When the lines were drawn in 2011, a district held about 137,200 people. This year, based on the most recent population estimates, they’ll contain about 157,000 people.

Handling the task of redrawing the state's congressional and legislative boundaries will be four appointees from Western Washington:

Brady Walkinshaw, a former program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and former state representative from Seattle in 2013-16 who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2016. Currently the chief executive officer of a national environmental nonprofit, he was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig of Spokane.

April Sims, secretary treasurer of the State Labor Council, making her the second-highest ranking labor leader in the state. She’s the council’s former political and strategic campaign director, and former field mobilization director. Sims lives in Tacoma, and was appointed by House Speaker Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma.

Joe Fain, an attorney from Auburn who served in the state Senate from 2011-2018. For much of his time in the Senate, he was the Republican’s floor leader, a position that helped control the flow of legislation when the GOP was in the majority and managed opposition debate when they were in the minority. He was appointed by Senate Minority Leader John Braun of Centralia.

Paul Graves, an attorney from Fall City who served in the House in 2017-18 and was a founding member of one of the state’s first charter schools. He’s currently the president of Enterprise Washington, a campaign organization for the state’s business community. He was appointed by House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox.

                Original content by Jim Camden Spokesman-Review Spokane. 
Edited by John Amell

At their meeting on January 30, the commissioners elected Sarah Augustine as the non-voting chair. She is the Executive Director at the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. The video of that meeting is available on https://www.tvw.org/.

The work of the commission is dependent on the 2020 Census data.  Due to the pandemic, it appears that the state will not be receiving the data in April as planned and may not receive it until September.  This is problematic because the redrawn maps are due on November 15, per state law.  They could use data projections to get started early.

Check out the League of Women Voters Redistricting 101 Presentations in News  from around the NW Region below.  The League will offer multiple presentations this year to help us with redistricting.


Do it Yourself Redistricting

Dave's Redistricting is an online web app created by Dave Bradlee that allows anyone to simulate redistricting a U.S. state's legislative districts.  According to Bradlee, the software was designed to "put power in people's hands," and so that they "can see how the process works, so it's a little less mysterious than it was 10 years ago." Bradlee has noticed that many citizens are taking this process seriously and using his app to create legitimate redistricting maps that could be put in place. Some websites have called Bradlee the pioneer and cause of the rise of do-it-yourself redistricting.

Dave's Redistricting has frequently been mentioned as a resource that can be used to combat gerrymandering, given that the public has free access to it.  Political science firms such as FiveThirtyEight have used the website to draw examples of gerrymandered districts, including on their famous Atlas of Redistricting.

Try it for yourself at davesredistricting.org.


10th LD Standing Committees

Our standing committees have been established. This is where the work of the party is performed,  The membership in these committees is open to all, and there is still room for you to join one or more.  If you would like to volunteer for one of these "plum assignments" email me at [email protected] For a detailed description of the work to be performed by each committee, please refer to the January edition of this newsletter or consult our bylaws available on the 10th LD website.

Note: The chair is an ex-officio member of all committees.

CAMPAIGNS – Members:  Art Huffine - chair, Bennett Massey-Helber, Ashley Gregorious

FINANCE - Members:  Cindy Lane, Velit Seyfettin, Mary Kanter

PUBLICITY – Members:  Alida Booth, Paula Spina, Michele McDanel

EDUCATION - It has been suggested to combine Education and Membership.  We will take that up at our March general meeting

MEMBERSHIP - Members:  Allison Warner

ENDORSEMENTS - Members:  Art Huffine, Alida Booth, Bennett Massey-Helber, Mary Kanter, Scott McMullen

New ad-hoc committees that we will propose as Standing Committees also at the March Meeting.

TECHNOLOGY – Members:  Donna Conner - chair, Loren Iwerks, Brad Clure

RULES and By-LAWS – Members:  Alec McDougall - chair, Art Huffine, Allison Warner, 

DIVERSITY and INCLUSION – Members:  Donna Conner - chair, Jan Krick, Janet St. Clair, Rocio Lopez, Allison Warner

Please sign up to participate in one or more of these committees.  We value your opinion.    Contact [email protected] for more information.


Democrats and Labor:  An Uneasy Courtship

By Gary Kanter (10th LD Labor Alliance group)

     Most Americans have grown up believing that the Democratic Party and Organized Labor have been traditional partners since the industrial revolution. 

     Au contraire.

     Although there were unions in existence throughout the 19th century,  and the American Federation of Labor established in 1886, organized labor was pretty much a political orphan.  Much of this was labor’s decision to refrain from partisan politics, as members belonged to both parties.  They chose instead to focus on achieving gains directly from employers...not by legislation.  This was also the result of federal courts repeatedly ruling against even the most benign pro-labor legislation.

     Federal, state, and local governments of both parties were not hesitant to use their police and troops, in tandem with corporate thugs, to violently quell work stoppages and strikes.

     Throughout much of the early 20th century, labor activism was equated with the expansion of bolshevism and anyone associated with the labor movement was subjected to such pejoratives as “red”, “agitator”, and worse.  Many of those in organized labor who protested the US entry into WWI were imprisoned while many of the foreign born were deported...despite having been naturalized.

     It wasn’t until 1935 that labor found an apparent champion in the New Deal and the Democratic Party.  The passage of the National Labor Relations Act (The Wagner Act) .

     The steam was let out of the  labor balloon in 1947 when, as a response to numerous post-war strikes and other actions, the new congressional Republican majorities combined with conservative northern Democrats and Dixiecrats to pass the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act over President Harry Truman’s veto.

     Organized labor thrived in the 50s and 60s as our war industries expanded to feed the appetite of the growing  proxy wars during the Cold War.  Unfortunately, opposition to these wars were viewed negatively by union leaders and much of the rank-and-file, with opponents being treated not unlike the opponents of WWI...with their union brothers/sisters blessings.

     That was the beginning of the great union decline.  The great practitioner of divisiveness, Richard Nixon and his barking dog henchman, Spiro Agnew, effectively began using social issues to further splinter union solidarity.  The famous “Southern strategy”, which saw the Republicanization of the South, eliminated whatever coalitions the Democrats had managed to cobble together which led to the expansion of right-to-work throughout dozens of states.

     Ronald Reagan’s firing of the air control union members was the beginning of the current assault on organized labor as well as the Democrats’ embrace of corporate largess via Bill Clinton.  With Reagan’s elimination of the Fairness Doctrine, the narrative changed with the rise of FOX-News and its myriad of clones and right-wing voices which managed to cast the blame for the new wave of outsourcing and off-shoring on the cost of union wages.  Both Republican and Democratic politicians tripped all over themselves to establish sweetheart tax and other giveaway deals to corporations either not to leave...or to relocate to their locations...compelling unions to give back much of their hard-fought gains just to keep their jobs...despite corporate profits expanding at record rates...thanks to “trickle down” economics...which was basically embraced by all current administrations.

     The bottom line? 

     Union representation has dramatically dwindled over the past decades and it is no coincidence the middle class has shrunk accordingly.  The Democratic Party has lost most of its creds as the party of “working people” leading to defection of existing members to the likes of faux populist politicians such as the previous occupant of the White House.  Add the cynical use of culture wars with such wedge issues as abortion, guns, xenophobia, religious intolerance, ad infinitum...cheered on by the right-wing echo chamber....

     We must work to restore ― or at least ― redefine the relationship between Organized Labor and the Democratic Party as originally established in The New Deal.  The current administration has, through its purge of anti-labor operatives in the federal bureaucracies and replacement by union representatives is an encouraging start.  Now the ball’s in our court...and we need to build from the ground up.


Election Results from Feb 9 Special Election

LA CONNER SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 311 Proposition No. 1 - Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy - Passed

MOUNT VERNON SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 320 Proposition No. 1 - Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy - Passed

MOUNT VERNON SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 320 Proposition No. 2 - Safety and Technology Capital Projects Levy - Passed

City of Arlington Prop. 1 RFA Annexation - Passed

Oak Harbor School District No. 201/Renewal of Educational Programs and Operations Levy - Passed

Island County Fire Protection District No. 1/Renewal of Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy - Passed

 


Election Results from Jan 30 Washington State Democrats Reorganization

WSD Chair - Tina Podlodowski

WSD Vice Chair - David Green

WSD Treasurer - Julie Johnson

WSD Secretary - Rob Dolin

CD1 Representative - Hillary Moralez
CD2 Representative - Bennett Massey-Helber
CD3 Representative - Angela Wilkinson
CD4 Representative - Matt Tomaskin
CD5 Representative - Danielle Garbe Reser
CD6 Representative - Claire Roney
CD7 Representative - Munya Chiro
CD8 Representative - Alma Chacon
CD9 Representative - Kristine Reeves
CD10 Representative - Christi Keith

Congratulations to all, and a special shout-out to 10th LD 2nd Vice-Chair Bennett Massey-Helber


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

(Your membership may be expiring March 1)

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements, resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $20 per person or $30 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $20 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting when we can actually meet in person again. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period for voting privileges.   Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats long drives.

If you were a member last year and have not yet paid your dues for 2021, your membership will expire on March 1, which means that you will not be able to vote in 10th LD business.  The next opportunity for a general membership vote will be for candidate endorsement in this year's elections.  Something may come up earlier, but nothing is planned.

If you're not sure you want to continue with your membership, please note that nothing happens if you don't renew other than loss of voting rights.  You will still get the 10th LD Newsletter if you are signed up for that and of course, you are welcome to attend quarterly meetings and E-Board meetings if you desire.  If you do choose to renew your membership, you may pay your dues online via a "Donate" link on the website (link below) or from the link on this newsletter. 

If you think you have already paid dues since Dec 1, 2020, please email [email protected] and we can figure it out.

Thank you all for your support in 2020.


Become a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO)

If you really want to step up, you might consider becoming a Precinct Committee Officer.  PCOs are the backbone of our Democratic Party.

Being a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) is one of the most important roles in our party. As a PCO, you are on the front lines of winning elections up and down the ballot – from the School Board to the Senate. Here’s what PCOs do:

  • PCOs are the main point of information and contact for voters in your neighborhood and within the
    Democratic Party.

  • PCOs are also a central part of their local Democratic organization. They elect Party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected office, and lead their precinct caucus every two years.

  • Becoming a PCO is one of the most important roles you can play in helping Democrats win up and down the ballot in your area.

For more information, check out our PCO Handbook in English and our PCO Handbook in Spanish.

HOW DO I BECOME A PCO?

PCO elections just occurred late last year, but if there’s no Democratic PCO in your precinct, your local Democratic party can appoint you as a PCO. Email [email protected] for more information. 


Links to other local Democratic organizations:


Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $20 to become a member or $30 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
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January 2021

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell 

Let's welcome 2021.  We are all looking forward to a new year with a new president and vice-president.  That was going to be my opening, but things changed on January 6.  My positive start was waylaid, and instead we are dealing with right-wing mobsters storming our national capitol and our state capitol as well.  I have read all the columns written by our current electeds and regular commentators.  I don't want to compete with those voices so I will turn to our 44th president for his thoughts.


A Note from Barack Obama

History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.

For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.

Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America.

I’ve been heartened to see many members of the President’s party speak up forcefully today. Their voices add to the examples of Republican state and local election officials in states like Georgia who’ve refused to be intimidated and have discharged their duties honorably. We need more leaders like these — right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It’s up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party, to support him in that goal.

Barack Obama


Democrats Take the U.S. Senate

With the election of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the senate is in Democratic hands for the first time since 2010 when Barack Obama had a unified government under democratic control in his first two years in office.

"All I can say is thank God for Georgia.

In the runoff elections last week, the good people of Georgia sent two Democrats to Washington, D.C.: the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once served as a co-pastor; and Jon Ossoff, a Jewish film executive who ran for Senate with the blessing of John Lewis, the civil rights activist and longtime member of Congress who passed away in July. In electing them, Georgia delivered the Senate to Democrats and at the same time offered a clear illustration of something Southerners, liberal and conservative alike, have known for years: The American South in the midst of profound change."

Margaret Renkl  New York Times Contributing Opinion Writer


A Poem for The End by Sheila Dershowitz

> Good night loon,

> Good night goon,

> Good night nastiest man in the room.

> Good night lies,

> Good night spies,

> Good night rants and alibis.

> Good night twitter,

> Good night tweets.

> Good night all those crazy bleats.

> Good night red hats,

> Good night cruel chants,

> Good night sniveling sycophants.

> Good night wall,

> Good night cages,

> Good night endless midnight rages.

> Good night fine people on both sides,

> Good night losers, good night suckers,

> Good night evil nasty fuckers.

> Good night Ivanka

> Good night Jared,

> Good night Baron, we hardly knew ya.

> Good night thief,

> Good night grief,

> Good night cruel and callous chief.

> Good night fake news,

> And Fox and friends,

> This is how the nightmare ends.

> Good night at last.

> It’s time to go,

> The American people told you so.


And in local news there is a New Exec-Board for 10th LD Democrats

We recently had our 10th LD Democrats Reorganization Meeting where we elected our 2021-22 Executive Board.  Our new board has the following members:

John Amell - Chair - Island County

Alida Booth - 1st Vice Chair - Snohomish County

Bennett Massey-Helber - 2nd Vice Chair - Skagit County

Mary Kanter - State Committee Member #1 - Island County

Scott McMullen - State Committee Member #2 - Skagit County

Cindy Lane - Treasurer - Skagit County

Allison Warner - Secretary - Island County

You might notice a few names missing from the E-board.  Art Huffine, after many years of service to Island County Democrats and 10th LD Democrats decided not to seek an E-board position this time, but he is still very involved with several of our committees.  We thank Art for his incredible service to our party.  Lona Wilbur, a long-time member of both Skagit Democrats and 10th LD resigned several months ago.  I know she experienced great loss this past year and hope she can participate in the future.  Thanks you Lona.

Dues of $20 per individual or $30 family are due and payable by March 1.  Those who were members in good standing in 2020 retain their voting rights until March 1.  See membership column at the end of this newsletter.

Our next order of business is to establish our standing committees, where the work of the party is performed.  The membership in these committees is open to all.  If you would like to volunteer for one of these "plum assignments" email me at [email protected] 

 

10th LD Standing Committees

 

            CAMPAIGNS – This committee will work with the counties to find qualified candidates for 10th LD positions. It will conduct candidate development workshops in cooperation with the State Democratic Party. It shall adopt and publish a code of fair campaign practices for all candidates campaigning as Democrats in the 10th Legislative District and will assure that candidates are in receipt of the Democratic Party Platform and the Code of Conduct. It will recommend funding for candidates to the Finance Committee and the Executive Board.

Members:  Art Huffine, Bennett Massey-Helber

 

            ENDORSEMENTS - It shall be the duty of the Endorsements committee to interview candidates and Initiative representatives.  The committee shall be composed of the chair, both vice-chairs, and both State Committee Members.  Any one of these may be replaced with a member in good standing as appointed by the chair with the approval of the E-Board.  The committee shall follow the endorsement procedures described in the 10th LDDO Standing Rules.

Members:  Art Huffine plus the prescribed members

 

            FINANCE - The Finance Committee, through its Chair, shall develop and propose to the Board, a revenue and expense budget for the 10th LDDO.  This committee shall organize and administer fundraising events for the 10th LDDO.  It shall recommend to the Board, for approval, the distribution of campaign funds.  The Finance Committee will secure an outside consult to perform an annual audit of the books.  A written report from the consultant will be provided to the members of the Executive Board.  A copy of the Board approved monthly Treasurer’s report will be provided to the Finance Committee for accountability and budget use.

Members:  Cindy Lane, Velit Seyfettin, Mary Kanter

 

            PUBLICITY – Under the direction of the Board, this committee shall send press releases to the media concerning campaigns, meetings, issues, etc.  It is also responsible for composing and distributing 10th LDDO newsletter in which these issues are set forth.  Its goal will be to enhance the positive image and influence of the Democratic Party.  Electronic transmission to and from the 3 constituent counties is part of this communication.

Members:  Alida Booth, Paula Spina 

 

             EDUCATION - This committee will set up a speaker’s bureau to aid the 10th LDDO in educating the party and community organizations regarding issues, objectives and principles of the Democratic Party in Washington State. The committee may review and comment on campaign literature and make appropriate recommendations to the Executive Board.

                       

             MEMBERSHIP - It shall be the duty of the Membership committee to maintain an accurate and current list of members in good standing which shall be available to all Executive Board officers and committee members.  This list is proprietary and shall not be distributed to outside parties.  The Membership Chair shall introduce new members at the next meeting.

Members:  Allison Warner

It has been suggested to combine Education and Membership.  We will take that up at our next general meeting in March.

 

New ad-hoc committees that we will propose as Standing Committees also at the March Meeting.

 

            TECHNOLOGY – This committee will review the technology needs of the organization and make change recommendations to the E-Board when necessary.  They will also be responsible for the day-to-day management of those technologies which may include, but will not be limited to, Website, Social Media, Database, and Electronic Meeting platforms.

Members:  Donna Conner, Loren Iwerks

 

            RULES and By-LAWS – This committee shall review the 10th LDDO By-Laws document at least every two years as directed by the E-Board.  It shall also review any submitted amendments to assure clarity and compliance with applicable laws and the Charter and By-Laws of the Washington State Democratic Party.

Members:  Art Huffine, Ivan Lewis, Alec McDougall

 

            DIVERSITY and INCLUSION – This committee is responsible for developing strategies to increase participation and maintain diversity profiles within the 10th LDDO membership and, where possible, reflect the community in terms of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and culture. This committee shall also make recommendations to the e-board regarding community outreach and is charged with disseminating diversity-related information and policies to the 10th LDDO in the execution of plans for integrating diversity into the basic functions of the organization.

Members:  Jan Krick, Donna Conner, Janet St. Clair, Rocio Lopez, Allison Warner

Please sign up to participate in one or more of these committees.  We value your opinion.  We are also working on forming a 10th LD Labor Alliance group.  Contact [email protected] for more information.


News from around the NW Region

The Skagit County Democrats conducted their Reorganization Meeting Jan 9
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair - Lynn Campbell
  • Vice Chair - Marco Morales
  • State Committee Man - Bennett Massey-Helber
  • State Committee Woman - Mayra Velazquez
  • County Commissioner District 1 Representative - Velit Seyfettin
  • County Commissioner District 2 Representative - Jim Byron
  • County Commissioner District 3 Representative - John Smith
  • 10th Legislative District Representative - Kurt Huber
  • 39th Legislative District Representative - Jeremy Harrison-Smith
  • 40th Legislative District Representative - Rita Sullivan
  • Secretary - Brenda Cunningham
  • Treasurer - Cindy Lane

The Island County Democrats conducted their Reorganization Meeting Dec 12
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair - Joseph Busig
  • Vice Chair - Ashley Newman
  • Vice Chair - Matt Colston
  • State Committee Member - Albert Ondo
  • State Committee Member - Fe Mischo
  • Secretary - Preston Ossman
  • Treasurer - Logan Ince

The Snohomish County Democrats conducted their Reorganization Meeting Dec 12
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair - Monica Chilton
  • Vice Chair - Kevin Phan
  • State Committee Member - Trinity Ledesma
  • State Committee Member - Jordan Sears

Snohomish County Democrats will finish electing their officers in a few weeks.

The 39th Legislative District Democrats conducted their Reorganization Meeting Jan 3
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair - Jordan Sears
  • 1st Vice Chair - Jessica Corbman
  • 2nd Vice Chair - Ryiad Cooper
  • Secretary - Karen Dix-Colony
  • Treasurer - Eric Halvorson
  • Sergeant-At-Arms/Parliamentarian - Bill Phillips
  • State Committee Representative - Tiffany Kelly
  • State Committee Representative - Paul Kelly
  • Snohomish County Committee Representative - Brad Bowman
  • Snohomish County Committee Representative - Kayla Meduna
  • Skagit County Committee Representative - Jeremy Harrison-Smith

The 40th Legislative District Democrats conducted their Reorganization Meeting Jan 10
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair - Spencer Lively
  • Whatcom County Vice Chair - Aimee Powell
  • Skagit County Vice Chair - Janet McKinney
  • San Juan County Vice Chair - Geri Turnoy
  • State Committee Woman - Laura Jo Severson
  • State Committee Man - Ralph Schwartz
  • Secretary - Suzanne Munson
  • Treasurer - Rosemary Ryan

 


A Message from Dave Paul, 10th LD State Representative

Legislative committee assignments were recently announced, and I’m excited to be appointed to the Community and Economic Development Committee, Transportation Committee, and College and Workforce Development Committee.

These committees align well with my legislative priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session. I’m honored to be serving as the Vice Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee. Access to broadband is a major infrastructure priority for our community, and it’s critical for economic development, healthcare, and education. We also need to ensure that economic recovery programs assist rural areas like the 10th District, and I’ll be collaborating with my colleagues in the 40th and 42nd Districts to promote sustainable agriculture programs. 

I will continue to champion key K12 and post-secondary education programs that lead to family-wage jobs. We will be working to strengthen dual-credit programs that help students earn college credit while still in High School. The College and Workforce Development Committee will focus on community college and apprenticeship programs that will help families affected by the pandemic get back to work. I’ll continue to work closely with my colleagues on the Education Committee to develop local programs aimed at reducing learning loss and improving access to mental health services for young people. 

Finally, I’m excited to again be serving on the Transportation Committee. It’s critical that we have legislators who understand the importance of ferry services to the economic health of our community. We have a unique opportunity to transition our ferries to hybrid and electric vessels, which will reduce costs and help the environment and marine life. We also need to develop sustainable bridge replacement and road maintenance programs that ensure workers can get to their jobs and businesses can transport their goods.  

The 2021 Legislative Session will be challenging on a number of levels. The state faces many challenges from the pandemic while we also have a budget shortfall. Most legislative work will be done remotely, and meetings will be held on Zoom or over the phone. I ask for your grace and patience as my office tries to meet with as many constituents as we can. 

Dave


A Note from Janet St. Clair, Island County Commissioner District 3

2020.  Surely a year to remember.  But as we remember what challenged us, what losses we sustained, our fears and anxiety, let us also remember our hope for the year and what we experienced that inspired us.  I think of the neighbor who in her solitude and quarantine, chose to cook for her neighbors and made feasts for others who were essential workers or vulnerable enough to need to stay home.  I think of those who reached out, called and checked on others and made sure everyone had enough toilet paper.  I think of new skills and how we all found we could stay connected on virtual platforms.  I think of our healthcare workers, our first responders and those in Island County government who worked tirelessly to help us move through this pandemic safely.

With the election barely in the rear view mirror, I am jubilant with the change of leadership in the White House and both happy and sad about results in other races.  I look forward to serving beside Melanie Bacon as she takes the seat vacated by Helen Price Johnson.  I hope we can live up to her legacy.  Despite COVID 19, we were able to work on other priorities in Island County.  We built the Crisis Stabilization Center in Oak Harbor and recently opened the new Camano Administration Building, with the featured stain glass window by renowned Camano artist Jack Archibald.  We worked hard to support small business through our Economic Recovery Plan, granting over a million dollars to local businesses.  We also made significant investments in Human Services and through our #IslandCountyCARES program, provided rental assistance, basic needs, behavioral health support and navigation to access unemployment and other services.  We provided grants to local nonprofits who partner to assure healthy communities where all can thrive.
 
I also worked on other priorities including a focus on addressing homelessness and encampments in Island County with our joint response sheriff, enforcement and human services.  In 2019-2020, this team was able to remove and clean up multiple encampments in my district alone while also connecting those in need to treatment and housing.  I am extremely proud of one particular legacy of HPJ, the Stepping Up law and justice initiative.  Island County won national recognition for our program.  Learn more here: https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/jail-earns-distinction-for-efforts-with-mentally-ill/.  I hope to help strengthen and build this program in 2021.  I am also working to support regional behavioral health programs that treat, divert and house those who are struggling.  One of these programs is the Didgwalic Wellness Center in Anacortes that provides full wrap-around, integrative care and has been significant in serving island county residents. https://www.didgwalic.com/

Finally, I have worked hard this year to address the technology needs of Island County.  We completed the Community Economic Revitalization Board Broadband Study, a project led by the Port of Coupeville but with a Broadband Action Team that included local stakeholders and funders from Island County, City of Oak Harbor, Town of Coupeville and WhidbeyTel. The results of that study identified specific gaps and needs and those results have been ground-truthed by this pandemic, illuminating the importance of internet connectivity for health, educational and economic opportunity.  We are in process on completing a strategic plan to address those gaps, working with internet provider partners to identify funding and strategies as we convene and collaborate to find solutions.

As the new year begins, I find myself thinking of what I am most grateful for this year.  It is this...my family, my friends, my community and my colleagues in Island County who work so hard to serve, inform, and protect all of us.  It is true.  We are a blessed and we are #strongertogether.  May this new year fill you with hope and peace.

Janet


2021 Calendar 

16-Jan   10:30 AM 10th LD Democrats E-Board Meeting - Register in advance for this meeting:
              https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUudemurTgsGN1UqRfEzKAvgqHDoFci2h0Y
              After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

16-Jan     1:00 PM Stanwood Democrats Re-Org  E-mail [email protected] for link.

19-Jan    6:00 to 7:00pm Inauguration Eve with Washington State Democrats
               Zoom Details Provided upon RSVP  You can purchase your tickets online here!

20-Jan     Inauguration Day for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

21-Jan     7:00 PM Camano Island Democrats monthly meeting

30-Jan     Washington State Democrats (WSDCC)  Re-Organization Meeting

4-Feb       6:30 PM Island County Democrats E-Board Meeting

13-Feb     10:00 AM Skagit County Democrats E-Board Meeting

20-Feb    10:30 AM 10th LD Democrats E-Board Meeting

 


Special Announcements

from the 10th LD Labor Alliance

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A weekly local worker radio program that features news, interviews, music, and comments, “We Do the Work” believes American workers are at the heart of our economy and culture, deserving dignity, respect, and a decent family wage. To hear our other shows, go to We Do The Work Archives. Questions about interviews? Email - [email protected].

We Do The Work's program for Tuesday, Jan 12, 5:00pm and Sunday, Jan 19, 5:30 - Conor Casey and Crystal Rogers, Archivists for the Labor Archives of Washington, Part 1
Interview by Mike Dumovich: Crystal and Conor report on the ‘Women in Labor History’ project. Song - "Rebel Girl", written by Joe Hill, arranged and sung by Hazel Dickens. For more information, go to https://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcollections/laws/ or email [email protected].

 


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $20 per person or $30 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $20 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting when we can actually meet in person again. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period for voting privileges.   Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats long drives.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:

 


Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $20 to become a member or $30 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell 

I hope you all had a small and Happy Thanksgiving.  We did and we also had a few family Zoom get-togethers.  I, for one, will be happy to say GOODBYE to 2020.  Just to be on the safe side, I installed earthquake straps on our tall furniture, got a new battery for the generator and stocked up on candles and other batteries.  All the talk about several Covid-19 vaccines has us thinking that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a lot of time to go before enough of us are protected to get back to some semblance of normal.  Whatever normal is.  We need to remain vigilant about wearing masks and keeping our distance from each other.  The virus is running rampant through our communities, our hospitals are filling up.  We are not done.  Be safe out there.

So now that the election has been certified, it's time to dig into the data to see what nuggets there are for us.  I know I have lots of questions.  We are just now starting to look at precinct level data.  But it's pretty obvious from looking at the data below, that the Snohomish County portion of the 10th LD is much more conservative than the Skagit and Island Counties parts.

Like all elections, this election is bitter and sweet.  We defeated the menace in the White House, but lost some seats in the House.  The Senate is teetering on the edge.  Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene both won handily.  We did really well in our statewide races reelecting Jay Inslee, Bob Ferguson, Hillary Franz and others.  And we elected Mike Pellicciotti as our new State Treasurer.  I can now type Pellicciotti without triple checking the spelling.  And we have a new Lt. Governor in Denny Heck.  Give 'em heck, Denny. 

In our LD, we offer congratulations to Dave Paul. We reelected Dave to his seat in the legislature, but were unable to win the trifecta by electing Helen Price Johnson to State Senate and Angie Homola to the other House seat.  Helen and Angie both ran great campaigns and we salute you both.

And in Island County, Melanie Bacon has been elected as our new County Commissioner District 1.  Way to go Melanie.


Election Results 2020

All numbers reported represent the percentage of votes cast in each election.

Federal Elections

 

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Won Bigly


Congressional District 1 U.S. Representative

Suzan DelBene defeated Jeffery Beeler Sr. 59/41

King County 70/30
Skagit County 52/48
Snohomish County 54/46
Whatcom County 46/54

Congressional District 2 U.S. Representative

Rick Larsen defeated Greg Hazelo 63/37

Island County 55/44
San Juan County 75/25
Skagit County 55/45
Snohomish County 62/38


Statewide Elections

Referendum 90 won statewide 58/42

Island County 55/45
Skagit County 51.5/48.5
Snohomish County 56/44

Governor

Jay Inslee defeated Loren Culp 56.6/43

Island County 53/47
Skagit County 49.87/49.81
Snohomish County 57/43

Lt. Governor

Denny Heck defeated Marko Liias 45.6/33.5

Joshua Freed received 21% statewide

Island County 46/31
Skagit County 45/29
Snohomish County 43/34

State Treasurer

Mike Pellicciotti defeated D. Davidson 53/47

Island County 50.4/49.5
Skagit County 48.7/51.2
Snohomish County 54/46


Attorney General

Bob Ferguson defeated Matt Larkin 56.5/43.5

Island County 52/48
Skagit County 50/49.8
Snohomish County 55.5/44.4

Secretary of State

Gael Tarleton lost to Kim Wyman 46/54

Island County 44/56
Skagit County 42/58
Snohomish County 46/54

State Auditor

Pat McCarthy defeated Chris Leyba 58/42

Island County 54/46
Skagit County 52/48
Snohomish County 58/42

Commissioner of Public Lands

Hillary Franz defeated Sue Pederson 57/43

Island County 53/47
Skagit County 50.3/49.6
Snohomish County 56.5/43


Chris Reykdal defeated Maia Espinoza 55/45

Mike Kreidler defeated Chirayu Patel 65/34

 


10th Legislative District

Numbers shown for Skagit and Snohomish reflect the 10th LD portion of those counties.


State Senate

Helen Price Johnson lost to Ron Muzzall 49/51

Island County 52/48
Skagit County 51/49
Snohomish County 39/61

State Representative Pos 1

Angie Homola lost to Greg Gilday 49.4/50.4

Island County 52/47
Skagit County 51/49
Snohomish County 40/60

State Representative Pos 2

Dave Paul defeated Bill Bruch 50.4/49.5

Island County 53.5/46.4
Skagit County 52.3/47.6
Snohomish County 40/60


Island County

Commissioner

Melanie Bacon defeated Damian Greene 51/49

 

Superior Court Judge

Carolyn Cliff defeated Kathleen Petrich 59/41


Skagit County

 Commissioner District 1

Mark Lundsten lost to Ron Wesen 53/47

 

 Commissioner District 2

Mary Hudson lost to Peter Browning 58/41

Superior Court Judge

Elizabeth Yost Neidzwski defeated Tom Seguine 50.1/49.5


Snohomish County

County Council District 4

Jared Mead defeated Brenda Carrington 66/34

 

Superior Court Judge Position 8

Cassandra Lopez Shaw defeated Robert Grant 55/44

 

Public Utilities District 1

Sid Logan defeated Rob Toyer 68/32


If you still have Candidate Signs ...

Most of our candidates would like to have their yard signs back.  If you still have some, please contact one of the following to arrange for their return:

Art Huffine in Oak Harbor [email protected]et  206 391-136

Craig Cyr in Langley [email protected] 360 914 0059

John Amell on the north end of Camano [email protected] 206-755-0246

Mary Kanter on the south end of Camano [email protected] 425 442 5949

Rick Shorten in Skagit County  [email protected] 360 708 8009


Upcoming Events

10th LD Democrats Reorganization Meeting

Sat Dec 19th 10:30 AM

The State Party’s Charter and Bylaws require that all county and legislative district party organizations elect new officers (a process called “reorganization”) every two years, shortly after each even-year election. At these reorganization meetings newly elected PCOs elect local leadership like chairs, vice chairs, and state committee members and in some cases additional representatives to other party organizations.

Pursuant to the State Party Charter, only Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) elected during the primary election on August 3rd are allowed to vote for the chair, vice chair, state committee members and any representatives the LPO is authorized to send to other Party organizations. They are also the only people eligible to vote on the adoption or amendment of LPO bylaws. Be aware that PCOs voting on the above matters at reorganization are voting as elected representatives of their precincts. Accordingly, voting procedures must comply with Charter Article VII.G.2: When a person votes as an elected representative, open ballots shall be used.

Because of the realities of public health guidance and possible risk to safety, the state party is advising that all local organizations hold their re-organization process fully virtually.  The 10th LD will hold our ReOrg meeting on Zoom as has been our practice since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.  A detailed set of rules will be drafted and explained at the meeting before the officer elections,

If you would like to consider running for an e-board position, the requirements are straightforward.  You must live within the boundaries of the 10th LD, be a registered voter and declare yourself to be a democrat.  Being a PCO (precinct committee officer) is not required.  If you attend the ReOrg meeting on Dec 19th, you may nominate yourself or have someone else nominate you for any of the offices.  There will be 5 minutes total allocated to nomination, seconding, and candidate speeches.  After all nominations for an office are completed, the duly elected PCOs will vote.  Voting method will be detailed in the Reorganization Rules document.

Here is your invitation to the meeting. This meeting requires advance registration.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Dec 19, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucuiqrTwtGtOcMd_3znUNHWjcMVDyxIP8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Message from Rick Larsen - US Congress CD-2

I am grateful for the support our campaign has received throughout the 2nd District. It is a privilege to represent our region in Congress — one that I do not take for granted. To earn another term is humbling. I am committed to serving the people of Northwest Washington and working tirelessly on their behalf over the next two years.

Thank you to the volunteers who transitioned to an all-digital campaign in unprecedented times. I am grateful for your commitment and countless hours of support.

Now, we must come together to rebuild our country and restore American democracy. I will continue to call on the Biden-Harris administration to protect the Salish Sea and Puget Sound, fight for aviation and aerospace jobs, invest in an infrastructure-led recovery, expand health care access, fight climate change and safeguard voting rights.

Rick

Note from Dave Paul

10th LD State Representative Position 2

Dear Friends,

I am truly honored by the results from the election. Thank you for your support and being part of our team.  

Campaigns can be challenging and even ugly, and I’m sure most folks are glad that the 2020 election is over. In this era of divisive rhetoric and bitter divides, I want to reiterate my commitment to listening to all constituents and promoting a civil dialogue.  

Instead of focusing on what divides us, let’s strive to foster civic engagement that provides opportunities to build consensus and find solutions.  

We know that many factors contribute to a prosperous community: great public schools, strong healthcare systems, housing affordability, a thriving local business community, and a health environment just to name a few. All of us—community members, local elected leaders, community organizations, tribal governments, and state leaders—will need to work together to find local, regional, and state solutions that better support our community. 

We have much work to do. I look forward to partnering with you to do it. 

Respectfully, 

Dave 


Note from Helen Price Johnson

Dear friends,
This holiday weekend I'm giving thanks for the generous support and encouragement you all provided during my campaign for State Senate. Though the total results were not what we'd hoped, I'm very proud that we prevailed in both Island County and Skagit County. This was in large part due to the many volunteers and donors who helped us along the journey. Thank you!
I am so grateful that Rep. Dave Paul was successful in retaining his legislative seat! He deserves our continued support! 

As we enter the holidays I encourage you to stay safe, wear your mask, and focus on our local businesses for your shopping - in person and online. I've been proud to lead the  Island County Economic Recovery Taskforce which has launched a buy local campaign with a printed catalog which you recently received in the mail. There is also an online catalog with even more businesses listed. Please share this link with everyone you know who cares about supporting our island economy, and encourage others to look here first for gift purchasing. The financial impacts to our local businesses continue to be very challenging as this virus continues to spread. As customers we can help support local jobs, local employers and strengthen our island economy to get through these winter months ahead. 
Happy Holidays to you and those you love!
Island County Commissioner. District 1
Helen Price Johnson 

 


Message from Angie Homola

Dear Beautiful People of the 10 th LD,

While I am saddended that I will not have the honor of representing you in the legislature, I am greatful to have recieved your treamendous support and engagement in moving many of our shared values to the forefront.

I conceded to Greg Gilday. Though I also let him know that his slander did not go unnoticed by the people of the 10th and that we deserve better, he denied knowledge of the attacks. Even after this setback, we’ll be there to hold him accountable and to limit his slithering until we can vote him out.

The 2016 and 2020 elections profoundly divided our nation, state, and local governments, and paved the way for the worst kind of corruption. As voters we must press for higher standards. We must expose lies and support facts and truth. We must overturn Citizens United to restore fair elections and restore government for, and by, the people. This is something I will continue to fight for, elected or not.

Your belief in these values proves that there is hope. Please know how much I appreciate all of your tireless help, donations, and words of encouragment. Together we forged an amazing team of people, young and old, dedicated to caring for our planet, each other, and today’s and tomorrow’s generations. We brought important issues to the
forefront and moved the district’s dial left.

We came so close - Greg: 45,648 [50.38%] Angie: 44,767 [49.41%] 881 votes (or 441 flipped votes) are all that stopped a Democrat from winning this seat for the first time in two decades. We must remain engaged and vigilant to shift these numbers further left so that we can forward policies that support our values.

You made me so proud and so glad I ran for office. While candidates are important, constituents are much more so: Representatives represent. By collaborating, we honed our ideas together and improved our democracy skills. This in itself is a great victory. Let’s waste no time grieving the election setback, and keep on keeping on toward a better future.

With Love, Friendship, and Gratitude,

Angie Homola


A Note from Melanie Bacon - Newly Elected Island County Commissioner District 1

The Auditor has certified that I won the election for District 1 Island County Commissioner. I think my election was a clear statement that the voters of Island County (a) want the county to continue along the trajectory established by our wonderful Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, and (b) want the Island County Commissioners to vigilantly protect our rural environment. I commit to you that I will be that champion for you. I am so very, very grateful to all of you for your hard work, financial support, and votes. 
 
My opponent has not officially conceded, but on his Facebook page he posted that it didn't look like he would be able to come up with the 884 votes he needed. I know some of you may be worried that he might request a recount--so I want to assure you that my win exceeds the number of votes necessary to allow a free or mandatory recount to occur.
 
I will be sworn in on Wednesday, December 23 at 3:30 in Oak Harbor District Court. We are planning to livestream this event; if you would like to watch, please contact me and I'll send you the login information.
 
Over the next few months I will be exploring innovative ways to remain accessible to the voters and to keep you informed of county issues and events. If you have ideas you think I should explore, please let me know at my interim email account, [email protected].
 
Thank you all, so much!
 
Melanie


A Note from Mark Lundsten - 

Thank you to LD 10 Dems for your support of my candidacy for Skagit County Commissioner. I did not win my race, but we had a wonderful, effective campaign.  
 
As in the primary, we won the general election in my home area, District 1. We also came very close in District 2. Out of 47,000 votes cast in Districts 1 and 2, only about 150 votes made the difference. Unfortunately, it was another story in District 3, where I lost 40% to 60%. Skagit Dems have homework…
 
Our support was wide and enthusiastic. We received 250 donations of $100 or less and 60 donations of over $100. Our sign-waving events, Facebook following, phone bank, a yard sign distribution, our post card campaign, and our numerous letters to the editor all generated an abundance of good energy. It was a worthy and worthwhile effort. 
 
I thank and am grateful to all of you. 
Mark

A Note from Janet St. Clair - Island County Commissioner

2020.  Surely a year to remember.  But as we remember what challenged us, what losses we sustained, our fears and anxiety, let us also remember our hope for the year and what we experienced that inspired us.  I think of the neighbor who in her solitude and quarantine, chose to cook for her neighbors and made feasts for others who were essential workers or vulnerable enough to need to stay home.  I think of those who reached out, called and checked on others and made sure everyone had enough toilet paper.  I think of new skills and how we all found we could stay connected on virtual platforms.  I think of our healthcare workers, our first responders and those in Island County government who worked tirelessly to help us move through this pandemic safely.

With the election barely in the rear view mirror, I am jubilant with the change of leadership in the White House and both happy and sad about results in other races.  I look forward to serving beside Melanie Bacon as she takes the seat vacated by Helen Price Johnson.  I hope we can live up to her legacy.  Despite COVID 19, we were able to work on other priorities in Island County.  We built the Crisis Stabilization Center in Oak Harbor and recently opened the new Camano Administration Building, with the featured stain glass window by renowned Camano artist Jack Archibald.  We worked hard to support small business through our Economic Recovery Plan, granting over a million dollars to local businesses.  We also made significant investments in Human Services and through our #IslandCountyCARES program, provided rental assistance, basic needs, behavioral health support and navigation to access unemployment and other services.  We provided grants to local nonprofits who partner to assure healthy communities where all can thrive.
 
I also worked on other priorities including a focus on addressing homelessness and encampments in Island County with our joint response sheriff, enforcement and human services.  In 2019-2020, this team was able to remove and clean up multiple encampments in my district alone while also connecting those in need to treatment and housing.  I am extremely proud of one particular legacy of HPJ, the Stepping Up law and justice initiative.  Island County won national recognition for our program.  Learn more here: https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/jail-earns-distinction-for-efforts-with-mentally-ill/.  I hope to help strengthen and build this program in 2021.  I am also working to support regional behavioral health programs that treat, divert and house those who are struggling.  One of these programs is the Didgwalic Wellness Center in Anacortes that provides full wrap-around, integrative care and has been significant in serving island county residents. https://www.didgwalic.com/

Finally, I have worked hard this year to address the technology needs of Island County.  We completed the Community Economic Revitalization Board Broadband Study, a project led by the Port of Coupeville but with a Broadband Action Team that included local stakeholders and funders from Island County, City of Oak Harbor, Town of Coupeville and WhidbeyTel. The results of that study identified specific gaps and needs and those results have been ground-truthed by this pandemic, illuminating the importance of internet connectivity for health, educational and economic opportunity.  We are in process on completing a strategic plan to address those gaps, working with internet provider partners to identify funding and strategies as we convene and collaborate to find solutions.

As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend draws to a close, I find myself thinking of what I am most grateful for this year.  It is this...my family, my friends, my community and my colleagues in Island County who work so hard to serve, inform, and protect all of us.  It is true.  We are a blessed and we are #strongertogether.  May this holiday season fill you with hope and peace.

Janet

What's Left on our 2020 Calendar                                                                              

14-Dec-20                Electoral College Meets

12-Dec-20  6 PM      Island County Democrats Re-Organization Meeting

12-Dec-20    TBD     Snohomish County Democrats Re-Organization Meeting

19-Dec-20  10:30     10th LD Democrats Re-OrgMeeting (electing the 2021-22 Exec Board)     

8-Jan-21                    Washington State Democrats (WSDCC)  Re-Organization Meeting 

9-Jan-21    10:00     Skagit County Democrats Reorganization Meeting

20-Jan-21                  Inauguration Day for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.   Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:

 


Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $15 to become a member or $25 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell 

I received this press release from the House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) yesterday about Dave Paul's opponent, Bill Bruch.  

Court documents reveal financial scam perpetrated by Bill Bruch to defraud seniors
Two lawsuits in the 1990s show how Bruch defrauded the elderly of more than $1.5 million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2020

Local Republican candidate Bill Bruch was sued twice for defrauding seniors of more than $1.5 million in the 1990s, according to court documents from the Whatcom County Superior Court. Bruch, who is running for the 10th legislative district House seat held by Rep. Dave Paul, was judged to be in default in both cases and appears to have not even shown up in court.

Here is the press release as well as the court documents.

Bruch_Press_Release

Dixon_v_Bruch

Partners_In_Care_v_Bruch

Seems to me that this would make some good content for "Letters to the Editor."  Who is game for that?


GOTV Phone Banking in the 10th LD

Our three 10th LD candidates are teaming up for Get Out the Vote (GOTV) phone calling within the 10th LD.  We will have a common voter list and will the use Virtual Phone Bank (VPB) feature in Votebuilder.  The script we will use will lead with Dave Paul, Helen Price Johnson, and Angie Homola.  We will also talk about our County Commissioner candidates, Melanie Bacon and Mark Lundsten.  And of course we will discuss our state level candidates. We will have a kick-off event on Friday Oct 16th at 5:00 pm with all candidates.  It will be a party, or as close as we can get as Democrats, this year.  I believe our mask wearing, social distancing, and no large gatherings will pay off for us at the ballot box.  RSVP to Maya Gillett [email protected] (or follow the signup links.)

CLICK HERE for SCHEDULE and Sign-Up


Sign Waving 


Whidbey Island Locations & Contacts:

  • Oak Harbor (by the jets) on Fridays from 3-6PM.
    Contact: Jane Jaehning, [email protected]

  • South Whidbey: in Bayview (the stoplight of Hwy 525 and Bayview Rd) Saturdays from 11-1.  Contact: Marie Shimada, [email protected]

Camano Island and Stanwood Locations & Contacts:

Candidate Sign Waving for Helen Price Johnson, Dave Paul, Angie Homola, Melanie Bacon. Biden /Harris, Jay Inslee and Rick Larsen.

contact Mary Kanter [email protected]

Locations:  Terry's Corner (by Freedom Park) Camano

                 Haggen's Corner (on HWY 532) in Stanwood

 Dates and Times: 

~Fridays October 16th, 23rd and 30th 3:30 to 5:30 

~Saturdays October 17th, 24th and 31st 2:00 to 4:00. 

 ~Sunday 10-25 with Rick Larsen 532 and 92nd (QFC)     in Stanwood

Wear a mask and be mindful to socially distance!

Skagit County Locations & Contacts:

October 17 and 24, 12-2 PM, 15th & Section St intersection 

Contact Skagit Democrats for more information at [email protected] 


Ballot Security

If you have any questions, issues or concerns  or you notice any irregularities around ballot boxes or elsewhere, please call our Washington State Democrats Voter Protection Team at (206) 309 - VOTE (8683) . Please don’t hesitate, and make certain you are getting us ANYTHING that is happening in your area so we can coordinate a proper and swift response. Remember, we have a team of 26 standing by!
You can also contact our Voter Protection Director, Clyde Shavers, at [email protected]
One word of caution:  Don't display any behavior that someone else might interpret as being threatening or intimidating.

Other Handy Information

Don’t forget to use our I Will Vote link for checking voter registration, registering to vote, ballot status, and CORRECT dropbox locations: https://www.wa-democrats.org/iwillvote/
Here is the Spanish-language version:https://www.wa-democrats.org/voyavotar/

Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.   Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:


Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $15 to become a member or $25 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
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A Very Short Note from the Chair, John Amell 

Election Day Approaches

And I am already exhausted and I know our candidates are too.  30 more days to go.  So, what else can happen this year?  Wait, don't answer that.  I learned long ago to not ask the question if you can't stand the answer.  But what if the answer is  schadenfreude?   It seems strangely apropos. I could go down that rabbit trail, but I think I will resist the temptation. I know, it's completely out of character.  

On with the show.  As you might imagine, there is a lot going on.  Buckle up cupcake, it might get rough. 


2nd Round of Biden-Harris signs should be here soon and available to you.  We are asking for a suggested minimum donation of $10.

Contact Art Huffine in Oak Harbor [email protected]et  206 391-1361

Susan Cyr in Langley [email protected] 360 914 0058

John Amell on the north end of Camano [email protected] 206-755-0246

Mary Kanter on the south end of Camano [email protected] 425 442 5949

They should also be available at the Skagit Democrats HQ in Mount Vernon. Please call first - 360-336-1555


Upcoming Events


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Young People Performing for Democracy

(A Virtual Open Mic and Talent Show)
Tuesday October 6 6:00 pm
Hosted by Gary Kanter

Join Camano Island resident songwriter and musician Gary Kanter for Young People Performing for Democracy! You can participate in the virtual open mic and talent show or just enjoy the talents of our community’s young musicians. Open to everyone, bring your talents, friends and family to this Zoom event. Please contact Gary Kanter at [email protected] to sign up and additional information.

Do You sing? Play music? Recite poetry? Come perform and learn how you can register to vote or help family and friends to do so...safely in the pandemic.

This is the most important presidential election since those of Lincoln and FDR. It is especially critical for young people who will inherit whatever previous generations...especially that of my fellow boomers...leave to you.

You can do something about it...by registering to vote! If you turn 18 by Nov. 3 (Election Day)...you are eligible.

Join me, guest host Former Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley, and special guests as we get together, make some music, share some poetry, and get inspired to vote.

Sponsored by the 10th Legislative District Democrats which includes North Snohomish County, All of Island County, and South Skagit County.

Message me if you would like to perform and let me know what you'd like to do. For those not wishing to perform, go ahead and message me also. I will furnish the Zoom link prior to the show.

RSVP to Gary Kanter at [email protected]

or Register in advance here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocu2urTsvHt3cLGB4fZ3ks3EklKsF1UP2

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.


Fundraiser for Secretary of State candidate Gael Tarleton and
State Treasurer candidate Mike Pellicciotti

Art Huffine (10th LD State Committee Member) and 10th LD Chair, John Amell are hosting a virtual fundraising event for Gael Tarleton and Mike Pellicciotti on Thursday Oct 8 at 6:00 pm.  Now is the time to work to elect a Democratic Secretary of State who will protect voting rights for all and stand up to attacks on voting. And we really need a State Treasurer who shows up, has a plan, and knows what he is talking about.  If you are not familiar with these two candidates, you are in for a treat. They are both outstanding candidates.

I know Gael personally from the time I spent in the 36th District Democrats in Ballard.  Gael was a Seattle port commissioner before being elected as a state representative from the 36th District.  

Mike is a state representative from the 30th LD in south Puget Sound.  He is a champion for government transparency, and a financial fraud prosecutor and legislator.  Mike will stand up for working families and retirees. 

To RSVP click HERE. If you would like to contribute to this crucial race in-lieu of attending, you can do so HERE.

 



Fundraiser for Dave Paul

I hope you will join me on October 12th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Zoom for a fundraiser.  I’m honored to have a number of special guests attending, including Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, Representative Alex Ramel, Skagit County commissioner Lisa Janicki, Mount Vernon City Councilmembers Iris Carias and Richard Brocksmith, Anacortes City Councilmembers Anthony Young and Ryan Walters, and Lynn Cambell of the Skagit County Democrats. You can RSVP for the event here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOygrD4tEtAqG7ni-4XlKZOJ29wgiSdW 


Fundraiser for 10th LD Legislative Candidates

The 10th LD Democrats are hosting a joint fundraiser for our three legislative district candidates on Tuesday Oct 13 at 5:30 pm. Come join us and hear from our only incumbent state representative, Dave Paul. Also speaking to us will be our long time County Commissioner from Island County, Helen Price Johnson who is running for State Senate and Angie Homola, former Island County Commissioner running for the other state representative position.  We have an outstanding slate of candidates.  I am looking for a trifecta.  I think we can win all three races.  Please RSVP to [email protected].

Click Here to donate to the candidates prior to this event. Donations are shared equally between the three candidates.  

 

I know this sounds cliche, but this is THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIME!!  I hope many of you will be able to join us for these events.


AAUW Candidate Forum

for Stanwood, Island County and North Snohomish County


Brought to you by The Stanwood/Camano American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Stanwood/Camano News.

Wednesday, October 14th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees (members of the public) will be required to register in advance. In addition, if they have questions for the candidates, they can follow the link on the AAUW website or Face Book page.  

Register now

 


Message from Rick Larsen - US Congress CD-2

There is a lot to update you on. Let's dive right in.
Boeing’s decision to pull its 787 production out of Washington state is shortsighted and misplaced. The Pacific Northwest is home to the best aviation and aerospace workforce in the world. As the economy comes back and air travel returns, I will fight to bring 787 production back to Everett. 

The House passed the Heroes Act more than four months ago, but the Senate has failed to act. I voted Thursday for the updated Heroes Act, which extends the Payroll Support Program to keep airline workers on the job, provides $75 billion for testing, contact tracing and isolation measures and restores weekly $600 federal unemployment payments. I will keep fighting for relief for Washingtonians who have been impacted by the pandemic.

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an enormous loss for our country. Her legacy as a champion of equality and justice will live on. 

Trump nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court should be a call to action for all of us. The future of our fundamental rights hang in the balance. Be sure to ask your family and friends to call their senators, and remind them to vote.
 
Last week, I was endorsed by the Everett Herald. I am proud to be recognized as a leader on the public health and economic response to the pandemic, transportation, and military issues. Check out the Herald's endorsement here.

And finally, join Team Larsen for phone banking every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Contact Jack Wellman at [email protected] for details.
 
Rick

Note from Dave Paul

Incumbent 10th LD State Representative Position 2

Dear Friends,

Election Day is just a month away, and I’d like to take a moment to thank you. Hundreds of people from across our community are helping our campaign, and I’m so very grateful to everyone involved.  

The choices presented this November are clear. I support strengthening public education and fighting climate change; my opponent speaks of school vouchers and rolling back environmental regulations. While I am working to protect public health, my opponent still denies that COVID-19 is a public health emergency. To be blunt, my opponents actions and words about the COVID pandemic endanger our community. 

The Skagit County GOP has now donated over $30,000 to my opponent—if you would like to help counterbalance their effort to buy the election, please donate at https://secure.anedot.com/davepaul/donate

Also, I hope you will join me on October 12th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Zoom for a fundraiser.  I’m honored to have a number of special guests attending, including Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, Representative Alex Ramel, Skagit County commissioner Lisa Janicki, Mount Vernon City Councilmembers Iris Carias and Richard Brocksmith, Anacortes City Councilmembers Anthony Young and Ryan Walters, and Lynn Cambell of the Skagit County Democrats. You can RSVP for the event here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOygrD4tEtAqG7ni-4XlKZOJ29wgiSdW 

The next month will be challenging. We are already seeing negative attacks, and it will only get worse over the next few weeks. 

But nothing over the next month will change my commitment to serving our community as best as I can, and I’m convinced we can win by putting our community’s priorities first.  

Please reach out to Maya ([email protected]) to volunteer for our phone banking parties, postcard writing, or sign waving. 

As always, it is an honor to serve as your representative.  

Dave 


Note from Helen Price Johnson

Candidate for 10th LD State Senate


We're down to the wire: Our 2020 ballots will be mailed in about 10 days.  Helen’s race
for State Senate is going to be close, and it’s going to come down to a couple hundred
votes. 

Over the last week, Helen’s opposition launched TV ads that attempt to smear her
record of public service.  As a life-long resident of the 10th District, Helen is proud of her
service to the community and her record of helping to steer Island County through the
Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as her support for more
affordable housing and better access to health care. We are reaching out to voters with
that message as the October 13 ballot drop approaches.

The next few weeks are all about Getting Out The Vote. We need cable TV, radio,
mailers, and digital ads in order to reach our strong supporters – as well as those who
need a nudge to get their ballots into a dropbox or the mail before Election Day.  We
need your financial support to pay for our voter outreach, and we need volunteers to
make GOTV phone calls and wave signs. Click here to DONATE to support our message to voters. If you can spare several hours to make GOTV phone calls or wave signs for Helen, please email Marie Shimada [email protected] to volunteer.

Thanks

Team Helen

Endorse Helen online at: https://helenpricejohnson.org/endorsements/

Helen Price-Johnson, State Senate 10th Legislative District   
P.O. Box 112 Clinton, WA 98236

Committee to Elect Helen Price Johnson (D)

[email protected] | 360-391-0487

https://helenpricejohnson.org/

https://www.facebook.com/helenpricejohnson/


Message from Angie Homola

Candidate for State Representative 10th LD Pos. 1

Dear Fine 10th LD Democrats,

30 DAYS TO THE ELECTION ON NOV 3 – VOTE EARLY OR USE AN OFFICAL DROP BOX

My campaign continues to work overtime to get me to Olympia. With your help the Washington State House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) has acknowledged our hard work by naming us a targeted race. Their support enabled us to create T.V. ads that were filmed last week. The first goes live 9 October! Thanks to the over 50 volunteers who participated to make the shoots possible! 

Now I need to do my part to fund the T.V. slots: the more we raise the more viewers get to hear directly from us. Even $20 can get us an additional time slot! 

One of my top priorities as a candidate, and one of the reasons I was so compelled to run for office, is the pursuit of a more transparent government. If we are to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, constituents must be empowered with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions on Election Day. 

Being a Democrat in the 10th means being prepared for nasty attacks. This past week our opposition launched attack ads against me in the form of slanderous mailed fliers and TV commercials in an attempt to undermine the work I have done for this community by speaking out against corrupt officials during employment nearly twenty years ago. 

I stood up for what was right and went on to form an environmental non-profit to protect a publicly owned coastal lagoon and to serve as county commissioner to represent the interests of the many over the pockets of the few. I will do the same as your legislator.

The people deserve to vote based on the truth. It is crucial that we reach as many voters throughout the 10th LD as possible before ballots drop.

Sign up to get involved with our campaign efforts to put people before profit:

  • We need sign wavers 
  • Lit droppers 
  • Phone bankers

    Volunteer
     

Thank you for all of your help and support, 

          Kids planting trees at Swan Lake Sept 30th


AngieForAll.com
[email protected]
P.O. Box 955
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 632-3016 cell/text


What's New from Melanie Bacon - Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 

I am grateful for the stunning show of support in the primary from Island County District One voters and am proud to have the opportunity to carry this campaign forward. We see daily that the need for experienced, competent leadership is critical at all levels of government. The forest fires In Eastern Washington and California are a grim reminder that common sense climate mitigation is vital for all regions especially for an island community. The health and economic toll of the pandemic reinforces the need for compassion and fairness while rebuilding our economic base. These are all Democratic Party values, not ones that we can expect from my opponent.
As we take our campaign to every part of Island County, I am pleased that Art Huffine has joined us as campaign chair in Oak Harbor and North Whidbey, along with Linda Fryant who is our Camano Island campaign chair. Last Sunday (Aug 30th), I was on Camano Island talking to residents and local business owners about issues specific to the island, and I look forward to meeting with people across the county through Election Day.
I would like to hear from you about your issues, concerns and ideas. Please visit https://www.melaniebaconcandidate.org for more information and email me at [email protected]. Donations are greatly appreciated; if you can contribute, go to https://secure.actblue.com/donate/melbacon.
Camano Island residents, for yard signs, volunteer opportunities or just to find out more, feel free to contact Linda Fryant at [email protected]
Oak Harbor and North Whidbey residents, you can reach Art Huffine at [email protected].
 
Melanie Bacon

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Latest from Mark Lundsten - Candidate for Skagit County Commissioner District 1

Please allow me to say it again, I won the District 1 primary! Now the real work begins as we move from a relatively simple, one-district campaign to a larger, countywide campaign. Now we are reaching out to voters from Deception Pass almost to Washington Pass. More interviews, more Zoom forums, more calls, and longer days for me, and lots more hours from all of our campaigners.  I am confident, and so are my committee members and volunteers, all of whom are energetically ramping up efforts with phone banks, post cards, yard signs, and any and all the other tools we can manage. As the coach always says when asked what her plan is after her team makes the finals of the playoffs, "We're goin' with what got us here." 
We would love to have your individual help, and of course we welcome your donation! See more at our updated website: MarkLundsten.org.
Thank you very much for your support, District 10 Dems! 
Mark

Volunteer Opportunities in the 10th LD with

the Coordinated Campaign and Candidate Campaigns

 

Phone-Banking Opportunities

  • The 10th Legislative District Democrats are in full swing up for the general election campaign. Our "Get Out the Vote" (GOTV) push starts October 11.  This is when we call Democrats and remind them to vote their whole ballot and to turn it in early. We have opportunities for phone-banking from the comfort of your own home. It is super easy and there will be a brief training for first timers. The Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign (our own Bennett Massey-Helber) is organizing phone-banking on behalf of all our candidates. We have the option of only calling voters within the 10th LD. If you have interest in helping to elect our democratic candidates please reply to [email protected]. Ballots drop in less than 2 weeks. In addition to the WSDCC, each candidate will coordinate their own phone-bank.

    • Mondays 5:00 - 8:00 pm - Angie Homola Campaign contact Kyler Parris at [email protected]
    • Tuesdays 5:00 - 8:00 pm - Skagit County Democrats -  -Click Here to register.
    • Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Dave Paul Campaign phone-bank - contact Beth Paul ([email protected]) or Maya Gillett ([email protected])
    • Thursdays 5:00 - 8:00 pm - Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign calling into the 10th LD on behalf of all candidates - contact Bennett Massey-Helber ([email protected]
    • Saturdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Helen Price-Johnson Campaign phone-bank - contact Marie Shimada
    • Melanie Bacon Weekly phone banks on Sat & Sun from 3 to 6 pm To sign up, please email Mitch Allen at [email protected] bank]
    • Rick Larsen Campaign  contact Jack Wellman at [email protected].
    • Saturday, Oct 10, 10am-1PM: Team Helen + WEA Phone Bank. Members and volunteers from the WA Education Assoc will join Helen for this phone bank. All are welcome to join! 
    • Saturday, Oct 10, 1-3:30PM: WCV + 10th LD Dem Slate Candidates Phone Bank. The WA Conservation Voters are hosting our final phone bank before ballots arrive. All three 10th LD Dem candidates will join (Dave, Helen, Angie), and all volunteers are welcome! We will be doing a pre-Get Out The Vote pitch for voters to make sure everyone knows what to expect when ballots drop. You don't want to miss out! 
  • Other Phone-banks will no doubt be scheduled.  Contact the candidate's campaign for details.


No Knock Lit Drops - Since we can't door bell, we'll mask up, wear gloves, and deliver candidate literature to voter's homes.

Sign up with the campaigns for Dave, Helen, Angie, Rick, Melanie, and Mark

Sign Waving Events  

Sign Waving with Rick Larsen in the 10th LD

Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m.: W Pioneer Way & HWY 20 in Oak Harbor

Sunday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m.: WA-532 & 92nd Ave NW in Stanwood

*Safety is our number one priority. Please make sure to wear a mask and follow physical distancing protocols when attending

October 9th, 3:30 to 5:30 for Helen Price Johnson, Dave Paul, Angie Homola, Melanie Bacon. Biden /Harris, 

Jay Inslee and Rick Larsen. 

Locations:  Terry's Corner (by Freedom Park) Camano

                   Haggen's Corner (on 532) in Stanwood

Additional sign waving dates and times are (same locations):  

~Fridays October 16th, 23rd and 30th 3:30 to 5:30 

~Saturdays 17th, 24th and 31st 2:00 to 4:00. 

There are lots more opportunities for sign waving.  Contact candidate campaigns.               


        What's Left on our Election Calendar    

17-Oct-20                10th LD E-Board                      

3-Nov-20                  General Election                                         

21-Nov-20                10th LD E-Board              

24-Nov-20                Election Results Certified                           

14-Dec-20                Electoral College Meets

19-Dec-20                10th LD Re-Organization Meeting (electing the 2021-22 Exec Board)       

8-Jan-21                   Washington State Democrats (WSDCC)  Re-Organization Meeting       


Candidates Websites & Facebook Pages

 


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.   Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:


Census - You Count! Be Counted!

With all the attention to the Coronavirus pandemic, we should not lose sight of the census. It is extremely important that we all get counted! Most of us can complete the census on-line with a computer or smartphone. Here is a link if you need more information or have had problems completing the census. Here is another link with information that includes how to recognize a real census worker. (bottom of page)


Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $15 to become a member or $25 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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September 7th, 2020 Newsletter - A Note from the Chair, John Amell

Happy Labor Day

As we celebrate today, let us remember that the fight for fair wages and working conditions began in the 1800's. The first Labor Day parade was September 5, 1882. Efforts to end child labor, create safe working conditions, establish weekends and holidays for working people and the fight for fair wages has continued and will continue. Remember to be safe and be thankful that the efforts of activists, unions and leaders across our nation and the world recognize the importance of workers who support our economy and the importance of all of us to support working families.

Labor Day is also the official start of the political season or so I'm told.  To me, it seems to be a year round activity. 

With the primary behind us, we look forward to the general election in November.  There is not much time.  Ballots drop on Oct 16th.  That’s just 6 weeks away.  Campaigning is very different this year.  The Democrats have not been out door-belling as we usually do because of COVID-19.  We are trying to keep ourselves and others safe.  Our opponents don’t see things the same way, unfortunately.  But more on that later.

I want to thank all our candidates who ran for public office this year.  It is a monumental task and my hat is off to you all.  Congratulations to Angie Homola for her win in the race for House rep 1 position. She is now our democratic candidate going up against republican Greg Gilday.  Thank you, Suzanne Woodard, Scott McMullen, and Ivan Lewis.  You all ran good races and made life interesting.  We wish Angie well in her upcoming race.  Gilday received only 46.23% of the vote.  The combined democratic candidate percentage was 53.45%.  Looking good.

A big shout-out goes to Dave Paul, our first incumbent legislative candidate in many years. Dave is looking good in his race against Bill Bruch. While Dave had 1,033 fewer votes than Bruch, he was in a 3-way race with a progressive party candidate, Taylor Zimmermann.  Their combined votes total 1,559 more than Bruch.  We are seeking Taylor Zimmermann’s endorsement.  That plus a great turnout should carry the day.  Thank you Dave.

Helen Price Johnson’s race is a little different.  Ron Muzall won a head-to-head primary against Helen by 1,079 votes out of 63,038.  It is my belief that we have more voters “in the breech” than does the other side.  We will need to work hard and turn out all our voters, but I think we can win.  Thank you Helen for stepping up to run for state senate.  We saw an approximately 60% turnout rate in the primary.  Typically, the general election turnout rate is 30 points higher.  So the data says that we are headed for a historic turnout level this year.  In 2008, Barack Obama's first election, the primary turned out 58% and the general election turned out 88%.  We may beat that.

Remember what Gov Jay Inslee says, "Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and organize."

Thanks also to Nathan Howard and Fe Mischo.  Both races were close.  Nathan was edged out of the top 2 by Damian Greene by just 100 votes out of 15,704 cast in District 1 race.  Fe missed being in the top 2 by just 340 votes to second place finisher Dan Evans in the race for Island County Commissioner District 2.    So, District 2 has two republicans in the race for Island County Commissioner, Jill Johnson and Dan Evans.  Dan Evans is completely unacceptable, so ...  The District 1 race will have the only democratic candidate, Melanie Bacon running against Damian Greene.  Thank you Melanie.

Mark Lundsten won his primary against Ron Wesen.  Way to go Mark.

Our opponents in this election, who are supposedly the "law and order" party, are willfully violating the law by ignoring the governor's mandates.  They are door belling in person without masks and ignoring social distancing.  Bill Bruch (R) recently posted this on his Facebook page:

"Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the 
Skagit Republicans Lincoln/Reagan Day Gala Peaceful Protest! It turned 
out to be a perfect event on a perfect sunny day! We broke a record 
with over 430 in attendance and Featured Speakers Loren Culp and Jim 
Walsh knocked it out of the park. Special thanks to the dozens of SCRP 
volunteers that worked tirelessly to put it on. Tim Lewis for hosting; 
Judge Larson, Duane Davidson, Sue Pederson, Matt Larkin, Joshua Freed, 
Chris Leyba, Ron Wesen, Ron Muzzall, Greg Gilday, Jeffery Beeler, Tim 
Hazelo, LD Russ Jollo, Carolyn Eslick, Peter Browning, KellyAnna 
Brooking, and the Incredible Sarah Winchester Band! It was a true 
blessing to emcee such an amazing event, and it will be evening we 
will all never forget!"

Pictures of the event show their large crowd indoors sans masks.  We have some people writing to newspaper editors about this.  How about you?  We need letter writers on lots of different topics.  Send them to Everett Herald, Whidbey News Times, South Whidbey Record, Skagit Herald, and/or Stanwood-Camano News.  

Oh, This just in, the Biden-Harris signs are here and available to you.  We are asking for a suggested minimum donation of $10  to the 10th LD to get one.

Contact Art Huffine in Oak Harbor [email protected]  206 391-1361

Susan Cyr in Langley [email protected] 360 914 0058

John Amell on the north end of Camano [email protected] 206-755-0246

Mary Kanter on the south end of Camano [email protected] 425 442 5949

They are also available at the Skagit Democrats HQ in Mount Vernon. 360-336-1555

Candidates Websites & Facebook Pages

 

Message from Rick Larsen - US Congress CD-2

It is an honor to advance to the general election. Our campaign is rooted in hard work and grassroots organizing. I am grateful to all those who supported our campaign and Democratic candidates throughout Northwest Washington.

I am facing a Trump Republican this fall. In order to continue the fight to expand health care access, address climate change and protect voting rights, we need your help. Visit ricklarsen.org/volunteer to join Team Larsen.

The House is leading the fight to protect the U.S. Postal Service and ensure the safety of the 2020 elections. Last month, I was in Washington, D.C., to help pass legislation to protect the USPS. I also joined my colleague Rep. Suzan DelBene and local labor unions outside an Everett post office to denounce Trump’s attacks on the USPS and voting rights. Check out this letter to the editor from a Mukilteo supporter on my work.

I continue to visit small businesses throughout our region that benefited from federal Paycheck Protection Program loans. These loans have helped more than 8,500 small businesses in the 2nd District save over 60,000 jobs during the pandemic. 

Thank you to everyone who joined me and local Democratic candidates last month for our pre-convention watch party. If you missed it, you can tune in here

Rick

Note from Dave Paul

Incumbent 10th LD State Representative Position 2

Dear Friends,

There is no doubt about it; 2020 has been an unusual year. COVID-19 
has affected how we work and educate our kids. It’s impacted how we 
interact with friends, neighbors, and loved ones.

And, while it affected how we operate our campaign, it has only 
strengthened our resolve to work together and win this election.  We 
have nine weeks until the election, and it is critical we contact as 
many voters as possible. Here’s how you can help:

1. Host a house party: These are not fundraisers, but opportunities 
for friends and neighbors to meet Dave and ask questions. If you’d 
like to host, contact [email protected]

2. Phone Banking: Every Wednesday we will have virtual phone banking 
parties from 4-6pm.

3. Writing postcards: email [email protected], and she’ll mail you 
cards, stamps, a script, and a list of voters to contact.

4. Vote!

Our General Election Campaign Kickoff (Diners, Drive-ins, and Dave) is 
September 9th at 7pm. Join us on Facebook Live, and meet our special 
surprise guest!

We have many more exciting events coming up. Check out our events page 
to find more opportunities to connect and volunteer.

Email Beth to sign up for any of these events at [email protected]

Thanks so much for the support,

Sincerely,

Dave

Please consider donating to our campaign at https://secure.anedot.com/davepaul/donate 

Note from Helen Price Johnson

Candidate for 10th LD State Senate

Helen Price Johnson: “Unmute Your Voice . . . Your Vote is Your Voice”

To quote actress/singer Sofia Carson at the recent VMA awards, “Unmute your voice . . .
Your vote is your voice”. Over 7000 voters in the 10 th Legislative District who are
considered strong Democrats DID NOT VOTE in the August 4 Primary Election!
7000 Votes! My Republican opponent tallied only 1079 more votes than I did. Dave Paul’s Republican opponent tallied only 1033 votes more than Dave. Even a fraction of those non-voters could have made a big difference in how those Primary races turned out.  Don’t let this happen on November 3! The races for State Senate and the State House of Representatives in the 10th LD will come down to just a few hundred votes each, and it is imperative that we reach out to every supporter.

The volunteers on Team Helen sent thousands of postcards, burned through calling
lists, staked yard signs, wrote letters to the editor, and shared my name with friends and
neighbors. And we’re doing it all again! We’re also finalizing an ambitious TV, direct
mail, and digital outreach program to safely and effectively get our message to voters
across the district. We also plan to do “no-contact” drops of campaign literature.
We need volunteers to walk neighborhoods (following safety protocols) and drop
literature on voters’ doorsteps, and to make phone calls to all of our potential voters. If
you have 2-3 hours per week for several weeks to walk neighborhoods or to work a
phone bank to support my campaign, please contact Marie Shimada – [email protected]


Thanks for all of your support that has helped me get this far. Now I need your help
to win in November!

-Helen Price Johnson


Endorse Helen online at: https://helenpricejohnson.org/endorsements/

Helen Price-Johnson, State Senate 10th Legislative District   
P.O. Box 112 Clinton, WA 98236

Committee to Elect Helen Price Johnson (D)

[email protected] | 360-391-0487

https://helenpricejohnson.org/

https://www.facebook.com/helenpricejohnson/

Message from Angie Homola

Candidate for State Representative 10th LD Pos. 1

Dear Fine People,


Thank you so much for your commitment and support!
The Washington Secretary of State has certified primary election results placing Angie
Homola at 26.08% [all Dem total = 53.45%] and 46.23% for Greg Gilday - Republican;
thus giving a strong indication that people are ready for a government that serves them
and not special interests.

I am thrilled to have been selected as the right candidate for the 10th LD by a majority
of Democratic voters. This success is a product of the incredible cross-
generational teamwork that my stalwart and new supporters, including a cadre of
young student interns, put into the election so far.

As we move forward to the general, I extend recognition and thanks to my fellow
Democrat candidates for running a competitive and colligate campaign that brought out
the best in our district. Suzanne Woodard’s prioritization of healthcare access and
unions; Scott McMullen’s commitment to public service and equality; and Ivan Lewis’s
progressive focus on social disparities and family values, helped bring these vital issues
to the forefront. I am committed to furthering progress on these and many other
policies that represent true democratic governance. I appreciate the clean primary
Mr. Gilday ran and encourage my opponent to run a fact based campaign going
forward, one that leaves slander in the gutter. I welcome open and honest forums to
discuss issues and solutions and to provide voters with the information they need to
select this seat’s next State Representative.

Let’s learn from the Trump election. The Republican House Minority Leader JT
Wilcox has targeted retiring Representative Norma Smith’s seat (my race) as the
top seat to defend; therefore it is critical that those who voted for other
Democrats in the primary join in unison to support my candidacy. It will take
every one of those votes, and more, to flip this seat blue in November. With your
help, we can color all the 10th LD seats blue.
Expect General Election ballots in your mail boxes in just 6 weeks!!!
There is NO TIME TO WASTE.

Please visit my website and sign up to volunteer, endorse, or donate . LET’S DO
THIS TOGETHER!

I enjoyed celebrating my grassroots primary with all of you. Your encouragement and
support gave me the strength needed to carry our convictions forward so that I can
represent our shared values in Olympia.

I ask for, and would be honored with, your vote this November.

Sincerely and Appreciatively,
Angie Homola
WA State House of Representatives (1) 10th LD (D) candidate
AngieForAll.com
[email protected]
P.O. Box 955
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 632-3016 cell/text

What's New from Melanie Bacon - Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 

I am grateful for the stunning show of support in the primary from Island County District One voters and am proud to have the opportunity to carry this campaign forward. We see daily that the need for experienced, competent leadership is critical at all levels of government. The forest fires In Eastern Washington and California are a grim reminder that common sense climate mitigation is vital for all regions especially for an island community. The health and economic toll of the pandemic reinforces the need for compassion and fairness while rebuilding our economic base. These are all Democratic Party values, not ones that we can expect from my opponent.

As we take our campaign to every part of Island County, I am pleased that Art Huffine has joined us as campaign chair in Oak Harbor and North Whidbey, along with Linda Fryant who is our Camano Island campaign chair. Last Sunday (Aug 30th), I was on Camano Island talking to residents and local business owners about issues specific to the island, and I look forward to meeting with people across the county through Election Day.

I would like to hear from you about your issues, concerns and ideas. Please visit https://www.melaniebaconcandidate.org for more information and email me at [email protected]. Donations are greatly appreciated; if you can contribute, go to https://secure.actblue.com/donate/melbacon.

Camano Island residents, for yard signs, volunteer opportunities or just to find out more, feel free to contact Linda Fryant at [email protected]

Oak Harbor and North Whidbey residents, you can reach Art Huffine at [email protected].

 

Melanie Bacon


Facebook - ElectMelanieBacon

Latest from Mark Lundsten - Candidate for Skagit County Commissioner District 1

Please allow me to say it again, I won the District 1 primary! Now the real work begins as we move from a relatively simple, one-district campaign to a larger, countywide campaign. Now we are reaching out to voters from Deception Pass almost to Washington Pass. More interviews, more Zoom forums, more calls, and longer days for me, and lots more hours from all of our campaigners.  I am confident, and so are my committee members and volunteers, all of whom are energetically ramping up efforts with phone banks, post cards, yard signs, and any and all the other tools we can manage. As the coach always says when asked what her plan is after her team makes the finals of the playoffs, "We're goin' with what got us here." 

We would love to have your individual help, and of course we welcome your donation! See more at our updated website: MarkLundsten.org.

Thank you very much for your support, District 10 Dems! 

Mark

Volunteer Opportunities in the 10th LD with

the Coordinated Campaign and Candidate Campaigns

 

Phone-Banking Opportunities

  • The 10th Legislative District Democrats are gearing up for the general election campaign. We have opportunities for phone-banking from the comfort of your own home. It is super easy and there will be a brief training for first timers. The Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign (our own Bennett Massey-Helber) is organizing phone-banking on behalf of all our candidates. We have the option of only calling voters within the 10th LD. If you have interest in helping to elect our democratic candidates please reply to [email protected]. If we get a good number of you to call, we can keep your calling hours fairly low, 2 hours per week. Ballots drop in approximately 8 weeks. In addition to the WSDCC, each candidate will coordinate their own phone-bank.


No Knock Lit Drops - Since we can't door bell, we'll mask up, wear gloves, and deliver candidate literature to voter's homes.

  • Sign up with the campaigns for Dave, Helen, Angie, Rick, Melanie, and Mark

Young Democrats of Island County (YDIC)

Technology difficulties are a plight for all organizations, even the ones full of young people. One of the most common questions I receive as Chair of the Young Democrats of Island County is ‘Do you have young people savvy in tech that can help out with [insert name of organization here]?’ As a general rule, our membership is well versed and quite capable in our modern digital and social media space. But we are far from immune and the last six weeks has made that abundantly clear. First, a user agreement wasn’t marked correctly on our Gmail account, meaning our email wasn’t working. Thankfully, that has been fixed and you can now email us at [email protected] Then our website was glitchy as all get out and we had to replace all the links and photos to get it live. This is now fixed, and you can visit us at www.ydic.org. Then the delays in banking verification meant that our donation site wasn’t working. This is now fixed and you can find our donation page here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ydic. And finally, we still cannot get our social media accounts to link quite right.

So, in conclusion, please feel free to email us and certainly check out the website. Also, keep an eye out for a Facebook page that works (maybe) and know that we are all in this technology thing together.
Ivan Lewis
Chair, YDIC
[email protected]
www.ydic.org

We are working on a Virtual Salmon Picnic for a date in October.  Stay Tuned for more information                       

        Election Calendar

12-Sep-20                 Washington State Democrats (WSDCC) Meeting

19-Sep-20                10th LD Quarterly Meeting         

17-Oct-20                10th LD E-Board                      

3-Nov-20                  General Election                                         

21-Nov-20                10th LD E-Board              

24-Nov-20                Election Results Certified                           

14-Dec-20                Electoral College Meets

19-Dec-20                10th LD Re-Organization Meeting            

8-Jan-21                   Washington State Democrats (WSDCC)  Re-Organization Meeting       

Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.   Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.

Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Census - You Count! Be Counted!

With all the attention to the Coronavirus pandemic, we should not lose sight of the census. It is extremely important that we all get counted! Most of us can complete the census on-line with a computer or smartphone. Here is a link if you need more information or have had problems completing the census. Here is another link with information that includes how to recognize a real census worker. (bottom of page)

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $15 to become a member or $25 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats


July 9th, 2020 Newsletter- A Note from the Chair, John Amell

I hope everyone had a fun and safe July 4th celebration.  Now summer truly begins.  Personally, I'm hoping to have more time for crabbing and sailing than I did last year.  Let's be safe out there.

A good place to start is to protect your home and your property from the ravages of wildfire.  Yes, it can happen here.  As our climate changes, we on the northwest coast are increasingly at risk for wildfires.  Firewise is a Washington State program that offers help for you to prepare for the summer.  Hillary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, has some good advice for you.   https://www.dnr.wa.gov/firewise

Here are some highlites of upcoming events this summer.

Whidbey Island Area Fair July 18-21 - 819 Camano Ave, Langley

Island County Democrats and Whidbey Island Democratic Club will have a food booth and a political outreach booth.  Contact Carolyn Tamler  [email protected]

Stanwood Camano Fair Aug 2-4 - 6431 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood

The 10th LD Democrats, Camano Island Democrats, and Stanwood Democrats  are working together at the fair. Contact Melody Risner [email protected] to volunteer. This is our opportunity to be loud and proud Democrats in our community. 

The 10th LD Democrats will host our 1st annual Grilled Salmon Picnic on Sept 14 at Pioneer Park in La Conner.

This will be our major fundraiser of the year. If you’d like to volunteer, please email me at [email protected]. This will be a premier event with elected officials, party members, tribal members, and you. 

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe welcomes you to their traditional homelands and will be providing us with fresh salmon, cooked traditionally for the event. We are honored to have the Swinomish Senate attend the event and with their Canoe Family, who will welcome us with a prayer, songs and drums. We will also be joined by the 40th LD Representative Debra Lekanoff, who will be sharing a few opening comments for us.  I look forward to a wonderful event with all of you!

Pioneer Park is a great venue close to Swinomish Channel, the rainbow bridge, and the La Conner waterfront.  It has a covered pavilion that can seat up to 100 and an amphitheater for music and speeches.

Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with corn or fresh seasonal vegetable, a variety of salads and dessert as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter)  There will probably be a number of political speeches and we plan to have a silent auction and a raffle.   Tickets may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets. 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4293318

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July/August Calendar

  • July 13 - Skagit E-board Meeting, 10 to Noon, Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
  • July 13 - Planned Parenthood Rally, 11 to Noon,  Mt. Vernon Health Center, 1805 E Division St, Mt Vernon, WA
  • July 13 - 1 p.m.  Island County Democrats quarterly meeting at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, 141 E Camano Dr (Blue Building)
  • July 13 - 3:30 - 5:00 Dave Paul Town Hall event, Camano Island Library. 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island
  • July 16 - PCO get together 6:00pmMax Dale's Steak & Chop House, 2030 Riverside Drive, MV
  • July 18 - 21  Whidbey Island Fair, Langley  Volunteers Contact Carolyn Tamler [email protected]
  • July 18 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm   Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island
  • July 20 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
  • July 20 - PCO Doorbelling Event Contact Lynn Campbell ([email protected]mcast.net)
  • July 23 - Snohomish County Dems E-Board 7:00 - 9:00 pm  Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett 
  • Aug 1 -   Island County Democrats E-Board meeting 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Aug 2-4- Stanwood-Camano Fair  Volunteers Contact Melody Risner at 425 308 3808.
  • Aug 10 - Skagit Central Committee Meeting, HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
  • Aug 15 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm   Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island
  • Aug 17 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
  • Aug 24 -  Summerfest, home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess in Langley.  Watch for more details. Contact: Carolyn Tamler [email protected]
  • Aug 27 -  Snohomish County Dems E-Board 7:00 - 9:00 pm  Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett 
  • Sept 14 - 10th LD Salmon Picnic and Fundraiser at Pioneer Park La Conner

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Youth Outreach Committee (Island County Democrats)

Where Have All The Young Folks Gone? 

Check out who is behind the Green New Deal

At many a Democratic Party meeting participants often ask themselves "where are all the young people?"  Most of us probably became political when we were young and now find ourselves at meetings at which most people are over 50 or 60.  The Republican Party is facing the same dilemma. Young people in general these days seem to be ambivalent about both major parties.  There is, however, one arena where thousands of young people are coming together and taking action -  climate change.  The Sunrise Movement is a political action group of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.  It has been putting pressure on state and national lawmakers to get behind the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal, which has roots back to 2006,  was popularized when the Sunrise Movement organized a protest in Nancy Pelosi's office calling on Pelosi to support it. On the same day, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a resolution to create a committee on the Green New Deal.  The resolution now has numerous sponsors and organizations supporting a Green New Deal initiative included 350.org, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth.

 

At a future meeting, we are hoping to have a representative of the Sunrise Movement give a short presentation on the Green New Deal, and then participants will be asked to vote on a resolution in support of it.  For more information about the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal, please visit:

 

 https://www.sunrisemovement.org/hubs 

 

https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/gnd

 

video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SunriseWashington/videos/?ref=page_internal

Scott Chaplin

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Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St Clair

We are excited to announce the groundbreaking for the Island County Camano Administration Building on August 2. Contracts were unanimously approved to begin construction this summer. It is important to note the history of the effort to bring professional and adequate building space to Camano Island. The current Annex and Sheriff precinct have reached the end of their useful life. The Annex has been in place for 45 years with staff working in cramped and inadequate quarters to deliver services. The effort to build the new building began in 2006 under the leadership of Camano Commissioner John Dean but was unavoidably delayed with the onset of the recession. Commissioner Hannold reinvigorated the effort during his term and this year plans were finalized and construction begins. Join us August 2nd at 2 pm for the groundbreaking for the new building at 121 NE Camano Dr, Camano Island.

I appreciate your ongoing support, input and advocacy.  

Janet                                              Follow Janet on Facebook

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Reminder -Please continue to write letters-to-the-editors in support of our representative, Dave Paul. A list of bills was included in the June newsletter available on the 10th LD website.

https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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Links to other local Democratic organizations:

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Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

 


 

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  News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                                       June 2020                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

I'm ordinarily not great at heart-felt sentiment, but the events of the last month has moved me.  The murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police is so very disturbing.  I find it tragic that this horrific act was perpetrated by those who had sworn to serve and protect the citizenry.  It's not like this is the first time.  Too many black people have been killed at the hands of police.  Yet, our current occupant of the White House seems bent on inciting violence instead of comforting the nation and seeking solutions.  And then to bring in guards from Texas Federal prisons and have them in our nation’s capital to "dominate" peaceful protesters exercising their constitutional rights is absolutely chilling.  He is behaving like some dictator. The first amendment to the constitution of the United States of America states that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  Protests have a long history in this country. 

The first Quaker protest against slavery took place in 1688, over 300 years ago.  The first instance of protest with looting that I discovered took place in 1773.  The Boston Tea Party took place to protest taxes levied by the British crown on the US colonies and was a key precursor to the American Revolution. In 1833, The American Antislavery Society was founded to protest slavery and within five years had 250,000 members.  In 1922, 5000 African Americans took to the streets of Washington D.C. to protest lynching in America.  Martin Luther King's March on Washington in 1963, and the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were organized by nonviolent activists to demonstrate the desire of African-American citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote.  By highlighting racial injustice, these efforts helped the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the civil rights movement. 

Protests are powerful.  They can change the world. 

After the killing of George Floyd, Protests began in Minneapolis and quickly spread across the nation, with hundreds of thousands of people in all 50 states taking to the streets in opposition to Floyd's death, police brutality and institutional racism at large.  And then it spread around the world.  Trump then doubled down and has sought to stamp out unrest using overwhelming police and military force, showing little interest in addressing questions of systemic racism at the heart of the protests.

We need a president that can bring us together, not divide us. We need leadership that cares for the American people.  We need Joe Biden. 


Results 10th LD Endorsement Meeting

We had 78 PCOs and Members register for our Endorsement Meeting on May 30, and 71 attended, resulting in a 63% turnout rate. .  Some probably couldn't get in due to the thunderstorm that passed by during the meeting.  We were lucky that we didn't lose power or internet as a result.  

The following candidates have been endorsed by the 10th Legislative District Democrats at our May 30, 2020 Special Endorsement Meeting:

             U.S. Congress Rep CD-1 - Suzan DelBene –D 

             Governor – Jay Inslee –D (Incumbent)       

             State Auditor –  Pat McCarthy – D (Incumbent)

             Attorney General –  Bob Ferguson – D (Incumbent)  

             STATE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC LANDS: - Hilary Franz (D)

             STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER: - Mike Kreidler (D) 

             SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: Chris Reykdal (D) 

              State Treasurer - Mike Pellicciotti – D  

              Secretary of State – Gael Tarleton –D   

              Lt Governor Marko Liias -D and Denny Heck – D      Dual

        U.S. Congress Rep CD-2 - Rick Larsen –D (Incumbent)  

              10th LD STATE SENATE

                        Helen Price Johnson - D     

              10th LD STATE REPRESENTATIVE POS.1

                        Scott McMullen – D      

                        Suzanne Woodard – D    

                        Ivan Lewis – D    

                        Angie Homola – D 

              10th LD STATE REPRESENTATIVE POS.2

                        Dave Paul  – D  (Incumbent)    

Island County

            ISLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER POS. 1

                        Nathan Howard– D

                        Melanie Bacon – D 
        

            ISLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 2                  

                        Fe Mischo – D   

           
            SKAGIT COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1

                         Mark Lundsten – D


Judicial Snohomish County Superior Court

            POSITION 4

                        Edirin O. Okoloko

            POSITION 7

                        Anna A. Alexander

            POSITION 13

                        Jennifer R. Langbehn

            POSITION 14

                        Paul Wm. Thompson

            POSITION 8

                       Cassandra Lopez-Shaw

                        Robert Grant

 

Judicial Skagit County Superior Court

            POSITION 3

                        Elizabeth Yost Neidzwski

Washington State Court of Appeals Division 1

            POSITION 2

                        Linda Coburn

Washington State Supreme Court

            POSITION 6

                         Justice Helen Whitener

Island County Superior Court (Non-Partisan)

            POSITION 1

                        Carolyn Cliff

                         Kathleen Petrich


Census - You Count! Be Counted!

With all the attention to the Coronavirus pandemic, we should not lose sight of the census. It is extremely important that we all get counted! Most of us can complete the census on-line with a computer or smartphone. Here is a link if you need more information or have had problems completing the census. Here is another link with information that includes how to recognize a real census worker. (bottom of page)


Message from Rick Larsen

I am heartbroken over the murder of George Floyd. Too many families are victims of racial violence, and it is time for change. I will continue to work with local, state and federal leaders to address systemic racism and police brutality. There is still a lot of work to do, and I am taking action in Congress to address issues facing communities of color. 

 

Earlier this week, I joined the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee in supporting the Justice in Policing Act to reform police departments and hold police accountable. A fact sheet on the legislation is available here

Last week, I signed on to co-sponsor Rep. Ayanna Pressley's resolution condemning police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force, and called on House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to consider reforms needed to halt police violence and restore confidence in law enforcement, including an extensive and accessible centralized database of decertified officers, reforming the 1033 program and officer training reforms. 

 

Like many others throughout Northwest Washington, I also joined a Black Lives Matter rally in Everett this weekend. I was there to listen and show my support. I hope you will join me by working in your communities to create change. 

 

Rick

In addition, here is a link to a Virtual Fireside Chat With Rick Steves · Hosted by Rick Larsen  The Facebook event is at this link

 


Note from Dave Paul

Incumbent 10th LD State Representative Position 2


Our campaign has been recognized as one of the most competitive races by no less than former Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance.

Vance said: “More money will probably be spent here than anywhere else in the state. Democrat David Paul won by less than 700 votes in 2018.” Vance went on to call this seat a “toss-up.”

We shocked the Republican establishment by becoming the first Democrat in 20 years to win a House seat in the 10th LD, and they’re desperate to get this seat back.

This is another signal that interest groups and political parties are preparing to flood this race with big outside spending. And that will make it more difficult for our campaign to cut through the noise with our message. I’ll need your help to fight back.

With you on our side, we’ll win this campaign and continue to support a progressive agenda in Olympia.

Please consider donating to our campaign at https://secure.anedot.com/davepaul/donate or volunteering to help connect with voters by emailing Beth at [email protected].


Note from Helen Price Johnson


George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, and countless other black Americans have been wrongfully murdered by law enforcement across our country.  Black people deserve to live without fearing death or harassment at the hands (or knees) of those sworn to defend and protect them.

The United States has systems that are rooted in the oppression of blacks and other people of color.  As a country, we are grappling with the result of hundreds of years of systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against many of our own citizens.

I join the many protesters across this country calling for racial justice in America and an end to police violence.  We must lift up and listen to the voices of those who feel they are not being heard.

Island County Sheriff Rick Felici wrote that, "Law enforcement is something done with and for our community, not something we do to them."  I agree with him and believe that is the standard we must hold ourselves to.

I call upon Island County to use this moment to step back and take an honest look at our local government's internal systems and external impacts, to assess how we are serving to advance racial justice across our organization, and in our community. 

This past week I struggled to find words to express my own thoughts.  Processing the tragedy and the outpouring of emotions, I was moved to tears as I walked down Langley's Second Street along the Black Lives Matter chalk memorial.  Like many of you, I've reached out to friends and family to understand how others are feeling and responding.

Now is a time to listen with an open mind, to learn and un-learn, to reflect, to seek solutions and take action. Because Black Lives Matter. 

Helen Price Johnson


U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Endorses Helen Price Johnson

“Helen Price Johnson has served with distinction as a County Commissioner, working in a bipartisan manner to improve the lives of working families. There's nobody more capable or qualified for 10th District voters to send to the State Senate than Helen.  As a voter in the 10th District, please join me in voting for Helen Price Johnson."

I am honored and so grateful for your endorsement, Sen. Murray!

Endorse Helen online at: https://helenpricejohnson.org/endorsements/


Volunteer Opportunities 

We have opportunities across the board in the 10 LD and our State to elect great Democrats. Our mission at the Coordinated campaign is to make sure we elect all of our Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020, sign up to join us in June!

All events can be found here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/organizingevents/

The Coordinated Campaign has staffed up and is running a full complement of all-online voter contact events. We do phone banks Monday - Thursday evenings from 5pm - 8pm and we have a dialer system (it makes the calls for you and connects volunteers to voters after they have already picked up) that we run every Sunday evening from 5pm - 8pm. For a peak at what the Dialer looks like watch this video: Here.

At the beginning of every group phone bank event, staff will provide training and remain on for the whole event to offer one-on-one support to volunteers who need more help. We also have training webinars every other Saturday- our June trainings will be on the 13th and 27th. Our Organizing Academies cover the Coordinated Campaigns plan to Win in 2020 and the Tools Training covers how to use the technology we are utilizing to do our work.

Frequent Questions about Direct Voter Contact:

  • Who we are contacting & why: Right now we have a whole bunch of voters that we don't have enough data on to know which party they support. We received a lot of information on Washington voters from the Presidential Primary, but for our newly registered folks that didn’t vote and more, we have the opportunity to identify additional Democrats and put them in our universe of voters to mobilize and turnout when ballots are in voters hands. Our Voter ID effort also helps clean up our lists by getting all the wrong numbers, disconnected, and Republicans off them. The Voter ID phase of our work is critical, as it enables us to execute a GOTV effort that is as accurate and efficient as possible. (Which will be needed in the 10thLD!) At the end of the day all this work allows us to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November!

  • Can I call into my LD: Yes you can call into your LD on any virtual phonebank. However, when calling on the Dialer, the calls will be made statewide. 


Young Democrats of Island County (YDIC)

Technology difficulties are a plight for all organizations, even the ones full of young people. One of the most common questions I receive as Chair of the Young Democrats of Island County is ‘Do you have young people savvy in tech that can help out with [insert name of organization here]?’ As a general rule, our membership is well versed and quite capable in our modern digital and social media space. But we are far from immune and the last six weeks has made that abundantly clear. First, a user agreement wasn’t marked correctly on our Gmail account, meaning our email wasn’t working. Thankfully, that has been fixed and you can now email us at [email protected]. Then our website was glitchy as all get out and we had to replace all the links and photos to get it live. This is now fixed, and you can visit us at www.ydic.org. Then the delays in banking verification meant that our donation site wasn’t working. This is now fixed and you can find our donation page here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ydic. And finally, we still cannot get our social media accounts to link quite right.

So, in conclusion, please feel free to email us and certainly check out the website. Also, keep an eye out for a Facebook page that works (maybe) and know that we are all in this technology thing together.
Ivan Lewis
Chair, YDIC
[email protected]
www.ydic.org


Candidate Events

 

Particularly during these times of hardship and crisis we are reminded more than ever of the difference between a good politician and a great politician. We have all, at one time or another, seen that difference before us, on the news, at a rally, or during a Statewide press conference. What makes a great politician is the ability for people to know that their voices are heard, that their interests will be championed, and that positive changes can be made. A great politician also knows the value in collaborating on solutions for our toughest problems so that real, effective change can happen with the support of colleagues, stakeholders, and citizens. We need true champions for the working class, the working poor and those being left behind and great politicians who make decisions driven by compassion and effectiveness, not by profits and greed.

In the pursuit of better policy, we have been collaborating on some of the issues that matter to us most.  Policies like expanding ECEAP, Working Connections Child Care, and secondary education apprenticeship partnerships so that we can have true cradle to career education that not only starts with childcare and Pre-K, but also continues until true career readiness. Policies that expand access to affordable housing options so that families can afford to live here. Policies, like housing first, that ensure everyone’s basic needs are being met with dignity. Policies that bring infrastructure improvements that invest in our futures, like ensuring everyone has clean water and bringing broadband to Island County as a utility. These infrastructure investments not only offer a brighter future for our communities but bring with them much needed living wage jobs. And we must implement more policies that immediately address the climate crisis head on by prioritizing the transition to a modern clean economy.  We will be holding a joint town hall on Tuesday June 16th at 7pm via Zoom to discuss our platforms, ideas, and visions for tomorrow. Join us to listen in, ask a question and learn more about us and our campaigns.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HlztrHwXRJ6XX6BPkVfm9A
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the
webinar.

Ivan Lewis – Candidate for State Representative, 10th LD, Position 1
IvanLewis.org
Nathan Howard – Candidate for Island County Commissioner, Position 1
NathanHoward.net
Fe Mischo – Candidate for Island County Commissioner, Position 2
GoWithMischo.com


Grethe’s Conversations With Candidates: June 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Join Grethe Cammermeyer on Zoom for conversations with Senate (10th LD) candidate Helen Price Johnson; House (10th LD) candidate Suzanne Woodard; and Island County Commissioner Dist. 1 candidate Melanie Bacon.  Open to all.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83983861410?pwd=NmovRFM0eDFxZGlpQ0ZXczlTRU1zdz09   Password:  ISLAND


Angie Homola is scheduling virtual Zoom meet and greets, phone banking, and letter writing.  Please contact her manager at  [email protected]  to sign-up. Please go to Angie’s website to endorse her, and to learn about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. Facebook - AngieForAll.com  


                                    

Solstice Eve Summer Kick-off

Friday, June 19th, 6 - 8 pm via Zoom

The Summer Solstice is my favorite day of the year--because it’s the longest! 

Join me Friday, June 19th to ring in nature’s longest day at our latitude. June 19th also holds utmost significance in American history: on this date in 1865, the Union Army overcame slaveholder resistance and finally emancipated the enslaved people of the deep south — two full years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. 155 years later, it’s important that we celebrate progress and continue the fight against injustice.

We are gathering virtually to celebrate Angie’s recent endorsements, hold a vigil in support of ending racial bigotry and police brutality, and write letters to help get Angie to Olympia where she can fight for all of us. Please visit AngieForAll.com/solstice for event details and RSVP.

Please join us to spread the word that my mission has always been about extending justice and fairness to all.  I have grounded myself in that mission as a 23 year Oak Harbor resident and community volunteer, former Island County Commissioner, and with your help - future 10th LD representative. 

Together we are stronger, together we can make positive change happen.

Sincerely, Angie Homola


Nathan Howard, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1, is hosting a weekly Saturday morning Facebook event at 9:00 am entitled Camper Conversations - Saturday Mornings Chats with Nathan.  This Saturday, June 13 will be Kathleen Petrich. Next Saturday, June 20 will be Caroyln Cliff. Facebook - Nathan4IC


Fe Mischocandidate for Island County Commissioner District 2, is hosting a weekly Sunday morning Facebook event at 11:00 am entitled Coffee with the Candidate. Facebook - GoWith MischoDist2


Melanie Bacon, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1, is holding bi-weekly virtual town halls on topics of interest to the community.   Send a Facebook message to Melanie Bacon or email her at [email protected] and she’ll send you an invitation to the virtual meeting. 
Facebook - 
ElectMelanieBacon

Election Calendar

13-Jun-20                 Washington State Democratic Convention 

20-Jun-20                  Louisiana Primary (rescheduled)

20-Jun-20                 10th LD Quarterly Meeting -

20-Jun-20                  New York & Kentucky Primaries (rescheduled)       

18-Jul-20                  10th LD E-Board              

4-Aug-20                  Washington State Primary Election

15-Aug-20                10th LD E-Board              

17-Aug-20                Democratic National Convention Begins (Milwaukee, WI)

20-Aug-20                Democratic National Convention Ends

19-Sep-20                10th LD Quarterly Meeting         

25-Sep-20                 Washington State Democrats (WSDCC) Meeting Spokane                       

3-Nov-20                  General Election                                         

21-Nov-20                10th LD E-Board              

24-Nov-20                Election Results Certified                           

14-Dec-20                Electoral College Meets

19-Dec-20                10th LD Re-Organization Meeting            

8-Jan-21                   Washington State Democrats (WSDCC)  Re-Organization Meeting       


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.   Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:


Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $15 to become a member or $25 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

May is the month that the political campaigns really get started.  Candidate filing week begins on May 11 and ends May 15. May 18 is the last day that candidates can withdraw.  Most Local Political Organizations (LPOs) hold their candidate endorsement meetings shortly after filing week.  There are links to the websites of our local LPOs is at the bottom of this newsletter, close to the DONATE button (wink wink).  All candidates for public office are required to file in order to be included on the Primary Election Ballot.  This includes Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs). 

If you have ever thought about becoming more involved in Democratic politics, this is the year to act.  You can run to become a PCO, the Democratic representative for your precinct!  PCOs are the building blocks of the Democratic Party. They are the grassroots organizing base for all of our activities.  PCOs play an important role in electing Democrats. It’s their job to get to know their neighbors, educate undecided or swing voters, and make sure Democrats are registered to vote. Before Election Day, they work to turn out voters by knocking on doors and making phone calls. All this hard work adds up to precinct-by-precinct victories and the election of Democratic candidates. This is what grassroots politics is all about!

PCOs are also a central part of their local Democratic organization. They elect Party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected offices, and lead their precinct caucus every two years. Becoming active with your local Democratic organization will make you a more effective PCO.  There are two ways to become a PCO - election by the voters in your precinct, or appointment by your local Democratic Party organization.

By election: Democratic voters in each precinct will elect PCOs in August Primary. A candidate who runs unopposed will be automatically elected; contested elections will appear on the primary ballot.  PCOs elected in August will take office on December 1st. All candidates for PCO must file with their County Elections office between May 11 and May 15th.  Click Here


Census - You Count! Be Counted!

With all the attention to the Coronavirus pandemic, we should not lose sight of the census. It is extremely important that we all get counted! Most of us can complete the census on-line with a computer or smartphone. Here is a link if you need more information or have had problems completing the census. Here is another link with information that includes how to recognize a real census worker. (bottom of page)


Candidates Corner 

In the last few months, I have featured one or more candidates running for office in this newsletter.  In February, I ran a column featuring Suzanne Woodard, candidate for 10th LD State Representative Position 1.  In March, I featured Scott McMullen and Ivan Lewis, both candidates for the same State Representative race. I featured Dave Paul and Helen Price-Johnson in April.  Of course, Dave is our incumbent State Representative Position 2 and Helen is Island County Commissioner from District 1 who is running for State Senate for the 10th LD. This month I am featuring Angie Homola, the forth candidate in the State Representative position 1 race.  Also featured are all four Island County Commissioner candidates, Nathan Howard and Melanie Bacon for District 1 and Fe Mischo and Chris Reed for District 2.

All these candidate profiles, plus others, are up on the 10th LD website.  https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/


Angie Homola - Candidate for WA State Representative: Position 1

                                

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In the face of COVID-19 millions of health care and vital service workers deserve our
profound gratitude for their courage and sacrifice. Americans are sewing gowns and
masks, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and tending the infirmed. If there is a positive here, it is that people have shown they can rally effectively against a threat to our existence.  This pandemic has pulled back the curtain on social injustice, revealing the true disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Now is the time to take a new path — one that helps everyone climb the ladder so they are equipped to overcome the even greater perils facing us, like climate change and the decay of our democracy.  Now more than ever we need courageous policymakers with the skills, compassion, and collaborative experiences necessary to navigate the tough road ahead. As an Island County Commissioner, architect, military wife, mother, and master’s graduate in environmental law and policy, when faced with hard times during the Great Recession, I used science-based and forward thinking solutions to maintain the government services that people needed most. I championed government transparency, smart land use planning and housing, public safety and safety nets, efficiency, and equity. With this invaluable breadth of background and experience, I will do the same as your state representative. Thank you for your amazing support in getting me to Olympia where I can help forge a better future for people and our planet.
Stay well. Lend a hand. Plant a tree,

Sincerely,

Angie Homola

Candidate WA State House of Representatives (1) 10LD (D)
AngieForAll.com
[email protected]
Facebook: angieforall
(360) 632-3016 cell/text


                     

            Nathan Howard -  Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1

 

   

 

I am running to be your next County Commissioner because I’m genuinely passionate about making our local government more effective. Now, more than ever, we need strong leaders who are able to lead us through these difficult times. I have a wide range of experience working in difficult situations and have extensive training in emergency preparedness. 

Part of my success comes from being able to work well with a wide range of people. I was honored to have recently received the endorsement of AFSCME Local 1845. This is the largest union at Island County and is made up of staff from most departments. Moving forward from this crisis, I want to build on partnerships, like the one I am building with county staff, to collaborate in strengthening Island County. 

To maintain social distancing, I have been conducting all my campaign events and meetings remotely. Every Saturday morning at 9am, I am discussing issues relevant to Island County and my campaign via live stream on Facebook. Join me for my Camper Conversations at www.facebook.com/Nathan4IC/live/

If you are interested in having me set up a private Zoom meeting with you and your friends or a group you’re a part of, please let me know. You can find my contact info and learn more about me and my campaign at www.NathanHoward.net

Let’s build an even better place to live, work, and visit!

Committee to Elect Nathan Howard
PO Box 1114
Coupeville, WA 98239

Phone: (360) 390-4660
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nathan4IC/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathan4ic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nathan4IC
Website: www.NathanHoward.net


 

              Melanie Bacon -  Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1

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I am a visionary, with a clear plan for keeping Island County a vibrant and joyful rural community over the coming decade. I am also an experienced executive and manager. In 2010 I quit my job as the International Compensation Manager for a Fortune 500 company working with employees in 48 countries in order to move to the south end of Whidbey Island, the only place I've ever lived that truly felt like "home". I’ve been the Human Resources Director for Island County now for almost 10 years--and I know more about how Island County government functions than probably any other County Commissioner candidate has ever known before they were elected to the office. During the current crisis I was appointed into a new role and now I’m one of the people leading daily operations for the County. Every day I’m deploying staff and resources in support of the County’s emergency response—a couple of weeks ago my focus was on what and how do we close; now I’m spending most of my time keeping ahead of issues about what and how do we open again, as well as on what our County structure will look like in six months, in a year, what jobs will we lose funding for, how should we reset our budget expectations, how do we serve citizens through the rest of 2020 and through 2021—citizens whose needs for government services will be greater than ever before—while we expect to have less money for service delivery than we had in 2019, due to the expected loss of sales tax revenue. The County is in for a rough ride next year. I will be better prepared for it than anyone else running for this job.

Melanie Bacon for County Commissioner District 1 

 www.melaniebaconcandidate.org

PO Box 831, Clinton, WA 98236

[email protected]


                               

                  Fe Mischo -  Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 2

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During this crisis I have seen where improvements in our county can be made. We have struggling essential workers, rural areas without internet access and work from home can and should be implemented. Our air quality has improved immensely and we can keep this up by using the technology we have today. We need investments in housing, job security and childcare. We need to do an internal audit of county funds and see where they can better be put to use. I want to see more diversity in our government. We need to work with employees and listen to their needs, in doing so we can cut down turnover by making the work place more cohesive. 

I look forward to working for Island County residents. I strongly believe I am the best candidate for District 2. Join me every Sunday at 11am https://www.facebook.com/events/309801099993213/ and please visit my website www.gowithmischo.com to donate. volunteer and join the movement.

P.O. Box 2568
Oak Harbor, WA, 98277
Phone: (206) 682-7328
Email: [email protected]
Gowithmischo.com



                Chris Reed -  Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 2

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I would like to thank the LD10 Democrats for this chance to introduce myself. It’s very flattering to know that you are taking the time to read about me, a local boy, humble service worker, and teller of “dad jokes.”

My name is Christopher Lane-Reed, but most people call me Chris. My long-time friends call me “Reed,” a remnant of my 90’s childhood. I am a lifelong resident of Island County, and more specifically, Whidbey Island. Born in Coupeville, raised in Greenbank, I graduated from Coupeville High School in 1999. I’m one of those exceptionally rare millennials that got to go to school with the same folks from K-12, and I have an immense love and devotion for my community as a result. I have been blessed to
have been trained and worked alongside the previous generation, who taught me invaluable skills and traits that I bring into my everyday life. I’ve also been fortuitous with my family, because they also share my passion for service and work in one way or another; we volunteer for the Holiday House, and for local youth sports and schools.

This pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives, especially campaigning, leading to flexibility and adaptation; lessons learned through innovation during the swing in social norms and a brutal recession.  As commissioner of District Two, I will bring diversity in experience and training to every resident in Island County. We should all be working with each other as we move forward, if we want to lead the nation in this economic recovery. Check out more of my ideas, policy goals, and background information at www.chrisreed2020.com.

I am Chris Reed, and I hope I have your support for 2020. I bring youth, experience, and energy, providing local, loyal, leadership.

https://www.facebook.com/2020.chris.reed/

[email protected]

360-632-6319


 

Young Democrats of Island County (YDIC)

Technology difficulties are a plight for all organizations, even the ones full of young people. One of the most common questions I receive as Chair of the Young Democrats of Island County is ‘Do you have young people savvy in tech that can help out with [insert name of organization here]?’ As a general rule, our membership is well versed and quite capable in our modern digital and social media space. But we are far from immune and the last six weeks has made that abundantly clear. First, a user agreement wasn’t marked correctly on our Gmail account, meaning our email wasn’t working. Thankfully, that has been fixed and you can now email us at [email protected]. Then our website was glitchy as all get out and we had to replace all the links and photos to get it live. This is now fixed, and you can visit us at www.ydic.org. Then the delays in banking verification meant that our donation site wasn’t working. This is now fixed and you can find our donation page here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ydic. And finally, we still cannot get our social media accounts to link quite right.

So, in conclusion, please feel free to email us and certainly check out the website. Also, keep an eye out for a Facebook page that works (maybe) and know that we are all in this technology thing together.
Ivan Lewis
Chair, YDIC
[email protected]
www.ydic.org


Candidate Events


1st 10th LD On-Line Candidate Town Halls

The Washington Indivisible Network (WIN) will hold  a pre-endorsement Town Hall for all four 10th LD State Representative Position 1 candidates, Scott McMullen, Suzanne Woodard, Ivan Lewis, and Angie Homola, on May 26th at 7:00 pm.  This will be a Zoom video conferencing meeting open to all. Log-in credentials will be sent to those who register here.  https://www.facebook.com/events/685283602327321  Please be sure to join the call 5 minutes early to ensure you can enter the meeting.

WIN will hold a second Town Hall on May 28th at 7:00 p.m. for our incumbent 10th LD State Representative Dave Paul, and our State Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson. A link to register for this event will be available shortly.  Also stay tuned for other events featuring the candidates for 2nd Congressional District Rick Larsen and Jason Call plus the candidates for the two Island County Commissioner races.


 10th LD Democrats Endorsement Meeting

Our 10th LD Democrats endorsement meeting will be held on May 30th beginning at 9:30 am on Zoom.  Watch for details.  We will vote on the endorsement of candidates for the U.S. 2nd Congressional District seat, the 10th LD State Representative Position 1 seat, two Island County Commissioner seats, and multiple judicial seats.

All are welcome to attend, but in order to vote in these endorsement meetings, you will need to be an elected or appointed PCO, or be a member in good standing (see Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization immediately after the Calendar)


Individual Candidate Events


Angie Homola is scheduling virtual Zoom meet and greets, phone banking, and letter writing.  Please contact her manager at  [email protected]  to sign-up. Please go to Angie’s website to endorse her, and to learn about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.  AngieForAll.com


Nathan Howard, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1, is hosting a weekly Saturday morning Facebook event at 9:00 am entitled Camper Conversations - Saturday Mornings Chats with Nathan  Nathan4IC


Fe Mischocandidate for Island County Commissioner District 2, is hosting a weekly Sunday morning Facebook event at 11:00 am entitled Coffee with the Candidate.  GoWith MischoDist2


Melanie Bacon, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1, is holding bi-weekly virtual town halls on topics of interest to the community. On May 15, 2020 from 6:30- 7:00 PM, the topic will be “Enhancing the quality of life for Island County citizens". The topic for May 29 will be "How the County can improve its services to citizens".  Send a Facebook message to Melanie Bacon or email her at [email protected] and she’ll send you an invitation to the virtual meeting.  ElectMelanieBacon

May Calendar

Apr 26 - May 3, PCOs vote for delegates to State Party Convention

May 5, All Day - Cinco de Mayo

May 9, 10 am-12 pm, Saturday, Skagit County Democrats E-Board meeting - Zoom

May 9, 10 am-12 pm, Saturday, Stanwood Democrats meeting - Zoom

May 11 - 15, Candidate Filing Week

May 16, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Saturday, 10th LD Democrats E-Board meeting - Zoom

May 18, 4:30 - Deadline for candidates to withdraw

May 20, 7 - 9 pm, Wednesday, Camano Island Democrats  meeting - Zoom

May 25, Memorial Day

May 26, 7-9 pm, Tuesday, Snohomish County Democrats E-Board meeting - probably Zoom

May 26, 7-8:30 pm, Tuesday, WIN - 10th LD State Representative Position 1 Candidates Town Hall

May 28, 7-8:30 pm, Thursday, WIN - 10th LD State Representative Position 2 incumbent candidate Dave Paul and State Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson

May 28, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Whidbey Island Democratic Club meeting - probably Zoom

May 30, 9:30 am, 10th LD Democrats Endorsement Meeting - Zoom

June 6, Skagit County Democrats Endorsement Meeting - Zoom


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

The 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings elected and appointed PCOs and members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.  In order to vote at our endorsement meeting on May 16, your dues need to be paid by May 2.  Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:


Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Dues are $15 to become a member or $25 per couple/family.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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Want to be a Delegate at the

Washington State Democratic

Convention?

The Washington State Democratic Party has a new on-line Delegate Selection process that replaces the Legislative District (LD) and Congressional District (CD) Caucuses.  Please register by clicking on the link below.

At this point,  the State Convention (Jun 12 - 14) is still on. If you wish to be a delegate and support your presidential candidate, please take the following steps:

  • Register on-line by Apr 24 at https://wademscaucus2020.azurewebsites.net/.
  • If you already pre-registered for the caucuses you should receive an email asking you to update your registration
  • PCOs (Precinct Committee Officers) will vote between Apr 26 and May 3 
  • Delegates Notified - You will be notified if you are a delegate for the State Convention by May 5

Further resources and information are available at https://www.waelectioncenter.com/

All candidates to be a delegate MUST declare themselves digitally! You can do your part, from the safety of your own home, and fight for your Presidential Nominee by registering HERE! 

Let your Local PCO know a little more about you, let them know why your candidate matters, and get involved today. As we've seen these past four years, and especially these past few months, NOW more than ever we need competent, smart, compassionate leadership in our country. 

If you don't know your local PCO, they are listed on the 10th LD Democrats website below. https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/.

Stay safe out there and let's go get Democrats elected.


Want to go even further and become a National Convention Delegate in Milwaukee or on-line if necessary. Click HERE


A Note from the Chair

What a difference a month makes.  A month ago, we were still planning in-person meetings, preparing for campaign kick-off events, looking forward to the Magnuson Dinner in Seattle, rolling out the coordinated campaign doorbelling activities, going out to dinner, hanging out in bars and a myriad of other things.  Now, we go out for groceries and pharmaceuticals, but otherwise stay home and do Zoom meetings and Facebook Live events, and watch Netflix.


Sad News - It is with deep regret we advise that one of the Skagit County Democrats volunteers, Nikki Hamilton, was stricken by the COVID-19 virus and passed away.  Nikki was an active and enthusiastic member of the Skagit Dems and she will be sorely missed. 

Our local COVID-19 cases and accompanying death rate keeps rising.  We all need to continue to comply with Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home - Stay Healthy" order currently in place until May 4.  Recovery from this will be difficult, but we will get past these troubling times.  In the meantime, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please stay healthy.

  • Drink lots of water
  • Talk with someone on the phone every day
  • Maintain social connections.
  • Laugh (humor heals)
  • Listen to music
  • Read a book
  • Exercise
  • Get plenty of rest. 

The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (see CDC link above).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Good News - The turnout of Democratic voters for the Presidential Primary was spectacular.  Democrats cast over 1.6 million votes in Washington State during this primary. In 2016 we had approximately 230k participating in our state-wide caucuses. That is good news for our upcoming 2020 election! Although doorbelling and other face-to-face voter contact cannot occur, efforts are underway for phone banking. In addition, each candidate in the 10th LD will be ramping up their efforts to reach voters through the use of technology like on-line meetings and Facebook Live events. 10th LD Democrats will assist candidates by providing links to their events, as well as inviting them to speak at our meetings.  We will keep you posted on all upcoming events as they become available.


More Good News - Wow, air quality has improved all over the country and the world during this pandemic.  The lack of cars on the roads has really reduced our carbon footprint.  The Guardian reports that this is the "Largest scale experiment ever" and shows what is possible as satellite images reveal marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels.  Nitrogen dioxide is produced from car engines, power plants and other industrial processes and is thought to exacerbate respiratory illnesses such as asthma.  When this immediate danger has passed, perhaps we can rethink how we drive, work, and congregate.  On-line meetings may be here to stay.


Other News - Steve DeHaven has resigned his position as chair of Island County Democrats.  First Vice-Chair Melody Risner will take over as interim chair.  We wish Steve well in his future endeavors. 


We appreciate Congressman Rick Larsen for making himself available to give us updates on the COVID-19 crisis.  He has had conference calls in all of the counties within his 2nd Congressional District.  Thanks Rick



The Warren G. Magnuson Awards Dinner, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle has been postponed.  Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.  All previously purchased tickets are still valid.

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Census - You Count! Be Counted!
With all the attention to the Coronavirus pandemic, we should not lose sight of the census. It is extremely important that we all get counted! Most of us can complete the census on-line with a computer or smartphone. Here is a link if you need more information or have had problems completing the census. Here is another link with information that includes how to recognize a real census worker (bottom of the page).


Candidates Corner 

In the coming months, I will feature 2 or 3 candidates in each newsletter. Next month I will feature Angie Homola, candidate for State Representative Position 1 and the candidates for Island County Commissioner District 1, Nathan Howard and Melanie Bacon.

All candidate profiles are up on the 10th LD website.  https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

Dave Paul, our incumbent State Representative

Endorsed by the 10th LD Democrats for 2020

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Dear Friends,

Recent months have brought significant challenges to our community because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Legislative Session came to a close, Legislature allocated $225 million for COVID-19 response, 
including:
  • $175 million for direct response to the health crisis
  • $25 million for worker and business protections
  • $25 million in federal funds to help state agencies, local governments, and tribes respond to
     the COVID-19 crisis.
The Governor has issued a series of directives to help slow the spread of the virus and mitigate the effect it has on our community. You can learn more about the latest work being done to A) protect our community and B) help individuals and businesses by visiting: 
https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/covid-19-resources-for-individuals-workers-and-employers/

Healthcare has long been a priority of the Democratic Party, I am proud to have continued this legacy of strengthening healthcare at the state level. Here’s some of the great work the Legislature did to 
prioritize healthcare in the last session. The 2020 Legislative budget:
• Increases provider and nursing home Medicaid rates, helping to support rural healthcare providers and
  non- profit nursing homes
• Boosts funding for rural health clinics and foundational public health
• Supports mental health services and substance use treatment

We also worked to reduce the escalating cost of prescription drugs by passing legislation to:
• Lower the cost of prescription drugs
• Reduce the cost of insulin

On the campaign side, I think it is critically important that we work together to retain my seat this year. I will be the number one target of the Republican Party this election cycle, and we will need to work 
hard to fight off a challenger who wants to implement a Trump-style agenda at the state-level. At the same time, COVID-19 will compel us to run a different campaign then we did two years ago. If you would 
like to help virtually connect with friends and neighbors until we can start doorbelling again, please contact Beth at [email protected].

Dave Paul


Our 10th LD candidate for State Senate is our own

Helen Price-Johnson 

Currently our Island County Commissioner from District 1

Endorsed by the 10th LD Democrats for 2020

Helen Price Johnson

The coronavirus continues its relentless assault on our Northwest communities, and as a result, it has become a severe economic crisis too.  We don’t know exactly when the pandemic will slow, but it is important to remember that this too shall pass.  What will be the long-term impact on our towns, our families and our businesses?   How can we take the lessons learned and create a stronger, more equitable and healthier Washington?  In times like these we see how much we need experience, integrity and leadership in our public officials.  That's why the 2020 election is so important. 

The coronavirus has changed the nature of my political campaign and made it much harder to reach out to our 100,000 voters in the 10th LD.  We are not holding fundraisers or house parties or knocking on voters’ doors, in order to keep our volunteers and neighbors safe.  

The sudden economic downturn has also made it much harder to raise the additional funds we will need for more direct mail, TV ads and online outreach – all necessary because of the limitation on face to face contact with voters.

I am asking you to go to www.helenpricejohnson.org to connect with us.  There you can donate, endorse my campaign, volunteer or let us know you have a great location for a yard sign.  Please follow us on social media, and share this link with your friends so we can spread our message across the 10th LD.

Thanks so much for your help!

Helen Price Johnson


Young Democrats of Island County

We continue to pursue our goals of electing Democrats, advocating for progressive issues and educating the next generation of leaders. So, as always, if you are 35 or younger, or know someone who is or just want to chat, please reach out to us!  [email protected]

Ivan Lewis
Chair, YDIC


Candidate Events

Angie Homola, candidate for 10th LD State Representative Pos 1, is holding virtual Zoom meet and greets, if you would like to host an intimate meeting with your friends to get to know Angie and to share your concerns and questions please email Angie at: [email protected] -  AngieForAll.com - Facebook AngieForAll


Nathan Howard, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1, is hosting a weekly Saturday morning Facebook event at 9:00 am entitled Camper Conversations - Saturday Mornings Chats with Nathan  Nathan4IC


Fe Mischocandidate for Island County Commissioner District 2, is hosting a weekly Sunday morning Facebook event at 11:00 am entitled Coffee with the Candidate.  GoWith MischoDist2


Melanie Bacon, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1,  Discuss Issues with the Candidate, every other Friday evening from 6 – 6:30 pm, beginning April 17. Send a message on Facebook to Melanie Bacon and she’ll send you an invitation to the virtual meeting. ElectMelanieBacon

April Calendar

Apr 11, 10 am - 12 pm, Saturday, Skagit County Democrats Central Committee meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 11, 10 am - 12 pm, Saturday, Snohomish County Democrats Central Committee meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 15, 7 - 9 pm, Wednesday, Camano Island Democrats  meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saturday, 10th LD Democrats E-Board meeting - definitely Zoom

Apr 23, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Whidbey Island Democratic Club meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 28, 7-9 pm, Tuesday, Snohomish County Democrats E-Board meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 26 - May 3, PCOs vote for delegates to State Party Convention

May 2, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saturday, 10th LD Democrats E-Board meeting - definitely Zoom

May 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Thursday, Island County Democrats E-Board meeting - probably Zoom


 10th LD Democrats Endorsement Meetings

We have an endorsement meeting scheduled for May 16th, however The Washington State Labor Council has their endorsement meeting the same day.  So all Federal, State and Legislative District candidates will want to attend.  We may go ahead and hold endorsement meetings for judicial and county commissioner races.  We will reschedule our remaining endorsement meetings for later in May or early June.  

But, in order to vote in these endorsement meetings, you need to be an elected or appointed PCO, or be a member in good standing. In order to be a member in good standing, please read the following:


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

As you know, the 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.  In order to vote at our endorsement meeting on May 16, your dues need to be paid by May 2.  Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $15 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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How to protect yourself from COVID-19

From the CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

From VOX - https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/2/28/21156128/coronavirus-prepare-outbreak-covid19-health

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (see CDC link above).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    Scary stuff and may significantly impact our plans this year.  Some events may be cancelled.  Always a good idea to confirm before you go.

Welcome to Primary Season (Super Tuesday +)

Washington States's presidential primary on March 10 takes the place of the precinct caucuses that we remember from 2016 and before.  Ballots are out and must be returned by March 10.  Just like all elections in Washington, ballots can be dropped off in ballot boxes or mailed in (no stamp required).  If you choose to mail your ballot, do not wait until the last day to insure it gets counted.  Personally, I plan to wait until the results are in from Super Tuesday, March 3, to see which candidates are still kicking.  You may have seen that Pete Buttigieg dropped out on Sunday.  Delegate slots will be allocated to candidates winning 15% of the votes or more.  I have written about the LD Caucuses and county conventions in previous newsletters and will do so again, but I'll give you a break this month. You can find previous newsletters on the 10th LD website, if you really want more.

We are really excited about our races this year, from president on down to our local races. In 2018, we elected Dave Paul as our first democratic state House Representative in a long time. We need to work hard to re-elect Dave. This year, we have an opportunity to flip our entire delegation blue by electing Helen Price-Johnson as our next state Senator and one of several candidates running for our other house race (Scott McMullen, Suzanne Woodard, or Ivan Lewis.)  But, it all depends on you and your support.  We proved we can win.  Now let’s do it big time.

In Island County, we have Nathan Howard and Melanie Bacon both seeking the District 1 seat occupied by Helen Price-Johnson.  And in District 2 (Oak Harbor), Chris Reed and Fe Mischo have both filed to run against the republican incumbent, Jill Johnson.


2020 Election Calendar         

3-Mar                    Super Tuesday (AL, AR, CA, CO, ME, MA, MN, NC,
                                 OK, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA)

10-Mar                  WA Pres. Primary Election  (+ ID, MI, MS, MO, ND)

17-Mar                  Primaries in AZ, FL, IL, OH

24-Mar                  Georgia Primary

29-Mar                  Puerto Rico Primary 

4-Apr                     Primaries in AK, HI, LA, WY

7-Apr                     Wisconsin Primary

28-Apr                   Primaries in CT, DE, MD, NY, PA, RI 


Candidate Corner with Links to Websites

Candidates for local public office that have announced and have filed with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) or the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) as of the date of this newsletter.  There are some new additions this month.  Check out Ivan Lewis and Fe Mischo.  The filing deadline is not until May 15, so many more candidates could be added to this list.  Stay tuned.  Information about statewide candidates can be found on the 10th LD website and in previous newsletters.

               Congress (1st CD)

                  Suzan DelBene –D  https://www.delbeneforcongress.com/

               Congress (2nd CD)

                        Rick Larsen –D (Incumbent)  https://www.ricklarsen.org/

                        Jason Call – D https://www.callforcongress.com/

 10th LD

                State Senate

                        Helen Price-Johnson – D  https://helenpricejohnson.org/

                        Ron Muzzall – R (newly appointed incumbent)

                 State Representative Pos. 1 -

                        Scott McMullen – D  https://www.scottmcmullen.org/

                        Suzanne Woodard - D  https://www.suzannewoodard.com/

                         Ivan Lewis - D  IvanLewis.org

                        Norma Smith – R (Incumbent)

                  State Representative Pos. 2

                        Dave Paul – D (Incumbent)  http://www.votedavepaul.com/

                        Bill Bruch – R

Island County

            Island County Commissioner District 1

                        Nathan Howard – D  https://www.nathanhoward.net/

                        Melanie Bacon – D  https://www.melaniebaconcandidate.org/

                        Gary Wray - R

                        Damian Greene - R

            Island County Commissioner District 2

                           Chris Reed – D  https://chrisreed2020.com/

                            Fe Mischo – D   https://www.gowithmischo.com/            

                           Jill Johnson – R

Skagit County

            Skagit County Commissioner District 2

                           Peter Browning - I

                           Ken Dahlstedt - D (incumbent) not declared


So, as you can see, we have a plethora of democratic candidates this year.   I love that word.  We have 3 candidates for State House position 1, 2 candidates for Island County Commissioner District 1, and  2 candidates for Island County Commissioner District 2.  In the coming months, I will feature 1 or 2 candidates in each newsletter. 


 

Scott McMullen is back for a second run for 

State Rep position 1.

Hello, my name is Scott McMullen, I am running for State Rep – 10th LD, POS 1.

My priorities are:

Education - I will increase support for community college and trade schools.  Additionally, we need more opportunities for people to participate in apprenticeship programs, especially for veterans returning to the civilian workforce. 

Transportation - Investments in transportation streamline moving goods and services throughout our region.  Investing in infrastructure and transportation also provides well-paying construction jobs for our workforce.  Finally, I will work to make sure we have fiscally responsible management of our ferry system, and a safe and efficient fleet with a long-term plan for replacement.

Public Safety - I believe in supporting our First Responders. The state should do more to make sure they have the appropriate training, equipment, and personnel for natural disasters, especially an earthquake.  I also support common sense legislation to curb gun violence and funding measures that protect our students and schools.

Quality of Life - Investing in clean energy jobs is the best way to protect our environment and create living wage jobs here in our community. We must tackle the affordable housing crisis by investing in public-private partnerships at the local, state, and national levels to make sure that all of our neighbors can afford a home.

I am married, a family man,  Firefighter/EMT and proud Union member of the IAFF,  a 20yr member of the Mt Vernon Kiwanis Club where I serve on the “Children are Priority ONE” Committee, and 28yr Veteran of US Air Force, E7 – Master Sargent - Fire Battalion Chief.

Campaign trail led me to a 59% win over a very popular Incumbent for City Council in Mt Vernon and, again, another strong Opponent for my 2nd term Campaign. Serving on the Law and Justice Committee, Skagit Council of Governments, Community Action Agency Board – Homelessness Projects, Transportation Improvements Board, and the Skagit Transit Authority Board – had strongly been advocated and succeeded to maintain Routes remain Open for the Disabled after the 07/2008 Recession.

I’ve been engulfed into Politics nearly my entire life - My beginnings at the young age of 8yrs as my Dad, former WA State Senator – Patrick McMullen and I was there too.

2020 Doorbelling has begun.. in Snohomish - Stanwood with very favorable results.

It’s to be noted .. that my previous 2018 Campaign resulted in the highest number of DEM votes for any previous DEM Candidate for this position in North Whidbey Island.

As you know.. the Campaign requires enormous resources to Getting the Word out.. so, please Invest by way of Volunteering, Donations, or other in-Kind efforts you can provide.  At this time, we are renewing Campaign efforts, so Donations and Fundraising are priorities

The fact finding and data from my Last Campaign demonstrates (3% from the WIN, 47% of the total votes received) offers us fantastic information to pursue for 2020 Election Campaign.  Completing the same Campaign methods along with focus on the low Voter turnout areas should be effective to ensure the WIN this Election. We have daily-weekly reviews on our Tasks and Goal achievements – to date: our 2020 Campaign… we’ve contacted nearly 500 persons directly (phone calls – door belling), appeared and spoke to 10 meetings varying from Union to DEMS, distributed over 400 flyers – door hangars – business cards, and numerous fund raising calls (volunteer and in person). Since my 2020 Campaign announcement thus far has logged over 400 hrs.   Recent Endorsements from Stanwood DEMS and Retired, former WA State Senator – Georgia Gardener.   We have just started.

My Campaign could be described per this football analogy:  I feel that we were held back in our own End Zone and fought all the way down the field. Now, we are on the 1 yard line, Goal to go .. and need one great effort for the WIN.

As this is only a brief statement of my Campaign. Please refer to my website, Facebook, LinkedIn, or contact me directly via [email protected], or call 360-420-7070.


Meet our newest declared 10th LD candidate, Ivan Lewis.  Ivan is running for State Rep position 1.

I am running because if we don’t turn things around, my children’s generation will do far, far worse than my generation and my parent’s generation. I am running because I represent what we need in Olympia – real people who are beholden to what is right and just and kind, not beholden to special interests. We need politicians who are not afraid to do what it takes to make real change happen. Politicians who know what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet in today’s economy. We need politicians that want the best for all their constituents, not just the ones who have the loudest voices or deepest
pocketbooks.

My background is eclectic but not abnormal for a thirty something year old with a family. I am a born and raised Pacific Northwesterner. I am a self-educated entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in educational enrichment and I now co-own and manage a math and reading center in Mukilteo. As a youth I was an active Scout and spent my spare time involved with community service, outdoor skills and leadership positions within Boy Scouts. After earning Eagle Scout, I turned to the fire service as a way to give back to my community. I spent five years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Snohomish County where I met my partner.

After we started our family, we left the fire service to start our own ambulance company where we worked until my partner had a life altering diagnosis that turned our world upside-down.  Through that experience I realized how important it was for real people like me to run for office; real people who represent the interests of the many, not the few.

Our district is geographically and economically diverse and, as such, we face a diverse list of problems. However, the biggest problems we face come down to human rights: the right to affordable and comprehensive healthcare, the right to safe and affordable housing, the right to cradle to career education and affordable childcare, and the right to a healthy environment.

Our future and our children’s future depend on the actions we take right now. Our children are relying on us to act and to fight for what is just and right and kind. I will do everything in my power to pass onto them our successes, not our failures.

Ivan Lewis
IvanLewis.org
425-232-3370


Young Democrats of Island County

The YDIC has a new email: [email protected].

Our website is still under construction but hopefully will be up with a social media presence in the coming weeks. We are also finalizing our endorsement process and preparing to reach out to candidates.

We continue to pursue our goals of electing Democrats, advocating for progressive issues and educating the next generation of leaders. So, as always, if you are 35 or younger, know someone who is or justwant to chat, please reach out to us!

Ivan Lewis
Chair, YDIC


March Calendar

Mar 2, 7pm, Monday, Freeland Library Come learn about the 2020 Washington State Presidential Primary and caucus process.

Mar 5, 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, Island County Democrats E-Board meeting, County Commissioners' Hearing Room, 6th & Main, Coupeville

Mar 5, 4:30-6:30 pm, Northwest Women’s Political Caucus, Tony V’s Garage 1716 Hewitt Ave. VIP guests
include Snohomish County Council Member Megan Dunn, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, Mukilteo City Council Member Elisabeth Crawford and Lake Stevens City Council Member Mary Dickinson. Rsvp to [email protected] or @NWPCWA.ORG/Events.

Mar 7, 5-9 pm -  2020 Magnuson Dinner - Washington State Convention Center. This is a state-wide event and is sponsored by Washington State Democrats and will replace our usual "Crab Feed".  The 10th LD will have at least one table hosted by me. We expect 1000+ in attendance.  Remember, this is three days before our presidential primary ballots are due, so who knows who will be there.  Just sayin'.

We will be joined by Governor Jay Inslee, our Federal Delegation, and expect special guests from the national Democratic Party as well. We also anticipate each of the leading presidential campaigns will be out in force organizing around this event and we also expect to feature them at our event.  Tickets for this event are $125 and can be purchased at  https://www.wa-democrats.org/Magnuson/ Just be sure to name John Amell as the table captain.  Or you can E-mail me at [email protected] There will be a limited number of reduced price tickets for Young Democrats and “living lightly” folks. 

Mar 8, 2-4 pm, Sunday, Island County Organizing (Boot Camp), Oak Harbor Library, brought to you by Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign.

Mar 9, 4-6 pm, Monday, Democratic Women on the Rocks,  13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes  

Mar 14, 10-noon, Saturday, Skagit County Democrats E-Board meeting, Skagit Dems HQ, 300 A First Street, Mount Vernon

Mar 14, 10-noon, Saturday, Stanwood Democrats meeting, Fire Station on SR-532 @ Pioneer Hwy (map)

Mar 15, 2-4: PM Sunday, Campaign Kickoff & Ice Cream Social for Helen Price Johnson for State Senate, 5642 Bayview Road, Langley, WA

Mar 16, 4 pm, County Convention and LD Caucus Briefing, Monday,  Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

Mar 16, 5-7 pm  Monday, "Coffee with Congress" - meet with 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen The Viking Union, 516 High Street, Bellingham

Mar 19, 7-9 pm, Thursday, Camano Island Democrats meeting, Vista Madrona Fire Station, (map)

Mar 21, 10-noon, Saturday, 10th LD Democrats Quarterly meeting at the Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.

Mar 21, 2:30-4 pm, Saturday, Spend an Afternoon with Helen Price Johnson, SAAL Brewery, 10209 270th St NW, Stanwood

Mar 24, 7-9 pm, Tuesday, Snohomish County Democrats E-Board meeting, Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave

Mar 31,  6:30 pm at Langley United Methodist Church. Help us in welcoming the Sunrise Movement to Whidbey Island with a presentation on the climate crisis and the Green New Deal.

 


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

As you know, the 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.  In order to vote at our next quarterly meeting on March 21, your dues need to be paid by March 7.  We will be having an endorsements meeting in mid-May that you may want to attend and vote.  Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.


Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $15 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 10th LD DEMOCRATS

Wow….January went by so fast with so much going on: 1) multiple local candidates declaring their candidacies - hurrah, 2) the impeachment trial, 3) thinking about the impact of the WA State presidential primary. So this is now the January/February newsletter.

2020 holds a lot of hope and an equal amount of fear.  We have a lot riding on the outcome of our elections.  Of course, we need to DUMP TRUMP, but who will be our nominee?  Here in Washington state we have a new process for determining which candidates get delegates and how many.

We will have a presidential primary on March 10 that takes the place of the precinct caucuses that we remember from 2016 and before.  Ballots will be mailed out on Feb 18 and must be returned by March 10.  Just like all elections in Washington, ballots can be dropped off in ballot boxes or mailed in (no stamp required).  If you choose to mail your ballot, do not wait until the last day to insure it gets counted.  Personally, I plan to wait until the results are in from Super Tuesday, March 3, to see which candidates are still kicking.  Delegate slots will be allocated to candidates winning 15% of the votes or more.  At the LD Caucuses on May 3, we will elect people to fill those allocated slots.  The 10th LD spans 3 counties and 2 congressional districts.  We will hold 3 sub-caucuses for Island, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. The Island County portion will meet at Coupeville High School. The Skagit portion will meet at Mount Vernon High School and the Snohomish County portion will meet at Snohomish County PUD.  Those delegates elected at the LD caucuses will attend the congressional district (CD) caucuses on May 30 and the state convention on June 11.  The delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be elected at the CD caucuses. The County Conventions will be held the same day and in the same place as the 10th LD caucuses and will vote on the party platform and other business. 

We are really excited about our races this year, from president on down to our local races. In 2018, we elected Dave Paul as our first democratic state House Representative in a long time. We need to work hard to re-elect Dave. This year, we have an opportunity to flip our entire delegation blue by electing Helen Price-Johnson as our next state Senator and one of several candidates running for our other house race.  But, it all depends on you and your support.  We proved we can win.  Now let’s do it big time.


Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

As you know, the 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  There are a few cases where only Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) can vote, such as by-law changes and replacing E-Board members and elected officials.

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Dues are $15 per person and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.  In order to vote at our next quarterly meeting on March 21, your dues need to be paid by March 7.  We will be having an endorsements meeting in mid-May that you may want to attend and vote.  Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.


2020 Election Calendar

3-Feb-20                   Iowa Caucuses  

11-Feb-20                New Hampshire primaries           

15-Feb-20                10th LD E-Board in Mount Vernon 

22-Feb-20                Nevada Democratic caucuses     

29-Feb-20                South Carolina Democratic primary         

3-Mar-20                  Super Tuesday (AL, AR, CA, CO, ME, MA, MN, NC,
                                  OK, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA)

10-Mar-20               WA Pres. Primary Election  (+ ID, MI, MS, MO, ND)


Candidates for public office that have announced and have filed with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) or the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) as of the date of this newsletter.  The filing deadline is not until May 15, so many more candidates could be added to this list.  Stay tuned.

National

               President – Any reasonable person

               Congress (1st CD)

                               Suzan DelBene –D (Incumbent)

               Congress (2nd CD)

                               Rick Larsen –D (Incumbent)

                               Jason Call – D

State

               Governor –

                              Jay Inslee –D (Incumbent)

                              Gene Hart – D

                              Philip Fortunato –R

                              Joshua Freed - R

                              4 other R’s & independents

               Lt. Gov –

                              Cyrus Habib – D (Incumbent)

                              Joesph Brumbles - R

               Secretary of State –

                               Kim Wyman – R (Incumbent)

                               Gayle Tarleton –D

               State Auditor –

                              Pat McCarthy – D (Incumbent)

               Attorney General –

                               Bob Ferguson – D (Incumbent)

                               Paul Graves – R

               State Treasurer -

                               Mike Pellicciotti –D

                               Duane Davidson – R(Incumbent)                 

               State Commissioner of Public Lands -

                              Hilary Franz (D) (Incumbent)

                              Bill Bryant (R) 

               State Insurance Commissioner -

                              Mike Kreidler (D) (Incumbent)

                                Anthony Welti (L) 

               State Superintendent of Public Instruction -
                                            
                              Chris Reykdal (D) (Incumbent)

10th LD

                State Senate

                        Helen Price-Johnson – D

                        Ron Muzzall – R (newly appointed incumbent)

                 State Representative Pos. 1 -

                        Scott McMullen – D

                        Suzanne Woodard - D

                        Norma Smith – R (Incumbent)

                  State Representative Pos. 2

                        Dave Paul – D (Incumbent)

                        Bill Bruch – R

Island County

            Island County Commissioner District 1

                        Nathan Howard – D

                        Melanie Bacon – D

                        Gary Wray - R

            Island County Commissioner District 2

                           Chris Reed – D                    

                           Jill Johnson – R (Incumbent) not declared

Skagit County  No one declared                        

Snohomish County  No races this year


Meet our newest declared 10th LD candidate, Suzanne Woodard.  Suzanne is running for State Rep position 1.

Suzanne Woodard is a 38-year neonatal nurse, educator, and mom. As a nurse for three decades, Suzanne has worked in local hospitals delivering thousands of babies, and caring for new moms, military families, and seniors through the North Puget Sound region. One of a few people trained in neonatal resuscitation in Washington State, she now trains doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in critical neonatal care and other specialized services for newborns, skills desperately needed in rural hospitals and other communities far from major care facilities.

The daughter of local school and city bus drivers, Suzanne’s parents were union members who worked hard and were able to get ahead, and give their own six kids a better future. Suzanne’s five brothers have gone on to serve in the military.  She lives in rural South Whidbey with her husband, an employee of the South Whidbey School District. Together, they have 6 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

“Healthcare will be prominent feature of my candidacy. I vow to use my knowledge of medical access, healthcare standards and experience working within the corporate medical systems to benefit our community. I speak the language! Priorities will include protecting our vulnerable members from loss of benefits and work diligently to increase the resources all of our community needs to be healthy and well!

I am a strong supporter of K-12 education, and secondary education as well.  Quality education is the answer to enhancing our community and continuing the work towards improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, our communities and our world. I have a keen interest in investigating and exploring some non-traditional educational pathways in our legislative district for secondary students such as mentorships, apprenticeships and trade programs.

We have the added challenge of the influx of recreational visitors who want to enjoy the beauty of our shores during the spring and summer months. We welcome these visitors who add to our retail economy, but our roads, bridges, highways and ferries are suffering and it can make community traffic cumbersome. It’s time to think of some new ideas and options to positively impact our commute and long-term environmental concerns.”

Suzanne Woodard


So, with Suzanne entering the race for State Representative position 1, we now have a democratic primary race.  Scott McMullen was our only democratic candidate in 2018 for that seat. He won 47.8% of the vote against Norma.  He only lost by 3226 votes.  I don't know that we've had a democratic primary in any of our recent races.  I'll research that and get back to you.  We'll be plowing new ground.  Buckle up cupcake, this could get rough. More about Scott next time.  In the coming months, I will feature 1 or 2 candidates each month.


January/February Calendar

Jan 31-Feb 2 – WA State Democrats Central Committee Meeting in Vancouver, WA
Feb 6 – 6:30, Island County Democrats Executive Board meeting, Coupeville.
Feb 8 - 10:00 am, Skagit County Democrats E-Board meeting, Skagit Dems HQ, Mount Vernon
Feb 8 - 10:00 am, Stanwood Democrats meeting, Stanwood Senior Center
Feb 15 – 10th  LD E-Board meeting Skagit Dems HQ, Mount Vernon
Feb 20 – 7:00  Camano Island Democrats meeting,Vista Madrona Fire Station, Camano Island
Feb 25 - 7:00, Snohomish County Democrats E-Board meeting, Everett Labor Temple
Feb 27 – 5:30 Whidbey Island Democratic Club meeting, 1 NE 6th Street, Coupeville
Feb 22 - 10:00 am Presidential Primary/Caucus Public meeting at Dugualla Bay Clubhouse 
Feb 22 - 2:00 pm Presidential Primary/Caucus Public meeting on Camano at Blue Building
Feb 23 - 10:00 am Presidential Primary/Caucus Public meeting at Clinton Community Hall
Feb 23 - 2:00 pm Presidential Primary/Caucus Public meeting at Coupeville Rec Hall

March 7, 5-9 pm -  2020 Magnuson Dinner - Washington State Convention Center. This is a state-wide event and is
 sponsored by Washington State Democrats and will replace our usual "Crab Feed".  The 10th LD will have at least one table hosted by me. We expect 1000+ in attendance.  Remember, this is three days before our presidential primary ballots are due, so who knows who will be there.  Just sayin'.

We will be joined by Governor Jay Inslee, our Federal Delegation, and expect special guests from the national Democratic Party as well. We also anticipate each of the leading presidential campaigns will be out in force organizing around this event and we also expect to feature them at our event.  Tickets for this event are $125.  E-mail me at [email protected] There will be a limited number of reduced price tickets for Young Democrats and “living lightly” folks. 


Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $15 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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               November/December 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

And now for something completely different.

This newsletter is all about elections, both 2019 and 2020, local, state,  and national.  First I'll review the contested 2019 races within the boundaries of the 10th LD. Then, I will explain how the state run presidential primary will work with our Legislative District caucuses and the county conventions, then on to the state and national conventions. So, let's get started.


2019 10th LD Election Results from Island, Skagit, and Snohomish 

40th LD State Senate         Liz Lovelett   - just threw this one in here because

Langley City Council          Craig Cyr  (Congratulations to Craig, who is a PCO representing Langley)

Oak Harbor Mayor             Bob Severns

Oak Harbor City Council     Tara Hizon (Congratulations Tara)

Oak Harbor City Council     Jeffery Mack defeated Joseph Busig  (Kudos to 19 year old Joseph for winning 46.8% of the OH vote)

Arlington Mayor                 Tolbert 50.25% vs Vanney 49.45% (35 vote difference out of 4329 cast)

Arlington Council               Michele Blythe

Stanwood City Council       Steve Shepro defeated Larry Sather (It's a darn shame Larry)

Snohomish council             Megan Dunn

Snohomish council             Stephanie Wright

Sno County Auditor            Garth Fell

Sno County Sherriff            Adam Fortney defeated Ty Trenary

Sno County Treasurer          Brian Sullivan  (apparent winner with 50.1%)

Snohomish County Judge     Paul Thompson

Snohomish County Judge     Anna Alexander

Mount Vernon Mayor            Jill Boudreau defeated Sarah Nuanes

Mount Vernon Council          Erin Moberg


2020 Election Calendar

14-Dec-19                10th LD Quarterly Meeting on Camano Island

18-Jan-20                 10th LD E-Board in Mount Vernon 

24-Jan-20                 WA State Democrats Meeting in Vancouver

3-Feb-20                   Iowa Caucuses  

11-Feb-20                New Hampshire primaries           

15-Feb-20                10th LD E-Board in Mount Vernon 

22-Feb-20                Nevada Democratic caucuses     

29-Feb-20                South Carolina Democratic primary         

3-Mar-20                  Super Tuesday (AL, AR, CA, CO, ME, MA, MN, NC,
                                  OK, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA)

10-Mar-20               WA Pres. Primary Election  (+ ID, MI, MS, MO, ND)

21-Mar-20               10th LD Quarterly Meeting (Review primary results)

4-Apr-20                  Primaries in AK, HI, LA, WY

7-Apr-20                 Wisconsin Primary

18-Apr-20                10th LD E-Board (Caucus and Convention Plan)

28-Apr-20                Primaries in CT, DE, MD, NY, PA, RI 

2-May-20                 Kansas Primary, Guam Caucus

3-May-20                 WA State LD Caucuses & County Conventions

11-May-20               WA State Candidate Filing Week Begins 

15-May-20               WA State Candidate Filing Week Ends

16-May-20               10th LD E-Board (Review endorsement recs)

18-May-20               Last Day to Withdraw Filing        

30-May-20               Congressional District Caucuses CD 1&2)

11-Jun-20                WA State Democratic Convention in Tacoma

20-Jun-20                 10th LD Quarterly Meeting

13-Jul-20                  Democratic Nat'l Convention Begins (Milwaukee)

16-Jul-20                  Democratic National Convention Ends

18-Jul-20                  10th LD E-Board              

4-Aug-20                  Washington State Primary Election

15-Aug-20                10th LD E-Board              

19-Sep-20                10th LD Quarterly Meeting         

25-Sep-20                WA State Democrats (WSDCC) Meeting Spokane   

3-Nov-20                  General Election                                         

21-Nov-20                10th LD E-Board              

24-Nov-20                Election Results Certified                           

14-Dec-20                Electoral College Meets

19-Dec-20                10th LD Re-Organization Meeting            

8-Jan-21                   WA State Democrats Re-Organization Meeting       


Washington State Presidential Primary and 10th LD Caucuses

The presidential primary on March 10 takes the place of precinct caucuses that we remember from 2016 and before.  Delegate slots will be allocated to candidates based on election results.  Candidates winning 15% of the votes or more will be allocated delegates.  At the 10th LD Caucuses on May 3, we will elect people to fill those allocated slots.  In the 10th LD, there will be three sub-caucuses for Island, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. The County Conventions will be held the same day and in the same place as the 10th LD caucuses and will vote on the party platform.  Those delegates elected at the LD caucuses will attend the congressional district (CD) caucus on May 30 and the state convention on June 11.  The 10th LD has precincts in both CD 1 and CD 2.  The delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be elected at the CD caucuses. 


Candidates for public office that have announced and have filed with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) or the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) as of the date of this newsletter.  The filing deadline is not until May 15, so many more candidates could be added to this list.  Stay tuned.

National

               President – Any reasonable person

               Congress (1st CD)

                               Suzan DelBene –D (Incumbent)

               Congress (2nd CD)

                               Rick Larsen –D (Incumbent)

                               Jason Call – D

State

               Governor –

                              Jay Inslee –D (Incumbent)

                              Gene Hart – D

                              Philip Fortunato –R

                              Joshua Freed - R

                              4 other R’s & independents

               Lt. Gov –

                              Cyrus Habib – D (Incumbent)

                              Joesph Brumbles - R

               Secretary of State –

                               Kim Wyman – R (Incumbent)

                               Jeff Winmill –D

               State Auditor –

                              Pat McCarthy – D (Incumbent)

               Attorney General –

                              Bob Ferguson – D (Incumbent)

                               Paul Graves – R

               State Treasurer -

                               Duane Davidson – R(Incumbent)

                               Mike Pellicciotti –D

               State Commissioner of Public Lands -

                              Hilary Franz (D) (Incumbent)

                              Bill Bryant (R) 

                              Christine Rolfes (D) 

               State Insurance Commissioner -

                              Mike Kreidler (D) (Incumbent)

                                Anthony Welti (L) 

               State Superintendent of Public Instruction -
                                            
                              Chris Reykdal (D) (Incumbent)

10th LD

                State Senate

                        Helen Price-Johnson – D

                        Ron Muzzall – R (newly appointed incumbent)

                 State Representative Pos. 1 -

                        Norma Smith – R (Incumbent)

                        Scott McMullen – D

           
                  State Representative Pos. 2

                        Dave Paul – D (Incumbent)

                        Bill Bruch – R

Island County

            Island County Commissioner District 1

                        Nathan Howard – D

                        Melanie Bacon – D

                        Gary Wray - R

            Island County Commissioner District 2

                        Jill Johnson – R (Incumbent) not declared

                        Chris Reed – D

Skagit County

                        No One Declared

Snohomish County

                        No One Declared


And now back to our regularly scheduled newsletter.

November/December Calendar

November 18- Fundraising reception for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Monday, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Whidbey Coffee, 1960 Marketplace Drive (across from Home Depot), Burlington

November 20-Snohomish County Young Democrats presidential Debate Watch Party Wednesday 5:30 PM PUD Building 2320 California St, Everett

November 23- Fundraiser for Rep Susan DelBene, Saturday from 2 to 3:30 PM  RSVP or for more information [email protected] (See Events Page on Website)

November 24-FUJ Celebracion: Dandole Gracias a Nuestra Comunidad (thanking our
community) Sunday 5Pm to 8Pm USW Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon (See Events Page on Website)

November 26-SCDCC Exec Board Meeting, Tuesday 7 -9 PM. 2812 Lombard, Everett

November 29-Climate Demonstration, Friday, 12pm-1pm, Skagit Superior Courthouse steps. 205 West Kincaid, Mount Vernon

No December meeting for Stanwood Democrats-look for a new venue in January!

No December meeting for Camano Island Democrats

December 7-Camano Island Democrats Holiday Party, Saturday, time TBD

December 8-40th LD Holiday Champagne Brunch, Sunday 12 Noon to 3pm, Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Ln, Burlington (See Events Page on Website)

December 9-Dem Ladies on the Rocks 4 to 6 PM, Monday. 13 Moons Restaurant, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes  

December 10-Fidalgo Democrats Tuesday 7 to 9 PM. Anacortes Public Library 1220 10th St. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box.

December 14- Skagit E-Board Meeting 10 to noon Saturday, 300 S 1 st St A, Mt. Vernon

December 14- 10th LD Quarterly Meeting 10 to noon Sat. (Note New Location) Camano Island Library 848 N Sunrise Blvd

January 4-Island County Democrats Quarterly meeting Saturday 11:00 am China City, 33185 WA-20, Oak Harbor

January 18- 10th LD E-Board Meeting 10 to noon Saturday, Skagit Dems HQ, 300 S 1 st St A, Mt. Vernon


Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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                               October 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

First of all, thank you all very much for attending or supporting our 1st Annual Salmon Picnic.  It was a great success.  Thanks go out to 40th LD State Representative Debra Lekanoff and the Swinomish Tribe for providing salmon for our 125 attendees.  The Swinomish Casino and Lodge prepared and delivered the salmon to Pioneer Park for us.  Hedlin Farms provided fresh organic corn and we had local beer from La Conner Brewery. 

.We had an impressive list of speakers: Congress members Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz, 10th LD State Representative Dave Paul, 10th LD State Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson and many more, plus musical entertainment by Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter.

Funds raised will support our 2020 LD Caucus and County Conventions and get us a start with candidate funding and office rental.

Stay tuned for an announcement for the 2nd Annual 10th Legislative District Democrats Salmon Picnic (2020).

Vote “No” on I-976 on Nov 5th

Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 would devastate our already strained transportation system by cutting funding for road and transit projects.  Our roads and highways are some of the most congested in the nation, causing us to spend hundreds of hours stuck in traffic each year.

By repealing critical transportation funding, I-976 cripples our ability to fix dangerous highways, retrofit bridges and overpasses, fund transit, expand light rail, maintain ferries, build voter-approved projects, and invest in the Washington State Patrol.

Not only does I-976 threaten funds to build and maintain roads, bridges and safe and reliable transit, but it specifically targets funds that pay for special services for seniors, veterans, children and the disabled.  I-976 also threatens to cut transit services across the state, cutting off access to opportunity to many Washingtonians.  It would have a detrimental impact on our own Community Transit, Skagit Transit and Island Transit potentially cutting routes and connections in our area.  This is particularly important to our youth, seniors and disabled population who rely on transit for education, work, medical care and shopping.

I-976 threatens road, rail and public transportation investments that connect millions of people to jobs, education, health care, and each other every year.

I urge you to reject Tim Eyman and vote No on I-976,

Washington Referendum 88, Vote on I-1000 Affirmative Action Measure is on the ballot in Washington as a veto referendum on November 5, 2019.

An approve vote supports allowing Initiative 1000 to go into effect, thereby expressly allowing the state to implement affirmative action policies (without the use of preferential treatment or quotas as defined in the initiative) in public employment, education, and contracting.

reject vote supports blocking I-1000 from going into effect, thereby restricting the state from implementing certain affirmative action policies in public employment, education, and contracting.

I urge you to vote approve.

And for those in Snohomish County, the 10th LD has endorsed the following candidates:

Judge Edirin Okoloko

Judge Paul Thompson

Judge Jennifer Langbehn

County Exec Dave Somers

Note from 10th LD State Representative Dave Paul

Earlier this month, House committees held work sessions in Olympia to prepare for the 2020 Legislative Session. All three of the committees on which I serve had productive sessions. The Education Committee focused on strengthening High School and Beyond Plans, pre-apprenticeship programs, and K12 pathways to jobs in rural areas. The College and Workforce Committee discussed student loan debt and best practices for making college more affordable.  Finally, the Transportation Committee studied the ways of reducing traffic fatalities, which have been on the rise for several years.

I also continued to work on issues such as rural broadband, economic development, and transportation infrastructure in the 10th.

As always, it is an honor to serve you and the 10th District.  If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me by email at [email protected], or by phone at 360-786-7014.

Dave

Note from Island County Commissioner and 10th LD Senate Candidate Helen Price-Johnson

Our communities need a voice in the State Senate to speak up for the protection of our precious natural resources, stand up with small businesses and advocate for our rural areas. That's why I'm running for the 10th Legislative District Senate. As an Island County Commissioner since 2008 I've been dedicated to this place we call home and the people who live here. My campaign is taking shape and so far I have received endorsements from over 175 voters as well as dozens of current and former elected officials from across the state and across the aisle. While my opponent is still unknown, we know this will be a tough race. I need your support. Please join the campaign by visiting my website www.helenrpricejohnson.org  where you can contribute financially, endorse my candidacy, and connect with us through social media. Every action is appreciated. Thank you so much,

Helen

October Calendar

Oct 7 - Patty Murray's 24th Annual Golden Tennis Shoe Awards Luncheon Monday, Noon - 5:00 pm with Cecile Richards, former President of Planned Parenthood at the Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle. For questions or to RSVP by phone or email, please contact Connor at (206) 328-2969 or [email protected]

Oct 10 - Fundraising reception for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Magnolia Hall Banquet Room, City Councilmember Karl de Jong, Thursday, 6:00pm -7:00pm 214 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley, for more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] 

Oct 12 - Skagit Democrats E-board Meeting, 10:00 am  Skagit County Democrats Headquarters 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon.

Oct 12 - Stanwood Democrats, 10:00 am Stanwood Senior Center, 7430 276th St NW

Oct 16 - Camano Island Democrats monthly meeting, 7:00 pm at Camano Sno-Isle Library, 848 N Sunrise Blvd

Oct 18 - Ballots Drop for Nov 5 election

Oct 19 - 10th LD Democrats Quarterly meeting, 10:00 am, Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse 15426 Airport Dr b, Burlington, WA 98233, USA

Oct 22 - Snohomish County Democrats E-Board 7:00 pm, Everett Labor Temple,
2812 Lombard Ave

Oct 24 - Whidbey Island Democratic Club, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 1 NE 6th Street, Room #B102, Coupeville

Oct 31- The Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Lincoln Theatre Costume Contest Request for Assistance for Halloween Thursday,  3:30pm - 5:30pm. The Skagit Democrats Headquarters would appreciate help with candy/prizes/school supplies to be handed out and for volunteers to assist

Nov 5 - Election Day, Ballots due by 8:00 pm in Ballot Boxes, or if mailed, must be postmarked no later than Nov 5. Remember, no postage is required.

Note from 10th LD State Representative Candidate Scott McMullen

This past Saturday I attended a celebration of the Skagit Riverwalk park to celebrate the completion of the Mount Vernon flood wall protection project. One goal of the $30 million project was to remove Mount Vernon from the 100 year flood plain. This past June the Federal Emergency management agency did just that. This is projected to reduce flood insurance premiums by 40% and will encourage economic development and improve public safety. The other goal was to provide a beautiful 1.7 mile Riverwalk and promenade. This has also been successful as the Riverwalk and Promenade are enjoyed daily. The promenade has a very nice concert in the summer. The project required local, state and federal funding. As I was acknowledged along with other former city council members for our efforts, I could not help but think about how wonderful it will be when I am working on other successful projects that are important to us Democrats in the 10th legislative district, with State Representative Dave Paul and State Senator Helen Price Johnson. Thank you very much for your support!

Scott

Young Democrats - helping to lower the median age of Democratic Parties everywhere

Anyone at home following along with the progress of the Young Democrats knows where I stand on activating young voters. So I will skip straight to the point: where we are at now and where we are going. We are now officially chartered, well on our way to completing our compliance paperwork, and have grown by over 50% since our first meeting. We have an incredibly enthusiastic leadership that stand ready to fight to fulfill our purpose: elect Democrats, advocate for progressive issues and train the next generation of leaders.

Our goal is to be fully operational by 2020. This is ambitious but it means that, by filing week, we will be ready to endorse candidates and support those candidates with canvassing events and volunteer trainings. We have also started planning a Progressive Summit in North Island County to bring together leaders, activists, and organizations that share our progressive values. We have selected a traditionally conservative location to show our support for those young progressives that live in those communities who are eager for a chance to become active in their causes.

As always, if you are 35 or younger please consider joining us!

Ivan Lewis
Chair, Young Democrats of Island County
425-345-5346

Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

 


  News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               September 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

Three cheers for Jay Inslee for stepping up and putting the environment first on our list of priorities.  Jay single handedly changed the national narrative to include climate change.  We salute you.  The environment is especially important to us here in the Northwest.  Our coastline and islands are impacted in very real ways.  Our salmon and our Orca are endangered and in need of our help.  The changing climate also affects our forests, plus we have a huge plastic garbage dump floating around in the Pacific Ocean.  The earth is in trouble.

One thing we as individuals can do is to reduce our use of plastics.  There are alternatives.  We can use our own shopping bags for our groceries and use compostable products for our picnics and outdoor gatherings.  Our upcoming 10th LD Salmon Picnic will be using compostable utensils, plates and cups.  I suggest we go one step further and bring our own plates and utensils from home to really reduce our impact on the environment.

Speaking of our picnic …

Sept 14 The 10th LD Democrats will host our 1st annual Salmon Picnic 1:00 - 5:00 at Pioneer Park in La Conner.  

Join 10th LD State Representative Dave Paul, 10th LD State Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson and other 2019 and 2020 candidates for a premier event with elected officials, party members, tribal members, and you. 

Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe welcomes you to their home land and will be providing us with salmon for the event. We are honored to have the Swinomish Senate attend with their Canoe Family, who will welcome us with prayer, songs and drums. We will also be joined by the 40th LD Representative Debra Lekanoff, who will be sharing a few opening comments for us.  Other featured guest speakers include Attorney General Bob Ferguson,  Congressman Rick Larsen, Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz, 10th LD Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson, State Treasurer candidate Mike Pellicciotti, 10th LD State Representative candidate Scott McMullen, candidates for Island County Commissioner and State Democratic Party chair Tina Podlodowski.

Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with organically grown fresh corn, Caesar salad, drinks, and desserts.)  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  There will be a few political speeches, a silent auction and a raffle, as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter with Greg Deer.      

Pioneer Park is a great venue close to Swinomish Channel, the rainbow bridge, and the La Conner waterfront.  It has a covered pavilion that can seat up to 100 and an amphitheater for music and speeches.

Note from Island County Commissioner and 10th LD Senate Candidate Helen Price-Johnson

Our rural communities need common sense solutions that create family wage jobs and economic opportunities, while protecting the environment and our quality of life. We need a Senator who will stand up for our values, so I announced my run for the 10th LD Senate seat on August 1st and the response has been fantastic! It is encouraging to see how excited people are to support the campaign. This will be a hotly contested race, so we need to organize early and get all hands on deck to be successful in 2020.  I will be at the 10th LD Salmon Picnic on September 14th and look forward to seeing you there. If you and I haven't connected yet, please take a minute and check out my campaign website. You can learn more about me there, and I invite you to endorse my candidacy, sign up for campaign updates and contribute to our efforts at the level that makes sense for you. One easy and fun way to make a positive contribution is by spreading word of my campaign through social media. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users can follow our social media posts, then like, share and comment to boost our message out to others. Every effort is greatly appreciated.

Helen Price Johnson

September Calendar

Sept 9- Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday 4:00pm - 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

Sept 9- Young Democrats of Island County Monday 6:30 pm at the Coupeville Library 
More information below.

Sept 10 - 
Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
"The Decline of the Free Press" will be the topic for Professor Kurt Dunbar of Skagit Valley College, followed by a moderated discussion. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and cookies. Also, bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne at 360-293-7114. Our meetings are lively!

Sept 14-  Skagit County Democrats Executive Board - Saturday, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon Purchase opportunity to help the Skagit County Democrats - Portable Canvas Shed
We have, at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters in Mount Vernon, a large Portable Canvas Shed (Click Here), "ABBA SHED" 8'x14'. It is a large cover that can be used for a party, shed to store items, and other potential uses, like a large picnic. This item was donated by a great Democrat as part of the Gala auction. The proceeds from this Shed will be used in much needed Party expenses. The suggested value is $400. However, if you are interested, please do make an offer at/to Headquarters Staff, 360-366-1555. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Sept 14- 10th Legislative District Democrats 1st annual Salmon Picnic, Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Pioneer Park, 1200 South 4th Street, La Conner

Sept 14- Snohomish County Young Democrats City Beautification Event, Saturday at 10 AM. Senator Henry M Jackson Park 1700 State St, Everett. Check website for details

Sept 18- Northwest Washington CLC, AFL-CIO-Wednesday 6:00 to 7:30 PM 1700 N State St #202, Bellingham, Wa 360-676- 0099

Sept 18- Camano Island Democrats General Meeting, Wednesday 7 to 9 PM. Camano Island Library 848 N Sunrise Blvd

Sept 21-Tenth LD Quarterly Meeting, Saturday 10 AM to 12 PM, Flyers Restaurant and Brewhouse 13426 Airport Dr B. Burlington, Wa

Sept 24-Snohomish County Democrats Executive Board Meeting, Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM, Everett Labor Temple 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett.

Sept 26-Whidbey Island Democrats Meeting, Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 PM Contact Ria Claassen or Leigh Power for more info on location each month

Set 27-28- Washington State Democrats Central Committee Meeting Yakima

Oct 5-Island County Democrats Quarterly meeting, Saturday at 11:15 for pizza and pot-luck salads, meeting starts at 12:15. Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S Central Ave, Clinton.

Oct 5-Snohomish County Democrats general meeting Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM, Everett Labor Temple 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett.

Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St Clair

As a government leader, we are often acting in the present to effect policy that we hope will make our communities stronger and more resilient for years to come. Fall is also when county government begins both budget and work plans for the coming year. For me, this a time when transparency and public engagement is a critical part of our process.

As I sit and write this column, my 4” budget binder sits on the table beside me waiting for my attention as I orient myself to the complexity of budgets that cross 18 departments overseen by the Board of County Commissioners and the separately elected officials such as Sheriff, Prosecutor, Courts, Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer. Soon we will be releasing the 2020 budget assumptions and preliminary budget information. You can find information relating to Island County budget here.

As a Board, we make a commitment to “provide quality services for the well-being of Island County communities through and efficient and effective use of county resources.” In our 2020 budget goals, there was focus on customer service, our employees, safe and health communities, environmental responsibilities and streamline government. I will be hosting a Budget Town Hall September 12 at 5:30 pm at Camano Multi-Purpose Center at 141 NE Camano Drive. Join me to learn more.

I appreciate your ongoing support, input and advocacy.  

Janet                                              Follow Janet on Facebook

Island County Young Democrats 

We will be holding our first meeting Monday September 9th at 6:30 pm at the Coupeville Library. This is a
really unique opportunity for those ages 13-35 years old who are interested in being original charter members of this nearly century old national organization. Please come out and join us while we chat about our plans and sign the Charter.

Ivan Lewis

[email protected]

425-345-5346

Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats


August 2019   

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

I wasn't planning on putting out an August Newsletter, but we have breaking news that is just too important not to share.


Helen Price-Johnson has announced that she is running for State Senate in 2020 !

Helen has been the Island County Commissioner from District 1 since she was first elected in 2008.   She is widely respected as a hard worker who has spent a lot of time in Olympia advocating for Island County issues.  Her campaign is just getting started, and would appreciate your support. To sign up for updates, email the campaign at: 

 [email protected]

We all need to rally around Helen to bring our 10th LD Democratic values to the Washington State Senate to increase our majority and retire Barbara Bailey.

Here are some highlights of upcoming events this summer.

Aug 10 - Blue Wave Gala 6:00 PM at the Edmonds Yacht Club - Snohomish County Democrats
Aug 18 - Camano Island Democrats summer picnic will be from 2:00 - 5:00 at the South Camano Grange. Camano Island Democrats
Burgers and such $10 at the door.
Aug 24 -  SUMMERFEST at the home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess in Langley.  Island County Democrats
Sept 14 The 10th LD Democrats will host our 1st annual Grilled Salmon Picnic 1:00 - 5:00 at Pioneer Park in La Conner.  10th LD Democrats
Join 10th LD State Representative Dave Paul and the 2020 10th LD candidates for State Senate and State Representative for a premier event with elected officials, party members, tribal members, and you. 
Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe welcomes you to their home land and will be providing us with salmon, cooked traditionally for the event. We are honored to have the Swinomish Senate attend with their Canoe Family, who will welcome us with prayer, songs and drums. We will also be joined by the 40th LD Representative Debra Lekanoff, who will be sharing a few opening comments for us.  Other featured guest speakers include Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Solicitor General Noah Purcell. 
Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with corn or fresh seasonal vegetable, a variety of salads, drinks, and desserts.)  Beer and wine will be available.  There will be a few political speeches, a silent auction and a raffle, as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter.  Tickets may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets.         https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4293318
Pioneer Park is a great venue close to Swinomish Channel, the rainbow bridge, and the La Conner waterfront.  It has a covered pavilion that can seat up to 100 and an amphitheater for music and speeches.

August Calendar

Aug 7-10 Skagit County Fair
Aug 10 - Skagit Central Committee Meeting, 10:00 AM HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
Aug 15 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island
Aug 12- “Civil Discourse Across the Aisle” 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Skagit PUD Bldg. Dave Paul- (Democrat) and Norma Smith- (Republican) and will speak.
Aug 13 - Fidalgo Democrats meeting. 7:00 PM, Anacortes Public Library.
Aug 17 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon
Aug 27Snohomish County Democrats E-Board 7:00 to 9:00 PM Everett Labor Temple 2812 Lombard Ave
Sept 5 - Island County Democrats E-Board 6:30 - 8:30. In the Commissioners Meeting Room in Coupeville.
Sept 21 - 10th LD Democrats Quarterly Meeting 10:00 AM Location TBD

(New) Island County Young Democrats 

I am a progressive Democrat. I also happen to be 30 years old.

As a teenager, I thought of myself as a progressive Independent, shirking the party identity for unhindered independence. But by the time my partner and I started our family, it became extraordinarily evident that I had always been a Democrat. Supporting Democratic candidates, values and causes as diligently and passionately as any bonafide “card carrying” member of the Democratic party. For me, that realization meant becoming a PCO, running for office and actively participating in the Democratic party.

In my experience with my generation this is the exception, not the rule. By and large the realization never comes that they are, in fact, Democrats. They maintain the emphatic belief that they are Independents and therefore above the perceived or real corruption of a two-party system. This problem is further compounded by the paradox created when we target the Democratic base at the exclusion of younger voters because they don’t vote. It is my belief that for our party to survive we must ensure that our roots of activism and fighting for true equality, our roots of putting people ahead of special interests and our roots of being the true party of the people must be at the forefront of not only our organization’s outreach but also our day to day operations.

That is why I have been in contact with the Young Democrats of Washington to charter a Young Democrats chapter in Island County. The benefit of a peer to peer organization is the space for my generation to hear and be heard in a truly incredible way and the path forward to a new generation of Democrats as committed and passionate as all the generations who have come before us.

If you or someone you know is 35 and under and would be interested in joining a Young Democrats chapter, please reach out to me with contact info.

Ivan Lewis

[email protected]

425-345-5346

Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St Clair

 Building For The Future

Island County celebrated their groundbreaking on Friday, August 2nd for the new Camano Island Administration Building.  In attendance were former County Commissioners Dwain Colby, Tom Shaugnessy, John Dean and Rick Hannold who were recognized for their work helping to bring a vision for this community to fruition.  The groundbreaking included local children as well as speeches from the current County Commissioners Helen Price-Johnson, Jill Johnson, and myself.  We all thanked the community for their support.  Local Camano artist, Jack Archibald, was also recognized for his generosity of  providing a stained glass feature for the large window above the community room.  Mr. Archibald’s work is featured on buildings throughout this community.

The current Annex and Sheriff precinct have reached the end of their useful life. The Annex has been in place for 45 years with staff working in cramped and inadequate quarters to deliver services.

I appreciate your ongoing support, input and advocacy.

Janet                                            

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REMINDER -PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITORS IN SUPPORT OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE, DAVE PAUL. A LIST OF BILLS WAS INCLUDED IN THE JUNE NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON THE 10TH LD WEBSITE.

HTTPS://WWW.10THLDDEMOCRATS.ORG/

 

LINKS TO OTHER LOCAL DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATIONS:

WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATS

SNOHOMISH COUNTY DEMOCRATS

SKAGIT COUNTY DEMOCRATS

ISLAND COUNTY DEMOCRATS

 

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thank you for your support!

John Amell
Chair - The 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/


 


 

News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               July/August 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell
I hope everyone had a fun and safe July 4th celebration.  Now summer truly begins.  Personally, I'm hoping to have more time for crabbing and sailing than I did last year.  Let's be safe out there.
A good place to start is to protect your home and your property from the ravages of wildfire.  Yes, it can happen here.  As our climate changes, we on the northwest coast are increasingly at risk for wildfires.  Firewise is a Washington State program that offers help for you to prepare for the summer.  Hillary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, has some good advice for you.   https://www.dnr.wa.gov/firewise

Here are some highlights of upcoming events this summer.

Whidbey Island Area Fair July 18-21 - 819 Camano Ave, Langley

Island County Democrats and Whidbey Island Democratic Club will have a food booth and a political outreach booth.  Contact Carolyn Tamler  [email protected]

Stanwood Camano Fair Aug 2-4 - 6431 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood

The 10th LD Democrats, Camano Island Democrats, and Stanwood Democrats  are working together at the fair. Contact Melody Risner [email protected] to volunteer. This is our opportunity to be loud and proud Democrats in our community. 
The 10th LD Democrats will host our 1st annual Grilled Salmon Picnic on Sept 14 at Pioneer Park in La Conner.
This will be our major fundraiser of the year. If you’d like to volunteer, please email me at [email protected]. This will be a premier event with elected officials, party members, tribal members, and you.
Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Tribe welcomes you to their traditional homelands and will be providing us with fresh salmon, cooked traditionally for the event. We are honored to have the Swinomish Senate attend the event and with their Canoe Family, who will welcome us with a prayer, songs and drums. We will also be joined by the 40th LD Representative Debra Lekanoff, who will be sharing a few opening comments for us. I look forward to a wonderful event with all of you!
Pioneer Park is a great venue close to Swinomish Channel, the rainbow bridge, and the La Conner waterfront.  It has a covered pavilion that can seat up to 100 and an amphitheater for music and speeches.
Tickets are $25 (includes salmon dinner with corn or fresh seasonal vegetable, a variety of salads and dessert as well as music by singer-songwriters Steve DeHaven and Gary Kanter)  There will probably be a number of political speeches and we plan to have a silent auction and a raffle.   Tickets may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets. 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4293318

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July/August Calendar

  • July 13 - Skagit E-board Meeting, 10 to Noon, Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • July 13 - Planned Parenthood Rally, 11 to Noon, Mt. Vernon Health Center, 1805 E Division St, Mt Vernon, WA

  • July 13 - 1 p.m. Island County Democrats quarterly meeting at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, 141 E Camano Dr (Blue Building)

  • July 13 - 3:30 - 5:00 Dave Paul Town Hall event, Camano Island Library. 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island

  • July 16 - PCO get together 6:00pm, Max Dale's Steak & Chop House, 2030 Riverside Drive, MV

  • July 18 - 21 Whidbey Island Fair, Langley Volunteers Contact Carolyn Tamler [email protected]

  • July 18 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island

  • July 20 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • July 20 - PCO Doorbelling Event Contact Lynn Campbell ([email protected]mcast.net)

  • July 23 - Snohomish County Dems E-Board 7:00 - 9:00 pm Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett

  • Aug 1 - Island County Democrats E-Board meeting 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • Aug 2-4- Stanwood-Camano Fair Volunteers Contact Melody Risner at 425 308 3808.

  • Aug 10 - Skagit Central Committee Meeting, HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • Aug 15 - Camano Island Democrats 7:00 - 9:00 pm Camano Island Library - Sno-Isle Libraries, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island

  • Aug 17 - 10th LD Dems E-Board meeting 10:00 - 12:00 Skagit Dems HQ 300 First St, Mount Vernon

  • Aug 24 - Summerfest, home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess in Langley. Watch for more details. Contact: Carolyn Tamler [email protected]

  • Aug 27 - Snohomish County Dems E-Board 7:00 - 9:00 pm Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett

  • Sept 14 - 10th LD Salmon Picnic and Fundraiser at Pioneer Park La Conner

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Youth Outreach Committee (Island County Democrats)

Where Have All The Young Folks Gone? Check out who is behind the Green New DealAt many a Democratic Party meeting participants often ask themselves "where are all the young people?" Most of us probably became political when we were young and now find ourselves at meetings at which most people are over 50 or 60. The Republican Party is facing the same dilemma. Young people in general these days seem to be ambivalent about both major parties. There is, however, one arena where thousands of young people are coming together and taking action - climate change. The Sunrise Movement is a political action group of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. It has been putting pressure on state and national lawmakers to get behind the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal, which has roots back to 2006, was popularized when the Sunrise Movement organized a protest in Nancy Pelosi's office calling on Pelosi to support it. On the same day, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched a resolution to create a committee on the Green New Deal. The resolution now has numerous sponsors and organizations supporting a Green New Deal initiative included 350.org, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth.
At a future meeting, we are hoping to have a representative of the Sunrise Movement give a short presentation on the Green New Deal, and then participants will be asked to vote on a resolution in support of it. For more information about the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal, please visit:
https://www.sunrisemovement.org/hubs
https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/gnd
video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SunriseWashington/videos/?ref=page_internal
Scott Chaplin
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Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St Clair

We are excited to announce the groundbreaking for the Island County Camano Administration Building on August 2. Contracts were unanimously approved to begin construction this summer. It is important to note the history of the effort to bring professional and adequate building space to Camano Island. The current Annex and Sheriff precinct have reached the end of their useful life. The Annex has been in place for 45 years with staff working in cramped and inadequate quarters to deliver services. The effort to build the new building began in 2006 under the leadership of Camano Commissioner John Dean but was unavoidably delayed with the onset of the recession. Commissioner Hannold reinvigorated the effort during his term and this year plans were finalized and construction begins. Join us August 2nd at 2 pm for the groundbreaking for the new building at 121 NE Camano Dr, Camano Island.

I appreciate your ongoing support, input and advocacy.

Janet         Follow Janet on Facebook

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REMINDER -PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITORS IN SUPPORT OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE, DAVE PAUL. A LIST OF BILLS WAS INCLUDED IN THE JUNE NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON THE 10TH LD WEBSITE.

HTTPS://WWW.10THLDDEMOCRATS.ORG/

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LINKS TO OTHER LOCAL DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATIONS:

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Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $10 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

DONATE

Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

10th LD Democrats

 

 

News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               June 2019                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell

Welcome to summer.  Well almost. It's starting to feel like summer, at least in the afternoons.  As I put this newsletter together, I'm seeing July 4th celebrations and other summer fun events on the horizon.  I hope that we all have a safe and relaxing time.  Personally, I'm hoping to have more time for crabbing and sailing than I did last year.  But before we turn to fun in the sun, I have a request of you. And it's really important.  Our 10th LD House Representative, Dave Paul, has to run for election every two years, which means he needs your help keeping his name and accomplishments in front of the voters, so I am asking you to take a few minutes to review this list of bills that Dave sponsored, co-sponsored, or supported and if something resonates with you, write a letter to the editor thanking Dave for his hard work.  Possible papers include Stanwood-Camano News, Whiidbey News Times, South Whidbey Record, and Everett Herald.  

TIA,

John

Wrongful Death

SB 5163/HB 1135 -Corrects injustices in wrongful injury or death. Dave Paul helped push this bill over the finish line.

Health Care

Long-Term Care Trust Act—HB 1087. Bipartisan bill that will help seniors age in their homes.

SB 5526. Cascade Care. Creates a public health insurance option in Washington state.

HB 1155. Requires meals and rest breaks for nurses and health care providers. Will improve patient care and reduce medical mistakes.

The Environment—The legislature made major progress in addressing climate change and protecting our environment and quality of life.

100% clean electricity law (SB 5116) Stronger efficiency standards for commercial buildings

(HB 1257) The Solar Fairness Act (SB 5223) Expanded transportation electrification and pollution reduction

(HB 2042) Appliance efficiency standards that are great for consumers and the environment

(HB 1444) A phase-out of climate change super pollutants (HB 1112) Habitat protection for shorelines

(HB 1579) Protections for Southern Resident orcas from vessel noise and disturbance

(SB 5577) Tools to prevent toxic chemicals in products we use every day

(SB 5135) Prevent oil spills in high-risk areas of the Salish Sea

(HB 1578) Equitable funding to accelerate toxic cleanups and pollution reduction

(SB 5993) Funding to create a task force on environmental justice and health disparities

PreK-12 Education

Dave Paul sponsored House Bill 1658 to provide better training for paraeducators and a stronger path to help paraeducators become certificated teachers.  The bill passed both the House and the Senate with unanimous support.

The Legislature passed House Bill 1599, which eliminated the requirement that students pass a high-stakes standardized test in order to graduate. The Legislature passed House Bill 1216, a major bipartisan measure designed to improve school safety by establishing a threat assessment training, improving resources available to school districts, and establishing school resource officer training 

Making College Affordable

Dave Paul sponsored House Bill 1973 to provide scholarships to help lower-income students to better participate in Running Start and College in the High School. The bill passed both the House and the Senate with unanimous support. 

Economic development and rural broadband

Senate Bill 5511 will help ensure that more communities in the 10th District will see expanded access to broadband. Dave Paul co-sponsored the House version of this important legislation.

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A Note From Dave Paul

10th Legislative District State Representative

Last month, I updated you on investments the legislature made in our state budgets to strengthen local infrastructure and support mental and behavioral health efforts. This week, I want to discuss our efforts to extend broadband to under-served rural areas and to address climate change.

Rural broadband:

Our district has many rural communities that don’t have access to quality broadband services. Broadband internet service has become as important as water or power. It is vital to our local economies, businesses, schools, and healthcare systems that Washington state expands access to broadband to more communities.

That is why we passed Senate Bill 5511, which provides local and state governments with more resources to extend this much-needed public service to under-served areas. This will help ensure that rural areas like ours will start to see expanded broadband access to help improve our quality of life.

An effective path to clean energy:

We know we need to transition to a carbon-free economy. A 100% clean electrical grid is necessary, affordable, achievable, and something you repeatedly told me you want.  However, we need to have a smart and orderly path to this goal. That is why we passed 100% clean energy standards this session.

100% Clean Energy Standards means:

  • Grid stability and reliability.

  • A carbon-neutral grid by 2030.

  • Phased-out coal-fired electricity by the end of 2025.

  • Flexible mechanisms to reduce the cost of compliance.

  • No undue burdens to utility customers.

  • Assistance and protections for low-income households.

Both of these issues affect the health and well-being of our communities. I was proud to take these votes to protect and strengthen our part of Washington.

It's truly an honor to serve as your state representative. Thank you to everyone who emailed or called me during the legislative session. I appreciate hearing about your concerns, the bills you care about, and your support for my work. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me by email at [email protected], or by phone at 360-786-7014.

Dave

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Quarterly General Membership Meeting of the 10th LD Democrats

June 15, 10:00 AM at Flyers Restaurant and Brewhouse

Located at Skagit Regional Airport 15426 Airport Dr. Burlington

Agenda includes:

Dave Paul 10th Legislative District State Representative

Debra Lekanoff 40th Legislative District State Representative

Mark Wahl speaking on 5G technology

Endorsement votes for:

  • Judge Edirin Okoloko-Snohomish County Superior Court

  • Judge Jennifer Langbehn-Snohomish County Superior Court

  • Judge Paul Thompson-Snohomish County Superior Court

  • Dave Somers-Snohomish County Executive

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June Calendar

  • June 5-The Young Democrats of Skagit County meeting is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300 S 1st St unit A. Mt. Vernon.

  • June 6-Island County Democrats Exec Board meeting Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM Coupeville Commissioners Hearing Room

  • June 8-Skagit Democrats Central Committee meeting from 10 to noon at the Skagit Democrats office, 300 S 1st St, Mt. Vernon. Endorsements

  • June 8-Stanwood Democrats meet Saturday at the Stanwood Senior Center from 10 to 11. Guest speakers will be some of the candidates for Stanwood City Council.

  • June 8-Planned Parenthood rally 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon 11:00am (please verify time) 

  • June 12-Labor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Wednesday at 5:30 PM. United Steel Workers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mt. Vernon.

  • June 15-10th LD Quarterly Meeting on Saturday at Flyers Restaurant from 10 to 12:30PM. 15426 Airport Dr. B. Burlington

  • June 19-Northwest Washington CLC, AFL-CIO Wednesday 6:00 to 7:00 PM. 1700 N State St #202. Phone 360 676 0099

  • June 19- PCO Social Get-Together, Wednesday, Jun 19, 6:00pm, Mi Mexico, 481 South Burlington Boulevard, Burlington (Open to all PCOs in Skagit and/or 10th LD)

  • June 20- Camano Island Democrats (CID) meeting 7:00 pm Camano Sno-Isle Library, Terry's Corner

  • June 25-Snohomish County Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM at the Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave, Everett.

  • June 27- Island County Democrats Exec Board meeting on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Courthouse Annex Building, Room #B102, 1 NE 6th, Coupeville

  • July 4- Stanwood Parade 10 am

  • July 4- Utsalady Parade (Camano) 10:30

  • July 4- Oak Harbor Parade noon

  • July 4- Maxwellton Parade at noon

  • July 13- 1 p.m. ICD quarterly meeting at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, also known as the Blue Building on Camano.

  • July 18 - 21  Whidbey Island Fair, Langley  Volunteers Contact Carolyn Tamler [email protected]

  • Aug 2-4- Stanwood-Camano Fair  Volunteers Contact Melody Risner at 425 308 3808.

  • Aug 24- Summerfest, home of Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess in Langley.  Watch for more details. Contact: Carolyn Tamler [email protected]

  • Sept 15- NEW EVENT 10th LD Salmon Picnic and Fundraiser at Pioneer Park La Conner 

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