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                                       May 2020                                     

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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
angieforall10LD@gmail.com
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: ElectNathanHoward@gmail.com
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

Melanie Bacon 400x400

 

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

electmelbacon@gmail.com


                               

                  Fe Mischo -  Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 2

Fe Mischo 400x400

 

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: compliance@bluewavepolitics.com
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/

2020.chris.reed@gmail.com

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 info@ydic.org. 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
info@ydic.org
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  hartheffe@gmail.com  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 electmelbacon@gmail.com 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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News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               April 2020                                     

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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.

Click Here for more information. 


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 beth@votedavepaul.com.

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!  info@ydic.org

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: AngieForPeople10LD@gmail.com -  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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A Note from the Chair, John Amell


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 Info@ScottMcMullen.org, 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: info@ydic.org.

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 NWEBBER41@gmail.com 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 chair@10thLDDemocrats.org. 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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                               January/February 2020                                     

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A Note from the Chair, John Amell


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 chair@10thLDDemocrats.org. 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 shelby@delbeneforcongress.com (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/

10th LD Democrats


News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats

                               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 dave.paul@leg.wa.gov, 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 Connor@newmanpartners.com.

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 emilia@electbobferguson.com 

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

Ilewis338+yd@gmail.com

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: 

 helenpricejohnson2020@gmail.com

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

Ilewis338+yd@gmail.com

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                                            

 Follow Janet on Facebook

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  carolyntamler@whidbey.net

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 melrose4304@yahoo.com 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 Chair@10thlddemocrats.org. 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 carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • 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 (rlcampbell1@comcast.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 carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • 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 dave.paul@leg.wa.gov, 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 carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • 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 carolyntamler@whidbey.net

  • Sept 15- NEW EVENT 10th LD Salmon Picnic and Fundraiser at Pioneer Park La Conner 

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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/


You may email the newsletter editor at  tenthldnews@gmail.com