Author: Andrew Villeneuve

2017 Reorg Meeting Agenda

One month from today, we will be reorganizing the 45th District Democrats for 2017-2018. The reorganization will take place at the same time and in the same venue that we hold our regular monthly membership meetings: 7 PM on the first Wednesday of the month (January 4th), at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. Please plan to attend our reorganization meeting – especially if you are a precinct committee officer, because you are the representative of dozens of Democratic households in your neighborhood. If you’re not there, your neighbors end up going unrepresented. As the name suggests, the purpose of...

Our 2016 Platform

The following was adopted as the platform of the 45th District Democrats at our legislative district caucus on April 17, 2016, at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Washington. We, the 45th District Democrats, believe through broad participation and access to information, people who live in the 45th Legislative District can sustain good government and a healthy, vibrant community. We are the party of the people. We cherish our American heritage of opportunity and inclusion. We pledge ourselves to justice, equality and compassion for all and commit ourselves to government that serves and protects all people. We value the publicly-owned commons...

45th District Democrats overwhelmingly approve resolution calling for a presidential primary

Today, at the 45th District Democrats’ 2016 Caucus, the party, by a near unanimous margin, voted to adopt the following resolution calling on the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) to incorporate a presidential primary into future Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans. The results of the primary would determine how many delegates each candidate would receive to the National Convention. Caucuses could still be held to choose those individuals who would represent the candidates at the National Convention, approve platforms and resolutions, and allow Democratic activists to meet their neighbors. The text of the adopted resolution is as follows. ...

WAmend Update: I-735 is going to make it!

Exciting news to share. Initiative 735, WAmend’s initiative to get big money out of elections and call for a federal constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, is on the verge of qualifying as an initiative to the Legislature! 314,000 signatures had been collected as of this afternoon, and more were submitted to the campaign tonight. The big turn-in is tomorrow afternoon in Olympia, and any residual signatures will be submitted in a final run on Thursday afternoon. If you have an I-735 petition with *any* signatures on it — even just one! — please let the campaign know right away...

Levy for emergency radio network to appear on April 28th, special election ballot

A special election is being held throughout King County on April 28th to decide whether to approve a property tax levy to fund the replacement of the region’s emergency public safety radio network. The 45th District Democrats do not have a position on this measure, King County Proposition #1. However, some of our neighboring Democratic organizations have spoken out in support of Proposition 1. The 47th District Democrats support a yes vote and the executive board of the 31st District Democrats recommend the same. Resources for voters: Explanatory statement; arguments for and against (King County Elections) Live in King County?...

45th District Democrats to consider taking a position on King County Proposition #1 (public safety) at April meeting

At our upcoming meeting on April 1st, the 45th District Democrats will consider taking a position on King County Proposition #1, which is a levy lid lift placed on the April special election ballot by the King County Council. This proposition would slightly raise property taxes to allow the county to purchase new radio equipment for first responders. The current system is aging and in need of replacement. The ballot title is as follows: Proposition No. 1 Regular Property Tax Levy for Emergency Public Safety Radio Network Replacement Project The King County Council passed Ordinance 17993 concerning funding for a...

45th District Democrats to reorganize on January 7th, 2015

One week from today, we will be reorganizing the 45th District Democrats for 2015-2016. The reorganization will take place at the same time and in the same venue that we hold our regular monthly membership meetings: 7 PM on the first Wednesday of the month (January 7th), at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. Please plan to attend our reorganization meeting – especially if you are a precinct committee officer, because you are the representative of dozens of Democratic households in your neighborhood. If you’re not there, your neighbors end up going unrepresented. As the name suggests, the purpose of...

Congratulations to the new leadership of the King County Democrats!

Yesterday, the Democratic precinct committee officers of King County got together in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood to reorganize the King County Democratic Party. The 45th LD showed up in force to participate in the reorganization, led by State Committeeman Andrew Villeneuve and State Committeewoman Priscilla O’Leary. After three rounds of balloting (during which King County’s state committeeman and state committeewoman were elected to new terms), Rich Erwin took his place behind the podium as the new chair. PCOs proceeded to elect four vice chairs, a secretary, and treasurer. The 45th District Democrats congratulate Rich, Omaha, Joel, Christina, Julius, Javier, Ann,...

Seattle Times publishes editorial tailor-made for Andy Hill’s campaign to use in a mailer; 45th LD’s state committeeman responds

The following is the text of a letter to the editor submitted by 45th LD State Committeeman Andrew Villeneuve in response to an editorial criticizing Matt Isenhower’s advertising. Editor, The Times: Before advising voters to “set aside the spin coming out of your TV and dig into the facts”, the Times ought to get its own facts straight. Thursday’s anti-Matt Isenhower editorial – which was immediately turned into a mailer by Andy Hill’s campaign – is a fine specimen of revisionist history. The editorial neglects to mention that we came dangerously close to a government shutdown at the end of...

The Stranger enthusiastically endorses the 45th’s nominees for Legislature

This week, The Stranger (Seattle’s most widely read alternative weekly) released its endorsements for the 2014 midterms. The Stranger Election Control Board – or SECB for short – offered ringing endorsements of the 45th’s nominees for Legislature. Here’s what they had to say about Matt Isenhower, Larry Springer, and Roger Goodman: State Senator: Matt Isenhower Sick and tired of Washington State’s ass-backward tax structure? Fed up with the underfunding of education and transit? Us too, as you may have heard, but we gotta wrest back control of the state senate from Republicans to do anything about it. Matt Isenhower—an Amazon...

Thank you for a great 2014 Eastside Dinner!

On behalf of the 2014 Eastside Democratic Dinner organizing committee, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the continuation of this great joint event to benefit the Democratic district organizations of the Eastside. We had a great turnout this year and actually sold out of our seating a couple of days before the event! We were able to accommodate all walk-ups, thankfully, due to the generosity of several Democratic activists who had purchased tickets in advance but were not able to attend. We are also grateful to our speakers: Dave Ross, our master of ceremonies, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene...

45th LD Democrats’ annual picnic set for August 24th, 2014

The 45th District Democrats cordially invite all members and Democratic activists from the Eastside and beyond to join us for our annual summer picnic. Barb and Duane Wentz have once again graciously agreed to host us at their Kirkland home. Here are the details: 45th LD Annual Summer Picnic … with U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene and 45th LD nominees Sunday, August 24th, 2014 Noon to 3 PM At the home of Barb and Duane Wentz 10255 NE 118th Place Kirkland, WA Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Feel free to bring a dish for the table. We look forward...

The 45th’s Endorsements Committee recommends Rick Leo for King County District Court, NE Electoral District, Position 3

The following is the text of the 45th District Democrats Endorsement Committee’s recommendation for King County District Court, Northeast Electoral District, Position 3. All three candidates for this position, individually, qualify for our endorsement, but after much discussion the majority of the committee recommends Rick Leo for this position. Not only has Rick had extensive experience in all three disciplines of defender, prosecutor, and pro tem judge, he gets that he is a public servant and understands that the people coming before him are regular citizens who are often intimidated by the court process. In talking with Rick, it came...

Our 2014 Platform

The following was adopted as the platform of the 45th District Democrats at the 45th’s 2014 legislative district caucus on March 9, 2014, at Redmond Middle School. We, the 45th District Democrats, believe through broad participation and access to information, people who live in the 45th LD can sustain good government and a healthy, vibrant community. We pledge ourselves to being the party of the people. We cherish our American heritage of opportunity and inclusion. We pledge ourselves to justice, equality and compassion for all and commit ourselves to government that serves and protects all its people, and to protecting...