Author: Elizabeth Canning

Join us for the annual Eastside Dinner on September 7th

Democratic activists on the Eastside and throughout the region are invited to join the 45th, 48th, and 5th District Democrats for the annual Eastside Democrats Dinner, which will take place in early September. Here are the details: Sunday, September 7th, 2014 5:30 PM The Kirkland Performing Arts Center 350 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033 Directions (Mark your Calendar!) This year, our event will take place on stage at the Kirkland Performance Center. The keynote speaker will be Governor Jay Inslee. U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene will also be speaking. Dinner will be provided by Metropolitan Market. Tickets will be $100 per...

Happy Filing Week!

This is the week when all candidates and Precinct Committee Officers must file for election. Have you filed yet? Would you like to be a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO)? It’s easy, free, and vital to the success of our party and our platform! If you would like to continue as the Democratic PCO for your home precinct, all you need to do is file online before 4:30 PM this Friday. It takes only a moment, and there is no fee. File here. If you would like to become a PCO for the first time, fantastic! Thank you! You’ll use the...

Two opportunities to support Move King County Now (Proposition 1)

Friends, as you may recall from our last meeting, there is a critical transportation measure on the upcoming April 22nd special election ballot. A coalition of progressive organizations is working together on the Move King County Now campaign to pass Proposition 1. The 45th has also officially endorsed this transportation package. Due to funding shortfalls, King County Metro is facing devastating cuts to bus service — 74 routes would be eliminated and another 100+ would be reduced. These cuts will harm students, seniors, workers, and families across the Eastside who rely on the bus system. Losing these routes will also...

2014 LD Caucus a great success!

Our 2014 Legislative District Caucus this weekend was a great success! We had incredible volunteer support and over 60 registered participants — which is an increase of 50% over our last midterm caucus in 2010 — and we filled all nine of our delegate seats and one of our alternate seats for the State Convention in Spokane. This level of success is a huge testament to two things — the importance and effectiveness of the work we did reaching out and promoting the caucus, and the strength of our Democratic community here in the 45th. We are a Democratic district,...

Official Call: Join us for the 2014 45th Legislative District Democratic Caucus

This is the official call to our 2014 Legislative District Caucus on Sunday, March 9 at 1 pm at Redmond Middle School, 10055 166th NE Ave, Redmond, WA. The caucus is open to all residents of the 45th Legislative District who identify as Democrats and are or will be eligible to vote in the November 4th, 2014 general election. The requested registration fee is $15.00 to help cover event costs, but it is not required in order to participate. The principal business of the Caucus is the election of delegates and alternates to the Washington State Democratic Convention June 20-21...

Endorsement update and next steps

At last night’s monthly general meeting, we held three important endorsement votes. Our members voted unanimously to follow the equally unanimous recommendation of our Endorsements Committee to endorse Matt Isenhower in the race for State Senator from the 45th. With Matt representing us in Olympia, we can take a critical step forward towards getting the state government working again. The Republican Caucus in the Senate continues to block efforts to fully fund basic education, and won’t let needed legislation like paid sick days or the Reproductive Parity Act even come to the floor for a vote. Matt will fight to...

Remember to vote Yes for our schools by February 11th, 2014!

Many of us received our ballots in the mail today for the February 11 special election. At our last meeting, we voted unanimously to endorse ALL school levies and bonds for all school districts in the 45th. Almost one-quarter of school funding in our communities comes from levies and bonds. These votes are critical investments in our kids, our families, and our future. We encourage everyone to vote YES and APPROVE on all school levies and bonds in this election. To lend your support to the YES campaign in the Lake Washington School District, visit the yes campaign’s website. After you’ve mailed...

Which one will you choose? Upcoming Lobby Days!

On this day when we honor one of our country’s greatest activists and community organizers, I wanted to share a roundup of some of the many upcoming lobbying opportunities in Olympia. If you plan on attending a lobby day, don’t hesitate to invite others in your neighborhood and across the 45th! These events are a great way to learn more about issues affecting our communities, communicate voter priorities to our legislators, and connect with other activists. American Association of University Women (AAUW) Lobby Day Monday, January 27 Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day Tuesday, January 28 Reproductive Health and Rights Lobby...