Author: Liz VanBemmel

Proposed 45th District Democrats Bylaws Revisions With Gender Neutral Language

Preamble This organization is established to promote the values and principles of the Democratic Party, to support its candidates, to educate the residents of the 45th Legislative District about the Party’s goals and activities, and to extend opportunities to participate in the Party to all Democrats in the District. Article I: Name The name of this organization shall be the 45th District Democrats. Article II: Policies Section 1: This organization operates under the applicable bylaws and rules of the King County Democratic Central Committee (hereafter KCDCC), the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (hereafter WSDCC), the Democratic National Committee (hereafter DNC),...

2019 45th District Reorg—What to Expect and How to Help

A reorganization meeting runs a bit differently than a typical membership meeting, including specific times when voting is restricted to specific groups. Because of this, you will see some differences in how people are signed in, credentialed, and where they sit. Here are some of the differences you can expect to see: Sign In and Credentials Everyone attending the meeting is required to sign in. There will be three categories with specific credentials and, if appropriate, ballot packets. The categories are as follows: Current Elected PCOs (Precinct Committee Officers) Filed to run for PCO in May 2018 and were elected in the...

2018 Endorsements Guide group photo.

2019 Membership Drive

It’s December and that means it’s time for our annual membership drive!  There are a boatload of good reasons to be a member of the 45th District Democrats, whether you’re joining for the first time or renewing your membership. Here are just a few: Voting Credentials Members of the 45th get to vote on endorsing (or not!) candidates and ballot measures; passing (or not!) resolutions; electing executive board positions like Treasurer and Secretary; and adopting and amending our budget. Endorsement votes especially can be close, so your vote can determine your preferred candidate’s name appears in our endorsement guides, which...

45th District Democrats members and volunteers.

Honoring Our 2018 Strong Contributors

At our December 2018 meeting, we took some time to honor many of the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to building a diverse, engaged, educated, equitable, and healthy Eastside. Honorees were nominated by the board and from the membership in attendance. To the volunteers named below and to all those supporting the Democratic project—thank you for all you’ve done for this organization and our community. A special shout out to each and every PCO who walked a turf this year; your work to motivate people to vote makes a tremendous difference on election night, with a lasting impact for...

2018 General Election Endorsements

Ballots will be delivered around Friday, October 19, and are due Tuesday, November 6, no later than 8 p.m. Starting with this year’s primary election, ballots are postage-free statewide! To vote in this election, register online or by mail by Monday, October 8 or register in person by Monday, October 29. Download a PDF of our endorsement guide. Federal Candidates US Senate: Maria Cantwell (D) US Representative, CD1: Suzan DelBene (D) US Representative, CD8: Kim Schrier (D) State Candidates State Senator, LD 45: Manka Dhingra (D) Representative, LD 45, Pos. 1: Roger Goodman (D) Representative, LD 45, Pos. 2: Larry Springer (D) County...

45th District Democrats of Washington State: A Resolution Limiting Involvement of the DCCC in Democratic Primaries

A Resolution Limiting Involvement of the DCCC in Democratic Primaries

Whereas the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is a political action committee (PAC) whose mission is to “elect Democratic House candidates every step of the way;” and Whereas the DCCC is a PAC formed by House Democrats, not an official part of the Democratic Party; and Whereas the DCCC uses individual ability to fundraise, not core Democratic principles and adherence to local and national Democratic platforms, as a deciding factor to choose which Democrats to support in primaries; and Whereas the DCCC in several 2018 races is actively supporting more conservative candidates and even former Republicans over progressives; and Whereas...

Pound the Pavement in the 8th CD

This year, we have the opportunity to replace the utterly unresponsive and unaccountable Dave Reichert (R) in the 8th CD with Shannon Hader (D), a well-educated, hometown candidate who has experience leading a successful, large-scale government agency for positive change. We believe Shannon is in the best position to defeat Dino Rossi (R) AND is best suited to hit the ground running as a congresswoman. And even better—our fellow Democratic organizations agree. The 11th, 25th, 30th, 31st, 41st, and 47th District Democrats have given Shannon their sole endorsements in this race, as have the King County Democrats and the National Organization for...

File for PCO by 4 p.m., Friday, May 18

Whether you’re thinking about becoming a precinct committee officer (PCO) or you already are one, this week is your only chance to become an elected PCO for the 2019–2020 election cycle. Filing is fast, easy, and free, but you must file before Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m. All you need to do to file is verify that your voter registration is up to date and provide some basic contact information.   Learn more and file for PCO   If you’re on the fence, here are just a few good reasons to become a PCO: Special Voting Privileges—Only PCOs get to...

45th District Democrats Call for Eastside Plastic Bag Ban

Resolution Inspired by 5th Grader’s Earth Month Experiment Redmond, Wash.—May 12, 2018—On Wednesday, May 2, the membership of the 45th District Democrats adopted a resolution in support of expanding Kirkland’s plastic bag ban to the Eastside cities of Duvall, Redmond, Sammamish, and Woodinville. Shawn Roland and his 10-year-old son, Jeremiah, presented the resolution. The pair were inspired to take action by an Earth Month challenge at Jeremiah’s school, Horace Mann Elementary. The challenge? Refusing to use single-use plastics for 30 days. The Rolands shared that the challenge was tough, but important. According to the Earth Day Network, each year, 4...

45th District Democrats of Washington State: Our 2018 Platform

Our 2018 Platform

Adopted as amended at our legislative district caucus on March 24, 2018, at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Washington. In this time of unprecedented partisanship in our country, we, the 45th District Democrats, believe we have a duty to heal divisions and provide initiatives that support and assist solving the problems our communities face. We believe that every individual, every elected position, every Board, and every Commission matters. Everything we do makes an impact. We believe that our elected officials must work to support and assist We the People by fighting to enact and protect the following policies: Elections &...

2018 February Special Election Endorsements

This February’s special election is all about school funding. There are multiple bonds and levies across all of the school districts that overlap our legislative district and we unanimously voted to endorse all of them. Even with last year’s McCleary fix, our schools are still underfunded. These measures help bridge the gap, funding essentials like special education, early learning and highly capable programs, school nurses, student computers, building new schools, athletic fields, and performing arts spaces, and more. Bonds require 60% approval with a minimum turnout threshold, so make sure your vote is counted! Click on the links below to find out about...

We want YOU to volunteer in the 2018 caucuses!

The 2018 caucus season is coming! On March 24, we will gather to elect delegates to the state convention; adopt a platform; consider resolutions; and hear from candidates for office, including 45th LD state House and Senate seats and 1st and 8th CD House seats. Volunteers Needed! Our legislative district caucus is entirely volunteer-run and that means we need your help! One standing committee and four temporary committees will be organizing caucus activities: Communications, Events and Logistics, Credentials, Rules, and a Platform Committee. For the most part, these are short-term volunteer commitments, just through the March 24 LD caucus. We have...

What will you do to flip the Senate?

We have a monumental opportunity this year to shield Washington state from the chaos of the Trump administration. We can elect Manka Dhingra (D) and flip the Senate. We can empower our state to protect immigrants and other marginalized communities. We can preserve reproductive rights and healthcare access. We can expand workers’ rights and ensure economic gains go to everyone, not just the 1%. We can defend the environment and fight climate change. We can establish a true blue state where all people are valued and no one slips through the cracks. But we can’t do it without you. As...

2017 General Election Endorsements

2017 is a local election year. There are local and state ballot measures to consider. In our district, it is also a legislative election year, with a special election for State Senator. General election ballots will be delivered around Friday, October 20 and are due Tuesday, November 7, no later than 8 p.m. To vote in the general election, the mail and online registration deadline has passed, but you can register in person by Monday, October 30.   State Measures Advisory Votes 16, 17, and 18: Maintain County Measures King County Proposition No. 1, Levy Lid Lift for Veterans, Seniors and Vulnerable...