Author: Liz VanBemmel

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...

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...

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...

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...

Last chance to GOTV for Manka Dhingra (D)

Ballots are due this Tuesday by 8 p.m.—we need your help to get every last vote we can for Manka and progressives all the way down the ballot! In off-off years like this, especially in the primaries, a handful of votes really can be the difference between candidates who value public schools, aim to address climate change, and support vulnerable communities advancing and candidates who, well, don’t! If you haven’t voted yet, check out our endorsements and helpful links for submitting your ballot. We’ll wait here. All done? Filled out, signed, and turned your ballot in? Great! The next biggest...

Legislative Action Tools

Kate Dunn with our Legislative Action Committee has developed a new bill tracking tool to help you follow where the bills we care about most currently stand in the Washington State Legislature. Our bill tracker also includes bills tracked by the League of Women Voters, for a well-rounded view of what the Legislature is up to. With our bill tracker, you can filter by issue and subcategory or search by bill number. Click through on any bill to get more detailed information and a link to the state’s GovTrack site, where you can read the bill text, view roll calls, contact...

2017 Special Election is Key to Democrats Taking Back the State Senate

45th District Democrats Endorse Manka Dhingra for Senate Redmond, WA: On Wednesday, April 5, the membership of the 45th District Democrats unanimously voted to endorse Democrat Manka Dhingra for their State Senate seat, up for special election this fall. Before calling for a vote, Endorsements Chair Dave Williams informed the crowd “Manka shares Democratic progressive values down the line” and “Since announcing in mid-February, she’s raised about $200,000, virtually all of it through individual donations, and none from corporate or PAC interests.” The meeting room filled with cheers and applause as the final tally to endorse the Senior Deputy Prosecuting...