Legislative District Caucus
March 24 | 10:00 AMFree
Caucus season is coming! We will gather to elect delegates to the state convention; adopt a platform; consider resolutions; hear from candidates for office, including 45th LD state House and Senate seats and 1st and 8th CD House seats; and to nominate candidates for the state legislature.
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 roles for volunteers with specialized skills and experience and roles for those who are new to politics and just want to find a way to help out.
Communications is responsible for publicizing the caucus. Events and Logistics’ responsibilities include booking and setting up the caucus venue and working to accommodate caucus-goers with disabilities and language barriers. Credentials will verify voting eligibility and work on the caucus sign-in process. The Rules Committee will draft proposed rules our 2018 caucus will adopt and operate under. The Platform Committee will present a proposed platform based on our current platform for the caucus to adopt; the Platform Committee will also consider and provide feedback on submitted resolutions.
Who can participate?
Any registered Washington voter who considers themselves to be a Democrat and is willing to state that publicly may participate in the legislative district caucuses and the county conventions. Only official delegates and seated alternates will have a vote at the state convention, although others are welcome to attend and observe.
17-year-olds who will turn 18 by election day, November 6, 2018, are allowed (and encouraged!) to fully participate and vote in the caucuses and conventions.
How many delegates are there?
The 45th District has been allocated 11 delegates and five alternates to the 2018 state convention, in addition to six automatic delegates. The automatic delegates are Ken Albinger, our chair; Cat Williams and Andrew Villeneuve, our State Committee members; and our Democratic legislators, Manka Dhingra, Roger Goodman, and Larry Springer. There will be a total of 400 elected delegates.
How do you become a delegate to the state convention?
Delegates are elected in the legislative district caucuses by those attending the legislative district caucus. Those interested in running for delegate will have the opportunity to give a one minute speech to voters at the caucus on why they would be a good delegate.
Elected delegates will be balanced by gender, not including positions won by nonbinary people.
When and where are the caucuses and conventions?
- Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.: legislative district caucuses; the 45th LD caucus location is TBA.
- Sunday April 22, 1 p.m.: county conventions; the King County convention location is TBA.
- June 16, all day: state convention in Wenatchee; additional committee meetings and convention activities will take place in Wenatchee on June 15, full schedule TBA.
The 2018 caucus cycle, unlike in presidential election years, will begin with legislative district caucuses, not precinct caucuses.
Where can I learn more?
You can review the 2018 Washington State Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan, approved by the State Central Committee in 2017.