Bylaws Committee Status: 02/02/2019

The Rules and Bylaws Committee held our first meeting this past Wednesday. We adopted some basic rules for the committee, then spent the majority of the time reviewing and discussing open items and assigning owners to work on drafting text proposals for each. Assignments are as follows:

Each owner has a target due date of end-of-day Sunday, February 3rd to provide a first draft proposal.

Questions arose during the meeting about the relationship between the State Central Committee and the statutory State Committee referred to in the RCWs, and if we needed to consider language to match possible gender-neutral positions to the statutes' "committeeman" and "committeewoman" positions. Angyl has since followed up with the state party and confirmed that we essentially have nothing to worry about. You can read details of that discussion (and get schooled on legal precedent regarding the First Amendment and regulation of political parties, as I did!) here.

Detailed notes from the meeting are available on Google Drive, here. A recording of the meeting is available on YouTube, here.

What's next?

Committee members are hard at work on drafts of text for open items, and we expect to make them available for early feedback this week, in time for the newly elected Executive Board's first meeting, on February 5th. We plan to solicit feedback on these drafts; watch for some feedback/discussion posts to the 43rd District Democrats Forum group on Facebook in the coming days. You are welcome of course to submit feedback via email to the email address, as well.

Remember that proposals under consideration can be found in the Committee’s repository on GitHub. Additionally, all correspondence on the Bylaws committee's mailing list is viewable via our Google Group, here. And as always, please don't hesitate to send questions, comments, or other feedback to

November 2018 General Meeting

Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, November 20! We’ve got an action-packed agenda with a program about taking our values and advocacy to the next step by lobbying our elected officials. You won’t want to miss this! Our full agenda can be found here.

As usual, the meeting will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

We will meet at our regular location at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Our meetings are held in the lower building, which is made of brick. There is free parking on the street and in the parking lot that can be accessed from 67th Street.

October 2018 General Meeting and Phonebanking

We are now just one month away from the November and we need your help to make sure the Blue Wave happens! Please join us for a phone banking session on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00 PM, followed by our October general meeting. Bring your phone and laptop to help turn out voters for the November election! We will also have walk packets ready for Precinct Committee Officers and anyone else who wants to knock on doors. View the agenda here.

Ballots and Burritos

Please join us for our first annual Ballots and Burritos, featuring The Guac Off. Pick up your PCO walk packet and enjoy a delicious burrito bar.

We will come together to kick off the General election with a burrito bar: Chicken, Beef and a Vegetarian option.

There will also be a no holds barred GUAC OFF! Bring your best family guacamole- be it chunky, spicy, or smooth- and see if it will be judged the winner. Judges TBA

Garrett Moore from the Coordinated campaign will be there to provide training on canvassing for PCOs and any 43rd member who wants to help get the 43rd out to vote. Minivan setup and training will be available

We will also have Karaoke!

When: October 14th, 2018

Where: 1242 18th Ave E. Seattle 98112
Interlaken School (on the Stevens School campus)
Please follow the signs. The entrance is on 19th & Galer
Walk up the ramp next to the #12 bus stop

Time: 11:30 - 1pm

Come and help us take back our country, one burrito at a time!

July 17, 2018 - General Meeting & Election for Chair

We hope to see you at our July General meeting on July 17th, at 7:00 PM. Our agenda is very full and will include an election to fill the vacancy of the 43rd Democrats Chair position, consideration of PCO appointments, and a discussion around challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community today. We will have a panel of amazing community servants focusing on issues of Homelessness, Healthcare and Sex Trafficking. Together we will learn about challenges faced by some of our most vulnerable neighbors and how we might be able to contribute to making a positive impact in their lives. View the agenda here.

43rd District Democrats: Hump Day: The State of LGBTQIA Rights in Seattle

The 43rd District Democrats are proud to present our special event in honor of Pride Month.

Hump Day: The State of LGBTQIA Rights in Seattle and Beyond in the age of Trump

Join us to hear from elected officials as we discuss the status of rights the LGBTQIA community in the climate of the current administration. After decades of progress and gains for equality, the current administration is swiftly eroding protections and promoting discrimination. Come learn more about how our elected officials are fighting for the LGBTQIA community and what else can be done on the local and state level. 

We will be joined by:

Senator Jamie Pedersen
Representative Nicole Macri
Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht
City Council Member Joe McDermott

Tickets are limited; a $15 donation is greatly appreciated. 

Please send questions in advance of the event to

We strive to be compliant with the ADA; please let us know if you require accessibility accomodations.


June 2018 General Membership and Endorsements Meeting

43rd District Democrats
June Membership Meeting

June 19, 2018  7 p.m.

This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Page.


6:30 p.m.      Doors open

7:00 p.m.      Call to order and welcome

Approval of agenda and minutes from April meeting

7:10 p.m.   Guest speakers

7:20 p.m. 43rd Dems election action update & volunteer drive!

7:30 p.m. Endorsements -- candidates and campaigns to be

8:10 p.m. PCO approvals

  • 43-1341 Annabelle Backman (appointed)
  • 43-2033 Neil Jaeger (appointed)
  • 43-2049 Cassandra Piontek Armstrong (appointed)
  • 43-2239 Joshua Newman (acting)
  • 43-3776 Emily Myers (appointed)

8:15 p.m. Resolution in support of Affordable Talaris

Resolution in opposition to spending public funds on Safeco Field

Resolution in support of restoring community trust with an unbiased police chief selection process

8:45 p.m. Officer and issue caucus reports

8:55 p.m. Good of the order

9:00 p.m.      Adjourn

April 2018 General Membership Meeting

This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Page.


6:30 p.m.      Doors open

7:00 p.m.      Call to order and welcome

Approval of agenda and minutes from March meeting

7:10 p.m.   Guest speakers

7:25 p.m. Resolution opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure

Resolution in support of employee head tax

7:45 p.m. Officer and issue caucus reports

8:00 p.m. Program -- Update from Olympia

Session recap with Speaker Frank Chopp, Senator Jamie Pedersen and Representative Nicole Macri

8:55 p.m. Good of the order

9:00 p.m.      Adjourn

March 2018 General Membership Meeting

This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Page.


6:30 p.m.      Doors open
7:00 p.m.      Call to order and welcome
                     Approval of agenda and minutes from February meeting
7:10 p.m.      Guest speakers
7:20 p.m.      2018 43rd District Democrats budget review and approval
7:40 p.m.      Resolution regarding King County Democrats Chair
7:55 p.m.      Officer reports
8:10 p.m.      Program -- Washington Voting Justice Coalition
                     Updates on recent developments in voter access and rights in Washington
8:55 p.m.      Good of the order
9:00 p.m.      Adjourn

Official Call: 43rd District Democrats Legislative District Caucus -- March 24

The 43rd District Democrats invite you to join your Democratic neighbors for the 43rd Legislative District Caucus as we come together as a party to elect delegates to the state convention, and pass a platform!

When: Saturday, March 24th, 10 AM – 2 PM (doors open at 9:30 AM)

Where: Kane Hall (University of Washington) Room 210 (4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle, WA 98105)

Who: All voters registered in the 43rd Legislative District who declare themselves to be Democrats are eligible to participate. You can preregister here to save time!

What: This year we will be electing 18 delegates and 9 alternates to the Washington State Democratic Convention in Wenatchee on June 15th – 16th. We will also be amending and passing our proposed platform, which states the values and priorities of our party.

The proposed rules and platform can be found here.

For any questions not listed below, or to request disability accommodations, please email


Frequently Asked Questions: 

How do I run for delegate?

Any registered voter in the 43rd Legislative District who declares themselves a Democrat may run for delegate. If you are interested in running for delegate, please fill out this form and bring it with you to the caucus. There will also be copies available to fill out at the caucus site.

Each candidate for delegate will have up to 30 seconds to address the caucus, before we vote by secret ballot. The top 18 vote receivers, adjusted for gender balance, will be elected delegate, the next nine will be elected alternate.

If you are unable to attend the caucus but wish to run, please email a completed form and declaration of your candidacy and party affiliation to We strongly recommend you send your declaration by March 23rd. Your declaration will be read for up to thirty seconds at the caucus in place of a speech.


Do you need volunteers?

Yes! We would love volunteers to help with counting ballots and signing people in. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact


Is this event free? Can I donate?

It is free to attend the caucus, but there is a recommended donation of $10 to help us cover the high cost of this venue. We are a volunteer run, not-for-profit organization that does not receive funding from the state party or campaigns to host this expensive event. We would appreciate your generous support!

You can also become a member of the 43rd District Democrats for just $25, which will give you voting privileges for the year, including on our endorsements!


I’m busy at 10 AM, can I arrive late?

While we would love for everyone to arrive on time, we will be taking votes until close to 2 PM, and late arrivals can still be credentialed to vote whenever they arrive.


Is proxy voting allowed?

No, per state party rules there is no proxy voting allowed.


Who can attend?

This is an open meeting and all community members may attend. In order to vote, you must be a registered voter in the 43rd Legislative District who declares yourself to be a Democrat.