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 communications@43rddems.org

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

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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.

Agenda

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
considered

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.

Agenda

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.

AGENDA

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 elections@43rddems.org

 

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 chair@43rddems.org. 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 elections@43rddems.org

 

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.

Platform, Caucuses, and Endorsement Rules - February News from Your 43rd!

It's Time to Prepare Our Platform!

Our next meeting is just around the corner - February 20 - and we have a packed agenda. First, fresh from a retreat on the 10th, your Executive Board will be reporting back briefly on ways we would like to help implement some of your amazing ideas from the breakout sessions at our last meeting. 

Following the report, our members (you) will be breaking into issue groups to focus in on topics of interest and provide some preliminary input for our district's platform. This will give us all a chance to collaborate on things we are passionate about and prepare us for our LD caucus when we will pass out district platform. Interested in joining the Platform Committee? Email Noah at elections@43rdDems.org today!

Consider bringing some non-perishable food items to the meeting for the Cherry Street food bank. Please avoid canned goods and other heavy items. Low sodium items are much appreciated.

Our full agenda, with identification of people up for consideration to be PCO, can be found here.

Get an Update From Our Legislators! 

Did you miss the 43rd Dems November meeting with our three elected legislators? Here's another chance to hear from and speak with Representative Nicole Macri, Senator Jamie Pedersen, and Speaker of the House Frank Chopp!

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1826530097645891/

Endorsement Rules

Pursuant to our Bylaws, it's time to adopt Endorsement Rules for 2018! We will consider the draft rules during this meeting, which include some minor changes from last year to clarify balloting requirements. A copy of the draft rules can be found here

Board Opening

The Vice Chair for Technology position is open, and we will be holding a vote to fill the vacancy this month. Think you might have the qualifications and be interested in the back-end technology of our organization? Reply to this email and let us know, along with questions you may have. 

Remember - New Location!

It's 2018, and that means we are holding our monthly membership meetingsat Phinney Neighborhood Association in the Community Hall. PNA's address is 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. We will be in the East/Lower building, which on Dayton Ave N at the intersection with N 67th St.

It's Time to Renew!

Have you renewed your membership, yet? Well, now you can online! Click here, and pick the membership option that works best for you! You can also learn what your contribution goes to support (hint: organizing and monthly educational programming), and click around our new, streamlined website, for the information you need. 

January News (NEW MEETING LOCATION!)

We Have Moved!

It's 2018, and that means we are holding our monthly membership meetingsat Phinney Neighborhood Association in the Community Hall. PNA's address is 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. We will be in the East/Lower building, which on Dayton Ave N at the intersection with N 67th St. Check out minutes from our last meeting here, and our agenda here. We will consider one PCO appointment, and one resolution (regarding carbon pricing in Washington). We'll also vote on some specific bylaw amendments, which will be posted to our new website (www.43rdDemocrats.org) by Saturday. New Year, New Website, New Meeting Location (Phinney Neighborhood Association)

Program

Were you able to make it out to our holiday party? Then you may recall we have been seeking member input on what our priorities should be in 2018. Kicking off the New Year, we'll break out into groups to discuss our ideas, and set an agenda for the year. 

Mid-Term Caucus Cycle is Starting!

Did you know that we do caucuses and a State Party convention during mid-term years? It's true! And there are steps that must be taken in advance. If you're interested in being on Credentials Committee, Rules Committee, or Platform Committee for the State Democrats' Convention this year, we'll be voting on one rep to each this month! 

This is also a time for the 43rd to work on our platform. Interested in serving on our platform committee? Email First Vice Chair Tara Gallagher (vicechair@43rddems.org) today!

Our LD Caucus will be on March 24 (location TBD), and the State Convention will be the weekend of June 16 in Wenatchee. 

Board Opening

The Vice Chair for Technology position is open, and we will be holding a vote to fill the vacancy in February. Think you might have the qualifications and be interested in the back-end technology of our organization? Reply to this email and let us know, along with questions you may have. 

2018 Membership

We've fielded questions regarding membership for 2018. As you may have seen, we have moved to a new website, and we are making other changes, as well. One of those is how we collect contributions. Once we have online contribution capability, we'll send out an email. Thank you for your ongoing support of our grassroots organization!

Welcome to the New 43rd!

Welcome to the all new 43rd District Democrats' Website! With the closure of the previous PAC, we are regrouping as a grassroots, non-profit organization, and as part of this process, we are going for a new look and new feel for our website. 

You'll notice we have streamlined many of our menus. Bylaws & Rules - easy to find. Curious about what we stand for? There's a page for that (Platform & Resolutions). Curious what Democrats represent you on the Port Commission? That's a thing (hint: all five commissioners!)

With this new layout, we hope that you'll find it easier to access the documents and information you need, and with a new contact form, we're easier than ever to get in touch with. Additionally, by moving our platform to Squarespace, your Executive Board is following through on our commitment for a more sustainable organization (seriously: this platform has a user-interface that's much easier to learn than the tech heavy platforms we've used previously).

We're not 100% done with the changeover. We are still updated previously passed resolutions, and porting over historical posts from the prior website. And expect changes in our header and other photos as we collect more high-resolution .jpg files to work with. But we are excited to launch! 

Along with our e-blasts, we will keep everyone up to date on meeting dates and agendas right here in the "News and Updates" section. And as a reminder: we are now meeting at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, third Tuesday of each month. 

We look forward to a successful 2018, and to working with all of you ensuring that success!

Sincerely, 

Your 43rd Executive Board

FAQ on 43rd District Democrats PAC Closure

Originally Published Dec 08 2017

How will the 43rd District Democrats continue to operate?

The 43rd District Democrats have not participated in traditional PAC activities in many years, such as donating money to candidates or running a separate campaign for candidates. The only change for our members is that we will no longer print a sample ballot. We will continue working to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, we will endorse candidates, and members will see very few changes to how we operate. 

What is a Political Action Committee (PAC)?

The Public Disclosure Committee outlines that you become a political action committee “when you first have the expectation of receiving contributions or making expenditures in support of, or opposition to, any candidate or any ballot proposition.” Courts have clarified that supporting or opposing candidates must be one of the group’s primary purposes to qualify as a PAC.

Why did the 43rd District Democrats close their PAC?

The executive board determined that continuing to operate a PAC was not in line with the current goals of the organization and that it was too much risk considering that our only PAC activity was printing a sample ballot. It made sense to close.

Why was this decision made by the executive board alone?

This was an emergency situation, and the executive board needed to exercise its implied authority to take actions for the best interests of the organization. Given the pending litigation, executive session needed to be invoked to protect the district.

Why did the 43rd executive board send money to the Washington State Democrats?

When a PAC is closed, the funds that have been collected must be disbursed. There were few options presented to the board by our legal counsel. We felt sending the money to the State Party was most in line with the intention of our donors. 

How will members be informed of changes?

We are committed to transparency and openness to our members. We will share what we can, recognizing that other legislative districts are in the midst of pending litigation, which complicates what we are able to share in public. We promise to keep our members up to date as we work through this and we will endeavor to keep our members informed promptly. We will share updates through our website, Facebook page, and by email. We will continue to discuss this issue with our members at our January meeting and we always welcome emails to be sent to our communications team at communications@43rddems.org.

43rd News & Updates Archives - 2017

FAQ on 43rd District Democrats PAC Closure

Dec 08 2017

How will the 43rd District Democrats continue to operate?

The 43rd District Democrats have not participated in traditional PAC activities in many years, such as donating money to candidates or running a separate campaign for candidates. The only change for our members is that we will no longer print a sample ballot. We will continue working to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, we will endorse candidates, and members will see very few changes to how we operate. 

What is a Political Action Committee (PAC)?

The Public Disclosure Committee outlines that you become a political action committee “when you first have the expectation of receiving contributions or making expenditures in support of, or opposition to, any candidate or any ballot proposition.” Courts have clarified that supporting or opposing candidates must be one of the group’s primary purposes to qualify as a PAC.

Why did the 43rd District Democrats close their PAC?

The executive board determined that continuing to operate a PAC was not in line with the current goals of the organization and that it was too much risk considering that our only PAC activity was printing a sample ballot. It made sense to close.

Why was this decision made by the executive board alone?

This was an emergency situation, and the executive board needed to exercise its implied authority to take actions for the best interests of the organization. Given the pending litigation, executive session needed to be invoked to protect the district.

Why did the 43rd executive board send money to the Washington State Democrats?

When a PAC is closed, the funds that have been collected must be disbursed. There were few options presented to the board by our legal counsel. We felt sending the money to the State Party was most in line with the intention of our donors. 

How will members be informed of changes?

We are committed to transparency and openness to our members. We will share what we can, recognizing that other legislative districts are in the midst of pending litigation, which complicates what we are able to share in public. We promise to keep our members up to date as we work through this and we will endeavor to keep our members informed promptly. We will share updates through our website, Facebook page, and by email. We will continue to discuss this issue with our members at our January meeting and we always welcome emails to be sent to our communications team at communications@43rddems.org.

Statement on 43rd District Democrats PAC Closure

Dec 08 2017

Dear 43rd District Democrats members, PCOs and supporters,

We wanted to give you an update on the campaign finance disclosure situation that we’ve shared with you at recent meetings.

As you may be aware, Glen Morgan, a conservative activist, has been busy filing complaints against progressive candidates, elected officials and county and legislative district Democratic organizations across the state regarding campaign finance disclosures — over 250 complaints at this point.

Unfortunately, the 43rd has been swept up in this wave. To understand this issue, it’s important that you have some essential knowledge about our organization and how it’s structured.

The 43rd District Democrats organization is a continuously operating entity, recognized under state law, with a membership that engages in party-building activities that advance progressive values. In addition, for much of our history, we’ve chosen to operate a PAC and register it with the state, like many other Democratic organizations have done, which allows us to spend money directly on behalf of individual candidates and ballot measures. Glen Morgan’s complaints are focused on the PAC’s activity.

After filing an initial complaint with the Attorney General, Glen Morgan recently sued the 43rd's PAC. The timing of Mr. Morgan’s lawsuit required a prompt decision by the board. After evaluating the available options, the executive board unanimously voted to shut down 43rd District Democrats PAC. As of November 27th, the 43rd District Democrats PAC is closed.

We want to walk you through what this means.

First, and most importantly, the 43rd Legislative District Democrats continues to exist as an organization. Our bylaws, board and membership will remain. Our decision only affects our PAC. We’ll continue to do many of the things we do now, including:
• Recruit, train, and engage PCOs
• Endorse candidates
• Hold meetings, discuss issues and take positions through resolutions
• Raise money and collect dues for non-candidate related expenses
• Get out the vote activities (not in support of or opposing any particular candidates)

By closing the PAC, we are getting out of the business of directly supporting candidates. That includes:
• Print candidate literature, including a sample ballot
• Contribute money to candidates (which we haven’t done for many years)
• Run a separate GOTV or persuasion campaign for candidates
• Partake in any activity or make any expense that would constitute an in-kind contribution to a candidate

The biggest practical effect for us is that around the elections, our Precinct Committee Officers will no longer be carrying the 43rd Democrats sample ballot with our endorsements. However, there will be other ways for PCOs to support candidates — we are looking at options and will keep you informed as we get closer to election season.

In closing our PAC, we paid down our debts, including the legal expenses incurred in defending the PAC against Morgan’s lawsuit, with the remainder of the money contributed to the state party. The state party will use those funds at their discretion, but they know the issues and candidates that are important to us.

Our board agrees that taking these steps now to close our PAC is the best way forward for the 43rd Democrats. In doing so, we’ll be able to continue to do many of the things we do now that make a difference, but without directly supporting individual candidates.

As always, we’re grateful for your progressive activism, and look forward to an exciting 2018 together!

43rd District Democrats Executive Board

Please note: We look forward to discussing this with our membership at our January meeting. Due to the complex nature of this issue, we ask that members please contact communications@43rddems.org if you have additional questions.

Let's Celebrate the Holidays Together!

Nov 30 2017

It's That Time of Year...

That's right, it's time for the 43rd's annual Holiday Party! This year, on Saturday, December 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m., we'll get together at Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill (all ages). This is a no cost event, with a no-host bar, and a no-host food truck (plus plenty of great food options in the neighborhood). This is a great time to spend time with your fellow Democrats in the 43rd, and celebrate our wins of 2017!

No Meeting This Month

A reminder that there is no general membership meeting this month! Keep an eye on your inbox for future updates. 

It's November - Time for a Legislative Preview!

Nov 10 2017

Now that the election is over, we are excited to gear up for 2018. As is tradition, we will be joined with our legislators, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Speaker Frank Chopp, and Rep. Nicole Macri, during our November meeting for a preview of what to expect during session next year. Additionally, we will be considering PCO appointments, and two resolutions. Finally, the Board will give an update regarding our September Special Meeting.

We'll be meeting at University Heights Center, top floor, north room, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21. Doors open at 6:30 for mingling. We hope to see you then!

Agenda (including PCO applicants)

Resolution (Opposing Tacoma Liquified Natural Gas Facility)

Resolution (Supporting phaseout of new gasoline and diesel vehicle registrations)

October Monthly Meeting Update

Oct 17 2017

Our monthly meeting is coming up on October 17, 2017, and we have a packed agenda. In addition to having sample ballot packs available to folks who can't make it to Pancakes for PCOs, we'll be electing a new Secretary, appointing a representative for the King County Democrats' Legislative Action Committee and Deputy Treasurer, and considering a resolution regarding homeless encampment sweeps in Seattle.

In addition, we will hear form a panel discussing American Healthcare. The discussion over health care and insurance policy in the United States is front and center as Republicans threaten to take away insurance coverage from millions. Democrats in Congress agree that the Affordable Care Act needs reform, and are leading that fight in D.C.

There are also many who believe that the ACA should be transformed into a truly universal healthcare system. We will be joined by representatives from Indivisible North SeattleWhole Washington, and United for Single Payer. They will discuss ways we can all help not only defend against the GOP attacks on the ACA, but also steps we can take to move our health care system in a more progressive direction.

Check out the entire agenda here. The description of the duties of Treasurer can be found in our bylaws (page 4, Section 7.4). Minutes from the September Special meeting are here. Minutes from the September General Meeting are here. We look forward to seeing you!

We Have Endorsements!

Sep 30 2017

Folks - the 43rd District Democrats made some endorsements to finalize our list of support for this year's general election. Ours is a simple system for candidates and ballot measures on the general election ballot: one vote, and if no candidate receives 60.00%, then no candidate is endorsed (instead of having upwards of four ballots, as can be seen in some other organizations). Our endorsed candidates who made it through the primary remain endorsed, and our full slate of endorsements is as follows:

State Advisory Votes No. 16-18: [X] MAINTAINED (These are the Tim-Eyman required votes on revenue measures from the State Legislature. These are advisory and nature, and thus are literally wasting taxpayer dollars for ballot printing, counting, and voter guide printing.)

King County Prop. 1 (Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy): [X] YES (this renews and expands an expiring levy that provides affordable and supportive housing for veterans, seniors, and community members on fixed incomes throughout King County.)

King County Executive: [X] Dow Constantine 

King County Sheriff: [X] Mitzi Johanknecht

King County Council, Dist. 1: [X] Rod Dembowski

Court of Appeals, Div. 1, Dist. 1, Pos. 2: [X] Michael S. Spearman

Court of Appeals, Div. 1, Dist. 1, Pos. 5: [X] David Mann

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Pos. 1: [X] Ryan Calkins

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Pos. 3: [X] Stephanie Bowman

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Pos. 4: [X] Preeti Shridhar

City of Seattle

Mayor: No Position

City Attorney: [X] Pete Holmes

City Council, Pos. 8: [X] Teresa Mosqueda

City Council, Pos. 9: [X] M. Lorena Gonzalez

Seattle Public Schools

District Director, Dist. 4: [X] Eden Mack

District Director, Dist. 5: [X] Zachary DeWolf

District Director, Dist. 7: [X] Betty Patu

Note: School Board Districts are voted on by district in the primary, but city-wide in the general election

And that is that! We are proud to stand with our candidates, and our PCOs will be dropping sample ballots across the 43rd, while many of our PCOs and members can be found knocking doors for our endorsed candidates right up until election day. 

Throughout October, we will be sending out Candidate Spotlight emails, and providing you with information on GOTV days, and other ways that you can support our endorsed candidates! So check your email, and if you're not signed up, sign up for our email list today!

September 19, 2017 General Meeting Agenda - Endorsements, Environment, and Elections!

Sep 11 2017

Our next General Membership meeting is on Tuesday, September 19, starting at 7 p.m. at University Heights Center, top floor, north side. 

First, Elected and Appointed PCOs will vote on a series of Bylaws Amendments.

We will then vote on additional endorsements, specifically in races where our endorsed candidates were unsuccessful in the primary. This includes Seattle Mayor and Port of Seattle, Position 4. Per our endorsement rules and bylaws, no other endorsements will be in order, as all other races have an endorsed candidate who is proceeding to the general election. We may also vote on ballot measures for the November election.

Finally, we will consider two resolutions: one opposing fascism, and one calling for a Coal Free Puget Sound Energy. Minutes from our July meeting can be found here. The September Agenda can also be found here.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to get credentialed and mingle!

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

2017 Endorsement Results

Jun 21 2017

Washington’s 43rd District Democrats 2017 Endorsement Results

                    

State

State Advisory Votes No. 16-18: [X] MAINTAINED (These are the Tim-Eyman required votes on revenue measures from the State Legislature. These are advisory and nature, and thus are literally wasting taxpayer dollars for ballot printing, counting, and voter guide printing.)

King County

King County Prop. 1 (Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy): [X] YES (this renews and expands an expiring levy that provides affordable and supportive housing for veterans, seniors, and community members on fixed incomes throughout King County.)

King County Executive: [X] Dow Constantine 

King County Sheriff: [X] Mitzi Johanknecht

King County Council, Dist. 1: [X] Rod Dembowski

Judicial

Court of Appeals, Div. 1, Dist. 1, Pos. 2: [X] Michael S. Spearman

Court of Appeals, Div. 1, Dist. 1, Pos. 5: [X] David Mann

Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Pos. 1: [X] Ryan Calkins

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Pos. 3: [X] Stephanie Bowman

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Pos. 4: [X] Preeti Shridhar

City of Seattle

Mayor: No Position

City Attorney: [X] Pete Holmes

City Council, Pos. 8: [X] Teresa Mosqueda

City Council, Pos. 9: [X] M. Lorena Gonzalez

Seattle Public Schools

District Director, Dist. 4: [X] Eden Mack

District Director, Dist. 5: [X] Zachary DeWolf

District Director, Dist. 7: [X] Betty Patu

Note: School Board Districts are voted on by district in the primary, but city-wide in the general election

2017-06 Open Executive Board Positions

Jun 16 2017

Open Executive Board Positions

(Also available as a Google Doc.)

Washington’s 43rd District Democrats need to fill three vacancies on our Executive Board at our General Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017!  These roles are: Vice Chair of Communications, Vice Chair of Membership, and Co-Vice Chair of Events.

Candidates must be nominated from the floor, and seconded.  Candidates may give a 2 minute speech, and the body will vote.  All members and PCOs are eligible to vote on these roles.

Candidates may also wish to promote themselves on our Facebook Groupcreate a Candidate Page on Facebook, and/or bring a flyer, stickers, buttons, or other promotional materials to hand out to the body.

In addition to the duties described below, board members are expected to attend a monthly Executive Board Meeting on the first Tuesday of every month.

Please contact chair@43rddems.org if you have any questions!

Vice Chair of Communications

Messaging is the core skill required for the role of Vice Chair of Communications.

Communications takes information from the 43rd's various officers, committees, caucuses, and produces content for our website, emails, literature, and other communication media.

Like all our Vice Chairs, the Communications Vice Chair is empowered and encouraged to create a Committee to share the duties, and to expand them as volunteer efforts allow. The Communications Vice Chair and Committee need to be able to effectively set the tone and messages to support our organizational goals.

As this is an extremely vital role with frequent ongoing duties, the Vice Chair candidate should be confident of their ability to make a serious commitment of time, effort, and availability--accountability and rapid responses are expected on social media.

The Communications Vice Chair will work with the Technology Vice Chair in creating digital content. Ideally, the Communications VC will be able to work across a variety of platforms.

These skills are not required but highly useful: HTML and web design skills; and graphic design.

 

Vice Chair of Membership

The Vice Chair of Membership is responsible for recruiting new members, most effectively empowering members, and maintaining an up to date listing of members.

Like all our Vice Chairs, the Membership Vice Chair is empowered and encouraged to create a Committee to share the duties, and to expand them as volunteer efforts allow.

The most basic task of the Membership VC is to track information on paid members in our database. This is done in conjunction with the Treasurer. The Membership Committee is also responsible for membership sign-in at meetings, in conjunction with the Programs Committee. Membership should also track volunteer interests of members and engage volunteers at all levels of involvement in the District's work.

Membership ideally should develop outreach programs to inform the community about the work of the 43rd District Democrats and attract people interested in political activism.  A further ideal goal is to create a team to welcome new members and guide them through the processes of the 43rd, such as Robert’s Rules of Order.

Required skills: Comfortable with database crunching, good people skills.

Co-Vice Chair of Events

The Events Co-Vice Chairs and Committee are responsible for the planning and production of all fund-raising events for the 43rd District Democrats, and any other events outside the scope of regular meetings.

The current opening is for a Co-Chair. (There is an excellent committee already in place!)

The Co-Chair will work with our current Co-Chair and Committee to plan events--from the fun parts of planning a party to the business of identifying locations, finding contributions for food and other needs, and soliciting sponsors for the events.

The Events committee must also work closely with the Treasurer to record contributions and ticket sales, and to track expenses and donations. This Committee also works closely with the Membership, Communications, and PCO Committees.

 

Relevant Bylaws excerpts from Washington’s 43rd District Democrats: 

7.8 All Vice Chairs

All Vice Chairs besides the First Vice Chair (a) chair and have chief responsibility for their respective Standing Committee; (b) report to the Executive Board and Membership regarding the activities of their respective Standing Committee; (c) serve on the Executive Board; and (d) perform such other duties as are assigned by the Chair.

 

8.4 Vice Chair of Membership

The Membership Committee shall (a) recruit new members of the District (b) track volunteer interests of members and engage volunteers (c) Maintain a database of members (in conjunction with the Vice Chairs for Technology and PCO recruitment) (d) track attendance at District meetings and events (e) perform such other duties as are assigned by the Chair. The Vice Chair for Membership Recruitment shall chair and have chief responsibility for the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall consist of Members appointed by the Vice Chair for Membership.

 

8.5 Vice Chairs of Communications and Technology

The Communications and Technology Committee shall (a) publish any notices or information required by these bylaws; (b) prepare and distribute a periodic newsletter;(c) maintain a web site; (d) maintain a member database with the Vice Chair for Recruitment; (e) conduct public relations activities; and (f) perform such other duties as are assigned by the Chair. The Vice Chair for Communications and the Vice Chair for Technology shall co-chair and have dual chief responsibility for the Communications and Technology Committee. The Communications and Technology Committee shall consist of the Secretary and Members appointed by the Vice Chairs for Communications and Technology.

 

8.6 Co-Vice Chairs of Events

The Events Committee shall (a) organize and manage at least two annual fundraising events; (b) organize and manage other non-meeting events of the 43rd District; and (c) perform such other duties as are assigned by the Chair. The Vice Chair for Events shall chair and have chief responsibility for the Events Committee. The Events Committee shall consist of the Treasurer and Members appointed by the Vice Chair for Events.

Pride Brunch! Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

Jun 12 2017

Pride Brunch

It's Pride Month! Time once again for the 43rd's Pride Brunch! Join your fellow Democrats and our favorite candidates and electeds for a delicious brunch downtown before heading out for the parade.
Sunday, June 25th, 8:30-10:30 am
Space is limited! Click here to purchase tickets
More information available here.

June 20, 2017 General Meeting Agenda - E-Board Vacancy Elections and Endorsements!

Jun 12 2017

43rd District Democrats
June Membership and Endorsements Meeting
June 20, 2017  7 p.m.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 20th, starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at Kane Hall on the University of Washingtoncampus (map).  This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Event discussion feed.  View our current PCOs and Members for June Endorsements Meeting.

Agenda

6:00 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.      Approval of new PCOs

SEA 43-1265 Andrea Borning, Acting

SEA 43-1274 Tyler Mesman, Acting

SEA 43-1333 Thomas Whittemore, Acting

SEA 43-1348 Neal Traven, Appointed

SEA 43-1361 Robin Thomas, Acting

SEA 43-1781 Morgan McMurray, Acting

SEA 43-1817 Kris V. L. Mikami, Appointed

SEA 43-1835 Jill Gruber, Appointed

SEA 43-1975 Kristin Johnsen, Acting

SEA 43-1993 Rob Dolin, Appointed

SEA 43-2008 Maddy Vonhoff, Acting

SEA 43-2011 Rachmeler Kim, Acting

SEA 43-2029 Carolyn Akinbami, Acting

SEA 43-2059 Austin Miller, Acting

SEA 43-2065 Matthew Ellenberger, Acting

SEA 43-2089 Daniel Graham, Acting

SEA 43-2541 Greta Hotopp, Acting

SEA 43-2928 Sameer Ramade, Acting

SEA 43-3776 Emily J. Murphy, Acting

7:20 p.m.      Appointment/election to fill Executive Board vacancies

                                 Young Democrats representative -- Spencer Lively (Chair appointment, with membership ratification)

                                 Vice Chair for Membership (election)

                                 Vice Chair for Communications (election)

                                 Co-Vice Chair for Events (election)

7:35 p.m.      Endorsements (see rules)

Slate:

King County Executive: Dow Constantine

King County Council District 1: Rod Dembowski

Court of Appeals, Position 5: David Mann

 

Contested Races:

King County Proposition 1

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 1

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 3

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 4

King County Sheriff

Court of Appeals, Position 2

Seattle City Attorney

Seattle City Council, Position 8

Seattle City Council, Position 9

Seattle Mayor

Seattle School District, Position 4

Seattle School District, Position 5

Seattle School District, Position 7

10:00 p.m.      Adjourn    

2017 Endorsement Questionnaires

Jun 11 2017

2017 Endorsement Questionnaires, by Position

 Please note:  If you prefer, you may add this master link collection to your Google Drive as a document.

* Denotes a candidate ineligible for endorsement.

 

Mayor

Jenny Durkan (Environmental Caucus Survey)

Jessyn Farrell (Environmental Caucus Survey)

Bob Hasegawa (Environmental Caucus Survey)

Michael McGinn (Environmental Caucus Survey)

Cary Moon (Environmental Caucus Survey)

 

Seattle City Council, Position 8

Hisam Goueli

*Jon Grant (Environmental Caucus Survey)

Teresa Mosqueda (Environmental Caucus Survey)

Sara Nelson (Environmental Caucus Survey)

Sheley Secrest

Charlene Strong

* Not running as a Democrat, ineligible for endorsement.

 

Seattle City Council, Position 9

Lorena Gonzalez

Patricia Murakami

 

Seattle City Attorney

Pete Holmes

Scott Lindsay

 

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 1

Ryan Calkins

John Creighton

Claudia Kauffman

 

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 3

Ahmed Abdi

Stephanie Bowman

 

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 4

John Persak

Ken Rogers

Brooks Salazar

Preeti Shridhar

Peter Steinbrueck

  

King County Executive

Dow Constantine

 

King County Council, District 1

Rod Dembowski

  

King County Sheriff

Mitzi Johanknecht

John Urquhart

 

King County Court of Appeals, Position 2

Judge Michael Spearman

 

King County Court of Appeals, Position 5

Judge David Mann

 

Seattle School Board, Position IV

Herbert J. Camet, Jr.

Eden Mack

* Not running as a Democrat, ineligible for endorsement. 

 

Seattle School Board, Position V

Alec Cooper

Zachary DeWolf

Andre Helmstetter

* Questionnaire submitted late, ineligible for endorsement.

 

Seattle School Board, Position VII

Chelsea Byers

Betty Patu

PCO Training on Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 12 2017

We hope to see you at the next PCO Training on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  The training will talk about what a PCO is and how to get started. An overview of the Democratic party, a little history, training on Votebuilder and minivan, and a chance to ask your burning questions and talk with other PCOs both new and seasoned.

Endorsements Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

May 12 2017

Our Endorsement meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus. 

The meeting begins at 7pm, registration starts at 6pm. 

This meeting is always crowded, please arrive as early as you can. Candidates will be there early to mingle and answer questions.

Click here to read candidate questionnaires.

Our Endorsement Rules are here.

We will be endorsing in the following races:

King County Executive

King County Council Position 1

King County Court of Appeals, Position 5

King County Proposition 1

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 1

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 3

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 4

King County Sheriff

King County Court of Appeals, Position 2

Seattle City Attorney

Seattle City Council, Position 8

Seattle City Council, Position 9

Seattle Mayor

Seattle School Board, Position IV

Seattle School Board, Position V

Seattle School Board, Position VII

This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Event discussion feed.

May 12 2017

Our Endorsement meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus. 

The meeting begins at 7pm, registration starts at 6pm. 

This meeting is always crowded, please arrive as early as you can. Candidates will be there early to mingle and answer questions.

Click here to read candidate questionnaires.

Our Endorsement Rules are here.

We will be endorsing in the following races:

King County Executive

King County Council Position 1

King County Court of Appeals, Position 5

King County Proposition 1

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 1

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 3

Port of Seattle Commissioner, Position 4

King County Sheriff

King County Court of Appeals, Position 2

Seattle City Attorney

Seattle City Council, Position 8

Seattle City Council, Position 9

Seattle Mayor

Seattle School Board, Position IV

Seattle School Board, Position V

Seattle School Board, Position VII

This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Event discussion feed.

Ballots & Bubbly on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 12 2017

We are not having a May meeting. Instead, on May 16 we will be holding a fun evening of mingling with the candidates while sipping bubbly at a private home in Capitol Hill. Our event has reached capacity, so sign-ups are now closed.  If you successfully submitted your RSVP, you may now purchase additional ballots to tip the scales towards your favorite candidates.

Contact events@43rddems.org if you need anything further!

All candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are invited to attend and mingle.

There will be a straw poll for selected competitive races! All candidates in each selected race will be listed in the straw poll.  Each person attending will receive ballots, and can purchase extra ballots!

Ballots & Bubbly 2017

Event Date:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Event Location: Private Home on Capitol Hill
Address: Seattle, WA

This is a shoes-free venue, so make sure to wear your fanciest/funniest socks.  Participants will be competing for the coveted "Best Socks" Award!

Please be prepared to present your ID if you wish to imbibe alcoholic beverages.

BE RESPONSIBLE!  Hail a ride, carpool, bring a designated driver!

April 18, 2017 General Meeting - Data, Pramila Jayapal, and Bylaws!

Apr 08 2017

 


 

 

43rd District Democrats

April Membership Meeting

April 18, 2017  7 p.m

 

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 18th, starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30!) at University Heights Center.  This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Event discussion feed.

Agenda

6:30 p.m.      Doors open

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

                     Approval of agenda and minutes 

7:15 p.m.      Guest speakers

7:30 p.m.      Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

           Report from D.C. and taking your questions!

8:10 p.m.      Officer reports

8:20 p.m.      New business

Proposed 43rd Dems bylaws amendment

PCO approvals                   

SEA 43-1330        Brint Kriebel            (Acting)

SEA 43-1334        MIchael Gifford-Santos    (Appointed)

SEA 43-1347        John Hoglund        (Acting)

SEA 43-1348        Edward Hartmann        (Acting)

SEA 43-1371        Charmila Ajmera        (Acting)

SEA 43-1993        Rob Dolin            (Appointed)

SEA 43-2033     Zoye Marinopaulou        (Acting)

SEA 43-2037     LeRoy Laney            (Acting)

SEA 43-2052     Bradley Bell            (Acting)

SEA 43-3719     Ian Randall            (Appointed)

Resolutions                  

Support for safe consumption spaces

Support for single-payer health care

Support for a local income tax in Seattle

9:00 p.m.       Adjourn    

March 21, 2017 General Meeting - Safe Consumption Spaces, Rules, Issues Caucuses!

Mar 10 2017

March meeting:

Safe Consumption Spaces, Rules, Issues Caucuses!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 21st, starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30!) at University Heights Center.  This meeting will be live-streamed to our Facebook Event discussion feed.

 

Agenda

 

 

6:30 p.m.       Doors open

 

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

                       Approval of agenda and minutes (google)

 

7:15 p.m.       Guest speakers

 

7:25 p.m.       Program

           Safe Consumption Spaces in King County

                 

8:00 p.m.       Issue caucus break-out sessions

 

8:20 p.m.       Old Business

            2017 43rd Democrats Endorsement Rules (google)

 

            New Business

2017 43rd Democrats Budget

                 

PCO approvals               

43-1353        Leslie Jean Cossitt (Acting)

43-1367        Mary Waldron     (Acting)

43-2550        Danish Aziz         (Acting)

43-2543        Gaby de Jongh   (Acting)

43-2049        Judy Lightfoot     (Acting)

43-1278        Galen Edlund-Cho   (Appointed)

43-1370        Michelle Duffy     (Appointed)

43-2001        Philip Weiss         (Appointed)

43-2081        Kristen Johnsen     (Appointed)

43-2104        Ellen Eades         (Appointed)

 

                  

Resolutions                  

Creation of a state environment and climate caucus (google)

Improving community-police relations by fostering accountability and public trust (google)

9:00 p.m.   Adjourn

February Meeting Follow Up

Feb 22 2017

February Meeting Follow Up: 

You can view livestreamed video with commentary and related links if you missed anything!

There were several requests regarding contacting our state party representation regarding the 2017 Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairmanship Election this weekend.

Tina Podlodowski, our State Party Chair, has published her email address to the public: tina /at/ wa-democrats.org

Additionally, Joe Pakootas, David McDonald, Sharon Mast, and Nancy Monacelli have votes in the election.  We have not yet recieved consent to publish their email addresses, but they have consented to being contacted, so you can email our chair /at/ 43rddems.org to request their email addresses or you can call the state party at (206) 883-0664 to contact them.  Mention your precinct (43-1331 for example) when you contact them, that's like a secret code revealing your depth of involvement.

For our members' ease, we have also provided a single email to reach all the DNC-level voters who have consented to be contacted by our district's membership.  Simply send your message to 2017-dnc-voters /at/ 43rddems.org and it will be delivered to all of the mentioned individuals.  Please note this single point of access will be disabled after this weekend as its purpose will have been served.

43rd District Democrats Meeting - Democracy Vouchers! - February 21, 2017

Feb 11 2017

February meeting: 

Democracy Vouchers! 

Mark your calendars to hear from City of Seattle representatives about our new Democracy Voucher program and how it works. The meeting is on Tuesday, February 21st, starting at 7 p.m. at University Heights Center.  This meeting will be live-streamed to ourFacebook Event discussion feed.

Agenda

6:30 p.m.   Doors open

7:00 p.m.   Welcome and call to order

                   Approval of Agenda and Minutes

7:15 p.m.   Guest speakers

7:25 p.m.   Program

                  Seattle Democracy Vouchers

8:00 p.m.   Legislative action alerts

                  The latest from Olympia and Washington DC

8:20 p.m.   New Business

                   2017 43rd Democrats endorsement rules 

                   PCO approvals:
                    
43-1361        Sandra  Martin       Acting
                    43-1364        Anna  Wolak            Acting
                    43-2020        Andy Jensen        Appointed
                    43-2025        Malaika Schwartz     Acting

                   Resolutions:
                   Regarding locality pay for state employees

9:00 p.m.   Adjourn

 

43rd News & Updates Archive - 2016

43rd District Democrats Re-organization Meeting - January 17, 2017!

Dec 12 2016

Please join us for our re-roganization meeting onTuesday, January 17th at 7:00pm at our usual location: University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE - Seattle, WA 98105
Agenda and rules are found here:
Agenda:http://www.kcdems.org/uploads/2016/12/43rd-reorg-agenda.pdf
Rules:http://www.kcdems.org/uploads/2016/12/reorg-rules.pdf
View the proposed bylaws changes.

Running for 43rd District Democrats Executive Board? Submit your candidate statement here:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/43rdOfficer

Read statements from candidates running for 43rd District Democrats Executive Board:http://43rddems.ngpvanhost.com/statements-candidates-running-43rd-democrats-executive-board
 

43rd District Democrats Winter Holiday Party! - Saturday, December 17, 2016

Nov 21 2016

Get together with your friends and neighbors of the 43rd District Democrats for our annual winter holiday party! We're being hosted this year at the beautiful home of Jessica Trupin.
Come and enjoy great company, music, food, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and we'll hear a few speeches from electeds and community leaders. You won't want to miss this!

Date/Time: Saturday, December 17th at 6:00pm
Location: Home of Jessica Trupin - 4519 Densmore Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

WANT TO SPONSOR?
$500 Co-Host
$250 Sponsor
$100 Supporter

TICKETS
General - $25 (suggested donation, pay what you can)
Ticket + 2017 individual membership - $43
2 Tickets + 2017 family membership - $75
Young Democrats/Reduced Income - $10

Get your ticket online now and skip the line at the door!

General meeting - November 15th!

Nov 06 2016

Please join us for our next General Meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00pm at our usual location: University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE - Seattle, WA 98105

Agenda
6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Call to order
    Approval of Agenda and Minutes

7:10 p.m. Guest speakers
7:20 p.m. 2017 Legislative Session Preview
8:10 p.m. 43rd District Democrats Platform
9:00 p.m. Adjourn

Third and final presidential debate watch party! - Wed, Oct 19th

Oct 18 2016

Join the 43rd District Democrats for the third and final presidential debate of the general election. Debate Watch Bingo is back again! Hotel Hotel Pizza Bar is an all-ages venue. Don't miss it!

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 19th 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Hotel Hotel Pizza Bar - 3517 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103

General Meeting - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00pm!

Oct 12 2016

Please join us for our next General Meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm at our usual location: 
University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE - Seattle, WA 98105

Agenda

6:30 p.m.   Doors open
7:00 p.m.   Call to order
    Approval of Agenda and Minutes

7:10 p.m.   Guest speakers
7:20 p.m.   Turning out your neighbors: 43rd PCO training and literature distribution
8:20 p.m.   Officer reports
8:30 p.m.   New business
                  Resolutions
                  Supporting Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
9:00 p.m.   Adjourn

Pancakes for PCOs breakfast and training! - Saturday, Oct 15th!

Oct 12 2016

Join us for the 36th and 43rd District Democrats Annual FREE PCO appreciation event and training with a delicious breakfast!
Meet fellow PCOs, enjoy yummy pancakes and other breakfast goodies, all while picking up your packet with walk list, voter guides, map, and script for the general election. Also, hone your skills with a brief training and introduction to MiniVAN and Votebuilder.
We're excited to be joined by Tina Podlowdowski, candidate for Secretary of State, and Cyrus Habib, running for Lieutenant Governor.

Saturday, Oct 15th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103

Presidential debate watch party! - Sept 26th

Sep 26 2016

Join us Monday, Sept 26th, for a Presidential dabate watch party hosted jointly by the 36th and 43rd District Democrats at a new, exciting, all-ages location. We'll have games! You won't want to miss this!

Location: Rooftop Brewing Company, 1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm (debate starts at 6:00pm)

43rd District Democrats General Meeting - Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

Sep 21 2016

Please join us for our next General Meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm at our usual location: University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE - Seattle, WA 98105

Agenda to be announced.

43rd District Democrats General Election Endorsments are now available!

Sep 21 2016

Click here to view our endorsements for the Nov. 8 General election! Be sure to mail your ballot in by Nov. 8!

43rd District Democrats General Election Endorsements Meeting - Sept. 20th at 7:00pm!

Sep 09 2016

Please join us for our endorsement meeting for the November 2016 general election!

Date///time: Tuesday, Sept 20th at 7:00pm
Location: Univesity Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE, Seattle.

Agenda

6:30 p.m.   Doors open

7:00 p.m.   Call to Order

    Approval of Agenda andMinutes

7:10 p.m.   Guest Speakers

7:25 p.m.  Endorsements

8:25 p.m.   New Business

                  Resolutions

Animal Feeding Operations Permits

Funding of School Construction

9:00 p.m.   Adjourn general meeting

9 – 9:20 p.m. PCO Area Coordinators training

Hillary Clinton Acceptance Speech Watch Party! - Thursday, July 28th at 5:00pm!

Jul 22 2016

Date/Time: Thursday, July 28th at 5:00pm
Location: The Great Nabob - 819 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

Join your friends and neighbors of the 36th and 43rd District Democrats as we watch Hillary Clinton speak and accept the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America. We will also watch several other speeches at the Democratic National Convention leading up to hers from prominent figures within the party.
View this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1560574370913626/

43rd District Democrats Summer BBQ! - Sunday, July 31, 2016

Jul 20 2016

43rd District Democrats Summer BBQ! - Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
4535 Thackeray Pl NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4841

Join us for our annual Summer BBQ to celebrate our successes, reconnect with friends, make some new ones, and soak in the sun over burgers, hot dogs, and veggie items. We’ll also raise funds for the resources we need to keep the most progressive district in the state strong and to organize and turn out the Democratic vote in 2016 and future elections. 
View this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/139303096501504/

Tickets are $15 general admissions and $10 for PCOs. 

If you would like to pay in advance feel free to do so at https://43rddems.ngpvanhost.com/donate

43rd District Democrats General Meeting - July 19th at 7:00pm

Jul 08 2016

Please join us for the 43rd District Democrats General Meeting!
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 19th at 7:00pm
Location: University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, 98105

Agenda
6:30 p.m.      Doors open

7:00 p.m.      Call to Order

Approval of Agenda and Minutes

7:10 p.m.      Guest Speakers

7:20 p.m.      Program

        PCO Training and sample ballot distribution

8:40 p.m.      New Business

       Approval of new PCOs

9:00 p.m.      Adjourn

2016 43rd District Democrats Pride Brunch!

Jun 23 2016

Join us at the 43rd District Democrats 2016 Pride Brunch! 
Location: Newmark Tower - 1415 2nd Ave, Unit 500, Seattle, Washington 98101
Time: 9:00am
Tickets available here.

Brunch and speakers! We are going with the same caterer as last year and will, per usual, have mimosas for the thirsty.

Tickets are $25 (general) and $10 for YD's/income-limited folks. You can pay at the door or in advance at the following link:

https://43rddems.ngpvanhost.com/donate

We look forward to seeing you!

2016 Primary Endorsements Results available!

Jun 23 2016

Click here for the 2016 Primary Enorsements from our June 21, 2016 meeting.

43rd District Democrats Primary Endorsements Meeting! Tuesday, June 21st

Jun 10 2016

Join us for the 43rd District Democrats Primary Endorsements meeting at the UW's Kane Hall! You must be a member to vote during our endorsement process so register today!

Please ensure you are eligible to vote by check our list of paid members and PCOs.

Primary Endorsements meeting agenda - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
(click here for a PDF version of the agenda)

6:30 p.m.    Doors open

7:00 p.m.    Call to Order

Approval of Agenda and Minutes

7:10 p.m.    Guest Speakers

7:15 p.m.    Primary Endorsements

Slate  (see list below)

Individual races:

7th Congressional District

Lieutenant Governor

State Treasurer

State Auditor

State Public Lands Commissioner

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington State Supreme Court, Position 6

43rd District Legislature, Position 1

King County Superior Court, Department 44

City of Seattle ballot measures

    Init. Measure 123 (Alaskan Way Park)

    Proposition 1 (Housing Levy)

10:00 p.m.    Adjourn

 

Slate list

U.S. Senator: Patty Murray
US Congress, 9th District: Adam Smith
Governor: Jay Inslee
Attorney General: Bob Ferguson
Insurance Commissioner: Mike Kreidler
Secretary of State: Tina Podlodowski
State Supreme Court Justice, Position 1: Mary Yu
State Supreme Court Justice, Position 5: Barbara Madsen
State Rep, 43rd District, Position 2: Speaker Frank Chopp,
State Initiative I-1492 (Extreme risk protection orders): YES
State Initiative I-1433 (Raise minimum wage): YES
State Initiative I-1515 (Repeal non-discrimination protections): NO

Tuesday, May 17th Monthly General Meeting

Apr 28 2016

7:00pm - 9::00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

Agenda

6:30 p.m.      Doors open

7:00 p.m.      Call to Order

Approval of Agenda and Minutes

7:10 p.m.      Guest Speakers

Candidates and campaigns

7:30 p.m.      Program

43rd District Democrats Platform

8:20 p.m.      Officer Reports

8:30 p.m.      New Business

Appointment of PCOs

Resolution to include all genders in party representation

Resolution regarding solar energy, housing and developers 

Resolution regarding green roofs and solar panels

8:55 p.m.      Good of the Order

9:00 p.m.      Adjourn

Delegate Election Update

Apr 19 2016

DELEGATE ELECTION UPDATE
43rd Democrats Legislative District Caucus on April 17, 2016 at Lincoln School in Seattle

Congratulations to the 46 delegates and 23 alternates elected to the Congressional District caucuses (May 21) and Washington State Democratic Convention (June 17-19, Tacoma)
A huge thanks to all of our tally heroes – especially Tara Gallagher, Tally Committee Chair -- who worked into the darkness to count every vote!

All delegates and alternates will be notified with more information about next steps. We’re wrapping up the documentation for the caucus right now, so we appreciate your patience as we complete that work first. Congratulations again! 

7th Congressional District (45 delegates/23 alternates)
Location: North Seattle College - 9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Sanders Delegates

Female Delegates (16):
Ximena Velazquez-Arenas
Danielle Askini
Kalie Sandstrom
Catherine Donnelly
Zuleyha Ozonder
Tara Rayers
Ayla Kadah
Annabelle Backman
Andi O’Rourke
Tara Lee
Joey Gray
Carla Barrick
Lydia Olchoff
Sandra Shulman
Sarah Koch
Amy Madden 

Female Alternates (8):
1. Sacha Talpur
2. Margarita Munoz
3. Tara Gallagher
4. Kathleen Klozar
5. Leslie McGovern
6. Mary Soonmie Park
7. Tara Ulanoff
8. Christina Yanez

Male delegates (15)

Matthew Anderson
Philip Dawdy
Alex Beckler
Anthony Diaz
Majid Al Bahdli
Andrew Boyd
Michael Campbell
Donald Goldberg
Matt Toles
Jorge Bustamante
Daniel Harrington
Phoenix Cavalier
Raphael Pierre
Henry Dotson
Jeff Jett

Male alternates (8)

1. Omar Vasquaz
2. Patrick Moore
3. Kris Pendleton
4. Jason Mitchell
5. De Saulniers
6. Nathan McKinley
7 John Moore
8. Adam Critzer

Clinton Delegates

Female delegates (7)

Shayna Daitch
Lizzie Evans
Brooke Brod
Laurie Goff
Ali Lee
Jennifer Schmidt
Mavis Tai

Female alternates (4)

1. Laura Zagg
2. Mary da Cruz
3. Jessica Horst
4. Sarah Perez 

Male delegates (7)

Rob Dolin
James Apa
Noah An
Terrence Hecker
Anay Mahendra Shah
Alex Garcia Bana
Michael Maddux

Male alternates (3)

1. Indranil Ghosh
2. John Bailey
3. John Fogarty

9th Congressional District (1 delegate)
Location: IBEW Hall, Kent

Sanders

Male delegate (1)
Ian Kipp Hagemann

Official Call for the 43rd Legislative District Caucus!

Apr 12 2016

OFFICIAL CALL
43rd Democrats Legislative District Caucus

When: Sunday, April 17, 2016, begins at 1 p.m.; doors open at 11:30 a.m.
 

Where: Lincoln School building (Cascadia Elementary), 4400 Interlake Ave N., Seattle (enter building between N. 43rd and N. 45th on Woodlawn Ave. North). There is a small parking lot at the school.
 

Who: All duly elected Democrats from the 43rd Democrats Precinct Caucuses (or any duly elected alternates seated in their place).
 

Why: This is the next step in our caucus process to choose the Democratic nominee for President! We’ll be electing 46 delegates and 23 alternates to represent us at the Congressional District Caucuses and the Washington State Democratic Convention.

 

Read the proposed agenda and rules for the April 17th caucus.

 

Questions & Answers

 

How do I sign-in at the legislative district caucus?

Sign in will be by precinct, so it’s best to know your precinct number (e.g., 43-1345) to efficiently find your sign-in location. (We’ll also have a map available if you forget.) Unlike the precinct caucus, there is no option to fill out a form ahead of time. 

 

Do I need my certificate of election?

If you were issued a certificate of election as a delegate or alternate, please bring it. But not everyone was issued one, and it’s not essential for participation as long as your election was documented in precinct materials that were turned in.

 

Who is eligible to run for delegate to the next level? 

Anyone registered to vote in the 43rd District who will publicly declare themselves as a Democrat. 

 

Who may attend?

It’s an open meeting and anyone is invited to observe.

 

Additional questions? 

Please read though the full proposed agenda and rules for more details. Contact chair@43rddems.org if you have additional questions.

 

VOLUNTEER AT THE CAUCUS!

 

Our legislative caucus is a big event to run and we welcome your support in making it successful. If you’d like to have fun and help out, please join us! We need folks to work sign-in tables and to help with tallying votes for delegate races. Please contact chair@43rddems.org if your interested.

 

DONATE TO COVER CAUCUS COSTS AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL DEMOCRATS

 

We are asking for a voluntary $10 registration fee to cover the significant costs of running caucuses. The 43rd District Democrats are an all-volunteer effort of scrappy, committed Democrats that receive no money from the state party or other political campaigns and organizations. Donations are not required to participate in the caucuses.

 

For $25, you can become a member of the 43rd District Democrats. You’ll have voting privileges for local party endorsements and will be supporting voter turnout in one of the deepest blue districts in the state!

 

Please donate online now at www.43rddemocrats.org/donate or at the door. Thank you for your support!

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

 

43rd District Democrats Ballots and Bubbly! Join us Tuesday, April 19th, starting at 7 p.m. at University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE. Meet and mingle with Democrats running for office, share bubbly and tasty appetizers and cast your vote in straw poll elections for local and statewide races. Don’t miss this popular event! https://www.facebook.com/events/1711654699074417/ 

 

 

King County Convention: Sunday, May 1st, 1 p.m. at Hazen High School, 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton. All delegates and alternates elected to the 43rd Legislative District caucus are also delegates and alternates to the King County Convention. The primary items of business are adoption of a county platform and resolutions; delegates will not be elected at this meeting.

 

43rd District Democrats monthly meetings: Have fun organizing with fellow Democrats as we turn out our deep blue neighborhoods to vote! We meet every 3rd Tuesday starting at 7 p.m., normally at the University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE. (Exception: June endorsements meeting will be at at Kane Hall on the UW campus.)

 

Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday, May 21st, 2016; nearly all delegates and alternates elected from the 43rd Legislative District caucus will go to the 7th Congressional District Caucus, North Seattle College, convening at 9:30 a.m. (One 43rd delegate will go to the 9th Congressional District Caucus, IBEW Hall in Kent, 1805 62nd Ave. S.)

 

Washington Democratic State Convention: June 18-19, 2016, Tacoma

 

2016 Democratic National Convention: Monday, July 25th - Thursday, July 28th, Philadelphia

43rd District Democrats' Ballots and Bubbly!

Apr 03 2016

You are invited to the 43rd District Democrats' annual Ballots and Bubbly
Date and time: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:00pm
Location: University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Join us for our annual event (same place and time of our monthly meeting), and mingle with candidates seeking your vote in the 2016 elections! Will there be a Straw Poll? Yes, of course there will! All members will receive some free ballots, and more will be available for sale! Become a member today, and vote in this year's 43rd District Democrats' Straw Poll! In addition to champagne, light food and refreshments will be provided.

We will update with more information, including candidates that confirm.

2016 Caucus Results

Mar 28 2016

43rd Legislative District caucus results:
Sanders: 717 delegates  - 68.7%
Clinton: 326 delegates - 31.3%

View the full state-wide results.

The 43rd Legislative District caucus will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, April 17th atLincoln High School - 4400 Interlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

The King County Democrats Conventionwill be held on Sunday, May 1st.at Oliver M. Hazen High School - 1101 Hoquiam Avenue NE, Renton, WA 98059

All Delegates and Alternates elected at the precinct caucuses on March 26th should plan on attending!

43rd District Town Hall - February 20th

Feb 16 2016

Date and time: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Erickson Theater, Seattle Central College - 1524 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Please join us at the 43rd District Town Hall. Get an update of the 2016 state legislative session. Ask questions and give feedback!

House Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Jamie Pedersen will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, February 20th at 1 p.m. at the Erickson Theater at Seattle Central Community College.

The lawmakers are taking a brief pause from the 2016 legislative session in Olympia to hear what’s on the minds of their constituents in the 43rd Legislative District.

The event is free and open to all constituents of the 43rd Legislative District, which includes Capitol Hill, University District, Madison Park, Broadmoor, Montlake, Wallingford, Eastlake, Greenlake and parts of Fremont, Ravenna, South Lake Union and downtown Seattle.

The 2016 legislative session began in January and will continue to early March.

More info here.

Erickson Theater, Seattle Central College
1524 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

43rd District Democrats General Meeting: February 16, 2016

Feb 05 2016

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: University Heights Center
5301 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Agenda
6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Approval of Agenda and Minutes
7:10 p.m. Guest Speakers
Candidates running for office
7:30 p.m. Program
Climate Justice: Building resilient communities, addressing climate change from the grassroots
8:10 p.m. Officer Reports
8:30 p.m. Old Business
March caucuses: Latest information for PCOs and caucus conveners
8:40 p.m. New Business
Approval of 2016 Budget

Appointment of PCOs
43-1372 Katherine Thompson
43-1847 Daniel Goodman
43-2088 Erica Garvey
8:50 p.m. Good of the Order
9:00 p.m. Adjourn

 

43rd News & Updates Archive - 2015

43rd District Democrats General Meeting

Oct 01 2015

October 20, 2015 at 7:00pm
University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

Agenda to be announced.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month* at 7:00pm at the University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 ( NW corner of University Way NE and NE 50th St.) Bus #71 serves this location. Free off-street parking is available.

* Except August and December - We have a picnic in August and a holiday party in December in lieu of the meeting.

43rd District Democrats - Updated 2015 Primary Election Endorsements! Read more...

Sep 20 2015

Seattle City Council District 3 - No endorsement
Seattle City Council District 4 - Michael Maddux
Seattle City Council District 6 - Mike O’Brien
Seattle City Council District 7 - Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Council Position 8 - No endoresment
Seattle City Council Position 9 - Bill Bradburd

Seattle School Board District 1 - Scott Pinkham
Seattle School Board District 2 - Rick Burke
Seattle School Board District 3 - Jill Geary
Seattle School Board District 8 - Leslie Harris

Port of Seattle Position 2 - Courtney Gregoire
Port of Seattle Position 5 - Marion Yoshino

King County Council District 2 - Larry Gossett
King County Council District 4 - Jeanne Kohl-Welles
King County Council District 8 - Joe McDermott
King County Elections Director - Zach Hudgins
King County Assessor - Lloyd Hara

Initiative 1366 - Sales Tax Decrease or Two-Thirds Vote for Tax Increase - No
Initiative 1401 - Animal Trafficking - Yes
King County Law Enforcement Civilian Oversight - Yes
Seattle Transit Levy - Yes
Campaign Finance/Honest Elections - Yes
Advisory vote - Elimination of Tax Preferences for Manufacturing - Yes
Advisory vote - Gas Tax - Yes
Advisory vote - Medical Marijuana Patient Database Fee - Yes
Advisory vote - Oil Spill Prevention Taxes - Yes

43rd District Democrats - 2015 Primary Election Endorsements

Aug 01 2015

Seattle City Council District 3 - No endorsement
Seattle City Council District 4 - No endorsement
Seattle City Council District 6 - Mike O’Brien
Seattle City Council District 7 - Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Council Position 8 - No endoresment
Seattle City Council Position 9 - Bill Bradburd

Seattle School Board District 2 - Rick Burke
Seattle School Board District 3 - No endorsement

Port of Seattle Position 2 - Courtney Gregoire
Port of Seattle Position 5 - Marion Yoshino

King County Council District 2 - Larry Gossett
King County Council District 4 - Jeanne Kohl-Welles
King County Council District 8 - Joe McDermott
King County Elections Director - Zach Hudgins
King County Assessor - Lloyd Hara

Primary Election - August 4, 2015

Aug 01 2015

Get your ballots in by August 4, 2015!

Mail your ballots in or drop it off at one of the drop-off locations.

43rd District Democrats General Meeting - September 18, 2015

Aug 01 2015

Agenda

6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Call to Order 
Approval of Agenda, June Minutes and July Minutes.
7:10 p.m. Guest Speakers
7:15 p.m. Endorsements
General election endorsements
for consideration:

Candidates
Seattle City Council Districts 3, 4 & Position 8
Seattle School Board Districts 1, 3, 6

Ballot Measures
City
Proposition 1 Transportation Levy
I-122 Campaign Finance reform
County
KC Prop. 1 -- Best Starts for Kids Levy
Office of Law Enforcement Oversight
State
Initiative 1366 – Washington Sales Tax Decrease or Two-Thirds Vote for Tax Increase
Initiative 1401 – Washington Animal Trafficking
Advisory vote - Washington Elimination of Tax Preferences for Manufacturing
Advisory vote – Washington Gas Tax
Advisory Vote -- Washington Medical Marijuana Patient Database Fee
Advisory vote – Washington Oil Spill Prevention Taxes

8:00 p.m. Officer Reports
8:30 p.m. New Business
Appointment of PCOs
43-1268 Christopher Mascis
43-1277 Lisa Steubing
43-1331 John Hoglund (acting)
43-1332 Michale Slass
43-1335 Bill Wells
43-1355 Mike O’Brien
43-1361 Rachel Dehn
43-1363 Lizzie Evans
43-1364 Nate Fitzpatrick
43-1780 Mike Stensrud
43-1855 Eric Gonzalez
43-1858 Julian gantt
43-1862 Jackson Taylor
43-1867 David Cotton
43-2065 William Perry
43-2071 Matthew Gross (acting)
43-2547 Chris Esh
43-2862 Benjamin Crowther
43-2069 Michael Cornell

Resolutions

Affordable Housing and Rent Control
Submitted by Colin Maloney
8:50 p.m. Good of the Order
9:00 p.m. Adjourn

 

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm at the University Heights Center - 5031 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 ( NW corner of University Way NE and NE 50th St.) Bus #71 serves this location. Free off-street parking is available.