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Welcome to the website of the Whatcom County Democratic Party.   Our goal is to keep you Informed, Interested and Involved in our Local Political Activities.   

The Whatcom Democrats Operate all year around, supporting Democrats at all levels, with an office at 215 W. Holly Street, in Downtown Bellingham.  We have Monthly Meetings at the Bellingham Public Library, generally on the third Thursday of every month, at 7:00 PM.

Please Check Our Monthly Calendar To Stay Updated On All Our Events. Click On "Calendar" At The Top Left Side To Get An Expanded Monthly View.


Action Alert: Infant Nutrition Program Under Budget Ax

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-11-07 12:58

In case you missed the  Bellingham Herald October 17 article on the County budget, Whatcom County Health Department is planning to outsource the WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) to save money. The outsourcing would probably be to a local non-profit agency, and to save money they would have less funding to work with.

40th LD Delegation will Preview the 2011 Legislative Session

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 12:16

Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 11, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, (between Champion & Magnolia)
 Open to the public, membership meeting follows program

PROGRAM: 2011 Legislative Session
The twists and turns of the November election leave us with a lot of questions. How will we work with our state’s diminishing budget? What should we focus on in 2011? And how can we support our Democratic representatives so that they can best support us?

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage Celebrated

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 12:11

The Women’s Club will be taking a trip to Olympia Nov 8th for the Day of Jubilation sponsored by the Washington Women’s History Consortium and the Secretary of States’ Office to commemorate the signing of the legislation to enact Suffrage 100 years ago. There will be a full day of events, exhibits, performances, activities and celebrations at the Legislative Building and Temple of Justice from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 2010  A car pool will be going to this event and welcome anyone who is interested in attending to contact Catherine at 647.3888.

Women's Club features election wrap-up

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 12:10

Women’s Club Meets Nov 8
The regular membership meeting of the Whatcom County Democratic Women, which  is open to all, will be held at the Asian Food Garden, Cost Cutter/DSHS Shopping Center on Meridian north of I-5.  Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 12 noon.  Our topic this month is an election wrap-up, with reports about our GOTV efforts to support endorsed candidates, local speakers and honoring Veterans. Please contact Catherine at 647.3888 for further information.

40th District 4th Annual Fall Social

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 12:08

This year we’re having a potluck at
Blanchard Community Center, 3066 Legg Road - Bow WA
Saturday, November 13, 3 PM until everyone goes home.

Meet potential new board members and other 40th LD members. Talk about the year that was and will be. Bring games, musical instruments, and political poetry to share.

New Executive Board Elected in December

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-11-06 12:02

The Democratic Party is governed locally by a Board made up of officers (elected by the PCOs) and committee chairs appointed by the elected Chair.  These officers are elected every two years for 2-year terms.  This “re-organization” meeting will be held on December 16, 2010, the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee will be electing new officers for 2011-2012.

Thoughts on Election 2010

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-11-04 20:18


[UPDATE as of Saturday, November 6]  We quickly put together the November newsletter the day after the election in order to get the print copy in the mail in a timely manner to publicize our membership meeting next week (see below). Since then much has changed in the vote count. Tallies of ballots counted after election day show a strong leaning for Democratic candidates.

Murray, Larsen Help Get Out the Democratic Vote

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-10-29 23:35

4 Days to go! See how you can help NOW

Missed those Candidate Forums?

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-10-22 12:28

You can still watch a couple of the forums through the miracle of technology. Please share this with family and friends.

**UPDATE Oct 26**
Rick Larsen and John Koster face off at the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, October 22, 2010 FULL VIDEO **end update**

A couple are available on the web and BTV channel 10 (Comcast cable) Broadcast schedule:

Basic Needs Forum  full video 42ndLD Linville/Buys @ 6 min; Jerns/Ericksen @ 38 min; Jensen/Overstreet @ 70 min; 40th LD Lytton/Newman @ 83 min; Swapp/Morris @107 min; County Council Larson/Melious @ 135 min. (This is possibly the only Melious-Larson side-by-side comparison for the election, as Larson has not attended most other forums)

Ralph Munro Forum  full video 42nd LD Overstreet/Jensen @3 min; Linville/Buys @ 19 min; 40th LD Newman/Lytton @ 38 min; Swapp/Morris @ 51 min; 42nd LD Jerns/Ericksen @71 min.

Whatcom Democrats' Voting Recommendations

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2010-10-19 18:42

State-wide Ballot Measures

Jurisdiction Identification Short Description VOTE
State of Washington I-1053 Eyman's 2/3 majority for tax increases No
State of Washington I-1082 Privatize Workers Compensation Insurance No
State of Washington I-1098
Revenue Package and Middle Class Tax Relief
Gates-Gorton Debate


State of Washington I-1100 Privatize Liquor Sales No
State of Washington I-1105 Privatize Liquor Sales No
State of Washington I-1107 Repeal sales taxes on soda, bottled water, candy, gum No
State of Washington R-52 School Bonds for weatherization Yes


US. Senate
2nd Congressional District
42nd Legislative District
42nd Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 1
42nd Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 2
40th Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 1
40th Legislative District
House of Rep, Position 2
Whatcom County
Council District 1, Position B
 Washington State
Supreme Court, Position 6

Local Ballot Measures

City of Bham Transportation Benefit District Prop. 1

Transportation Improvement Levy

Bellingham School District #501 Prop. 1
Supplemental Education Support Levy Yes