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. 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.
Congratulations to our new officers for 2015: Chair - Catherine Chambers, 1st Vice Chair - Abe Jacobson and 2nd Vice Chair - Candice Wilson. Thanks to our continuing officers, Secretary Aileen Satushek, Treasurer Peggy Borgens, and State Committee people Richard May and Catherine Chambers.
The membership of the Whatcom Democrats, paid and PCOs, will gather on June 17th to vote on endorsement of candidates for the up-coming election. All candidates who will appear on the August 17 Primary Election ballot will be known, as they must file their candidacy by June 11. Democrats whose membership was up to date as of June 2nd, and attend the meeting, are eligible to vote. The meeting starts at 7 pm, and the supper begins at 5:30 pm, at Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest, Bellingham.
Candidates previously endorsed by the Whatcom Democrats are indicated by an asterisk. Challengers “certified” by the Whatcom Democrats as democrats are indicated by #. All current announced candidates are listed.
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Patty Murray* is running for re-election. Republicans Dino Rossi, Clint Didier, Paul Akers, and others are challenging.
US House, District 2: Incumbent Rick Larsen* is running for re-election. Democrats Larry Kalb# and Diana McGinness#, and Republican John Koster are challenging.
Hello Democrats. I'm Richard May, Democratic Party nominee for State Rep position 1.
There is a magnum shift in the mood of the people in the United States.
In preparation for the coming campaign season, Natalie McClendon has appointed (and the Executive Board has confirmed) two new committee chairs. Elisabeth Britt will be heading up the Campaign Committee, which as you can imagine, handles our campaign activities every election cycle. You might remember her from her tireless work managing the Whatcom Democrats efforts on the Transit Works campaign. She also manages the popular blog on local politics, Latte Republic. The previous chair, Jason Heck is departing to become Kevin Ranker’s legislative assistant.
It's time once again for the grassroots of the Democratic Party to choose it's representatives – Precinct Committee Officers – who will govern the Party for the next two years, including the 2012 Presidential caucus and campaign season.
To run for PCO in your precinct you will need to file during the week of June 7-11. See details below.
WHY IS BEING A PCO IMPORTANT?
PCOs govern the local Democratic party by electing the officers and adopting the bylaws. Two of the officers they elect are our representatives on the State Democratic Party's governing body, who in turn elect the state party officers.
The Endorsement Policy has been changed. In order to be eligible to vote in an endorsement decision, membership must be current two weeks prior to the vote.
This policy change will go into effect for the June 17, 2010 meeting when we consider endorsing candidates for Legislature, Congress, Senate, and County Council.
If your membership has expired or is about to expire you should have received a renewal notice. In order to vote, please have your membership paid by the end of the day, June 2, 2010.
The endorsement meeting is scheduled for June 17, 2010, 7 pm, Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham. Pay your membership HERE or mail a check to PO Box 3095, Bellingham WA 98227.
Why is membership required in order to vote on endorsements?
A political party endorsement is a statement of support of a candidate for public office. It is also an internal policy decision saying where the organization's resources will be spent. It is no different than a PTA, voter's league, or labor union picking which candidates they want to support and work for, as an organization. This is why we require membership in the Whatcom Democrats, as an organization, in order to vote on our endorsement decisions.
By Riley Sweeney
We will be discussing two potential ballot measures at our next membership meeting. Both have been suggested by the executive board for endorsement by the body at this next meeting. I will outline both initiatives briefly here so you know a little more about them, but we will also have people speaking to both at the next meeting, May 17, 7 pm, Norway Hall, Bellingham.
UPDATE: These two intiatives were endorsed by the membership on May 17th.
by Riley Sweeney
At the risk of butching classic television, “We missed it by THAT much.” The unfinalized total has the WTA levy losing by 930 votes out of almost 52,000. Barely 1% of the vote. The measure was essential to keeping the WTA running at current levels of service and now they are looking at cuts. Let us take a quick look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.