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Welcome to the website of the Whatcom County Democratic Party!  Our goal is to keep you informed and motivate you to get involved in our local political activities.  Please check our monthly calendar to stay updated on all our events.  In September, join our Outreach Committee on September 4th, our Women's Club on September 11th, and our General Membership meeting on September 18th.  Whatcom County is host to the State Democrats State Committee meeting at the Silver Reef Casino on September 13.  Local Democrats are invited to attend.

Also, join us for an exciting new production and fundraiser for the Whatcom Democrats.

The Ghosts of Tonkin

August 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution and the start of the Vietnam War.  On the heels of their sold-out performances of Border Songs, Bellingham TheatreWorks presents The Ghosts of Tonkin.  Written by Steve Lyons and directed by Mark Kuntz, this award-winning play dramatizes the behind-the-scenes story of how seemingly well-intentioned public officials brought about one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the United States: The Vietnam War.

By purchasing tickets online and entering the password code DEM and clicking "See available Tickets", the Whatcom Democrats will receive half of the ticket proceeds! 

Post-play discussion moderated by Joe Teehan on Friday and Janet Marino on Saturday. 

Bellingham High School Auditorium, 2020 Cornwall, Bellingham. August 29 and 30.  Tickets are $10. for tickets and information.  

Candidates Announced or Filed by June 5

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-06-09 11:15

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.

Democrats Compete for Quall's Old Seat

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-06-09 11:01

Kris Lytton

Democrats in the crowded 42nd race

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-06-09 10:51

Richard May

Hello Democrats. I'm Richard May, Democratic Party nominee for State Rep position 1.

Duking it out to go to DC – 2nd District Congress

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2010-06-08 12:48

Diana McGinness

Diana McGinnessThere is a magnum shift in the mood of the people in the United States.

Whatcom Dems Welcome Two New Committee Chairs

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2010-06-08 12:24

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.

PCOs are the Grassroots of the Party

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-06-06 11:31

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.

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.

Notice about Paid Membership

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 14:03

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.

Drug, Tax Initiative Proposals Discussed at May 20 Meeting

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:54

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.

WTA Setback: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:51

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.

Dems Halt Crawford’s Back Room Deal

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2010-05-05 13:49

Responding to a Whatcom Dems action alert, concerned citizens flooded County Executive Pete Kremen’s office with calls and filled the County Council chambers on April 27th to speak out against Sam Crawford’s backroom deal with developers.