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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.   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.

Mark your Calendars: The Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner is Back!

The 2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner will be held on Sunday, May 17, at the Silver Reef Events Center. Join us for a fabulous Northwest buffet featuring salmon and steak, a dynamic keynote speaker, and great entertainment. Our guest list includes local environmental groups, labor groups, local Tribal Nations as well as local and state level elected officials and party notables. All Democrats are welcome.  Until March 31, tickets are $45 each, and tables of Eight are $325. After March 31, tickets are $50 or $375 per table.  Purchase tickets at  or call us at 647-7661.

April Membership Meeting: endorsement policy, bylaws changes, election to fill vacancies

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2010-04-01 22:30

The meeting is Thursday, April 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia) MAP

What To Expect From Health Care Reform

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-03-29 14:38

On March 21st Congress and President Obama accomplished substantive healthcare reform.
The bills have enormous implications for our state as demand for health and long term care services continues to increase. In sum, the legislation will help preserve the state’s insurance safety net, strengthen small businesses and provide important consumer protections.

Nelson Appointment Process Goes to Ethics Commission

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-03-29 10:00

Regular readers of our newsletter will be familiar with the controversies that surrounded Ward Nelson’s appointment to a vacant seat on the County Council last December. Two separate lines of action will unfold in April that will attempt to “resolve” the controversy: adopting clear and specific nomination rules for the future, and a public hearing on an ethics complaint dealing with past actions.

April 10, Democrats Hold County Convention and Legislative District Caucus, to Ratify Platform, Elect delegates

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-03-28 11:43

Local Democrats are gathering April 10 at Shuksan Middle School at 10am-3pm to ratify their platform (read it HERE), set the Party’s direction for the next two years, and elect delegates to the state convention. It is also an opportunity for voters to hear from Democratic candidates for the state legislature, as well as other local races.

Brandland Retirement Sets off a Chain of Candidate Announcements

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 17:41

State Senator Dale Brandland (R-42) announced his retirement on the floor of the Senate this week, setting in motion a number of announcements from other legislators and candidates scrambling to claim first dibs on the open seat. Rep. Doug Ericksen (R-42) immediately announced he would give up his seat in the House and run for the Senate seat in the 42nd District. This leaves Ericksen's House seat open.

Your WTA Levy Ballot Due April 27th

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 17:09

The Whatcom Democrats have endorsed the Whatcom Transit Authority Levy increase of .2% sales tax, which will be considered by all Whatcom County voters in April.

Democrats Turn Out to Discuss Platform

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 15:17

Democrats gathered Sat. March 6 at various locations around the county to discuss upcoming elections and debate their platform. These Grassroots Strategy Sessions were modeled after the Precinct caucuses from 2008, and revolved around revising and updating the Whatcom County platform.

Lynden Democrats Speak Out

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2010-03-12 12:52

Alyce and Alex protest disrespectful speechAbout twice a month these guys come from Seattle to stand in front of the Lynden Post Office to troll for talkers.  Alex Abundis, Alyce Werkema, above, and John Gillies, (not pictured) stood in the rain to protest this rude, crude display.  "We visited with many people – most of whom thanked us for being there to honor honorable speech," said Werkema. They hope to be there again any time the LaRouche people return to Lynden.

Public Offices up for election in 2010

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2010-03-08 23:01

US Senate – Incumbent Patty Murray ,Democrat
US House of Representatives, Dist 2 – incumbent Rick Larsen, Democrat
State 40th Legislative District Representative – incumbent Dave Quall, Democrat, retiring

Important Election and Campaign Dates Announced

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2010-03-02 13:17

Plan ahead to participate in important Democratic Party decisions, a well as campaigns that we support:

March 29: Deadline for mail and online voter registration and in-state transfers for April 27th Special Election on the WTA Levy. 

April 7: Ballots mailed out to voters for april 27 WTA Levy.

April 10, 10am - 3 pm? – Whatcom County Democratic Convention (adopt the County Platform) and Legislative District Caucuses (elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention), Shuksan Middle School, Bellingham.

April 27: WTA Levy election