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.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Holiday party. Congratulations to John McGarrity, the 2014 Honored Democrat. The office will be closed for the holidays from December 22nd to January 5th.
Our January meeting will be on early, on January 8th, to allow for our bi-annual re-org and election of officers. Please join us at our 2015 meeting location, the Bellingham Central Library.
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 delegatesSubmitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2010-03-28 10:43
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.
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.
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 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.
About 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.
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
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
By Dan McShane
Democrats have been carefully following the new County Council that began serving in January 2010. The Council tilted to the Republican side at the end of December when County Executive Pete Kremen appointed Republican Ward Nelson to the Council. We quickly found out what our Republican County Council actually values when Mr. Nelson along with fellow Republicans Kathy Kershner and Sam Crawford voted against county funding for our local food bank.
Whatcom Democrats voted to endorse the WTA Transit Levy at their February membership meeting. Together, we believe that a strong transit system serves or community best. Let me turn this over to what Jason Heck, campaign manager for the WTA Levy had to say to the body last week because it deserves repeated: