Welcome to the Whatcom County Democratic Party! We invite you to browse our site and hope you will find something that helps inspire your political spirit. It is our desire to help keep you informed and motivated in support of the ideals and principles of the Whatcom County Democrats.
Election 2009 is history, and we won some really important races and issues, and lost some real heartbreakers. Whatcom County voted strongly with the state majority on both state-wide ballot measures, approving Referendum 71 by 53.5%, and defeating the Eyman anti-tax initiative, 1033, by over 55%. In rural Whatcom County, voters even approved new taxes to support the library system.
The House passed HR 3962 on November 7, 2009. The Senate bill is still pending. With the Senate voting Nov. 21st to begin debate, chances are strong that the Senate will pass a bill similar to the House version.
By Laurie Caskey-Schreiber
Now that the dust has settled and there’s time to engage in some reflection it’s important to recognize the areas of success and acknowledge areas of weakness that need to be addressed.
At the November membership meeting, Whatcom County Democrats unanimously adopted a resolution commending Congressman Rick Larsen for his Yes vote on the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) which contains a "public option" and for opposing the Stupak amendment to H.R. 3962 which imposes unconstitutional restrictions on women's rights to make their own medical decisions.
Whatcom Democrats Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 7-9 pm
Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, (between Champion & Magnolia) MAP
PROGRAM: Election Wrap-up, Look ahead to 2010 Legislative Session, and discussion/decision-making about 2010 caucuses and platform development
CALL 647-7661 NOW to schedule a time to volunteer
In their endorsement of McShane, Mann, Weimer and Caskey-Schreiber for County Council, the Bellingham Herald wrote: "There hasn't been a more important local election."
We agree. That's why this year the Whatcom Democrats are pulling out all the stops. We've raised $22,000 and we're spending it well in order to win ALL our local elections.
|Whatcom Co.||Council, Dist 1||Dan McShane|
|Whatcom Co.||Council, Dist 2||Ken Mann|
|Whatcom Co.||Council, Dist 3||Carl Weimer|
|Whatcom Co.||Council, At-Large||Laurie Caskey-Schreiber|
|Port of Bellingham||Commissioner, Dist 1||John Blethen|
|Port of Bellingham||Commissioner, Dist 2|
|City of Bellingham||Council, Ward 2||Gene Knutson|
|City of Bellingham||Council, Ward 4||Stan Snapp|
|City of Bellingham||Council, Ward 6||Catherine Chambers
|City of Bellingham||Council, At-Large||Seth Fleetwood|
|Bellingham School District||Position 5||Scott Stockburger|
|Jurisdiction||Identification||Short Description||Voting Recommend- ation|
|State of Washington||I-1033||Lock in state & local budget cuts||NO|
|State of Washington||Referendum 71||Domestic Partnership Rights – everything but marriage||APPROVE|
|Whatcom County||Proposition 1||Whatcom Library District Levy Lid lift||YES
Planning for growth — Protecting drinking water — Saving farmland from Development — Creating Good Jobs
But all the great progress we’ve made in Whatcom County over that last decade could slip away if we can’t turn out the votes for our endorsed County Council candidates – Carl Weimer, Ken Mann, Dan McShane and Laurie Caskey-Schreiber.
Full debate of the Whatcom County Council, Port of Bellingham, and Bellingham City Council candidates at the League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County forum September 30, 2009. All Whatcom County voters will vote on each County Council and Port of Bellingham race.