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. www.BellinghamTheatreWorks.org for tickets and information.
Thursday, January 16
1419 N. Forest St Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia)
All Democrats Welcome
Don’t miss our first meeting of 2014! We will be holding an election for Vice-Chair, and we will begin reviewing the Party Platform ahead of upcoming caucus and convention planning.
Hope to see you all there for the start of another action- packed year of Democratic victory.
by Gwen Groden
We closed out 2013 with the Outreach Committee Thank You Party , on November 23 rd , and the annual Whatcom Dems Holiday Party on December 14 th .
Our first meeting of 2014 will be held on Thursday, January 9 th , at Jalapeno's Restaurant in Barkley Village beginning at 11:30. The address is 2945 Newmarket Place, Suite 101. Our featured speaker will be Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville.
Next month’s meeting will be on Thursday, February 13 th , at 11:30 at Jalapeno's in Barkley Village. Our featured speaker for February will be Mary Carlson from the Bellingham Senior Center.
For more information call Linda Pace at 734-1697.
by John Flancher, Grassroots Editor
As I start my third year of editing Grassroots: The Newsletter of the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee, I would like to extend a personal and heartfelt thanks to the many people who help to produce and distribute Grassroots every month:
Have you recently retired or do you know someone who has recently retired? Or someone who has just moved to Whatcom County and wants to get to know more people? Or someone who is between jobs and has time on their hands? Send them over to the Whatcom Democrats office!
by Daydre Phillips
Thanks so much to all of the Democrats who purchased toys for the Familias Unidas por la Justicia (Sakuma Farmworkers). Daydre and Christopher Phillips took them down to the Children's Holiday Party, organized by Community to Community, where they were given out to the children.
For any Democrats living in the Ferndale and Lynden school districts (we know you’re out there!), there will be a special election on February 11 to decide on bond issues.
Ferndale School District 502
Proposition No. 2014
General Obligation Bonds $125,000,000
Lynden School District 504
Proposition No. 2014
General Obligation Bonds $46,000,000
Don’t forget to vote!
Thursday, January 23, 7 PM
St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham.
by Riley Sweeney
By now, the headlines have been read and shouted from the rooftops about progressives sweeping our County council and restoring sane and steady leadership to our county. But this year was so much larger than the County Council.
In Bellingham, we elected two powerful women candidates to the City Council. Pinky Vargas and Roxanne Murphy ran and won with overwhelming mandates for action on the waterfront and clean drinking water. We welcome their experience and perspective to the city council.
by Mike Estes
"But with enough smart people and organization you can overcome money and get the message out and rally the voters.” - Ken Mann, The Nation, 11/6/13.
Campaigns are about people and numbers and this one – more than many – was about numbers of people. Whatcom Wins ran an aggressive ground game in order to sweep the Whatcom County Council races and now that the dust has cleared, here's what we did: