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.
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: