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 ten are $400. After March 31, tickets are $50 or $475 per table. Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1342546 or call us at 647-7661.
by John Flancher
Jaxon Ravens is the new Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party. The State Democratic Central Committee, consisting of representatives from each County and Legislative District in the state, chose him in an election on February 1 st . Whatcom County’s State Committee members are Catherine Chambers and Richard May. Bob Seaman and Teresa Taylor-Oliver represent the 42nd Legislative District, and Maggie Hanson and Tom Pasma represent the 40th. Jaxon has been the State Party’s Executive Director for the last nine years.
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.