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.
Congratulations to our new officers for 2015: Chair - Catherine Chambers, 1st Vice Chair - Abe Jacobson and 2nd Vice Chair - Candice Wilson. Thanks to our continuing officers, Secretary Aileen Satushek, Treasurer Peggy Borgens, and State Committee people Richard May and Catherine Chambers.
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:
Coordinated Campaign Manager:
Deputy Field Organizers:
Ethan Gill has already started working in Olympia for Kris Lytton as a legislative assistant.
Ellen Reiche is still in school
Evelyn Kennedy is still in school
Matt Bobbink is still in school
Galen Herz is still in school
Dylan Richardson is looking for work in town.
Thanks for all of your hard and successful work!
The Whatcom Democrats are looking to fill one of our top leadership positions, as our previous Vice-Chair, Stephanie Kountouros stepped down last month. State laws requires a balance of genders in Chair and Vice- Chair positions, so we are seeking a woman to fill this spot. The special election for this position will happen at our regular meeting on January 16th.
Congratulations to all who helped with the "Great Win"!
Lets get together and celebrate!
We would like to thank everyone who was part of making it happen.
November 23d at the Norway Hall (1419 N. Forest) from 2 PM-4 PM.
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 12 th , at Jalapenos Restaurant in Barkley Village beginning at 11:30. The address is 2945 Newmarket Place, Suite 101. We will be holding an election for 2 nd Vice-Chair of the Club, and we’ll also have our annual gift exchange. For more information call Linda Pace at 734-1697.
Thursday Nov 21
7 PM St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham.
Panel discussion on how the Veterans health care system provides the highest quality of health care in the United States. Featuring Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and psychologist, specializing in veterans care; and Doris Kent, Gold Star mother, veterans’ service provider. United for National Healthcare.
Thanks to all the members who donated items for the September yard sale. We made just over $600 for the Whatcom Democrats operating fund. Fundraising events like these are successful only because of our dedicated volunteers. A special thanks are due to Yard Sale Coordinator Sharon Alford and to Betty McClendon, who opened her garage on demand for weeks. Additional thanks to Kira Derhgawen, Carol Quimby, Linda Schonborn, Karen Finney, Barbara Bessire, Bonnie Bucher and Ronalee Kincaid.
Thanks to all those who attended our Election Night Victory Party. This special night was made possible by the generosity of Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Barry Buchanan, and Carl Weimer. Thanks to Laurel Cook, Ronalee Kincaid, and Judy Mullenix for help with set-up and purchase of food.
Would you like to get more involved with the Whatcom Democrats? We have an open office shift, Wednesdays, noon-2:00. We also need helpers for Holiday party set- up and clean up. Call Gwen at 647-7661 if you can help.
Pauline Hillaire Book Tour & Performances Recent National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Honoree, Pauline Hillaire, Scälla–Of the Killer Whale, tradition-bearer for the Lummi People, has compiled a book about her father Joe Hillaire and Coast Salish traditions titled “A Totem Pole History: The Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire”. Joseph Hillaire is recognized as one of the great Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the early twentieth century.