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 Eight are $325. After March 31, tickets are $50 or $375 per table. Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1342546 or call us at 647-7661.
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:
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.