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:
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.