General Meeting Minutes (District 1 Candidate Forum)
April 10, 2019 – Hall at Fauntleroy
6:30 Potluck Social Time
7:00 Call to Order and Opening Ceremonies
Rachel Glass led the Pledge of Allegiance
Senator Sharon Nelson thanked the attendees for their support throughout her terms in office. Chris Porter presented Senator Nelson with an award for Elected Official of the Year (awarded originally in December 2018).
Joe McDermott was recognized.
Amy Sutton – King County Circuit Judge – was recognized and shared her background.. Inslee appointed her to Position 49 of KC Superior Court. Judge Sutton is running in the fall and asked for our support.
Leslie Harris, Seattle School Board Director, was recognized. Director Harris shared news of the SPS $40m dollar deficit.
Lisa Herbold was acknowledged.
Bill Tracey asked for support in the fall election while announcing an Open House in the new Maintenance Facility (end of Seatac runway) this Saturday.
Chair acknowledged 34th meeting visitors.
7:13 Approval of the Minutes – Minutes are approved as written.
Adoption of the Agenda – Motion was made to approve the agenda as written. Agenda is adopted with a majority voice vote.
Report of Officers and Standing Committees
Chair’s Report – asked for respect for the candidates during the forum.
Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly. There are 180 members as of today.
State Committee Update – Chris Porter and Ann Martin shared an update about the recent April 5-7 meetings in Pasco, WA. It was approved at the state committee meeting that we will move to a Primary (early March) in 2020. Porter shared goals about voting in a diverse set of delegates to the Milwaukee convention in 2020. Costs of being a delegate to the national convention are in discussion. Resolutions were also presented at the meeting. Ann Martin shared that the DCCC (not part of the DNC) has adopted a rule to boycott/blacklist any group or consultant who challenges a Democratic incumbent. This was dismissed by the state committee.
Events Committee update provided by Jacqui Morris. An Earth Day activity is planned. April 20, 10-2. Our fundraiser will be held on June 1 at the WS Eagles on California Ave.
7:24 Max Brown invited any PCO appointees to the front and appointed new PCOs. Currently at 88 PCOs.
7:30 Jordan Crawley and Rachel Glass moderated the District 1 Forum.
8:50 Good of the Order
Ann Martin announced 3 events:
- West Seattle Democratic Women will host a District 1 Candidate forum at their next luncheon meeting.
- The NW Progressive Institute is having their Spring Gala Friday April 26 at 7 PM at the Renton Community Center.
- Fix Democracy First is holding their 2019 annual awards dinner Friday May 4 at Bloedel Hall at St. Marks. Nancy MacLean, author of “Democracy in Chains” will speak. Ann had a ticket to give away.
Julia Bobadilla-Melby from One Washington detailed several events in support of I-1000, including a March-a-thon on Easter weekend April 19-22 from Seattle to Olympia. They are pushing the legislature to pass the initiative.
Jacqui Morris spoke of the need for a volunteer coordinator. She also will be seeking flower donations from members for the June 1st fundraiser.
Chair Gina Topp announced that our next membership meeting will focus on the Burien City Council races and will include a candidate forum..
9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West