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2017 General Election Endorsements

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Dear Neighbor,
These are the candidates and campaigns endorsed by the 34th District Democrats. At our monthly meetings the members of the 34th hold candidate forums and panels on current issues facing our community. As election time nears we deliberate and make informed choices as to which candidates and ballot measures should receive our endorsement and contributions.

Our meetings are public and we welcome you to join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

Our Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) knock on your door to encourage you to make your voice heard with your vote. Your participation has never mattered more. Please be a part of the democratic process by returning your ballot by November 7th. We hope you’ll find this endorsement guide useful as you fill out your ballot.

City of Seattle

Mayor of Seattle: Jenny Durkan

City Council Pos. 8: Teresa Mosqueda

City Council Pos. 9: Lorena González

City Attorney: Pete Holmes

City of Burien

City Council Pos. 1: Pedro Olguin

City Council Pos. 3: Jimmy Matta

City Council Pos. 5: Nancy Tosta

City Council Pos. 7: Krystal Marx

King County

Executive: Dow Constantine

Sheriff: John Urquhast

County Council, Position 5: Dave  Upthegrove

North Highline Fire District, Position 1: Liz Giba

Port of Seattle

Position 1: Ryan Calkins

Position 3: Stephanie Bowman

Seattle School Board

Position 1: Eden Mack

Position 5: Zachary DeWolf

Position 7: Betty Patu

Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1

Judge Position 2: Michael Spearman

Judge Position 5: David Mann

Propositions

King County Prop 1 – Levy Lid Lift for Veterans, Seniors and Vulnerable Populations: Approve

August Primary Endorsements

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Dear Neighbor,
These are the candidates and campaigns endorsed by the 34th District Democrats. At our monthly meetings the members of the 34th hold candidate forums and panels on current issues facing our community. As election time nears we deliberate and make informed choices as to which candidates and ballot measures should receive our endorsement and contributions.

Our meetings are public and we welcome you to join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

Our Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) knock on your door to encourage you to make your voice heard with your vote. Your participation has never mattered more. Please be a part of the democratic process by returning your ballot by August 1st. We hope you’ll find this endorsement guide useful as you fill out your ballot.

City of Seattle

Mayor of Seattle, dual endorsement: Bob Hasegawa and Jessyn Farrell

City Council Pos. 8: Teresa Mosqueda

City Council Pos. 9: Lorena González

City of Burien

City Council Pos. 1: Pedro Olguin

City Council Pos. 3: Jimmy Matta

City Council Pos. 5: Nancy Tosta

City Council Pos. 7: Krystal Marx

King County

Executive: Dow Constantine

King County Proposition 1 – Cultural Access Program: Vote YES

Port of Seattle

Pos. 1: Ryan Calkins

Pos. 3: Stephanie Bowman

Pos. 4: John Persak

KCDCC Meeting Notes January 23, 2018

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Due to the recent government shutdown, Congressman Adam Smith was unable to appear at KCDCC tonight. His campaign chair spoke about the shutdown and stated that Adam voted against the budget deal.

Baily’s Chairs Report – King County Dems have been super busy. There were160 people at the Holiday party. Also, the 4th Vice Chair has resigned. Will begin the process to elect a new 4th Vice Chair next month.

Lobby Day is President’s Day. Registration is up and live on the KCDCC website. $20 carpools

Want a large group of people to go and they urge you to schedule meetings with your representatives. Questions regarding Lobby Day should go to the Legislative Action Committee (Chris Porter). The morning keynote speaker will be Cyrus Habib and Wagner’s bakery will provide the food. There will soon be a video available for viewing that explains what Lobby Day is.

KCDCC is in the process of revamping the Progress Fund – lowest possible donation is $3/month

Committee Reports:

Treasury PDC Report $17,000 in the bank right now

$111,000 raised last year

Inclusion and Outreach needs 3-5 volunteers for each event and need help with construction of a booth for events

Candidate Support Committee – Candidate education, recruitment looking for more people to join the committee. See the KCDCC website for more information.

Endorsements Committee is working on rules for endorsements and new questionnaire for the 2018 election season.

Four Resolutions were presented:

Resolution Opposing the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Passed Unanimously

Resolution Urging our US Senators to Co-Sponsor S1804, Single Payer Health Care Passed Unanimously

Resolution to “Repeal and Replace I-200: Diversity Resolution” This Resolution was tabled due to lack of information on its origin

Resolution to Ban Source-of-Income Discrimination in Rental Housing Passed

A Legislative Agenda was created for use on Lobby Day. It outlines our values as a party and urges State congress members to approve certain bills before them. This agenda will be available on the KCDCC website.

A Code Of Conduct was passed for King County Democrats. This code of conduct does not apply to individual LDs, and the contents of the approved code can be found on the KCDCC website, as well.

 

 

 

 

 

KCDCC Meeting Notes August 2017

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KCDCC Meeting August 22, 2017

Although the King County Democrats monthly meeting mostly revolved around the endorsement of the Seattle Mayoral race, the beginning of the meeting featured the Chair’s Report from Bailey Stober where he revealed that the KCDCC has chosen an Executive Director, (name to follow).

Next on the agenda was a report from King County Labor Council’s Deputy Executive Director, Katie Garrow. She stated that they are focusing on candidate recruitment and have endorsed 24 candidates. She also said that there is a lot of overlap between the Democratic Party and the labor movement. They have seen an increase of9% voter turnout where labor had canvassed. In Burien, 38% of voters are labor members. There are 90,000 union voters in Seattle. They also discussed the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the right to work law.

There was a Mayoral candidate forum between Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan where several questions were asked, which included the housing crisis, homelessness, HALA, relating to people of color, public transportation, as well as their political inspiration. At the end of the forum, the body voted on whether or not to endorse Jenny Durkan (who needed 60% of the vote, having received the endorsement from the endorsement committee during the primary, but not receiving final endorsement) and she was not endorsed. We then voted on whether or not to endorse Cary Moon (who needed 66% of the vote, having not received either the endorsement of the endorsement committee nor the final endorsement during the primary) and she was endorsed.

It was then suggested by someone who voted for Jenny Durkan that we reconsider and also endorse her. Because the motion did not come from someone who voted against her, it was invalid.

We moved on to endorse Chris Reh for Issaquah City Council Position 1, Denise Daniels for Kent School Board Position 4, Voted to support a NO vote on Burien Prop 1 and finally, Ryan Calkins for port was endorsed.

It was once again suggested that we reconsider endorsing Jenny Durkan for Mayor by someone who voted against her the first time around, so we voted again. Jenny Durkan once again did not get the endorsement.

The last item of business was to vote on supporting a resolution to hold the state accountable for funding education, which passed.

 

July Membership Meeting Notes

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34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
7/12/17
The Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

Pledge of Allegiance

Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:

Bob Hasegawa –Reported that the Legislative session was still unfinished due to a hold up over the Hurst decision. There is still no Capital Budget.

Representative Eileen Cody

King County Executive Dow Constantine

County Council Chair Joe McDermott reports that the Regional Policy Committee has cut the proposed 12 cents per 1k of property valuation to 10 cents. Joe believes in 12 cents, with the monies going to vets, human services and senior assistance.

Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed

Adoption of the Agenda – MSP

Chairs Report –
Event review:
West Seattle Grand Parade
White Center Jubilee
Vashon Strawberry Festival
BBQ for Dave Upthegrove
34th LD Garden Party on August 11th – The Resist and Persist Carnival and BBQ! Tickets on sale!

PCO Walk lists are available – See Brooks Salazar

Treasurer’s Report – $13,709.87 in the bank! $1166.00 in income and expenses of $3,600. 22 NEW members and we are up to 560 members!

Committee Reports –
Volunteer: 70 members strong!
There will be a clean up of our adopted stretch of Roxbury on 8/5. Details are on the website
under the “Get Active” tab.

Presentation on Initiative 940, De-escalate Washington, which seeks to require law enforcement personnel to receive training in de-escalation techniques, and dealing with the mentally ill. It also establishes a duty to render first aid and adopts a “Good Faith” standard for the use of deadly force.
Marcee Sue-Vekich spoke in support of the initiative.
A speaker against the initiative commented that she did not know what we were voting on endorsing and thinks we are taking a step back.
Leslie Harris spoke for, commenting that her employer represented a victim of police violence and that we should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Membership voted to endorse the signature gathering campaign.

Mayoral Endorsement:

Nominated for endorsement:
Jenny Durkan
Bob Hasegawa
Jessyn Farrel
Cary Moon

Joe McDermott spoke for Jenny Durkan
Marlene Allbright spoke for Bob Hasegawa
Chris Porter against Bob Hasegawa
Ivan Weiss for Bob Hasegawa
Grace Stiller for Jessyn Farrell
Joe Powers for Cary Moon

7:38 Vote

While ballots were counted, Leslie Miller from the Seattle School Board reported that the Seattle School District still had a $74 million deficit. She gave some push back regarding moving the district’s wait list and decried the huge opportunity gap between children of color and white children.

Credentials Report:

96 credentialed members present.

Voting breakdown:

Name # of votes %

Moon 4 4.3
Farrell 23 24.7
Durkan 23 24.7
Hasegawa 43 46.2

Need 60% to win endorsement outright.

8:05 Second Vote

While ballots were counted, Bill Tracy spoke about White Center Jubilee Days. Starts Wed the 19th, and the carnival runs until Sunday.
Lisa Herbold spoke about the passage of a city-wide income tax, and was looking forward to replying to State Republican Chair Susan Hutchison’s comments about it.

8:11 Results

Durkan 26 27.6
Farrell 27 28.7
Hasegawa 41 43.6

8:12 Runoff between Jessyn and Bob

8:22 Results

Jessyn 42 44.2
Bob 53 55.8

Moved and seconded for Dual Endorsement
Norman Sigler spoke for Dual Endorsement and yielded the remainder of his time to Jessyn Farrell.
Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke for No Endorsment

8:30 Voting

Nick Bohall asked members to share the live stream. Lynne Randall reminded membership of our Twitter account.

Dina Johnson informed the membership about the Highland Park Elementary Reading Partners, a volunteer program to promote literacy among CoC. Over half of the kids there cannot read at their grade level. 80% of the students on free/reduced price meals program. There is a GoFundMe page, and donations will be returned if they do not reach their goal. (Secretary update: They met their goal!)

8:40 Results

DUAL ENDORSEMENT

For 76 80.9%
Against 18 19.1%

Martha Koester reminded the membership of a Phone Bank for wavering Republicans every Wednesday at the SEIU Hall, 1914 North 35th Street.

Aretha Basu, the Field Director for Teresa Mosqueda’s campaign introduced herself and spoke for Teresa. Volunteers are welcome!

Marcee Stone-Vekich warned about Tim Eyman’s Initiative 941 to bring back $30 car tabs.

Jacque Truong spoke for Mitzi Johanknecht, who is running for King County Sherriff.

8:45 – Adjourn to Whiskey West.

August 9th Meeting Agenda

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Fellow Democrats,

With the primary season behind us, this month we turn our attention to the State of the 34th. How are we doing? What are we doing well? Where can we improve? Where do we need more help?

We’ll hear from each of our committees, as well as get a legislative report from Representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon (and possibly Senator Sharon Nelson) and congressional report from Congresswoman Jayapal’s office.

August 9th Meeting Agenda

6:30 Potluck Social Time, please bring a dish to share

7:00 Call to Order
Opening Ceremonies
Pledge of Allegiance
VIP Acknowledgements
Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda
Approval of the Minutes
Adoption of the Agenda
Reports of Officers and Standing Committees
Reports of Officers
Chair’s Report
Membership and Treasurer’s Report
Reports of Committees

7:15 District Update from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Office

7:30 Legislative Update from Olympia

7:45 Program: State of the 34th

Unfinished Business
None

8:45 New Business

8:50 Good of the Order

Adjourn to Whiskey West

The 34th District Democrats meet on 2nd Wednesdays at the Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting Details:
Hall at Fauntleroy (Old Fauntleroy School)
9131 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
Parking lot available behind building
Transit Rapid Ride C Line

See you on the 9th!

June Membership Meeting Notes

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34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
6/14/17
The Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

Jose Inueguzfrom the 33rd LD sang the Star Spangled Banner.

Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:

Joe McDermott – Announced the addition of a quarter of a million dollars to the County’s resilience fund for immigrants and refugees, and of a levy to support affordable housing and reduce homelessness.

Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed

Adoption of the Agenda – MSP

Chairs Report –
Sadness over the tragedy of the attack on Congress at their baseball practice.
Plea to call Representatives and Senators to vote vs. Trumpcare.
A brief explanation of the night’s format and participants.
Pramila having a phone bank for John Ossof on Saturday the 17th.
Solicitation of Garden Party Theme.
Solicitation of Fund Raising Co-chair
Plea for respect of speakers
Request for Yes or No questions from the crowd for the lightening round.

Committee Reports –
Outreach: 2 events the weekend of the 17th, one in Burien and the other in Morgan Junction.
Partnering with the 33rd in Burien.

King Co Proposition 1
Campaign Manager Jack Sorenson spoke about KC Prop 1, proposed by Dow Constantine and
Sponsored by Joe McDermott.
Would:
Boost Arts & Heritage funding, including but not limited to In-Class programs and
free field trips by about $637 million.

Free and reduced tickets to cultural events for poor and middle class students.

350 organizations would get funding for arts, science, and heritage programs.
As an example, Pacific Science Center currently serves 70,000 kids a year under
a similar program, would be able to triple this with Prop 1 funding.

COC and traditionally underserved communities would be eligible for extra funding.
Would be funded by a 0.1% Sales Tax, 1cent for every 10 dollars spent. This was the only funding option available due to restrictions from the State Legislature.

School districts would be accountable to For Culture, a 30 year old organization that will report to the King County Council. In answer to a question from the membership Jack said that any monies from baseline programs could not be swapped out because there are not any funds for them anyway.

Moved and seconded for endorsement of KC Prop 1.

Dow Constantine rose and thanked the 34th for consideration of the endorsement. Thanked Jack Sorenson for his efforts on behalf of the proposition. Remarked that it had been a bad day and encouraged everyone to stay strong.

Jason Cheung spoke for endorsing.
Michael Taylor-Judd spoke against, stated that we can’t keep raising an already regressive sales tax.
Sean Riley spoke for, observed that South End students do not get the support that North End students do.
Liz Giba-Knowles spoke against, stating that housing policy is education policy and the funds would be better spent on housing.

Vote on KC Prop 1. 70 for, 19 against.

KC Prop 1 endorsed by 34th Dems.

Mayoral Candidate Showdown! Master of Ceremonies Chris Porter

Each candidate will get 2 minutes to introduce themselves, then there will be a lightening round.

Participants:
(D) indicates running as a Democrat.

1 Jason Roberts (D)
2 Michael Harris
3 Mike McGinn
4 Bob Hasegawa (D)
5 Tiniell Cato
6 James Norton
7 Cary Moon (D)
8 Jenny Durkan (D)
9 Jessyn Farrell (D)

Top 3 will move on.

8:10 Voting begins.

8:23 Results

Candidate # of votes Place

1 Jason Roberts 3 8
2 Michael Harris 2 9
3 Mike McGinn 7 5
4 Bob Hasegawa 28 2
5 Tiniell Cato 5 6
6 James Norton 4 7
7 Cary Moon 10 4
8 Jenny Durkan 33 1
9 Jessyn Farrell 24 3

Moving on to 2nd round:
1 Durkan
2 Hasegawa
3 Farrell

Question for Jessyn — How will you handle homelessness?
Answer: Complex issue that involves short and long term issues.

Short term: People need to be safe, achieved by encampments, tiny homes, and an
Increase in shelters.

Long term: Housing affordability needs to be addressed, via support for renters,
Increased density, and allowing more “mother in law”-type dwellings. Mental health issues
Factor in as well.

Question for Bob — Homeless children, or Homeless men?
Answer: Quit stacking taxes on folks. ½ of people over 55 cannot afford rent. There is not enough
housing to meet demand. This needs to be increased, and a publicly owned municipal bank
is the perfect vehicle to carry that forward.

Question for Jenny — Shall the city use police as school resource officers, or hire privately hired ones?
Answer: There is no “one size fits all” answer to the questions. Pledges to be very data driven.
75% of the time force is used by the police the person being acted upon has a mental health
or drug influence issue. Schools need resources to divert kids from the criminal justice system.

Lightening Round: 30 seconds each.

Jessyn – On a citywide income tax. How to mitigate the $40 it will cost folks? Argues the premise, agrees that the current taxation system is not good.

Bob — On how to be inclusive in Seattle. even with Republicans? Passed most legislation that that he
Introduced, and often worked across the aisle.

Jenny — What will Seattle be like in 25 years? She would like to see eclectic, diverse neighborhoods. We
Need a better Transit system to help this happen.

8:37 Voting begins.

8:43 Credentials report, 108 credentialed members present.

8:45 Results:
Hasegawa — 39 votes
Farrell — 37 votes
Durkan — 30 votes

FINAL ROUND – Last 2 candidates get 1 minute each.

Question 1. Seattle is the fastest growing city in America. How do we increase transit and growth with Trump in office? Why are you the person to do it?

Jessyn cites her proven track record on transit issues.

Bob observes that a municipal bank will increase transit financing capacity and will help cover any
Federal shortfall.

Question 2. Bob’s idea for a Public bank. How do we capitalize it? Thoughts?

Jessyn — Implement it, it is a great idea!

Bob — Has been working on it for awhile, even knows Tea Party members who agree with him on it, and ithas support from public financing experts. We could divert current funding to it.

Question 3. How to deal with food deserts?

Bob – SE Seattle is the biggest food desert in the US. We need to build out transit so that these folks can
Get to stores.

Jessyn – Is transit the answer? Wants to foster small businesses and remove barriers for them. Increase the opportunities for people to grow their own food. Grocery chains could be asked to do more.

Bob – Agrees that these are all good strategies. Some limits on the size of big box stores might be part of the answer as well.

Jessyn – Day 1 of her term she would review the City Budget process to look for ways to remove barriers to small business start ups. Would look ahead to see what kinds of stores were coming to town, and would act on getting big stores to help.

Bob – Involve the Got Green organization in SE Seattle and bring the community together to ask them what THEY want.

8:57 Voting

9:03 Results

39 for Hasegawa
53 for Farrell

Presentation of “The Hat”

Ted Barker moves to endorse in Mayor’s race tonight. Seconded.

Ted argues that we can’t wait, need to get it into the PCO walking kit.

Argument against is that there was a perception that an email went out that said that endorsements would be made in July.

Chair states that no such email went out.

Chris Porter argues for, It is time, we can’t wait too much longer.

Marcee Stone-Vekich argues against, it is too early and there are still too many candidates in the race, maybe wait until after the primary.

Voting

32 for endorsing
43 vs endorsing.

Nays have it, no endorsement tonight.

No Treasurer’s report.
No New PCO’s.

Good of the Order –

Michael Taylor-Judd reminds of the Light Rail Workshop on June 22nd at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

Martha Koester reminds that Burien Drinking Liberally is the 4th Thursday of the month at Angelo’s from 6:30 to 8:30.

9:15 Adjourn to Whiskey West.

KCDCC Monthly Meeting Notes – June 2017

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The June KCDCC Monthly Meeting was brought to order with 57 in attendance and the agenda was approved. We began with Public Announcements, in which John Urquhart – spoke about recent shootings. He requires pepper spray as well as tazer for all of his officers. He also purchased 100 beanbag shotguns today. Dow Constantine is giving him more money for training. The officers undergo de-escalation and implicit bias training every year. He ended by saying, “We cannot get to a high place taking the low road.”

This month’s meeting focused on Endorsements. We started off with the Endorsements Committee sharing their recommendations for endorsements:

Mayor of Seattle – Jenny Durkan and Jessyn Farrell – REMOVED
Seattle City Attorney – Scott Lindsey – REMOVED
Seattle School Board Position 4 – Eden Mack
Seattle School Board Position 5 – Zachary DeWolf and Andre Helmstetter
Seattle School Board Position 7 – Betty Patu
Seattle Port Commission Position 4 – Recommending delay of action until after the primary
Bothell City Council Position 7 – Aaron Moreau-Cook
Federal Way City Council Position 4 – Sharry Edwards
Fire District 10 Commissioner Position 1 – Gloria Hatcher-Mays
Renton City Council Position 6 – Jami Smith
Proposition 1 – Yes – REMOVED

After Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, Scott Lindsey and Proposition 1 were removed from the slate, it was approved with the above candidates being endorsed, except where it says “REMOVED.”

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ENDORSEMENT DECISIONS:

King County District 3 Murphy – ENDORSED

King County Council Position 9 – Denise Carnahan -ENDORSED

Port of Seattle Position 3 – Ahmed Abdi – ENDORSED

Stephanie Bowman – Port of Seattle Position 3 – not endorsed (motion made)

Port of Seattle Position 4 – John Persak – ENDORSED

Peter Steinbrueck – TABLED

Mitzi Johanknecht – King County Sheriff moved for endorsement – NOT ENDORSED

Auburn Mayor – Nancy Backus – ENDORSED

Auburn City council position 6 – Larry Brown – ENDORSED

Bellevue City Council position 6 – Lynn robinson – ENDORSED

Burien City Council position 1 – Pedro Olguin – ENDORSED

Des Moines City Council position 1 – Anthony Martinelli – ENDORSED

Federal Way Mayor – Jim Ferrell – ENDORSED

Bothell City Council – Rosemary McCullough – NOT ENDORSED

Kenmore City Council – Nigel Herbig – ENDORSED

Kent Mayor – Elizabeth Albertson – NOT ENDORSED

Kirkland City Council Position 7 – Jon Pascal – ENDORSED

Lake Forest Park City Council position 3 – Benjamin Gonzales O’Brien – ENDORSED

Lake Forest Park City Council Postion 5 – Mark Phillips – ENDORSED

Seattle Mayor

Jenny Durkan – moved and seconded – Failed

Jessyn Farrell – moved and seconded – Failed

Bob Hasagawa – moved and seconded – ENDORSED

Cary Moon – moved and seconded – Failed

Seattle City Attorney – Scott Lindsay – Failed

Shoreline City Council Position 5 – Susan Chang – ENDORSED

Carolyn Ahlgreem – Failed

Tukwila City council position 7 – De’Sean Quinn – ENDORSED

Mercer Island School Director Pos 4 – Diana Lein – ENDORSED

Northshore School Board Director Position 2 – Bob Swain – ENDORSED

Proposition 1 – YES – ENDORSED

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Amended budget passed and the KCDCC will be hiring a full time Executive Director. They will be taking applications for the position soon. Also approved in the budget was to expand insurance coverage for the officers in the King County Democrats.

Lastly, we voted on the replacement for Chad Lupkes as State Committeeman and Jon Culver won the position.

KCDCC Meeting Notes March 2017

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KCDCC Meeting Minutes March 27, 2017

The March KCDCC Monthly Meeting was brought to order with 53 in attendance and the agenda was approved. We began with Public Announcements, in which Matt Cantor from the King County Young Democrats stated that they are working to help fill vacant PCO spots, and that they would like to have a King County Young Democrats representative from each LD.

Brandon Dotson from the 47th LD spoke next and shared that on April 12th, at Cedar Heights Middle School, there will be an event called “Dave Reichart Empty Chair Town Hall” with Dave Upthegrove from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. It is called “Empty Chair” because Dave Reichart refuses to host a town hall meeting.

Jin-Ah Kim shared that she went to the Korean Action Commission and learned that Korean Ballots received 80% return, Vietnamese came in third. This was the first time that the ballots were in Korean, and she was really excited to see how many voted.

Bailey Stober began the Chairs Report by apologizing that he has been unavailable due to pneumonia over the past few weeks. He stated that they
had their leadership team meeting and it was good. He also said that he had
good news from King County Labor Council, who sent a check for $5000 and will match that $5000 with another check next month. They were happy to donate and were glad to have a seat at the table with our party.

Marvin had a great idea asked to work on a project to get Larry Phillips to pass on annual Salmon Bake, which made $32,000/year in the past. The Salmon Bake will be in June.

Member of the month, Brandon Dotson, has been helping a lot with events and committee work and organized the town hall as mentioned earlier in the meeting.

Bailey said that Brian Gunn and the 31st LD had doubled attendance during their most recent meetings. Also, they held two meetings last weekend and Brian found the perfect candidate who has military and police experience. They are excited to have some good candidates in the 31st this year. It was also announced that there is a strong democratic candidate running against Reichart, though he didn’t provide the name.

The KCDCC talked about a group called Democrats of South King County, who approached the KCDCC about partnering as they have in the past. They picked 40 precincts that had 16-20% turn out and hired an organizer who knocked on doors and asked people to vote, then came back later and told them about their ballots, and then helped them with their ballots and reminded them to vote. When they compared numbers with vote builder, they found that turn out went up to 82%. Bailey will follow up with the group and figure out a way to partner with them and then present it to the membership at our next meeting.

2017 budget was proposed. A couple of people had concerns about the percentage of funds going to candidates being too low, but ultimately the budget passed.

The next two hours were spent with the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee going through their proposed Bylaws changes. Some were tabled for further discussion, while others were passed. Endorsement rules were also discussed and endorsement questionnaires were passed around to review. There were about 5 different questionnaires for different types of candidates and they were approved.

March 8th Monthly Meeting Agenda

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Our next meeting will feature Mayor Murray, Robby Stern and Velma Veloria and focus on Republican threats to women and seniors.

Part I: Threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid by Robby Stern
Robby Stern retired in April, 2008, after fifteen years as the Special Assistant to the President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, an organization that represents over 450,000 workers statewide. He served as staff counsel and lead lobbyist. Stern had responsibility for helping develop policy in a number of areas, including workers’ compensation and healthcare.

Robby was elected the President of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) in December of 2009. PSARA has a membership of approximately 1300 members and is a volunteer powered progressive and feisty voice for retirees and for people of all ages who look forward to being able to retire some day.

Robby also serves as the Chair of the Social Security Works Washington Coalition, a large coalition focusing on preserving and improving Social Security and Medicare for the generations to come.

Robby has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Syracuse University in New York. His law degree is from the University of Washington. He is married to Dina Burstein a retired nurse and they have two adult offspring and a foster daughter from Kinshasa, DRC. He’s has been an activist in the Puget Sound Region and in Washington State for more than 40 years. In honor of his retirement, Governor Christine Gregoire proclaimed May 10, 2008, Robby Stern Day in the state of Washington and a similar proclamation was issued by Mayor Greg Nickels, declaring May 10, 2008 Robby Stern Power to the People Day in the City of Seattle.

Part II: Oppression facing women around the world in connection with labor trafficking and international trade agreements by Velma Veloria
Velma Veloria immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in the 1950s, grew up and attended college in the Bay Area, and became an activist through her participation in the anti-war and Asian American student movements in the 1960s.

Upon graduating from San Francisco State University, Veloria traveled to the Philippines, where she observed the brutality and oppression of the Marcos regime. When she returned to the United States, Veloria joined the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP), or Union of Democratic Filipinos, to put pressure on Marcos and end U.S. support for the dictatorship. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Veloria was a labor activist.

Following the dissolution of the KDP, Veloria became a Legislative Assistant to State Representative Art Wang. In 1992, Veloria became the first Filipina in the continental United States to be elected to a State Legislature, serving 12 years as State Representative for South Seattle’s 11th District. In addition to advocating for affordable housing, workers’ rights, and racial justice, Veloria took particular interest in the impact of international trade and globalization on local communities and co-authored important legislation to combat human trafficking and require oversight of international trade agreements.

March 8th Meeting Agenda

6:30 Potluck Social Time, please bring a dish to share

7:00 Call to Order
Opening Ceremonies
Pledge of Allegiance
Presentation of Awards
VIP Acknowledgements
Review and Approval of the Minutes and Agenda
Approval of the Minutes
Adoption of the Agenda
Reports of Officers and Standing Committees
Reports of Officers
○ Chair’s Report
○ Membership and Treasurer’s Report
Reports of Committees
○ Data & Technology
○ Digital Communications Minute

7:15 Candidates for Seattle City Council
○ Teresa Mosqueda
○ Sheley Secrest

7:20 Mayor Murray addresses the 34th

7:25 Program, Part I: Threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

7:55 Program, Part II: International Women’s Day

8:25 Unfinished Business
Resolution on Goals for Greenhouse Gases Emission Reductions*

8:30 New Business
Appointment of PCOs
Resolution on Opposing Attacks on our Health Benefits*
Resolution on Expanding Social Security*
Resolution on Amending State Greenhouse Gas Limits*
WFSE Letter of Support

8:50 Good of the Order

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West
*Please see our March Newsletter (available on our website at www.34dems.org)

The 34th District Democrats meet on 2nd Wednesdays at the Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting Details:
Hall at Fauntleroy (Old Fauntleroy School)
9131 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136
Parking lot available behind building
Transit Rapid Ride C Line

See you there!

David Ginsberg
Chair, 34th Dems