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May Monthly Meeting Minutes

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May 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes

34th District Democrats

Monthly Membership Meeting


The Hall at Fauntleroy


  • Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:
    • Pete Holmes – Running for re-election, Seattle City Attorney
      • Running for his third term as Seattle City Attorney, requests the 34th’s endorsement
    • Bob Hasegawa – Current State Senator, 11th Legislative District, running for Seattle City Mayor
      • Update: Special Session of the State Legislature is likely.
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his Mayoral bid
    • Dow Constantine – King County Executive
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid
    • Joe Fitzgibbon – State Representative for the 34th, Position 2
      • Let’s help to Flip the 45th!
    • John Urquhart – King County Sheriff
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid, does not want to see the Sherriff’s department slide backwards, referencing the Stranger Slog article about the King County
      • Sheriff’s deputy who was fired for contaminating a homeless person’s water bottle with pepper spray
    • Eileen Cody – State Representative for the 34th, Position 1
    • Judge David Mann – Washington State Court of Appeals Division 1
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid
    • Lorena González – Seattle City Council Position 9, At Large.
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
    • Joe McDermott – King County Council Chair
      • Update on the Veteran’s and Human Services Levy. It expires at the end of the year, he will push to both maintain and extend it
    • Liz Giba – North Highline Fire Commissioner
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
    • Nancy Tosta – Burien City Council, Position 5
      • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
    • Lisa Herbold – Seattle City Council District 1
    • Update: Current focus is passing a city-wide income tax. She is working with Trump-proof Seattle to write a smart, bulletproof plan that will get rid of our regressive sales tax. She is hoping for a full council vote in late July
  • Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed
  • Adoption of the Agenda – MSP
  • Chairs Report –
    • The April Meeting’s Endorsement vote was illegal according to the bylaws. This was determined after a study of the bylaws and consultation with the County and State parliamentarians. Hence, the April endorsement vote for Seattle City Council Position 8 was invalid. A re-vote will be taken tonight. Candidates MUST attest that they are Democrats to be eligible for endorsement consideration
    • Members who will be eligible to vote are those members who were:
      1. Members in good standing at the April meeting
      2. Members in good standing last year and who have paid their membership dues at tonight’s meeting
  • State Committee Report –
    • Lisa Plymate is confident that the State Party is in good hands with Chair Tina Podlodowski.
    • Meeting format has been changed, and more time is being spent working rather than waiting.
    • Lisa is on the Election and Endorsement Committees and Chris Porter is Co-Chair of the Affirmative Action committee. The Heroes’ Narrative from Fuse Washington is being utilized as it recognizes the value of messaging, and not just the recitation of facts and figures. We as a party need to take a page from the GOP’s playbook and create a narrative. The State Party budget has leapt from $2,000 to $17,000 a month. And, if someone is a good Democrat and is prepared to race, we as a party will support them, as EVERY RACE MATTERS.
    • June first will kick off a summer of canvassing, where our PCOs will go door to door and just listen to the residents in their precincts.
    • Chris reminded the membership to PLEASE mind their recycling, as too much trash lately has been mixed in with the recycling, thereby contaminating it and rendering it garbage
  • Presentation on the Democracy Voucher program by Program Manager René LeBeau:
    • Program goals are to increase the amount of campaign contributions and to increase the number of candidates running. 3 candidates have qualified for the program and 8 more are in the process of qualifying. There have been 3300 unique contributors and $200,000 paid out to candidates.  The names of contributors and the amounts of their contributions are on the program’s website. June 2nd is the deadline for candidates to apply for them. A media announcement is forthcoming to inform which candidates qualified and the process for replacing lost vouchers
  • Consideration of Primary Ballot Endorsements
    • Seattle City Council Position 8
      • Teresa Mosqueda, Jon Grant, (A point of information was raised asking if Jon Grant was a Democrat, which Chair advised would be taken up later), Hisam Goueli, Sara Nelson and No Endorsement were all moved and seconded for endorsement consideration. It was pointed out that a vote of No Endorsement would require 60% of the vote to pass. Hisam, Teresa and Sara all declared themselves to be Democrats. Jon Grant stated that he was not and removed himself for consideration, asking his supporters to vote No Endorsement
      • Lisa Plymate spoke for Teresa Mosqueda.
      • Peggy Tlapak spoke for Non Endorsement, which was ruled out of order by the Chair.
      • Jimmy Haun spoke for Teresa
      • Rachel Glass spoke for Hisam Goueli.
      • No speakers against.
      • Michael Matt Miller spoke for Sara Nelson.
      • No speakers against.
      • Chas Redman and Dave Toledo spoke for No Endorsement, stating that it frees PCOs to door knock their conscience.
      • Brooks Salazar spoke against No Endorsement, stating that’s not what the 34th is about.
      • No other speakers in favor of No Endorsement
  • 8:00 Credentials Report, Balloting and Vote Tallying in process
  • Meanwhile:
    • Annie Phillips moved to have Nancy Tosta added to the Block Endorsement Slate. After some parliamentary back and forth, it was allowed.
    • Martha Koester moved to have Liz Giba added to the Block Endorsement Slate.
    • King County Councilman Dave Upthegrove arrives and is acknowledged.
  • 8:06 – Vote tallying continues. Credentials report is given.
    • 94 voting members present.
    • Vote tallying concludes. Teresa Mosqueda wins the sole endorsement of the 34th District Democrats with 63.3% and 60 votes.
    • In descending order, No Endorsement 22.3%/21 votes, 9.6/9 votes Hisam Goueli, and Sara Nelson 4.3/4 votes.
  • 8:08 – Teresa thanks the membership
    • Marcee Stone-Vekich moved that Stephanie Bowman be added to the Block Endorsement Slate.
    • Final Block Endorsement Slate:
      • King County Executive Dow Constantine
        KC Sheriff John Urquhart
        Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
        Seattle Position 9 Councilmember Lorena González
        KC District 5 Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
        Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta
        North Highline Fire Commissioner Liz Giba
        Seattle Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman
    • All are endorsed.
    • Port Commissioner Position 4 is brought up.
    • A vote to sustain the Chair passes vs a motion to endorse Port Commissioner Position 4.
      • Chairs decision is appealed and overruled.
    • Max Vekich moved to endorse John Persak for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Seconded.
    • Patrick Wicklund moved to endorse Brooks Salazar for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Seconded.
    • Brooks Salazar moved to endorse Jacob Richardson for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Seconded.
    • John Persak spoke for himself and declared as a Democrat.
    • Brooks Salazar spoke on time yielded by Patrick Wicklund and declared as a Democrat.
    • Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke vs Brooks Salazar, pointed out that the ILWU works at, not for, the Port.
    • Brought up that Brooks may have had an advantage over any opponents due to his role as PCO Committee Chair and access to member list. Ted Barker spoke for Brooks Salazar and stated that he was not contacted by Brooks regarding this matter.
    • Jacob Richardson spoke on time yielded by Brooks Salazar and declared as a Democrat.
  • 8:30 Paper ballot taken and votes tallied.
    • John Persak has 45 votes 57.7%, followed by Jacob Richardson with 18 votes and 23.1% and Brooks Salazar with 15 votes and 19.2%.
      • Runoff ballot is taken for Port Commission Position 4.
      • Jim Matta, candidate for Burien City Council addressed the membership and requested their endorsement.
      • John Persak wins endorsement with 52 votes and 69.3%. Jacob Richardson has 23 votes and 30.6%
    • Port Commissioner Position #1
      • Norm Sigler, Ryan Calkins, and John Creighton all were moved and seconded for endorsement. All were declared Democrats.
      • Norm Sigler and Ryan Calkins both spoke for themselves.
      • Ivan Weiss spoke for John Creighton.
      • Justin Hersh spoke against John Creighton
      • Vote was taken and tallied, Ryan Calkins wins sole endorsement, 48 votes and 71%. Norm Sigler had 15 votes with 22%, and John Creighton with 5 votes and 7%
    • David Mann moved for endorsement for Washington Court of Appeals Position 1.
      • Seconded.
      • Peter Goldman spoke for him, no one against.
      • Motion for Endorsement passed by acclamation
    • Krystal Marks moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 7.
      • Seconded.
      • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
    • Pedro Orguin moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 1.
      • Seconded.
      • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
    • Jimmy Matta moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 3.
      • Seconded.
      • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
    • No additional endorsements put forth
  • No Old Business
  • New Business
    • Brooks Salazar running a class on how to use Vote Builder, Sundays from 1-2pm
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • 518 Members!
    • $16,905.74 in the bank
    • $700 raised at the Earth Day fundraiser
    • $674 collected in Membership Dues
  • Good of the Order
    • Chris Porter with a reminder to sort recycling.
    • Marcee Stone-Vekich reminded the membership to “Decline to Sign” Initiative 1552, which curtails rights for the Transgendered to use the restroom with which they identify.
    • Ted Barker reminded the membership of the South King County Democrats Spaghetti Feed.
  • 9:13 – Adjournment to Whisky West.
  • Good of the Order
  • 9:50 – Meeting Adjourned.

April Monthly Meeting Minutes

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April 2017 Meeting Minutes

34th District Democrats

District Reorganization Meeting


The Hall at Fauntleroy

  • Meeting called to order at 7:09 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:
    • Lorena Gonzalez – Running for re-election, Seattle City Council Position 9
      • Her priorities: Sustainable Police Reform, getting paid family leave statewide, and a
      • Legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants and refugees
    • Judge David Mann
    • Joe McDermott – King County Council
      • Update: Resilience fund voted through committee to help the 1 in 4 King County
      • Residents who are foreign born
  • Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed
  • Adoption of the Agenda – MSP
  • Chairs Report –
    • Short explanation of the Showdown Format. 5 rounds, questions pulled from a hat, each
    • Candidate has 2 minutes. Top 6 as voted by the Membership move on to the 2nd round
    • Expressed need for a Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
    • Solicited suggestions for Garden Party theme
    • Announced Campaign kickoff for Dave Upthegrove on April 13
  • Legislative Action Committee highlighted sheet of ideas to support a Democratic Budget
  • Showdown in the 34th — Seattle City Council Position #8
    • MC Chris Porter announced Jenn Huff had dropped out of the race and Rudy Pantoja could not make it.
    • Speaker order chosen at random
    • First – John Grant
      • Make Seattle affordable, get corporations out of politics, is only accepting small donations.
      • (Q)uestion: How to protect commuters and visitors downtown.  (A)nswer: The Bicycle Master Plan and the Center City initiatives must be funded, impact fees should be considered
    • Second – Teresa Mosqueda
      • Heavily endorsed, focus on Healthcare and affordable housing, family leave and childcare.
      • (Q) Her opinion of homeless camp sweeps (A) Homelessness is a public health crisis, we need to get people inside and out of the elements
    • Special Appearance by Representative Pramila Jayapal – Updated on current priorities:
      • College for All with Bernie Sanders
      • Healthcare
      • Immigration
      • Medicaid cut by $800 million under Trumpcare proposal, its defeat was a victory for the American people, and she has signed on to HR 676, Medicare For All.
      • Of the Puget Sound area – “We are the Moral Conscience of our country!”
      • Trump’s action against Syria was unconstitutional, and Syria is not an imminent threat
      • “You can’t bomb your way to peace.”
      • Trump’s budget adds $54 million to the military and takes $54 million from EVERYTHING else.
      • Keep Resisting – “Strength emerges from times of crisis.”
      • Adam Smith may sign on to the College for All bill.
      • Emphasized the importance of workers and unions, and of OSHA standards and workplace safety rules.
      • Is Moving to West Seattle!
    • Third – James Passey – Libertarian
      • Taxation should be the LAST option considered. Is in favor of “Responsible Taxation”.
      • (Q) What advice for Seattle Schools to address achievement gap between white students and students of color. (A) Supports higher wages for teachers and the right for them to organize.
      • Wants to “help the adults help the kids”
    • Fourth – Sheley Secrest – Law clerk, VP of the local NAACP chapter, worked for the Urban League.
      • Her community got her where she is, we should “lift as we climb.” (Q) Does she support the annexation of White Center (A) Example of Skyway, suspects people in White Center feel like  they “are on an island.”
    • Fifth – Ryan Asbert – Developing Collaborative Democracy, a new kind of representation which is transparent and accessible.
      • (Q) How to spread tax reform (A) Is open to any tax proposal, sees the sales tax as regressive,
      • Doors are open to anything
    • Sixth – Charlene Strong – Need to be caring, and citizens should have a voice. Works as a civil rights commissioner.
      • (Q) Supports a progressive income tax? (A) Yes. Sales taxes are regressive. Property taxes should be lowered as well
    • Seventh – Mac McGregor – 1st transgendered candidate in the state. Seattle needs to support diversity. “We will never be a first class society if there are second class citizens.”
      • (Q) Catholic hospitals should disclose their policies on care that they provide, Yes or No? (A) Yes
    • Eighth – Dr. Hisam Goweli – Professor at the UW, is a medical doctor. Advocating for the homeless and POC/LGBTQ, also for quality, affordable health care, housing, affordability, and greater access to cultural services.
      • (Q) Opposed to metered parking in West Seattle? (A) More reliable mass transit is needed, then people wouldn’t complain about parking
  • Membership votes for who continues to 2nd round. Questions from a hat.
    • Jon Grant, Teresa Mosqueda, Sheley Secrest, Charlene Strong and Hisam Goweli move on
    • Hisam – (Q) How to address sex trafficking? (A) Has worked with victims in trauma and ERs, counsels them as well. This issue affects EVERYONE and there should be Zero Tolerance
    • Charlene – (A) Do you oppose a new stadium in SODO (A) Yes. Impact on Port and its labor force is too great, cannot afford the effect on traffic as well
    • Sheley – (Q) Her recommendations to builders to address housing issues (A) Points out she would be the only renter on the Council. There absolutely should be more affordable housing, as it is a public health issue
    • Jon – (Q) What can be done to address the housing fiasco in Seattle? (A) Former head of the Tenant’s Union. (A) 25% of new buildings should be affordable. Is running a campaign of specificity, there should be a corporate tax to help build affordable housing
  • Teresa and Jon to Final Round.
    • Question #1 – How would they address Food Deserts?
      • Jon – City should incentivize corner markets,  rent control for commercial properties
      • Teresa – Seattle is known for prosperity, BUT we should not have Food Deserts. Community plots should be available for locally grown/produced food. All of her policies would be viewed through a Health/Equity lens
      • Jon’s response – What are Teresa’s specifics?
      • Teresa’s response – Has done the work , has brought the people who are affected to the table for the discussion
    • Question #2 – Opinion of All Our Best, a new mayoral program to help African American males
      • Teresa – Communities of Color have less access to good jobs. School to Prison pipeline needs to be broken.  Involve the people affected in the discussion
      • Jon – Favors Restorative Justice for students. Expulsion should be the last option, try to keep the kids in school/ Develop and implement a program for post school life
      • Teresa’s response – Points out that prosperity is not being shared, and she will speak for the forgotten
      • Jon’s response – The community must be engaged as City Hall has been unresponsive. Big Business should pay impact fees to help fund schools
  • Closing Statements
    • Jon – City Council voted against affordable housing, he will push for it
    • Teresa – She will make sure that Seattle works for everyone
  • Winner of the Shootout: Jon Grant
    • Jon – 53 votes
    • Teresa – 44 votes
  • Moved and Seconded to endorse Jon, Teresa, Sheley, Hasim and Charlene
    • Members vote by paper ballot, tallying of the ballots begins
  • Burien Candidates introduced:
    • Pedro Olguin
    • Krystal Marx
    • Charles Schaefer – identifies as a Libertarian
    • Jimmy Matta
    • Nancy Tosta for Deputy Mayor
  • Endorsement for Seattle City Council Position #8
    • Question from the membership: Is Jon Grant eligible for our endorsement? He is running as a Democratic Socialist
    • (Meanwhile, tallying of the ballots continues)
    • Much discussion. It is MSP to table this endorsement until the May meeting.  Vote was by show of hands, 42 for tabling 28 against.
    • Results of ballot are announced:
      • Jon – 34 votes, 42%
      • Teresa – 36 votes, 44%
      • Charlene -1 vote, 1.2%
      • Sheley – 4 votes, 4.9%
      • Hasim – 6 votes, 7.4%
  • Treasurer’s Report – 406 members! Budget outlined, moved and seconded to approve.
  • Slate of Committee Chair nominees announced:
    • Carrie Alexander for Events
    • Chris Godwin for Finance
    • Chris Porter for Fundraising Co-Chair
  • Appointment of PCOs:
    • Irene Stewart -1473
    • Hugo Garcia – 0913
    • Christina McHugh – 1471
    • Craig Branham – 3632
    • Jason Cheung – 1255
  • Good of the Order
  • 9:50 – Meeting Adjourned.

May Monthly Meeting Agenda

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May 10th 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
    • State Committee Report
    • Reports of Committees
    • Digital Communications Minute

7:20 René LeBeau, Program Manager of the City of Seattle Democracy Voucher Program

7:30 Consideration of Primary Ballot Endorsements

  • Seattle City Council Pos. 8
  • Proposed Block Endorsement
    • King County Executive: Dow Constantine
    • King County Sheriff: John Urquardt
    • King County Council District 5: Dave Upthegrove
    • Seattle City Attorney: Pete Holmes
    • Seattle City Council Pos. 9: Lorena Gonzalez
  • Other Endorsements May be Considered 

8:45 Unfinished Business

  • None

 8:45 New Business

  • Appointment of Committee Chair Nominee
    • Wes Morris as Technician
  • Appointment of PCOs
  • Membership and Treasurer’s Report

8:55 Good of the Order

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West

Report from Washington State Democratic Central Committee Meeting 4/22/17, Walla Walla

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Report from Washington State Democratic Central Committee Meeting 4/22/17, Walla Walla

Structural changes in our function under new leadership

In overview, our meetings have a new format under our new chair Tina Podlodowski, and so far it’s a real improvement. Previously our Friday nights were devoted to socializing at “hospitality suites” run by various groups or individuals (often candidates). Then our time to meet in caucuses of various groups and interests was condensed and overlapping on Saturday AM, allowing for only an hour-long committee meeting before the business meeting that afternoon. Under our new system, caucuses begin Friday night, and it would be theoretically possible to attend a series of 3 caucuses, from 5-8PM before hospitality suites. On Saturday morning, we were able to attend special training sessions and hold longer committee meetings of 1h45min each, making our work far more meaningful. Plus, our committees will be much more active than they were in the past. We formerly met for an hour three times a year. We now meet for 1:45 in person, plus hold at least monthly conference calls for work, and we have much more extensive goals than in the past. This is exciting, and it reflects a commitment on the part of our new leadership to really get the job done of electing progressive Democrats in Washington state!

Our training program starting this meeting was on “Heroes’ Narratives.” The aim is to teach us to take the long view of identifying stories that excite our base at the moment, while building our base over the long term. What is our best progressive story, and how do we tell it? Unfortunately, when it comes to using a values-based narrative, thus far the conservative voices have been defining the message; we have been battling their narrative. Story-telling over a long period of time delivers a strong message that captures and holds the audience’s attention, stimulating the desired action. A good narrative, however, helps different campaigns tell a common story and builds power over time. A given campaign may have many messages, but these should all support a long-term narrative. We discussed the importance of making messages resonate, using values-based language; we need to speak to peoples’ hearts to change their minds. People cherry-pick what facts they will believe based on the emotional parts of their brains. We want to increase participation of our base and grow our base at the same time. 

In this era of sound bites, we need to return to developing “epic stories,” as, over time, that is what will resonate with people. The story elements include:

1)a hero who makes 2) a quest which should be real, tangible and urgent. The hero faces 3) a threat which may not necessarily be true, but which resonates and mobilizes. The hero uses policies as 4) tools to accomplish goals. It’s more important to tell why a policy matters, not what it does. Along comes 5) a villain is the person we hold accountable for the threat; he has his own weapons. The story is most compelling if the hero, the heart of the story, is your audience; you are their mentor. For example, Obama spoke of “single moms” as heroes. A quest might be “change you can believe in.” A threat might be “climate change.” To Trump, Hillary was the villain; she was “weak” and “threatening.” Her weapons were “lies.” This session provided a refreshing way to approach our strategies as a party moving forward. 

Lunch speaker Hillary Franz, newly-elected Commissioner of Public Lands

She spoke of the importance of listening to others, of spending time to come up with solutions to common problems we see in rural areas. She wants to work with communities and focus on helping the economy while conserving public lands. She feels we can address climate change without speaking of “climate change” per se in a way that upsets opponents; we can find common ground and build on that. She wishes to demonstrate that we can create a strong economy while supporting clean energy, and she plans to start with demonstration projects that should do just that in 5 areas she will select.

Chair’s report

Chair Podlodowski has built a budget and has an organizaing plan. She’s hired 5 new staffers, and we have a new funding source, “the Resistance.” Based on small dollar fundraising attracting new participants, the state party’s working budget based on recurring contributions went from $2000 to $17,000 per month. We now have 1100 small donors and plan to grow this base further. We now have a full-time communications director for the first time who is about to start working.

Progress report from Dylan Cate, our new organizing director

Theme “win every race in every place.” We plan to win elections and build strategic long-term political relationships. Previously the party didn’t support candidates in areas we “couldn’t win.” We will instead support all good Democratic candidates. They might not win this election, but they’ll become known, and they’ll become stronger. We’ll have new tools in our voter file; traditional methods are not working. We won’t just canvass known Democrats; we’ll get out and listen to voters, ask their priorities. PCOs should learn what their neighbors care about.

New tool

On your cell phone, open text messaging app and write: 444999. Type the work “persist” and you’ll go to volunteering opportunities. Type “resistance,” and you’ll be able to support us financially.

Committee reports:

  • Rules committee will have rules for endorsements ready in September. Rules for primaries (vs caucuses) will come later.
  • Affirmative action committee (chaired by our own Chris Porter! and to be renamed to express “inclusion”) is dealing with harassment issues and code of conduct language plus a framework for mediation
  • Technology committee has recruited 60 members from tech industry and has in place 16 teams with functions ranging from mobile apps, webcasts,centralized calendar, PCO finders.

Democratic National Committee

Members report feeling new Chairman Tom Perez is refreshing and is truly overhauling the party. We will have a 57 state strategy going forward. They report the biggest change is that they now feel the “people at the top are interested in listening.”


Please see state party website for full list and content of resolutions passed by the body.

Please contact either Chris Porter or myself if you have any specific questions or concerns. And yes, we enjoyed both the eastern Washington sunshine and the wines! 

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Plymate

State Committeewoman

March Monthly Meeting Minutes

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34th District Democrats

District Monthly Meeting


The Hall at Fauntleroy

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

Pledge of Allegiance.

A short welcoming address from the Chair for new members, an invitation to be a PCO, and a request for a volunteer to fill the role of Technician.

Adoption of Agenda and Meeting Rules.

Moved, seconded, and passed.

Treasurer’s Report – 145 people joined at the February meeting and Current membership is 335.

Committee Reports:

Legislative Action – Ann Martin explained purpose of committee and invited members to join. Emphasized helping the 31st and 45th Districts to take back the State Senate due to special elections.

Data & Technical Committee report – Nick Bohall gave a short introduction of the new interactive PCO map.

Candidates for Seattle City Council made short speeches introducing themselves to the membership.

Teresa Mosqueda highlighted her public healthcare background and her endorsement

From Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

Sheley Secrest cited her commitment to Jobs Not Jails and housing and community issues.

Address from Mayor Ed Murray

The Mayor spoke about balancing Growth with Equity, fighting the new administration’s

Policies, and homelessness.  He took one question about the Mayoral Office


Main Program, Part I: Threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, presented by Robby Stern from the Puget Sound Advocates For Retirement Action.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the program focused on women and Retirement and the Social Security safety net. Wage inequality and POC participation rates examined.

King County Sherriff John Urquhart addressed the membership and pledged that the King County Sherriff’s Department would NEVER enter into a 287(g) agreement to assist ICE.

Main Program Part II: Velma Veloria, the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Washington State Legislature and Organizer and Policy Advocate for the Faith Action Network spoke about the scourge of Human Trafficking and its impact on women and POC.

Unfinished Business:

Resolution regarding greenhouse gas emissions, HB-1646. Moved, seconded, and passed.

New Business:

Digital Communications – Chair Carrie Alexander invited members to join the committee and encouraged membership to interact with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Video Project was highlighted, with Lynn Randal and Ann Martin being featured.

Appointment of New PCOs:

  • Eric Ferrel – 34-0298
  • Juniper Rogneby – (Acting) – Carpenter
  • Gina Topp – (Acting) 34-1420
  • Jeanne Fellin – 34-1425
  • Ruth Kerr – 34-1422
  • Chryssa Brazil – 34-1246
  • Shelley Chase -34-1448

All were moved, seconded, and passed.

Resolution opposing attacks on our health benefits. Moved, seconded, and passed.

Resolution Expanding Social Security. Moved, seconded, and passed.

Resolution in support of HB-1144 which would amend limits on greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State. Moved, seconded, and passed.

A Letter by the Washington Federation of State Employees was introduced in support of a Statement Regarding Locality Pay to Create an Equitable Living Standard. Moved, seconded, and passed.

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott informed the membership of a County program for legal aid to immigrants.

Good of the Order

Adjourned at 9:00 p.m. by Chair David Ginsberg.

Candidate Questionnaires for 2017

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Candidate Questionnaire for King County Sheriff

The following candidate filled out questionnaires from the King County Democrats for the King County Sheriff position. Please click his name to read his responses:

Candidate Questionnaire for Seattle City Council, District 8

The following candidates filled out questionnaires from the King County Democrats for the Seattle City Council, District 8 position. Please click on their names to read their responses:

The following candidate filled out questionnaires from the Democratic Socialists:

Candidate Questionnaire for Judicial Candidates

The following candidate filled out questionnaires from the King County Democrats for judicial candidates. Please click the name to read the responses:

April Monthly Meeting Agenda

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April 12th Monthly Meeting Agenda

The agenda for the April Monthly Meeting is as follows:

6:30 – Potluck Social Time

7:00 – Call to Order

     Opening Ceremonies

     Pledge of Allegiance

     Presentation of Awards

     VIP Acknowledgements

          Judge David Mann

          Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez


          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

          Reports of Committees

               Digital Communications Minute

7:10 -Showdown in the 34th: Seattle City Council Position 8

  • Ryan Asbert
  • Hisam Goueli
  • Jon Grant
  • Jenn Huff
  • Mac McGregor
  • Teresa Mosqueda
  • Rudy Pantoja
  • James Passey
  • Sheley Secrest
  • Charlene Strong

7:30 – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal addresses the 34th (we’ll interrupt the program to accommodate the Congresswoman’s schedule)

8:20 – Endorsement for Seattle City Council Position 8

8:40 – Burien City Council Candidate Introductions

     Unfinished Business


8:45 – New Business

     Membership and Treasurer’s Report

      Approval of the Budget

      Appointment of Slate of Committee Chair Nominees

          Carrie Alexander as Events Chair

          Chris Godwin as Finance Chair

          Chris Porter as Fundraising Co-Chair

      Appointment of PCOs

8:55 – Good of the Order

9:00 – Adjourn to Whiskey West

Chair’s Message: Winning by not losing, and our upcoming Seattle City Council Position 8 Showdown in the Wild West

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Winning by not losing

At the national level we are an opposition party, and will be for the next 3 years and 10 months. So we won’t be able to achieve any of the things we’d like to. At the national level, we need to put our positive agenda for the nation on hold while we fight the rightwing extremists who have taken over our government using dark money from oligarchs who now believe the end of democracy is within their grasp. But, just as we did yesterday, we will prove them wrong.

Celebrating our victories

While I’m extremely confident we’ll win in the end, we’re going to lose many fights in the coming years. So many that we’ll get good at losing (like Trump’s nominees). But sometimes, on the most important fights – like saving the ACA – we will win. And when we do it’s important that we celebrate our victories so that we can recharge and inspire each other to continue the fight. That’s what we did last night at Dakota Place Park, where we gathered and celebrated yesterday’s victory over the Republican attack on our health care.

The next fight we’ll win if we continue to stand up and stick together: tax reform

The republican leadership had two major goals for this Congress: repeal the ACA and reform the tax code. Both are designed to give huge tax breaks to the wealthy oligarchs who fund the Republican Party, at the expense of the poor, the middle class, and democracy itself. The Republicans chose to use a budgetary procedure called reconciliation to pass their draconian agenda, because budget reconciliation allows them to avoid the possibility of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. And they chose to repeal the ACA first because the budget resolution for the current fiscal year dictates that any reconciliation measure must reduce the deficit, which the Republican ACA repeal was designed to do. Republicans then could draft a new budget resolution for the upcoming fiscal year with easier deficit targets, allowing for more aggressive tax cuts. Yesterday they saw their plans go up in flames. Any tax cuts for the super wealthy will now have to be smaller than they would if the measure had passed. And the political challenges the Republicans faced with the ACA repeal aren’t going away any time soon. They have to deal not only with an American electorate that is against them, but with extremist factions within their own party that demand ideological purity that moderates can’t stomach. On this fight, just as with the repeal fight we just won, if we stand up and stick together, we will win.

Coming up in April: Seattle City Council Position 8 Showdown in the Wild West

There are now 10 declared candidates for Seattle City Council Position 8. How do you choose from such a large field. We know the approach the Republicans took last year ended in national disaster. We also know that a candidate forum in which 10 candidates get equal time isn’t necessarily effective in leading to a decision. So we’re trying something different: 

After brief introductory comments from each of the candidates they’ll each draw a question at random and answer it, and after each has had a chance at answering one of our questions we’re going to let you choose which candidates you want to hear more from through a process of elimination.  Eight of the ten candidates have enthusiastically said they’ll be there. One has said maybe, and one has yet to RSVP.

Note: If you have a question you’d like to hear the candidates answer please submit it to Chris Porter at

 At the end of the evening we’ll endorse one (or more) of the candidates. We want it to be fun, interesting, informative and valuable for our members and for the candidates alike. Hope to see you there!

A note about voting: according to our bylaws:

“Only members in good standing by the end of the prior month’s meeting may vote, except that any member who had paid dues in the previous calendar year may vote if the membership is renewed at or before the meeting where the endorsement takes place.”

If you were a member last year but haven’t renewed yet, you can click here to pay your dues and renew your membership in time for the April meeting. If you weren’t a member by the end of the last meeting you won’t be eligible to vote at the April meeting but can join now to be eligible to vote at our big May endorsements meeting.

 In solidarity,

David Ginsberg

Chair, 34th District Democrats

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

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