E-Board Meeting Notes

Meeting notes from 34th Democrats Executive Board monthly meetings

August 8, 2019 Special Board Meeting Minutes

150 150 Carla Rogers

Board Meeting Minutes


Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Steve Butts, Chris Porter, Ted Barker, David Ginsburg (left early), Gina Topp

7:05 Gina started the meeting with an exercise for the group.

The group shared their goals for this meeting. Also each member provided their goals for the year.

Goals for the rest of the year:

Improved Resolution Process
Bylaws Updated
Glen Morgan matter settled
Finalize Code of Conduct
Plan for Caucus Cycle (financial and logistical)
Begin Monthly Socials (like debate parties) to help us expand membership
Increase PCOs in preparation for next year
GOTV for this election cycle
Increase members who are working with committees to help chairs accomplish all their goals/responsibilities

7:13 Issues unresolved from June Endorsement Meeting

Response to Lou Frillmans Letter
Reaction or response to David and Lou’s letters to Westside Herald
Response to Marcee Stone-Vecich’s letter
The component of our resolution regarding David and Lou’s unrepaired relationship not being fulfilled

Board agreed to remove the 4th item.

Members of the board asked David Ginsberg to leave the meeting for the remainder of the discussion. David departed.

Lou’s Letter to the Board

Carla read Lou’s letter to the board
Board stands firm in our decision to make the 34th a safe place, and it will not revisit the consequences from our July executive board meeting.
Reviewed the area of the Code of Conduct which were broken by Lou’s behavior
Must separate the incidents: letter in Westside vs. board meeting incident
It was resolved that Gina will respond to Lou’s email.

Marcee’s Letter to the Board

Carla read Marcee’s letter to the Board
Chris shared Marcee’s main concern regarding David and Marcee’s relationship
Les stated that our job is to elect democrats, not to govern or repair relationships between members
Marcee needs to decide if she is going to bring Code of Conduct violations against David
It was resolved that Gina will respond to Marcee’s email

David and Lou’s letter to Westside Seattle

Carla read both David’s and Lou’s Westside Seattle letters
Beyond an intrapersonal fight; letters were in the public domain
Chris wants the chair to regain control of being the voice for the organization
Jordan read a written statement referencing David’s code of conduct violations
Jesse shared his position regarding the code of conduct violation
Ben shared that he felt that both letters violate the code of conduct
Les provided his take on the letters
Carla shared that Lou had already been punished and didn’t believe we should add another set of consequences for his letter to the paper. David however, should be considered differently as he is a chair/executive board member, higher standard of behavior.
Jesse wants to make sure that whatever we decide, we speak as a board and back Gina as chair 100%.
Gina stated that David has been a significant help to her during the transition.
Rachel is concerned about how this reflects on the board and how David remaining on the board might have adverse effects.
Dawn feels a lack of trust in David, given the events and how they transpired.
Several members of the board shared that they had a trust issue with David and some felt uncomfortable working with him.
Chris suggested that the next chair’s message include clarification that the chair is the only person able to speak for the board.
Karen and Ted stated the need to not make this a further public issue that makes the 34th look badly.

After everyone had time to state their position on the matter, Gina made a suggestion for how to move forward:

Gina will include mention of the chair having the voice of the 34th in the next Chair’s message, calling out the Bylaw which speaks to that point
Gina will find someone to take over as co-chair of the Bylaws committee so that the work on bylaws can be voted on and finalized by the end of the year.
David will be suspended from attending events and activities of the 34th District Democrats until the November 2019 Election. This will allow for the Executive Board to do some work to try and repair working relationships.
Gina is going to have conversations with board members who have concerns about David’s behavior
Gina to speak with David about his behavior and how members of the board feel about working with him.

Board voted 10-2 to move forward with the above proposal.

Gina mentioned that Glen Morgan has offered a settlement in the lawsuit. This will be discussed in full at the August board meeting.

Chris shared the Affirmative Action Resolution regarding Referendum 88. Members approved the motion to take the resolution to the membership in the August meeting, as written.

9:20 Adjourned

07-17-19 Board Meeting Minutes

150 150 Carla Rogers

Board Meeting Minutes


Attendees: Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Steve Butts, Leah Griffin, Chris Porter

7:10 Updates from Committees

  • Sofia opened the meeting (Gina had a work emergency). 
  • All discussion of the endorsement meeting was tabled until the August meeting. 
  • Good turn out for the Burien Parade. 

Steve gave an update from the Outreach Committee. Discussed past events and results and those upcoming. Need people to walk in the upcoming parades. Need to publish events to the membership via email in the future. 

Nick Bonazza gave an update from the PCO Committee. Training ended but new PCOs will be trained individually.  Canvass events will be held on the 20th and 21st in WS and in Burien. UCFW will be phone banking on August 29th.

Ann mentioned that she and Chris Porter are  working on the state Code of Conduct. 

Chris spoke about the 34th Code of Conduct activities upcoming. The state is talking about having a requirement to have each LD have its own Code of Conduct or they will inherit the state’s version. The adoption of a Code of Conduct for the state will be done at the September meeting. Chris is recruiting for a couple additional members of the Code of Conduct meeting. Proposal is to present a draft to the Board in August and then a final draft to the membership in October. We will need to have a draft published for review by Sept 29th.

The Leadership Development Committee report was provided by Les Treal. Les has talked to 3 possible recruits.

Dawn Rains asked that everyone share the debate parties on social media (share the events on our Facebook page).  

Carla Rogers shared an update from the Communications Committee. She is hoping to recruit Maggie who will be responsible for the monthly communications plan. This will drive our communications across the web and social media.

Rachel will chair the August meeting and provide the program. Need to have Allan Munro sit at the front table for support since Gina and Sofia will be out. 

A discussion about the use of our membership email was held. The group agreed that it would be prudent to have a couple people with access to the NGP email system. 

August Program (Gina will be absent from the August meeting)

Rachel Glass is in charge of the program. We need details for the website and facebook. 

Will need to determine who will handle the agenda, call and newsletter for August. 

8:00 Good of the order

Delridge Day is Aug 10, we will have a booth. 

Derek Birnie passed away this morning. 

ICE Detention Center (immigrant was apprehended) story was shared by Marcee. This subject opened up conversation about possible board initiatives and programming around immigration, or other hot topics for the district. We would like to have future programming linked to some of the hot topics. Ben suggested that we might consider doing a resolution about detention centers.

Sofia asked if there was a follow up from the Green New Deal. The chair should send an email with our  resolution to our electeds: Lorena G, Lisa H, Joe N, Eileen, Joe M and Dow to suggest that it be considered.

District 1 organization has asked Chris to emcee 2 September debates for the primary winners. (Sept 14 at Duwamish Long House and Sept 28 at High Point Neighborhood House.)

8:30 Adjourned

June Executive Board Meeting – 6/19/19

150 150 Carla Rogers

Executive Board Meeting Minutes


Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Ted Barker, Steve Butts, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Nick Bonazza, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Jordan Crawley, Chris Porter, Ann Martin, Jimmy Haun, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Sophia Aragon, Raschelle Frets, Max Vecich, Phil Tavel, DeLancey Lane, Sam Widdlesbach (Herbolt campaign)

7:00 Call to Order

Rules of Discussion

Gina started the meeting with an overview of the issues we have been having over the past few weeks within the Board. (Resolutions, Member Lists, endorsement meeting)

  • Need to update our bylaws regarding the sharing of membership list. 
  • Need more structure about the resolution process and how we propose resolutions to the members.
  • Review the code of conduct. 

Gina distributed the WSDCC Code of Conduct, the KCDCC Code of Conduct and our 34th Dems Code of Conduct. 

Everyone introduced themselves and gave summary thoughts on their experience at the Endorsement meeting on June 12. 

7:49 Endorsement meeting follow-up

 Gina shared the factual details of the event happenings.

  • Early in the meeting during the potluck, David Ginsberg and Lou Frillman had a discussion about the candidates. 
  • Inappropriate language was used by Lou Frillman.
  • Safe Seattle, candidates Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel were mentioned.
  • The word “Nazi” was used.
  • Unclear as to the purpose of the discussion.
  • Steven Jamison shared inappropriate words with Lou and dumped water on his head. Additional words were had and both exited the Hall to further their exchange.
  • Steven left the meeting. 
  • Lou spoke with Lorena Gonzalez and made her feel uncomfortable. 
  • Steven apologized to Gina and the 34th and has issued an apology statement to the 34th. 
  • Gina agrees that the behavior was unquestionably unacceptable. 

Suggestion was made to read Steve, Lou and David’s statements. 

Fact Finding options

  • Roberts Rules
  • King County Code
  • Alternative 
  1. Act on the facts that we know today (including the letters submitted by 3 parties involved)
  2. Impart an Investigation into the matter (leveraging any of the three options)

Discussion of the options followed.

18 members present (including only executive board members)

All 18 members voted for option 1. 

  1. Use only Gina’s account of the stated facts.
  2. Allow for 3 letters to be read with no discussion. 
  3. Allow for 3 letters to be read with discussion. 

Discussion of the 3 options followed.

Option 1 carried the majority.

Consequences Phase

Gina re-read her facts.

Marcee Stone-Vecich made statements to the board that is was taking a convenient route for resolution and stated that additional information was missing from the account of facts. 

The members voted to take a 5 minute break to allow Marcee to remind Gina of one of the occurrences. 

An additional Code of Conduct violation was filed during the break by Marcee Stone-Vecich. 

Discussion about the additional Code of Conduct violation ensued. Jesse made a motion which was seconded to table the new violation to a future meeting. 

  1. Address the new Code of Conduct violation to be tabled.
  2. Address the new Code of Conduct violation tonight.

Discussion was tabled. Jesse made a further motion to investigate this new issue within one week outside of an in-person meeting. 

Gina mentioned that the bylaws should address board communication outside of meetings. 

Marcee withdrew her Code of Conduct violation and exited the meeting. 

The motion passed to investigate the new issue within one week. 

The board discussed options for an investigation.

Ben motioned that Gina completes and summarizes the investigation and presents findings to the board. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Board discussed possible options, including: 

  1. Request for a formal, public statement or apology from each participant.
  2. Formal apology to each other.
  3. Suspension of member’s ability to attend meetings and membership for a period.
  4. Published statements
  5. Censure of one or both members. (⅔ of membership)
  6. Lacking authority, make a declaration of censure without names

Ann made a motion to consider the following action: (seconded by Les)

  • Request a public apology from Lou Frillman to Steven Jamison and 34th District Democrats
  • Request a public apology from Steven Jamison and the 34th District Democrats and suspension for 2 months 

Jesse made an amendment to the motion (seconded by Carla)

  • Board will create a resolution to condemn the actions by the two parties (no names to be used)
  • Suspend Steven from (4 upcoming) meetings until after the general election.
  • Suspend Lou from the July and August meetings of the 34th.
  • Request that the candidates make a statement about the language used (degrading hate speech) and a public support of the 34th’s Code of Conduct.

Discussion was held on the amendment.

The amendment passed. 

Les made an amendment to add resolutions of censure for both Lou and Steven. 

Discussion was held on the amendment.

Motion failed by majority. 

The motion passes by majority. 

10:03 Announcements

School Board Endorsements will be done in July

Bylaws Committee was formed.

Resolutions Committee will be formed. 

Chris Porter will lead a task force on the Code of Conduct 

Additional business was tabled until the next meeting, due to time. 

Les presented a resolution for consideration by the board in support of the Green New Deal. 

A motion was made to present the resolution to the membership at the July meeting, once edits are made. The final resolution will be shared on Slack for a board vote, prior to the meeting. 

Meeting was adjourned

Special Meeting of the Executive Board – 6/24/19

150 150 Carla Rogers

Board Meeting Notes Minutes


Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Jordan Crawley, Ann Martin, David Ginsberg, Marcee Stone-Vecich, Nick Bonazza, Lou Frillman via phone, Chris Porter

7:35 Call to Order

Gina started the meeting requesting that everyone state their goals for the current meeting. 

7:42 Outstanding Items

  1. Marcee Stone-Vecich’s code of conduct violation 
  2. Discuss the suspensions levels (2-4)
  3. Who initiated the behavior
  4. Jordan’s Draft Resolution “Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech”
  5. Social Media/Communication around the events and our response

7:46 Code of Conduct Violation

David apologized to Marcee and the executive board made the commitment  to review and revise the code of conduct.

Chris will lead a task force for the Code of Conduct (Jordan, Marcee will be on the committee).

7:48 Discussion of suspensions

  • Rachel expressed concern about the differing consequences. Feels they should be the same.
  • Jesse explained the thought behind his amendment which led to the judgements.
    • Both broke the code of conduct.
    • One person also made a physical action.
  • Additional members shared their points of view

Gina motioned that we decide whether to review the months of suspension. Motioned was seconded. It was decided that we would not reopen the suspension levels. 

Gina will also open the meetings by pointing out the code of conduct and introducing the sergeant of arms (Les). 

8:29 Discussion around who initiated the altercation. 

Lou believes that the initiation of the altercation needs to be known. 

NOTE: Code of Conduct violation doesn’t have to come from one of the people involved. 

David and Lou both gave statements on the initiation of the events. 

A suggestion was made to ask both parties to meet to discuss the event and apologize. 

8:45 Resolution Rejecting Hate Speech

Jordan Crawley wrote the resolution. 

  • Members discussed their input on the resolution.
  • Marcee wants more mention of “safe space”.
  • Review WA State language around gender inequality and add language to our resolution
  • Recognizing that we may have different political beliefs in the resolution
  • Jordan and Chris will finalize and put in Slack 

8:55 Social Media Communication about the event

Board members should not speak on behalf of the 34th. Only Gina as Chair can do that. 

May 15, 2019 Executive Board Meeting Minutes

150 150 Carla Rogers

April 17, 2019

Attendees: Gina Topp, Carla Rogers, Ted Barker, Sophia Aragon, Steve Butts, Karen Richter, Les Treall, Nick Bonazza, Max Brown, Ben Reilly, Dawn Rains, Rachel Glass, Leah Griffin, Jacqui, Jordan Crawley, Chris Porter

7:06 Call to Order

7:06 Communications update

Carla Rogers presented a report from the communications committee.

  • Website and FB have tickets for sale for the Fundraiser on June 1
    • Volunteer Tickets page/URL
  • Survey responses netted several actionable items including:
    • Two of the primary purposes for the web is for calendar items and connecting with board members
    • More calendar items : show other org meeting schedules
    • More info on committees and how to get involved
    • wanting the agenda of the monthly meetings posted ahead of time,
    • Suggestion to email the newsletter to membership
    • Enhanced Calendar in the NL
    • More of a voice for the committees (outside of meetings)
    • More social posts, Facebook is most used.
  • Steve is going to be starting to work on the sample ballot, which is due to be distributed at the July meeting (July 10).
    • Very tight turn around
    • LAC to solicit candidates for ad sales after Gina’s email
    • Need plea to candidates from Gina by June 19 (excom meeting)
  • New web homepage update (Tai) – new look and feel
    • Please email any feedback or place in the slack channel (exec comm)
  • May 30 deadline for content for the NL

7:16 Introductions for new Committee Chair – Leah Griffin, KC Executive Board Member

7:18 Budget Discussion

  • Ben Reilly presented the latest revision to the budget. $10K in the budget for the Primary activities.. $30K projected carry over to next year
  • Do we want more in the budget for election contributions
  • Do we want to set this aside more for caucus expenses
  • Reduce cost of Annual Fundraiser by $500 and increase income by $500
  • A motion was made to move $1K additional to candidate contributions.
  • Motion was seconded and was approved.
  • The budget will be presented to the membership in June, for vote.

7:33 Events Report and Annual Fundraiser Planning

Jacqui presented the events report.

  • Phone banking to those who have not rsvp’d/bought tickets will be held Thursday 5/16 6-8pm
  • Silent and Live Auctions
  • Procurement deadline is the week before the event (June 1)
  • Volunteer Tickets are needed but we will just use the NGP link to sell those tickets.
  • Volunteers are needed and flowers for the event are needed for table decorations
  • Costs include linens, printing and food – approximately $5500, based on 75 people attending.

7:49 PCO Report

Nick Bonazza presented the PCO report.

  • Trainings are scheduled across the region in May/June.
  • Nick continues Outreach to recruit more PCOs

7:59 Endorsements

Gina led a discussion on the endorsement process for the June meeting.

  • No slate will be presented by the 34th Exec Board
  • 60% or more gets the endorsement
  • Runoffs of top two
  • If runoff doesn’t work, then a dual endorsement will be possible.
  • Candidates need to be coordinated (against the wall near the bar)
  • Nominations begin from the floor
  • Candidates should know about the event
  • Ballots are needed, Steve prints. They are numbered with the sign in process.
  • Ann Martin will be the tally chair, Ted would be the alternate tally chair
  • Candidates are allowed to observe the tally
  • Rules for who is eligible to vote need to be sent to the campaigns.
  • Renewing members will be sent to Ben.
  • Gina will ask Steve to be time keeper and Ann to handle the tally..

8:21 State Committee Report

Chris Porter presented the State Committee report.

  • Very heated discussion on the caucus/primary decision.
  • Staff members have left the office over the decision and how it was handled/how members behaved.
  • Affirmative Action plan was generally accepted by the DNC.
  • Constituency caucuses are creating a proposal to be in alliance with the state party.
  • Outreach is a focus. LDs will need to provide a formal account of what they are doing in outreach.
  • September is the next meeting
  • LD Caucus is in March (3 months prior plan should be set.), Primary is March 10.
  • Planning for the Primary season will start after the Annual Fundraiser.

8:33 King County Committee Report

Leah Griffin presented the report.

  • Will continue saying the pledge of allegiance.
  • Passed a budget.
    • Max have insight on the budget structure, which has changed.
  • Ted shared that a motion was made to raise limit of campaign contributions to 25% of the budget (from 10%)

Karen shared the Outreach Committee Report

  • Outreach committee is doing an Adopt-a-Street event this weekend.
  • There will be an event the day of the Annual Fundraiser as well
  • All upcoming events are on the calendar.

Jordan presented the LAC Report

  • The candidate events are complete for this cycle.
  • Jordan is now taking on legislation as a focus.

Les presented the Leadership Development Report

  • Les is beginning his work to recruit future board members and leaders for the 34th.
  • Asked that committee chairs look within their committees for potential leaders and forward them to him for follow up.

Chris mentioned that we should include the June 30 Pride Parade on the website. Max will get details to Carla to post on the site and on social.

8:50 Resolutions

  • Gina shared that there were questions from the membership as to how we deal with Resolutions presented to us. A discussion was held on how we can process resolutions in the future.

9:03 Good of the Order

  • Sophia has requested the membership list for use by her campaign.
  • Chris encouraged attendance of the Bee Festival this weekend.

April 17, 2019 Board Meeting

150 150 Carla Rogers

Board Meeting Notes for Minutes

Attendees: Gina, Ann, Les, Ben, Dawn, Jordan, Rachel, Carla, Karen

April 17, 2019

7:00 Call to Order

7:01 Primary Decision by the WA State Democratic Party

While members arrived to the meeting, those present discussed the choice by the WA State democrats to move to a Primary in 2020. Ann will share a state committee report in the next newsletter.

7:12 LAC Report

Jordan shared plans for the April 23rd D1 Candidate Debate were shared. There will be a planning meeting for the Debate Thursday 4/18 at 7 at Uptown Espresso on Delridge. Rebuttal format was agreed upon.

The Burien Candidate Forum will occur during our May membership meeting. There are 2-3 candidates for each of 3 position – 8 total. The group decided that we should organize it by position. Forum to begin at 7:30.

7:40 Fracking Resolution

Resolution was brought by a precinct committee member. This was shared by Les Treall. A speaker 350.org could be included to answer questions. The board can make a recommendation or just bring it to the floor at the membership meeting. The state discussed but postponed the vote on a similar resolution (initiated by the 32nd) with the same purpose. This resolution has the same content as the state resolution which passed. The group voted to bring it to the meeting for discussion.

7:55 Treasurer’s Report

24 new members were added at the forum. 211 is new total. A new list of not-renewed-yet members will be distributed for calls to be made to encourage renewal. Gina will also remind non-members that they may not vote on endorsements unless they rejoin by May 8. This will also be posted on Facebook.

Budget for 2019 was shared last month, updates have been made. New budget will be shared in the next Exec Board meeting and then we will vote at the July meeting.

8:01 Glen Morgan Lawsuit Updates

The PDC is arbitrating the Glen Morgan lawsuit at this point. We will need to spend on legal fees for this so that will be updated in the budget.

8:05 Membership Discussion

A request was made that a name tag be made for all new and renewing members and made available at the first general meeting.. Ben to send a list to Steve Butts prior to the meeting each month.

8:08 PCO Committee

PCO meetings have been held on Vashon and in Burien. Nick has scheduled trainings for all areas. These will be placed on the calendar.

8:09 Outreach Committee

Annie Phillips registered 25 votes in one hour at this event. Cambodia Fest is the next event. 10-5, 4/27. Need additional participation in the parades.

8:13 Hospitality Committee

The new visitors list will be used for follow up calls. Jesse needs help at the next 2 meetings welcoming at the meetings. New PCO Jeff will be asked to do this.

8:15 Communications

Committee is meeting w/o April 29 to get additional updates moving. Still need committee descriptions for Finance and Bylaws committees for the website.

8:16 Events

Annual Fundraiser meeting will be held this Saturday at 10am at Cupcake Royale. Procurement wishlists will be shared but we will also call past donors.

8:18 Bylaws

New draft bylaws are being prepared and will be shared prior to our board meeting so that the board can review..

8:21 Good of the Order

  • Ben (membership) will have a table at the Debate
  • Dawn suggested that we do a watch party for the Presidential Debates on June 26-27, July 30-31. Dawn will pursue venues and we will post on local and social media.
  • Dow is hosting an event on May 17 and 34th members are able to attend at a reduced cost of $50. The regular price of the luncheon is a $125 donation.

8:33 Adjourn

March 20, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

150 150 Carla Rogers

Board Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Gina, Ann, David, Max, Steve, Nick, Les, Sofia, Ben, Dawn, Jordan, Rachel, Jesse, Carla

March 20, 2019

PDF: 03-20-19 Board Meeting Minutes

7:05 Call to Order

7:06 Treasurer’s Report was presented by Ben Reilly. Estimated 150 members ytd. Draft Budget  for 2019 was shared. This was prepared by Dawn Rains and Ben Reilly. Various additions/changes were discussed. KCDCC will not be asking for a donation this year. Should set aside monies for the caucus ($7-10K). Young Dems will also not be asking for a donation. Will need to increase PCO budget to $500. Will also need a budget for the candidate ballot but we will also have income for this which should offset the cost ($2500). A new version of the budget will be posted in Slack for approval.

7:24 Sofia provided a report from the January General Meeting.

  • Diversity/Inclusion, Education and Homelessness were the top issues
  • Top Priorities for the 34th – Homelessness, Climate, Economic Justice
  • A discussion about new volunteers was had. A communication plan was agreed to – Chair’s are required to contact all volunteers.
  • Need a Welcome Guest sign in sheet at the meetings. Jesse will take on converting guests to members.
  • Need to have discussion time at each meeting.

7:47 Dow Constantine visit

  • Introductions
  • King County works in parallel with the 34th. Goal it to create a welcoming community where everyone is free to thrive.
  • Dow spoke about housing insecurity/homelessness, Best Start program, health care, transportation and environmental concerns.
  • A Q&A session resumed.
  • Dow announced he will very likely be a candidate for governor.  

8:35 General Calendar

Gina shared an activities calendar for the year. Carla will post items to the website calendar and begin posting on social media.

8:38 Legislative Action Committee

Jordan shared his vision for the LAC. He also shared his proposal for candidate forums and debates for both D1 and Burien City Council.  His suggestion is to host a forum at our regular meeting and a debate format in a separate meeting/venue approximately 2 weeks later. This will allow for an incremental opportunity to see the candidates discuss the issues. It was decided that we will proceed with the Forum + Debate (2 sessions). April 23 will be the Debate with the Forum held during our April 10 regular meeting at Fauntleroy Hall. Jordan also shared a survey he wanted to send to membership to gain input on the topics to be covered. Due to time constraints, the survey will be shared via Slack for input.  

8:49 April Program

D1 Candidate forum!

8:50 The Communications Committee report was shared by Carla. Facebook engagement, LIKED pages and interaction are all up in the past month. Communications survey will be sent one more time and then closed.

8:52 PCO Committee

Nick explained that the PCO committee met last weekend. Has been contacting past/former PCOs. March 30 PCO meeting, and March 31 in Burien. Continued engagement for the PCOs. Planning an engagement event for the summer.

8:57 Events/Fundraising Committee

Jacqui, Delancey and Gina are holding Saturday planning meetings at 10am at Cupcake Royale each week. Anyone can join! The Earth Day event and June fundraiser are their focus and plans will be announced asap.

9:03 Outreach Committee

Steve reported that the committee is solidifying calendar of events for the year.

9:07 Adjourn

February 2019 Board Meeting

150 150 Carla Rogers

Board Meeting Minutes

February 20, 2019

Attendees: Gina, Ann, David, Tai, Max, Steve, Karen, Nick, Les, Jacqui, Sofia, Ben, Dawn

7:04 Call to Order and Introductions

7:06 Photoshoot

7:16 General Announcements from the Chair

  • KCDCC Bylaws Meeting is this weekend.
  • Joe McDermott invited us to attend the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Luncheon on April 30 at noon at the Sheraton downtown.
  • Still seeking a membership chair.

7:20 Communications Report

  • Carla presented the committees goals for 2019.
  • Committee plans to survey the membership via google docs to solicit input on the 34th communications (web, newsletter and social)
  • A request was made to have Hotspot at the Hall of Fauntleroy for meetings. Board members with Hotspots will share this information at the next meeting.

7:33 Caucus Committee Report

Ann Martin gave a report for Rachel Glass. There are significant changes being discussed for the upcoming election cycles. The group held a lively discussion.

DNC provided the new rules and they are being reviewed.

At April State Party meeting, Ann and Chris will vote to determine how we will do the next election. Several board members requested the ability to give input on this to our representatives.

Suggestion made by Karen and Gina to have this topic on the March meeting agenda to share status with the membership.

  • Historical Context of the Process
  • Options being considered
  • Ask for input to be submitted during the public comment period in March

8:11 Outreach Committee Update

Karen and Steve shared the Outreach Committee events calendar and invited the board to jointhe Outreach Slack channel. Next Outreach Committee meeting March 21. Adopt-a-Street sign is up and will be shared in communications channels when a picture is available.

8:19 Treasurer’s Report will be posted on Slack as Ben wasn’t able to attend the entire meeting to give a report.

8:20 Glen Morgan lawsuit status – Gina provided updates under closed executive session. (No  minutes.)

8:26 Events Committee Report

Jacqui stated she has not been in touch with Lacey (co-chair) yet. Earth Day is in April and she is beginning to plan an event. Her suggestion was to hold it at the West Seattle Nursery.

Jacqui would like to rename the Garden Party to the annual fundraiser.  The group mentioned that this event must be held before the Primary. Jacqui will move forward with a June date for the fundraiser. She proposed a June date with an indoor location (potentially the Eagles hall on California or the Burien community center.

The annual picnic will be held in August.

8: 34 A spirited discussion of the 34th endorsement calendar was held.

Jordan suggested that we have a Policy Roundtable along with the usual debate format.

The endorsement schedule/plan will be defined by Gina and shared at the next meeting.

The South King County Democrats organization is holding a spaghetti feed on May 18. They have asked us to partner on the event providing auction items (10 items), attendance, and someone to attend planning meetings. Nick Bonazza volunteered to represent us.

8:54 Bylaw changes

David shared that we need to update bylaws to align with the DNC bylaws.

Work was done in the past but never pursued. David will bring recommendations to the April Board Meeting.

8:56 Program for March

The group agreed on the following program items for the March 13th membership meeting.

  • Democracy Vouchers
  • Caucus Decision Updates

9:00 Good of the Order

Dawn suggested that state level budget/new revenue discussions be a topic for a future meeting.

9:06 Adjourn

January 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

150 150 Carla Rogers

Executive Board Meeting

January 16, 2019

Attendees: Carla Rogers, Steve Butts, Max Brown, Jesse Greene, Randy Litzenberger, Jordon Crawley, David Ginsberg, Jacqui Morris, Les Treall, Martha Koester, Sofia Aragon, Nick Bonazza, Marcee Stone-Vekich, Ann Martin, Ted Barker, Chris Porter, Ben Reilly, Rachel Glass, Gina Topp, Betsey Archambault

7:04 Call to Order and Introductions

7:20 Review and Discussion of 34th Committees

The attendees reviewed and discussed the work of the standing committees. Chairs were confirmed/committed. It was agreed that we should update the role of the committee to meet current activities/responsibilities.

Committees discussed included:

    • PCO
      • Chair – Nick with David, Randy and Max on the committee
    • Fundraising  – did not discuss
      • Chair – DeLancey Lane
    • Membership
      • OPEN
    • Outreach
        • First meeting – January 24th at Uptown Espresso (Delridge), 7pm
      • Co-Chairs: Karen Richter and Steve Butts
    • Leadership Development
      • Chair – Les Treall
    • Hospitality
      • Chair – Jesse Greene
    • Legislative Action
      • Chair – Jordan Crawley
    • Caucus & Elections
      • Chair – Rachel Glass
    • Hospitality
      • Chair – Jesse Greene
    • Events
      • Co-Chairs – Lacey Watson and Jacquie Morris (sp?)
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Chair: Sofia Aragon

Committees not discussed included:

    • Young Democrats
    • Programs
      • Chair – Gina Topp
    • Communications  
      • Chair – Carla Rogers
    • Bylaws & Rules
      • Chair – David Ginsberg
    • Finance
      • Dawn Rains
  • Data & Technology 
    • OPEN

Important Upcoming Meeting – Feb 9

Machinists Hall – Southpark (9125 15th Pl S, Seattle, WA 98108)
KCDC Bylaws & Rules Committee

8:44 Program for our February General Meeting (February 13th)

    • Gina thought an internally focused meeting would be appropriate.
    • Max suggested a different format for the meeting that allows more discussion in small groups.
    • Ann suggested something connected to the Legislative Session
    • Ann suggested that a program about Election Security might be interesting
    • Municipal election cycle is 2019 – homelessness, housing affordability, equity, public option (Cascade Care)
    • Announcements of candidates.
  • Gina and Sofia will work to get a panel of experts on several timely important topics.

8:58 Housekeeping

2nd Wed – General Meeting

3rd Wed – Board Meetings


    • Committee Reports
  • Program for the following month

Emails for elected/chairs will be handed off or reassigned by David.

May have a call with our attorney.

Bylaws committee made suggestions late last year. We do need to make changes to the Bylaws to be in state compliance.

9:04 Good of the Order

Les suggested that all eBoard members read through the Bylaws and Endorsement Rules.

Chris Porter has filed to be the King Conservation District Supervisor.

Next KCDCC meeting will be held Tuesday, January 22 meeting Renton Carpenters Hall meeting.

9:11 Meeting adjourned

September Executive Board Minutes

150 150 David Ginsberg

34thDistrict Democrats

E-Board Meeting


Puget Ridge Common House


Meeting called to order at 7:05 by Chair David Ginsberg


Chair’s Report: Returned from State Party Meeting. Found out that there is no mechanism to remove a PCO under the RCW. However, there is no rule about stripping privileges. We can, however, censure him, and we will do so. A desire was expressed to reach out to the victims.

There was an attempt to change the Issue and Constituency caucus —> This is being tabled.

A compromise was reached on the issue of Superdelegates. They will not be allowed to vote on the first ballot at a convention.

It was observed that the GOP got rid of Superdelegates and that is why we have Trump.


7:14 Treasurer’s Report — We are in good shape financially through the remainder of the year and the First Quarter of 2019.

Discussion returned to Primary vs. Caucus issue. There has been no decision at the DNC level. It is the way it is in Washington State because of the State Legislature and the Top 2 Primary system.


7:17 Outreach Committee — 3 new voter registrations at Fiestas Patrias. Would have liked more.

Adopt A Street will be at 1:00 on Saturday. This should be a good one! We get our sign after it!

B-Town Fiesta will be Sunday from 11-7. And don’t forget! October 8this the cut off for voter registration.


7:21 Events Committee — The Holiday Party will be the 2ndWednesday in December.


7:22 — State Committee Meeting in Spokane. — Ann was at the Rules Committee meeting the entire time.

A website is in the works to help with Caucuses and Absentee Ballots.

Executive Committee — 2 Bylaws were written – Gender and Diversity.

The Chair does not make the slate. 1/3 of the Executive Committee can call a special election if the chair becomes an impediment to the party.

Faithless Electors — Tabled for later.

Resolutions — Removal of Snake River Dams will be discussed. The removal of the Enlo Dam was agreed upon.


8:03 Results from Dues Revision Meeting

The number of different levels of membership are confusing. And, the amount that is called a “sustaining” member is in fact not.  Committee thought that the Living Lightly membership level might be considered demeaning, and the committee is in favor of eliminating it.

Les warned that there would be a huge pushback.

Lengthy Discussion of the membership levels and their relative pros and cons.

Chairs message will be used to advise membership that the issue will be put forth at the next regular membership meeting. Obviously, this will need a vote of the membership. *We will need to ask Gina how much we have to give for campaign contributions.


8:44 Re-Organization: RCW states that the Chair will call for a reorganization within 45 days of the election, this does not mean that we have to have the reorganization in that amount of time.


8:46 Gina Topp will continue to serve as Treasurer IF David Ginsberg runs for chair. David has agreed to do so if we can recruit a good 1stVice Chair who can serve as backup, as he wants to spend more time with his kids before they graduate in 2020.

January 9thwill be the reorganization meeting. The PCO Committee Chairmanship is open, and this role will be CRITICAL for the next election, as we only have about ½ of our precincts filled.

Recruitment and retainment of members – Maybe an informal meeting once or so a month to ID potential new Board Members and “regular” members. We would like to build the organization to be a big part of the community.


9:01 Credentials and Membership — Discussed


9:04 October Program — GOTV, Trick or Vote?

November Program — Post Election wrap up/Reorganization


9:06 Good of the Order.








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