Meeting Notes

Archived notes from our business meetings, WSDCC meetings, KCDCC meetings and our newsletters.

July Membership Meeting Notes

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34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
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


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

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
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.
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.

(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.


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.”



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


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.

Chair’s Message: Mayoral Showdown

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The Seattle Mayor’s Race

The fastest growing large city in America will elect a new Mayor in November, and the vacuum left by the late withdrawal of Mayor Ed Murray has led 21 candidates of varying backgrounds and qualifications to enter the race – making this the most contested race in the August primary. The candidates for Mayor of Seattle are:

  •  Gary E. Brose
  • Casey Carlisle
  • Tiniell Cato
  • Jenny Durkan
  • Thom Gunn
  • Jessyn Farrell
  • Greg Hamilton
  • Michael Harris
  • Bob Hasegawa
  • Lewis A. Jones
  • Dave Kane
  • Harley Lever
  • Mary J. Martin
  • Mike McGinn
  • Cary Moon
  • James W. Norton, Jr.
  • Larry Oberto
  • Nikkita Oliver
  • Jason Roberts
  • Alex Tsimerman
  • Keith J. Whiteman

With so many candidates, one might wonder how to provide a forum the serves the District and our community without “playing favorites” or “picking winners.” Fortunately, here in the 34th we’ve already solved this problem, and we know just what to do. So saddle up, put on your riding boots and get ready for another

Showdown in the 34th: Mayor’s Edition

Just as in April, after brief introductory comments from the candidates they’ll each draw a question at random and answer it, and after all the candidates present have had a shot at answering questions we’re going to let you choose which candidates you want to hear more from through a process of elimination. We’ll let the democratic process determine which candidates get more time to answer the questions that matter here in the 34th.

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.

A note about decorum

After our big May endorsement meeting, a number of new members contacted me to share concerns that might keep them from attending future meetings, and I take their concerns very seriously because we’ve been working hard to build this organization and welcome new members. Several people expressed frustration at the noise from the back of the room. So please be respectful and if you must have a conversation during the program take your conversation outside. But by far most of the concerns had to do with an unsubstantiated personal attack launched against one of the candidates during the endorsement process. That was uncalled for, unhelpful and it’s the sort of thing that turns people away, so for the sake of this organization and the important work we need all hands on deck for, let’s resolve to do better than that, let’s all come to the meeting next Wednesday remembering the words of Michelle Obama: “When they go low, we go high.”

 Let’s continue to build an organization that welcomes newcomers and new ideas, that treats others with respect, that reaches out and engages our community to build connections that make all of us more resilient.

Let’s show by example what it means to be a Democrat and why it matters.

In solidarity,

David Ginsberg

Chair, 34th District Democrats

June Agenda: Mayoral Showdown

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Showdown in the 34th: Seattle Mayor

With 21 declared candidates for Mayor we’ll be hosting another showdown in West Seattle. We’ve invited all the Democratic candidates and other candidates who share our values to participate in the forum, and the remaining candidates are welcome to participate as well with the understanding that when we did this in April the first round left just the serious, progressive candidates; and the second round left only the viable candidates.

 Note: If you have questions you’d like to hear one of the candidates answer please send them to Chris Porter at

 After the  program we may consider whether to endorse one (or more) of the candidates.  Hope to see you there!

 June 14th 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
  • Format for the evening
    • Each candidate will have 2 minutes for introductory remarks.
    • There will then be a lightning round of yes/no questions, and after this we’ll take a vote to determine who proceeds to the next round.
    • There will then be a round of questions, and each candidate will draw a question at random, and then have 2 minutes to answer it. The timer begins when the question is drawn.
    • The winner will receive a highly sought after 34th District Democrats cowboy hat.
  • Need: Fundraising co-chair to assist Chris Porter
  • Call for ideas: Garden Party theme

Reports of Committees

 7:10 Presentation by Seattle Proposition 1

 7:20 Consideration of Endorsement of Seattle Proposition 1

 7:30 Showdown in the 34th: Seattle Mayor

Confirmed Participants

  • Jenny Durkan (D)
  • Jessyn Farrell (D)
  • Senator Bob Hasegawa (D)
  • Mike McGinn (D)
  • Cary Moon (D)
  • Jason Roberts (D)

 Unfinished Business


8:50 New Business

Appointment of PCOs

Endorsements may be considered

 8:55 Good of the Order

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West

A note about voting for motions, resolutions and endorsements: 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.”

The endorsement rules for the 34th District Democrats can be found here.

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 our next meeting. If you weren’t a member by the end of the last meeting you won’t be eligible to vote at the June meeting but can join now to be eligible to vote at our July meeting where we will condider endorsements for Mayor of Seattle.

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

May E-Board Meeting Minutes

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May E-Board Meeting Minutes

34th District Democrats

E-Board Meeting


Puget Ridge Common House

  • Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Chair Report – President Carter showed up and spoke at Dow’s Reelection Kickoff Luncheon!
  • Committee Reports:
    • King County — Les reports that things are not moving as quickly as he would like with the candidate Support Committee, but he is trying to get access to the Coordinated Campaign lists and hopes that will jumpstart things.
    • Outreach – Karen and Steve report that things went rather well at the Cambodian Fest.
      • 8 Voter Registration Forms and 1 New Member!
      • Treina sent in the application for the Adopt A Street program, our section is 16th and Roxbury to a mile north. We have to have 4 organized Clean Ups before we can get a sign promoting our participation.
      • Met with Stacia Jenkins about tabling at the June 3rd, Burien Pride, event.
      • Seattle Indivisible Activist Fair on May 30th.
      • Working to participate in the Burien and Vashon Strawberry Fests.
    • Program – Michael wonders: Are there any volunteers to work on the bylaws?
    • State Committee – Chris reports that work on the Code of Conduct and the Harassment Policy continues. He is still looking for a Fundraising Co-Chair. Discussion of a theme for the Garden Party, no decisions made yet.
    • Nick reports for Digital Communications/Data/Technology/Web Editor – Spokane LOVES our website and would love our help. A way to obfuscate email addresses for PCOs has been found and will be implemented. Trying to get more experience in the database function of WordPress or using Mailchimp to streamline member communications. Possibly the My Campaign side of Votebuilder? Member Stories project restarting in June, awaiting Ann Martin’s return.
    • Membership – Joy is delighted to report that we have 515 members, the most ever!
  • No Unfinished Business.
  • New Business:
    • Mayoral Candidate Debate/Forum at the June meeting. Who to Invite? Possibly 1st round is each Candidate gets 60 seconds to introduce themselves to the membership, and then are asked a few Yes/No questions. Membership then votes as to who moves on to 2nd round.  Decided that our endorsement will be voted and given at the June meeting. It is decided that every candidate will be invited and we will use the Showdown protocol. As before, ONLY declared Democrats will be eligible to receive the 34th’s endorsement.
    • David received an email from Proposition 1, the 1% For the Arts/Access for All. Asks if we should include this in the program. (David, I must have missed the answer to this. Can you provide?)
    • Ted advises that sauces and desserts are needed for the Spaghetti Dinner. We have 3 sauces and need 3 more.  You can NEVER have too many desserts.  Participation in the sauce contest is optional.
    • New banners have been sent via Slack. Probably will need new t-shirts? Question is asked: Might orders for them be taken? May want to reach out to Darcie Burner’s son for these? He has a printing business. Still looking for a vertical banner, David suggests MAKE SURE TO LOOK FOR THE UNION BUG!
    • Possible discussion of Seattle City Council’s Income Tax proposal at a future membership meeting.
  • Good of the Order:
    • Les asked about possible interest in coffee with Mike McGinn to talk about his Mayoral candidacy.
    • Michael advised the West Seattle Transportation Coalition’s interest in a ST3 Design Workshop on June 22nd at 7 pm to describe and talk through what it will look like when it is complete. Will it be over ground? Underground? Come and make your voice heard! Might be a good springboard to discuss the Center City proposal.
    • Treina is still looking for recipes! Would like them ASAP, may reach out to The Salvadorian Bakery for a recipe or two.
  • 8:01 Adjourned.

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