Updated June 1, 2008
May 14 , 2008, Meeting
Informal Notes and Photos
Chair Ivan Weiss's Message May
Note: View the history of May news articles and calendar events on the
May Archive News page.
Introduction and Chairs' Reports
The meeting was called to order by Chair Ivan Weiss. At 7:01 PM.
Senator Joe McDermott led the flag salute.
The agenda, treasurer's report, and minutes of the April meeting were approved.
Weiss reminded Precinct committee Officers and would-be PCOs that PCO filing forms are available. He advised members of the benefit Thursday 5-15 at the Hall at Fauntleroy for the West Seattle Helpline, the King County Democrats' Legislative Action Committee meeting at the Burien Library Sunday 6-8, and the joint campaign fundraiser for Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark and State Rep. Sharon Nelson at the Land Trust Building on Vashon Sunday 6-8.
In his report, First vice chair Tim Nuse reminded that there is a debrief on the 34th District precinct and legislative district caucuses scheduled for Sunday, 5-18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at High Point Library. Comments may be emailed to Sarah Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Democratic nominating convention for the 34th Legislative District was held. All three candidates were elected by acclamation as follows: State Senate - Joe McDermott; State Representative, Position 1 - Eileen Cody; and State Representative, Position 2 - Sharon Nelson. No other candidates were nominated.
Candidates for various offices spoke including: Jim McIntire, candidate for State Treasurer; Debi Srail, candidate for State Senate, 28th Legislative District; candidates for King County Superior Court - Suzanne Parisien, Monica Benton, and Holly Hill.
Darcy Burner, candidate for US House, 8th Congressional District, spoke about her "Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq." Sixty-two candidates and 50,000 individuals have endorsed the plan, which is based on the following: there is no military solution; we want to minimize casualties; control of Iraq should be returned to Iraqis; as we leave, we need to stabilize the country; and we must minimize US security risks. The costs of the war are startling at $2 billion per congressional district across the country, or $45,000 per 4-person family. Read the plan's first 15 pages to get the essence of the document.
During new business, a motion was made to authorize the expenditure of $900 on District T-shirts, which will be sold as a fundraiser. Endorsement motions also were entertained. The following endorsements for the noted offices passed:
Perter Goldmark, Washington State Lands Commissioner
Christine Gregoire, Washington State Governor
Jim McIntire, Washington State Treasurer
Darcy Burner, US Representative, 8th Congressional District
John Ladenburg, Washington State Attorney General
The meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m.
Ann Martin, Acting Secretary
Informal Notes and Photos
May 2008 Meeting
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Meeting of Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The Hall at Fauntleroy
9131 California Avenue S.W.,
West Seattle, Washington
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS
"All The Democracy You Can Handle"
Download the agenda as a PDF file.
6:30 PM - Social - drinks provided, please bring potluck food to share
7:00 - Call to order, flag salute,
Adoption of agenda, minutes of April meeting, treasurer's report
First Vice Chair's report
Precinct Committee Officers vote to nominate candidates for State Senator and State Representative
Jim McIntire, candidate for State Treasurer - campaign website here
Debi Srail, candidate for State Senate, 28th Legislative District
Suzanne Parisien, Monica Benton and Holly Hill, candidates for King County Superior Court
Darcy Burner, candidate for U.S. House, 8th Congressional District: Responsible Plan, campaign website here
Appointment of PCOs
Endorsements - Endorsements may be considered
Good of the Order
June 11 - endorsement meeting
July 9 - picnic
May Message from Chair Ivan Weiss
Calling All PCOs - Nominating Convention
The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld Washington's "Top Two" primary, and as a result, Democratic Legislative District, County, and Congressional District organizations will conduct nominating conventions for candidates who run to represent those jurisdictions.
For us that means our state legislators. Senator Joe McDermott and Representatives Eileen Cody and Sharon Nelson are unopposed within the party for now, and therefore will be nominated to carry the party's designation in the primary and general elections.
None of that stops other Democrats from filing, but if they haven't done so by now, they have little to no chance to prevail in this particular process.
Elected and appointed Precinct Committee Officers will vote in this process, which we hope will not take very long, for we have a jam-packed agenda. According to the state party rules, the vote for precincts will be weighted in exact proportion to the number of delegates each precinct had at the 2008 precinct caucuses. If you remember, those were allotted on the basis of voter turnout in the 2004 general election.
Each PCO who attends will get a credential with the precinct name and the delegate total for that precinct on it. PCOs appointed at the May meeting will NOT vote in this process, as their applications must be approved by the County chair before their appointments are official.
All PCOs should attend and participate out of respect for our terrific team of state legislators.
But there's more ...
46th District Representative Jim McIntire, for years one of Olympia's brightest Democratic lights in the areas of finance and revenue, is running for State Treasurer. Jim brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the job of managing the taxpayers' money, and he'll be telling us why he is the best candidate for the job.
One look here http://tre.wa.gov/OST/keyfunct.htm at the functions of the Washington state Treasurer should indicate what an important position this is, and why there should be no such thing as a "downticket" election in the 34th district.
The state will need all of Jim's creativity, because every nickel will count in an environment of reduced revenue projections. Come prepared to ask Jim some hard questions; he'll be well prepared to answer them.
And a first for us.
The 34th District Democrats are rapidly gaining prestige as a player statewide, to the extent that for the first time, a Legislative candidate from another District has asked to introduce herself to us and ask us for our support.
She's Debi Srail, candidate for State Senate from the 28th District (SW Tacoma, Lakewood, University Place, Fircrest, Steilacoom, Dupont, and Fort Lewis. She is running against incumbent Republican Mike Carrell, one of the nastiest and most partisan right-wingers in either chamber, but a relentless campaigner and a formidable opponent.
Debi, a middle school teacher and active WEA member, is a true party soldier who ran for the House twice when the 28th was solid Republican. She has served as State Committeewoman and District chair. Her husband, John Srail, is the State Committeeman from the 28th. The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee has targeted this race, and we will have a chance to demonstrate our support for a fine candidate who could use a hand up, from Democrats who have one to give.
And to top it all off . . .
Darcy Burner, candidate for the U.S. House in the 8th Congressional District, will update us on the progress of her "Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq," which got the endorsement of 42 Democratic Congressional candidates, 38 in the House and 4 in the Senate.
Darcy is outraising and outhustling incumbent Republican Dave Reichert, and adding staff members and supporters every day. The "Responsible Plan" is a prime example of the leadership we can expect Darcy to exercise in the House when, not if, we elect her in 2008.
After the help we gave her in 2006, Darcy LOVES the 34th District Democrats! Come and greet her, and show her your support once again!
See you Wednesday, May 14, for all the democracy you can handle.
Ivan Weiss, Chairman, 34th District Democrats
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