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2019 Feb 13 e-News

posted Feb 13, 2019, 1:53 PM by Douglas County Democrats

First things, first.  Please consider these events: 

·         2/13   *  “Harvest of Empire:  The Untold Story of Latinos in America” community viewing, Wednesday, Feb. 13th 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran, 224 Benton St., Leavenworth.  Eat dinner before coming and enjoy the desserts that will be provided. This critically acclaimed documentary examines the history of Latino migration into the United States. 

·         2/14    Dem HQ Office Hours, 3—7p: Remembering the victims of school violence and their families.  Honoring school safety and sensible gun laws. drop by to write a postcard to our legislators, local law enforcement, or the survivors of these tragedies.

·         2/14    12th LD Democrats 6:30p Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee.  The 12th LD Democrats have reserved a space to come together and to share interests and concerns for the current legislative session, for our 12LD organization, and about the state party delegate selection in 2020. We are meeting 2/21 at 6:45 at the Douglas County Fire Station on Eastmont in East Wenatchee. This is not a business meeting. It is a time for sharing. Officers will be there to listen and to answer questions, and to provide resources when possible. All are welcome. You can see a post about the event on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/12thLDDemocrats/ . Please RSVP on the page or to me personally. Hope to see you there, Suellen Harris, 12LD Chairperson, suellenwa@mac.com 

(see additional dates for events below) 

Dear NCW Democrats and Friends, 

In recent weeks, we've rallied and marched.  We've called for "no wall" and for ending the Republican government shutdown.  Your Democratic representatives in both Washingtons are doing their utmost to hold the line and take back our government, one hearing and one vote at a time. We have trust and faith in these good people, but we need to stay informed and engaged on the home-front. 

Recently, your local party state committee members and chairs attended the biennial reorganization meeting for the WA State Democrats.  We examined budgets and data, received updates and training, passed resolutions critical to the current legislative session, re-elected Tina Podlodowski as chair, and set course on the path that will bring Democratic wins -- and a change of tone and direction -- throughout 2019-2020 and beyond.   

Data we examined at the meeting reflect gains due to HUGE efforts across the state over the past 2 years.  Lessons learned from the 2016 election were turned into strategic actions.  Keen analysis and effective fundraising enabled the hiring and placement of field organizers throughout the state, a proactive communication plan, and deep research that will lead us to success in the future.  

·         In 2017, the "Summer of Canvass," put thousands of volunteers on their neighbors' doorsteps, asking voters what was most important to them.  The results: putting people first via 1) more jobs/pay equity, 2) healthcare for all, 3) quality and free public education, 4) affordable housing, and 5) a dignified retirement, plus much more.  Lead with issues and values; not partisan labels.  

·         2018 brought a year of "Rise & Organize" efforts.  In North Central WA, we opened a Dem HQ office in an unprecedented mid-term election year.  We paid for it with your small donations, staffed it with volunteers, and not one, but three field organizers were placed here to coordinate efforts to knock on thousands of doors.  Volunteers from all over the state, as well as Oregon and British Columbia came to help us!  Those contacts resulted in big increases in voter turnout over prior-year voter participation.  If you'd been a sporadic voter or had never voted before, a front-door conversation with our sincere volunteers increased turnout by 12% in Chelan Co and ... wait for it... 17% in Douglas County!  There was a Democrat on the ballot in 97 of the 98 WA House legislative races and 48 of 49 WA Senate races.  And we re-elected Senator Maria Cantwell!  And we increased our voice in DC by sending Dr. Kim Schrier there to speak up for all of us.  If you made one phone call, knocked on one door, donated one dollar, if you voted--you are part of the "Rise & Organize" success story of 2018!

·         During the next two years we’ll "RISE & Run!"  At all levels of government, we must bring our values to the table. We need good people to run for office and we’ll do our best to provide them with support to run, win, and serve.  Sign up to "RISE Run!"  Receive access to amazing FREE materials and trainings, created and compiled by the amazing staff of the Washington State Democratic Party, a model for states throughout the country.  Whether you want to run for office this year or in 5, or whether you just want to help a good candidate, we want you to  "RISE & Run!"  .  Locally, we'll conduct grassroots trainings and workshops, organizing, getting to know the voters better (basic precinct work, strategic, measurable, rewarding); we'll recruit, train, and support one another and potential candidates; and we'll build teams in every corner of NCW.  

Part of our plan for success involves continuing to work from our Democratic Headquarters Office, sharing the workload and the costs between our two county organizations.  We will support our volunteers who travel to the far reaches of our counties and the state, in order to perform their duties.  Our plan is ambitious, the goals critical to our future.  To do these things, we need your help.  Commit to volunteer, RUN for office, and/or donate to our efforts.   

Your contributions will help pay the Dem HQ rent, train PCOs and other volunteers, purchase supplies, cover expenses for our local party representatives and treasurers to attend mandatory training and meetings, rent meeting venues, run fundraisers and meet-n-greets, conduct voter registration and education, and so much more. 

Please consider a financial donation, large or small, one-time or recurring, to support our goals.  Contribute by check (see the addresses below), in person (at Dem HQ), or online via our secure ActBlue accounts: Democrats of Chelan County OR Douglas County Democrats (LD12 Democrats -- coming soon!)   

Watch for sign-ups for upcoming events/fundraisers.  Donate supplies for Dem HQ here: http://signup.com/go/nmKctbP  

Upcoming Calendar Dates (* = events of interest, held/organized by affinity group/s) 

·         February Dem HQ Office hours:  Tues 12-4, Wed 10-2, Thur 4-7 OR any time you see the "OPEN" light on in the front window, 768 S Mission, Wenatchee

·         2/13   *  “Harvest of Empire:  The Untold Story of Latinos in America” community viewing, Wednesday, Feb. 13th 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran, 224 Benton St., Leavenworth.  Eat dinner before coming and enjoy the desserts that will be provided. This critically acclaimed documentary examines the history of Latino migration into the United States. 

·         2/14     Dem HQ Office Hours, 3—7p: Remembering the victims of school violence and their families.  Honoring school safety and sensible gun laws. drop by to write a postcard to our legislators, local law enforcement, or the survivors of these tragedies.

·         2/14     12th LD Democrats 6:45p Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee.

·         2/18  * "Sharing What We Stand For!!!!!": ClimateConversationsNCW President's Day Rally at Memorial Park Noon to 1:30 (Bring Signs to Support: * The Green New Deal, * Immigrants, * Equality, * Diversity)

·         2/19     Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Market, 10a—noonish, Political conversation.  All are welcome.

·         2/19     Democratic Training A--Z: Lessons Learned: Running a Local Campaign (Bob Bugert), One session ONLY at 6--7p, NW Family Svcs Office, 766 S Mission, Wenatchee (similar one-hour trainings/workshops will occur on the 3rd Tues of ea month)

·         2/20  * TedX Wenatchee: Education, 12p Grove Recital WVCollege (and live-stream elsewhere)

·         2/20  *  Naturalization Ceremony, 1:00p at Wenatchee Community Center.  Support community members as they become new citizens at a ceremony presented by Hand-In-Hand Immigration Svcs and USCIS personnel.  Volunteer to assist members of CAFÉ as they welcome new citizens and help them become registered voters!  

·         2/23     "Coffee with Dr. Kim" 2:30p at Dem HQ.  Representative Schrier expects to be in her home district over the weekend of 2/22--2/24 and will hold numerous events around the district.  Some will be open to the public, such as townhalls, and offered in her "official political" capacity as our US Representative.  On occasion, she will may have time in her schedule and will ask her "campaign" staff to arrange for meetings with her local supporters. The 2:30p event is one such event organized under the campaign umbrella.  She especially asked to meet with Democratic Party activists who worked to help her become elected.  She'd like to bring us up-to-date on what she's learned and how we can engage.  And of course, she hopes for our continued dialogue and support.

·         2/24  *  Our Voice, 2-6p, Latinx community meeting regarding how to run for office. Location tbd, call (509) 667-1926

·         2/27  *  CAFÉ monthly mtg, NWFamSvcs, 5:30dinner/6:30mtg, 766 S Mission, Wenatchee

·         3/5    *  Wasted: The Story of Food Waste, 7p WVMuseum, donation

·         3/5      Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Market, 10a—noonish, Political conversation.  All are welcome.

·         3/6      NCW Dem General Meeting, 6:30/Social, 7/Meeting, Douglas Co Fire District #2 Mtg Rm, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee

·         3/14    12th LD Democrats 6:45p Douglas County Fire District #2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee.  Not a business meeting, but an opportunity to meet with local education union leadership and to learn and ask about the needs of education districts and how the legislature is addressing those needs.

·         3/19    Dem Training A--Z: Political Compliance Training, 3 & 6p, Dem HQ

·         4/12 -14  Nason Creek Rest Area fundraiser (all hands on deck!)

·         5/13 -18  Candidate Filing Week

·         6/multi  VoterReg events, Pres debates begin

·         7/15    NCWDem Summer Picnic (candidate intros)

·         8/6      PRIMARY ELECTION

·         8/10    NCWDem Ice Cream Social (candidate celebration)

·         8/16-18  Nason Creek Rest Stop fundraiser

·         8/21-25 NCW Fair, Waterville

·         9/4 - 8   Chelan Co Fair, Cashmere

·         10/tbd  Annual C-D Dem Dinner (watch for updates)

·         11/5   GENERAL ELECTION

·         Other dates will be added as we progress through the year 

On behalf of our Executive Committees, 

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County, POBox 1061, Wenatchee, WA 98807

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats630 Valley Mall Pkwy #175, E Wenatchee, WA 98802

Suellen Harris, Chair, 12th Legislative District Democrats914 Briarwood Dr, E Wenatchee, WA 98802

2019 Jan 23 e-News

posted Jan 23, 2019, 8:10 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Are you upset about the dirty tactics of the president, holding our government hostage until he gets what he wants?

 

Are you concerned about the local Federal employees and their families who live here and provide essential services, but who are impacted through this shutdown?   Some are furloughed, receiving no paycheck (2+ paydays, so far), and their important work is going undone.  Some are in "essential" positions and go to work every day with a smile on their face, but they’re not being paid.  They may have savings, credit cards, family or friends who can help.  Or maybe NOT.  They have bills and loans to pay, transportation needs, medical care/medications to purchase, obligations, pride.

 

These are people who work for the State Department, the Justice Department, the Transportation Department (GSA), the Agriculture Department (US Forest Service, US Conservation Service, US Forest & Sciences Lab, US Farm Service Agency/Tree Fruit Research Lab), the Department of the Interior  (US Fish & Wildlife/Nat'l Fish Hatcheries, BLM, Nat'l Park Svc )Department of Homeland Security (USCIS, TSA , US Coast Guard), and so many other organizations.  Or they may be people who hold contracts with one of the agencies.  (this list was created based upon a few phone calls and brief review of our local phone directory).  These are our friends and neighbors.  

 

Although specific local data is difficult to parse out, in part because the affected offices have no one answering their phones, we have received the following information from the office of our WA State Regional Labor Economist.  These comparison numbers are for the first quarter in 2018.

 

Chelan Co. 11 Federal offices/agencies, 512 Federal workers*, avg wkly wage $1277 (total qtrly wages: $8,499,865)

Douglas Co, 8 agencies, 232 Federal workers*, avg wkly wage $1715 (total qtrly wages: $5,172,067)

Okanogan Co, 11 agencies, 558 Federal workers*, avg wkly wage $1383 (total qtrly wages: $6,436,503)

*some individuals work for agencies not affected by the shutdown: post office, Social Security, etc.  

 

After one month, roughly $7 million in unpaid wages has already gone unspent in our region.  If the shutdown persists, more than $20 million per quarter will be lost to our regional economy.

 

What can we do to help in the short-term?

 

·        Call Senator McConnell's office tonight and tomorrow (202-224-2541).  Ask that he end the shutdown, period.  No wall funding.  Personalize your message, be respectful.  Leave your name and ph#.   The Senate will vote Thursday on two funding bills: one that holds the government hostage to border security, one a clean Continuing Resolution—putting government back to work.

·        Offer to help Federal workers who cannot pay their bills or put food on their tables.  Let Federal workers know you care about them (support them in person or online; don’t buy into the Republican rhetoric), value them, demonstrate that you are willing to help.  Ask how you can help.

·        Give a gift card for goods/essentials/cash, $20 maximum per person per donation, $50 aggregate per year from any one source.  Ethics rules apply: https://www.doi.gov/ethics/gifts?fbclid=IwAR0vdOIZ0nh1q7-uSUm7HhDerPXYLDrWG0-9pzBFDE7qDTjqdgTZJVXuzCk.  Yes, there are rules for all Federal employees, furloughed or not.

·        Donate to our local food banks (food or monetary donations) and let Federal workers know they can use the resource—most have never needed to tap into the resources of poverty or unstable income.  Even one less grocery bill will help.  The Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council manages the NCW Food Distribution Center, which collects and distributes food through 9 regional food pantries.  Alan Walker, Exec Director of C-DCAC, received authority yesterday to distribute Federal food commodities to affected Federal employees and their families.  Use this link to donate or learn more:  http://www.cdcac.org/food-banks-pantries.html.  You can drop off donations at Dem HQ and we'll take them to C-DCAC!  (Tue 12-4, Wed 10-2, Thur 3-7)

·        Call Senator McConnell's office again (202-224-2541) Ask that he end the shutdown, now.  Vote for a clean Continuing Resolution (CR)Warning—the phonelines are busy, inboxes full.  The Democratic House has voted.  There appear to be enough votes in the Senate, but McConnell just needs to do his job!

 

What can we do in the longer-term?  Help register every voter.  Help make sure each voter votes.  Run for office.  Elect Democrats.

 

Thank you to all who showed up for the 2019 Women+s March, whether in person or spirit.  All speakers left us with important messages.  Save your signs because we know there’ll be an opportunity to bring them out again.  It was a good feeling to join in solidarity with so many others, working for a better future for all. 

 

Your chairs and state committee members will attend the WA-Democratic Central Committee reorganization meeting in Olympia this weekend.  Watch for updates about this important meeting and other events in the next eNews letter.

 

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Suellen Harris, Chair, 12th LD Democrats

2019 Mid-January eNews

posted Jan 18, 2019, 7:43 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear NCW Democrats and Friends,

Are you ready to march?  We hope so!  Tomorrow’s Women+s March in Wenatchee (the + signifies an all-inclusive event) promises to embody our persistence and progress as a people.  We are #still here, standing on the shoulders of others, working for a healthy future for the generations to come.

Here’s an update on 2019 Women+s March:  Terry Sloan has led an enthusiastic group of organizers to plan a rally and march for NCW on Saturday, January 19, from 11a-2p.  The entire event is nonpartisan and inclusive.  The event will begin at the steps of the Chelan County Courthouse, with a kick-off by AG Bob Ferguson, and followed by other speakers who will inform and inspire us:

 

Terry Sloan, Women+s March Coordinator - MC

·         Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General - anything he wants to say

·         Sunshine Poliquin, Local criminal defense attorney – Importance of Civic Action

·         Karen Francis-McWhite – President Cascade Educational Foundation, Feeding American Democracy – One Amish Friendship Bread at a Time.

·         Cecilia Anguiano, Staff Attorney, NWIRP - Immigration Rights

·         Clare Nelle, Junior at Cascade High School - Environmental Justice

·         Verna Fitchner, Local educator, Native America community – the Disappearance of Indigenous Women

·         Jenny Pratt, Executive Director, YWCA - Homeless Women

·         Felisha Rodriguez, Community Outreach, Planned Parenthood – AND Jillian Danley, Donor Relations Officer, Planned Parenthood - Reproductive Rights and Justice

·         Cintia Murillo, Wenatchee Valley College – Persistance

Amanda Taub, President, Greater Wenatchee Jewish Community

Genjo Marinello, Zen Roshi at Seattle’s Rinzai-style Zen temple

Laura Shennum, Pastor, Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

 

TABLES WITH LITERATURE AVAILABLE WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM: CAFÉ, Parque Padrino, YWCA, Planned Parenthood, Voter Registration, QSA, Kelsey Eberth #28 Day Challenge, SAGE.


Sound system by DJ Shelda

 

Marchers may then walk a mile+ route, proceeding north from Memorial Park to Second Street, heading east, then looping back to Memorial Park.  Check updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WMWenatchee/.  Before the event, find Jorge Chacon to get an orange vest and volunteer to help with event security.  Sign up, show up, share, bring others!  (Also plan to attend the MLK Multicultural Day event 10-3 that day at the Wenatchee Valley Museum!)



 

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As we said in the last email, although we accomplished a great deal during the 2017-2018 biennium, we realize that there is much more to do.  Working together, we can accomplish great goals and effect change.

 

For the next few weeks, we’ll staff the Dem HQ office (768 S Mission, Wenatchee) on Tues 12-4, Wed 10-2, and Thurs 3-7, and at other unscheduled times.  If you see the "Welcome-OPEN" light on in the front window, stop by to say “Hi!”  

 

On behalf of our Executive Committees,

 

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

 

Upcoming Calendar Dates (* organized by affinity group/s)

1/19    Women+sMarch: 11a-1p, begin at Memorial Park, Wenatchee

1/19    * Martin Luther King Day Diversity Event, 10-3 at Wenatchee Valley Museum

1/22    State Of The Union Address

1/25-27  WA-Dem State Reorganization Meeting, Olympia

2/5       Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Market, 10a—noonish, Political conversation.  All are welcome.

2/6       NCW Dem General Meeting, 6:30/Social, 7/Meeting, Douglas Co Fire District #2 Mtg Rm, 377 Eastmont Ave, E Wenatchee

2/19     Democratic “Coffee Break” at Pybus Market, 10a—noonish, Political conversation.  All are welcome.

2/19     3rd Tues Training: Dem HQ, sessions at 3p and 6p, 768 S Mission, Wenatchee

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2019 Early January e-News

posted Jan 8, 2019, 3:58 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Dear NCW Democrats and Friends,

Welcome to 2019 !  We hope you’ve been able to enjoy a bit of respite and relaxation since the Nov election.  We have a lot to be thankful for.  And we’re eager to get busy with the work ahead.  More on that in a minute.

First, please plan to attend our first General Meeting of the year tomorrow (Wed).  Although we usually meet the first Wednesday of the month, we scheduled the January meeting for this Wednesday, January 9 so that we could host our special guest, Raquel Crowley, who is Senator Patty Murray’s Central Washington Director.  We’ve asked her to attend so that we can become better acquainted.  We’re asking her to tell us about her work, the Senator’s legislative priorities, and how we can most effectively communicate our thoughts with Senator Murray.  Please come prepared to listen, and perhaps ask a few questions.  If you have concerns – or praise – for Senator Murray, consider providing Ms Crowley with a copy of your thoughts in written form.  A brief break will follow, after which we’ll have a short business meeting.

What:  General Meeting for Democrats of Chelan and Douglas counties

When: Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019, 6:30p/coffee social, 7:00p/ program and meeting

Where: 766 S Mission, Wenatchee (Alma and Jorge Chacon have graciously offered to open their office for us, which has more space than our Democratic HQ office)

Q’s:     Email us or call Bill (425-) or Karen (509-630-3055) 


Update on 2019 Women+s March:  Organizers are planning a rally and march for NCW on Saturday, January 19, from 11a-2p.  The entire event is nonpartisan and inclusive.  It will begin at the steps of the Chelan County Courthouse, with a kick-off by speakers who will inform and inspire us.  Then marchers may walk a mile+ route, proceeding north from Memorial Park to Second Street, heading east, then looping back to Memorial Park.  Planners have scheduled two sign-making events and invite anyone interested in getting together to make a sign.  Bring materials to 768 S Mission (Dem HQ) and join in on Tues Jan 8 at 6p OR Sat Jan 12 at 1p.  Follow updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WMWenatchee/.  Volunteer to help.  Sign up, show up, share, bring others!  (Also plan to attend the MLK Diversity event 10-3 that day at the Wenatchee Valley Museum!)


On Sunday, December 16, all three local party organizations held their biennial reorganization meetings, electing officers who will serve as representative leadership for the 2019-2020 election cycle.  Thank you to all of the Precinct Committee Officers who were able to attend and fulfill their responsibility to nominate and elect executive committee members.  Thank you to all who ran for office and to those who were elected to serve.   

2019-2020 Reorganization Meeting - Election Results 

DOUGLAS COUNTY DEMOCRATS

Chair

Karen Keleman

Vice-chair

Luther Beaty

Treasurer

Pam Morris

Secretary

Rebecca Cattin

SCM--Male/Non-Bi Gender

Don Spurlock

SCM-Female/Non-Bi Gender

LaVern Strawn

 

 

DEMOCRATS OF CHELAN COUNTY

Chair

Bill Miller

Co-Vice-chair

John Haggerty

Co-Vice-chair

Pam Wood

2nd Vice-chair

Sandi Bammer

Treasurer

Frances Titus

Secretary

Suzi Lane

SCM--Male/Non-Bi Gender

Ed Martinez

SCM-Female/Non-Bi Gender

Nancy Miller

 

 

12TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT DEMOCRATS

Chair

Suellen Harris

Vice-chair

Gary Provo

2nd Vice-chair

Clark Hansen

Treasurer

Shelley English

Secretary

Cintia Murillo

SCM--Male/Non-Bi Gender

Mario Reyes

SCM-Female/Non-Bi Gender

Alma Chacón

 

 


Request from Congresswoman Schrier:  Per her Facebook post today, Dr. Schrier would like to know how the Government Shutdown is affecting you and yours.  Please consider responding to the request on FB or Twitter or by sending her an email via her **NEW** official website: https://schrier.house.gov/ (use the “Contact” tab).  While there, consider signing up for her newsletter.  For those who live in CD4, in addition to staying in touch with Congressman Newhouse, consider keeping an eye on Congresswoman Schrier’s work, as she becomes a strong voice for NCW residents.  Per her staff, she now has offices established and staff hired for Washington DC, as well as Issaquah.  She has also indicated an intention to open an office in Wenatchee later this year!  We look forward to helping her in any way that we can—feedback, donations of ideas, time, money.  Isn’t it great to have a doctor in the House? 


**NEW** 3rd Tuesday TrainingsJoin us to learn more about the Democratic Party and best practices for grassroots activism.  Beginning Tues Jan 15, two sessions (repeated at 3p and 6p) will be held at Dem HQ.  Especially designed for PCOs and party leaders, but all Dems are welcome.  The first session will cover basic Democratic Party organization.  Watch for details.


Plans for 2019-2020:  Thank you, Bill, for sketching out some basic goals for the year ahead!

·         Keep our Members of Congress informed about the issues facing our region.

·         Recruit Democrats and like-minded individuals to run for nonpartisan public offices within our county.  We want to increase the number of like-minded individuals who hold public office.

o   We will be posting a list of offices that will be on the ballot in 2019, with filing to be completed during the week of May 13-17, 2019

o   Possibility that the State Democrats will assist with various campaign activities for these races in NCW.

·         Provide our local, state and national public officials with your direct voice about needs of our area – contact lists will be provided.

o   Attend county and municipal meetings.

o   Keep in touch with our local, state, and federal representatives.

·         Get ready for the 2020 Presidential Election year when we will again be working with the Coordinated Campaign structure of the Washington State Democrats.

o   Encourage activists from the 2018 campaign to re-engage.

o   Recruit and train additional grassroots organizers, volunteers, and PCOs .

o  Reach out to Democrats who have highly visible/good sign locations who have posted signs in previous election years (we keep a database!)

o   Besides the race for President of the USA and the re-election of Dr. Schrier, the full list of state-wide executive offices will be on the ballot.  We'll have work to do.

Our individual organizations are collaborating and creating plans-of-work and drafting budgets for the year ahead.  Together, we'll build a mini-regional plan.  Working with colleagues, both local and elsewhere, our efforts will be magnified.  In collaboration with the Washington State Democratic Party and its amazing chair and staff, we are becoming a stronger voice for North Central Washington.


Although we accomplished a great deal during the 2017-2018 biennium, we realize that there is much more to do.  Working together, we knocked on tens of thousands of doors, turning votes BLUE one conversation at a time.  Your phone calls from our office or from your homes made the difference.  You baked cookies for fundraisers, played music for picnic-goers, rallied for candidates and ballot measures, and attended many events to support our common causes.  You made donations of needed supplies, time, and money—and made it all possible!   Much of this work was better coordinated and more keenly focused through the collective efforts of hundreds of volunteers and campaign staffers who worked from our local Democratic office during the past 6 months.  


Opening an office in a non-presidential election year, took strategic planning and a certain leap of faith.  It worked!  Democratic voter turnout increased significantly.  Recognizing how important this was to our success, our two county organizations have extended the lease commitment for at least the next few months, during which time we'll identify the important work that needs to be done and assess potential sources of funding to support that work. A serious proposal is being developed to keep the NCW Democratic Headquarters Office open for these critical next two years.  We believe we can be more effective by maintaining an accessible and visible local presence.  We’ll soon have the proposal available and ready for discussion.  We believe we can make this work—with your help.  What do you think?  How would you be willing to help?  


For the next few weeks, we’ll staff the Dem HQ office on Tues 12-4, Wed 10-2, and Thurs 3-7, and at other unscheduled times.  If you see the "Welcome-OPEN" light on in the front window, stop by to say “Hi!”  


On behalf of our Executive Committees,


Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Suellen Harris, Chair, 12th Legislative District Democrats


January Calendar Dates (* organized by affinity group/s)

1/8      Women+s March Sign making, 6p at Dem HQ

1/12    Women+s March Sign making, 1p at Dem HQ

1/15    Democratic “Coffee Break” 10a-noon, Pybus Mkt

1/15    3rd Tues Training: 3p and 6p at Dem HQ

1/19    Women+sMarch: 11a-1p, begin at Memorial Park, Wenatchee

1/19    * Martin Luther King Day Diversity Event, 10-3 at Wenatchee Valley Museum

1/22    State Of The Union Address

1/25-27  WA-Dem State Reorganization Meeting, Olympia

Call To Reorganization Meeting

posted Nov 21, 2018, 8:01 AM by Douglas County Democrats

Hello Democrats,

 

We hope this email finds you well.  As we all take a little break after the hard work of the General Election, we're excited also to be moving forward with plans for the next two years. 

 

This planning begins with a meeting of each organization’s Democratic Central Committee.  Each organization’s central committee is comprised of its Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs).  At this “reorganization” meeting, leadership will be elected or re-elected to serve for the following two years (2019-2020).  Officers elected will comprise the organization’s executive board and will be responsible for conducting business on behalf of the local party organization, as directed by governing documents, the central committee, and its general membership.

 

Offices open for election for each organization will include chair, first vice-chair, 2nd vice-chair (optional), secretary, treasurer, state committee woman, and state committee man.  For the purposes of this “reorganization meeting,” only elected PCOs may vote.  Elected PCOs are those who filed for the office in May 2018 and who were publicly elected in the August 7, 2018 Primary Election.  Elected PCOs are automatically eligible to vote in both their county and legislative district reorganization meeting.  No proxies will be permitted.  Appointed PCOs, acting PCOs, and other Democrats may attend the meetings and may run for office, but are not eligible to vote.

 

The following dates have been set and locations secured in order to minimize the amount of travel necessary for those PCOs living outside of the Greater Wenatchee.

 

·         Douglas County Democrats will hold their biennial reorganization meeting on Sunday, December 16, 2018, beginning at 10:00am.  The meeting will be held at the Douglas County Fire District No 2 Meeting Room, 377 Eastmont Ave, East Wenatchee.

·         Democrats of Chelan County will hold their biennial reorganization meeting on Sunday, December 16, 2018, beginning at 10:00am.  The meeting will be held at 1735 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee.

·         Pizza lunch will be provided for all county and LD attendees—at approximately 12:30pm, at 1735 N Wenatchee Ave.

·         Legislative District 12 Democrats will hold their biennial reorganization meeting on Sunday, December 16, 2018, beginning at 1:00pm.  The meeting will be held at 1735 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee.

 

If you have questions about this “Call to Meeting” or are interested in serving on one of the executive committees, please feel free to reach out to one of us for more information.  If you are an elected PCO, please plan to attend these important meetings.  Watch for another meeting notice next week, which will include proposed rules and proposed agendas for these meetings, as well as other informative documents.

 

Thank you for your willingness to serve our community!

 

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Dan Maher, Chair, LD12 Democrats

2018 Mid-November eNews

posted Nov 14, 2018, 9:51 PM by Douglas County Democrats

The Changing Political Climate, especially in the WA-8th CD!

 

The recent victory of Dr. Kim Schrier in Washington State’s 8th Congressional District was a result of many factors.  Certainly the political mood of the country about the actions and inactions of the Republican Congress was a major reason, but Dr. Schrier’s campaign focus on health care, the one item that impacts everyone across the district at some point in their life, was key.

 

Our retiring member of Congress, Dave Reichert, and the Republican nominee, Dino Rossi, contributed to Kim Schrier’s win by their being unwilling to meet with constituents. Neither were willing to embrace the function of the job, to be a Representative of their district.  Dr. Kim on the other hand, spent hours traveling, learning and listening to her future constituents.  Dave Reichert’s unwillingness to listen and work with his constituents about important issues helped set the mood for the Blue Wave in the 8th CD even in the counties east of the Cascades.  In Chelan County, the shift in voter preference has been profound.  As of Thursday, two days after the election, Dr. Schrier is leading District-wide by nearly 6% (more than 12,000 voters) and, if the final results are similar, her success in the three counties of Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas was a major factor in her victory.  As an example, in Chelan County she has received 10.9% higher support than the Democrat in 2012, 15% higher than the Democrat in 2014 and 12.4% stronger than the Democrat in 2016. 

 

Representation was what Dr. Kim advocated and why she was successful. The 8th CD is no longer the same district it was in 2012 when the east of the Cascade counties were added to the district.  The demographics and key political issue of the voting population are also important factors.  Health Care became the driving issues and the Republicans had already demonstrated their dislike for the Affordable Care Act and their unwillingness to help improve this critical program. This issue cuts across party and ethnic lines as well as across every age group.

 

Let me get back to the big change in support for our Democratic candidate this year from the counties east of the Cascades. 

 

Counties

Democratic 

vote in 2012 in 8thCD

Democratic 

vote in 2014   in 8th CD

Democratic vote in 2016 in 8th CD

Democratic 

vote in 2018  in 8th CD (Nov10th*)

Average increase 

in support

(Nov10th*)

Chelan

33.91%

29.76%

32.40%

44.83%

12.81%

Douglas

31.77%

26.72%

29.12%

39.7%

10.5%

Kittitas

43.44%

33.19%

35.59%

44.34%

6.94%

 

 

 

 

 

 

*waiting for final certified results Nov 27, 2018

 

This major increase in Democratic support was caused by a number of factors, some mentioned above, but a great deal to do with the energy on the ground from local volunteers, starting more than a year ago across the 8th CD. This is where the indivisible groups like NCW United, who sponsored Candidate & Issue Forums, helped with determining voter’s priorities and increased the public awareness, and where FUSE, CAFÉ, and similar groups, who sponsored Voter Registration drives, brought in those essential new voters.  Here in NCW the focal point since this summer was the NCW Democratic office that welcomed all volunteers and the organizers from the Washington State Democratic Party, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Elect Dr. Kim Schrier campaign.  This focus mirrored the activities going on in Pierce and King counties.  Literally thousands of volunteers across the 8th CD helped Dr. Kim across the victory line.  But note, the major increase in support from the counties east of the Cascades was a major reason we are celebrating a victory.  Take away the increased support from our counties east of the Cascades and Dr. Kim would only be leading by 1+%, and Dino would not have conceded yet. The volunteers in our area should take credit for making this happen. 

 

WA-State Democratic Chair, Tina Podlodowski, was the driving force who made sure we had Legislative District candidates running in every district around the state, and consequently NCW had the benefit of hosting the State Coordinated Campaign organizers working out of our office and driving up our Democratic voter base. Thanks so much, Tina ! 

 

A major shout-out goes to the NCW Democratic volunteers, who spent thousands of hours planning and hosting events, canvassing and making phone calls, training volunteers, entering data, and helping voters and visitors.  Without these efforts there would not have been a field game.  Because of them, the 8th CD now has a doctor in the House!

 

And now, it’s time to start preparing for the 2020 Presidential Election. 

 

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats

Dan Maher, Chair, LD12 Democrats

2018 Nov General Election eNews

posted Nov 9, 2018, 9:22 AM by Douglas County Democrats

Hello, NCW Democrats and Friends,  

You have rallied for great candidates and issues, attended caucuses and conventions, picnics and dinners, stepped up to walk hundreds of miles, talk with thousands of voters, spent endless hours making phone calls, written hundreds of new-voter thank you’s, and always kept the mood positive and forward-thinking.  We can’t thank you enough.  We all wish our candidates success as they near this next hurdle.  We'll be right there with them as they cross the finish line.

QUICK SUMMARY:

Tuesday, 11/6:  Canvass or Phonebank -- Call William ((253-363-5075) or Myra and Carmen ((206-491-3024).  Need info?  Call Dem HQ (509-436-8899).

Tuesday, 11/6:  ELECTION NIGHT WATCH PARTIESWenatchee Area (Rhubarb Mkt, 11/6, 5:30-9p, potluck); Leavenworth Area (Gustav’s, 5:30-9:30p, no-host)

Wednesday, 11/7:  Take a breath, take a walk, be with friends and family.  No General Meeting of local Democrats in November—we’ll reconvene in December with reorganization meetings (election of leadership), winter gathering, and planning for 2019 and 2020.  The beat will go on.

Lots of PCOs and volunteers are now “pros” using new tools and know the drill about being on the inside of campaign organizing.  Even if you were only able to be involved in spirit and word, we appreciate you.  We hope you feel a sense of pride in our collective accomplishments.  Thank you all for taking that extra step to help right this political ship.

And just in case your ballot is still sitting on the kitchen counter, please make sure to put it in a ballot drop box by 8p Tuesday.  Your vote matters!

Our office hours will adjust after the election.  Please stop by Dem HQ M-F 10a-2p (thru 11/15), for coffee or a chat, to say “thanks” to our staff and volunteers, or consider making a donation.  We’ll resume 10a coffees at Pybus on Nov 20 (1st and 3rd Tues ea mo).

Please consider joining us for an election night gathering or an upcoming event.  We value you, your ideas, and your friendship as fellow Democrats. 

Karen Keleman, Chair, Douglas County Democrats, 509-630-3055

Bill Miller, Chair, Democrats of Chelan County, 425-444-9598

Dan Maher, Chair, 12th LD Democrats, 509-433-7336

2018 Mid-October eNews

posted Oct 19, 2018, 11:46 PM by Douglas County Democrats

Hello, NCW Democrats and Friends,

QUICK SUMMARY:

·         DEBATE WATCH PARTY TONIGHT!  CD8 Candidates Kim Schrier v Dino Rossi, NCWDem HQ, 768 S Mission, Wenatchee, 6p potluck/7-8p televised debate (if you can’t attend at CWUniversity, Ellensburg, or come to the HQ, watch on KING5.com)

·         PCO and volunteer workshop tonight and every Wed 6:30-8:30p

·         Canvassing and Phonebanking opportunities every day, everywhere!

·         Voter registration and information opportunities, Wed 7-8p, CAFE office, 766 S Mission

Ballots will “drop” into our mailboxes by Friday.  The work we do over the next 3 weeks will set the course for our future.  Join with other volunteers who will knock on doors and contact voters to ask for their commitment to 1) VOTE and 2) to vote for Democrats--up and down the ballot.  

 

If you’re a PCO, watch for a separate email soon.  

 

The office opens by 10a every day and doesn't close down until 9p.  There’s a constant stream of Democrats flowing through the space, signing up to help, picking up signs, writing notes to voters, so many tasks.  Feel free to call the Democratic Headquarters Office (509-436-8899), email us, or stop by to offer your support. Fresh coffee is always being brewed.

Our two full-time field organizers at Dem HQ need your help to meet their goals.  When William or Myra call, please say, "YES!"  During the days ahead, we’ll be contacting Dems who haven’t returned their ballots (GetOutTheVote--GOTV).  There are many ways you can help.

CAMPAIGN NOTES:

 

·         Coordinated Campaign helping elect all Dems/Cantwell-Schrier- CBrown-Sarratt-Duvall: Contact William Stewart-Wood (253-363-5075,william@wa-democrats.org)  Sign up for canvass or phonebanks: https://www.wa-democrats.org/event/index?page=1  Phonebanking Sat-Thur/5-8p at Dem HQ (or stop by anytime and we can get you started); Canvass every Sat or Sun 11a-3p from Dem HQ; 10/21 at 3p and 11/3 at noon in Leavenworth, and from other locations throughout the weeks ahead. Once you’ve received basic training, you can pick up, or we can send you, a list and you can canvass or phonebank any time that’s convenient for you.  For all candidates, the script is specific and the target voters are strategic. It’s critical that you work from these lists and that the data be entered into the database on the same day to avoid duplication of effort and redundant contacts with voters.  Lists available anytime in the Dem HQ (with tutorial to get you started).

·         Schrier Campaign:  Contact Myra Hernandez (206-491-3024, myra@drkimschrier.com) Sign up for canvass or phonebanks: https://secure.ngpvan.com/p/0vxE708gzECUM5CaFu7rLw2?pc=98118&results=True&date_start=06-12-2018.  Myra is eager to help you get to work for Kim!  Canvass every Sat 10a-2p/Sun 12-4p from Dem HQ and from other locations throughout the week.  Myra can create lists for you anytime—lists that can be picked up in our office (we’ll offer tutorial, if desired) or emailed to you.  Phonebank from Dem HQ Tues/Thur 6-8p. Note that whenever you canvass with the Coordinated Campaign, you also turn out CD8 voters for Kim Schrier!

·         Christine Brown Campaign:  Contact Amanda (509-551-4277, hello@christinebrownforcongress.com)  OR canvass for the Coordinated Campaign via our office and turn out CD4 voters for Christine!

·         About Campaign SIGNS and Swag:  We have them and more will be coming in soon.  Do you live on a busy corridor or in a neighborhood dominated by Republican swag?  You can make a statement that Dems are alive and well in NCW! Call or stop by the Dem HQ to request or pick up.  Delivery is possible. Call 509-436-8899 or email ncwdems@gmail.com.  Your donation in any amount will help us pay the rent!

ONGOING PCO AND Grassroots Organizer TRAINING WORKSHOPS: Stop by Dem HQ any Wednesday from 6:30—8:30p for personalized and small group trainings.

VOTER REGISTRATION:  Volunteers who are canvassing carry voter reg forms, distributing them as requested to household members of the voters we’re contacting.  Final registration deadline for new WA voters for this election is 10/29.

VOTER INFORMATION EVENTS:  **new** courtesy of CAFÉ: every Wednesday evening in October, 7—8p, 766 S Mission St, Wenatchee, informal NON-PARTISAN voter help(click link for detail)—how to vote, fill out a ballot, deadlines, candidate/issue info.  Sign up to help HERE.  Bilingual skills appreciated, but not necessary!

 

DEBATE INFO:

U.S. Senate Debate between Maria Cantwell and Susan Hutchison (click for add’l info)

Saturday, October 20, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., at Spokane Community College, Spokane.

Alternative: Sign up to canvass before or after, then return to Dem HQ for a debate watch-party!

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT/SENATE CANDIDATE FORUMS/MEET-n-GREET:

Oct 17, 6 pm       LOCATION: Twisp Grange

                            Candidate forum

                            Hosted by the Twisp Grange

Oct 23, 4 pm       LOCATION: Wenatchee Valley College

                            Candidate forum

                            District 12 Representatives & Candidates

                            Hosted by Apple STEM Network & GWATA

 

Oct 26, 5-6pm CD8 Candidate Kim Schrier, Meet-n-Greet (location tbd) and other events throughout the day.  Watch for details.

 

Nov 3 Watch for details for event with Maria Cantwell, Kim Schrier

Watch for election night watch party details to come: Wenatchee area, Leavenworth, Chelan/Manson.  Together, we can make this a night we’ll want to remember!

Bill, Karen, & Dan

Please mark your calendar for these important dates, too:

·      Oct 17 (Wed) Schrier v Rossi debate, CWU in Ellensburg: watch party at DemHQ 6p potluck, 7-8p debate.

·   November 6 (Tues), GENERAL ELECTION and election night watch party, location TBA

·   Nov 7 (Wed) NCWDem General Mtg, 6:30/Social, 7/meeting,  6:30-8:30, NCWDem HQ Office

·   Nov 15 (approx) Close NCW Dem HQ

·   Dec 5 (Wed) NCWDem General Mtg, 6:30/Social, 7/meeting, NCWDem HQ Office (or location TBD)

·   December Winter In-Gathering, date/location tbd

We look forward to seeing and working with you soon.

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