Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner
This signature Benton County Democrats event was created as a tribute in honor of the late Norm Miller, founder of the Tri-City Democrats, former chair of the Benton County Democrats, ardent advocate for social justice, and devoted family man. This evening we celebrate Norm’s legacy by recognizing outstanding local Democrats who exemplify exceptional leadership and dedication.
We are honored to have as our keynote speaker this year the remarkable Manka Dhingra. This amazing woman turned the Legislature blue in a crucial special election last year! She now represents the 45th Legislative District as State Senator. She has worked as a senior deputy prosecutor for King County and is an ardent advocate for mental health, women’s rights, and immigrant issues. Born in Bhopal, she immigrated to the U.S. at age 13. She received her law degree from the University of Washington. Ms. Dhingra is the first Sikh ever elected to serve in any state legislature. She brings a compelling personal story and an exciting vision for the future of Washington state Democratic politics.
A highlight of the evening are the awards presented to individuals for their outstanding contribution and leadership to the local party. Our honorees this year are:
* Democratic Leadership: Neil Norman
* Rising Star: Reid Romine
Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $75 per person; $60 for seniors, 65+. There are a limited number of scholarships available by contacting Jay Clough, 509-551-9986.
****RSVP by May 23. Tickets are available for purchase online or click Norm Miller Dinner at the top of any page on www.bencodems.org. You also can mail a check or provide credit card information and send it to Benton County Democrats, PO Box 636, Richland, WA 99352.
Celebration of Science
When: Saturday April 21 10AM-3PM
Where: John Dam Plaza
The “Celebration of Science” is an annual festival style event to celebrate the contributions of science-based industries and STEM professionals in our Mid-Columbia area to our everyday life. It is designed for all ages!
March For Our Lives
In addition to supporting national School walk-outs March 14th and April 20th, we will be marching in solidarity with those in DC and around the country to demand that our representatives make the safety of our schools, communities and children a priority. More info to come. Please Join us.
When: March 24th, 2018, 3PM
Where: Howard Amon Park, Richland
If you are able to support this wonderful group of students in their endeavor to stand up and speak out a local GoFundMe has been established for the event: https://www.gofundme.com/marchforourlivestc
The MyTri2030 Community Questionnaire will be available online until May 15. This is an excellent opportunity to make your voice heard!
Calling for Support of SB 5940 in the Washington State Senate. Creating the presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States Department of Energy Hanford Site. Current Status
Calling for Support of SB 5940 in the Washington State Senate. Creating the presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States Department of Energy Hanford Site.
Posted by Christine Brown for Congress on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
January 9th, 2018 Governor Inslee gave his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature in Olympia, https://www.c-span.org/video/?438748-1/washington-governor-jay-inslee-delivers-state-state-address.
The Benton County Democrats Newsletter for March is published and available here: http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Newsletters/2018/2018-03March.pdf This edition covers the March for Our Lives as well as the Conference & Caucus!! Please read and Share!
If you have any suggestions for the newsletter please send a message to email@example.com
Jessica Monterey González has put together a DACA letter – Please download, put in your information, and send to your representative. Thank you!!
See News and Comments for information about past events.
The Legislative District Caucuses/County Convention was held March 24, 2018 at Desert Hills Middle School. The platform was adopted. In addition the resolution supporting the initiative to create the nation’s first universal single payer health insurance system, originally passed at the March 15 General Membership Meeting, was adopted.
Resolution Supporting Whole Washington State Universal Healthcare Initiative (I-1600)
WHEREAS Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control establishes a fundamental right to healthcare”
WHEREAS the Declaration of Independence declares the responsibility of government to protect universal and “unalienable” rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” and health care is essential to life and to the pursuit of happiness
WHEREAS more than half a million people in our state are uninsured, more are underinsured, and lives could be saved by ensuring access to healthcare
WHEREAS the 2016 Platform of the Washington State Democratic Party affirms that “Health care is a basic human right,” and states that we must establish “An affordable universal single-payer system to provide the most equitable and effective health care, serving both individual and public health needs;
WHEREAS a single-payer resolution was adopted by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee in April of 2017
WHEREAS people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income people are the most likely to lack affordable, comprehensive healthcare
WHEREAS Whole Washington has crafted a ballot initiative guaranteeing universal healthcare to all Washingtonians, with a funding mechanism devised by a noted economist, which demonstrates that Washington state residents will save over $10 billion dollars annually when universal healthcare is implemented;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Whatcom County Democrats support Whole Washington state universal healthcare initiative (I-1600);
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Whatcom County Democrats will use its mailing list and online presence to mobilize voters and collect signatures;
THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT upon adoption of this resolution, Whatcom Democrats will publicize.
Adopted by unanimous vote at March 15, 2018 General Membership Meeting
The next General Meeting will be April 18th 7PM – 8PM, at the Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St., Richland. Minutes from the March 21st meeting are available.
The next E-Board will be May 7th, 6:30 at the Round Table Pizza on George Washington Way.
All Meeting notes are available on the Documents and Resources page.
BCDCC Officers for 2017-2018 (9/20/2017)
|State Committeewoman||Kate Moran|
|State Committeeman||Doug McKinley|
Folks have been very active! Here are some pictures from recent events
Special Election February 13, 2018
Results were certified February 23rd: https://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/benton/
Tri-Cities Organizing Academy
We’re holding another Tri-Cities Organizing Academy! Saturday, February 24 at 1 PM – 5 PM
Sign up here: https://
The Organizing Academy is an interactive training led by expert organizers for activists who want to be leaders in the effort to turn all of Washington State blue.Participants will learn and practice the core organizing skills they’ll need to lead the fight. The training will cover: Campaign Strategy 101, Phases of a Campaign, Tactics, Best Practices 101, Leading Events, Engaging Your Network, and Critical Conversation Skills.
Free. A light snack and all materials will be provided. No experience necessary.
|Documents and Resources|
The governance documents (Rules, Policy Guide, and Bylaws) are available on the Documents and Resources page.
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs)
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are responsible for organizing the precinct. However, in many precincts the PCO is vacant.
A precinct campaign has two phases: canvassing and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). We would like you to begin canvassing as soon as possible. When you are assigned a precinct, you will be given a list of everyone currently registered to vote in the precinct. (PCOs are often set up to print their own lists.) Contact each household and ask whether everyone who is eligible to vote has registered. (Registrants must be U.S. citizens and 18 years old by the next election.) Identify people who are planning to vote Democratic and try to win the votes of additional, currently undecided, voters. Keep a list that shows which voters are likely to vote Democratic. The second phase of your precinct campaign, Get Out The Vote, will begin in mid-July, shortly before the primary ballots are mailed by the Benton County Election Dept. The goal of GOTV is to maximize turnout of the Democratic voters who have been identified in the precinct. There will be another GOTV effort in October for the general election. PCO resources are located on the Documents and Resources page.