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Election Results

Initial results of the November 7, 2017 election have been made available at: https://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/benton/  Returns are up significantly over the previous comparable election (36.8% vs 32.7% in 2015).

Congratulations to Steve Lee, who won a seat on the Kennewick City Council, and to Blanche Barajas, Ruben David Alvarado and Craig Maloney who won seats on Pasco city council.  Christy Watts in Kennewick and Kate Moran in West Richland are too close to call.

While we would have liked for all of our candidates to win, those who did not still achieved 43-46% of the vote. These results are encouraging.  Our candidates were qualified and capable and presented themselves well to the electorate, and as a result, they received a lot of support. Those who won should have a more clear view of what their constituents expect.

Our candidates and their volunteers have gained experience that will serve our movement well as we work toward a government and a culture that works for all our citizens.

School Boards

School boards work with their communities to improve our kids’ achievement in public schools. They are champions for public education, responsible for:
• employing the superintendent
• developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget;
• overseeing facilities issues; and
• adopting collective bargaining agreements.

In the current 2017 election for school board positions (termed “directors”), 25 of 38 candidates for school board positions in Benton and Franklin counties ran unopposed.

One can excuse a city like Washtucna (Adams County) when it’s all they can do just to fill the 4 positions they had on the school board. They have all of 130 registered voters. But Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland have over ninety-six thousand registered voters, and 3 of 8 candidates for school board ran unopposed. In Prosser, 2 of 3 candidates ran unopposed, 720 registered voters didn’t return their ballots, and the candidate Benton County progressives supported is likely to lose by less than 100 votes.

Let’s recruit good people to run for local office, and let’s continue to work hard to register voters and GOTV — for the good of our communities. For the good of our party.

Announcements

The Benton County Democrats Newsletter for October has been released.  Here is the URL: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzO0bP0Roe8obENNdEt5TUlXRWs/view

All suggestions are encouraged, please use this google form.

In order to gather feedback on the newsletter, and suggestions for increasing it’s usefulness, please fill out the survey here: https://app.icontact.com/icp/sub/survey/start?sid=302685&cid=234181

The BCDCC General meeting notes for October 11th are available.
Planning for the holiday party is underway – it will be held the at the Shilo Inn December 10th. Invitations will be coming out soon.

E-Board meetings will be held the first Monday of every month at the Round Table Pizza on George Washington Way.  Minutes from the meeting of November 6th are available.

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 old announcements about Elections and Events.

Upcoming Events

Save the date for Jingle & Jazz 2017!

When: November 17, 5:30 PM – 10 PM
Where: Red Lion Hotel in Pasco.

The holiday parties will be coming at us fast, this is a very worthy cause. Come have some fun and support our special needs community!!

Details on Facebook.

Summer of Canvas
This winter, we resisted. Now it’s time for Democrats to go on offense.  When Democrats only focus on elections in big presidential years, we miss opportunities to win important local races that build our bench and impact our communities.  We need to talk – and listen — to voters all year…
Committee News
The next general meeting will be November 15th at the Keewaydin Park Brank Library – 406 S. Dayton Street, Kennewick.
All minutes are posted on the Documents and Resources page.
Tech Day
There was a Tech Day on April 2 from 1:30-4:15 PM at the Richland Public Library. But if you missed it, never fear. We still have our corps of volunteers on retainer. If you would like to have some help with your internet stuff, please send us an email by clicking the link: I Need Tech Help

BCDCC Officers for 2017-2018 (9/20/2017)

Recent Events

Support an Inclusive Richland

Details on Facebook

The Inclusion Statement

The Democrats’ booth at the Benton Franklin County Fair was a success.  Thanks to all those who staffed shifts and a special thanks to Richard Badalamente, Becky Voll, and Jennifer Goulet for getting things organized.

New Documents and Resources

The revised 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.