Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner
Please join us for our most important event of the year, the Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet.
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.
Tri-City Pride Festival
This year’s signature Tri-Cities Pride event — an afternoon festival packed with activities — is planned in Pasco.
But Kennewick and Richland also will get in on the fun, with events in those cities in the days beforehand as part of a weeklong celebration of LGBT culture and pride.
“We want to be inclusive as we can,” said Carly Coburn, an organizer. “It’s nice to be able to host and sponsor several events that are happening all over the community.””
“The week of activities “is a good opportunity for LGBTQ-plus people and their families and allies to come together and celebrate, have some fun and see how supportive the community is and can be to them,” Coburn said.”
Wear Orange to End Gun Violence
Our local Moms Demand Action will be serving up goodies and introducing themselves at Howard Amon Park on Friday June 1st.
Come by and say hi! Bring a friend!
Campaign Launch Rally for Christine Brown
Please join Christine Brown for a Campaign Launch Rally
When: May Monday, May 14 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Neil F. Lampson Pit Area; Kennewick, Washington 99336
Its time to Rise & Organize!
Join us on May 19th at 10am at Pasco High School for a Canvass hosted by Tri-Cities Young Democrats!
Pre-register here: https://
No training required! Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Campaign Filing News
We’re pleased to report that not only do we have Democratic candidates running in every legislative race, we have 32 PCO filings!! Let’s hear it for Christine Brown, for 4th CD, Leo Perales for Senator, Shir Regev and Christopher Tracy for 8th LD Positions 1 and 2, and Everett Maroon and Rebecca Francik for 16th LD Positions 1 and 2! [Source: https://www.facebook.com/bencodems/]
Zahra Roach from Franklin County has filed to run for county commissioner. The piece in the Tri-City Herald seems to focus on Clint Didier but there is also information on all of the filers! [Source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article211462899.html]
There are 32 PCO’s filings: https://www.bentonauditor.com/PCO_Filings
Filing week was May 14 – 18, to see a list of all candidates who have filed: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/elections/Candidates/WhoFiled?countyCode=be
The MyTri2030 Community Questionnaire will be available online until May 15. This is an excellent opportunity to make your voice heard!
Having a good ground game is essential to a well-rounded offense, and that’s as true in politics as it is in football. The ground game for our Benton County and 8th Legislative District centers around Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs). And like the Seahawks, our ground game is sorely lacking.
Read the full article posted on the 8th LD blog: https://wa8thld-dems.blogspot.com/2018/05/lets-improve-our-ground-game.html?m=1
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
The Benton County Democrats Newsletter for May is available here: http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Newsletters/2018/2018-05May.pdf. The May edition continues the new feature “Up Close and Personal: Getting to Know Your Fellow Democrats” by Richard Badalamente and has some great pictures of the Cinco de Mayo Event. Please read and Share!
If you have any suggestions for the newsletter please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 E-Board was June 4th at the Round Table in Richland on GW and Torbett. The General Meeting this month will be at the usually scheduled 3rd Wednesday of the month: June 20th. 7:00 at the Richland Library: 455 Northgate Dr, Richland. The 8th LD meeting starts at 6:00. Agenda will be posted soon.
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
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
Update May 21st: “March For Our Lives Tri-Cities has officially donated $2,874.00 to the Stoneman Douglas Victim’s Fund. We want to extend a warm thank you to everyone who generously donated to our cause and made MFOLTC possible. We are the future and we will make a difference.” ~ March For Our Lives Tri-Cities
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.