Upcoming Events

Washington 4th District Public Calendar

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste

Energy and nuclear policy expert Jim Conca will talk about the impact of potentially moving forward with licensing the Yucca Mountain waste repository. The discussion may also address Hanford nuclear waste, nuclear power and climate change.

When:  Friday, August 10th at 6 PM – 9 PM

Where:  UA Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters; 1328 N Road 28, Pasco

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/205998223348067/

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo – August 21 – 25, 2018

This year we as a organization have a wonderful opportunity to help get Democrats elected to local office. One such opportunity is the fair. We have candidates ranging from the federal level to county commissioner who are interested in using the Benton and Franklin County Democrats Booth at the fair. The booth will be an interactive area for candidates and volunteers to engage the public while constituents relax and charge their phones.

We are needing volunteers to work two hour shifts. Limited parking and admission vouchers are available if you volunteer. We look forward to seeing you all at the fair helping get Democrats elected!

Please sign up to Volunteer: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2385190/true#/invitation

Save the Date – September 29th

Join us for a post canvas Campaign Appreciation Potluck to celebrate our candidates and volunteers who have worked so hard this campaign season!  Details are being resolved.  Canvass information will be announced ASAP!

When: Saturday September 29th 4-7

Where: Leslie Groves Park – 40 Park Street, Richland, Shelter #1 Map

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/254725491811011/


Congratulations to our Candidates!!

  • Christine Brown for Congress  Facebook
  • Leo Perales for State Senate Facebook
  • Shir Regev State Representative District 8, Pos-1 Facebook
  • Christopher Tracy State Representative District 8, Pos-2 Facebook
  • Everette Moon State Representative District 16 Pos-1 Facebook
  • Rebecca Francik State Representative District 16 Pos-2 Facebook
  • Jenn Goulett for the 9th LD Facebook
  • Zahra Roach Franklin County Commissioner Facebook

Please use the links above and show your support by “liking” the candidate pages.  Also a great way to keep up with latest events!

The Benton County Democrats, and your elected Executive Board, would like to congratulate all of our amazing candidates for their hard work and dedication to promoting our shared values.

Running for office is one of the most challenging things we can do as citizens, and one of the most important as well.

For Election Results: Benton County, Franklin County or Washington State  

Indivisible WA-4 2018 Voters’ Guide

Indivisible WA-4 released the Indivisible WA-4 Tri-Cities Voters’ Guide for the 2018 Primary Election in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, WA on July 13, 2018.  Please Share!


Let’s Improve Our Ground Game

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

Committee News

The E-Board was held August 6th at the Round Table Pizza at George Washington Way & Torbett Street in Richland.

The next General Meeting will be August 15, at the Shilo Inn in ballroom #3 – we will have signs!

We will be voting on the following platform resolutions – PLEASE READ before attending:

See the 8th LD Blog for a interview with a former General Counsel for INS which provides some context for the ICE resolutions.

At recent General Meetings (June 20th, and July 18th) we have made the following endorsements:

Leo Perales – Senator 8th LD

Shir Regev – 8th LD Representative, Position 1

Christopher Tracy – 8th LD Representative, Position 2

Rebecca Francik – 16th LD Representative Position 2

Zahra Roach – Franklin County Commissioner

Jennifer Goulet – 9th LD Position 1

All Meeting notes are available on the Documents and Resources page.

Help Wanted: Newsletter Editor

The Benton County Democratic Central Committee is searching for a Newsletter editor.  We have a group of approximately 5 volunteers who will continue to help with production and writing, and local democrats are very cooperative in writing up events.  The main task is organization – working with the BCDCC chair and the newsletter committee to determine the contents and gather the articles.  We meet 2 times a month: a planning meeting and a production meeting. At the planning meeting we share ideas for write-ups and authors, at the second meeting we actually put the paper together.  If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please contact Carl Baker (hodor@warmrock.net ).

Why is the newsletter important? BCDCC communicates using numerous venues: Facebook, the Website, as well as Twitter; these are considered mass communication and are subject to some restrictions based on state and federal elections rules.  The newsletter, which is considered an internal communication, is not restrained by the same rules.  For example we can do candidate interviews and it’s not considered an in-kind contribution.

Previous editions of the newsletter: http://bencodems.org/documents-and-resources/#newsletters

Democratic State Convention, June 15, 2018

Write-up by Judi Johannesen, one of our Bencodem delegates (and also BCDCC Secretary!).

The Blue Wave energy was palpable at the Washington State Democrats convention last weekend!  I attended as a state platform committee member for the 8th LD, and as a Bencodems delegate.

Allison Dabler, Bonnie Kendall, and I rode up together Thursday night.  Due to Bonnie’s quick response, she got a room at the convention hotel which she shared with us.  That freed us up to focus on the convention rather than logistics.  We lived, breathed, ate, and slept Democrat both days of the convention.

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.

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

Recent Events

See the Web Log for information about past events.


Great turn out joined Christine Brown and Eastern Washington Democrats for a primary night election party in historic downtown Kennewick! #ForThe4th#WA04

When:  Tuesday, August 7th, 7 – 9 PM

Where: SportsPage Bar,  6 South Cascade St, Kennewick

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/506745616446727/



¿Quiénes somos? ¿Quién soy yo?
Who are we? Who am I?

DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children to live, work, and study without fear of detention and deportation, but only for 2 years! We are NO EXPIRATION DATE! We need a permanent solution!

We invite you! We need to show the great power our community has by sharing who are we and who we are striving to be.

When: Saturday August 4th, 5PM – 7PM

Where: Volunteer Park, 1125 N 4th Ave, Pasco

Details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1995886260429683/

Putting People First GOTV Tour – Tri-Cities Canvass

Excellent turnout at our local Democrats HQ for the #PuttingPeopleFirstTour. Huge canvass and phone banking event led by State Chair Tina Podlodowski, our awesome Congressional candidate Christine Brown, and our endorsed candidates Shir Regev and Leo Perales!!

Stop by our Headquarters and make some calls any time your able!! Savanna Steele has lists to help you GOTV! Give her a call (509)209-9825Democrats HQ
1212 N 20th Ave. STE B
Pasco, WA 99301
Details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/870502063139880/


Votes For Women

When: Saturday July 21st 9AM

Where: 1103 Sylvester St. Pasco, WA

On July 21st over 80 people participated in the collective action of canvassing!
Zahra Roach and Rebecca Francik are both being primaried by several Republican men, we are a top two primary state and many answered the call to do something big to help them win.

Democrat State Party Chair, Tina Podlodowski spoke, and State Senator Manka Dinghra streamed in using Skype.

Thank you Bonnie Kendall for making your idea work!

Zahar Roach Zahra Roach

Candidate for Franklin County Commissioner

Rebecca Francik Rebecca Francik

Candidate for State Representative Legislative District 16

Lots more pictures – visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/653335365043143/?active_tab=discussion

The after event Party was hosted by Judi Johannesen – and here is requested gazpacho recipe!

Democrats Float at the 4th of July Parade

When: July 4th 9AM – 12 PM
Volunteer Park, Pasco
Good turn out for the Pasco Fourth of July parade. We had multiple candidates walking with us and would love to see a large number of people joining our candidates and showing the community just how strongly we support them.
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/254961145262548/

At The Table With Shir – July 1st

Shir’s campaign for Legislative District 8 was launched in style. A Mediterranean themed alfresco meal was enjoyed by all. Shir told us why she is running and what you can do to help.


Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2065076467083525/

Families Belong Together – June 30th

There were two #KeepFamiliesTogether / #FamilyUnity events on June 30th!

Keep Families Together
Kennewick at 10 AM at Kennewick AVE and US 395
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/233523640576544/


Family Unity March and Rally
Richland at 1 PM at  John Dam Plaza
Detail: https://www.facebook.com/events/830657700466148/

Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner – May 31st

Some great pictures from the 5th Annual Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet which was held May 31st at the Shilo Inn in Richland.  Thank you Ivar Husa for capturing the event!  Our keynote speaker was Manka Dhingra – click here to read the text of her speech.

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See the Web Log for information about past events.


Folks have been very active! Here are some pictures from recent events

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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.