Washington Residents – Voter Registration
In-Person: You can register until Monday, Oct. 29th
Benton County Auditor’s Office
Main Office: 620 Market St, Prosser
Kennewick Annex: 5600 W Canal Dr
Richland Annex: 101 Wellsian Way Ste. E
(509)736-2727, 8:30am-4:30pm M-F
By Mail: Download this form to register by mail before Monday, Oct. 8th
Online: You can register here until Monday, Oct. 8. https://vote.gov/
If you have to be out of town before the ballots are mailed on October 19th:
The ballots can be picked up in person on October 17th. This can be done at the office in Prosser or at an Annex, where they will issue an “over the counter” ballot.
Voter Education Day! (League Of Women Voters)
When: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM – 4 PM
Where: Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr, Richland
Celebrating Our Immigrant Community through the Arts
Immigrant and First Generation Artists (apply by Sept. 30) may sell their art at this free event.
Enjoy art, music, poetry, food trucks – and great wine!
When: Saturday, October 20th, 2018 5 PM – 8 PM
Where: Monarcha Winery 421 E Columbia Dr., Kennewick
Races for 8th District State Senator (Brown & Perales)
8th District State Representative, Position 1 (Klippert & Regev)
8th District State Representative, Position 2 (Boehnke & Tracy)
Benton County Commissioner, District 2 (Sanders & Small)
Benton County Coroner (Raebel & Leach)
When: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Where: Carmichael School; 620 Thayer Dr, Richland, Washington 99352
We’re counting down!! Time to roll up our sleeves and Get Out The Vote!
Stop on in at the Democratic Headquarters 1212 N 20th Ave. Ste B in Pasco or call Savanna Steele at (509)209-9825 to get plugged in with our many Canvass and Phone Banking Opportunities!!
Shirley Miller, who died Sept. 21 at age 88, left a significant and lasting mark on the community she came to call home. She was a business owner, a political leader, a social justice warrior.
Services celebrating the life of Neil Norman will be held Sunday, September 23rd, at 2 p.m. at Shalom UCC, 505 McMurray, Richland. (Shalom is behind Safeway.)
Richard Badalamente has shared some of the history of Neils extraordinary live of service: https://wa8thld-dems.blogspot.com/2018/09/neil-arthur-norman-1931-2018.html
Congratulations to our Candidates!!
- Christine Brown for Congress FacebookWebsite
- Leo Perales for State Senate Facebook
- Shir Regev State Representative District 8, Pos-1 FacebookWebsite
- Christopher Tracy State Representative District 8, Pos-2 FacebookWebsite
- Everett Maroon State Representative District 16 Pos-1 FacebookWebsite
- Rebecca Francik State Representative District 16 Pos-2 FacebookWebsite
- Jenn Goulett for the 9th LD FacebookWebsite
- Zahra Roach Franklin County Commissioner FacebookWebsite
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.
Without candidates who stand up to be counted when our values are under threat, we would drown in pessimism and cynicism. Our candidates give us a shining light to follow, regardless of outcome, and we are grateful for their leadership.
For those candidates that didn’t do as well as they, (and we), had hoped, take heart in knowing that you have moved the ball forward, and that you have made a stand for what you, and we, believe in. Shouting into the darkness, “This far and no further!”
For those of you who have helped our amazing candidates, we also extend a heartfelt “thank you!”.
The success of a candidate or issue is most often determined by the hearts and efforts of their volunteers, as much, (if not more so), than the candidates themselves. You are amazing!
In that vein, we cannot reach success without an even greater effort over the next few months.
Make no mistake that Trumps GOP has noticed our success and are worried. They will throw everything they have at defeating our communities shared values for their own gain. It is up to all of us to ensure that our candidates, issues, and values win the day.
What have you done to make sure we win in November? What are you doing? What are you willing to do?
Our candidates need money for signs, advertising, and events. They need volunteers for sign placements, doorbelling, and phone-banking. And, most of all, they need your votes, and your advocacy.
Please help us and our candidates win in November. You are the only one that can!
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!
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
The next General Meeting will be October 17th at the Shilo Inn.
The E-Board was held October 1st at the Round Table Pizza at George Washington Way & Torbett Street in Richland.
At a previous General Meeting, August 15 (Minutes) we discussed the following resolutions, the ones that passed will be forwarded to the state platform committee:
- Passed: Private Prisons – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/PrivatePrisons-1a.8.15.18.pdf
- Passed: ICE Reform & Oversight – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/ICE_Reform_and_Oversight.8.15.18.pdf
- Passed: Free Press Resolution – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/Free_Press_Resolution-5a.8.15.18.pdf
- Passed: Fair No-Cause Eviction – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/FAIR_NO-CAUSE_EVICTION.8.15.18.pdf
- Failed: Abolish and Prosecute ICE – http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Platform/Resolution2018/Abolish_and_Prosecute_ICE.pdf
At recent General Meetings (April 18, June 20th, July 18th and August 15th) we made the following endorsements:
Christine Brown – Congress 4th CD
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 Representative, Position 1
Everett Maroon – 16th LD Representative, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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.
On Friday, I went to the Hispanic/Latino caucus, where Christine Brown for congress 4th CD and Leo Perales for state senate 8th LD were endorsed, as well as Susan Soto Palmer for Yakima Council position 3, a leader in the fight to de-gerrymander Yakima County. I also went to the Women’s Caucus.
The rest of the day was spent in the state platform committee meeting, working on recommendations for the sixty-some-odd resolutions submitted. Allison Dabler was a co-chair. By the end of the day, we had a platform and resolutions all ready for the plenum meeting on Saturday.
Friday night, I went to the Progressives Caucus and Socialist Pizza Party, where Shir Regev got an endorsement for Position 1 of the 8th LD.
Benton County was seated in the FRONT ROW of the convention hall. Due to malfunctioning microphones, ALL the action was taking place at the mics right in front of our seats. Like when the members of 3 tribes requested time to welcome us to their land. Initially, Tina wanted to stick to the agenda, but when she asked for whether the body wanted to allow the tribes time, it was a BIG affirmative. A song about unity, love, and peace was sung, and it was very touching. Tina later apologized and promised to include tribal welcome in future convention agendas. Our Kate Moran was one of the Sargent at Arms keeping the unruly in line, and our tally counter was Jeffrey Robinson.
First, we dealt with a bylaws change to move the beginning of the year to December 1 to coincide with the new PCOs taking office, which passed. After going through the platform and tagging the sections with questions or objections, I moved to adopt the balance of the platform, which passed. We then addressed the questions and motions to amend. There weren’t many changes, and none I would characterize as substantive. I then moved that we approve the balance of the platform as amended, which carried. On to the resolutions, which were handled in a similar fashion. A resolution against the use of superdelegates to the national convention was initially ruled out of order because it wasn’t in proper format (the first therefore isn’t an action). A motion was made to overrule the chair. Before that could go to a vote (thank goodness), another motion was made to send the resolution back to the makers to fix and then take up at the September meeting, which carried. I was feeling pretty naked there for a while, sitting in the front row in full view of a chair I like and admire, but feeling very strongly about the ill effects of superdelegates. I was very relieved at the solution that carried. At the end, we had the bylaws amendment, platform, and resolutions all dispositioned, almost all as recommended by the platform committee.
Allison brought us home through a deluge, and the beauty of the Wenatchee area farmland, the Columbia basalt cliffs and Rattlesnake Mountain made me glad for where I’m planted. Thank you all for the opportunity to represent us at the state 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.
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
BCDCC Officers for 2017-2018 (9/20/2017)
|State Committeewoman||Kate Moran|
|State Committeeman||Doug McKinley|
See the Web Log for information about past events.
September 29th – Campaign Appreciation Picnic
Canvass launched at 12:30pm from Columbia Point Marina Park. The canvass will conclude at 3:30 at Leslie Groves Park in Richland (40 Park St, Richland, WA 99354) where we’ll have plenty of food and refreshments!! Let’s do this!!
When: Saturday September 29th 4-7
Where: Leslie Groves Park – 40 Park Street, Richland, Shelter #1 Map
It was a good turn out! See pictures in the Facebook Discussion: https://www.facebook.com/events/254725491811011/
Tie One On!
Join us for a unique happy hour style event benefiting Safe Harbor’s program My Friend’s Place.
Tie one on with us and learn about a tremendously important organization in our community.
Safe Harbors program – My Friend’s Place is a teen shelter committed to connecting homeless teens with educational services, community support programs, meals, clean clothes, showers and a support system.
When: Thursday September 6, 2018 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Where: The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave, Richland, WA
RBG Documentary viewing party
Hosted by A place at the table with Shir
When: September 3rd, 5 – 8 PM
Oppose Brett Kavanaugh – August 26th
John Dam Plaza – Thanks to the Tri-City Democrats for the pictures!
Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/701937610154889/
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
If you were unable to attend here is a one-page abstract What Has Happened To Our Nuclear Waster Disposal Program?
When: Tuesday, August 7th, 7 – 9 PM
Where: SportsPage Bar, 6 South Cascade St, Kennewick
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
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) 209-9825
1212 N 20th Ave. STE B
Pasco, WA 99301
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.
See the Web Log for information about past events.
Folks have been very active! Here are some pictures from recent events
|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.