Upcoming Events

Washington 4th District Public Calendar

Votes For Women

When: Saturday July 21st 9AM

Where: 1103 Sylvester St. Pasco, WA

On July 21st we will come together to honor the history of all the women activists that came before us. As Shirley Chisholm said “The only thing you’ve got is your vote”. We will be coming together as women to speak to women to ask them to vote.

This idea was directly inspired by the Women of the ERA and UFW movements. ERA volunteers, in Washington State, knocked on doors and asked for women to vote. UFW members created big bold narratives to capture their message. Votes for Women was also the refrain from the Suffragette movement that worked toward getting women the right to vote.

Update: Tina Podlodowski the State Party Chair will be attending the event!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/653335365043143/

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


Indivisible WA-4 2018 Voters’ Guide

The Indivisible WA-4 Tri-Cities Voters’ Guide has just been released:


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

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

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

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!

The June edition went on vacation…

If you have any suggestions for the newsletter please send a message to newsletterchair@bencodems.org

See the Web Log for information about past events.

Committee News

The E-Board was held July 2nd at the Round Table Pizza on George Washington in Richland.  Minutes are posted.

The next General Meeting will be July 18, at the Shilo Inn in ballroom #3 – we will have signs!


The last General Meeting was held June 20th at the Richland Library: 455 Northgate Drive in Richland. The candidates gave brief talks about their platforms.  We 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

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

An emergency meeting was held June 23rd at the Richland Library.

Thanks to all that attended today’s emergency meeting in person or virtually. We made quorum and completed our task!

-Judi Johannesen, Secretary

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

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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Wear Orange to End Gun Violence – June 1st
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!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/118889962323118/

Its time to Rise & Organize!  May 19th

Join us on May 19th at 10am at Pasco High School for a Canvass hosted by Tri-Cities Young Democrats!

Pre-register here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6473

No training required! Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1884238744928609/

Celebration of Science – April 21st

When: Saturday April 21 10AM-3PM
Where: John Dam Plaza
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/181096402642411/

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 – March 24th

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

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1523641621045035/

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

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.