In Benton County, there are three Democrats running for state offices. We have a fighting chance of securing a Democratic win in the 4th Congressional District given the dysfunction in the Republican Party. There are a large number of Republicans who will support the primary challenge of Clint Didier against the incumbent, Dan Newhouse. If our well-qualified candidate, Doug McKinley, can garner the strong support of the Democratic base in the primary, he could beat the lukewarm support of Dan Newhouse by the Republicans. That would leave McKinley and Didier as the top two candidates going into the general election. Faced with that choice, we expect many reasonable Republicans withhold their vote from the loose cannon that is Didier. That gives McKinley a decent chance of winning the general election. We need a strong GOTV effort in July to secure that primary support for Doug.
Rebecca Francik is running for position 1 of the 16th LD. Gary Downing is also making a bid for position 2 of the 16th LD. Like Doug, they also need strong support for the August 2 primary to make sure they pass through to the general election.
Elected Precinct Committee Officer
In January, 2017, party officer elections will be held for offices at both the Legislative District and County levels. In order to vote for for local party officers one must be an elected Precinct Committee Officer. In order to be an elected PCO, one must have filed for election in May to be on the ballot for the August 2 statewide primary. Elected PCO’s serve 2-year terms. Our PCO’s are the heart of the local Democratic Party. They are the ones who have voice and vote at official local party meetings and are the ones who direct our local party activities.
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are responsible for organizing the precinct. However, in many precincts in Benton County the office of Democratic Party PCO is vacant. Volunteers are needed to canvass and get out the vote in those precincts. The primary purpose of this organizing project is to support candidates and measures on the ballot this fall, but a second important purpose is to build our party organization by identifying and recruiting interested, able Democrats to serve as PCO in precincts with vacancies, people who could become Appointed PCOs and get to work now, then run for election to the seat in 2016. 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.