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Washington 4th District Public Calendar

Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner

FaceBook EventPlease 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.

Tickets are $75 per person; $60 for seniors, 65+.  There are a limited number of scholarships available by contacting Jay Clough, 509-551-9986.

****RSVP by May 23. Tickets are available for purchase online or click Norm Miller Dinner at the top of any page on www.bencodems.org. You also can mail a check or provide credit card information and send it to Benton County Democrats, PO Box 636, Richland, WA 99352.

Celebration of Science

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

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



The MyTri2030 Community Questionnaire will be available online until May 15.  This is an excellent opportunity to make your voice heard!

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


January 9th, 2018  Governor Inslee gave his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature in Olympia, https://www.c-span.org/video/?438748-1/washington-governor-jay-inslee-delivers-state-state-address.

The Benton County Democrats Newsletter for March is published and available here: http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Newsletters/2018/2018-03March.pdf This edition covers the March for Our Lives as well as the Conference & Caucus!! Please read and Share!

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

Committee News

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.

The next General Meeting will be April 18th 7PM – 8PM, at the Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St., Richland.  Minutes from the March 21st meeting are available.

The next E-Board will be May 7th, 6:30 at the Round Table Pizza on George Washington Way.  

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

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

Recent Events

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

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Special Election February 13, 2018
Results were certified February 23rdhttps://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
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/520380258342978/
Sign up here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/3848

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.