Upcoming Events

Washington 4th District Public Calendar

General Meeting – February 20th

The next General Meeting will be Wednesday February 20th at Isla Bonita Mexican Restaurant located at 1524 Jadwin, Richland.  (January 20th Minutes )

  • Social Hour – 5:00 PM
  • 8th LD Meeting – 6:00 PM
  • Basic Robert’s Rules special presentation – 6: 45 PM
  • Benton County Dems Meeting – 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/606990319726983/

Tri-City Democtrats – Health Care

Meeting scheduled for Friday February 15th is CANCELED! Too many people are too snowed in. And there’s another storm Thursday. Topics will be deferred until March. Stay safe and warm everyone!

Tri-City Freethinkers – Annual Meeting

When: Sunday February 17, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Where: Benton PUD 2721 W. 10th Ave (Kennewick) & 250 N. Gap Rd. (Prosser), Kennewick

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/553262995179203/

Pride Festival Tri-Cities 2019

Save the Date: Pride week for 2019 will be from May 26th thru June 1st, the festival will be on June 1st.

Will post details as soon as logistics are confirmed!

Special Election February 12, 2019

The Special Elections includes only a single ballot measure from the Kennewick School District. No other measures were submitted to appear on the February ballot. [https://www.bentonauditor.com/Current-Election]

The Benton County Auditor’s Office will be mailing Special Election ballots on Wednesday, January 23. Ballots must be postmarked or returned on or before Election Day, February 12


[See the Web Log for prior Announcements]

A Challenge From the Chair….

In response to reading a post of concern over the government shutdown potentially closing the SNAP (aka Food Stamp) program, I contacted Tim Sullivan, director of the Tri-Cities Food Banks. I learned that the number of people relying on the food banks for nutrition would likely increase to many times the current level, perhaps even an order of magnitude. There would be an urgent need for donations and for volunteers to step up.

I challenge each household to set aside a week’s grocery money to have ready should the need arise. Donations of money would be the most effective way to meet demand as it could be spent to efficiently acquire, handle, and distribute the food most urgently needed.

-Judi Johannesen
Chair, Benton County Democratic Central Committee

Information on making donations: http://www.tricitiesfoodbank.org/donate

Stop Waiting for Robert Mueller to Do Your Work
By Richard Badalamente

“The 2020 election is just two more episodes of “March Madness” away, and I mean the college basketball tournament, not the debacle that poses as DC politics. In the meantime, left-leaning political operatives are conducting their own madness as various factions maneuver to place their preferred progressive on the Presidential Ballot…”

Please read the full article: https://wa8thld-dems.blogspot.com/2019/01/stop-waiting-for-robert-mueller-to-do.html

Committee News

[See the Web Log for prior Committee News write-ups. All Meeting notes are available on the Documents and Resources page.]

The next General Meeting will be Wednesday February 20th at Isla Bonita Mexican Restaurant located at 1524 Jadwin, Richland.

  • Social Hour – 5:00 PM
  • 8th LD Meeting – 6:00 PM
  • Basic Robert’s Rules special presentation – 6: 45 PM
  • Benton County Dems Meeting – 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM

Minutes from previous General Meeting January 20.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/606990319726983/

The E-Board was held Thursday February 7th 6:30 at the Round Table Pizza on George Washington Way in Richland. E-Board Minutes February 7, 2019

The Reorganization meeting was held Saturday, December 1st 4:00 PM at the Benton PUD, 2721 W 10th Ave., Kennewick WA  (Minutes),

BCDCC Officers for 2019-2020 (12/1/2018)

Washington State Democrats Central Committee Reorganizing Meeting

When: January 25-27, 2018
Where: Hotel Red Lion, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia, WA 98502
Resolutions from Democratic Party Organizations are due electronically on January 18th for consideration at this meeting.  You can register for the meeting here. 
This tentative schedule contains a listing of the caucus meetings: WSDCC Meeting – Call to Meeting January 2019

The Benton County Democratic Central Committee is searching for a Newsletter editor, if you’re interested please check out information here:  http://bencodems.org/newsletter-editor/

Recent Events

See the Web Log for information about past events.

Third Annual Women’s March Tri-Cities

Saturday, January 19th 2 – 6 PM at John Dam Plaza in Richland.  Starts with gathering at 2 PM, Resource Fair at the FUSE 4-6PM

We are proud to present these amazing women as we get charged up to continue our work throughout the oncoming year!
  • Zahra Roach: Former Franklin Co. Commissioner candidate who became the first Democrat candidate to break 40% in the Tri.
  • Nancy Peterson: Local Disability Advocate. Retention Specialist for Disability Services at CBC.
  • Yvette Joseph: Our keynote speaker all the way from Spokane! Bringing attention to the many missing Indigenous women and girls.
  • Blanche Barajas: Pasco City Councilwoman
  • Brenda Rodriguez: Speaking on behalf of the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network -Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes en WA

Video [thank you Ivar Husa for some of the pictures!]  https://gopro.com/v/pJlOK827bJ269

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2000156710101440/

Martin Luther King Jr. Bell-Ringing Ceremony

When: Saturday, January 19th, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Columbia Basin College; 2600 N 20th Ave., Pasco, WA

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/131251344494372/

The Agendas and Rules and the Guidelines from the state are posted on the Documents and Resources page.


Some new faces and some familiar – thank you Aaron White!




Modern Living Services: Jingle & Jazz

When: Friday, November 16th, 2018 5:30 PM
Where: Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, Pasco

Details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/695356847165286/

Post Election Celebration

Come hear from local candidates!     Hosted by the Tri-City Democrats

When: Friday, November 9th at 6 PM – 8 PM

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

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/330009004219484/

NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW – Protect the Mueller Investigation

Thursday, November 8th at 5:00 PM at John Dam Plaza, Richland

Excellent turnout, lined the entire block – 300 people!!  Got lots of positive feedback from the passing cars.

Emergency protests are being planned in Seattle and across the country for Nov. 8, 2018, at 5PM local time in response to President Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appoint Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General to oversee the Mueller Investigation. In addition to Seattle, 900+ Protests are expected throughout the country. This unjustified firing undermines the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. Organizing groups would like to send the message that “no one is above the law.” They are also calling on Congress to respond quickly and forcefully to this act of obstruction of justice.

Details about the Seattle event: https://www.facebook.com/events/480856092409613/

Join us on Election Night for 2018 midterm coverage.  Candidates from Benton and Franklin Counties will be in attendance while we eagerly await the results and celebrate all the hard work of our candidates!

When: Tuesday, November 6th, 6:30 PM

Where: Plaza Room at the Clover Island Inn

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2182002312012588/

Get Out the Vote Tri-Cities

When: Sunday, November 4th 5PM – 8PM
Where: 1328 N Road 28, Pasco, WA

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/743146439383152/

Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Solidarity

Join us on November 4th as we gather for a candlelight vigil for the murder victims and the survivors of the Tree of Life synagogue at John Dam Plaza.

When: Sunday, November 4th 3PM – 6PM
Where: John Dam Plaza
815 George Washington Way
Richland, WA

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/437482373324546/

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.