Please join us to celebrate the season Sunday, December 9th, 2018 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Shilo Inn in Richland.
Modern Living Services: Jingle & Jazz
When: Friday, November 16th, 2018 5:30 PM
Where: Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, Pasco
The Benton County and 8th LD Reorganization Meeting
When: Saturday, December 1st 4:00 PM
Where: Benton PUD, 2721 W 10th Ave., Kennewick WA
[See the Web Log for prior Announcements]
Thank you Candidates!
Your Benton County Democratic Central Committee Executive Board would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful, and tireless, candidates who ran this cycle. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, locally or at the state level.
You stood up, against incredible odds, and bravely fought for our shared values. You didn’t compromise your ideals and you carried yourselves with dignity and grace. You are a wonderful example for future candidates who will build upon your efforts to continue to move us forward.
We saw our turnout numbers rise dramatically over previous elections. Benton County had a turn out of 55.09% in 2014, which is the same type of election as this year, and that was the final number after all votes were tabulated. This year we were at 56% at around 4pm yesterday, and those numbers will continue to rise over the next two weeks. Those voters were inspired and turned out because of you and your message.
Every election we fight in and every election in which we increase voter turnout moves the ball forward.
A huge thank you to Christine Brown, Leo Perales,Shir Regev, Christopher Tracy, Rebecca Francik, Everett Maroon as well as our candidates from the surrounding communities such as Jennifer Goulet, Matthew Sutherland, Diana Izaguirre, and Zahra Roach. We know what you went through and the sacrifices you made to offer yourself to our community. We appreciate you. Your community owes you a debt of gratitude.
Hold your heads high. You have a lot to be proud of.
- Christine Brown for Congress Facebook, Website
- Leo Perales for State Senate Facebook
- Shir Regev State Representative District 8, Pos-1 Facebook, Website
- Christopher Tracy State Representative District 8, Pos-2 Facebook, Website
- Everett Maroon State Representative District 16 Pos-1 Facebook, Website
- Rebecca Francik State Representative District 16 Pos-2 Facebook, Website
- Jenn Goulett for the 9th LD Facebook, Website
- Zahra Roach Franklin County Commissioner Facebook, Website
✓ If you want to find our your voting information including history and ballot status: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVote/#/home
✓ The election results are coming 11/6 at 8PM https://www.bentonauditor.com/Current-Election
✓ Ballot Return Statistics for all counties: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/research/ballot-return-statistics.aspx
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
[See the Web Log for prior Committee News write-ups]
Reorganization Meeting – December 1st, 2018
There will be no General Meeting in November – the Reorganization meeting will be held Saturday, December 1st 4:00 PM at the Benton PUD, 2721 W 10th Ave., Kennewick WA
The State Party’s Charter and Bylaws require that all county and legislative district party organizations elect new officers (a process called “reorganization”) every two years, shortly after each even-year election. At these reorganization meetings newly elected PCO’s elect local leadership like chairs, vice chairs, and state committee members.
✓ The E-Board meeting was held November 5th at Round Table on George Washington Way, Richland (minutes)
✓ The General Meeting was held October 17th at the Shilo Inn. (minutes)
The following positions were endorsed:
- I-1639 – Sensible Gun Control – YES
- I-1634 – Prohibit Local Taxes on Groceries Measure – NO
- Information from BallotPedia
- I-940 – Police De-escalation/Mental Health Training/Accountability – YES
- I-1631 – Carbon Tax – YES
- Ballot Advisory 19 – Fund Oil Pipeline Spill Cleanup – YES
- Information from BallotPedia
Here is the list of endorsed candidates:
Maria Cantwell – US Senate
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
BCDCC Officers for 2017-2018 (9/20/2017)
|State Committeewoman||Kate Moran|
|State Committeeman||Doug McKinley|
See the Web Log for previous Committee News write-ups.
See the Web Log for information about past events.
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
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
Get Out the Vote Tri-Cities
When: Sunday, November 4th 5PM – 8PM
Where: 1328 N Road 28, Pasco, WA
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
Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Solidarity Discussion
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Spectra Art Gallery, 19 S Cascade Street, 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
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
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
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.