Upcoming Events

Washington 4th District Public Calendar

The League of Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties invites you to attend a free public lecture presented by Dr. David Smith.  He explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics like politics, religion and morality.  In our increasingly polarized political environment, Smith provides participants with the tools needed to embark on more thoughtful, fruitful discussions.

This event is made possible by a grant from Humanities Washington.

Here are the details:

Thursday, September 12th

6:00PM – 8:00PM

Mid-Columbia Library

1620 S. Union St., Kennewick, WA

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Benton & Franklin Counties, Washington

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Click here to see more about David Smith

Gary Kanter at Tri-City Democrats

Let’s have a picnic and concert at Carl Baker’s house – 4501 W Lattin Ct, West Richland.

We’ll start the picnic at 6 and maybe do a bit of business before the music at 6:45 or 7.

Gary Kanter is a New York-born Songwriter/Humorist with a passion for topical songs in the tradition of Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and John Prine. His songs will make you laugh, cry, and think, though not necessarily in that order. His songs of labor and solidarity are reminiscent of labor icon, Joe Hill.

Gary has also taken on the mantle of “labor troubadour,” having organized and performed at numerous benefits for organized labor including two concerts to fundraisers for the Wisconsin recall elections. He had penned two labor songs at the behest of the Northwest labor community including “Northwest Union Call” and “Right To Work Is Wrong.” He recently performed both at the Washington State Central Labor Council held in Vancouver, WA (7/13). “Right To Work…” was requested by the president of his own union local, Musicians’ Association of Seattle (Local 76-493, AFM) and will be featured on its website for universal access. “Northwest Union Call” is currently being produced as a DVD. Both songs were featured on his third CD, “Forever Vigilant.”

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The 8th LD Democratic Organization is raising funds for the 2020 Presidential Caucus.

Please buy your ticket and come on down. We gahrauntee you’ll have a great time!

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Are you fed up with the state of politics today? Have you ever thought about being the difference you want to see in the world? Are you a Democratic woman ready to change the face of Washington at every level of public office? Join Karen Besserman, Executive Director of Emerge WA and Emerge WA alumnae to learn more about how Emerge WA trains and supports Democratic women candidates.running for and serving in public office.

Questions and RSVP: Karen@EmergeWA.org

Emerge in Walla Walla Facebook Link

Let’s park near city hall and the federal building, make signs at the stage and gather along George Washington Way.

Here are the details:

Monday, September 23rd

4:00PM – 5:30PM

John Dam Plaza

815 George Washington Way, Richland, WA

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This event is held in conjunction with other climate events around this weekend, including this one hosted by the Green Party of the Mid-Columbia: Global Climate Strike

The League of Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties invites you to attend a Candidate Forum for Richland and West Richland candidates.

Here are the details:

Monday, October 7th

6:00PM – 8:30PM

Richland Public Library

955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Benton & Franklin Counties, Washington

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Thursday, October 17th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center Pasco, 2525 N. 20th Ave, Pasco, WA

Over the past five years, Latinx communities in Pasco and Yakima successfully fought election systems that prevented them from having an equal and meaningful opportunity to elect representatives of their choice to City Council. And just last year, the ACLU and allies celebrated the passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act, which helps to ensure that every voter has an equal opportunity to elect the candidate of their choice and empowers local governments to fix the widespread problem of voter exclusion in local elections.

We have seen great strides in voting rights, but many Washington residents still face barriers when participating in one of the cornerstones of our democracy.

Join Staff Attorney Breanne Schuster and community leaders to discuss how far we have come, the challenges ahead, and ongoing work to defend the right to vote. Join us and learn how you can get involved.

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Addressing the needs of the homeless young adult population, ANSIL is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness, poverty and despair.

Funds will be used for expanding the Unique Missions of the program including:
🎃Expanded hours service center is open by providing more paid staff people. The Service Center provides a safe place for homeless adults to shower, wash their clothing, get haircuts, meals and support for job hunting and interviewing.
🎃Expanding the operations of ANSIL Hall, the residence hall for young adults who are living on their own while finishing high school and entering the workforce.


Saturday, October 26th

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

TRAC Center

6600 Burden Blvd, Pasco, WA

Here’s a link to the Facebook event.

🎃6:00 pm Ghoulish Gathering Time for Cocktails and drop off of Auction Tricks and Treats
🎃6:30 Fiendishly Fabulous Foods service begins (Marinated Tri-Tip Dinner catered by CG)
🎃7:00 Introduction to ANSIL – 5 min video presentation about our Awesome Programs for Homeless Youth and Services for the overall homeless population in the Tri-Cities
🎃7:15 Light and Dark Comic Key Note Presentation
🎃7:45 Mystery Trick or Treat gift live auction – Will you get a TRICK or a TREAT???
🎃9 -10 pm Dangerously Delightful Dancing – move your body till your Zombie parts fall off!



[See the Web Log for prior Announcements]

Links to recently-approved resolutions have been added to the Documents and Resources page.

Courtesy of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, here is a document that provides several things to know about the current primary elections. Local Democratic organizations and party members are encouraged to review this so we can provide good help to our voters during this cycle. Click here for Things to Know.

Approved Bylaws, Policy Guide, and Rules

Revisions to the three governance documents were approved at our monthly meeting on April 17.

Committee News

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

We are working on a messaging campaign for use in all media that ends with the tagline, “—you might be a Democrat,”  Take a look at our current list of messages on this Google Sheet. If you have more catchy lines, please send them to secretary@bencodems.org.

The General Meeting for July will be Wednesday July 17th at the Richland Uptown Theatre 1300 Jadwin Ave. Meeting was cancelled.

Here’s an excellent article on methods for activism to be effective. Practical Activism – Go for the Money

Our own Richard Badalamente has a cogent post on the contents of the Mueller Report, including the answers to a number of pressing questions.

At the Reorganization Meeting,  December 1st, we elected the new BCDCC Officers for 2019-2020 (12/1/2018)

Washington State Democrats are recruiting for a BOTH a new Communications Manager and Digital Director.  For more information https://www.wa-democrats.org/jobs

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.


16th LD Dems Full Membership Meeting

Thursday August 22, at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

International House of Pancakes (IHOP) 5015 N. Rd. 68, Pasco, WA 

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/215723302699242/


Please come by and visit our booth:
Here is a map – we are in building 2, the Mattress Firm Expo Center

Sign Up to support our booth

Instructions and maps will be sent out to all who sign up!  Hope to see you there!

Richland Candidate Forum 

Hosted by the League of Women Voter of Benton & Franklin Counties 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

HAPO Community Stage, 600 Jadwin Ave., Richland 

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2451432108252039/


Kennewick Candidate Forum 

Hosted by the League of Women Voter of Benton & Franklin Counties 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Kennewick School Administration Center, 1000 4th Ave., Kennewick 

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/393682988168695/

Franklin County Debate Watch Party 

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 5 PM – 8:30 PM

RSVP on the Facebook event.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/323511348563571/

Local Realtor Association offers training for candidates

The TriCity Association of Realtors would like to extend a special invitation to candidates to participate in a Candidate School being held in Kennewick on Wednesday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7151 W. Clearwater Ave.

This exclusive class is offered free of charge to declared candidates for public office and to those who might be interested in running for public office in the near future. The National Association of Realtors has contracted with Cornerstone Solutions, a full-service political consulting, strategic communications, public relations, and highly regarded media firm from Washington D.C., to provide this campaign and candidate training at various locations around the country in an effort to encourage grassroots participation in the political process. There is no cost or obligation of any kind on your part to participate in this training, it is offered as a public service.

This Candidate School is co-sponsored by the TriCity Association of Realtors and the Lower Yakima Valley Association of Realtors. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Please let me know if you are able to set aside a few hours on Wednesday, June 19 to attend this valuable class. Simply send an email to Lolafranklin@tricityaor.com or call me at 509-783-2184 and we’ll save a seat for you.


Date/Time: Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m.

Location: John Dam Plaza, Richland, WA 99352

We’re joining our friends to let our elected representatives and our fellow citizens know that we think that impeachment is a moral imperative.

Sponsored by your local hosts of Moveon.org.

Details: https://act.moveon.org/event/impeachment-day-of-action-events/125015

Roy Zimmerman in concert

RiZe Up

Date: Friday, June 14 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Location: Community UU Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St. Pasco

Potluck and
Music for the resistance!

Let’s potluck at 6:30 and socialize until the music starts at 7:30.

$20 or pay what you can.

Thoughtful entertainment and community!

“With music this good and humor this insightful, there is good reason to be optimistic.”

Sponsored by the Tri-City Freethinkers and the Tri-City Democrats


Bargaining Rally & Taco Truck Party

Date: Monday, June 10, from 3 – 5 PM

Location: Kennewick Education Association, 7403 W Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, Washington 99336

Sponsored by: Kennewick Education Association

Come out, wear red, encourage our bargaining team, thank district bargainers, socialize with your colleagues, and have some yummy food! First 100 people to sign in will get a voucher for 3 tacos, rice, beans and a drink from Salsitas Taco Truck!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2762248723820414/

Mueller Read-a-thon

Date: Wednesday, June 5 at 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: The Fingernail stage at Howard Amon Park in Richland

It’s Mueller Time …here’s a chance to hear people read directly from the Mueller Report. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to Howard Amon Park in Richland Wednesday June 5th from 5-6:30. We’ll gather near the Fingernail stage. Bring your copy and follow along, we’ll let you know what page we’re reading from. If you want to know what investigators found about Russian interference in the 2016 election and to what extent any Americans knowingly or unwittingly participated – you need to know what the report says.
If you’d like to be a reader please contact organizers easternwaadvocates@gmail.com.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/404887383688602/

Pride Festival Tri-Cities 2019

The Big Gay Pride BBQ

When: Sunday, May 26th 1:00 – 6:00

Location: TBA

We will kick off our week long Tri-Cities Pride Festival with this FREE family friendly event!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1776657882479652/



Tri-Cities Pride Festival


When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 1 PM – 5 PM

Location:  Pasco

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2254987988154512/

Norm and Shirley Miller
Democratic Leadership Awards Banquet Success

That’s a wrap on another outstanding Norm and Shirley Miller Democratic Leadership Awards Banquet! We were a sold out crowd once again! Many thanks to the generous sponsors, hard-working committee organizers, our awesome Emcee Justin Raffa, the amazing Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, kind auction donors, the inspiring and gracious keynote speaker Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and most importantly to our wonderful guests. We set a record in fundraising!

Scott Butner has made a ton of photos of the dinner available on Facebook. Click here.

Norm and Shirley Miller
Democratic Leadership Awards Banquet

Date: May 29th, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Location: Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center
1101 N Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick, Washington 99336

Mark your calendars now to join us on Wednesday, May 29 at the Norm and Shirley Miller Democratic Leadership Awards Banquet! This is the premier event for Benton County Democrats and is an annual opportunity to spend time with a room full of others who share your views! We are thrilled to announce that we have confirmed as our keynote speaker Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson!

Purchase your tickets here: https://secure.anedot.com/democrats-of-benton-county-wa/nsmdld2019

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/313633769343086/

Cinco de Mayo

Come participate in this important festival! March with us (Benton and Franklin County Democrats) in the Cinco de Mayo Parade on Friday, May 3 from 6 PM – 9 PM.

Keep an eye on this event in Facebook. We will update as the location is refined.

Speak Your Mind

When:  Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 1 PM – 4 PM

Where: Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St., Richland, WA

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2280427078866339/

Flip Franklin Fundraiser

You are cordially invited to attend the Flip Franklin Fundraiser dinner held on behalf of the Franklin County Democratic Party on April 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.! We will have several amazing speakers as well as live musical entertainment! This event will be held at the Pasco Red Lion on 2525 N 20th Ave, and is open to all who would like to participate and support our local Democratic Party. Let’s turn Franklin blue in 2020 and help change the political landscape here in Eastern Washington!

We are honored to announce our speakers for the evening will be: Tina Podlodowski, Jeffrey Aaron Robinson, Everett Daniel Maroon, Diana Izaguirre, and Yvette Joseph!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405835152887263/

Transgender Day of Visibility TC

When: March 31st 12:00 – 1:30

Where: John Dam Plaza
815 George Washington Way, Richland

March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility, when we celebrate, empower, and raise awareness of issues facing the trans community. Bring a sign or a flag to wave, we’ll meet on the G-Way side of the park.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487383664728947/

Fake State of Emergency Protest

When: Monday February 18th, 4 PM – 5 PM

Where: John Dam Plaza, Jadwin Street, Richland WA

Hosted by the Tri-City Democrats

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/627619601007683/

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.  [From Yvette: Our Bodies: Our Stories: http://www.uihi.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/UIHI_sexual-violence_r601_pagesFINAL.pdf]
  • 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/

A short video [thank you Ivar Husa!] https://gopro.com/v/nrqvPzPqm1k8E

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2044263515594770/

The Benton County and 8th LD Reorganization Meeting

When: Saturday, December 1st 4:00 PM
Where: Benton PUD, 2721 W 10th Ave., Kennewick WA
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/302406310364771/

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!



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.