Benton County Convention News

Watch this space for forthcoming information about the 2016 Benton County Democratic Convention on May 1 at the Richland High School Gymnasium. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Call to Order is at 1:00 PM. Earliest possible adjournment is at 3:00 PM, but plan for a couple of hours beyond that, just in case.

There will be no concessions at the convention, so be prepared with your own plan for sustenance during those hours.

Here is a link to the Benton County Convention Agenda. Please take a look to see what we will be doing on Sunday and when.

You can review the proposed Benton County 2016 Platform and the slate of proposed resolutions on the Documents and Resources page.

CD Caucus and State Convention Candidate Preregistration

The County Convention will be electing delegates to the Washington State Convention and the 4th CD Caucus (being elected at the county convention gets you into both). The 4th CD Caucus will elect the “real” delegates to the National Convention who cast votes for the presidential nomination. It will also elect one elector for the Electoral College. The 4th CD Caucus is on May 21, The State Convention is Jun 17-19. If you want to be one of these delegates elected at the County Convention, you may preregister using the link below:

Preregister me as a candidate for delegate to 4th CD and State Convention

For the State Convention, there is a mandatory registration fee of $50. You may purchase a meal plan that includes the Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday lunch for $250. The VIP plan for $300 is the same as the meal plan but it includes a reception before the Friday night banquet. Hotel costs per night are $149 single/double, $159 triple, or $169 quad. Daily parking fees are $15 for self parking and $19 for valet. Delegates elected to the State Convention are responsible for their own expenses.

Credentials

Here’s an update for our volunteers. The training meeting will be at the Plumber and Steamfitters Local 598 Union Hall at 1328 N. Road 28 in Pasco on Saturday April 30 from 10-noon. We will be contacting our volunteer list by phone and/or email. If you wish to be a part of the crew at the county convention, send an email with your contact info to kendallmiller@msn.com.

The appointed Credentials Committee will be meeting Wednesday, April 27, at 6:00 PM at the Laborers Local 348 Union Hall in Richland and again on Friday at 6:00 PM at the Plumber and Steamfitters Local 598 Hall in Pasco.

Resolutions

A part of the election year process is for the Benton County Democrats to adopt a number of resolutions and send them up the food chain for potential adoption at the State Convention. The Resolutions Committee reviews proposed resolutions and combines similar resolutions into one which holds the best features of each. The resolutions are presented to the Benton County Democratic Central Committee for adoption at the county level and forwarded to the State Resolutions Committee for possible adoption at the state level. Anyone can submit a resolution for consideration. You can see the proper form for a resolution by looking at some of the resolutions adopted in 2014. For this cycle, the cutoff for new resolutions to the county is April 24 at 5:00 PM. Up until that time resolutions can be emailed to Charles LoPresti at

clopresti@owt.com

Legislative District Caucus Replaced by County Convention

This is a change from what was announced at the precinct caucuses! There will not be a separate day for the 8th Legislative District Caucuses. April 17 is off the calendar. The election of LD delegates and alternates will be conducted during the Benton County Democratic Convention on May 1 at 1:00PM at the Richland High School Gymnasium. The level of response at the precinct caucuses has required us to seek a larger space and to take more time in preparation. Delegates and alternates elected at the precinct caucuses need to make note of this change. We will have a sub-caucuses in the county convention in which the LD delegates and alternates are elected. These delegates will go to the 4th Congressional District Caucus and to the State Convention. At the 4th CD Caucus, 4 delegates to the National Convention will be elected and 1 member of the electoral college will be elected. (Yes, that Electoral College.)

Benton County Precinct Caucuses

It has been truly gratifying to see the favorable comments about our caucus on Facebook. From the officers of the Benton County Democratic Party, the credit goes to our amazingly dedicated and hard working volunteers. You guys simply knocked it out of the park under some truly challenging conditions. We also appreciate the cooperative and patient attitudes of our caucus attendees. When the going got tough, you hung in there and pulled together with genuine teamwork. Skill, dedication, and understanding like what we witnessed on Saturday are the foundation for a strong future for the progressive movement in our beloved community. Congratulations to you all.

Now that we have met many of our fellow Democrats at our caucuses, it will be even more fun to work at the presenting our positions with our neighbors, asking for their votes for our candidates and ballot measures, and, finally, getting out the Democratic vote. All Democrats are encouraged to participate in the Benton County Democratic Central Committee’s precinct organizing project, starting today.
Benton County Precinct Map
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. To be an elected PCO, you must file your candidacy with the County Auditor May 16-20. There is no filing fee for PCO. PCO’s will be elected in the August 2 Primary election. 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-October, shortly before the ballots are mailed by the Benton County Election Dept. in October. The goal of GOTV is to maximize turnout of the Democratic voters who have been identified in the precinct.
NOTE!
The process of selecting national delegates has four steps:
  1. Precinct Caucuses Saturday, March 26, 2016 beginning at 10:00 am
  2. Legislative District Caucuses Sunday, April 17, 2016 beginning at 1:00 pm. County Conventions Sunday, May 1, 2016 beginning at 1:00 pm
  3. Congressional District Caucuses Saturday, May 21, 2016 time to be determined. State Convention Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2016
  4. National Convention Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, 2016

You do not need to be elected as a delegate or alternate at a prior level to run as a delegate or alternate at the next level of the process. However, only delegates and alternates seated to replace absent delegates are allowed to cast votes at each level of the delegate selection process.