Resolution to Retain the Columbia Generating Station

At the State Convention, a resolution was passed that called for the closure of the Columbia Generating Station. At that time, there was no opportunity for debate. Local Democrats have crafted an alternative that will be presented at the next State Committee meeting. The text of that resolution can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Becky Voll for being elected as our new State Committeewoman.


Congratulations to the local Democratic candidates who made it through to the General election. These include Rebecca Francik in the 16th Legislative District Position 1, Gary Downing in position 2, and Jennifer Goulet in the 9th Legislative District Position 1.
Rebecca was the leader in her primary race.
We also thank those who ran but didn’t make the General election. They have made great efforts in carrying the Democratic message to our local voters.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to staff our booth at the Benton Franklin Fair from August 23-27. Shifts are 3 hours long during the day and into the evening. We also need people to assist in the setup and teardown of the booth before and after the fair. Please notify us at chair@bencodems.org if you can help.


The Benton County Democratic Central Committee endorses the following candidates: Jay Inslee for Governor, Tina Podlodowski for Secretary of State, Bob Ferguson for Attorney General, Doug McKinley for Congress, Rebecca Francik for 16th Legislative District Representative Position 1, Gary Downing for 16th LD Position 2, and Jennifer Goulet for 9th LD Position 1.

National Convention Delegates

The delegates to the National Convention from the 4th Congressional District include Mark Hoover, Jonathan Johns, Elizabeth Woodward, Susan Palmer, Patsy Whitefoot, and Tri-cities own Kate Moran. Matt Tomaskin has been appointed to the credentials committee.

Last PCO appointments of the year

The July 20 meeting of the Benton County Democratic Central Committee was the last meeting of the year in which PCO’s were appointed.

PCO’s for 2017 were elected in the August 2 primary.

Elected Precinct Committee Officer

In January, 2017, party officer elections will be held for offices at both the Legislative District and County levels. In order to vote for for local party officers one must be an elected Precinct Committee Officer. In order to be an elected PCO, one must have filed for election in May to be on the ballot for the August 2 statewide primary. Elected PCO’s serve 2-year terms. Our PCO’s are the heart of the local Democratic Party. They are the ones who have voice and vote at official local party meetings and are the ones who direct our local party activities.

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. 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.