Special Meeting Time This Month
Because our normal meeting day, October 19, falls on the evening of the local Gubernatorial Debate at CBC as well as the last Presidential Debate, we are shifting our meeting to Monday, October 17, at 7:00 PM. It will be held at the regular location, the Laborers Local 348 Union Hall.
Tina Podlodowski Reception at Bookwalter Winery
Tina will be at the Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Lane, Richland from 5-7 pm. She’s our candidate for Secretary of State. She is looking forward to meeting her local supporters.
Gubernatorial Debate at Gjerde Center at CBC
Governor Jay Inslee and challenger Bill Bryant will debate at 8:00 PM at Columbia Basin College, Gjerde Center in Pasco. Tickets are available through the Seattle City Club.
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.
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.
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.