Upcoming Events

Washington 4th District Public Calendar

Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner

Please join us for our most important event of the year, the Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet.

This signature Benton County Democrats event was created as a tribute in honor of the late Norm Miller, founder of the Tri-City Democrats, former chair of the Benton County Democrats, ardent advocate for social justice, and devoted family man. This evening we celebrate Norm’s legacy by recognizing outstanding local Democrats who exemplify exceptional leadership and dedication.

We are honored to have as our keynote speaker this year the remarkable Manka Dhingra. This amazing woman turned the Legislature blue in a crucial special election last year! She now represents the 45th Legislative District as State Senator. She has worked as a senior deputy prosecutor for King County and is an ardent advocate for mental health, women’s rights, and immigrant issues. Born in Bhopal, she immigrated to the U.S. at age 13. She received her law degree from the University of Washington. Ms. Dhingra is the first Sikh ever elected to serve in any state legislature. She brings a compelling personal story and an exciting vision for the future of Washington state Democratic politics.

A highlight of the evening are the awards presented to individuals for their outstanding contribution and leadership to the local party. Our honorees this year are:
* Democratic Leadership: Neil Norman
* Rising Star: Reid Romine

Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program promptly at 6:30 p.m.


Tri-City Pride Festival

This year’s signature Tri-Cities Pride event — an afternoon festival packed with activities — is planned in Pasco.

But Kennewick and Richland also will get in on the fun, with events in those cities in the days beforehand as part of a weeklong celebration of LGBT culture and pride.

“We want to be inclusive as we can,” said Carly Coburn, an organizer. “It’s nice to be able to host and sponsor several events that are happening all over the community.””

“The week of activities “is a good opportunity for LGBTQ-plus people and their families and allies to come together and celebrate, have some fun and see how supportive the community is and can be to them,” Coburn said.”


Wear Orange to End Gun Violence
Our local Moms Demand Action will be serving up goodies and introducing themselves at Howard Amon Park on Friday June 1st.

Come by and say hi! Bring a friend!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/118889962323118/

Campaign Launch Rally for Christine Brown

Please join Christine Brown for a Campaign Launch Rally

When: May Monday, May 14 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Neil F. Lampson Pit Area; Kennewick, Washington 99336

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1047122002106510/

Its time to Rise & Organize!

Join us on May 19th at 10am at Pasco High School for a Canvass hosted by Tri-Cities Young Democrats!

Pre-register here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/6473

No training required! Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1884238744928609/



Campaign Filing News

We’re pleased to report that not only do we have Democratic candidates running in every legislative race, we have 32 PCO filings!! Let’s hear it for Christine Brown, for 4th CD, Leo Perales for Senator, Shir Regev and Christopher Tracy for 8th LD Positions 1 and 2, and Everett Maroon and Rebecca Francik for 16th LD Positions 1 and 2! [Source: https://www.facebook.com/bencodems/]

Zahra Roach from Franklin County has filed to run for county commissioner. The piece in the Tri-City Herald seems to focus on Clint Didier but there is also information on all of the filers! [Source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article211462899.html]

There are 32 PCO’s filings: https://www.bentonauditor.com/PCO_Filings

Filing week was May 14 – 18, to see a list of all candidates who have filed: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/elections/Candidates/WhoFiled?countyCode=be

The MyTri2030 Community Questionnaire will be available online until May 15.  This is an excellent opportunity to make your voice heard!

Let’s Improve Our Ground Game

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

Calling for Support of SB 5940 in the Washington State Senate. Creating the presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States Department of Energy Hanford Site.     Current Status

Calling for Support of SB 5940

Calling for Support of SB 5940 in the Washington State Senate. Creating the presumption of occupational disease for certain employees at the United States Department of Energy Hanford Site.

Posted by Christine Brown for Congress on Wednesday, January 17, 2018


The Benton County Democrats Newsletter for May is available here:  http://www.bencodems.org/docs/Newsletters/2018/2018-05May.pdf. The May edition continues the new feature “Up Close and Personal: Getting to Know Your Fellow Democrats” by Richard Badalamente and has some great pictures of the Cinco de Mayo Event. Please read and Share!

If you have any suggestions for the newsletter please send a message to newsletterchair@bencodems.org

Jessica Monterey González has put together a DACA letter – Please download, put in your information, and send to your representative. Thank you!!

See News and Comments for information about past events.

Committee News

The Legislative District Caucuses/County Convention was held March 24, 2018 at Desert Hills Middle School.  The platform was adopted.  In addition the resolution supporting the initiative to create the nation’s first universal single payer health insurance system, originally passed at the March 15 General Membership Meeting, was adopted.

The E-Board was June 4th at the Round Table in Richland on GW and Torbett.  The General Meeting this month will be at the usually scheduled 3rd Wednesday of the month: June 20th. 7:00 at the Richland Library: 455 Northgate Dr, Richland.  The 8th LD meeting starts at 6:00.  Agenda will be posted soon.

All Meeting notes are available on the Documents and Resources page.

BCDCC Officers for 2017-2018 (9/20/2017)

Recent Events

Folks have been very active! Here are some pictures from recent events

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Celebration of Science

When: Saturday April 21 10AM-3PM
Where: John Dam Plaza
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/181096402642411/

The “Celebration of Science” is an annual festival style event to celebrate the contributions of science-based industries and STEM professionals in our Mid-Columbia area to our everyday life. It is designed for all ages!

March For Our Lives

In addition to supporting national School walk-outs March 14th and April 20th, we will be marching in solidarity with those in DC and around the country to demand that our representatives make the safety of our schools, communities and children a priority. More info to come. Please Join us.

When: March 24th, 2018, 3PM

Where: Howard Amon Park, Richland

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1523641621045035/

If you are able to support this wonderful group of students in their endeavor to stand up and speak out a local GoFundMe has been established for the event: https://www.gofundme.com/marchforourlivestc

Update May 21st: “March For Our Lives Tri-Cities has officially donated $2,874.00 to the Stoneman Douglas Victim’s Fund. We want to extend a warm thank you to everyone who generously donated to our cause and made MFOLTC possible. We are the future and we will make a difference.” ~ March For Our Lives Tri-Cities

Special Election February 13, 2018
Results were certified February 23rdhttps://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/benton/

Tri-Cities Organizing Academy

We’re holding another Tri-Cities Organizing Academy! Saturday, February 24 at 1 PM – 5 PM
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/520380258342978/
Sign up here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/3848

The Organizing Academy is an interactive training led by expert organizers for activists who want to be leaders in the effort to turn all of Washington State blue.Participants will learn and practice the core organizing skills they’ll need to lead the fight. The training will cover: Campaign Strategy 101, Phases of a Campaign, Tactics, Best Practices 101, Leading Events, Engaging Your Network, and Critical Conversation Skills.

Free. A light snack and all materials will be provided. No experience necessary.

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.