Upcoming Events

Washington 4th District Public Calendar

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’ll be opening up the rally with some live music brought to you by Vanna Oh & The Any’s!

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.
  • Paloma Ali Manzo: Dropping some dope poetry
  • Blanche Barajas: Pasco City Councilwoman
  • Brenda Rodriguez: Speaking on behalf of the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network -Red de Solidaridad de Inmigrantes en WA

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/

Pride Festival Tri-Cities 2019

Save the Date: Pride week for 2019 will be from May 26th thru June 1st, the festival will be on June 1st.

Will post details as soon as logistics are confirmed!

Special Election February 12, 2019

The Special Elections includes only a single ballot measure from the Kennewick School District. No other measures were submitted to appear on the February ballot. [https://www.bentonauditor.com/Current-Election]


[See the Web Log for prior Announcements]

Thank you Candidates!

Your Benton County Democratic Central Committee Executive Board would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful, and tireless, candidates who ran this cycle. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, locally or at the state level.

You stood up, against incredible odds, and bravely fought for our shared values. You didn’t compromise your ideals and you carried yourselves with dignity and grace. You are a wonderful example for future candidates who will build upon your efforts to continue to move us forward.

We saw our turnout numbers rise dramatically over previous elections. Benton County had a turn out of 55.09% in 2014, which is the same type of election as this year, and that was the final number after all votes were tabulated. This year we were at 56% at around 4pm yesterday, and those numbers will continue to rise over the next two weeks. Those voters were inspired and turned out because of you and your message.

Every election we fight in and every election in which we increase voter turnout moves the ball forward.

A huge thank you to Christine Brown, Leo Perales,Shir Regev, Christopher Tracy, Rebecca Francik, Everett Maroon as well as our candidates from the surrounding communities such as Jennifer Goulet, Matthew Sutherland, Diana Izaguirre, and Zahra Roach. We know what you went through and the sacrifices you made to offer yourself to our community. We appreciate you. Your community owes you a debt of gratitude.

Hold your heads high. You have a lot to be proud of.

Endorsements of the Benton County Democrats

✓ If you want to find our your voting information including history and ballot status: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVote/#/home

✓ The election results are coming 11/6 at 8PM https://www.bentonauditor.com/Current-Election

✓ Ballot Return Statistics for all counties: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/research/ballot-return-statistics.aspx

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

Committee News

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

The E-Board meeting was held Monday January 7th 6:30 at the Round Table Pizza on George Washington Way in Richland. (Minutes)

The next General Meeting will be Wednesday January 16th 7:00 (8th LD meeting starts at 6:00) at the Shilo Inn at 50 Comstock in Richland.  Agenda http://bencodems.org/docs/Secretary/2019_Minutes/BCDCC_GeneralMeeting_Agenda_16jan2019.pdf

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/295750951299907/

The Reorganization meeting was held Saturday, December 1st 4:00 PM at the Benton PUD, 2721 W 10th Ave., Kennewick WA  (Minutes),

BCDCC Officers for 2019-2020 (12/1/2018)

Washington State Democrats Central Committee Reorganizing Meeting

When: January 25-27, 2018
Where: Hotel Red Lion, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia, WA 98502
Resolutions from Democratic Party Organizations are due electronically on January 18th for consideration at this meeting.  You can register for the meeting here. 
This tentative schedule contains a listing of the caucus meetings: WSDCC Meeting – Call to Meeting January 2019

Newsletter Editor

The Benton County Democratic Central Committee is searching for a Newsletter editor.  We have a group of approximately 5 volunteers who will continue to help with production and writing, and local democrats are very cooperative in writing up events.  The main task is organization – working with the BCDCC chair and the newsletter committee to determine the contents and gather the articles.  We meet 2 times a month: a planning meeting and a production meeting. At the planning meeting we share ideas for write-ups and authors, at the second meeting we actually put the paper together.  If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions please contact Carl Baker (hodor@warmrock.net ).

Why is the newsletter important? BCDCC communicates using numerous venues: Facebook, the Website, as well as Twitter; these are considered mass communication and are subject to some restrictions based on state and federal elections rules.  The newsletter, which is considered an internal communication, is not restrained by the same rules.  For example we can do candidate interviews and it’s not considered an in-kind contribution.

Previous editions of the newsletter: http://bencodems.org/documents-and-resources/#newsletters

Recent Events

See the Web Log for information about past events.

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.

Modern Living Services: Jingle & Jazz

When: Friday, November 16th, 2018 5:30 PM
Where: Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, Pasco

Details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/695356847165286/

Post Election Celebration

Come hear from local candidates!     Hosted by the Tri-City Democrats

When: Friday, November 9th at 6 PM – 8 PM

Where: UA Local Union 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters  1328 N Road 28, Pasco

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/330009004219484/

NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW – Protect the Mueller Investigation

Thursday, November 8th at 5:00 PM at John Dam Plaza, Richland

Excellent turnout, lined the entire block – 300 people!!  Got lots of positive feedback from the passing cars.

Emergency protests are being planned in Seattle and across the country for Nov. 8, 2018, at 5PM local time in response to President Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appoint Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General to oversee the Mueller Investigation. In addition to Seattle, 900+ Protests are expected throughout the country. This unjustified firing undermines the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. Organizing groups would like to send the message that “no one is above the law.” They are also calling on Congress to respond quickly and forcefully to this act of obstruction of justice.

Details about the Seattle event: https://www.facebook.com/events/480856092409613/

Join us on Election Night for 2018 midterm coverage.  Candidates from Benton and Franklin Counties will be in attendance while we eagerly await the results and celebrate all the hard work of our candidates!

When: Tuesday, November 6th, 6:30 PM

Where: Plaza Room at the Clover Island Inn

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2182002312012588/

Get Out the Vote Tri-Cities

When: Sunday, November 4th 5PM – 8PM
Where: 1328 N Road 28, Pasco, WA

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/743146439383152/

Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Solidarity

Join us on November 4th as we gather for a candlelight vigil for the murder victims and the survivors of the Tree of Life synagogue at John Dam Plaza.

When: Sunday, November 4th 3PM – 6PM
Where: John Dam Plaza
815 George Washington Way
Richland, WA

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/437482373324546/

Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Solidarity Discussion

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Spectra Art Gallery, 19 S Cascade Street, Kennewick

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/284644282173143/

Candidate Forum

Hosted by League of Women Voters of Benton & Franklin Counties, Washington

Races for 8th District State Senator (Brown & Perales)
8th District State Representative, Position 1 (Klippert & Regev)
8th District State Representative, Position 2 (Boehnke & Tracy)
Benton County Commissioner, District 2 (Sanders & Small)
Benton County Coroner (Raebel & Leach)

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Where: Carmichael School; 620 Thayer Dr, Richland, Washington 99352

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/283000305864245/

Washington 5th Congressional District Debate – October 24th

Celebrating Our Immigrant Community through the Arts

Immigrant and First Generation Artists (apply by Sept. 30) may sell their art at this free event.

Enjoy art, music, poetry, food trucks – and great wine!

When: Saturday, October 20th, 2018  5 PM – 8 PM

Where: Monarcha Winery 421 E Columbia Dr., Kennewick

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/723155308036830/

Voter Education Day! (League Of Women Voters)

When: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM – 4 PM

Where: Richland Public Library,  955 Northgate Dr, Richland

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1911513518940259/

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.