23. January 2019 · Comments Off on Newsletter Editor · Categories: Announcements

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

22. January 2019 · Comments Off on Candidate Forum – October 25th · Categories: Recent Events

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/

22. January 2019 · Comments Off on Celebrating Our Immigrant Community through the Arts – October 20th · Categories: Recent Events


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/

22. January 2019 · Comments Off on Thank you Candidates! · Categories: Announcements, Election 2018, Elections

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

06. November 2018 · Comments Off on Message from the Executive Board · Categories: Election 2018, Elections

The Benton County Democrats, and your elected Executive Board, would like to congratulate all of our amazing candidates for their hard work and dedication to promoting our shared values.

Running for office is one of the most challenging things we can do as citizens, and one of the most important as well.

Without candidates who stand up to be counted when our values are under threat, we would drown in pessimism and cynicism. Our candidates give us a shining light to follow, regardless of outcome, and we are grateful for their leadership.

For those candidates that didn’t do as well as they, (and we), had hoped, take heart in knowing that you have moved the ball forward, and that you have made a stand for what you, and we, believe in. Shouting into the darkness, “This far and no further!”

For those of you who have helped our amazing candidates, we also extend a heartfelt “thank you!”.

The success of a candidate or issue is most often determined by the hearts and efforts of their volunteers, as much, (if not more so), than the candidates themselves. You are amazing!

In that vein, we cannot reach success without an even greater effort over the next few months.

Make no mistake that Trumps GOP has noticed our success and are worried. They will throw everything they have at defeating our communities shared values for their own gain. It is up to all of us to ensure that our candidates, issues, and values win the day.

What have you done to make sure we win in November? What are you doing? What are you willing to do?

Our candidates need money for signs, advertising, and events. They need volunteers for sign placements, doorbelling, and phone-banking. And, most of all, they need your votes, and your advocacy.

Please help us and our candidates win in November. You are the only one that can!

For Election Results: Benton County, Franklin County or Washington State

06. November 2018 · Comments Off on Shirley Miller · Categories: Announcements


Shirley Miller, who died Sept. 21 at age 88, left a significant and lasting mark on the community she came to call home. She was a business owner, a political leader, a social justice warrior.  The memorial service will be Saturday, 10/27, 2 PM at Events at Sunset Gardens, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland WA

The obituary can be viewed here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tricityherald/obituary.aspx?n=shirley-jean-shriver-miller&pid=190556018

03. November 2018 · Comments Off on Campaign Appreciation Picnic – September 29th · Categories: Recent Events

Campaign Appreciation Picnic

Canvass launched at 12:30pm from Columbia Point Marina Park. The canvass will conclude at 3:30 at Leslie Groves Park in Richland (40 Park St, Richland, WA 99354) where we’ll have plenty of food and refreshments!! Let’s do this!!
When: Saturday September 29th 4-7

Where: Leslie Groves Park – 40 Park Street, Richland, Shelter #1 Map

It was a good turn out! See pictures in the Facebook Discussion:

https://www.facebook.com/events/254725491811011/