24. June 2018 · Comments Off on Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet – May 31, 2018 · Categories: Recent Events

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.

24. June 2018 · Comments Off on Pride Festival 2018 · Categories: Recent Events

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.”

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article211695879.html

06. April 2018 · Comments Off on Tech Day – April 2, 2017 · Categories: Recent Events

Tech Day
There was a Tech Day on April 2 from 1:30-4:15 PM at the Richland Public Library. But if you missed it, never fear. We still have our corps of volunteers on retainer. If you would like to have some help with your internet stuff, please send us an email by clicking the link: I Need Tech Help

06. April 2018 · Comments Off on March For Our Lives – March 24, 2018 · Categories: Recent Events

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

06. April 2018 · Comments Off on Legislative District Caucuses/County Convention – March 24, 2018 · Categories: Recent Events

Legislative District Caucuses/County Conventions

Kennewick, WA — The 8th Legislative District and Benton County Democratic Central Committee today announced that local Democrats will meet on March 24 at 10:00 am, to begin the process of choosing Legislative District Delegates to the Washington State Democrats June 16 State Convention in Wenatchee.

In 2016, the State Party held Precinct Caucuses as the first step in its biennial convention cycle. In this non-Presidential year, the State Party will hold stand alone Legislative District Caucuses and joint Legislative District Caucuses/County Conventions on March 24. In total, 49 Legislative Districts and 35 Counties will meet in March while Clark, King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, and Snohomish Counties will host their County Conventions on April 22.

WHAT: Benton County Convention and 8th Legislative District Caucus
DATE: Saturday, March 24, 2018
TIME: 10:00 am
WHERE: Desert Hills Middle School, 1701 S Clodfelter Rd, Kennewick, WA 99338

For a full list of Caucus/Convention locations or to Pre-Register, please go to: https://www.wa-democrats.org/page/2018-convention

We want our caucuses and conventions to be inclusive and accessible. To request disability accommodations if needed, please contact your local Legislative District or County leadership. Contact information available here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/local

The proposed platform is available.

09. March 2018 · Comments Off on Election Results – November 7, 2017 · Categories: Elections

Initial results of the November 7, 2017 election have been made available at: https://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/benton/  Returns are up significantly over the previous comparable election (36.8% vs 32.7% in 2015).

Congratulations to Steve Lee, who won a seat on the Kennewick City Council, and to Blanche Barajas, Ruben David Alvarado and Craig Maloney who won seats on Pasco city council.  Christy Watts in Kennewick and Kate Moran in West Richland are too close to call.

While we would have liked for all of our candidates to win, those who did not still achieved 43-46% of the vote. These results are encouraging.  Our candidates were qualified and capable and presented themselves well to the electorate, and as a result, they received a lot of support. Those who won should have a more clear view of what their constituents expect.

Our candidates and their volunteers have gained experience that will serve our movement well as we work toward a government and a culture that works for all our citizens.

School Boards

School boards work with their communities to improve our kids’ achievement in public schools. They are champions for public education, responsible for:
• employing the superintendent
• developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget;
• overseeing facilities issues; and
• adopting collective bargaining agreements.

In the current 2017 election for school board positions (termed “directors”), 25 of 38 candidates for school board positions in Benton and Franklin counties ran unopposed.

One can excuse a city like Washtucna (Adams County) when it’s all they can do just to fill the 4 positions they had on the school board. They have all of 130 registered voters. But Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland have over ninety-six thousand registered voters, and 3 of 8 candidates for school board ran unopposed. In Prosser, 2 of 3 candidates ran unopposed, 720 registered voters didn’t return their ballots, and the candidate Benton County progressives supported is likely to lose by less than 100 votes.

Let’s recruit good people to run for local office, and let’s continue to work hard to register voters and GOTV — for the good of our communities. For the good of our party.

09. March 2018 · Comments Off on Tri-Cities Organizing Academy – December 17, 2017 · Categories: Recent Events

Greetings all! Washington State, Benton and Franklin County Democrats are partnering to offer the first Organizing Academy in Tri-Cities this Sunday, Dec 17th at the Franklin PUD from 1-5pm. This is a free, four-hour hands-on training. We’ll provide all materials needed and no prior experience is necessary! The academy is open to all activist inside and outside of the Democratic party who want to be leaders in turning Central WA Blue!

Here’s the list of topics we will cover:

  • Critical Conversation Skills
  • Campaign Strategy, Tactics and best Practice
  • Building our Movement
  • Commitment and Next Steps

Registration Link: https://www.wa-democrats.org/ngpvanforms/3628

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/280374535819295/

BCDCC will be hosting the second Organizing Academy Feb 24th 1-5pm at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall in Pasco.