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

24. October 2018 · Comments Off on Christine Brown – Primary Election Party – August 7th, 2018 · Categories: Election 2018, Elections, Recent Events

 

Great turn out joined Christine Brown and Eastern Washington Democrats for a primary night election party in historic downtown Kennewick! #ForThe4th#WA04

When:  Tuesday, August 7th, 7 – 9 PM

Where: SportsPage Bar,  6 South Cascade St, Kennewick

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/506745616446727/

21. October 2018 · Comments Off on Endorsements for 2018 General Election · Categories: Election 2018, Elections

At recent BCDCC General Meetings we have made the following endorsements:

Initiatives:

Candidates:

 

09. August 2018 · Comments Off on Campaign Filing News – · Categories: Election 2018, Elections

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

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

Recommendations by the elections committee and confirmed by the body at the September 20, 2017 meeting:

City of Kennewick
Council Pos. 1 ward 1 – Lindy Verhei
Council Pos. 2 ward 2 – Steve Lee
Council Pos. 4 at large – Christy Watts

City of Richland
Council Pos. 1 – Rhoda Williams
Council Pos. 3 – Sandra Kent
Council Pos. 4 – Ginger Wireman
Council Pos. 7 – Dori Luzzo Gilmour

City of West Richland
Council Pos. 3 – Gail Brown
Council Pos. 6 – Kate Moran

Prosser Consolidated School District
Director District 4 – Maricela Sanchez

Richland School District 400
District No. 1- Heather Cleary
District No. 2 – Rick Jansons

Kennewick School District 17
Director No. 1 – Heather Kintzley

A CANDIDATE list, with all candidates is available for downloading here.  The list contains links to the voters pamphlet. Our recommendations are highlighted in green.

The Indivisible Voter’s Guide is here! Please share widely. The URL – http://tinyurl.com/tc-voters-2017

09. November 2017 · Comments Off on Election Day November 7, 2017 – Meet the Candidates · Categories: Election 2017, Elections

Election Day is November 7th

Meet The Candidates

Forum Livestream

Meet The Candidates - PascoForum Livestream Meet The Candidates - KennewickForum Livestream
The Tri-City Young Democrats Candidate Forum was June 29th. A livestream of the event is available and there is a write-up on the WA 8th LD Democrats blog.