30. March 2021 · Comments Off on Veterans Day · Categories: Recent Events

November 7th, 2020

The West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host this year’s Virtual Veterans Day Parade.

Join us on Saturday, November 7th for another year of remembrance and honoring those who served. The Virtual Veterans Day Parade will be available to watch on our website. The Vietnam Memorial Monument Dedication will take place at 11:00am at Flat Top Park. The Drive Thru Chili Feed will starting at 11:30am at the Flat Top Park Pavilion. Donations will go to the Combat Veterans International.

About Scotty Smiley, 2020 Grand Marshall 

In 2005, while leading his platoon in Mosul, Iraq, Scotty found himself in front of a suicide car bomber. After the man blew himself up, shrapnel blew through Scotty’s eyes, leaving him blinded and temporarily paralyzed. Though questioning his faith, Scotty made a decision to forgive and rebuild his life and continue to serve in the Army, becoming the first blind active-duty officer in military history. Over his military career, Major (Retired) Smiley received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings and Combat Diver Qualification Badge.

Our segment of the presentation can be seen at 30:09 through 32:38.

13. January 2021 · Comments Off on 2020 Reorg · Categories: Recent Events

On Saturday, December 5, there will be two reorganization meetings for the two Local Party Organizations which are geographically contained in Benton County. Each of theses organizations will be elected new officers who will serve a two-year term through 2022. These officers will be voted upon by the Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) who were elected in the August Primary election. If you are among these folks, this will be your first official duty as an elected PCO, so please make your plans to attend these meetings.

(Geographically, the 8th Legislative District is wholly contained in Benton County and roughly includes the cities along the Columbia and lower Yakima Rivers. The remainder of Benton County is in the 16th Legislative District and roughly includes Benton City, Prosser, and rural Benton County.)

At noon, the 8th Legislative District Democrats will be electing:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • State Committee Members (2)
    • Nominee – Cedar Kennedy
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Nominations in advance can be submitted to wa8thlddo@gmail.com. Nominees must be residents of the district. If you didn’t receive the official Call-to-Meeting email, you can find the proposed rules for the reorg meeting at 8th Reorg Rules.pdf.

After the 8th is done and no earlier than 2:00 PM, the Benton County Democratic Central Committee will be electing:

  • Chair
  • First Vice Chair
    • Nominee – Allison Dabler
  • State Committee Members (2)
    • Nominee – Kate Moran
    • Nominee – Sabastian Marichalar
  • Second Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, you may place your name in nomination ahead of time by submitting your nomination to chair@bencodems.org and secretary@bencodems.org. Nominees must be residents of the county. If you didn’t receive the official Call-to-Meeting email, you can find the proposed rules for the reorg meeting at BCDCC Reorg Rules.pdf.

13. January 2021 · Comments Off on Spokane Special Fundraiser · Categories: Recent Events

Please join me on Zoom tomorrow for a fundraiser to support the Spokane County Democrats following Wednesday’s tragic attack. The Spokane County Democrats lost their supplies and nearly the entirety of their office in the fire.

Support the Spokane County Democrats on Zoom!

Friday, December 11th

5:15PM – 6:00PM

By Zoom

RSVP with a donation or by email to Katherine@electbobferguson.comDonations of any size can be made at


13. January 2021 · Comments Off on A Scientifically-Achievable Green New Deal · Categories: Recent Events

A Scientifically-Achievable Green New Deal

When: Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6 PM PST

Hosted by Tri-City Democrats

Online Event

This meeting will be held via Zoom, and we encourage our attendees to set their screen name so they can be identified. Please sign up using Meetup https://meetu.ps/e/JyC28/kBv4M/d to receive the Zoom link.

The Tri-City Democrats hold that public policy should be informed by the best available science. To that end we are delighted to provide this talk by internationally-recognized expert Jim Conca.

A Scientifically-Achievable Green New Deal Dr. James L. Conca, Senior Scientist for UFA Ventures, Inc.
Congressional members have rolled out a “Green New Deal” that calls for a rapid shift to carbon-free energy requiring drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the economy. The possible Green New Deals that are actually achievable need to be understood in time to avert collapse of the planetary ecosystems as the population peaks at mid-century. This issue is too important to accept substituting ideology for science. 

03. December 2020 · Comments Off on Ballot Status · Categories: Announcements

Have you Voted?

Here’s How to Check the Status of Your Ballot

Go to this link just like you were registering to vote: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

Type in your first and last name. Then type in your birthday. And then click Submit. This will bring you to your voter registration data.

Click on the Ballot Status link on the left side of the screen. Then you will see whether your ballot has been received and if so, whether it has been accepted or rejected.

If it has been rejected, the Benton County Elections Department will be contacting you by mail. Democrats for whom we have telephone numbers may be getting a call from our ballot chasers.

03. December 2020 · Comments Off on Trick or Vote · Categories: Recent Events

Trick or Vote

When: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 1 PM PDT – 5 PM PDT

Where: John Dam Plaza

Hosted by A place at the table with Shir

Please RSVP at: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49ABAA2CA6F9C25-trick

Don’t let those Halloween costumes go to waste! Join us for this family-friendly literature drop and door hanger event in the final days before Election Day. Volunteers will be visiting the homes of people who need to return their ballots and leave some final literature about Shir behind. No knocking – no tricks! Just a treat for a voter. 🙂