17. November 2023 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up November 17, 2023 · Categories: Announcements, Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Hello Democrats and happy Friday!

First – I wanted to let you know that we will be closing our office next week in celebration of Thanksgiving and to give our team a well deserved break to rest and recharge after a successful election cycle and in advance of 2024! Whether you are traveling far, or staying right here in Washington State we want to wish you a happy and restful Thanksgiving with friends, family, and the people you care about most. 2024 will be a sprint and it’s important we all charge our batteries now so we can be ready to support Democrats at every level!

Second – With over 99% of ballots counted, we are very close to having a final picture of this year’s results – and we wanted to walk you through outcomes for our most closely watched races. 

A few words on turnout. At this point we are showing a statewide turnout of 36.13% which will trend slightly higher when all is said and done. While not the record breaking turnout we aim for every cycle, this is solid performance for an odd-numbered year and tracks closely with the past several election cycles. With that being said, we need to pick up the pace heading into 2024 and are doing all we can to launch a robust and effective turnout program statewide! 

Here’s where results stand in major elections – we’ve noted where races have been called, as well as results we expect will hold:

  • In Spokane –  I’m pleased to announce that Lisa Brown has won with 51.7% of the vote and will be the next Mayor of Spokane and the first Democrat to hold that seat since 2011! Betsy Wilkerson, Paul Dillon, and Kitty Klitzke have also secured strong victories. Every vote matters!
  • In Pierce County – We’re so excited that Jamika Scott and Olgy Diaz (former WA Dems staff) have secured victory on the Tacoma City Council!
  • In Snohomish County – Susanna Johnson has defeated her MAGA opponent in the Sheriff’s race, with 51.5% of total votes
  • In SW Washington – Most of our targeted Democratic candidates have won handily, with Democratic stalwart Don Orange bringing in a particularly strong 68.9% in his race for re-election for Port of Vancouver. Democratic enthusiasm is alive and well in Clark County and we are ready to utilize every ounce of momentum in next year’s contest for CD 3! 
  • In Central WA – while we were unable to carry the Yakima City Council for Democrats, we have two bright spots in Sunnyside, where Keren Vazquez and Julie Hart are winning by 153 and 121 votes respectively. While this may not sound like much, races in this city frequently come down to margins in the single digits – these are huge victories for our Democrats! 
  • In Walla Walla – WA Dems Party leader Jeff Robinson handily won his race for City Council, bringing in 51.8% of the vote. 
  • In Prosser – Dems are leading in all competitive races and look poised for big victories citywide! 
  • In Whatcom County – It was a great day for Democrats, with young voters showing up in droves to support our candidates (30% of voters 18-24 turned out, double the state average). Notably, Sheriff-elect Donnell “Tank” Tanksley won with a strong 51.9% of the vote over his conservative opponent. We anticipate some of 2024’s tightest races will be up in Whatcom, and we are gearing up for success!  
  • And on School Boards Statewide – We beat back nearly all school board candidates endorsed by extremist hate group Moms for Liberty, showing that Washington voters of all stripes want to keep the far right out of our classrooms. 

All in all – this election was a rousing success for Democrats in Washington State and we’re thrilled with what we have accomplished. 

Thank you for everything each of you did to lead us to victory in so many critical races. We never could have gotten here without massive investments of time, money, energy, and commitment from Democrats statewide and we can’t overstate how grateful we are to have such a strong team across Washington State!

WA Dems Holiday Party – Please RSVP!

We have so much to be proud of this November, but 2023 is just the beginning and we need to remain vigilant and energetic, with our eyes locked firmly on the prizes we must win in 2024. And so, we hope you will join us in kicking off the next year with a bang at our Holiday Party on December 12th!

WA Democrats Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 12th 

4:30pm Sponsor Reception | 5:30pm Main Event

1932 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

Tickets

$30 – General Admission | $55 – VIP 

Individual Sponsors

$100 – Grassroots Sponsor (1 VIP Ticket + Special Recognition)

$250 – Grassroots Champion (2 VIP Tickets + Special Recognition)

Organizational Sponsors

$500 | $1,000 | $2,500 | $5,000 | $10,000

RSVP Online Here

Please note that an earlier invitation incorrectly listed 12/7 the date of this event – 

12/12 is the correct and official date of this event. 

We anticipate a terrific event with Democrats from across Washington State and inspiring addresses from some of our top Democratic leaders. 

Please address all questions and sponsorship inquiries to joebarden@wa-democrats.org

Thanks so much – we hope you will be able to join us!

NEXT STEPS AND TIMELY ACTION

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, and calendar rapidly filling up with holiday travel and activity we ask that you carve out some time to take one or more of the following actions in support of our statewide mission:

  1. lease consider investing now to help us make key organizing hires and hit the ground running in 2024! Early organizing allows us to maximize our voter contacts statewide and can make all the difference in the tightest races! The easiest way to give is online here
  2. Sign up to volunteer now – we need to build a talented roster of volunteers statewide to execute GOTV at a massive scale come election season. It’s “all hands on deck” next year and we would love to have you on board!
  3. If you’re not already involved, please reach out to your local Party organization, get on their contact list, and attend a meeting if you can! Local Parties are the best source of on-the-ground, timely action opportunities to support our candidates and are critical to sharing our message with voters statewide and leading terrific candidates to victory! 

Thanks again so very much for your support and continued engagement. We accomplished so much this year and we’re on track to do so much more in 2024! 

Your investment and energy is the lifeblood of our Party and our work. We hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving with friends and family next week and we look forward to reconnecting with you later this month!

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

House Passes Johnson’s Plan to Avert Shutdown in Bipartisan Vote

With many Republicans refusing to back more government spending, Democrats supplied the bulk of the votes for the speaker’s bill to extend federal funding through early 2024.

Push renewed for online child safety bill despite setbacks

Congress has held dozens of hearings on data privacy in the past five years without major legislation moving forward. 

House Unanimously Passes Larsen-DelBene Bill to Add Mount Vernon Court Location to Western District of Washington

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 786, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Rick Larsen (WA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Tony Gonzales (TX-23) that would add Mount Vernon as a court location in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington by voice vote.

Smith’s bill would help expand access to pre-apprenticeship

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA, 9th) today introduced the Pre-Apprenticeship Wrap-Around Support Services Fund Act, which would help fund transportation, housing, and childcare stipends, pay for lost hourly wages, and cover certification costs for those enrolled in pre-apprenticeships.

With gratitude,

Chair Shasti Conrad
Washington State Democratic Party

The work we do today wins elections tomorrow. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution now. 

Want to support our work year round? Join Blue Washington, our monthly giving program! It is the most effective way to help candidates, volunteers, organizers, activists, and staff because it gives us the certainty we need to scale up our program with confidence. Your monthly investment ensures we can defend our strong legislative majorities, flip key congressional seats from red to blue, and fight for progressive values. Help us lead the way to victories at all levels of government today!

Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States
17. November 2023 · Comments Off on National Democratic Training – November 17, 2023 · Categories: Announcements, Recent Events

Wishing a huge CONGRATULATIONS to the hundreds of NDTC-trained winners from the November elections!

We’re firm believers that there are no “off years,” and our winners are shining examples of that! From the first LGBTQIA+ member of the Mississippi state legislature to unseating long-time Republican incumbents for city supervisor in New York, we’re still gathering stories from all the amazing victories.

All this work means we’re also taking a well-deserved rest this Thanksgiving. And you should too! We have a few more upcoming training events in 2023 (which we’ll preview below), but we’re taking a week off from this newsletter in the meantime. Enjoy your turkey trots, some delicious food, and quality time with loved ones!

So You Want to Run for Office
Monday, December 4 at 1pm ET

In this training, you’ll learn the steps necessary to run for office, how to choose which office to run for, and how to share this important decision with friends and family. Plus our trainer will be able to ask any and all questions you may have about your future run for office!

No better way to get prepared for 2024 than considering how you might go about your own run for office!

Maximize Your Field Strategy Through Precinct Prioritization
Tuesday, December 5 at 1pm ET

The best Thanksgiving meal involves plenty of planning – so does your field strategy!

Precinct prioritization ensures that your campaign’s resources are used effectively to reach the most important voters. It’s never too early to get started on collecting and analyzing the data you need to use these strategies.

And it doesn’t stop there! You can always visit the Online Academy’s Course Catalog, set up a free account, and keep track of your progress while taking advantage of our extensive course offerings.

12. November 2023 · Comments Off on FUSE Washington – Legislative Wrap-up 2023 · Categories: Announcements

There were some incredible wins for progressives across the country in this year’s elections. Ohio voters enshrined the freedom to make their own reproductive health choices – including abortion – into their state constitution, Kentucky’s Democratic Governor Andy Beshear won re-election in a deep red state, and Democrats swept both houses of Virginia’s state legislature, denying MAGA Governor Glenn Youngkin a Republican trifecta.

Even in some very red areas, Democratic voters turned out to stop Moms for Liberty candidates, keep election overthrowers out of auditor offices, and defied the mainstream media’s manufactured panics about enthusiasm and the booming economy.

It was also a great night for Fuse’s top priority races where we focused our resources across the state. From taking back the Spokane Mayorship to defending the democratic majority in Bellevue, our investments in advertising, mobilization, and Get Out The Vote efforts made a big impact.

There were more mixed results in school board races across the state, complicated by a mix of wins, losses, and still-unclear results in contests that featured right-wing Moms For Liberty candidates. Progressives also had a tougher time in Seattle, where more centrist candidates who were backed by a late infusion of $1 Million from business-backed PACs are winning most of their races.

Spokane
After 12 years of conservative mayors, Spokane has elected a Democrat to lead the city! Lisa Brown holds what appears to be a reliable 3% lead in the race, and offers the chance to transform city and local government in Spokane. Spokane voters rejected MAGA Republican incumbent Nadine Woodward, due in part to her embrace of domestic terrorist and former state Rep. Matt Shea in August.

Betsy Wilkerson, with her 6% win over Republican Kim Plese, has become the first-ever Black president of the Spokane City Council! We’re excited to have helped elect Wilkerson as part of our Spokane independent expenditure campaign. We know she’ll get right to work on her top priorities, like finding ways to encourage homeownership for families of color with more accessible down payment assistance and educational programs to address racial disparities.

City Council candidate Paul Dillon canvasses with Fuse staff in Spokane

The Spokane City Council provided plenty more good news, as longtime Planned Parenthood VP and Fuse partner Paul Dillon defeated Katey Randall Treloar, and former U.S. Army reserve medic Kitty Klitzke won her race for District 3, bringing to the council a strong advocate for making our streets safer for everyone walking and rolling. Although Lindsay Shaw fell short in her race to unseat incumbent conservative Michael Cathcart in District 1, we know she’ll continue to be a powerful progressive leader in the community.

Across Spokane County, voters rejected the expensive new jail measure by an overwhelming 63%, capping off a successful campaign by Fuse and our partners to defeat this $1.7 billion boondoggle. Spokane residents deserve proven, cost-effective approaches to public safety, not pointless new jails rejected by legal experts.

Fuse helped fuel these wins by organizing a powerful coalition of partners in Spokane that raised over $450,000 to run a comprehensive Get Out The Vote campaign targeting infrequent progressive voters and exposing the right-wing candidates’ extreme positions.

Bellevue
Progressive city council members Janice Zahn and John Stokes were re-elected by voters, protecting Bellevue’s narrow 4-3 democratic majority! Eastside Progress, our Bellevue-based PAC for Eastside races, organized a $50,000 independent expenditure campaign in support of Stokes and Zahn. Despite receiving maximum donations from billionaire developer Kemper Freeman and other prominent Republicans, conservative candidates Paul Clark and Betsi Hummer were soundly defeated.

Bellevue City Councilmember Janice Zahn campaigns with Fuse staff members

King County
Current Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is on track to be elected to the King County Council with 52% of the vote. Mosqueda, a former member of the Fuse board of directors, defeated Burien Mayor Sofia Aragon, who was embroiled in several recent controversies including removing the Burien Planning Commission chair, which led to nearly a dozen resignations in protest.

Pierce County
School board races featuring Moms For Liberty candidates produced some mixed results, with the Puyallup candidates who were caught on secret video celebrating being a hate group having won their races. But in Sumner-Bonney Lake, Moms For Liberty candidates Denis Caron and Paul Monsen have both been defeated by Kevin Lewis and Bill Gaines, respectively. Other high-profile Moms For Liberty candidates in the area also lost, with Janet Caldwell defeating Noa Bunting in Clover Park, and Megan Bearor defeating Mark Pampe in the Dieringer School District.

In Tacoma, Olgy Diaz successfully retained her At-Large position on the city council, where she has been a standout first-term councilmember. Less importantly, but more adorably, Diaz is also the proud winner of Fuse’s “Best Candidate Dog” competition that we held on our TikTok account.

Countywide Sheriffs winning in NW Washington
Two more progressive sheriffs were victorious over their MAGA opponents. Susanna Johnson defeated incumbent Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, who infamously hired Proud Boys and police who lied under oath to his office. Meanwhile, in Whatcom County, Donnell “Tank” Tanksley is set to win his race for the open sheriff seat against the Republican-endorsed undersheriff, Doug Chadwick.

Progressive Voters Guide results
The Progressive Voters Guide (PVG) reached a new milestone as we surpassed 300 PVG candidate recommendations for the first time in Fuse history! We ran guides in six states, teaming up with our progressive partner organizations in each state to pair local political expertise with our successful tech infrastructure.

Dots showing voters who used the Progressive Voters Guide across Washington

We saw strong interest in our data for who used the PVG, including 12% of all voters in Seattle and Tacoma, and 10% of all voters in Spokane and Bellingham! You may also have noticed that the guide is longer and more comprehensive than ever before, which came in response to your requests in our annual member survey last year. Thanks to Stephanie and Abigail for their tireless work researching candidates and ballot measures this year!

Civic Voices Fellows
We were thrilled to have six fellows on the ground in Southwest Washington this year for our Civic Voices Fellowship. Fellows Tammy Pham, Lee Weselmann, Ashlye Triebs, Luis Huerta Hernandez, Diana and Jorge Luis-Contreras all worked very hard at the campuses of WSU Vancouver and Clark College, and in their community, to register students and community members to vote. The fellows talked to students in their classrooms, organized campus events, tabled at community events, and worked on creative art and media projects. Some of their chosen art and media projects included creating TikToks, letters to the editor, memes, and even a zine!

2023 Fuse Civic Voices Fellows

The fellows also learned more about elections, policy, and important issues in their community in our education sessions with them. In these sessions they also got to meet organizations and individuals that are doing this work, expanding their network and career opportunities. The fellows are wrapping up their work now and we are super proud of them!

What’s next?
Tuesday was a true testament to how our strength comes from our members across the state. While we celebrate some important wins you made possible, we’re also pivoting quickly to build support for meaningful policy changes in the 2024 state legislative session.

Unlike political campaigns, our work doesn’t end on November 7. Planning for next year’s legislative session is already underway as progressives hope to pull key legislation from last year across the finish line. From balancing our state’s tax code to improving transportation and expanding affordable housing, we must keep pushing for progress in Washington. While the results are still trickling in from Tuesday, we’re also thinking about the 2024 elections, when control of the House of Representatives will run through Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. We’ll need to go bigger than ever to defend our vulnerable rural democrats like Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and defeat Donald Trump in swing states.

We need your help to make all this happen! Together, we can enact bold progressive reforms our communities need, and defeat the MAGA agenda in 2024.

More than 450 Fuse members donate monthly to fuel our year-round progressive organizing. Will you join the Progress Partners team by contributing $5 per month?

Thank you for all that you do,
Aaron and the entire team at Fuse

Want to support our work? Become a monthly donor!

Fuse is the state’s largest progressive organization — people creating change online, on the ground, and on issues that matter.

Together for Progress

Join us at
fusewashington.org

11. November 2023 · Comments Off on Veterans Day Parade 2023 · Categories: Recent Events

Please, if you can, join us for the Veterans Day Parade tomorrow. We will be meeting at around 8:30 AM at Flat Top Park. Kindly email Galen Greenwalt (galen@ruralamericansunited.com) your phone number so she can text you our exact location in the lineup. Let’s come together in force to march and express our appreciation for the freedom we enjoy because of the sacrifices of veterans and their families.

10. November 2023 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up November 10, 2023 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Hello Democrats and happy Friday of Election Week!

While we’re still watching final results come in here in Washington State, I want to take a moment to celebrate what a tremendous week this has been for Democrats across the U.S. We fought back and won against the toxic influence of Republicans and achieved historic victories nationwide thanks to hard work and perseverance! 

  • In Ohio – voters fought back against last year’s catastrophic Dobbs decision by overwhelmingly voting to codify the right to choose in their state constitution.
  • In Virginia – Democrats won back control of the House of Delegates and held onto their narrow majority in the State Senate – a firm referendum on the rightward shift seen since their tremendous victories in 2020. Now Glenn Youngkin has to govern with a Democratic State Legislature! 
  • In New Jersey, Republicans came out of the gate thinking they had an opportunity to gain ground and Democrats beat them at every single juncture, expanding strong legislative majorities and perhaps most notably, flipping the deep red 30th District, which Donald Trump won by 35% in 2020. 
  • In PA – Voters in Philadelphia elected Democrat Cherelle Parker to the Mayor’s office, the first black woman to ever hold the role.
  • In RI – Gabe Amo won his race for Congress, becoming the first African American elected to the House from Rhode Island. Gabe is a fellow Obama alum, former colleague, and dear friend!
  • In MS – the Governor’s race may not have panned out as we hoped, but voters did elect Fabian Nelson to the legislature. He will be the first openly gay man to serve in Jackson and surely not the last (now LA is the only state that has never elected an openly gay legislator – we’ll work tirelessly to ensure they get with the program soon)! 
  • And in VA – Danica Roem, who made history as the first trans legislator elected in the United States when she won office in 2017, won her race to be the nation’s second trans state Senator, following in the path Sarah McBroom paved in Delaware in 2020.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg – the Democratic enthusiasm we’re seeing in Washington State and across the country is truly off the charts and I’ve never been prouder to be a Democrat than I am today. 

I also wanted to deliver a resounding thank you to 6th CD Congressman Derek Kilmer, who announced yesterday he will not be running for re-election in 2024, for his years of tremendous service to the people of Washington State and to our Party.

We wish Congressman Kilmer all the best in his next chapter – we will miss him tremendously, and you can be sure we will work tirelessly to ensure our eventual Democratic nominee wins in CD 6! 

Hello Democrats and happy Friday!
 
Can you believe we are just 4 days out from Election Day? That means we have just over 100 hours left to do everything in our power to get out the Democratic vote statewide. 

ELECTION RESULTS UPDATE

Now that we’re a few days past the General Election, it’s a great time to assess where we stand in many of the most critical races statewide. 

We’ll cover the highlights – but remember you can always check on the details via the Secretary of State’s website here: https://results.vote.wa.gov/results/20231107/

At this point in the game, we don’t expect any more major ballot drops, which means most of the results here should hold. With that being said, more votes will be counted in the days to come and we will be back in touch with further updates and analysis once final results are certified later this month. 

As of now, we’re looking at a total voter turnout of 31.3% and projecting final turnout closer to 40% or a bit higher. This puts us roughly on pace with where we were in 2019 and 2021, meaning voter engagement has held steady cycle to cycle. 

In terms of actual results, we haven’t seen a ton of change since election night. That said, we did want to provide a quick summary of notable races: 

  • In Spokane –  Lisa Brown and Betsy Wilkerson still hold strong leads of 51.3% and 52.8% in their races for Mayor and City Council president! Kitty Klitzke and Paul Dillon have commanding leads of 59.4% and 53.3% respectively too, suggesting likely paths to victory. Lindsey Shaw is still down substantially and looks unlikely to carry the day. 
  • In Pierce County – Jamie Smith still faces an uphill battle, holding 44.8% of the vote, but it’s not over until it’s over and we are working hard to make sure every vote is counted! We’re so excited that Jamika Scott and Olgy Diaz (former WA Dems staff) have secured victory on the Tacoma City Council!
  • In Snohomish County – Susanna Johnson appears poised for victory over her MAGA opponent in the Sheriff’s race, with 51.5% of total votes
  • In SW Washington – Most of our targeted Democratic candidates are coming up ahead in school board and other municipal elections, with Democratic stalwart Don Orange bringing in a particularly strong 68.8% in his race for re-election for Port of Vancouver. Democratic enthusiasm is alive and well in Clark County and we are ready to utilize every ounce of momentum in next year’s contest for CD 3! 
  • And In Central WA – the fight for Yakima City Council is looking like a tough one for Dulce Gutierrez who is currently down substantially, but in Sunnyside we have two bright spots with Keren Vazquez and Julie Hart both ahead by over 100 votes. While this may not sound like much, races in this city frequently come down to margins in the single digits – these are huge victories for our Democrats! 

At the end of the day we’re proud to say that most of our Democratic candidates are holding fast. We’ll keep you apprised of any major changes, but we think we have a solid picture of where races are landing across Washington. 

Once more – I want to say a massive thank you to every single person who helped get out the vote leading up to election day. Whether you helped friends and family complete and turn in their ballots, made calls in support of terrific candidates, or pounded the pavement and knocked on doors to ensure every vote was counted, your work made a huge difference and we couldn’t have achieved what we did without you!

WORKING FOR WASHINGTON

I was so excited to join the Spokane County Democrats for Election Night this past Tuesday – they sure know how to put on a Party! I was so inspired to see hundreds of Democrats show up and bring the excitement and energy for soon-to-be mayor (I hope we can drop the “soon-to-be” ASAP) Lisa Brown and so many other great Democrats!  

I’ll be taking a short break from most statewide travel for the remainder of the year – to rest and recharge in advance of what is sure to be a packed 2024. But I look forward to visiting Democrats everywhere in Washington next year. Chances are, I’ll be at a meeting near you in the coming months, so keep an eye on your local party’s calendar!  

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Abortion Rights Fuel Big Democratic Wins, and Hopes for 2024

Election results from Tuesday showed that Democrats, independents and even some moderate Republicans can coalesce around the issue.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear reelected to second term in Kentucky, overcoming state’s GOP dominance

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear won reelection to a second term Tuesday, notching another significant statewide victory in an increasingly red state that could serve as a model for other Democrats on how to thrive politically heading into next year’s defining presidential election.

3 winners and 1 loser from Election Day 2023

Democrats had a good night. So did abortion rights. Glenn Youngkin, not so much.

Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Chair Shasti Conrad
Washington State Democratic Party

The work we do today wins elections tomorrow. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution now. 

Want to support our work year round? Join Blue Washington, our monthly giving program! It is the most effective way to help candidates, volunteers, organizers, activists, and staff because it gives us the certainty we need to scale up our program with confidence. Your monthly investment ensures we can defend our strong legislative majorities, flip key congressional seats from red to blue, and fight for progressive values. Help us lead the way to victories at all levels of government today!

Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States
10. November 2023 · Comments Off on National Democratic Training – November 10, 2023 · Categories: Recent Events

The Blue Wave begins here!

This past week, more than 650 NDTC-trained candidates were on the ballot. From fighting for school boards to state legislatures, Democrats up and down ballots made their marks nationwide.
And we’re proud of every person who boldly ran for office!

While these election results continue rolling in, you might already be thinking about what the 2024 cycle will bring.

So we have two more opportunities to join us for introductory trainings that will walk you through all the considerations needed to run for office.

Join us on Thursday, November 16 at 6pm ET for So You Want to Run for Office, the comprehensive training on getting your name on the ballot, researching the many elected offices in your community, and building a plan to share the news with family and friends.

Can’t make it next week? Don’t worry!

We have one more opportunity before the end of 2023 to join us for So You Want to Run for Office on Monday, December 4 at 1pm ET.

It’s never too early to jump in and get prepared. Let’s get the blue wave rolling in 2024!

So You Want to Run for Office: Indigenous American Heritage Month
Monday, November 13 at 1pm ET

Congress has six Native and Indigenous Congresspeople currently serving. While this is historic, it is only the beginning.

We’re hosting a special edition of our So You Want to Run for Office training in celebration of Indigenous American Heritage Month. Our trainer will discuss the many unique needs and challenges Indigenous candidates may face on the campaign trail.

Running an Effective Debrief for Your Local Democratic Party
Tuesday, November 14 at 1pm ET

If you were involved in this cycle with your local party, then this debrief event is for you!

Learn the best strategies of facilitating a debrief to get the most out of this essential post-Election Day process. Review challenges, success, deltas, plusses, and everything in between by debriefing with best practices.

What is a Democratic Precinct Chair
Wednesday, November 15 at 1pm ET

Becoming a Democratic precinct chair (also known as a precinct captain) is an excellent way to get politically involved with your community and with your local Democratic Party infrastructure. This training will walk you through precinct chair responsibilities, how to engage in non-electoral organizing in your precinct, and tactics for connecting with community members beyond Election Day.

Because building relationships with voters is such a huge part of a precinct captain’s job, this position is ideal for those with an interest in field organizing. See how you can get involved for the 2024 cycle!

Maximize Your Field Strategy Through Precinct Prioritization
Tuesday, December 5 at 1pm ET

The mark of an exceptional field plan is one that doesn’t cast too wide a net.

With limited time, resources, and people power, your campaign or local party needs to maximize the assets you do have.

Precinct prioritization is the best way to use your energy wisely. This training will go through the essential data pieces you need to get it done on the trail. It’s never to early to prep your field game!

And it doesn’t stop there! You can always visit the Online Academy’s Course Catalog, set up a free account, and keep track of your progress while taking advantage of our extensive course offerings.

06. November 2023 · Comments Off on Washington Public Bank · Categories: Announcements

Dear Members of the Benton County Democratic Party,

Washingtonians for Public Banking (WPB) is a nonprofit whose mission is to establish a public bank in Washington state. As our motto states, we want a bank run of, by, and for the people. For over a decade, various groups have been fighting for a public bank in the state; so far, success has been elusive.  

Recently Senator Patty Kuderer (District 48) introduced legislation (SB5509) in the state senate to create a public infrastructure bank for Washington’s local, municipal, and tribal governments. Unfortunately, the legislation was killed in committee. While the death of the legislation is frustrating, WPB is taking it as an opportunity to take a step back and develop a long-term grassroots strategy to victory.

At a recent board meeting, it was decided to spend our efforts forming a broad-based coalition among the various groups that have supported public banking. Then, in strategically important areas, use this coalition to pressure representatives in local, municipal, and tribal governments to pass resolutions supporting public banking. It is our belief that once state legislators are convinced the local governments want a public bank—and there exists a large and diverse coalition to pressure them—we will eventually see public bank legislation passed. Already, we have had some success with this strategy. In the last two months, we have had productive meetings with grassroots organizations in Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston County, including the Thurston County Democrats.

I am reaching out to representatives of the Benton County Democratic Party set up a meeting, whether in person or virtually, to discuss the necessary steps to form a powerful coalition for public banking, specifically how our organization could work together for the upcoming legislative session.

If interested, please feel free to respond to this email. We are more than happy to schedule a date and time that works around your schedule. You can also visit our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Flyer: Washington Public Bank Information

Website: www.waforpublicbanking.org

Twitter: @WApublicbanking

Facebook: WAPublicBankNatlInfrBank/

Sincerely,

Marco Rosaire Rossi

Executive Director

Washingtonians for Public Banking

www.waforpublicbanking.org

04. November 2023 · Comments Off on ACLU November 4, 2023 · Categories: Announcements

The ACLU has a unique and irreplaceable role to play in the fight for civil rights. And so do you.

That’s why we need you to become a member today.

ACLU Supporter –

I’m emailing you today to ask you to become a member of the ACLU.

Here’s why:

Our teams of lawyers, organizers, and advocates are hard at work defending and advancing civil liberties across the country:

  • Right now, we’re continuing to fight for educational equity by stopping unconstitutional censorship in the classroom.
  • At the same time, we’re fighting for reproductive freedom after a court handed down a decision that could severely limit access to mifepristone, a safe medication used in most abortion care in the United States.
  • And that’s not all: Our team just won a huge settlement victory for thousands of migrant families who were separated under the Trump administration.

Our rights are on the line like never before – but the ACLU is positioned like no other organization to take this challenge head-on and win. In this all-hands-on-deck moment, I am asking you to support our critical work by becoming an ACLU member today.

With your support, we can also redouble our efforts to defend the right to vote, protect the rights of LGBTQ people, demand the transformation of our racist policing institutions, and so much more. Your membership can make the difference in our ability to commit to this crucial work.

We’re ready to take on all these fights nationwide – but it’s also going to take the passion, energy, and strong backing of supporters like you. That’s why we need you to become a member today.

Thanks for all you do,

Anthony D. Romero
Pronouns: He, him, his
Executive Director, ACLU


American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004, USA

03. November 2023 · Comments Off on WSDCC Wrap-up November 3, 2023 · Categories: Committee News

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Hello Democrats and happy Friday!
 
Can you believe we are just 4 days out from Election Day? That means we have just over 100 hours left to do everything in our power to get out the Democratic vote statewide. 

Want to know how you can make the biggest impact for Democratic candidates between now and next Tuesday? Please consider taking one or more of the following three actions:

  1. First and foremost, if you haven’t done so already, PLEASE VOTE (find a drop box near you using this link). If, for any reason, there is an issue with your ballot, we can help you correct it and get your vote counted – call our voter hotline for any concerns at 206-309-VOTE. And please do make certain your friends and family VOTE too – again, we need every vote this cycle. Help us! Use social media, dinnertime conversations, whatever it takes to make certain that folks know they need to vote!
  1. Please reach out to your local Democratic Party organization and sign up for at least one GOTV-focused activity between now and Election Day. Democrats will be knocking doors, making calls, and sending texts across Washington State this weekend and we need all hands on deck! 
  1. Last, but not least, please consider one more donation to support last-minute GOTV pushes in key turf statewide. We are still investing in targeted voter contact efforts in our closest races and any support you can provide will help us reach even more low-propensity, likely Democratic individuals. The best way to donate is online here.

We need your help in this critical final sprint and we can’t miss any opportunity to help push our candidates across the finish line!

Thank you for standing with us, today and every day. Below, we wanted to share some information we thought you would find helpful and informative in advance of Election Day. 

TARGET RACES

We are working hard to support hundreds of Democratic candidates running for local office statewide – but we wanted to share details on a few races we’re watching especially closely:

In Spokane – the largest Washington city with a Republican Mayor, Democrat Lisa Brown could flip the city’s top office back to blue! She finished the Primary with a nearly 9% advantage over her Republican incumbent opponent (and associate of accused domestic terrorist and white nationalist Matt Shea) Nadine Woodward. This is our top opportunity in 2023 and we won’t stop until we win!  

We’re also pulling hard for Betsy Wilkerson in her race for Council President (she also finished the Primary with a strong advantage over her opponents) and Democrats Lindsey Shaw, Paul Dillon, and Kitty Klitzke! 

In Central Washington — Yakima and Sunnyside have county and municipal races that routinely come down to one hundred or fewer votes and we are working tirelessly to engage a diverse community of voters and ensure Democrats win. We’re especially focused on the competition to maintain our narrow Democratic majority on the Yakima City Council where union leader Dulce Gutierrez (who won her primary by only 7 votes) must carry the day! We also can’t afford to leave a single vote on the table in Sunnyside, where Democrat Keren Vazquez finished the primary election just 21 votes ahead and needs all the help we can give! 

In Southwest Washington — We have key Port Commission and School Board races that we must win in order to get out the Democratic vote early and often and help ensure we can hold CD 3 next year!

In Pierce County — Jamie Smith could flip a red seat blue by defeating incumbent Paul Herrera, widening our narrow Democratic majority on the County Council! 

And in Snohomish County – we’re fighting hard for Susanna Johnson who’s running for Sheriff to unseat far-right incumbent Adam Fortney and reaffirm a commitment to fairness and justice in Washington’s third largest county! 

And this barely scratches the surface of the long list of critical local races we’re fighting hard for in 2023! Tuesday’s Election is a tremendous opportunity to make our Democratic power resonate statewide and send the message loud and clear that when people vote, Democrats win. 

Please join us in making sure we don’t leave a single Democratic vote on the table!

DEMOCRATS IN THE NEWS

Senator Murray Pushes for Critical Child Care Funding Alongside Rep. DeLauro, White House Officials

Fulfilling the President’s funding request could help serve 183k kids across Washington state, per new White House estimates

Letter to the editor: Gluesenkamp Perez is a true champion of the middle and lower class

Congresswoman Gluesenkamp Perez is a breath of fresh air in Washington, D.C. She is a working-class mom who understands the struggles that her constituents face.

Cantwell, Hickenlooper Bill to Clean Up Space Junk Passes Senate Unanimously

ORBITS Act would support technologies to clear the nearly 1 million pieces of dangerous orbital debris that endanger astronauts and satellites

Keep in touch, stay engaged, and as always, thank you for all you do!

With gratitude,

Chair Shasti Conrad
Washington State Democratic Party

The work we do today wins elections tomorrow. If you’re ready to elect Democrats in every race and every place in Washington state, invest in our efforts and make a contribution now. 

Want to support our work year round? Join Blue Washington, our monthly giving program! It is the most effective way to help candidates, volunteers, organizers, activists, and staff because it gives us the certainty we need to scale up our program with confidence. Your monthly investment ensures we can defend our strong legislative majorities, flip key congressional seats from red to blue, and fight for progressive values. Help us lead the way to victories at all levels of government today!

Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, WA 98194
United States
03. November 2023 · Comments Off on National Democratic Training – November 3, 2023 · Categories: Recent Events

You’re telling us Election Day is next week 😱

If you haven’t already, make your plan to vote on Election Day if it’s an election year in your state.

Use this tool on Vote.org to make your personalized plan today!

Worked or volunteered on a campaign? Looking to jump in next year? Well we have several newly updated courses that might pique your interest!

First, Introduction to VoteBuilder, also known as VAN, takes you through this essential software that can help campaigns effectively target and interact with voters in your district.

Next, Using VoteBuilder to Create Voter Universes takes the learning to the next level by demonstrating specific tools that will help you map out potential voters.

Not sure where to start? Our updated online course dashboard can assist in building out a learning journey tailored to your specific needs or campaign role. Get started today!

How to Run a Political Campaign Debrief
Thursday, November 9 at 1pm ET

Keep track of what you’ve learned this campaign season with this essential post-Election Day program. Our trainer will support you in conducting an effective debrief that will engage everyone on your team.

Be proud of everything you’ve accomplished and look forward toward the future with lessons learned from the trail.

So You Want to Run for Office: Indigenous American Heritage Month
Monday, November 13 at 1pm ET

Congress has six Native and Indigenous Congresspeople currently serving. While this is historic, it is only the beginning.

We’re hosting a special edition of our So You Want to Run for Office training in celebration of Indigenous American Heritage Month. Our trainer will discuss the many unique needs and challenges Indigenous candidates may face on the campaign trail.

Running an Effective Debrief for Your Local Democratic Party
Tuesday, November 14 at 1pm ET

If you were involved in this cycle with your local party, then this debrief event is for you!

Learn the best strategies of facilitating a debrief to get the most out of this essential post-Election Day process. Review challenges, success, deltas, plusses, and everything in between by debriefing with best practices.

What is a Democratic Precinct Chair
Wednesday, November 15 at 1pm ET

Becoming a Democratic precinct chair (also known as a precinct captain) is an excellent way to get politically involved with your community and with your local Democratic Party infrastructure. This training will walk you through precinct chair responsibilities, how to engage in non-electoral organizing in your precinct, and tactics for connecting with community members beyond Election Day.

Because building relationships with voters is such a huge part of a precinct captain’s job, this position is ideal for those with an interest in field organizing. See how you can get involved for the 2024 cycle!

And it doesn’t stop there! You can always visit the Online Academy’s Course Catalog, set up a free account, and keep track of your progress while taking advantage of our extensive course offerings.