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Ballots are landing! Grab your voters’ guide, talk with your neighbors, consult your local political gurus, make up your mind and get your ballot returned by Aug 3. (The earlier, the better!)

Logo for Washington State Redistricting Commission

The Washington State Redistricting Commission (WSRC) has rolled out the first phase of a publicly available mapping tool.

The mapping tool allows for the mapping of state legislative and congressional districts using population estimates from the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM). The OFM data are the most accurate population estimates available. However, they are not the official census data the WSRC will use to draw maps this Fall. The official Census data is not available until mid-August.

“We’re excited to be the first redistricting commission in our state’s history to offer this level of technology to residents across Washington,” said WSRC Chair Sarah Augustine. “We look forward to launching Phase Two when the official redistricting data from the Census Bureau becomes available. That is when people will be able to submit formal maps to the commission for consideration.”

The mapping software allows drafting of maps at the same level of detail available to the commissioners. We release the tool now, without official data, so residents of Washington state can learn how the tool works and become familiar with population trends. Once the official data is released, the public will be able to use the tool to create formal map submissions.

The WSRC will inform the public once the official Census data has been added to the mapping site. The expectation is that this announcement will come in late August or early September.

You can find more information about the Washington State Redistricting Commission at our website. You can watch our meetings live and recorded on TVW or YouTubeFind us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sign up here to receive press releases and media advisories.

The election to Recall Sheriff Jerry Hatcher is on the August 3 ballot


The charges that Jerry Hatched, Benton County Sheriff, committed misfeasance, malfeasance, and/or violated his oath of office allege that he:

  • Illegally appropriated for his own use 14 cases of ammunition belonging to Benton County.
  • Illegally tampered with physical evidence by directing the distribution of ammunition that was potential evidence of his own alleged unlawful acts.
  • Interfered in an investigation into his conduct by acting to prevent witnesses from being interviewed.
  • Violated county anti-discrimination policy by hindering an investigation into his conduct and retaliating against the complainant and witnesses to the investigation.
  • illegally intimidated public servants and witnesses in investigations into his conduct by raising false allegations of impropriety and threatening witnesses’ jobs.
  • Illegally made false or misleading statements to law enforcement and the court regarding the number of firearms he needed to surrender pursuant to a court order.
  • Illegally made false or misleading Statements to public servants claiming that he had initiated a criminal investigation into his own conduct when he had not.
  • Falsified a public record by placing a false date on an investigation request.

Should Jerry Hatcher be recalled from office based upon these charges?

Gov. Inslee has enlisted the help of the state lottery to encourage folks to get vaccinated! Starting Tuesday, the state lottery will conduct one drawing for $250,000 every week for four weeks among all vaccinated individuals. At the end of the four weeks, there will be an additional, final drawing for a $1 million prize. Vaccinated Washingtonians don’t need to do anything to be entered in the five drawings. The lottery will automatically gather names from the state Department of Health immunization database. -Tina Podlodowski, Chair, WA Dems

New BCDCC Meeting Time for 2021

We have changed the time of our regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

It’s now on the Fourth Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on February 25 at 7:00 PM. The Zoom link will be distributed to the Benton County Democrats email list.

The Tri-City Democrats have prepared a survey on local racism. Please share your experiences with racism in the Mid-Columbia via this survey. And share the survey.

We have created some graphics that may be useful for our staff and members. These can be considered as public domain and free to use. You can import them and use them on documents or as a Zoom meeting virtual background.

More likely than not, you have already heard the terrible news: Our Spokane County Democrats were the victims of an attempted bombing of their headquarters yesterday. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the suspect is now in police custody. 

A small group of our dedicated and hardworking volunteers were doing socially distanced clean-up work when an individual entered their office with a large backpack. He then gave one of our volunteers what he called a “manifesto” instructed her to spread it on social media, and announced that he had a bomb. Thinking quickly, the volunteers were able to evacuate the building safely and dial 911. Unfortunately, however, the attacker set a fire, and there is now extensive damage to our Spokane headquarters. 

While we don’t know exactly what this person claimed in his “manifesto,” this is an awful reminder of how the violent, divisive, and hateful rhetoric plaguing our current political environment can have real-life consequences. Our hearts go out to everyone who was directly affected by this awful incident. As a party, the absolute least we can do is help them pick up the pieces. That is why we are raising funds that will directly support the Spokane County Democrats in their rebuilding efforts. I urge you to give whatever you can today: 

Thank you so much for all of your support during this difficult time. We are so blessed to have you with us, and we will get through this together. 

Tina Podlodowski

2020 Reorganization

The Benton County Democratic Central Committee has elected its new slate of officers for the 2020-2022 Term. These are as follows:

  • Chair – Judi Johannesen
  • First Vice Chair – Allison Dabler
  • Second Vice Chair – Dori Luzzo-Gilmour
  • State Committee Member – Shir Regev
  • State Committee Member – Sabastian Marichalar
  • Secretary – Marjorie Kaspar
  • Treasurer – Alisha Durga Victorine

Our congratulations to these worthy folks.

And our grateful thanks go to all those who did the good work in the 2018-2020 Term.

8th LD Reorganization

On December 5, 2020, the 8th Legislative District Democrats elected officers for the next 2 years. They are the following:

  • Christopher Tracy, Chair
  • Shir Regev, Vice Chair
  • Brent Kirby, Treasurer
  • Cait Guyette, Secretary
  • Jayce Wright, State Committee Person
  • Sarah Kennedy, State Committee Person

On November 18, 2020, some minor changes were adopted to add the office of Second Vice-President to our list of officers.

2020 Bylaws

2020 Policy Guide

The Benton County Democratic Central Committee encourages EVERYONE to protect their family and neighbors by wearing their masks in public.

Thank you to all the folks who ran for Precinct Committee Officer. Here is a link to our new list of PCO’s for the 2021-2022 biennium. These Elected PCO’s will constitute the voting members for the selection of officers for the 2021-2022 biennium at our Reorganization meeting after this year’s election season. If you wish to become an officer of the Benton County Democratic Central Committee, this list of people are the ones who will be making those selections.

Benton County Elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officers

Those PCO candidates who were not elected may certainly be appointed during or after the Reorganization meeting to be Acting PCO in a nearby precinct which does not have a PCO. .

A new platform for 2020 has been approved. You can see it by tapping or clicking the following link.

Benton County 2020 Democratic Platform

Links to recently-approved resolutions have been added to the Documents and Resources page.

Approved Bylaws, Policy Guide, and Rules

Revisions to the three governance documents were approved in 2019.