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Port of Benton Vacancy

On Wednesday, October 28, 2021 Commissioner Robert Larson announced his retirement from the Port of Benton Commission where he serves in District 2. Revised Code of Washington Chapter 42.12 sets forth the appointment process for filling vacancies of nonpartisan elected offices.

  • Monday, November 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Applications posted on the Port of Benton Website and available in the Port’s offices
  • Friday, November 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Deadline to submit application for vacancy
  • Monday, November 22, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Special Commission Meeting to review applications and announce finalists for interview
  • Monday, November 29, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Final Interviews held at special commission meeting and announcement of appointment of District 2 Commissioner

Click here to see the Port of Benton announcement

Click here to see the Vacancy Application

Attention Democratic Women!

Applications are open for Emerge WA’s 2022 Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland Cohort! Are you a Democratic woman who’s a leader in your community? Emerge needs YOU to step up and apply. 

Classes start in January and meet one weekend a month until May. Emerge provides you with the training you need to run for office and win, including a powerful network of Emerge alums.

Read about the application process on Emerge’s website and apply today.

Applications close November 12th! 

To learn more about the Emerge WA signature training program, please visit their website and attend an upcoming information session via Zoom, some of which are regionally based.

Upcoming virtual info sessions: RSVP to Emily@EmergeWA.orgOctober 27th and November 4th @7pm: Northwest WA.

Many thanks,

Pamela Gaudet and the Executive Board

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The Washington State Democratic Party has open paid positions.

We are hiring, and we could use your help pushing these job descriptions out to your networks! Please help us bring wonderful and talented people to our team! One position to support Swetha in data and one to grow our organizing team! 
The positions are for a data coordinator and a rural organizer and are posted on our website here!
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,

Diane Bedwell | Coordinated Campaign Director(She/They) 
Washington State Democrats | 615 2nd Ave., Suite 580, Seattle, WA 98104 
Cell | 206.659.7875
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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.

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.