Committee News

[See the Web Log for prior Committee News write-ups. All meeting Minutes are available on the Documents and Resources page.]

We are working on a messaging campaign for use in all media that ends with the tagline, “—you might be a Democrat,”  Take a look at our current list of messages on this Google Sheet. If you have more catchy lines, please send them to secretary@bencodems.org.


Elections Committee



Online Event

Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10 AM PDT – 11 AM PDT

Duration: 1 hr

Learn what to expect when running for office from Justin Raffa and company.
Email: elections@bencodems.org for zoomlink


The 2021 election cycle includes over 50 non-partisan races across Benton County for city councils, school boards, port and hospital commissions, and fire and water districts in Benton City, Finley, Kennewick, Prosser, Richland, and West Richland. If you would be interested to serve as a candidate OR can help connect us with others in your social and professional circles who might be open to running, please contact us at elections@bencodems.org 🇺🇸



Benton Conservation District Election

An Elected Supervisor position and an Appointed Supervisor position with the Benton Conservation District will be selected in the first quarter of 2021. A conservation district supervisor is a public official who serves without compensation and who sets policy and direction for the conservation district. To be eligible to hold a Supervisor’s position, a candidate must occupy land within the conservation district boundary or be in possession of land within the district as an owner, lessee, renter, or tenant and be a registered voter in the State of Washington. In addition to the required qualifications above, candidates for the Elected Supervisor position must also be a qualified district elector and a registered Benton County voter. Application forms for the appointed position may be obtained from the Conservation District or from the Conservation Commission at www.scc.wa.gov and must be submitted by March 31, 2021. The filing deadline for the elected Supervisor position is 4:00 p.m. on February 6th, 2021 at 10121 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 101, Kennewick, WA.

The election for the Supervisor position with the Benton Conservation District will be held on March 9th, 2021 at 10121 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 101, Kennewick, WA. Polls will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 12:00 p.m. All registered voters who reside within the Benton Conservation District boundary are eligible to vote. Election procedures are available at the district office. Absentee ballots are available upon request for eligible voters but must be requested before 3:00 p.m. on February 23rd, 2021. Please contact Patty Eldredge at (509) 416-0440 ext. 103 or the District office at 10121 W. Clearwater Ave, Suite 101, Kennewick, WA for absentee ballots or if you have any questions.


Platform and Resolutions

The Platform and Resolutions Committee is looking ahead to resolutions work in the coming year.

For those wishing to propose a resolution, below is a link to a template you can use to craft your resolution.

This is a link to a chart of our current resolutions plan and actions taken.

This is a link to the current State Party resolutions.


Organization Committee

Here’s a list of the 2021-2022 Elected PCO’s.

Benton County Elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officers

Here’s a complete list of all our PCO’s, elected, appointed, and acting:

Benton County Democratic Precinct Committee Officers


Legislation Committee

Washington Legislative Bills of interest are being tracked.

Recommendations for Communication with our Legislatiors:

If you are in the 8th Legislative District, thank Senator Sharon Brown for you yes vote on HB 1016 in the Ways and Means Committee and ask her to vote yes when the bill is up on the Senate floor. You can thank Matt Boehnke for his Yes vote on HB 1287 and ask Senator Brown to support it in the Senate. You can thank both Matt Boehnke and Brad Klippert for their Yes vote on HB 1157 and ask Senator Brown to support it. You can thank both Boehnke and Klippert for their Yes votes on HB 1297. You can thank Senator Brown for her Yes vote on this bill in the Ways and Means Committee and ask her to continue to support it when it comes up on the Senate floor. Representative Boehnke voted to move HB 1016 and HB 1157 to the House floor in the House Ways and Means Committee without recommendation. Please ask him to support the bills when they come up for a vote on the House floor. You can thank Representative Klippert for his support of SB 5214 and HB 1151.

If you are in the 16th Legislative District, you can thank Representative Skyler Rude for his Yes vote on HB 1151. Representative Rude voted SB 5172 and SB 5194 out of committee without recommendation. You can encourage him to vote Yes on them when they come up on the House floor.

If you are in the 9th Legislative District, Senator Mark Schoesler voted HB 1016 out of committee with no recommendation. You can ask him to support the bill when it comes up on the Senate floor. HB 1157 is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. You can ask Senator Schoesler to support it. Senator Schoesler voted no on HB 1287 in the Ways and Means Committee. You can ask him to support it when it comes up for a vote on the floor.


Good of the Order

Here’s an excellent article on methods for activism to be effective. Practical Activism – Go for the Money

Our own Richard Badalamente has a cogent post on the contents of the Mueller Report, including the answers to a number of pressing questions.

BCDCC Officers and Subcommittee Chairs for 2020-2022

The Benton County Democratic Central Committee is searching for a Newsletter editor, if you’re interested please check out information here:  https://www.bencodems.org/newsletter-editor/