Some great pictures from the 5th Annual Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet which was held May 31st at the Shilo Inn in Richland. Thank you Ivar Husa for capturing the event! Our keynote speaker was Manka Dhingra – click here to read the text of her speech.
Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner Dinner
Our welcome table - Carly Coburn and Jeffrey Aaron Robinson
Our keynote speaker - Senator Manka Dhingra
Our keynote speaker - Senator Manka Dhingra with Andy Miller
Jay Clough - State Committeeman - 8th LD
Our keynote speaker - Senator Manka Dhingra and Allison Dabler BCDCC Chair
Neil Norman - Democratic Leadership recipient and Richard Badalamente
Neil Norman accepting this years Democratic Leadership Award
Reid Romine, introduced by Bonnie Kendell
Reid Romain - Rising Star recipient
Allison Dabler - BCDCC Chair
Christine Brown - candidate for U.S. Representative, 4th CD
Enjoying time with friends and raising money for a good cause!
Reid Romain - family!
At the table with John Harder
Christopher Tracy - candidate 8th LD Representative
At the table with Bob Parazin
At the table with Diane Schlekewey
Andy Miller and Adele Connors
Silent Auction Winner Shir Regev - candidate for 8th LD representative, position 1; with Adele Conners and Mark Lee
March for our Lives - local leaders
Shirley Miller and Andy Miller with local March for Our Lives leaders
At the table with Neil Norman, recipient of the Democratic Leadership Award
Rebecca Francik, candidate for 16th LD representative, position 2 and Everette Maroon, candidate for State Representative position 1
Leo Perales - 8th LD candidate for Senate
Zahra Roach - candidate for Franklin County Commissioner
Rebecca Francik - candidate 16th LD Representative position 2
Peter Gerhard-Roberts BCDCC Vice-Chair
At the table with Norma Rodriguez
Neil Norman and friends
Please join us for our most important event of the year, the Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner and Awards Banquet.
This signature Benton County Democrats event was created as a tribute in honor of the late Norm Miller, founder of the Tri-City Democrats, former chair of the Benton County Democrats, ardent advocate for social justice, and devoted family man. This evening we celebrate Norm’s legacy by recognizing outstanding local Democrats who exemplify exceptional leadership and dedication.
We are honored to have as our keynote speaker this year the remarkable Manka Dhingra. This amazing woman turned the Legislature blue in a crucial special election last year! She now represents the 45th Legislative District as State Senator. She has worked as a senior deputy prosecutor for King County and is an ardent advocate for mental health, women’s rights, and immigrant issues. Born in Bhopal, she immigrated to the U.S. at age 13. She received her law degree from the University of Washington. Ms. Dhingra is the first Sikh ever elected to serve in any state legislature. She brings a compelling personal story and an exciting vision for the future of Washington state Democratic politics.
A highlight of the evening are the awards presented to individuals for their outstanding contribution and leadership to the local party. Our honorees this year are:
* Democratic Leadership: Neil Norman
* Rising Star: Reid Romine
Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program promptly at 6:30 p.m.