King County Democrats’ statement on retirement of Congressman Jim McDermott

The King County Democratic Party released the following statement after Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) announced his retirement from Congress.

“Jim McDermott has been a dependable, principled advocate for the people of our region for nearly three decades in Congress,” said King County Democratic Chair Rich Erwin. “Representative McDermott took a firm stand against George W. Bush’s unwarranted invasion of Iraq when few others were willing to do so. He has worked to reform our nation’s mental health system, helped secure badly needed funding to improve mass transit in greater Seattle, and strengthened ties between the United States and the nations of Africa. We are incredibly grateful for his years of public service, and we wish him the very best in retirement. We look forward to honoring him for his many accomplishments in the near future.”

King County Democrats remember George Zander

This morning, we lost former King County Democratic Chair George Zander, a pioneering advocate for LGBT rights. George led KCDCC in the early nineties; he resided in Palm Springs, California during the last years of his life. Tragically, he was the victim of a hate crime last month. The King County Democrats extend our deepest condolences to George’s husband Chris, George’s family, and all of George’s many friends. He will be missed.

King County Democrats choose nominees to succeed Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reuven Carlyle in 36th District

In anticipation of 36th District State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles’ resignation from the Legislature to serve on the King County Council, the King County Democrats tonight selected State Representative Reuven Carlyle, Belltown community organizer Liz Campell, and small business owner David Kaplan as its nominees to fill the forthcoming vacancy that Kohl-Welles’ departure will create.

The party also drew up a list of nominees to take Carlyle’s place in the event the Metropolitan King County Council selects Carlyle to fill the Senate vacancy. The list consists of former Progressive Majority Executive Director Noel Frame, 36th District Democratic Chair Jeff Manson, and Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld.

The six names were chosen by a special nominating caucus of the King County Democrats, consisting of the elected and appointed Democratic PCOs of the 36th District. One hundred and ninety-two of the two hundred and nineteen Democratic PCOs in the 36th showed up in person to participate in the nominating caucus.

Carlyle was overwhelmingly chosen as the first name on the list of three for the Senate vacancy in a single round of balloting. For the potential House vacancy, the results of the three rounds of balloting were as follows:

  • Noel Frame received the votes of ninety-nine PCOs in the final runoff, and was ranked first.
  • Jeff Manson came in second in the final runoff, receiving the votes of ninety-one PCOs, and was ranked second.
  • Sarah Reyneveld received the votes of fifty-four PCOs in the semifinal round of voting, and was ranked third.
  • Economic Opportunity Institute Executive Director John Burbank and Children’s Campaign Fund Chair Rene Murry were eliminated following the first round of voting. Burbank received thirty-one votes; Murry received fourteen.

Following the adjournment of the caucus, the King County Democratic Central Committee’s executive board met briefly to ratify the results of the special nominating caucus for transmission to the Metropolitan King County Council, in accordance with the procedures for filling legislative vacancies specified in Article II, Section 15 of the Washington State Constitution. The executive board voted unanimously to forward the names of Reuven Carlyle, Liz Campbell, and David Kaplan for the looming Senate vacancy, and the names of Noel Frame, Jeff Manson, and Sarah Reyneveld for the expected House vacancy.

King County Democratic Chair Rich Erwin applauded the high turnout and thanked all the candidates for stepping forward to seek the possible appointments.

“It’s an indication of the strength of the Democratic Party in King County that we had so many capable candidates willing to step forward to serve in the Washington State Legislature,” said Erwin. “We are confident that any of the hardworking Democrats nominated tonight would make excellent lawmakers, and ably represent us in the challenging 2016 legislative session.”

“Tonight, we heard a serious and thoughtful discussion of the issues facing our state. Our candidates talked about the need to fully fund our public schools in compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, reform our upside down tax code, protect our air and water, combat the climate crisis, ensure women have the freedom to make their own reproductive health decisions, and take decisive, meaningful action to address the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our region and country.”

“Democrats in King County are committed to building a better future for Washington and the Pacific Northwest, and we look forward to fielding a strong team of candidates for the state Legislature all across Martin Luther King Jr. County next year.”

District Holiday Parties

47th LD Wed, Dec 2, 7:00–9:00pm Auburn IAM Hall 201 A St SW
Auburn, WA 98001
30th LD Wed, Dec 2, 7:00–9:00pm Belmor Park Clubhouse 2101 South 324th St
Federal Way, WA 98003
32nd LD Sat, Dec 5, 5:30–9:30pm Mountlake Terrace Senior Center 23000 Lakeview Dr
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
46th LD Sun, Dec 6, 5:00–8:00pm Lake City Community Center 12531 Avenue NE
Seattle, WA
11th LD Tue, Dec 8, 6:30–9:00pm Jack’s BBQ 3924 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA
34th LD Wed, Dec 9, 6–9pm The Hall at Fauntleroy 9131 California Avenue SW
Seattle, Washington
41st LD Wed, Dec 9, 7:00‐10:00pm Renton Technical College Culinaire Dining Room
Roberts Campus Center Building
3000 NE 4th St, Renton, WA 98056
36th LD Sun, Dec 13, 6:00pm Home of Tim Burgess 2110 Bigelow Avenue N
  at Boston Street
Seattle, WA
43rd LD Sun, Dec 13, 4:30–6:30pm Home of Robin Fleming Details
$500 Co‐Host (incl. sponsorship of our caucuses & verbal/written acknowledgment up to and at caucuses)
$250 Sponsor (incl. sponsorship of our caucuses & verbal/written acknowledgment up to and at caucuses)
$100 Supporter
General ‐ $25 (suggested donation, pay what you can)
Ticket + 2016 individual membership ‐ $43
2 Tickets + 2016 family membership ‐ $75
Young Democrats ‐ $10
You can pay at the door
at this link.
1st LD Mon, Dec 14, 6:00‐10:00pm IUOE Local 302 18701 120th Ave NE
Bothell, Washington 98011
Congresswoman Suzan Delbene will be there to mingle with the crowd and update us on what is happening in the other Washington. Plus you can expect to see many of your elected officials on hand as well.

  1. The LD will be supplying the main courses of prime rib and Salmon and we are asking you to bring a side dish. Last name begins with; A‐J = Side dish or Salad. K‐R = Appetizers and S‐Z = Desserts.
  2. Wine, Beer, soft drinks coffee and Tea will be available.
  3. Raffle tickets at $1.00 a piece for some very nice items.
  4. Mrs. Claus may make an appearance with some special surprises.
  5. Bring an unwrapped toy or some canned food for our holiday donation to the needy.
  6. $10 per person recommended donation for the meal.

This is also the time of the year to renew your membership. We want to make sure that you are able to vote at our January meeting as we make plans for 2016. The price remains the same; $24 for an individual, $40 for a family living in the same house. If you want to help, you can reach out to our Events chair Roberta Sherman @ 425 681 1507 or drop her an email at

37th LD Mon, Dec 14, 6:30pm Four Seas Restaurant 714 S King St
Seattle, WA
5th LD Wed, Dec 16, 6:00–9:00pm Black Diamond Bakery 32805 Railroad Avenue
31st LD Wed, Dec 16, 6:00–9:00pm Marion Grange Hall 27725 Sumner Buckley Hwy
Buckley, WA, 98385
The district will provide ham, turkey, and scalloped potatoes, as well as beverages, both hot and cold. Members and guests are invited to bring a dish or beverage to share, if desired. Please bring non‐perishables for the food bank or a donation for Toys‐for‐Tots (unwrapped).