Caucus and convention information for 2016

Thanks to all who participated in the March 26th precinct caucuses and the April 17th legislative district caucuses! The King County Convention (May 1st) is up next.

2016 King County Democratic Convention
Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 1 PM (doors open at 11AM)
Oliver M. Hazen High School
1101 Hoquiam Avenue NE
Renton, WA 98059

View the draft King County Platform

The Convention Draft platform is now available.
All further changes will have to be made at the Convention, in accordance with the rules.
Submit comments or proposed amendments online.

Resolutions up for consideration are listed here
Submit resolutions online.

Each even-numbered year, the Democratic Party holds caucuses and conventions to elect delegates and hear from candidates, as well as adopt resolutions and agree on a platform at the county and state levels.

All Washingtonians who identify as Democrats are encouraged to attend these events. There will be five events in this year’s caucus and convention cycle:

  1. the precinct caucuses on Saturday, March 26th, at 10 AM;
  2. the legislative district caucuses on Sunday, April 17th at 1 PM;
  3. the King County Democratic Convention at Hazen High on Sunday, May 1st, at 1 PM;
  4. the congressional district caucuses on Saturday, May 21st (10 AM anticipated start time);
  5. the Washington State Democratic Convention from June 17th – 19th (all day) in Tacoma.
    1. Opening ceremonies like the banquet dinner will take place on Friday, June 17th
    2. The Convention itself will take place on Saturday, June 18th, starting at 9 AM
    3. Selection of delegates to the Democratic National Convention will take place on Sunday, June 19th

These events will be followed by the Democratic National Convention from July 25th – 28th, 2016, in Philadelphia.

What were the results of the March 26th presidential precinct caucuses?

The Washington State Democratic Party has a page that shows the results of the March 26th presidential precinct caucuses.

What is a caucus? What happens at a caucus?

Very simply, a caucus is a meeting of Democratic voters and activists. It’s a chance to meet your Democratic neighbors and discuss who would be the best candidate to succeed President Obama as our country’s next leader. Participants elect delegates to the next level of caucuses for their presidential candidate of choice (e.g. Hillary or Bernie). Any Washingtonian who will be eighteen by November 8th, 2016, who considers themselves to be a Democrat, and is willing to publicly identify as a Democrat may participate in the caucuses.

I haven’t turned eighteen yet. Can I participate in the caucuses and conventions?

If you will turn eighteen by Election Day, November 8th, 2016, then yes, you may participate. Note that you can only vote at the county convention, congressional district caucus, or state convention if you were elected as a delegate or alternate to go to those events. You can run for delegate to the National Convention, but you must submit your declaration of candidacy by May 6th (to run at the congressional level) or June 10th (to run for a statewide at-large position). You may register to vote exactly as if you were already eighteen and King County Elections will simply hold your registration for activation on your birthday.

I am not a United States citizen. Can I participate in the caucuses and conventions?

You may attend as an observer/guest, but you may not vote unless you are a U.S. citizen and resident of Washington who is of age (or will be by November 8th).

I was elected as a delegate or alternate at the presidential precinct caucuses. Do I go to the King County Convention?

YES! If you were elected as a delegate or alternate at your precinct caucus, you are a delegate to the 2016 MLK County Convention on May 1st, 2016, at Oliver M. Hazen High School in Renton. You should receive a Call to the Convention from KCD Chair Rich Erwin within the next few days. Please plan to attend and ensure your neighborhood is represented at the Convention.

King County Democrats endorse Tina Podlodowski for Secretary of State

Acting on a recommendation from its Endorsements Committee, the executive board of the King County Democrats tonight voted to make Tina Podlodowski its first endorsed candidate of the 2016 cycle. Podlodowski, a former Seattle City Councilmember and distinguished civic and nonprofit leader, is challenging Republican Kim Wyman for Secretary of State.

Tina Podlodowski

Tina Podlodowski

Wyman is the latest in a line of Republicans to have held the office since the 1950s. Since Wyman took office in 2013, Washington has experienced three straight general elections in a row with poor turnout.

Last year’s statewide turnout was the worst since Washington began registering voters in the 1930s.

“The King County Democrats believe our state needs a leader in our executive department who is committed to getting rid of barriers to voting and drastically boosting voter turnout,” said Rich Erwin, Chair of the King County Democrats. “Tina will be that leader. Unlike Kim Wyman, Tina supports the Washington Voting Rights Act and same-day voter registration. Tina is running because our state needs a chief voting officer, not just a chief elections officer.”

King County Democratic endorsement rules commit the party to supporting the candidates for executive and federal office that the Washington State Democratic Party nominates at the State Convention, scheduled for June 17th-19th, 2016 in Tacoma. King County Democratic leadership will be working to secure Podlodowski’s nomination for Secretary of State prior to and at the Convention.

King County Democrats celebrate high caucus turnout

This morning, tens of thousands of Democratic activists and voters throughout King County came together to kick off the 2016 Washington State Democratic Party’s caucus and convention cycle by participating in presidential precinct caucuses at hundreds of neighborhood locations.

Preliminary reports from party leaders suggest turnout was incredibly high, after visits by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to the state this week, on par with the record 2008 turnout in many places.

King County Democratic Chair Rich Erwin released the following statement following the adjournment of most of the precinct caucuses.

“Today, huge numbers of passionate Democrats made time on a busy, sunny Saturday morning to participate in our party’s presidential caucuses. To everyone who attended, we extend our most profound thanks. We are especially grateful to our volunteer area caucus coordinators and their teams. Without their involvement and dedication, our legislative district organizations would not have been able to put on successful caucuses.”

“We are committed in 2016 to electing a Democratic president to take over for President Obama on January 20th, 2017. We need to build on the hard-won progress we’ve made in rebuilding our country since the Bush years, not go backwards. We, the Martin Luther King Jr. County Democrats, emphatically reject the ugly, divisive politics of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, which are at odds with our county and our state’s finest traditional values. We are fired up to elect Democrats up and down the ballot this year.”

“This Tuesday, we anticipate making our first endorsement of the 2016 cycle, and we look forward to hearing the first report from our Endorsements Committee.”

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.