February 24 Executive Board Meeting

The agenda for our February 24 Executive Board meeting (7pm, Renton Carpenters’ Hall) will include the following items:

Lobby Day, Monday, February 16

Please register now for the King County Democrats’ Legislative Action Day in Olympia, on Presidents Day, Monday,  February 16, 2015, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. (You can schedule appointments with Legislators in the afternoon from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

The  Lobby Day Briefing will be held in Senate Hearing Room 3 of the John L Cherberg Building on the Capitol Campus, 304 15th Ave SW in Olympia.  We will hear from experts on our key issues, discuss our lobbying strategy and enjoy a box lunch while we hear from our Legislators about what they are working on. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. you will make appointments with your legislators and ask for their support for our Legislative Agenda. At 5 p.m., many of us will be in Lacey for the WSDCC Crab Feed, a great event for Democrats and our electeds across the state.

Registration is $20 and includes a sack lunch. If  this is not in your budget, you can register without lunch (bring your own) and still come to the event.

Legislative Action Update

 

Steve Zemke and Sarajane Siegfriedt have been appointed as co-chairs of the Legislative Action Committee. Steve and Sarajane are two of our most experienced advocates, and have co-chaired this committee in the past. They are committed to greatly increasing opportunities for our PCOs and members to advocate for a better King County and Washington state during the legislative session.

Our annual King County Democrats Lobby Day in Olympia will be held this year on Presidents Day, Monday, February 16th, prior to the State Party’s Crab Feed, which starts at 5 PM.

We are also offering a list of 2015 Lobby Days events sponsored by kindred organizations, consistent with both our platform and our Legislative Agenda.

Rich Erwin elected chair of the King County Democrats for 2015-2016

The King County Democrats began the 2015-2016 election cycle yesterday with an exciting, well-attended reorganization meeting at the IAM Hall in Seattle’s South Park, at which more than two hundred Democratic precinct committee officers gathered to choose the party’s leadership for the next two years.

By a final vote of one hundred and five to eighty-nine, Mercer Island Democratic activist Rich Erwin was elected as the new chair. The runner up candidate, Omaha Sternberg, was subsequently elected by acclamation as First Vice Chair. Outgoing King County Chair Karl de Jong was not a candidate, having announced in October he would not seek another term.

The power went out in the midst of the voting for chair, causing the overhead lights and microphones to quit working, but the meeting went on and all business was successfully concluded. The power came back on just as Erwin was taking over the meeting as the newly-elected chair.

Erwin, fifty-three, has been active in Democratic politics for over a decade. He supported Howard Dean’s campaign for the presidency in 2003 and joined Democracy for America when it was formed the following year. He helped organize a portion of the media campaign against I-1240 (charter schools) in 2012, and has served in the party primarily as a vice chair of the 41st District Democrats.

“I am deeply honored to be elected to this position,” said Erwin. “I look forward to working with my fellow Democrats to win more victories in November and advance the ideals of the Democratic Party as we work toward improving the lives of the citizens of King County.”

Nine positions were filled at the reorganization meeting, which is required to be held at the beginning of every election cycle by state law and party rules. Only precinct committee officers elected at the August 2014 Top Two election and taking office on December 1st, 2014 were eligible to vote.

Five of the individuals elected are returning as officers for new two-year terms; four are joining the leadership. The following is a complete list of the King County Democrats’ new officers (parentheses indicate the area of the county each individual is from):

Chair: Rich Erwin (Eastside)
First Vice Chair: Omaha Sternberg (South County)
Second Vice Chair: Joel Ware (Seattle)
Third Vice Chair: Christina Lewis (Seattle)
Fourth Vice Chair: Julius Caesar Robinson (South County)
State Committeeman: Javier Valdez (Seattle)
State Committeewoman: Ann Martin (Seattle)
Treasurer: Dave Fish (Eastside)
Secretary: Roger Crew (Eastside)

About the King County Democrats
The King County Democratic Central Committee is the face and voice of the Democratic Party in King County, working to elect Democratic candidates to office at every level of government and advocating for public policies rooted in Democratic values.

2015 Legislative District Reorganizations

The remaining reorganization meetings for the 2015-2016 term for the legislative district organizations of King County are scheduled as follows.

Go here for proposed agenda and rules for these meetings.

LD When Where
5th Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00PM
King County Library Services Center 960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah
11th Tuesday, January 20, 2015
7:00PM
Renton Carpenters Hall 231 Burnett Avenue North
Renton
33rd Monday, January 19, 2015
7:00PM
Normandy Park Congregational Church 19247 1st Avenue South
Normandy Park
36th Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00PM
Phinney Neighborhood Center (lower building) 6615 Dayton Ave N
Seattle
41st Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00PM
Tyee Middle School 13630 SE Allen Rd
Bellevue
43rd Tuesday, January 20, 2015
7:00PM
University Heights Community Center 5031 University Way NE
Seattle