Preregister for the December 4th reorganization meeting of the King County Democrats

Attention PCOs and interested Democratic activists:

A reminder that our county party reorganization meeting is scheduled to take place this Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at the Machinists Hall in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle.

This is the second call for that meeting.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Registration Begins: 11 AM
Call to Order: Noon/12 PM
Seattle (South Park) Machinists Hall
9125 15th Place South
Seattle, WA 98108

If you were elected as a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) in August of this year, during the Top Two election, you are part of the King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC) for 2017-2018, and you are the only person who may represent your Democratic neighbors at this crucial meeting.

Please preregister for the meeting to let us know you plan to attend. You may preregister in one of two ways:

The main business on Sunday will be to elect officers to run our county party for the next two years.

We have many new PCOs this year and we know new PCOs may have questions about reorganizations and how they work. Below are some commonly asked questions and answers to those questions.

Q&A: The King County reorganization meeting and the role of the Nominating Committee


Q: What is a reorganization meeting? Why do we reorganize?

A: At the local level, a reorganization meeting is a gathering of the Democratic precinct committee officers of one of Washington’s thirty-nine counties or forty-nine legislative districts. The purpose of the meeting is to give the grassroots an opportunity to reaffirm or change the direction of the party. All organizations must elect a Chair, at least one Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and two state committeemembers. Officers serve two-year terms that expire on November 30th of the following even-numbered year.

State law (RCW 29A.80.030) requires county party central committees to reorganize “no later than the second Saturday of the following January” following midterm and presidential general elections. We traditionally schedule our reorganization meeting shortly after the first day of December in order to allow newly elected officers to get started on planning for the following local election year.

Q: What is the Nominating Committee? What is the purpose of the Nominating Committee?

A: The Nominating Committee is a group of seasoned party leaders tasked with helping the outgoing administration prepare for a smooth reorganization meeting. The Committee exists to do the following:

  • encouraging people to run
  • collecting declarations of candidacy
  • making the information submitted by candidates available to the Democratic precinct committee officers of King County
  • helping candidates and PCOs understand the process before they arrive at the meeting

You may belong to nonprofit organizations or companies that have Nominating Committees which screen candidates for board positions and select finalists. But our Committee isn’t doing those things. That’s not our role. As stated above, our reason for existing is to promote the reorganization meeting and encourage people to seek leadership positions.

So far, we are seeing a healthy level of interest for many of our positions. We encourage you to consider running if you have time to give to the party and want to contribute your talents to electing Democrats and advancing Democratic causes.

The responsibility of narrowing down the field of candidates — if there be more than two people running for particular position — rests with the Democratic PCOs of King County. The proposed rules call for runoff balloting in the event no one gets a majority on the first ballot.

The Nominating Committee was established at the direction of the King County Democratic executive board, which voted at its October meeting to create the committee, exercising authority granted to it by Section 9.2 of the KCDCC Bylaws.

Q: Who may participate in the reorganization meeting?

A: Any Democratic activist or elected official may attend the meeting as an observer. However, only Democratic precinct committee officers who filed and were elected for terms beginning December 1st, 2016 and ending November 30th, 2018 will have voice and vote at this meeting.

To have voice means having the right to speak from the floor at the meeting (after having been recognized by the Temporary Chair or Chair).

To have vote means having the right to participate in deciding the outcome of motions and officer elections.

Q: Who may run for an officer position?

A: Any Democratic activist who is interested in taking on a leadership role in the party may submit a declaration of candidacy online in advance of the December 4th meeting. Note that submitting a declaration of candidacy does not make you a candidate; it only lets the Nominating Committee know of your interest. The proposed rules require that all candidates for officer positions be nominated and seconded by a Democratic precinct committee officer in order to actually be considered.


Remember, please preregister for the meeting to let us know you plan to attend. You may preregister in one of two ways:

 

King County Democrats endorse Sound Transit 3, take additional ballot measure positions

Good evening from Renton. Tonight, the King County Democrats took positions on a number of ballot measures that are coming before voters in part or all of King County this autumn. Here is a list of the positions taken this evening:

Regional

  • Regional Proposition 1 (Sound Transit 3): YES

County

  • King County Charter Amendment No. 1 (Nonpartisan Prosecuting Attorney): NO
  • King County Charter Amendment No. 2 (Gender-Neutral Language): YES

City

  • City of Bellevue, Proposition No. 1 (Levy for Fire Facilities): YES
  • City of Bellevue, Proposition No. 2 (Levy for Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity, and Congestion): YES
  • City of Bothell, Proposition No. 1 (Levy for Safe Streets and Sidewalks):
  • City of Duvall, Proposition No. 1 (Nine Year Levy Lid Lift for Big Rock Ballfield Improvements, Employment of a Full-Time School Resource Officer, and IT System Improvements): YES
  • City of Issaquah, Proposition No. 1 (Traffic Improvement Bonds): YES
  • City of Kenmore, Proposition No. 1 (General Obligation Bonds Walkways and Waterways Improvements): YES
  • City of Seattle, Initiative Measure No. 124: YES
  • City of Shoreline, Proposition No. 1 (Basic Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, and Community Services Maintenance and Operations Levy): YES
  • City of Snoqualmie, Proposition No. 1 (Public Safety Levy): YES
  • City of Tukwila, Proposition No. 1 (Public Safety Bonds): YES

School and Special Purpose Districts

  • Auburn School District No. 408 Proposition No. 1 (School Construction and Replacement General Obligation Bonds – $465,056,000): YES
  • Highline School District No. 401, Proposition No. 1 (Bonds to Construct New Schools and Replace and Renovate Deteriorating Schools): YES
  • Kent School District No. 415, Proposition No. 1 (Capital Improvement and School Construction General Obligation Bonds – $252,000,000): YES
  • King County Fire Protection District No. 27, Proposition No. 1 (Levy of General Tax for Maintenance and Operations): YES
  • South King Fire & Rescue, Proposition No. 1 (Levy of General Tax $2,750,000 for Maintenance and Operations): YES
  • Proposed Eastside Regional Fire Authority, Proposition No. 1: YES

Lastly, Guy Palumbo’s automatic endorsement State Senate in the 1st District was affirmed.

Note that the threshold for endorsement of the King County Democrats is a two-thirds vote of those present and voting.

Join the King County Democrats at the 2016 Eastside Democratic Dinner: An annual tradition in its thirtieth year

Fellow Democrats, the 2016 Eastside Democratic Dinner is just around the corner!

Along with districts in the South Sound and in Clark County, the Eastside is one of the places in Washington where legislative majorities are won and lost. To retake the Washington State Senate and expand our majority in the Washington State House this year, Democrats must do well on the Eastside.

Meet our candidates, connect with fellow activists, and help ensure our local party organizations have the resources to communicate with voters in this important election by joining the King County Democrats at this important event.

Proceeds from the Eastside Dinner will benefit four local Democratic organizations: the 41st, 45th, 48th, and 5th District Democrats.

Buy tickets online via ActBlue now.

LIVE from Renton: The June 2016 King County Democratic Endorsements Meeting

Good evening from Renton. Tonight, the King County Democrats are meeting to consider taking endorsement action in a number of contests, most of which will be decided by voters this August and September. This post will offer a running chronology of the meeting proceedings, including endorsement votes.

Note that the threshold for endorsement of the King County Democrats is a two-thirds vote of those present and voting.

  • 7:20 PM: We started at 7:15 PM and proceeded through the Pledge of Allegiance, adoption of the meeting agenda, adoption of meeting minutes, and adoption of endorsement ground rules.
  • 7:25 PM: We are currently working on the slate. Executive board members have the opportunity to pull races from the slate, but there must be at least four seconds to pull a race for individual consideration. Races that have been pulled: Governor, Seattle Proposition #1, and Seattle Initiative 123.
  • 7:30 PM: We are now voting on the slate.
  • 7:34 PM: We have adopted the slate by a vote of forty-four to two. The following candidates have now been endorsed by the King County Democrats:
    • Luis Moscoso, State Senate, 1st Legislative District
    • Derek Stanford, State House, Position 1, 1st Legislative District
    • Shelley Kloba, State House, Position 2, 1st Legislative District
    • Kristine Reeves, State House, Position 2, 30th Legislative District
    • Noel Frame, State House, Position 1, 36th Legislative District
    • Lisa Wellman, State Senate, 41st Legislative District
    • Tana Senn, State House, Position 1, 41st Legislative District
    • Judy Clibborn, State House, Position 2, 41st Legislative District
    • Nicole Macri, State House, Position 1, 43rd Legislative District
    • Helen Halpert, Position #31, King County Superior Court
    • Mariane Spearman, Position #53, King County Superior Court
    • Initiative 1433 (statewide): YES/please sign
    • King County Fire Protection District #2, Proposition #1: YES
    • King County Fire Protection District #43, Proposition #1: YES
    • King County Hospital District #2, Proposition #1: YES
  • 7:37 PM: A motion was made from the floor to endorse U.S. Senator Patty Murray for reelection. By a vote of forty-one to two, she is endorsed.
  • 7:44 PM: A motion was made from the floor to endorse Tony Ventrella for U.S. House, 8th District. The motion failed by a vote of two to thirty-six.
  • 7:48 PM: A motion was made from the floor to endorse Bob Ferguson for Attorney General. By a vote of thirty-nine to three, he is endorsed.
  • 7:44 PM: A motion was made from the floor to endorse Mary Verner for Commissioner of Public Lands. The motion was not taken up due to a lack of seconds.
  • 7:54 PM: A motion was made from the floor to endorse Karen Porterfield for Commissioner of Public Lands. The motion failed by a vote of six to twenty-nine.
  • 8:15 PM: We just heard a great speech from Governor Inslee, followed by Q&A. In the wake of the speech and Q&A, Governor Inslee was unanimously endorsed by a vote of forty-four to zero.
  • 8:20 PM: We next took up the Endorsements Committee’s recommendation to take a position supporting Seattle Proposition #1, this year’s housing levy. This passed by a vote of thirty-eight to zero.
  • 8:25 PM: We took up the Endorsement Committee’s recommendation to take a position opposing Initiative 123, which concerns an alternative plan for the Seattle waterfront. This failed by a vote of twenty-five to fifteen.
  • 8:32 PM: We considered a motion from the floor to take a position supporting Initiative 123. This failed by a vote of eighteen to twenty-three. We thus do not have a position on Initiative 123.

After the second vote on Initiative 123, we concluded our endorsements business for this evening. Further endorsements will be considered at our July meeting.

Join the King County Democrats at the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention

Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 1st for the King County Democratic Convention! The caucus and convention cycle wraps up in June with the Washington State Democratic Convention.

Delegates, Alternates and other interested Democrats should mark the following dates on their calendars:

  1. Washington State Democratic Convention: June 17th – 19th (all day) in Tacoma.
    • Opening ceremonies like the banquet dinner will take place on Friday, June 17th
    • The Convention itself will take place on Saturday, June 18th, starting at 9 AM
    • Selection of at-large and PLEO delegates to the Democratic National Convention will take place on Sunday, June 19th
  2. Democratic National Convention: July 25th – 28th, in Philadelphia.

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