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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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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.

Caucus and convention information for 2016


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 upcoming congressional district caucuses and 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).